Quote: On Blame
“I’ve long since stopped blaming anyone else for my predicament; it makes it so much easier to deal with. Once you stop looking elsewhere for the reasons why crap happens to you, you realize it’s all your own doing, one way or another. Unfortunately, I guess that’s one of life’s little wisdoms that are denied to us until after we’ve made an important mistake. We don’t normally get the change to learn from it.”
– Lt. Kage, from “Annihilation Squad” by Gav Thorpe
George Orwell Quote
Sometimes the English language amazes me. With a few short sentences, George pretty much sums up his entire book both in what is said, and in what is not said.
“The girl with dark hair was coming towards them across the field. With what seemed a single movement she tore off her clothes and flung them disdainfully aside. Her body was white and smooth, but it aroused no desire in him, indeed he barely looked at it. What overwhelmed him in that instant was admiration for the gesture with which she had thrown her clothes aside. With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm.”
– George Orwell – “1984”
Quote about Libraries
“Every library, no matter how decrepit, has more great thinkers present then are found in the grandest of universities.”
Ralph Friedman – Tales Out of Oregon
Great book talking about the history of Oregon as seen through the author’s eyes who hitchhiked all over Oregon in the 1930’s. Also includes interviews with people who lived history, including a Portland Lawyer named Erskine Wood who spent two summers living with Chief Joseph.
From the web comic, Looking for Group:
“Revenge isn’t a noble pursuit. Yet there is a certain satisfaction to it.”