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  • #61
    "It is through the cracks in our brains that ecstasy creeps in."
    — Logan Pearsall Smith

    bansaisequoia
    May 10, 2010, 2:03 am
    Are there two drug references in this quote?

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    • #62
      "Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. "
      — Ann Landers

      bansaisequoia
      July 4, 2009, 6:37 pm
      But if kat admires you, you're pretty good.

      kat
      June 1, 2018, 4:32 am
      9 years later I am seeing Bansai's comment.

      abra
      February 12, 2019, 12:24 pm
      Awww, kat, that's fun that you found it.

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      • #63
        "Isn't it marvelous how those scientists know the names of all those stars? "
        — Unattributed

        bansaisequoia
        May 27, 2010, 7:39 pm
        Like Betelgeuse, Procyon, Antares, Fomalhaut and Torcularis Septentrionalis?

        pootie49
        July 3, 2012, 1:46 pm
        um yup those!

        montyb
        July 30, 2012, 10:05 pm
        Don't forget Altair, Deneb, Algol, Arturus, Barnard's star, Spica, Wolf 359. Yes there really is a Wolf 359, but we're a few centuries from meeting the Borg there.

        bansaisequoia
        December 27, 2014, 9:27 am
        The Borg are here on Earth! Yes! There's Bjorn Borg, and Sven Borg and Annika Borg and Haakon Borg and Kirsten Borg...

        (Bansai held the record of 11 seconds on this quote from September 26, 2010 until Lacross Sticks beat him by 1 second on November 7, 2018.)

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        • #64
          "What a wonderful thing it is to be sure of one's faith!"
          — George Frederick Handel


          bansaisequoia
          June 16, 2009, 11:28 pm
          |: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! :| |: For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! :| For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. |: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! :| The kingdom of this world Is become the kingdom of our Lord, And of His Christ, and of His Christ; And He shall reign for ever and ever, For ever and ever, forever and ever, King of kings, and Lord of lords, |: King of kings, and Lord of lords, :| And Lord of lords, And He shall reign, And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings, forever and ever, And Lord of lords, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! And He shall reign forever and ever, |: King of kings! and Lord of lords! :| And He shall reign forever and ever, King of kings! and Lord of lords! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
          PianoManGidley
          December 13, 2010, 10:58 pm
          Meh...just because you're sure of something doesn't mean it's right. Hitler was sure he was right.
          pootie49
          June 3, 2011, 4:50 pm
          bansai? you just checking how many words you can fit in comments?
          universalmom
          March 18, 2012, 10:58 pm
          ...and did you know it by heart, or did you look it up?
          bazinga
          November 14, 2012, 7:53 pm
          Bansai is loosing it...
          bansaisequoia
          December 6, 2012, 2:04 pm
          Did I unloose it upon you? Bazinga!
          wobray
          January 15, 2013, 10:46 pm
          Handel's Messiah is still highly regarded
          WRQ9
          June 7, 2013, 7:45 am
          Not religious, yet I like that piece as much as any. Oddly though, the quote is lost on me.
          montyb
          June 16, 2013, 7:41 pm
          I could probably still sing the bass part from memory, and I haven't done so since high school.
          gryhnd51
          September 6, 2013, 10:22 pm
          Monty, I can provide the alto and piano/organ.....and I have 2 sisters who can do the soprano and descant! My father did the tenor, and a brother had the bass down perfectly.. What wonderful memories that brings to mind. Thanks, Bansai.
          oddcouple
          October 23, 2013, 3:38 pm
          I love the Hallelujah chorus, both to sing and to listen to.
          montyb
          March 12, 2015, 11:41 am
          "Can you sing the Hallelujah Chorus." "Oh, I can Handel it."
          marnita
          November 26, 2015, 11:45 am
          I'll be singing the alto part in about two weeks.
          oddcouple
          December 25, 2015, 10:22 am
          Handel's Messiah always strengthens my faith every time I either sing it or hear it sung.
          universalmom
          May 20, 2016, 4:25 pm
          oddcouple, I feel the same way. On npr they had a thread asking what music performance at any time in history you'd give anything to hear live. For me, it would be the first performance ever of the Messiah. Can you imagine how astonishing it must have been?
          Persephone59
          November 21, 2016, 7:17 pm
          I took my kids to see Messiah when they were about 4 and 10, in a church with hard wooden seats. It was the Portland Baroque Orchestra, with period instruments. I was amazed, considering the length (3 hours!) and the repetition (see Bansai's comment), but they were very good and enjoyed it. I would never do that to them again. A recording is fine. But the PBO is really amazing, thank you Monica Huggett.
          phthelen
          October 25, 2017, 6:55 pm
          Thanks, Bansai. As I read your words, the music sang in my head. I eagerly buy tickets for Handel's Messiah every year, and weep when hearing it. I must be getting old. And like Marnita, I sang alto. Wonderful memories. Thank God for them.
          blueladyblue
          January 2, 2018, 11:45 am
          Over 50 years ago I used to sing Handel's Mesiah (alto) in a chorus. Still remember every note, every word. And I'm an atheist. And PianoMan, you're 100% right.
          killdozer
          January 21, 2018, 4:33 pm
          It's a much better feeling to be free of faith.
          bookie539
          April 8, 2018, 11:15 am
          I heartily agree with this quote.
          LLapp
          June 20, 2018, 8:27 pm
          I wonder how pootie might have responded to Andy's rants if she were still with us.
          abra
          October 16, 2018, 1:54 pm
          I think she and Bansai had a friendly and nice relationship. Her comment to him was good natured. It would have been interesting to hear what she'd say to Andy.

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          • #65
            "If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner. "
            — Zig Ziglar

            ninashreiber
            August 25, 2012, 7:26 pm
            Who is this "bansaisequoia" person who solved this in 8 seconds?

            maradnu
            October 9, 2013, 12:51 pm
            If you have to ask, you haven't spent much time here.

            JD_1947
            November 16, 2014, 7:30 am
            . . ninashreiber, bansai is like the wind . . a thief in the night . . the hint of oregano in your stew . . a bird on wing . . a God of crypto's . . .

            universalmom
            May 7, 2015, 8:32 am
            The hint of oregano in your stew - JD that's awesome!

            (Bansai held the 8 second record from July 27, 2011 until January 21, 2020, when Descifrador beat him by 1 second.)

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            • #66
              "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
              — Jiddu Krishnamurti

              bansaisequoia
              March 7, 2010, 3:54 pm
              Thus, I am maladaptive.
              bansaisequoia
              July 24, 2012, 6:27 pm
              The butterflies in my stomach, caused by anomie and angst, are actually signs of good health.
              Allen
              January 19, 2013, 11:40 pm
              Anomie and Angst--who'll ever forget'em?
              Quizzical
              February 2, 2015, 3:11 am
              Those butterflies are the sign of a bad diet.

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              • #67
                "In golf, one minute you're bleeding. The next minute you're hemorrhaging. The next minute you're painting the Mona Lisa."
                — Mac O'Grady


                bansaisequoia
                July 2, 2012, 4:05 am
                Actually, I think it's like watching the paint dry on the Mona Lisa.
                wvwoman
                September 1, 2012, 8:48 pm
                i had 'sleeping'---made sense to me!
                hopetheturtle
                November 24, 2012, 7:42 pm
                Golf-the sport for gophers....
                locodad
                December 25, 2012, 4:23 pm
                they should built abasketbll court, so we could shoot a couple of baskets while waiting for the next guy to hit the ball. Actually it might take a whole Laker basketball game before the3 ball goes in to the hole. GO LAKERS
                opallady
                January 25, 2013, 8:14 pm
                Bansai is right, and I had 'sleeping', too.
                kjmcaj
                July 5, 2013, 7:52 pm
                yikes...486 long, long seconds.
                mokonabarb
                October 9, 2014, 2:30 pm
                I had "sleeping" too. made more sense to me, also.
                abra
                November 3, 2014, 1:43 pm
                SLEEPING.
                LLapp
                December 2, 2014, 3:41 pm
                I had "sleeping," and then "bleeping" -- which made a LOT more sense for golf.
                abra
                November 27, 2016, 6:44 pm
                Again, I thought he was sleeping.
                montyb
                April 2, 2017, 12:57 am
                Well I plan to go hemorrhage later today.
                MamaB
                April 18, 2018, 4:23 am
                Be careful out there, monty!

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                • #68
                  "How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot of which he has chosen or which chance has thrown his way, but praises those who follow a different course? "
                  — Horace

                  LiveLoveLaugh
                  May 4, 2010, 1:03 pm
                  Maecenas -- not a common name

                  bansaisequoia
                  September 5, 2010, 4:29 pm
                  He used to tour with Kenny Logginus.

                  LLapp
                  November 10, 2014, 5:00 am
                  Ha ha, Bansai, four years later.

                  skeeter
                  September 25, 2015, 4:38 pm
                  And bansai is still funny, five years later

                  abra
                  January 2, 2019, 6:16 pm
                  That really was funny, bansai.

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                  • #69
                    "I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed."
                    — James Thurber


                    Wow.

                    bansaisequoia
                    June 13, 2011, 4:23 am
                    I think I've disturbed at least four psychologists, and two of them had Ivy League doctorates hanging on their walls. And I only went to these sessions at the behest of my family. Eventually, I refused to go, when I realized that they had spent as much as it would have cost to pay room, board and tuition at a state school to earn a Bachelor's Degree in engineering.

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                    • #70
                      Wow indeed, abra. That one, above, is sadly revealing. I hope he saw this response to something else he wrote, below:

                      "Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes."
                      — Edgard Varese

                      bansaisequoia
                      October 12, 2009, 2:41 pm
                      For his 15th birthday, young Frank Zappa asked his parents for the money to make a long distance phone call to this French-born avant-garde composer, who then resided in New York. Varese was not at home, but Zappa did speak to his wife. Unfortunately, the composer died in 1965, just a year before Zappa cut his first album. Zappa was never able to meet this idol during his lifetime.
                      obsessedreader8
                      June 22, 2015, 12:24 am
                      I love the comment by bansaisequoia because I always remember that Zappa loved Varese. In fact, it prompted me to buy a couple Varese albums. My son (much more of a musical genius than I) ADORES Varese. (Although I will say I think his quote is kind of trite.)

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                      • #71
                        "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." — Carl Sagan

                        bansaisequoia
                        January 10, 2011, 6:52 pm
                        I have a Carl Sagan t-shirt with this quote. I purchased it on eBay.

                        joma1944
                        November 19, 2013, 5:20 pm
                        I sold it to him.


                        As of today, bansai has held the 10-second record on this quote for more than 9 years. He commented the same day he set the record.

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                        • #72
                          (This one just made me giggle.)

                          "The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood. "
                          — Logan Pearsall Smith

                          bansaisequoia
                          October 13, 2009, 4:50 pm
                          That's crazy talk, ya cocky young whippersnapper.

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                          • #73
                            "Who has skill in the art of music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. "
                            — Martin Luther

                            bansaisequoia
                            May 22, 2010, 12:45 am
                            Wouldn't it be interesting if he had lived to see Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Donnie Wahlberg, Ozzy Osbourne and Axl Rose?

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                            • #74
                              "Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. "
                              — Unattributed

                              bansaisequoia
                              September 13, 2009, 2:17 am
                              This quotation makes no sense whatsoever!!! The person who said this is insane!!!

                              kat
                              September 24, 2009, 1:01 am
                              Ha Ha!!!!!! Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              kat
                              November 11, 2009, 4:30 pm
                              HA!!!!!!!!!!!

                              kat
                              January 14, 2010, 3:43 pm
                              Ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              bansaisequoia
                              January 30, 2011, 5:34 am
                              Tee-hee-hee!!!!!!!!!

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                              • #75
                                Bansai has held the 11-second record for this quote since February 19, 2011. The only tie happened exactly 9 years later (one week ago) by munchlet.


                                "No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy." — Hitopadesa

                                bansaisequoia
                                May 23, 2009, 6:28 pm
                                All this time I've been wondering who Hitopadesa was. I just googled it, and it actually turns out to be a collection of Sanskrit fables which is alternately transliterated, "Hitopadesha." Just thought I'd share that with all you cryptediennes and cryptedians.

                                universalmom
                                January 22, 2014, 11:22 am
                                Ha...I'm a cryptedienne! My family thinks I'm a cryptomaniac

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