Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Quotations that Inspire Me, by Alec Frazier

“Nothing About Us Without Us!” (Latin: “Nihil de nobis, sine nobis”)
—“Nihil novi nisi commune consensu” (“Nothing new without the common consent”), act adopted by Polish Sejm (parliament), 1505

“…let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

“The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.”
—Gene Roddenberry, shown at the end of an episode of Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict.

“With great power there must also come -- great responsibility!”
—Narration, Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962)

“I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.”
—George Washington

“Live long and prosper.”
—The Vulcan Salute

“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. You cannot subjugate a nation forcibly unless you wipe out every man, woman, and child. Unless you wish to use such drastic measures, you must find a way of settling your disputes without resort to arms.”
—Albert Einstein, from a speech to the New History Society (December 14, 1930), reprinted in “Militant Pacifism” in Cosmic Religion (1931). Also found in The New Quotable Einstein by Alice Calaprice, p. 158.

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Sermon at Mason Temple

“Oel ngati kameie, ma Tsmukan, ulte ngaru seiyi ireiyo. Ngari hu Eywa saleu tirea, tokx 'ì'awn slu Na'viyä hapxì.”
Translation: “I See you Brother, and thank you. Your spirit goes with Eywa, your body stays behind to become part of the People.”
—Na'vi Prayer, James Cameron’s Avatar

“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
—Gene Roddenberry, As quoted in Can A Smart Person Believe in God? (2004) by Michael Guillen, Ch. 7 : Hope Springs Eternal, p. 90

“Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peace-that he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best, not only in our own lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march, toward the clean world our hands can make.”
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Radio Address on United Flag Day

“Gay is good.”
—Franklin Edward “Frank” Kameny, 1968

“Remember: you can zap them later.”
—Teddy Altman, a.k.a Hulkling of the Young Avengers, Young Avengers #7

“I decided as long as I was going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly.”
—Edward Cullen, Twilight, p. 87

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
—Walt Disney

“You can never be known for what you want to be known for. People will know you for whatever they want to know you for.”
—Robert Pattinson

“And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever.”
—Bella Cullen, Breaking Dawn, p. 754

“We are all made of stardust. In our journey to space, we are simply going home!”
—Closing Lines, Centered in the Universe, Samuel Oschin Planetarium, Griffith Observatory

“Screwing up is a part of life. Perpetuating the cycle of screwing up does not have to be a part of life.”
—Adam Carolla

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