User:Jeffq

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I am an administrator (specifically, a "sysop") on Wikiquote, although I've been rather inactive for the past few years. Even so, I endeavor to address any questions or matters that come my way, promptly.

Since I've haven't been keeping up on all the changes to Wikiquote, I invite anyone to boldly correct any errors I may make, without prior notification, although I would appreciate a notice on my talk page after this is done, mostly to help me realize my misunderstanding.

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  • (obviously behind on my literary research!)

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Quotes from non-famous folks and worksEdit

  • Overheard at a primate skeleton exhibit in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, mid-August 2005:
    Parent: How weird, they look almost like us…
    Child: Geez, that's kinda the idea, Dad!
    • Swift, 26 August 2005, "Another Smart Kid", reported by reader David Craig
  • Anyone who doubts that man is descended from apes can be persuaded by a visit to the nearest public men's restroom.
    • Jeff Q, 4 October 2008

Quotes from famous folks and worksEdit

  • Le doute n'est pas une condition agréable, mais la certitude est absurde.
    • Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is absurd.
      • Voltaire, letter to Frederick II of Prussia, 6 April 1767
  • The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
  • Caesar: Pardon him, Theodotus; he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
  • Once you've got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain't true, you've got 'em by the balls.
    • Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), Sin City (2005)
  • And in a place where "U are soooooooo hot!!!" passes for wit, MySpace isn't doing much to elevate the level of social discourse.
  • There must be something sillier than arguing with software, but I can't think offhand what it would be.
  • I do not believe in Belief. But this is an Age of Faith, and there are so many militant creeds that, in self defence, one has to formulate a creed of one's own. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the pimp. Tolerance, good temper and sympathy — they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long.
  • Faith sustains us in the hour when reason tells us that we cannot continue, that the whole of our lives is without meaning. […] Faith and reason are the shoes on your feet! You can travel further with both than you can with just one.
  • A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes that there is no virtue but on his own side, and that there are not men as honest as himself who may differ from him in political principles.
  • At home, political convictions are a tool for getting things done within your community; on the road, political convictions are a clumsy set of experiential blinders, compelling you to seek evidence for conclusions you've already drawn. If you really are liberal and enlightened (or conservative and informed) you will stop yammering about politics and learn something about the culture you're visiting.


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Last modified on 10 February 2014, at 21:02