A Few Favorites Quotes

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HERE ARE A FEW STATEMENTS that I fan­cied when I read them. I orig­i­nally placed them in the sidebar on the home­page of this site but in 2022, side­bars are no longer hip. In fact, most on­line ex­perts about things on­line sug­gest doing away with side­bars com­pletely! Me, I like side­bars but I com­pro­mised with the pros by dras­ti­cally re­ducing the length of mine. 

But not wanting to simply delete the quotes that I had col­lected, I moved them here. They’re in no order and they cer­tainly don’t make some kind of co­he­sive state­ment. So it goes . . .

 

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We cannot do it all at once, it is a se­quence. An un­folding process. We can only con­trol the end by making a choice at each step. We can only hope. And try. One some other world, pos­sibly it is dif­ferent. There are clear good and evil al­ter­na­tives. Not these ob­scure ad­mix­tures, these blends, with no proper tool by which to un­tangle the components.”

– Philip K. Dick, The Man In The High Castle

 

“We are the first gen­er­a­tion to feel the sting of cli­mate change, and we are the last gen­er­a­tion that can do some­thing about it.”

– Jay In­slee, Gov­ernor of Washington

 

The ul­ti­mate test of man’s con­science may be his will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice some­thing today for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions whose words of thanks will not be heard.”

– Gay­lord Nelson

 

“The Earth will not con­tinue to offer its har­vest, ex­cept with faithful stew­ard­ship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to de­stroy it for use by fu­ture generations.”

– John Paul II

 

“The facts are there that we have cre­ated, man has, a self-inflicted wound that man has cre­ated through global warming.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

– Chi­nese proverb

 

I play fic­ti­tious char­ac­ters often solving fic­ti­tious prob­lems. I be­lieve mankind has looked at cli­mate change in the same way, as if it were fiction.”

– Leonardo DiCaprio

 

As human be­ings, we are vul­ner­able to con­fusing the un­prece­dented with the im­prob­able. In our everyday ex­pe­ri­ence, if some­thing has never hap­pened be­fore, we are gen­er­ally safe in as­suming it is not going to happen in the fu­ture, but the ex­cep­tions can kill you, and cli­mate change is one of those exceptions.”

– Al Gore

 

“Go into the world and do well, but more im­por­tantly, go into the world and do good.”

– Minor Myers Jr., Pres­i­dent of Illi­nois Wes­leyan University

 

What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tol­er­able planet to put it on.”

– Henry David Thoreau

 

“The gen­eral pop­u­la­tion doesn’t know what’s hap­pening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.”

– Noam Chomsky

 

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so.”

– Mark Twain

 

“I have lived with sev­eral Zen mas­ters, all of them cats.”

– Eck­hart Tolle

 

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The piece above was drawn “ran­domly” by a con­trap­tion ex­plained in “Draw Ab­stract Art with a Random Number Gen­er­ator” by Larry Cotton for the Makezine web­site. It has nothing to do with any of the quotes that pre­cede it—I just like it.