“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”—Faramir from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.”—Gandalf the Grey, from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The unknown, the unforetold, the unproven, that is what life is based on. Ignorance is the ground of thought. Unproof is the ground of action. If it were proven that there is no God there would be no religion… But also if it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion. Tell me… what is known? What is sure predictable, inevitable—the one certain thing you know concerning your future, and mine?
That we will die.
Yes. There’s really only one question that can be answered… and we already know the answer. The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
”—from The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin (via thresca)
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”—Max Planck
“I don’t believe there’s any cloud that hangs over me. I think there’s nothing but sunshine hanging over me…. And by the way, I should say that if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go ahead. Feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously. And those who feel like they want to sneakily and wear a taping devices, I would remind them that it kind of smells like Nixon and Watergate.”—Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), the day before he was arrested for trying to sell President-elect Obama’s Senate seat
“Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked, so Obama could run. Obama is running so our children can fly!”—Ed Welch, quoting a text message from a friend, on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, also attributed to Jay-Z
(with more information about this quote on Daily Kos)
“But 18 armed people intent on killing lots of innocents will be able to do just that, and last-line-of-defense countermeasures won’t be able to stop them. Intelligence, investigation, and emergency response. We have to find and stop the terrorists before they attack, and deal with the aftermath of the attacks we don’t stop. There really is no other way, and I hope that we don’t let the tragedy lead us into unwise decisions about how to deal with terrorism.”—Bruce Schneier on the Mumbai terrorist attacks (link from Earthman, Come Home)