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  • "I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams."
    — Jonas E. Salk

    bansaisequoia
    November 2, 2009, 10:42 pm
    This man is an inspiration. When he developed the Polio Vaccine, he gave it to all humankind and did not apply for patent. When asked why, he said "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" All the pharmaceutical company executives we see in the Fortune 400 should open up their eyes and start thinking of the enrichment of the world, not the enrichment of their assets.

    wvwoman
    September 23, 2012, 6:14 am
    they probably wouldn't understand that concept.

    wvwoman
    December 2, 2013, 11:02 am
    and well said, bansai.

    skeeter
    April 25, 2015, 4:26 am
    I think of him whenever I recall all the children of my childhood who had to wear the polio braces. It was a common sight then, but an extremely rare one now.

    abra
    June 6, 2015, 10:54 am
    Those of us who are old enough to remember children with Polio, know how great this man was. I didn't know the information that bansai gave us. It makes him a giant. We need more giants.

    Capy
    July 3, 2016, 9:35 pm
    Thank you for that Bansai

    SippyGurl
    December 10, 2016, 9:49 am
    thanks bansai! now i understand more fully why so many hold him in such high regard

    LLapp
    February 4, 2019, 8:24 pm
    I was born in 1956, and I lived until age 5 on a street where I sometimes watched my sister and other older girls jump rope on the sidewalk. All these years later, there are still two sights I've not forgotten. First was the two girls jumping in and out of Double Dutch -- my first experience of jaw-dropping spectacle. And second was our quiet "steady ender" -- the young girl in the wheelchair, legs paralyzed by polio, glad to be turning the rope at her end.

    letfreedomring
    September 18, 2019, 12:33 pm
    ^A nice reminder, as we bicker politically, to take a step back to count our blessings.

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    • "The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet - the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot." — Salvador Dali

      ernests
      August 23, 2018, 6:41 pm
      The third was a poet again, but this time writing a comic verse about the second guy. The fourth was just some drunk guy. After that, pretty much everyone was doing it for a while before it went out of fashion and comparing foreheads to alabaster became the in thing.

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      • "Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it. A child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise."
        — Cyril Connolly

        LLapp
        April 3, 2015, 7:20 pm
        Unless the child is a girl.
        LLapp
        January 9, 2016, 3:56 pm
        As I used to tell my daughter, "Stop being afraid of noises, or you'll grow up to be a man!"
        abra
        June 3, 2019, 2:22 am
        Right, LLapp, He should have said ''an adult', or a ''boy'' who fears noise''.
        montyb
        October 22, 2019, 2:50 pm
        Would you all please pipe down? Geez, who can solve cryptograms with this cacophony all around?

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        • The 59th St. Bridge thread

          "Light, when suddenly let in, dazzles and hurts and almost blinds us: but this soon passes away, and it seems to become the only element we can exist in." — Augustus William Hare

          LLapp
          April 27, 2017, 3:33 pm
          I liked "dapples" -- very painterly.

          Queethebean
          September 19, 2017, 12:40 am
          I also had dapples.

          Persephone59
          April 24, 2018, 8:38 pm
          I as well. I'm not easily dazzled.

          montyb
          August 17, 2018, 8:15 am
          Let's hear it for all us dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep people. Let the morningtime drop all its petals on us.

          abra
          December 30, 2018, 6:13 pm
          All is groovy. Dappling sounds less painful than dazzling.

          LLapp
          January 18, 2019, 10:02 pm
          Slow down, nanrich! You move too fast.

          Eureka
          April 8, 2019, 10:50 pm
          And that's why I like my transition lenses.

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          • "I am become death, shatterer of worlds. "
            — Julius Robert Oppenheimer

            puzzleme
            September 4, 2011, 2:03 am
            This is not an original Oppenheimer quote. It is from The Bhagavad GÄ«ta and was quoted by Oppenheimer in an interview where he discussed his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

            Kgun5
            June 14, 2013, 2:33 am
            His delivery of it was dynamite, though.

            geeko321
            February 10, 2014, 8:00 am
            Is this grammar correct? Seems awkward.

            dovid1946
            February 24, 2015, 7:22 am
            The bhagavad vita actually includes an account of a nuclear war fought by aliens above the earth milleniia ago.

            CarpeLanam
            October 12, 2017, 2:44 am
            As for the grammar, "become" is a linking verb, meaning the subject and predicate are the same thing. I = Death. I am Death. I (have) become Death. It's similar to the grammar of French "Je suis devenu la mort." (For a transitive verb it would be "J'ai vu...") And there is an interesting article here: (link)

            MamaB
            March 5, 2018, 1:18 pm
            Thanks, Carpe.

            DrCryptell
            October 5, 2018, 7:57 pm
            "I am" is the shortest sentence in the English language, For another verb to follow it is grammatically incorrect. making this difficult to solve.

            MamaB
            February 21, 2019, 5:04 am
            Tell that to the bhagavad vita. I still like Carpe's explanation.

            oddcouple
            May 11, 2019, 2:26 am
            "I am" may be the shortest sentence, but "I do" is the longest.

            Queethebean
            May 20, 2019, 9:45 pm
            And a rim shot for oddcouple!

            abra
            August 22, 2019, 8:04 pm
            Great comment, kgun5.

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            • "Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is a curse as well as a great blessing."
              — Albrecht Dürer

              LLapp
              October 12, 2018, 11:16 am
              I mutter this same exact gripe every morning when I get up and stumble toward the coffeemaker.
              "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -- Albert Einstein

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              • "The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks." — Rupert Murdoch

                montyb
                January 8, 2016, 3:22 pm
                Then the bucks stay with him. So much for trickle-down economics.

                kb83
                April 6, 2016, 4:32 am
                The buck checks with the sign that stops the guy.

                Roxanne
                November 28, 2018, 5:38 am
                This is precisely why I now pay bills online instead of by check. On check-writing day, I used to look up from my kitchen table and there would be a six-point buck standing outside, ripping a hole in the porch screen with his antlers and grunting. This only happened outside of hunting season, mind you.

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                • "Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better." — George Santayana

                  Johnlocke
                  April 1, 2019, 9:24 pm
                  I think Abraxas was my favorite album by him.

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                  • Laughed out loud...

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                    • "Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." — Unattributed

                      darkyr
                      November 18, 2016, 9:46 am
                      uh-oh. I do this all the time. Why shouldn't I? There really should be a because on these quotes. Now I'll have to wait months before I get an answer, if I get an answer.

                      darkyr
                      June 30, 2017, 11:02 am
                      This time it took me a bit longer because I was actually holding a stone, about to throw it, when I remembered I live in a glass house. How eerie that this was the quote I was solving right at that moment.

                      TPITTMAN44
                      May 12, 2019, 7:15 am
                      Maybe they shouldn't throw orgies either.

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                      • Here is a classic stream of consciousness, involving many people and multiple paths, that makes this site so darned enjoyable!

                        "Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can't taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie."
                        — Astrid Alauda


                        fredsevent
                        December 29, 2011, 4:29 pm
                        Me like Twinkies. Me no like carrots. Me no like this quote.

                        billkeiko
                        January 9, 2013, 8:22 pm
                        this was my first online crypt. nice website. thanks

                        montyb
                        June 3, 2013, 1:06 am
                        Carrot cake Twinkie?

                        bansaisequoia
                        August 20, 2013, 12:49 am
                        Brilliant idea, monty! We'll fill the carrot cake twinkies with cream cheese frosting and make million$!

                        skoogie2
                        November 15, 2013, 3:27 pm
                        Oh my gosh! I want a carrot cake twinkie!

                        abra
                        February 26, 2014, 2:57 pm
                        I'll just eat the frosting. I don't want to taste all that carrot cake, Earth energy.

                        maradnu
                        March 26, 2015, 4:05 pm
                        I'd rather eat carrots than twinkies. Then again, I'd rather eat fettuccine alfredo than either of those

                        marnita
                        June 9, 2015, 6:51 pm
                        I don't care for Twinkies, but I could definitely go for Monty and Bansai's carrot cake version!

                        oddcouple
                        January 16, 2016, 12:38 am
                        There appears to be no such person as Astrid Alauda, so it very well may be a pseudonym.

                        abra
                        March 30, 2016, 9:24 am
                        I only eat carrots, if they're cut the right way. Three or four inch cross cut pieces for stew, cut length wise with pot roast, julienned for soup, grated for salad, never, ever diced in anything. There are no exceptions to the rules. Well there's one exception, if I'm a guest, eating someone else's cooking. In that case, I will try to discreetly mash them with my fork.

                        wvwoman
                        June 30, 2016, 3:23 pm
                        very interesting, abra! are you that fastidious with other foods?

                        SwampySox
                        July 22, 2016, 11:48 am
                        Gimme carrot cake with 1/2 in cream cheese icing, or carrots out of the garden. (They tasted soo-oo good when we raided gardens as kids.)

                        oddcouple
                        August 27, 2016, 10:41 am
                        This time I tried to taste a parrot. He just squawked.

                        marnita
                        September 15, 2016, 11:44 am
                        I still have a hankering for a carrot cake Twinkie.

                        SippyGurl
                        December 10, 2016, 8:36 am
                        i make carrot bread with lemon icing, mebbe next time ima put a layer of icing in the middle as well

                        puzzleme
                        March 8, 2017, 2:55 pm
                        oddcouple made me guffaw so suddenly I nearly choked on my imaginary carrot cake twinkie. (And I still think Astrud is the twin from whom Robert Brault was separated at birth.)

                        marnita
                        June 10, 2017, 3:26 am
                        No munchin' on the parrots, Odd. We may have to get the Audubon Society after you.

                        kb83
                        July 7, 2017, 6:54 am
                        The twinkie is a primal food. It connects us with every source of energy and harmony in the universe.

                        phthelen
                        August 5, 2017, 2:20 pm
                        Welcome billkeiko. Don't worry, the roomies aren't always this crazy. LOL.

                        maradnu
                        September 16, 2017, 2:45 am
                        Yes, we are

                        NotTooOld
                        November 27, 2017, 12:47 pm
                        I love raw carrots, so crunchy and sweet! Twinkies are yuck!

                        abra
                        June 13, 2018, 12:14 pm
                        Marnita, no, some veggies I avoid entirely, but carrots are the only ones that have ''rules''. Astrid, I think that ''Earth energy'' is actually DIRT. Do you have one of the vegetable brushes?

                        imsoeasy
                        February 10, 2019, 1:47 am
                        Warning! Consuming Twinkies instead of healthful carrots could be a sign of depression which could cause you to do something violent.

                        darkyr
                        May 1, 2019, 11:43 am
                        I really stopped to taste a carrot the other day and it made me think of cream cheese filled twinkies. Now that is some crazy earth energy.
                        "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -- Albert Einstein

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                        • "Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one." — Benjamin Franklin

                          lertsek
                          July 3, 2018, 6:58 pm
                          I wonder how Ben feels about being on our highest denomination of currency.

                          darkyr
                          July 31, 2018, 4:15 am
                          It doesn't make him happy. He was hoping to be on the 20 so he would get out more.

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                          • "Clever people are always the best conversationalists." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

                            darkyr
                            June 16, 2016, 10:18 am
                            My shoe is on backwards.

                            RustySkipper
                            February 24, 2018, 4:15 pm
                            darkyr, that has got to hoethe.

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                            • "Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science. "
                              — Robert Green Ingersoll

                              kb83
                              August 29, 2017, 10:19 am
                              In the name of the theory, and of the data, and of the null hypothesis.
                              "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." -- Albert Einstein

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