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- …Education, Education.— Tony BlairPlatitude, but valuable nevertheless. I'm happy with the idea that
no day in which one thing is learned is wastedand feel that there's no such thing as
For they wished to fill the winepress of eloquence not with the tendrils of mere words but with the rich grape juice of good sense.— St. JeromeThat to which I oft aspire, although rarely achieve.
The English, the English, the English are best
I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest.— Flanders and SwannWell except that I would, we're not that good really. On the other side of the coin, it's the only language I speak with even a miasma of fluency, so…
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.— Neil ArmstrongShe may not be the best imaginable planet, but she's pretty damn good, and the only one we've got.
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart— Bonnie TylerEclipses are magical. I mean, what is the actual likelyhood that I'd be living in the brief period of Terra's life when Luna would have the same observed size as Sol?
There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium…— Tom LehrerPossibly even more important than Earth. But wouldn't the world be simpler if there were only 8 of them?
What use is half an eye?— Obsolete anti-evolution activistsAlso magical, particularly as the actual mechanism of seeing happens mainly in the brain. It's all kind of holistic really in that messy way that evolution manages and engineers don't.
- Ei–twice four
…which was why a sensible wizard would never mention the number if he could avoid it. Or you'll be eight alive, apprentices were jocularly warned.— Terry PratchettMore seriously an important part of our numerological heritage, particularly for those of us confined to binary.
If elections changed anything, they would be forbidden— Kurt TucholskySee also Winston Churchill's often quoted quotations. On the other hand, a civic duty and an important part of Democracy (unfortunately a 'D')
Ent the earthborn, old as mountains;— J. R. R. TolkienIt's the walking
dead nowtrees. Possibly the one thing in Lord of the Rings that I'd most like to actually have existed in the past.