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"Go to hell, there is no work to be done in heaven."

--- Buddha

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—

because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me—

and there was no one left to speak out.

---Rev. Martin Niemoeller (January 14, 1892 - March 6, 1984) was a German Lutheran pastor who was an opponent of Adolf Hitler.

"You can't make a record if you ain't got nothin to say."

---Willie Nelson (Shotgun WIllie)

"Just because I am good ice climber doesn't mean I am good at anything else; it only means I am a good ice climber."

---Barry Blanchard


True story, Word of Honor:

Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer

now dead,

and I were at a party given by a Billionaire

on Shelter Island.

I said, "Joe, how does it make you feel

to know that our host only yesterday

may have made more money

than your novel 'Catch-22'

has earned in its entire history?"

And Joe said, "I've got something he can never have."

And I said, "What on earth could that be, Joe?"

And Joe said, "The knowledge that I've got enough."

Not bad! Rest in peace!

---Kurt Vonnegut (New Yorker, May 16th, 2005)

"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty,

and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a

scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."

---M. Cartmill

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

“The New Colossus,” by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma Lazarus.