"There is no such thing as man in the world. During my life, I have seen Frenchmen, Italians, Russians, and so on; thanks to Montesquieu, I even know that one can be Persian; but I must say, as for man, I have never come across him anywhere; if he exists, he is completely unknown to me."
--Joseph de Maistre, Considerations on France
Thread: Favourite Quotes
02-03-2009, 07:04 PM #91SnifflesGuest
02-03-2009, 07:10 PM #92SnifflesGuest
Also from de Maistre:
"A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none: it is a pure abstraction, an academic exercise of the mind, according to some hypothetical ideal, that should be addressed to man, in whatever imaginary realm he inhabits. Is not a constitution a solution to the following problem: Given the population, customs, religion, geographical situation, political relations, wealth, good and bad qualities of a particular nation, to find the laws which suit it?"
This certainly helps describe the basic logic I've held against going to war for the purposes of exporting American-style democracy. What may work here may not necessarily work there. There are no one size fits all solutions in geopolitics.
02-03-2009, 08:23 PM #93
You hate FREEEEEDOM, Peguy? Huh.
(I'm joking!)"Only an irrational dumbass, would burn Jews." - Jaguar
"please give concise answers in plain English" - request from Provoker
02-03-2009, 08:42 PM #94
02-03-2009, 09:31 PM #95
"It takes a king to be a child"
meExpression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"
Theory is always superseded by Fact...
... In theory.
“I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”
Richard Feynman's last recorded words
"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."
Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE
02-04-2009, 01:39 AM #96
06-19-2009, 11:04 AM #97RivaGuest
Canadians start all wars.
06-19-2009, 11:07 AM #98
"It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum...and I'm all out of gum!" - Dukius Nukemus
06-19-2009, 11:09 AM #99
"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Well, who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. Who the f--k do you think you're talkin' to?"
06-19-2009, 11:28 AM #100
"It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for a proper trigger squeeze."If a deaf INFP falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?