November 9

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Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
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Quotes of the day from previous years:
"The time has come", the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages — and Kings —
And why the Sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings."

~ Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass ~
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. ~ Carl Sagan (born 9 November 1934)
Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism. ~ Carl Sagan
To love another is something
like prayer and it can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.
~ Anne Sexton ~
Every one of us is precious in the cosmic perspective. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another. ~ Carl Sagan


A woman who writes feels too much,
those trances and portents!
As if cycles and children and islands
weren't enough; as if mourners and gossips
and vegetables were never enough.
She thinks she can warm the stars.
A writer is essentially a spy.
Dear love, I am that girl.
~ Anne Sexton (born November 9, 1928)

I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.
~ Anne Sexton

But suicides have a special language.
Like carpenters they want to know which tools.
They never ask why build.
~ Anne Sexton

I love you the way the oboe plays.
I love you the way skinny dipping makes my body feel.
I love you the way a ripe artichoke tastes.
Yet I fear you,
as one in the desert fears the sun.
~ Anne Sexton

We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands. The loom of time and space works the most astonishing transformations of matter. ~ Carl Sagan

History is full of people who out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power have destroyed knowledge of immeasurable value which truly belongs to us all. We must not let it happen again. ~ Carl Sagan

  • 3 Kalki 12:39, 8 November 2007 (UTC) With a strong lean toward a 4
  • 3 InvisibleSun 17:45, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 because knowledge is power. Zarbon 05:55, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.
Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge. ~ Carl Sagan

I believe it is an act of delusion to look for (or more so), discover a so-called "educated" preacher/evangelist. Thus, no evangelist/preacher can be better than the other. But I agree, they can be worse. ~ Nadeem F. Paracha

  • 3 Zarbon 17:33, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:21, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Either I'm just too paranoid or this is just my way of now playing the sardonic court jester instead of the "angry young man" who once actually believed in the logic and persuasive power of cohesive literary narratives as a means to bring about change. ~ Nadeem F. Paracha

  • 3 Zarbon 17:33, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:21, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

I'd rather fight for a tree than die for a God. ~ Nadeem F. Paracha

  • 3 Zarbon 17:33, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Waheedone 02:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Kalki 18:21, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

I'm suspicious of any mode of transportation that requires a running start. ~ Alan Kotok

I'm opposed to any sport that reduces the coefficient of friction between me and the ground. ~ Alan Kotok

There's the moon trying to look romantic
Moon's too old that's her trouble
Aren't we all? ~ Roger McGough

The general at the radar screen
he should have got the sack
But that wouldn't bring
Three thousand million, seven hundred, and sixty-eight people back,
Would it? ~ Roger McGough

The general at the radar screen
Rubbed his hands with glee,
And grinning pressed the button
And started world war three. ~ Roger McGough

Democracy may be alright for certain people in the world, but I don't think the type of democracy Fiji needs is the type Australia and New Zealand enjoy. ~ Jona Senilagakali