Justin R. Erenkrantz Where do you want to go today?

"No, I won't back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell. But, I won't back down. No, I'll stand my ground." - Tom Petty, "I Won't Back Down", Full Moon Fever.

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." - Sidney Carton from A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

"My favourite thing is to go where I´ve never been." - Diane Arbus

"What does not destroy me, makes me strong." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"You're gonna miss me when I'm gone." - Brooks & Dunn, "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone," Waiting on Sundown.

"It ain't over til it's over." - Yogi Berra

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light." - Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

"I've got seven women on my mind: four that wanna own me, two that wanna stone me, one says she's a friend of mine." - Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, "Take It Easy"

"Play ball" - Umpires all over the world.

"Jimmy Shoes busted both his legs, trying to learn to fly
From a second story window, he just jumped and closed his eyes
His mamma said he was crazy - he said momma "I've got to try"
Don't you know that all my heroes died
And I'd guess I'd rather die than fade away
These days - the stars seem out of reach
But these days - there ain't a ladder on the streets
These days are fast, nothing lasts - in this graceless age
Even innocence has caught the morning train
There ain't nobody left but us these days" - Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, "These Days", These Days

"I will walk alone by the Black Muddy River
And dream me a dream of my own.
I will walk alone by the Black Muddy River
And sing me a song of my own." - Grateful Dead, "Black Muddy River"

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines." - Satchel Paige

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne

"To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." - Henry David Thoreau

"to be nobody but yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." - e.e. cummings

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." - Henry David Thoreau

"If a student fails to learn, the teacher fails to teach." - Anon.

"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That´s relativity." - Albert Einstein

"I don't give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell." - Harry S. Truman

"What does a woman want?" - Sigmund Freud

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

No one can predict to what heights you can soar, even you will not know until you spread your wings.

Success is a journey, not a destination.

"If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin." - Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle

"Some men see things as they are and say 'why?' I dream things that never were and say 'why not?'" - Robert Kennedy

"Végre nem butulok tovább" (Finally I am becoming stupider no more) - Paul Erdös´s epitaph

"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ´This was their finest hour.´ " - Sir Winston Churchill, 18 June 1940, announcing the fall of France, and the start of the Battle of Britain.

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell, Animal Farm

"If we don´t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don´t believe in it at all." - Noam Chomsky

"When, three days ago, the world had word of the death of President Roosevelt, many wept who are unaccustomed to tears, many men and women, little enough accustomed to prayer, prayed to God. Many of us looked with deep trouble to the future; many of us felt less certain that our works would be to a good end; all of us reminded of how precious a thing human greatness is. We have been living through years of great evil, and of great terror. Roosevelt has been our President, our Commander-in-Chief and, in an old and unperverted sense, our leader. All over the world men have looked to him for guidance, and have seen symbolized in him their hope that the evils of this time would not be repeated; that the terrible sacrifices which have been made, and those that are still to be made, would lead to a world more fit for human habitation...In the Hindu scripture, in the Bhagavad-Gita, it says, ´Man is a creature whose substance is faith. What his faith is, he is.´ The faith of Roosevelt is one that is shared by millions of men and women in every country of the world. For this reason it is possible to maintain the hope, for this reason it is right that we should dedicate ourselves to the hope, that his good works will not have ended with his death." - J. Robert Oppenheimer, a speech given at Los Alamos on April 15, 1945

"It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them." - J. Robert Oppenheimer

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr., Address at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." - Martin Luther King, Jr., I See The Promised Land, Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968

"There go my people: I have to go and run and catch up because I am their leader." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

"I can walk down the street, there's no one there
Though the pavements are one huge crowd.
I can drive down the road; my eyes don't see,
Though my mind wants to cry out loud." - Jack Bruce and Pete Brown, "Wrapping Paper"

"If you keep proving stuff that others have done, getting confidence, increasing the complexities of your solutions - for the fun of it - then one day you'll turn around and discover that nobody actually did that one! And that's the way to become a computer scientist." - Richard Feynman

"I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiricy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids..." - Gen. Jack Ripper, Dr. Strangelove

Spock: "If I may be so bold, it was a mistake for you to accept promotion. Commanding a starship is your first, best destiny; anything else is a waste of material."
Kirk: "I would not presume to debate you."
Spock: "That is wise. Were I to invoke logic, however, logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."
Kirk: "Or the one."
Spock: "You are my superior officer. You are also my friend. I have been and always shall be yours."
On whether Kirk should assume command from Spock, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

"To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd." - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, Lines 64-98

"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
  Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
  One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
  One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
  One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

We waited until the blast had passed, walked out of the shelter and then it was extremely solemn. We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita: Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him he takes on his multiarmed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I supose we all thought that, one way or another. - J. Robert Oppenheimer about the Trinity test that occurred on July, 16th, 1945 at 05:29:45 AM.

"When Hitler attacked the Jews I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church and there was nobody left to be concerned." - Pastor Martin Niemöller

"What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act IV, Scene III.


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