Published on December 31, 2004 By zorven In Blogging
I am new to blogging, and one thing I am used to on the main forum I usually post at is the signature section in which I put my quotes (as many do). There is not really a place like that here to put them, so I just thougt I would post them in an article. Then I got to thinking that it is odd in a way that we choose someone else's words to describe our point of view, beliefs, values, etc. Why not just state our point of view, belief, value, etc? I suppose that using quotes makes us look more intellectual and sophisticated. Or maybe the person we quote is just better with words than we are.

Anyway, here are the 2 quotes I have been using for quite some time.

"Slander, lies, character assassination--these things are a threat to every single citizen everywhere in this country. And when even one American--who has done nothing wrong--is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril"
- Harry S. Truman, Address at the Dedication of the New Washington Headquarters of the American Legion, August 14, 1951

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

on Dec 31, 2004
One of my favorite quotes these days, and often in a sig line:

"Every time I hear the news
That old feeling comes back on;
We're waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the Big Fool says to push on."
- Pete Seeger, 1967
on Dec 31, 2004
Here's mine:

"Human beings are remarkable for their ability to learn from their mistakes. They are even more remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. "
-Douglas Adams
on Dec 31, 2004
Here's mine:

"Man can now fly in the air like a bird, swim under the ocean like a fish, he can burrow into the ground like a mole. Now if only he could walk the earth like a man, this would be paradise."
-Tommy Douglas

On Canada-US relations:
"Living next to you (the USA) is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly or even-tempered the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt."
-Pierre Elliot Trudeau
on Dec 31, 2004
Those are some good ones. I particularly like the Douglas Adams' one - that is the kind that serve to give some insight into your perspective of the world.

Lets see some more...