Don’t quote me on that

I am old. You have to be old to get to be as mad as your mad administrator is.

Being old, I remember things that don’t seem to be around much anymore. Even on the big ol’ bad internet. Like quote files. Remember quote files? Back in USENET days, they were a big thing. I’m not sure why. Humans don’t always make much sense, after all.

Anyway, in doing some cleanup work on my computer files, I ran across my old quote file. For you whippersnappers (or future archeologists), a quote file is a simple text file of quotes that you’ve run across in your life or digital travels, that struck you enough to copy it and put in the file. That’s all. Nothing profound, I’m afraid.

Still, it seemed it would make a nice post here in my little dead end corner of nothing and nowhere. Hence, here are the entries in my quote file. How long ago I put them in, or when I stopped adding them, I no longer have the slightest idea…

“I’d give all the wealth that years have piled on
The slow result of life’s decay,
To be once more a little child
For one bright, summer-day.” — Lewis Carroll

“Many a man has decided to stay alive not because of the will to live, but because of the determination not to give assorted surviving bastards the satisfaction of his death.” — Brendan Francis

“The Universe is an evil place, but at least it seems to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.” — Londo, Babylon 5

“He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.” — King Lear act 3, scene 6

“I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.” — Marcus Cole, A Late Delivery From Avalon, Babylon 5

Someone once told me to relax. I have regretted doing so ever since.

“A lot of people wonder how you know if you’re really in love. Just ask yourself this one question: Would I mind being financially destroyed by this person?” — Ronnie Shakes


From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were-I have not seen
As others saw-I could not bring
My passions from a common spring-
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow-I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone-
And all I loved-I loved alone…
-Edgar Allen Poe

“America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.” — Claire Wolfe

“There is hope… but not for us.” — Kafka

“I long for the release that death will bring.” — Chick McGee

“I don’t have any solution but I certainly admire the problem.” — Ashleigh Brilliant

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” — H.L. Mencken

“The very powerful and very stupid have something in common. Instead of changing their mind to fit the facts, they try to change the facts to fit their mind. It can get pretty nasty when you’re one of the facts that needs changing.” — Dr. Who

“Your haiku insults have no effect on me.” — Cartman

“The idea that [school-children] are happy is of a piece with the idea that the lobster in the pot is happy.” — H.L. Mencken

Women want toasted ice. — Arab proverb

“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” — Henry Louis Mencken

Philip Larkin – This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.

“It’s video games. Specifically, video games you can win or finish. That’s ruined everything. When we were kids, there was one thing we all knew: The Space Invaders were coming. Yes, you could shoot at them, you could destroy them, and you might slow them down a little, but then they would resume their inexorable march. You couldn’t stop them. You couldn’t win against them.

Missile Command, as well. It only had one ending: the flashing words THE END accompanying the inevitable nuclear holocaust. Yes, you could somewhat postpone this, but it was going to happen. The question was not whether you’d fail, but how much time would pass until you fail.

This taught us the reality of life. There is no winning. You’ll never be on top of the mountain holding the sword and the princess with your foot planted on the corpse of the villain. There is no final boss who is difficult to defeat but still possible to defeat. There is only an endless marching horde of space invaders, bearing down on you until you submit.”
— Unknown goon

“A single intelligent remark can destroy a man’s entire career.” — Ezra Pound

“That one can convince one’s opponents with printed reasons, I have not believed since the year 1764. It is not for that purpose that I have taken up my pen, but rather merely to annoy them, and to give strength and courage to those on our side, and to make it known to the others that they have not convinced us.” — G.C. Lichtenberg

There is a mystery too deep for words;
the silence of the dead comes nearer to it,
Being wisest in the end. What word shall hold
the sorrow sitting at the heart of things,
The majesty and patience of the truth.
Silence will serve; it is an older tongue:
The empty room, the moonlight on the wall.
Speak for the unreturning traveler. — John Wheelock

“Anytime you’re attacked by someone whose last name is Skullsplitter, you have to be concerned.” — Philip Daileader, College of William and Mary

“It is terrible to comtemplate how few politicians are hanged.” — G.K. Chesterton

“No modern government policy is so stupid that the Romans didn’t think of it first.” — Bill Bonner

“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.” — Robert Heinlein

“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” — Thomas Paine

Age Res Proprias Tuas
“Mind your own business”

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is having lots to do, and not doing it.” — John W. Raper

“We’ve been slaves to them for all of human history because we needed them to birth the next generation of humans. Yet our reward for fighting and dying to build a safe society for them was to have them rebel, call our protection and provision of them ‘slavery’ then slut it up with worthless thugs and idiots, sell themselves as whores to the rich men that were sending us to die in trenches on the far side of the globe, then come to us with a kid or two and tell us to man up and take care of them.

Good lord they are horrid.”

— DisposableHero, MGTOW Forums

“From stone are hatched dry air, wet water, life;
From stone comes egg, and so in stone rests fossil.
Desire and thought shape stone, and then are gone,
But stone still shakes with steps of those who’ve walked it.”
–“Dreams of Dawn”, Marti Steussy