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spikegifted - Quotes

 

The following are some quotes that I've come across in my readings, in movies and other places.


Movies

Linebacker: "Coach! You gonna to get a stroke."
Defensive Coordinator: "I don't get strokes, motherfucker! I give 'em!" (Luther 'Shark' LaVay, ILB Miami Sharks (Lawrence Taylor), and Montezuma Monroe, Defensive Coordinator Miami Sharks (Jim Brown), Any Given Sunday, 1999)

"...And either we heal, as a team, or we're goin' to crumble. Inch by inch, play by play, till we're finished. We're in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And, we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or... we can fight our way back, into the light. We can climb out of hell - one inch at a time. Now I can't do it for you, I'm too old. I look around, I see all these young faces and I think, I mean... I made every wrong choice a middle age man can make: I... I pissed away all my money, believe it or not; I chased off anyone who's ever loved me; and lately, I can't even stand the face I'm seeing in the mirror. You know, when you get old in life, things... get take from you. But that's... that's... that's part of life. But, you only learn that when you start loosing stuff. You'd find out, life's jus' a game of inches, so's football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small. I mean... one half a step too late or too early, you don't quite make it; one half second too slow, too fast, you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break in the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us, to pieces, for that inch. We claw with our finger nails for that inch. Because, we know, when we add up all those inches, that's goin' to make the fucking difference between winning and loosing... between living and dying. I'll tell you this: In any fight, it's the guy who's willing to die that's goin' to win that inch. And I know if I gonna have any life anymore is because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch. Because... that's what living is - that's six inches in front of your face. Now I can't make you do it. You gotta look in the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now, I think you can see a guy who'll go that inch for you. You gonna see a guy who'll sacrifice himself for this team, because he knows, when it comes down to it, you'd do the same for him. That's a team, gentlemen. And, either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die, as individuals. That's football, guys. That's all there is. Now... What are you gonna to do?" (Tony D'Amato, Head Coach of Miami Sharks (Al Pacino), Any Given Sunday, 1999)

"When an adult male chasing a female, with an intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That's my policy." (Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), Dirty Harry, 1971)

"You're the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent in the programming of the Matrix; the eventuality of an anomaly which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision." (The Architect (?), The Matrix Reloaded, 2003)


Books
"Later in [September 12th], Secretary Rumsfeld complained that there were no decent targets for bombing in Afghanistan and that we should consider bombing Iraq, which, he said, had better targets. At first I thought Rumsfeld was joking. But he was serious and the President did not reject out of hand the idea of attacking Iraq. Instead, he noted that what we needed to do with Iraq was to change the government, not just hit it with some cruise missiles, as Rumsfeld had implied." (Clarke, Richard A., Against All Enemies (Inside America's War on Terror), 2004)
"Conspiracy theorists simultaneously hold two contrary beliefs: a) that the U.S. government is so incompetently that it can miss explanations that the theorist can uncover, and b) that the U.S. government can keep a big and juicy secret. The first belief has some validity. The second idea is pure fantasy. Dismissing conspiracy theories out of hand, however, is dangerous. I learned early on in my government career not to believe that the government experts knew it all. The list of major intelligence failures and law enforcement errors is far too long to dismiss alternative views." (Clarke, Richard A., Against All Enemies (Inside America's War on Terror), 2004)

"The current generation of carrier catapults are basically nothing but steam-powered piston... steam-powered pistons that can throw a Cadillac half a mile (one kilometer). That's a lot of power!... Catapults are high-maintenance, complex, high-risk pieces of equipment that have the ugly habit of failing or breaking if they are not treated with loving care." (Clancy, Tom, Carrier (A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier), 1999)

"While taking off from a carrier is difficult, landing on one is almost appalling! Setting down on a CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) aircraft like an F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter, for example, has been compared to taking a swan dive out of a second-floor window and hitting a postage stamp on the ground with your tongue." (Clancy, Tom, Carrier (A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier), 1999)

"You'll see your buddies hurt and killed, and maybe you'll get it next, but you'll keep on fighting. No matter what happens - your battalion may be blasted to company size, and your company to a platoon - you'll fill the place of the man that's hit, and you'll keep on fighting. General C. W. Ryder, commanding 34 US Division, September 1943" (Ellis, John, Cassino: The Hollow Victory (The Battle for Rome January-June 1944), 2003)

"On the slopes of Colle Sant' Angelo one company was in dire straits. Its commander was on the verge of hysteria and turned frantically to his major, shouting ' 'Can I threaten the Germans with a revolver? What good is a revolver?' Suddenly the Major turns to us laughing his head off. 'Good sign, lads,' he shouts. The lads look bewildered. Are the tanks coming? Have the Germans packed up, or what? The Major lifts his shoe and shouts again, 'Good sign, lads! I just stepped on some shit!' Everyone starts laughing. If he can maintain his composure thus then we are not finished yet. The lads follow him up the slope...' " (Ellis, John, Cassino: The Hollow Victory (The Battle for Rome January-June 1944), 2003)

"'I was completely lost at times. However I was not alone in my problem. I remember at an early stage in the breakthrough I saw a group of the Royal 22nd dug in around several tanks of the Three Rivers Regiment. I jumped out of my tank with this map and on finding the Major in charge of the company I asked him for his position. I think his answer was a classic. In a French accent he replied, 'My friend, we have been here for 12 hours and have fought a first class battle - but where I am - I don't know' '" (Ellis, John, Cassino: The Hollow Victory (The Battle for Rome January-June 1944), 2003)

"At the beach called Utah on the day of the invasion, Lt. Robert Brewer of the 506th parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, captured four Asians in Wehrmacht uniforms. No one could speak their language; eventually it was learned that they were Koreans. How on earth did Koreans ended up fighting for Hitler to defend France against Americans? It seems they had been conscripted into the Japanese army in 1938 - Korea was then a Japanese colony - captured by the Red Army in the border battles with Japan in 1939, forced into the Red Army, captured by the Wehrmacht in December 1941 outside Moscow, forced into the German army, and sent to France." (Ambrose, Stephen E., D-Day (June 6, 1944 The Battle for the Normandy Beaches), 1994)

"In Wartime, Paul Fussell writes that men in combat go through two stages of rationalization followed by one of perception. Considering eh possibility of a severe wound or death, the average soldier's first rationalization is: "It can't happen to me. I am too clever/agile/well-trained/good-looking/beloved/tightly laced, etc." The second rationalization is: "It can happen to me, and I'd better be more careful. I can avoid the danger by watching more prudently the way I take cover/dig in/expose my position by firing my weapon/keep extra alert at all times, etc." Finally, the realization is "It is going to happen to me, and only my not being there is going to prevent it." (Ambrose, Stephen E., D-Day (June 6, 1944 The Battle for the Normandy Beaches), 1994)

"Perhaps it was convenient to blame the diplomatic failure on France, but it was evident that a majority of the members of the [UN Security] Council were against armed action at this juncture, though none of the states had excluded agreement on it at a subsequent stage. It is an interesting notion that when a small minority has been rebuffed by a strong majority, it is the majority that has failed the test." (Blix, Hans, Disarming Iraq (The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction), 2004)

"We would properly react if a judge on a court allowed his vote for death penalty in one case to be influenced by another judge's offer of support in a different case. Is this any different from one state urging another to vote for an authorization of the use of armed force which will inevitably lead to death and destruction?" (Blix, Hans, Disarming Iraq (The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction), 2004)

"One e-mail advised me that if I could not see the smoking gun I should turn to my optician - to which I answered with thanks for the advice and the comment that I wanted a pair of lenses without color. My comment triggered a new mail applauding my intention to get rid of the rose-colored glasses I was evidently wearing. I have not yet informed my correspondent that my imaginary optician later recommended a magnifying glass, and that I am thinking of buying two and donating one to the Pentagon..." (Blix, Hans, Disarming Iraq (The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction), 2004)

"A third point would be whether terrorism was dealt a blow through the armed action. Some would write yes in black and argue that all terrorist movements will know that after the experience of September 11, 2001, the U.S. will go after any movement that perceives as a threat. Others will write in red that there is a risk that, especially if further mistakes are made, more states and people around the world may come to view the U.S. as a global bully, and that many Muslims and Arabs will consider the occupation of Iraq a humiliation, and that this feeling may breed hatred - and further terrorism." (Blix, Hans, Disarming Iraq (The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction), 2004)

"Once the reports were broadcast over Radio Tokyo, the total had risen to nineteen carriers along with several battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. The Emperor issued a special rescript to commemorate the "Victory of Taiwan," and celebrations were held throughout Japan... Halsey sardonically announced that: "'All Third Fleet Ships Recently Reported Sunk by Radio Tokyo Have Been Salvaged and Are Retiring At High Speed Toward The Japanese Fleet.'" " (Spector, Ronald H., Eagle Against the Sun (The American War with Japan), 1984)
"However, in the case of Nimitz's message, the New Jersey's communicators guessed that "The World Wonders" might possibly be part of the real message. So it was that at 10:00 A.M. Halsey was handed what was to become one of the most famous and controversial messages of the war. What the Admiral saw was: "'Where is, Repeat, Where is, Task Force 34, The World Wonders!'" " (Spector, Ronald H., Eagle Against the Sun (The American War with Japan), 1984)

"What use one makes of a historical explanation is a question separate from the explanation itself. Understanding is more often used to try to alter an outcome than to repeat or perpetuate it. That's why psychologists try to understand the minds of murderers and rapists, why social historians try to understand genocide, and why physicians try to understand the causes of human diseases. Those investigators do not seek to justify murder, rape, genocide, and illness. Instead, the seek to use their understanding of a chain of causes to interrupt the chain" (Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs and Steel (A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 Years), 1998)

"Authors are regularly asked by journalists to summarize a long book in one sentence. For this book, here is such a sentence: "History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples' environments, not because of biological differences among the peoples themselves." " (Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs and Steel (A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 Years), 1998)

"The answer follows from the Anne Karenina principle. To be domesticated, a candidate wild species must possess many different characteristics. Lack of any single required characteristic dooms efforts at domestication, just as it dooms effort at building a happy marriage. Playing marriage counselor to the zebra/human couple and other ill-sorted pairs, we can recognize at least six groups of reasons for failed domestication... Problems of Captive Breeding. We humans don't like to have sex under the watchful eyes of other; some potentially valuable animal species don't like to, either. That's what derailed attempts to domesticate cheetahs, the swiftest of all land animals, despite our strong motivation to do so for thousands of years." (Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs and Steel (A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 Years), 1998)

"'A veritable chaos of banalities, schoolboy reminiscences, subjective judgements, and personal hatred' was how Otto Strasser described the draft [of Mein Kampf]." (Kershaw, Ian, Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris, 1999)

"In post-war reflections on his own behaviour at the time, [Ernst von Weizsäcker, the German State Secretary during 1930s] candidly admitted: 'I too much wanted to apply the art of the possible and underestimated the value of the irrational.'" (Kershaw, Ian, Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, 2000)

"[General Liebmann] had heard some effective speeches by Hitler, he wrote, but this one lacked all objectivity and was full of illusions. 'Its bragging and brash tone was downright repulsive. One had the feeling that here a man spoke who had lost all feeling of responsibility and any clear conception of what a victorious war signified, and who, with unsurpassed wantonness, was determined to leap into the dark.'" (Kershaw, Ian, Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, 2000)

"It was a problem that afflicted the entire dictatorship - up to and including Hitler himself. Only positive messages were acceptable. Pessimism (which usually meant realism) was a sign of failure. Distortion of the truth were built into the communication system of the Third Reich at every level - most of all in the top echelons of the regime" (Kershaw, Ian, Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, 2000)

"'It is now time that something was done. But the man who has the courage to do something must do it in the knowledge that he will go down in German history as a traitor. If he does not do it, however, he will be a traitor to his own conscience.' Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, July 1944" (Kershaw, Ian, Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, 2000)

"Never in history has such ruination - physical and moral - been associated with the name of one man. That the ruination had far deeper roots and far more profound causes than the aims and actions of this one man has been evident in the preceding chapters. That the previously unprobed depths of inhumanity plumbed by the Nazi regime could draw upon wide-ranging complicity at all levels of society has been equally apparent. But Hitler's name justifiably stands for all time as that of the chief instigator of the most profound collapse of civilization in modern times. The extreme form of personal rule which an ill-educated beerhall demagogue and racist bigot, narcissistic megalomaniac, self-styled national saviour was allowed to acquire and exercise in a modern, economically advanced, and cultured land known for philosophers and poets, was absolutely decisive in the terrible unfolding of events in those fateful twelve years." (Kershaw, Ian, Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, 2000)

"By evening arrangements were complete for an American withdrawal to a better defence line. As soon as German pressure eased orders were issued for this* to begin at 5.30 pm on Tuesday. [*It was not called a 'withdrawal' but a 'move to new positions' or, as the GIs put it - 'Walk, do not run, to the nearest Exit'.]" (Elstob, Peter, Hitler's Last Offensive, 2003)

If I could, I'd quote the whole book, but I can't.

"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her own example. She well knows that by once enlisting under banners other than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, ambition, which assumed the colors and usurped the standards of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force... She might become the dictatress of the world. She would no longer be the ruler of her own spirit." (Adams, John Quincy, Secretary of State, speech on Independence Day, 1821 from 'Anonymous', Imperial Hubris, 2004)

"Freedom is neither a spontaneous nor a universal aspiration. Other goods captivate the minds of other people from other lands, order, honor, and tribal loyalties being the most obvious. And because these other goods orient these peoples no less powerfully than freedom orients us, we are apt to be sorely surprised when people who are liberated turn to new tyrants who can assume order; to terrorists who die for the honor of their country or Islam; and to tribal warlords whose winner-take-all mentality is corrosive to the pluralism and toleration that are the very hallmarks of modern democracy... Our wars of liberation will breed illiberal aspirations, and rather than standing back with incredulity when this happens, we had better give plenty of thought beforehand to the fact that the tyrants we depose will be preferable to the chaos a liberated people will initially endure; that honor is still the currency of value in the Middle East, more so than goods and services; and that affiliations of blood are immensely more important than the sovereignty of the individual citizen." (Mitchell, Joshua, historian, "Not All Yearn to Be Free", Washington Post, August 10, 2003, from 'Anonymous', Imperial Hubris, 2004)

"I could tell when Dash was about to sell a few hundred million dollars of government bonds because his torso would jacknife in his chair so that his chest was almost in his lap and his head went into the sound booth. Just before consummating the trade he'd plug his empty ear with a finger on his free hand and speak rapidly in a low voice. Then suddenly, he'd pop up, hit the silencer button on his receiver and shout into the Hoot and Holler, "Hey New York... New York... you're done on Oct ninety-twos to Sep ninety-threes, one hundred by one hundred and ten... yeah, one hundred million by one hundred and ten million!" Whenever he emerged from the tuck position without having sold bonds, I knew he had been talking to his mother. It wasn't cool to talk to your mother on the trading floor." (Lewis, Michael, Liar's Poker (Two Cities, True Greed), 1989)

"It seemed that I, like a golfer, needed to improve my lie. Either it sounded unconvincing, or more likely, other salesmen were telling much better ones: "My customer is away for a week on vacation." "My customer is dead." One of the junk bond specialists insisted on actually watching me place a sales call to my biggest client, my Frenchman. Mercifully, he did not insist on listening in. He only wanted to be able to say that he saw me try. We sat at my corner of the trading desk, him beside me, while I did the dirty work.
"
Oui," said my Frenchman.
"Hi, it's me," I said.
"But who else?"
"There is a deal you should have a look at," I began, measuring each word. "It's extremely popular with American investors." (My Frenchman was intensely suspicious of anything popular.)
"Then we shall let them buy it all," he said, having caught on.
"I'm sitting here with one of our high-yield bond specialists, who thinks Southland bonds are cheap..." I continued.
"But you don't," he said, and laughed.
"Right," I said, and then launched into a long-winded sales pitch that greatly pleased both the junk bond man from Salomon and my customer, though for different reasons.
"No thanks," said my Frenchman at the end of it.
The junk bond specialist praised me for a job well done. He didn't know how right he was, but he'd soon find out, for Southland was indeed doomed." (Lewis, Michael, Liar's Poker (Two Cities, True Greed), 1989)

"Warren Buffet, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and widely regarded as one of the shrewdest investment managers of recent years, shares the puzzlement over this lack of logic [investors only want to buy shares when prices are high and the market is rising]. In his typically folksy way he wrote about his great love of hamburgers. 'I'm going to buy hamburgers the rest of my life,' he declared. 'When hamburgers go down in price, we sing the "Hallelujah Chorus" in the Buffet household. When hamburgers go up, we weep. For most people, it's the same way with everything in life they will be buying - except stocks. When stocks go down and you get more for your money, people don't like them anymore.'" (Vines, Stephen, Market Panic (Wild Gyrations, Risks and Opportunities in Stock Markets), 2003)

"In a sense all stock market panics are self-induced inasmuch as they feed on themselves and become self-perpetuating until good sense sets in... One certainty is that high levels of increase in markets are always met with high levels of decrease. Everyone knows this, yet every time the downturn comes a large number of investors stare into the falling market like rabbits trapped by the headlights of a car and wonder why they did not move." (Vines, Stephen, Market Panic (Wild Gyrations, Risks and Opportunities in Stock Markets), 2003)

"Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly. - Batman costume warning label" (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"Investment banking is a profession characterized by extremes. Whether it's money, booze, food, sex, or work hours, the typical banker believes that more is better... Excess and debaucherous pursuits are only half the story, though. The other side of the coin for us was our realization that being anointed investment bankers didn't make use the big-shot advisers to corporate directors we thought we were going to be. Instead, it turned out that we spent most of our work time as mindless paper processors. And even though we were paid mighty well to push that paper around, the unwavering devotion to the job that was required of use just wasn't worth it." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"Kinetic II  went through so may rewrites and drafts that the latest version was rarely ever more than two hours old. As the day approached for the first presentation of the Kinetic II pitch book to one of the financial buyers, the level of frenzy surrounding the project increased. Bubbles was about to burst, calling down to either Rolfe or Slick with demands for changes to the book at least twice an hour." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"Imagine a handsome gentleman in a twenty-five-hundred-dollar suit. He's neatly shaven , nicely manicured, and his shoes cost more than most people's living room furniture. That the managing director... Imagine a used-car salesman wearing a polyester leisure suit. Maybe he hasn't shaved for a couple of days and he's started to smell a little gamey. That's the senior vice president... Imagine a prisoner of war kept shackled in a moldy basement for five years with no lights, nothing but shoe leather to eat, absolutely no bathing privileges, and occasional doses of electroshock therapy. That's the vice president... The associates are barely human but at times are brought to client meetings and are expected to act human. The associates are the Cro-Magnon man. They live in caves, have trouble walking upright, and have a lot of hair on their backs. Usually, they communicate by grunting. Those are the associates. Finally, there are the analysts. Monkeys. Tons and tones of little monkeys. Not humans, just monkeys crawling all over each other and pulling lice out of each other's fur. Those are the analysts." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office - Robert Frost" (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"The bankers are always there. They only want to say good things. The better they can make the company sound, the easier it will be for them to sell the securities. The easier it is for them to sell the securities, the more certain they'll be that the clients will be happy. That means fees. Fees are important. The bankers have their lawyers there - the underwriters' counsel. The job of an underwriters' counsel is to make sure that the bankers don't put any lies into the prospectus that are going to get them into trouble later. They have to twist the language in the document around so that if the prospectus ever gets brought up as evidence in a court of law the judge and jury will be so confused that they won't have any idea what the language is claiming, or trying to claim, or maybe not even claiming at all. They have to be crafty." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"Copiers aren't the only equipment in the copy center. There are also big industrial hole punchers, heavy-duty paper cutters, monster scissors, gigantic stapling machines, and huge, intricate binding machines. The binding machines have a big steel handle on the side. When you pull the handle, two roles of metal jaws pull the plastic binding apart so that the copy center guy can slip the pages into the binding. Like birth stirrups for a newborn book. The copy center's not the kind of place that you want to be caught naked in. There's too much opportunity for something to get caught, twisted, pulled, or cut off." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"Although each day was different there was a broad sort of daily routine that we all followed... Now, at most jobs lunch divides the day into two. There's "before lunch" and there's "after lunch." Once the majority of corporate America has made it through lunch, it's a downhill ride. Investment banking doesn't work like that. An investment banking associate has four parts to his day: "before lunch", "after lunch", "after dinner" and "after midnight." " (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"As junior bankers, whenever we were feeling low, we'd watch the junior lawyers and start feeling better. They worked just as many hours as we did, they made a lot less money, and their work was even more boring than ours." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"Use of Proceeds - Not too many people pay attention to this section, but they should. A careful reading of this section will tell you where they hell all the money from the offering is going. If it's not going into the company coffers to help grow the company, but instead is going to pay out existing owners and management, they stay away. If the owners are cashing out, there's no reason for you to be cashing in." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"Monday, 9 P.M. - Home for good. Finally. The diligence was finished. I fell asleep in my suit. I'd spent eights doing diligence on GWA's foreign operations. I'd traveled 12,000 miles through seven countries and eight time zones. I was now the sole fount of DLJ's institutional knowledge on GWA's operations. I'd slept through a few diligence sessions and zoned out through almost all of the others. All I had to show for the eight days' work was a page and a half of notes and a headache. DLJ was going to attempt to sell GWA's equity to their best institutional accounts based on my assertions that the deal was a good one. I hope that somebody, somewhere, had their fingers crossed." (Rolfe, John & Troob, Peter, Monkey Business (Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle), 2000)

"In treachery, broken pledges on the part of high officials, lies, thievery, slaughter of defenseless women and children, and every crime in the catalogue of man's inhumanity to man the Indian was a mere amateur compared to the "noble white man." His crimes were retail, ours wholesale." Lieutenant Britton Davis, US Army. (Roberts, David, Once They Moved Like the Wind (Cochise, Geronimo and the Apache Wars), 1998)

"Upon its subjugated foes, a conquering nation projects its fantasies of the just order. The Apaches, so often likened to tigers, were now caged animals in a zoo, paraded to elicit the frisson that wildness always harbors. White America's fantasy of the Indian, in all its bluff Yankee optimism, had at its core the belief that savages could be cured of their benightedness, turned into farmers and citizens and Christians... Central to that fantasy was the conviction that in time, the Indians would thank their teachers." (Roberts, David, Once They Moved Like the Wind (Cochise, Geronimo and the Apache Wars), 1998)

"Truth, according to the pragmatist, is changeable in proportion to its utility based on experimentation. Such an attitude, distinctly a product of an industrial capitalistic society, was diametrically opposed to the Confucian concept that truth is eternal and unchangeable. Confucianism was therefore in Hu's eyes totally out of touch with the realities of the modern world." Kuo Chan-po, A history of Chinese thought during the last fifty years, 124-25, reprinted, Hong Kong, 1965. (Hsü, Immanuel C. Y., The Rise of Modern China, sixth edition, 2000)

"Civilization was not created in toto, but by inches and drops. Evolution was not accomplished overnight but in inches and drops. People nowadays indulge in talk about liberation and reform, but they should know that there is no liberation in toto, or reform in toto. Liberation means the liberation of this or that system, or this or that idea, or of this or that individual; it is reform by inches and drops. The first step in the re-creation of civilization is the study of this or that problem. Progress in the re-creation of civilization lies in the solution of this or that problem." Maurice Meisner, Li Ta-Chao and the Origins of Chinese Maxism, 107, Cambridge Mass., 1967. (Hsü, Immanuel C. Y., The Rise of Modern China, sixth edition, 2000)

"A new vista was opened to the Chinese as to the nature of the modern world. Ideas such as human rights, democracy, free elections, free speech, free assembly, free press, division of power, and "loyal opposition" captured the Chinese imagination and won their deepest appreciation. Particularly admired was the idea that the governing bodies could be supervised by the governed through a watchful press, the right of dissent, and political pluralism, all of which could serve as checks on the excesses of the government. These ideas, to the Chinese, symbolized the true character of a democracy dedicated to the fullest development of human potential" (Hsü, Immanuel C. Y., The Rise of Modern China, sixth edition, 2000)

"What is the essence of extreme leftism? It is mutual despite, mutual destruction, and mutual cruelty. It makes human inhuman. It makes a free man unfree, It turns a person of independent personality into a submissive tool. It turns man into beast. In the process, the conscience is lost, and the sense of self-reproof disappears. It their place, there is mutual hostility and hatred, and mutual suspicion and cruelty. Finally, fear fills the air - fear of brutal power, fear of leaders, and fear of authorities... Hence, I must submit that the essence of leftism is inhumanism." Liu Pin-yen (Hsü, Immanuel C. Y., The Rise of Modern China, sixth edition, 2000)

"The Führer can lick my arse!" (Albert Speer, April 1944, from Fest, Joachim, Speer (The Final Verdict), 2002)

"The nightmare of many a man that one day nations could be dominated by technical means was all realized in Hitler's totalitarian system. Today the danger of being terrorized by technocracy threatens every country in the world. In modern dictatorship this appears to be inevitable. Therefore, the more technical the world becomes, the more necessary is the promotion of individual freedom and the individual's awareness of himself as a counter-balance. Therefore this trial must contribute towards establishing rules whereby humans beings can live together." (Albert Speer, Nuremberg Trials, August 1946, from Fest, Joachim, Speer (The Final Verdict), 2002)

"'You see, the desire, this instinct to oppose brutality and repress freedom of thought is unquenchable. Of course it can be forced to keep quiet at times, when the repression gets worse. Not everyone wants to be a martyr, and not everyone should have to be a martyr. But the instinct remains, and will always remain. And when the circumstances become a little more favourable, it will raise its head again. You cannot crush this instinct, because it is part of us - part of the human condition. The desire to be free is one of the fundamental desires.'" (Sakharov, Dr., Andrei, May 3, 1978, interview, from Simpson, John, Strange Places, Questionable People, 1999)

"The Gulf War ended precisely when President Bush began to get nervous about the pictures of death and destruction which were coming in from the desert. Public opinion in Britain and America wanted a war fought, but it didn't want a huge body-count. And quite rightly, I believe. There are no nice, comfortable wars; but if we are still stupid enough to fight them, we might as well do it with a minimum of bloodshed. The problem was the quarter of a million deaths after the war, caused by UN sanctions and Saddam Hussein's reaction to them." (Simpson, John, Strange Places, Questionable People, 1999)

"It was only when we went south to Kandahar, the Taliban capital, that we found the real thing. They were very alarming indeed. Kandahar is famous for its homosexuality, and it was commonplace to find Taliban soldiers with mascara'd eyes, painted finger- and toenails, and high-heel gold sandals. Also the AK-47.
'I've only seen one thing worse,' Peter said.
In Liberia, it seems, he was filming a whole gang of soldiers looting the shops when they come running down the street after him. They'd just hit a bridal shop and a lighting store, so they were wearing wedding-dresses and lampshades on their head. And they were angry." (Simpson, John, Strange Places, Questionable People, 1999)

"A human being can be free only in the framework of the natural order and an order is natural only if it leaves man free. We won't be able to describe at what point this balance is achieved, but we will see and feel it; nobody can say how it is to be achieved, we have to try it. It is a process of trial and error." (Moltke, von, Helmuth James, leader of the Kreisau Circle, from Burleigh, Michael, The Third Reich (A New History), 2000)

"There is something rivetingly awful about Bloomberg television. It is like a movie so bad you cannot bring yourself to stop watching." (Kay, John, The Truth About Markets (Their Genius, Their Limits, Their Follies), 2003)

"Global anti-Americanism has many causes. One of them, ironically, is the global spread of free markets and democracy. Throughout the world, global markets are bitterly perceived as reinforcing American wealth and dominance. At the same time, global populist and democratic movements give strength, legitimacy, and voice to the impoverished, frustrated, excluded masses of the world - precisely the people, in other words, most susceptible to anti-American demagoguery. In more non-Western countries than Americans would care to admit, free and fair elections would bring power anti-market, anti-American leaders. For the last twenty years American have been grandly promoting both marketization and democratization throughout the world. In the process we have directed at ourselves the anger of the damned." (Chua, Amy, World on Fire (How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability), 2003)

"[T]oday's universal policy prescription for "under-development," shaped and promulgated to a large extent by the United States, essentially amounts to this. Take the rawest form of capitalism, slap it together with the rawest form of democracy, and export the two as a package deal to the poorest, most frustrated, most unstable, and the most desperate countries of the world. Add market-dominant minorities to the picture, and the instability inherent in this bareknuckle version of free market democracy is compounded a thousandfold by the manipulable forces of ethnic hatred." (Chua, Amy, World on Fire (How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability), 2003)

"A litany of grievances followed, summarized by Yossef Bodansky in his recent biography of bin Laden, with the main criticism aimed at the United States' policy of sponsoring corrupt dictators in the Arab world, hypocritically "prevent[ing] the democratic tide from spreading to the region..." According to Atwan, "America's insistence on imposing its own puppets on the Muslim world in order to expedite exploitation of oil and other riches - and not U.S.-Israeli relations - was the core of the Islamist eruption."" (Chua, Amy, World on Fire (How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability), 2003)

"[W]hen Americans call for world democratization, we don't mean world democracy. For Americans, global democratization means democracy for and within individual countries. This is, we envision a world in which brutal and unjust dictatorships are replaced by freely and fairly elected leaders, accountable to their citizens. We imagine ourselves, moreover, at the helm of such a world. As President Clinton predicted in his second inaugural address: "The world's greatest democracy will lead a whole world of democracies." By contrast, the last thing most Americans want is a true world democracy, in which our economic and political fate is determined by a majority of the world's countries or citizens. The idea, for example, of the U.N. General Assembly controlling U.S. foreign investments would probably not be appealing to most Americans. Like other market-dominant minorities, we don't trust the relatively poor, frustrated, resentful majorities surrounding us necessarily to act on our best interest." (Chua, Amy, World on Fire (How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability), 2003)

"Western triumphalism about democracy in the developing world rests in part on a certain hypocrisy. If universal sufferage were a reality rather than a sham, one might wonder whether most of today's marketizers, foreign investors, and international organizations would be supporting it. Indeed, even today, there are many within the international community who, at the first sign of a possible trade-off between markets and democracy, make clear that their first commitment is to the former. As a beaming U.S. economist said to me just after Venezuela's democratically elected president Hugo Chavez was deposed in a military coup (and before he was reinstated), "Democracy is not necessarily the most efficient form of government."" (Chua, Amy, World on Fire (How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability), 2003)

"Like other market-dominant minorities around the world, perhaps America should try to turn symbolism around in our favor. This is no long-term promise in retreating into belligerent isolationism, or glorifying American parochialism - a recent number-one country song celebrates not knowing "the difference between Iraq and Iran."" (Chua, Amy, World on Fire (How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability), 2003)

"Despite Saddam Hussein's barbarous gulags, gross human rights violations, and repeated refusals to comply with U.N. requirements, international public opinion was overwhelmingly against the United States going to war with Iraq, even in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom, not to mention China, Russia, France, and the Arab states. It is important to see that this opposition to U.S. policies was closely bound up with deep feelings of resentment and fear of American power and cynicism about American motives." (Chua, Amy, World on Fire (How Exporting Free-Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred & Global Instability), 2003)

"In most businesses, the nature of the product is a known known. We do not spend a lot of time debating the use of or our need for a pair of shoes. We also understand our choices - lace up of slip-on, black or brown. I speak, of course, of men's shoes here. Women's shoes, well, they are closer to derivatives. The derivatives sales process is more complex. You may not know that you need the product - an unknown known. You probably haven't got the faintest idea of what a double knockout currency option with rebate is or does - a known unknown. What should you pay for this particular item? Definitely, unknown unknown. Derivatives are similar to a Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo pair of women's shoes." (Das, Satyajit, Traders, Guns & Money (Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives), 2006)

 

Others

"The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake." (Greenspan, Alan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board.)

"The election is a necessity. We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us." (Lincoln, Abraham, after being urged by some aides to suspend the election of 1864 - during the US Civil War - But despite the expectation that he would lose, he refused.)

"州美女一回頭,西子湖畔碧水柔﹔
青島美女二回頭,東方巴黎夢中遊﹔
廣州美女三回頭,世界小姐沒人瞅﹔
北京美女四回頭,奧林匹克年年有﹔
昆明美女五回頭,嫦娥貴妃齊敗走﹔
瀋陽美女六回頭,武鬆陳醉不為酒﹔
重慶美女七回頭,惶恐追逐不畏陡﹔
西安美女八回頭,秦兵古俑爭先後﹔
成都美女九回頭,巴蜀猛將武魂幽﹔
南京美女十回頭,馬拉多納打籃球﹔
武漢美女十一回頭,喬丹改打乒乓球﹔
上海美女十二回頭,泰坦尼克(即鐵達尼)繼續遊。" (anonymous)

"工室真言:
一) 樹大易招風,胸大多人碰。
二) 傳聞:兩成當發生,五成當係真。
三) 愛上老細,九成乞米。
四) 愛上公司,肯定白痴。
五) 三五成群,邊有好人。
六) 庸脂俗粉,吾慌穩陣。
七) 天生一副小人相,額尖面窄嘴舌長。
八) 老細敘頭,梗有計謀。
九) 老友握手,梗有人走。
十) 天生庸材亦有用,捱你唔死一世窮。
十一) 無風吹大浪,梗有人上當。
十二) 寧俾人知都莫俾人見,三餐唔掂都咪餓到出面。
十三) 八得就唔好o徙,是非可以當人情賣。
十四) 公家不如大家,大家不如私家。
十五) 大數變小數,小數當無數。
十六) 一代‘鐘神’,夠鐘走人。
十七) 一隻鑊兩隻耳,搵人幫手拎一邊。
十八) ‘煩’事皆因強出頭,閃埋一邊樂悠悠。
" (anonymous)

"The Rev. Michael Hinton has reduced the Bible to a booklet which can be read in 100 minutes. This is a pointless exercise. If you are going to read the Bible, you should read the whole of it over and over again. Only then will some of its oddness, and some of its glory, become apparent. My old friend Philip Larkin read it through in the course of a year. What did you think? I asked him. 'Amazing that anyone once believed all that,' was his answer. Randolph Churchill exclaimed, 'My God, God's a shit!' when he reached those horrible passages of xenophobia and genocide which are an essential part of the Bible. The parts the Rev. Hinton misleadingly curt out. Until you've come to grips with those, you will never have understood the Bible." (Wilson, A. N., columnist, Evening Standard, September 2005)

"On the Internet the volume of messages posted by idiots plus those posted by morons always exceeds the number posted by well-meaning moderately intelligent people, squared." (Winer, Dave, blogger, Scripting News, October 2005)

"There are two important issues regarding Ampère's law that require closer scrutiny. First, there is an issue regarding the continuity equation for electrical charge. There is a theorem in vector calculus that states the divergence of a curl must always be zero. Second, there is an issue regarding the propagation of electromagnetic waves."

"Counterparty Risk and Counterparty Trading: All the calculations regarding the risk management of an existing portfolio, mentioned in this article, are essential. However, the most important risk management strategy is one that signals before entering into an unwanted trade. Therefore, the first line of defense is the in-depth knowledge of the counterparties' credit status. The next relevant risk mitigant, equally important, is a strongly binding legal documentation governing the trading relationship." (Alavian, Shahram; Whitehead, Peter; Laudicina, Leonardo, Counterparty Valuation Adjustment (CVA), 2009)

"Heaven is a place where the police are English; the chefs are Italian; the car mechanics are German; the lovers are French and it’s all organized by the Swiss. Hell is a place where the police are German; the chefs are English; the car mechanics are French; the lovers are Swiss and it’s all organized by the Italians." (anonymous)

"All rating agencies who gave high ratings to subprime-related securities should be required to display the following notice in all of their public announcements for the next fifty years. [WARNING: Subprime crisis has proven that ratings produced by this agency are sometimes worthless. Investors are therefore advised not to rely entirely on ratings produced by this agency in making investment decisions.]" (Richard Koo, chief economist at Nomura, in a presentation, June 2009)

"Packed with information more suited to the lecture or the learned tome, these exhibits are hard work for those not accustomed to the unravelling the symbolic mysteries of the hieroglyph. Very little visual pleasure is to be had from the uncomprehending gaze - the text-laden Japanese pornographic comic strip is, by comparison, a doddle." Brian Sewell on Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (British Museum), Evening Standard, November 11, 2010.

"When the financial crisis broke in August 2007, David Viniar, chief financial officer of Goldman Sachs, famously commented that 25-standard deviation events had occurred on several successive days. If you marked your position to market every day for a million years, there would still be a less than one in a million chance of experiencing a 25-standard deviation event. None had occurred. What had happened was that the models Goldman used to manage risk failed to describe the world in which it operated... We will succeed in managing financial risk better only when we come to recognise the limitations of formal modelling. Control of risk is almost entirely a matter of management competence, well-crafted incentives, robust structures and systems, and simplicity and transparency of design." (John Kay, letter to Financial Times, March 2, 2011; in full)

"Why is it so hard for me to get a nappy on my one-year-old? He can't even walk. I'm a grown man and yet he's like one of those wiry cage fighters that are unbeatable when they're on the mat. It shouldn't be this difficult to get a nappy on him but lately every time I try it's like trying to make an origami swan out of a live octopus." (Ed Byrne, Metro, January 10, 2012)

"It's hard to think of a single human function that technology hasn't somehow altered, apart perhaps from burping. That's pretty much all we have left. Just yesterday I read a news story about a new video game installed above urinals to stop patrons getting bored: you control it by sloshing your urine stream left and right. Read that back to yourself and ask if you live in a sane society." (Charlie Brooker, The Guardian, December 1, 2011)

"A report into China's legal system delivered at this year's annual parliamentary session in Beijing gave just one example of this viewpoint.
It said the most important task for legal workers was to "unite around the implementation of the party and the state's policies and carry out legislative work according to major policy arrangements".
Not much there about prosecuting a case according to the facts."
(Michael Bristow, BBC News, Beijing, via website April 17, 2012)