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    We have a bunch of quote games in this forum, but suprisingly, not one like this. Post some history folks!!!

    "Nothing is true, everything is permitted."
    -Hassan-i Sabbāh, founder and leader of the Hashshashin Assassin Order, on his death bed (1124)

    "I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed."
    -Marco Polo, on his death bed (January 9, 1324)

    "If I were to write the story of my life, I would shock the world."
    -Caterina Sforza, confiding to a monk in the final years of her life

    "One ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved, if one of the two has to be wanting."
    -Niccol˛ di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter 15 (1513)

    "Before all else, be armed."
    -Niccol˛ di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, The Prince (1513)

    "Our life is made by the death of others."
    -Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

    "There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."
    -Sir Francis Drake, in a letter to Sir Francis Walsingham, from off Cape Sagres, Portugal (May 17, 1587)

    "Remember that time is money.
    -Benjamin Franklin, Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748)

    "I always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: "O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!" God granted it."
    -Franšois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), in a letter to ╔tienne NoŰl Damilaville (May 16, 1767)

    "All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did."
    -T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), introductory chapter of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922)
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    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
    Aleister Crowley

    Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.
    Joseph Stalin

    One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.
    Joseph Stalin

    A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
    Napoleon Bonaparte

    It's up to history to judge.
    Pol Pot

    Filipinos want beauty. I have to look beautiful so that the poor Filipinos will have a star to look at from their slums.
    Imelda Marcos

    People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got.
    Richard M. Nixon

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy
    Mao Tse-Tung

    Greed is all right, by the way I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.
    Ivan F. Boesky

    It is legal because I wish it.
    Louis XIV

    Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him.
    Cardinal Richelieu

    Justice is incidental to law and order.
    J. Edgar Hoover

    And, of course, those quotes mean nothing without the back story!
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    "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    - Winston Churchill

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    "The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die."
    -George Washington, in an address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island (August 27, 1776)
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    "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
    -Lou Gehrig, Yankee Stadium (July 4, 1939)
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    "Charles, I shan't trust you aboard my ship, unless I carry you a prisoner; for I shall have you plotting with my men, knock me on the head and run away with my ship a pirating."
    -Captain Holford to Charles Vane, when Holford arrived at an island that Vane had been marooned on (1719)
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    "I have nothing to declare but my genius" - Oscar Wilde, passing through customs.

    "Work is the curse of the drinking classes" - Oscar Wilde

    "But if everybody is somebody then nobody is anybody!" - Gilbert & Sullivan, from The Gondoliers.
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    Can't always remember exact quotes, so please forgive any inaccuracies...

    "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein

    "A man who is willing to give up a little freedom for a little more security deserves neither." -Thomas Jefferson, I believe.


    “Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical
    minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media,
    which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick
    up a turd by the clean end.” ― Texas A&M Student

    "Political correctness is nothing more than the involuntary kissing of *** of anyone or any people who does not deserve it in the first place, no matter their place in life, or the hand which they've supposedly been dealt in same, just so that those who have felt some perceived misfortune can feel better about themselves at no effort or cost, save the freedom of expression of truly civilized men.". -Lord Martok (yes, me!)
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    "When asked what he thought about Western civilization, Gandhi said 'I think it is a wonderful idea!' " - the late, great Robin Williams
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    @OP, I love how some of those quotes are vague and ominous, and they make you wonder that did the "author" mean by it, or what did they see or do to say them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d1n0_xD View Post
    @OP, I love how some of those quotes are vague and ominous, and they make you wonder that did the "author" mean by it, or what did they see or do to say them.
    Thus, the ubiquitous "demotivational poster" was born.
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    A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
    Samuel Goldwyn

    I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.
    Samuel Goldwyn

    Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
    Oscar Wilde
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    Quote Originally Posted by d1n0_xD View Post
    @OP, I love how some of those quotes are vague and ominous, and they make you wonder that did the "author" mean by it, or what did they see or do to say them.
    Which quotes are you referring to specifically?
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    In honor of John Lennon's 74th Birthday:

    "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life."
    -John Lennon

    Happy Birthday John, we remember you always.
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    Another favourite John Lennon quote:

    Ringo Starr thinks he's the greatest drummer in the word.
    Truth is, he's not even the greatest drummer in The Beatles.

    I rather think they weren't getting on too well in those days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by staticon View Post
    Another favourite John Lennon quote:

    Ringo Starr thinks he's the greatest drummer in the word.
    Truth is, he's not even the greatest drummer in The Beatles.

    I rather think they weren't getting on too well in those days.
    One of my favorites.
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