Sam’s Favorite Quotes

How you behave toward cats here below will determine your status in heaven. Robert A. Heinlein

Tactics win battles, logistics win wars.

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification. Publius Syruus, 42 B.C.

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. Groucho Marx

That which was, may be again. Then beware, all sons of men! Robert E. Howard (The Skull of Silence)

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have. Emile Chartier

Good artists borrow.  Great artists steal.  Pablo Picasso

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of
the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. Robert Lynd

It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one. Honore de Balzac

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap. Napoleon

Fighting a war, destroying is easy.  Building a new world out of what is left is hard – you need help to put it back together.  Babylon 5

A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.  General George Patton

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Arthur Conan Doyle

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words. Anna Sewell

When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. Thomas Jefferson

Easy reading is damned hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in. Greek proverb

The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him. Strike him as hard as you can. Keep moving on. Eskkar (and U. S. Grant)

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Inconceivable! You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Inigo Montoya (Princess Bride)

No security is really worth the loss of insecurity. C.S. Forester (Flying Colours)

A good big man can take a good little man every time. USMC

Prospect, and not possession, is what gives pleasure. C.S. Forester (Flying Colours)

Enthusiasm, sincerity, compassion, and humor – will carry you through any situation. Ivanova, Babylon 5

Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls, for as long as the place remains. Delenn, Babylon 5

When you’re done, I want you to dig your own shallow grave and beat yourself to death with the shovel. Dilbert

Remember, a meeting is only a failure if you came in with expectations of accomplishment.

It costs a lot of money to look this cheap. Dolly Parton

There’s a reason why the rear view mirror is so small, and the windshield so large.

Do not try the patience of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. Elric, Babylon 5

Logistics is the ball and chain of armored warfare. General Heinz Guderian

My logisticians are a humorless lot . . . they know if my campaign fails, they are the first ones I will slay. Alexander the Great

When you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy. Commander Sinclair, Babylon 5

There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell. Major General William T. Sherman

Never interrupt your enemy when he is committing a mistake. Napoleon

A darkness in the heart cannot be cured by moving the body from one place to another. Lennier, Babylon 5

General Custer probably thought he had knowledge dominance. Any time you think you’re smarter than your adversary, you’re probably about a half-mile from the Little Big Horn. Colonel Art Corbett, USMC

Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson

In war, nothing is worse than indecision. Choose a path. If things go wrong, you’ll soon find out, and then you can try something else.  Not to decide may ruin everything. Eskkar

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. Nero Wolfe (The Red Box)

When violence is the answer, it’s the only answer. USMC

Time enough to sleep when you’re dead, friend Eskkar. Now is the time to enjoy life. Worry about tomorrow in the morning. Bracca the Sumerian thief.

History shows that there are no invincible armies. Joseph Stalin

The right to lie in the service of your own interests is highly valued and frequently exercised. Nero Wolfe

No man should tell a lie unless he is shrewd enough to recognize the time for renouncing it, and knows how to renounce it gracefully. Nero Wolfe

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is
writing a book. Marcus Tullius Cicero

When faced with calamity . . . analyze the situation, choose whatever strategy makes the least sense, and then do it. Markab, Babylon 5.

When you don’t use your head, you gotta use your feet. Mom

I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid this wasn’t it. Groucho Marx

Nothing corrupts a man so deeply as writing a book; the myriad temptations are over-powering. Nero Wolfe – The Mother Hunt

I agree to this Constitution . . . and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, but can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other. Benjamin Franklin

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time. Carl Sagan

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the
humble reasoning of a single individual. Galileo Galilei

How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. Spanish
proverb

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. Stephen King

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. General Landry (Stargate Command) & Winston Churchill

The two basic lessons of soldiering: never volunteer and never be the first to answer a question. Eskkar

I was misinformed. Rick Blane – Casablanca

Wisdom, he decided, was becoming less a matter of what you knew, and more a matter of admitting how much you did not know. Eskkar

As leader of all the illegal activities in Casablanca, I’m an influential and respected man. Signor Ferrari / Sidney Greenstreet – Casablanca

Sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. Wilhelm (Colonel) Wexler, from the movie “The International.”

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn. Louis Salinger, from the movie “The International.”

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system.  For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones. Machiavelli  “The Prince”  (1513)

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity. Robert E. Heinlein

No man with any sense assumes that a woman’s words mean to her exactly what they mean to him. Archie Goodwin – Nero Wolfe – The Father Hunt

If it’s my day to die, then I will die… Death is quick and final. Survival is long and hard. Linda Barnes

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. Soren Kierkegaard

All debts are preposterous. They are the envious past clutching with its cold dead fingers the throat of the living present. Nero Wolfe (The Rubber Band)

That a book can be reread is solid proof of its worth. John J. McAleer

We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits. Nero Wolfe (The Rubber Band)

Great writing is always more than what it appears to be at first look. Thomas Gifford

The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master. Darth Vader

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity. The Second Coming
by William Butler Yeats

“Help me to hold on, don’t let me let go! Lord, it’s the only prayer that I know. It surely ain’t much, but I’m down so low, Help me to hold on, don’t let me let go.” “Balsam Range” by Aeonic.                               


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