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Monday, June 16, 2008

Words to Understand

"Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up rejoices."
from the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption

"Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'"
Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw

"It's the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

"When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?"
British economist John Maynard Keynes' reply to a criticism during the late 1920s Great Depression of having changed his position on monetary policy, as quoted in Lost Prophets: An Insider's History of the Modern Eonomists (1994) by Alfred L. Malabre, p. 220

"I'd even defend [US President] Bush."
known as the Devil's advocate for defending war criminals, lawyer Jacques Verges' response when asked if he would have defended Hitler (from the documentary "Terror's Advocate")

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"Semper et infirmi est animi exiguique voluptas Ultio."
(Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind)
Roman poet Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis

"Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."
A Native American saying, from Sharon Creech, in her novel Walk Two Moons

"He even achieved respectability in his love life. At a Tate Gallery exhibition in the 1960s, Gielgud met Hungarian Martin Hensler, 30 years his junior, who shared his love of gardening. They remained a couple for nearly 40 years, and died only months apart in 2000."
Glenys Roberts, on late actor Sir John Gielgud (Daily Mail, "How a moment of madness by Britain's greatest actor drove him to the brink of suicide - and forever changed attitudes to sex" 20 March, 2008)

"[It] is the case with us all ... One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."
Jane Austen, in her novel Emma

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