"I know what you are thinking. You need a sign. What better one could I give but to make this little one whole and new? I could do it; but I will not. I am the Lord and not a conjurer. I gave this mite a gift I denied to all of you--eternal innocence. To you she looks imperfect--but to me she is flawless, like the bud that dies unopened or the fledgling that falls from the nest to be devoured by ants. She will never offend me, as all of you have done. She will never pervert or destroy the work of my Father's hands. She is necessary to you. She will evoke the kindness that will keep you human. Her infirmity will prompt you to gratitude for your own good fortune... More! She will remind you every day that I am who I am, that my ways are not yours, and that the smallest dust mite whirled in the darkest spaces does not fall out of my hand... I have chosen you. You have not chosen me. This little one is my sign to you. Treasure her!"
-- Mr. Atha from Morris West's The Clowns of God
"I can't complain but sometimes I still do." -- Joe Walsh, Life's Been Good
"Well, every one can master a grief but he that hath it." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, Scene II.
"Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." -- Antoine de Saint Exupéry
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -- Leonardo da Vinci
"The politicians all make speeches while the news men all take note, And they exaggerate the issues as they shove them down our throats; Is it really up to them whether this country sinks or floats? Well I wonder who would lead us if none of us would vote." -- Larry Norman, The Great American Novel
"In the paper today tales of war and of waste, but you turn right over to the TV page." -- Crowded House / Neil Finn, Don't Dream It's Over
"The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure and merriment He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and pose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home." -- C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
"The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering, but a supernatural use for it." -- Simone Weil
"The idea that suffering should somehow be resolved in this life takes the very heart out of this Christian insight." -- A. J. Conyers (refering to Simone Weil's quote)
"Sacrifice is suffering chosen." -- Ron Pritz
"Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated." -- Fred Rogers
"Life becomes complicated when we begin to define it as anything other than a relationship with God." -- Mary Gresham
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -- Jim Elliot
"I'm praying for God's will but secretly wanting riches and blessings to pour in my hands." -- Paul Colman, Last Night in America
Derek's Law of Misery: The probability of event X occuring is reduced by one's desire that X occur, in direct proportion to the strength of the desire.
"When I was your age, television was called books." -- Grandpa/Peter Falk in The Princess Bride
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." --Bertrand Russell
"The rumor that i play Duke Nukem at work is blown entirely out of proportion. It implies that i work." --Perry Boyette
"I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive." --Albert Einstein
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
"It's not denial. I'm just very selective about the reality I accept." --Calvin
"There are still places where people think that the function of the media is to provide information." -- Don Rottenberg
"I believe I have no prejudices whatsoever. All I need to know is that a man is a member of the human race. That's bad enough for me." -- Mark Twain
"What some people mistake for the high cost of living is actually the cost of living high." -- Wisdom of Dr. Bob
Everything I know I either read, or was taught.
Everything I don't know, I make up.
It keeps my kids sharp, and it irritates my wife.
--The Wisdom of Dr. Bob
You have acquired a scroll entitled 'irk gleknow mizk'(n).--More--
This is an IBM Manual scroll.--More--
You are permanently confused.
-- Dave Decot
"VMS is a text-only adventure game. If you win you can use Unix." -- W. Davidson
"Unix is user-friendly. It's just very selective about who its friends are."
"Technology has the shelf life of a banana." - Scott McNealy
"My old sig was about Vaxen and VMS but I can't even figure out the name of the company that owns them anymore." Seen on a sig from Wesley Horner
As the QWERTY keyboard dominates the input,
As the rectangular monitor dominates the output,
So shall the Intel x86 chip dominate the throughput.
None shall stand!
Taken from "Lament for the End of an Age" by Derek T. Jones