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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

    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.

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

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

    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.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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


    • "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

      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.


      • "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

        April 3, 2015, 7:20 pm
        Unless the child is a girl.
        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!"
        June 3, 2019, 2:22 am
        Right, LLapp, He should have said ''an adult', or a ''boy'' who fears noise''.
        October 22, 2019, 2:50 pm
        Would you all please pipe down? Geez, who can solve cryptograms with this cacophony all around?


        • 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

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

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

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

          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.

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

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

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


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

            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.

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

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

            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.

            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)

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

            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.

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

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

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

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


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

              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


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

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

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

                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.


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

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


                  • Laughed out loud...


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

                      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.

                      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.

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


                      • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                        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

                        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!

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

                        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.

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

                        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.)

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

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

                        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

                        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.)

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

                        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.

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

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

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

                        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?

                        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.

                        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


                        • "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

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

                          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.


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

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

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


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

                              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


                              • "The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart." Robert Frost

                                The power of montyb over us all... LOL (see last comment)

                                December 31, 2012, 9:55 pm
                                I'm kind of a spleen man myself.
                                June 26, 2014, 9:50 am
                                Be still my spleen!
                                August 7, 2016, 2:25 pm
                                My spleen was in my throat.
                                October 13, 2016, 2:09 pm
                                Could you spleen that to me?
                                November 21, 2016, 5:20 pm
                                I'm just spleenbroken over this whole affair
                                December 30, 2016, 5:35 am
                                I like how you all have gotten right to the spleen of the matter.
                                January 7, 2017, 12:56 pm
                                Don't wear your spleen on your sleeve.
                                February 16, 2017, 10:18 am
                                I am impressed by all these spleen-felt comments.
                                February 21, 2017, 5:22 pm
                                I wonder if Heart would have had such musical success if they had called themselves Spleen instead.
                                June 22, 2017, 4:57 am
                                Bless y'alls spleens. These comments have made my day.
                                May 23, 2018, 3:31 am
                                Spleen-did performance on my part! 39 seconds!
                                May 25, 2018, 3:27 pm
                                Wow Fudi, that's really fast for a newcomer!
                                July 30, 2018, 4:31 am
                                I left my spleen in San Francisco after my accident.
                                October 2, 2018, 3:00 pm
                                This spleen-to-spleen discussion is really spleen-warming.
                                December 26, 2018, 3:53 pm
                                Thank you all, from the bottom of my spleen.
                                May 7, 2019, 5:50 pm
                                I'm chuckling half-spleenedly.
                                July 29, 2019, 9:01 am
                                All these spleen comments really make my liver quiver!
                                November 27, 2019, 1:05 pm
                                Apparently monty is a bad influence on all of you.