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Quotes that float my boat:

“If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk, and spoons make you fat.” – Will Ferrell

“The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why and how it is said.” – Vaclav Havel

“There’s a reason we separate military and the police: one fights the enemy of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.” – Commander William Adama (Ronald Dowl Moore)

“Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren’t bad people; they’re just acquaintances.” – Jay Leno

“Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.” – T. S. Eliot

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” – Albert Einstein

“Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?” – George Carlin

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” – Douglas Adams

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein

“How can I tell that the past isn’t a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?” – The Man in the Shack (Douglas Adams)

“I have a soul. I see patterns. I know you, you’re damaged. You were born to a woman who believes that suffering was good for the soul, so you suffered. Life is a testament to pain, injuries, accidents. Some inflicted upon others, some inflicted upon yourself. Surrounds you like a bubble but it’s not… real it’s just — that’s just something she put into your head. It’s something that you wanna believe ’cause it means that you’re the problem, not the world that you live in. You wanna believe it because… it means that you’re bad luck. Like a cancer that needs to be removed. Because you hear her voice every day and you want her to be right.” – Leoben Conoy (Toni Graphia)

“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” – Barry LePatner

“He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.” – Douglas Adams

“We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school.” – Peter DeVries

“People don’t like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don’t run, don’t walk. We’re in their homes and in their heads and we haven’t the right. We’re meddlesome.” – River Tam (Joss Whedon)

“The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.” – Robert Jackson

“Half of writing history is hiding the truth.” – Malcolm Reynolds (Joss Whedon)

“Hey, hey, hey — don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean. ‘Cause, remember: no matter where you go… there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzai (Earl Mac Rauch)

“I don’t care what you believe in, just believe.” – Shepherd Derria Book (Joss Whedon)

“In the fight to protect our future, we must confront our past. The lies we’ve told. The decisions we’d made. The people we have loved. As the struggle for survival continues, we can’t face our enemy until we face ourselves.” – Colonel Saul Tigh (Ronald Dowl Moore)

“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.” – John Keats

“I am a leaf on the wind – watch how I soar.” – Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn (Joss Whedon)

“Why do people say, ‘Grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really want to get tough, grow a vagina, those things take a pounding.” – Betty White

“42” – Deep Thought (Douglas Adams)

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