What quote inspires you? (in Off-topic)

Untouchable July 7 2009 11:15 AM EDT

Someone said this in chat but it made me think

"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."

PoisoN July 7 2009 11:16 AM EDT

Hamid: What's that?
Rambo: It's blue light.
Hamid: What does it do?
Rambo: It turns blue.

GnuUzir July 7 2009 11:17 AM EDT

The difference between virtuality and life is very simple. In a construct you know everything is being run by an all-powerful machine. Reality doesnメt offer this assurance, so itメs very easy to develop the mistaken impression that youメre in control.

--Quellcrist Falconer

It is from a book of fiction, but I still like it a lot...

QBRanger July 7 2009 11:20 AM EDT

Game Over Dude, Game Over!!

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 7 2009 11:21 AM EDT

"When the doors of perception are cleansed man will see things as they truly are, Infinite."

William Blake

This quote also inspired the title of the band "The Doors"

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] July 7 2009 11:22 AM EDT

i have many, not sure of the origination of most so will leave them unattributed:

you are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are.

life is not fair and it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

d'oh, i actually have an old angelfire quote web page from years ago that still works, i haven't changed it in years! you can check out the quotes on it as well:


AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] July 7 2009 11:36 AM EDT

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.

Invader Sye July 7 2009 12:09 PM EDT

"Remember my face, and take revenge on me in your next life."

~Jet Li

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] July 7 2009 12:57 PM EDT

The ancient sages said "do not despise the snake for having no horns, for who is to say it will not become a dragon?" So may one just man become an army

AdminShade July 7 2009 1:02 PM EDT

Few of my favorites:

"Time will tell, sooner or later, time will tell"

"Ignorance is Bliss...With Consciousness comes Responsibility"

AdminG Beee July 7 2009 1:22 PM EDT

Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?... He`s a mile away and you've got his shoes!

Billy Connolly

gols090 [forge of me] July 7 2009 1:44 PM EDT

"All your base are belong to us."

IndependenZ July 7 2009 4:30 PM EDT

"Truth is stranger than fiction."

The best stories are found right next door. No idea how many television programmes are based on that thought :P

Lefty July 7 2009 4:43 PM EDT

"If you're not playing to win, then why bother trying to play?"

mexitl July 7 2009 4:50 PM EDT

I have four:

"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Frank Zappa

“The myth holds us, therefore, not through its romantic flavor, not the remembrance of beauty of some bygone age, not through the possibilities of fantasy, but because it expresses to us something real and existing in ourselves, as it was to those who first stumbled upon the symbols to give them life." - Mark Rothko

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." – George Washington

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." – C. S. Lewis

QBJohnnywas July 7 2009 4:50 PM EDT

モIメve seen things you people wouldnメt believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time ナ to die.ヤ

It's because of that speech that I'm now a replicant hunter in a long coat.

QBRanger July 7 2009 4:54 PM EDT

Another one that really gets me inspired in the quote from Goodfellas.

The one about Joe Pesci being a clown.

It is certainly not PG, but if you google it, you would understand.

Best to see the movie if you have not, it is one of the best gansta films made. IMO, as good if not better than The Godfather.

Zenai [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 7 2009 5:08 PM EDT

If you are doing what is right but are getting kicked by everyone else then guess who's leading the pack......saw it in a movie I can't remember which one but I thought it funny.

The one that Inspires me the most though is this:

Forgiveness like truth will set you free but it will hurt to do it. Your Pride, your Dignity, and your Selfishness will be what hurts the most, but Freedom is worth so much more than momentary pain.

I heard this in a speech when I was a kid, I cannot for the life of me remember the speaker but I will never forget that line. It ingrained itself in my mind, and has been a guiding force in my life.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 7 2009 5:17 PM EDT

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on - William S. Burroughs

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- July 7 2009 5:55 PM EDT

Game Over Dude, Game Over!!

--QBRanger, 11:20 AM EDT

Nice one, I still say this everything something unexpected happens that sucks.

Is it dude? I thought it was man. I always say man, but I haven't watched the movie in like 4-5 years :| either way man flows better.

Puppet Master: As a sentient life form, I hereby demand political asylum.
Chief Aramaki: Is this a joke?
Nakamura: Ridiculous! It's programmed for self-preservation!
Puppet Master: It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So man is an individual only because of his own undefinable memory. But memory cannot be defined, yet it defines mankind. The advent of computers and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought, parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.
Nakamura: Nonsense! This is no proof at all that you're a living, thinking life form.
Puppet Master: And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?

Demigod July 7 2009 6:11 PM EDT

FYI, it's "man."

Canibus July 7 2009 6:31 PM EDT

The difference between virtuality and life is very simple. In a construct you know everything is being run by an all-powerful machine. Reality doesnメt offer this assurance, so itメs very easy to develop the mistaken impression that youメre in control.

--Quellcrist Falconer

I like that one alot. I got no particular favorites when it comes to quotes, some Einstein, Jefferson and Hawking etc, but basically anything Christopher Hitchens says is golden ;)

ResistanZ2 [The Knighthood] July 7 2009 6:36 PM EDT

"Work it harder, make it better,
Do it faster, makes us stronger,
More than ever ever after,
Our work is never over."

Sickone July 7 2009 6:41 PM EDT

Albert Einstein:

"Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds."


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] July 7 2009 9:17 PM EDT

These two pretty much cover everything:

"The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret."
"I'll also cut you with a rusty scisor."

Admin{CB1}Slayer333 [SHIELD] July 7 2009 10:47 PM EDT

"The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it."
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 7 2009 10:52 PM EDT

"The world is full of infinite possibilities"

I think that also was Albert Einstein. Not 100% thou.

Cube July 8 2009 12:10 AM EDT

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.
-- Benjamin Franklin

QBsutekh137 July 8 2009 12:25 AM EDT

"What's life? Just nature's way of keepin' meat fresh!"
-- The Doctor

"Ain't a rat been made can get away from Mr. Yarman."
-- Mr. Yarman

"Why is it that we always have money for war, but not enough money for education?"
-- random bumper-sticker

"I like kids, but I can't eat a whole one."
-- another random bumper-sticker

"Listen up you primitive screwheads! See this? THIS is my BOOMSTICK!"
-- Ashley "Ash" Williams

"Just because something is part of a plan doesn't make it right."
-- Sutekh T. Destroyer

lotien July 8 2009 1:56 AM EDT

3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

written by God through isaiah

Timberwolf July 8 2009 5:41 AM EDT

Watch them clamber, these swift monkeys! They clamber over one another and thus drag one another into the mud and the depth. They all want to get to the throne, that is their madness as if happiness sat on the throne. Often mud sits on the throne and often also the throne on mud. Mad they all appear to me, clambering monkeys and over ardent. Foul smells their idol, the cold monster, foul they smell to me altogether, these idolators.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 8 2009 3:48 PM EDT

"Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!"
Dr. Strangelove (aka. Peter Sellers).

DrAcO5676 [The Knighthood III] July 9 2009 1:15 AM EDT

There is no indignity in being afraid to die, but there is a terrible shame in being afraid to live.
Alydon, in "The Daleks"

"But I don't exist in your world!"
"Then you won't feel the bullets when we shoot you."
The Doctor and the Brigade Leader, in "Inferno"

"I don't believe it. It's bigger inside than out!"
"Yes, the TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental."
"What does that mean?"
"It means it's bigger inside than out."
Jo and the Doctor, in "Colony in Space"

Look, try and use your intelligence, man, even if you are a politician.
The Doctor, in "Day of the Dalek

"Believe me, Doctor, the place is impregnable."
"Never cared much for the word 'impregnable'. Sound a bit too much like 'unsinkable'."
"What's wrong with 'unsinkable'?"
"Nothing, as the iceberg said to the Titanic."
The Brigadier, the Doctor, and Harry in "Robot"

For Sut ^_^

Evil? Your evil is my good. I am Sutekh the destroyer. Where I tread I leave nothing but dust and darkness. I find that good.
Sutekh, in "The Pyramids of Mars"

"You must be the Doctor. We were expecting someone much older."
"I'm only 749. Used to be even younger."
Moberly and the Doctor, in "The Seeds of Doom"

You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.
The Doctor, in "The Face of Evil"

<looks at his palm> "I know this TARDIS like the back of my hand." <Leela turns the Doctor's hand over>
The Doctor, in "The Invasion of Time"

"I just put 1.795372 and 2.204628 together."
"And what does that mean?"
The Doctor and Romana, in "The Pirate Planet"

"Where's your joy in life? Where's your optimism?"
"It opted out."
The Doctor and Romana, in "The Armageddon Factor"

Who was it said the living are just the dead on holiday?
The Doctor, in "Destiny of the Daleks"

How can a robot catch laryngitis? I mean, what do you need it for?
The Doctor, in "Destiny of the Daleks"

Stupid expression, "stands to reason". Why isn't it "lie down to reason"? -- much easier to reason lying down...
The Doctor, in "The Creature From the Pit"

"Woolly thinking, Doctor."
"Yes, very comforting when worn next to the skin."
The Master and the Doctor, in "Logopolis"

AdminShade July 9 2009 6:25 PM EDT

"It is only by fate that any life ends, and only by chance that it is mine...not yours."

Adminedyit [Superheros] July 9 2009 8:57 PM EDT

1. "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."---Albert Einstein

2. "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."-- Sherlock Holmes

3. "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."-- Dr. Seuss

4. "Who discovered we could get milk from cows, and what did he THINK he was doing at the time?"---Billy Connelly.

5. "A drunken man can get used to the site of his dead grandmother climbing up his leg with a knife clenched between her teeth, but this place is too much for any one to handle."---Hunter S. Thompson

6. "There he goes, one of god's own prototypes. Some high-powered freak of the kind never intended for mass production." Hunter S. Thompson

7. "Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy"---Benjamin Franklin.

8. "It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination."
Douglas Adams, HHGTTG

9. "Angels on the sideline, baffled and confused. Father blessed them all with reason. And this is what they choose?"
Maynard, Tool

10. "Mother is the name of god in the hearts and minds of children" unknown

11. "And Caine was so marked by god, to walk the earth in shadows and darkness for all eternity. Imbueing only blood and bitter ashes, and he who so ever slayeth Caine, shall receive punishment sevenfold" Genesis 4:15

12. "I've been called ignorant and apathetic, but I don't know what that means, nor do I care" Ron White

13. "They key to a happy relationship is two little words, Yes Dear" my grandfather

Randy July 21 2009 8:40 AM EDT

"Sometimes you can see a lot just by looking."

-- Yogi Berra

"These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others."

-- Groucho Marx

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 21 2009 9:08 AM EDT

Browsing through the quotes on IMDb about GoodFellas, I found this one I thought was funny:

Karen: What do you do?
Henry Hill: I'm in construction.
Karen: [She feels the softness of his hands] They don't feel like you're in construction.
Henry Hill: Ah, I'm a union delegate.

QBsutekh137 July 21 2009 9:27 AM EDT

Great stuff, Draco! A couple other DW favorites (You already got the "lie down to reason", I love that one!) from memory (so forgive any mistakes!):

"You know what they say, an apple a day...oh, never mind."
-- The Doctor, in "Kinda"

Peri: "Why do you wear that celery, Doctor?"
Doctor: "It changes color when exposed to certain gases I'm allergic to."
Peri: "Then what do you do if it changes color?"
Doctor: "I EAT the celery! If nothing else, I'm sure it's good for my teeth!"
-- The Doctor and Peri in "Caves of Androzani"

"Easy as pie? Easy as pie? What an extraordinary fellow!"
-- The first Doctor amidst the five, musing on the Master's "pi" comment

Doctor: We were talking about dancing.
Jack: Didn't look like talking.
Rose: Didn't feel like dancing.
-- Doc, Rose, and Jack in "The Doctor Dances"

Jack: Who looks at a screwdriver and says, "Ooooh, this could be more sonic!"
Doctor: What? Haven't you ever been bored, or had a lot of shelves to put up?
-- Jack and the Doctor commenting on the Doc's sonic screwdriver.

Neo Japan July 21 2009 10:08 AM EDT

"He who hesitates has lost"

Its soo true, whether playing cards against my grandma, or thinking about asking a girl out.
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