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Art's character says: "It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."I missed it, when I saw the movie many years ago and also after, when I read the book.
The old wise man says: "No ... It's better to live on your feet than die on your knees."
"But as video war games gain popularity throughout the armed forces, some military trainers worry that the more the games seem like war, the more war may start to seem like a game."An interesting article also, and obviously topical, at that time.
"We have to get an agreement with Israel in order to get an agreement with Hamas. And we have to get an agreement with Hamas in order to get an agreement with Israel."From Michael Tarazi, legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization. Sort of epitomizes what goes around, comes around - ad infinitum.
"The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavour upon the business known as gambling."Attributed to Ambrose (Gwinnett) Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing."From Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought."By Henri Louis Bergson
"Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability."Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman statesman, orator, philosopher
"Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money."Simone Weil (1909-43), French philosopher, mystic
"We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans."By Reubin Askew
"In England, we ask for the bill and pay with a check, while here in America I ask for the check and pay with a bill."
"What I still ask for daily - for life as long as I have work to do, and work as long as I have life."From Reynolds Price
"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them."Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The first captain (played by Tom Tully) asks the new ensign (played by Robert Francis):
Captain:"Well, Ensign, do you think this ship is a mess, eh?"
But, motor-mouth Keefer butts in:
Keefer:"No, the question is: Is this mess a ship?"
"Consider that in Britain the Royal Mail delivers the post, not the mail, while in America the Postal Service delivers the mail, not the post."
During an exchange of viewpoints about Life, Death and The Whole Damn Thing, one of the group, when asked about what he believed in, quipped:
"Being drunk enough to be brave and brave enough to be drunk."
"Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you."How true that is still today....
"The people should not be afraid of the government; the governemnt should be afraid of the people...."Quite relevant in today's fear of terror ... and the resulting terror of fear, no?
"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."I've seen it many times, quoted by others, but Huxley appears to be the source. I think it's an excellent credo for inquiring minds....
"A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears."Try as we might, we can't escape it. Bummer!
Valli: "So, what have you done?"Some of you may know that Cotton and Valli appeared together a year earlier in one of the greatest film-noir, The Third Man.
Cotton: "Gamblers call me a sucker - suckers call me a gambler!"
"Leave well enough be, and you'll be well enough."It epitomized McCoy's reflective character - even as he and his wife, Carol, continued on their path of self-destruction. Ironically, in the long run, Doc should have taken his own advice.
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."More of our political mandarins should read more of Drucker, I reckon.
Peter Drucker 1909-2005
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