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    "How thankful for leaders that men do not think!" - Adolf Hitler.

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    Utinam populus Romanus unam cervicem haberet! (Would that the Roman people had but one neck!)

    -- Caligula, as quoted by Suetonius in The Twelve Caesars
    Your gardening sucks and your avocados ain't fruitin'. -- Sappho the Maestro

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    From Peep Show:

    [Mark and Dobby are listening to a history walk guide]
    Dobby: He's zhooshing it right up. He's Zhoosh Michael, making history fun.
    Mark Corrigan: Why does everything have to be fun to be worthwhile? "Crick and Watson have discovered the Double Helix", "Did they do it on a skateboard?", "No", "Well, fuck off then, I'm not interested."
    Die Logik ist keine Lehre, sondern ein Spiegelbild der Welt. Die Logik ist transcendental. - Wittgenstein

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    "What the brain does more than just recollects. It intercompares, it synthesizes, it analyzes, it generates abstractions."

    - C. Sagan

    "Love is like a fart. If you have to force it, it's probably shit."

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    "If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little."

    - George Carlin

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    “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
    ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
    "Long live the weeds and the wilderness!"

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    “there are worse things
    than being alone
    but it often takes
    decades to realize this
    and most often when you do
    it's too late
    and there's nothing worse
    than too late”
    -bukowski
    Then why did he put the Devil in me?

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    “Libertarianism has historically been a fringe movement. And fringes tend to be populated by men. There are exceptions, of course, but in general if you investigate the long tails of any bell curve you're going to discover a sausage fest, and libertarianism is no exception." - Katherine Mangu-Ward
    You hide behind caveats and modifiers. - Lurker

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    “Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk — real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.”
    ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
    "Long live the weeds and the wilderness!"

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    "Ironically, it is Carroll's earlier and pagan nonsense that has, at least for a few modern readers, a more effective religious message than Sylvie and Bruno. For nonsense, as Chesterton liked to tell us, is a way of looking at existence that is akin to religious humility and wonder. The Unicorn thought Alice a fabulous monster. It is part of the philosophic dullness of our time that there are millions of rational monsters walking about on their hind legs, observing the world through pairs of flexible little lenses, periodically supplying themselves with energy by pushing organic substances through holes in their faces, who see nothing fabulous whatever about themselves. Occasionally the noses of these creatures are shaken by momentary paroxysms. Kierkegaard once imagined a philosopher sneezing while recording one of his profound sentences. How could such a man, Kierkegaard wondered, take his metaphysics seriously.

    The last level of metaphor in the Alice books is this: that life, viewed rationally and without illusion, appears to be a nonsense tale told by an idiot mathematician. At the heart of things science finds only a mad, never-ending quadrille of Mock Turtle Waves and Gryphon Particles. For a moment the waves and particles dance in grotesque, inconceivably complex patterns capable of reflecting on their own absurdity. We all live slapstick lives, under an inexplicable sentence of death, and when we try to find out what the Castle authorities want us to do, we are shifted from one bumbling bureaucrat to another. We are not even sure that Count West-West, the owner of the Castle, really exists. More than one critic has commented on the similarities between Kafka's Trial and the trial of the Jack of Hearts; between Kafka's Castle and a chess game in which living pieces are ignorant of the game's plan and cannot tell if they move of their own wills or are being pushed by invisible fingers.

    This vision of the monstrous mindlessness of the cosmos ("Off with its head!") can be grim and disturbing, as it is in Kafka and the Book of Job, or lighthearted comedy, as in Alice or Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday. When Sunday, the symbol of God in Chesterton's metaphysical nightmare, flings little messages to his pursuers, they turn out to be nonsense messages. One of them is even signed Snowdrop, the name of Alice's White Kitten. It is a vision that can lead to despair and suicide, to the laughter that closes Jean Paul Sartre's story "The Wall," to the humanist's resolve to carry on bravely in the face of ultimate darkness. Curiously, it can also suggest the wild hypothesis that there may be a light behind the darkness.

    Laughter, declares Reinhold Niebuhr in one of his finest sermons, is a kind of no man's land between faith and despair. We preserve our sanity by laughing at life's surface absurdities, but the laughter turns to bitterness and derision if directed toward the deeper irrationalities of evil and death. "That is why," he concludes, "there is laughter in the vestibule of the temple, the echo of laughter in the temple itself, but only faith and prayer, and no laughter, in the holy of holies."

    Lord Dunsany said the same thing this way in The Gods of Pagana. The speaker is Limpang-Tung, the god of mirth and melodious minstrels. "I will send jests into the world and a little mirth. And while Death seems to thee as far away as the purple rim of hills, or sorrow as far off as rain in the blue days of summer, then pray to Limpang-Tung. But when thou growest old, or ere thou diest, pray not to Limpang-Tung, for thou becomest part of a scheme that he doth not understand. "Go out into the starry night, and Limpang-Tung will dance with thee. ... Or offer up a jest to Limpang-Tung; only pray not in thy sorrow to Limpang-Tung, for he saith of sorrow: 'It may be very clever of the gods, but he doth not understand.'

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are two incomparable jests that the Reverend C. L. Dodgson, on a mental holiday from Christ Church chores, once offered up to Limpang-Tung."

    - Martin Gardner in the introduction to his Annotated Alice.
    Die Logik ist keine Lehre, sondern ein Spiegelbild der Welt. Die Logik ist transcendental. - Wittgenstein

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    "If everyone is moving, and in the same direction at that--whether right or left, whether up or down--the stationary person is in the way. He is taken as a reproach, and since people collide with him, they brand him as the offender. "

    (Ernst Junger)
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    No history, no exposition, no anecdote or argument changes the invariant: we are all human beings, and some humans are idiots.

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