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I’ve Got Nothing to Say, Part 1 January 27, 2007 – 6:45 p.m. – Permalink

Lyrics from The Strokes’ album First Impressions of Earth include this sentence from the song “Ask Me Anything,” repeated seven times: “I’ve got nothing to say.” This entry is to feature those who actually do have things to say. Some of these quotes are debilitating profundities, and some are just plain good.

  • “Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.” —Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919)
  • “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” —Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)
  • “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” —Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
  • “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” —Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
  • “I’m still an atheist, thank God.” —Luis Bunuel (1900 – 1983)
  • “Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.” —Fletcher Knebel
  • “There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.” —Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988)
  • “Age is mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn't matter.” —Satchel Paige (1906 – 1982)
  • “Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.” —Henry Kissinger (1923 – )
  • “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” —Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994)
  • “Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.” —Christopher Lasch
  • “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.” —Professor Irwin Corey (1914 – )

Before I let you go to ponder the sensational things you have learned from these twelve quotations, you should applaud Brian. He successfully garnered 3015 diggs (as of this writing) after submitting his entry “How to Rip DVDs with VLC” to Digg. This astoundingly popular and informative article will incidentally be the first in the much hyped and much awaited (re)print.

Also, The Best of Seraphic Zephyr, 2005-2006 will be released sometime in February. Watch out for it.