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Postby Meno_ » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:30 am

I am interested only in "nonsense"; only in that which makes no practical sense. I am interested in life only in its absurd manifestations.
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Postby barbarianhorde » Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:40 pm

"What a funny girl you are," he said. "You've got a bad case of penis envy."
"So do most men," she said sharply and he laughed. [ James Baldwin, Another Country ]
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:53 am

Always meet petulance with gentleness and perverseness with kindness. A gentle hand can lead even en elephant by a hair. Reply to thine enemy with gentleness.


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"Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms." -Aristotle
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Postby Arcturus Descending » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:31 pm

People go through periods in their lives. I'd rather go through exclamation points.

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"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby promethean75 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:05 pm

"when the christian crusaders in the orient encountered the invincible order of assassins*, that order of free spirits par excellence, whose lowest ranks followed a rule of obedience the like of which no order of monks ever attained, they obtained in some way or other a hint concerning that symbol and watchword reserved for the highest ranks alone as their secretum: 'nothing is true, everything is permitted.' - very well, that was freedom of spirit; in that way the faith in truth was abrogated." - nietzsche (the genealogy of morals)

* an islamic sect, founded in the eleventh century. 'as for the initiated, they knew the worthlessness of positive religion and morality; they believed in nothing...' (encyclopedia britannica)

As-Salaam-Alaikum... and salami eggs and bacon.
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Postby Meno_ » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:25 pm

The word assassins has an obscure but significant derivitive:


hashish derived from assassins from factsanddetails.com
Their name comes from the Arabic hashishiyya; the drug's powers were thought to explain the Assassins' oblivious bravery. The
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Postby promethean75 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:19 pm

You always get smoked up before sword play, bro. All original gangstas know that.
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Postby barbarianhorde » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:46 pm

'as for the initiated, they knew the worthlessness of positive religion and morality; they believed in nothing...' (encyclopedia britannica)

Must be exhausting.

For correctness sake, they were called the hashashins.

Must have been really cranky hash though, the recent suff from the area is more soothing.
Although this is pretty generally the mindset.

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Postby Meno_ » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:30 pm

"I never met a person I didn't like."- Will Rogers
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Postby promethean75 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:15 am

Rarely loved, sometimes feared, most often hated, but never forgotten.

- excerpt from the eulogy at the funeral of a promethean
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Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:52 pm

There is more honor in accumulating little by little than in reaching for the sky and ending up flat on your face.
~Vatnsdæla Saga, c.7

A person should not agree today to what they’ll regret tomorrow.
~Bandamanna Saga, c.10

Bad counsel comes to a bad end.
~The Saga of Magnus Barefoot, c.6

One should warn even a dim-witted troll if he sits naked by a fire.
~Heitharvega Saga, c.14

It may go well at first, for those who try to lord it over others, but they may find things more difficult as time goes by.
~Guðmundur Jónsson

...and last but certainly not least...

No one is a total fool if he can be silent.
~The Saga of Grettir, chapter 88
"Look closely. The beautiful may be small."


"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt.”

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Postby surreptitious75 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:45 pm


Insight can make your life so much more effective over eyesight [ Chris Eubank ] so much wisdom contained in those eleven words
A MIND IS LIKE A PARACHUTE : IT DOES NOT WORK UNLESS IT IS OPEN
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Exuberant Teleportation » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:11 pm

Voidness is that which stands right in the middle between this and that. The void is all-inclusive, having no opposite - there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. It is living void, because all forms come out of it and whoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all beings.

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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:14 pm

True love is no game of the faint-hearted and the weak. It is born of strength and understanding.
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby promethean75 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:10 am

"Every society you build will have its fringes, and on the fringes of every society, heroic and restless vagabonds will wander, with their wild and virgin thoughts, only able to live by preparing ever new and terrible outbreaks of rebellion!"

Music to my ears. I might be able to get into this guy. His dossier is quite impressive.
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Postby Exuberant Teleportation » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:41 pm

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."
- Lao Tzu
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby promethean75 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:39 pm

F. Zappa wrote:Say Cheese …

It has been suggested that the Gross National Product is perhaps not the best indicator of how well we are doing as a society since it tells us nothing about the Quality of our Lives … but, is this worth dwelling upon as we grovel our way along in the general direction of the 21st Century? When future historians write about us, they base their conclusions on whatever material goods survive from Present-Day America, we will undoubtedly stand alone among nations and be known forevermore as 'THOSE WHO CHOSE CHEESE.'

As you will recall, folks, nobody ever had as much going for them in the beginning as we did. Let's face it … we were fantastic. Today, unfortunately, we are merely WEIRD. This is a shocking thing to say, since no Red-Blooded American likes to think of his or herself as being WEIRD, but when there are other options and a whole nation CHOOSES CHEESE, that is WEIRD.

Our mental health has been in a semi-wretched condition for quite some time now. One of the reasons for this distress, aside from CHOOSING CHEESE as a way of life, is the fact that we have (against some incredibly stiff competition) emerged victorious as the biggest bunch of liars on the face of the planet. No society has managed to invest more time and energy in the perpetuation of the fiction that it is moral, sane and wholesome than our current crop of Modern Americans.
This same delusion is the Mysterious Force behind our national desire to avoid behaving in any way that might be construed as INTELLIGENT. Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity. To cosmeticize it, many otherwise normal citizens attempt a peculiar type of self-inflicted homemade mental nose-job (designed to lower the recipient's socio-intellectual profile to the point where the ability to communicate on the most mongolian level provides the necessary certification to become ONE OF THE GUYS). Let's face it … nobody wants to hang out with somebody who is smarter than they are. This is no FUN.

Americans have always valued the idea of FUN. We have a National Craving for FUN. We don't get very much of it anymore, so we do two things: first, we rummage around for anything that might be FUN, then (since it really wasn't FUN stuff in the first place) we pretend to enjoy it (whatever it was). The net result: STRESSED CHEESE.
But where does all this CHEESE really come from? It wouldn't be fair to blame it all on TV, although some credit must be given to whoever it is at each of the networks that GIVES US WHAT WE WANT. (You don't ask – you don't get). Folks, we now have GOT IT … lots of it … and, in our Infinite American Wisdom, we have constructed elaborate systems to insure that future generations will have an even more abundant supply of that fragrant substance upon which we presently thrive.

If we can't blame it on the TV, then where does it come from? Obviously, we are weird if we have to ask such a question. Surely we must realize by now (except for the fact that we lie to ourselves so much that we get confused sometimes) that as Contemporary Americans we have an almost magical ability to turn anything we touch into a festering mound of self-destructing poot.

How can we do this with such incredible precision? Well, one good way is to form a Committee. Committees composed of all kinds of desperate American Types have been known to convert the combined unfulfilled emotional needs and repressed biological urges of their memberships into complex masses of cheese-like organisms at the rap of a gavel. Committee Cheese is usually sliced very thin, then bound into volumes for eventual dispersal in courts of law, legislative chambers, and public facilities where you are invited to eat all you want.
If that doesn't fill you up, there is the exciting Union Cheese … the most readily available cheese-type offered. The thing that's so exciting about Union Cheese, from a gourmet's point of view, is the classic simplicity of the mathematical formula from which it is derived. In fact, it is difficult to avoid a state of Total Ecstasy if one contemplates the proposition that no import quota yet devised has proven equal to the task of neutralizing the lethal emissions generated by the ripening process of this piquant native confection.

Should we not be overtaken by some unspeakable emotion when we consider the fact that the smaller the amount of care taken in the preparation of each Union Cheese Artifact, the more triumphant the blast as the vapors stream forth from every nook and cranny of whatever it was that the stalwart craftsperson got paid $19.00 per hour to slap together?

Still hungry? Union Cheese might be the most readily available, but no type of cheese in America today has achieved the popular acceptance of Accountant Cheese. If it is true that YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, then surely our national willingness to eat this stuff tells us more about ourselves than we probably wish to know. Obviously we have found The Cheese To Believe In. Why not? It is manufactured by people who count money, endorsed as nutritionally sound by Civic Leaders, and delivered by The Media door to door. The Quality Of Our Lives (if we think of this matter in terms of 'How much of what we individually consider to be Beautiful are we able to experience every day?') seems an irrelevant matter, now that all decisions regarding the creation and distribution of Works of Art must first pass under the limbo bar (a/k/a 'The Bottom Line'), along with things like Taste and The Public Interest, all tied like a tin can to the wagging tale of the sacred Prime Rate Poodle.

The aforementioned festering poot is coming your way at a theater or drive-in near you. It wakes you up every morning as it droozles out of your digital clock radio. An ARTS COUNCIL somewhere is getting a special batch ready with little tuxedos on it so you can think it's precious.

Yes Virginia … there is a FREE LUNCH. We are eating it now. Can I get you a napkin?
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Exuberant Teleportation » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:07 pm

Ignoring the flow of nature is following no way. Resisting the flow of nature is following the low way. Going with the flow of nature is following the middle way. Focusing the flow of nature is following the high way.
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I will make company with creators, with harvesters, with rejoicers: I will show them the rainbow and the stairway to the Superman. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:20 pm

"I can't go on, I will go on."

Samuel Beckett
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:38 pm

"it’s at times difficult to have such an important father because one feels so unimportant.”


Eduard Einstein



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knew it. I knew it, born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room."

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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby promethean75 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:17 am

"Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence." - Brent Weeks
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby promethean75 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:54 am

"It is a self-deception of philosophers and moralists to imagine that they escape decadence by opposing it. That is beyond their will; and, however little they acknowledge it, one later discovers that they were among the most powerful promoters of decadence." - Friedrich Neechy
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby promethean75 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:54 pm

"Truth is what your contemporaries let you get away with." - rorty
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:14 pm

"Any person who is capable in angering you becomes your master"

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