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Power Rangers Wild Force: Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Power Rangers Mystic Force: Madison insert "Who's Madison? Dillon, who prefers to brood rather than talk. This is quite ironic because his best friend Ziggy is a Motor Mouth. Troy talks less than any of his teammates. Nasir of Robin of Sherwood could go entire episodes without speaking. It's implied that in early episodes he doesn't know much English.

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Will Scarlett is known to keep his own counsel. To a lesser extent, Little John — though when he did talk, he usually did so quite loudly. Just don't get him to snap by messing around with his friend, though. Molly also isn't a chatterbox, but has had her occasional moments where she's annoyed, or upset. In the first series of Skins , Effy Stonem only spoke twice — and she was incredibly intriguing as a result.

In the later series, she talks progressively more often, although she continues to maintain long periods of silence and usually speaks less than the other characters. Nevertheless, most fans preferred her as The Stoic Ice Queen and grew increasingly disappointed with the character the more she spoke. Emil Hamilton, the team's medic , often has very few lines in the scenes that he's in, and what he does say is said in a quiet, almost monotone voice.

Unless of course you get him completely wasted. Don't screw with his friends, though. Teal'c from Stargate SG He did become more talkative as time went by presumably from spending so much time with humans , so much so that the commentary on an early episode of season 9 had the director joking that Teal'c had spoken more in the first few episodes of that season than in the previous eight seasons combined. In Supernatural , season six, Sam and Dean's distant cousin Mark was introduced.

Mark barely avoided becoming The Silent Bob. You don't say much, do you? The Sarah Connor Chronicles mostly lets the others do the talking, and when she does speak, its usually done with a very inflectionless monotone. She mostly just punches things. And beyond that, there's the character credited simply as "Chola". She appears in four episodes including the one in which her crime family is massacred , and makes an instant impression — but she doesn't say a word until her final scene, when she gives a tear-jerking speech to John and Cameron.

James May of Top Gear , though it's mainly 1. Kasumi of Samurai Gourmet , but since he's the protagonist it makes it a rather Mental Story. Fortunately, he has plenty of Internal Monologue , and when that fails there's the samurai. Since he got appointed to be the official Chronicler, it's likely that he's more wordy in his writing. Onua, an Earth Earth character, is also known to only speak up when necessary in most of his appearances. While he cuts promos and talks to other wrestlers like his fellow sports-entertainers, he doesn't do much trash-talking in the ring, and a lot of his "interviews" especially as a heel are Orton simply being asked a question and responding with one word "No He'd simply stare at the interviewer and then walk away.

Everyone by now knows Christian to be a bit of a Loud Mouth He didn't even speak the first few months The Undertaker is also one, unless he's cutting one of his amazing promos. Brock Lesnar usually lets Paul Heyman do the talking for him. Broke silence to announce she would no longer be able to wrestle at a WWE event, stayed talkative after returning to the ring in SHINE, though still not particularly talkative by wrestler standards.

Kanako Urai , better known as Kana in Japan and Asuka in America rarely speaks and often resorts to a Slasher Smile to get her point across. Although he's in the studio, his job is sound effects, and they'll often do more talking than he does. When he DOES talk it could be just a quip or a punchline to jokes or impressions or even responding to Howard or Robin. If you even DARE insult him or call him on something, run he has been known to react VERY strongly to criticism, sensitive issues in his life among other incidents, once Howard looked in his bag and Fred nearly quit the show after an ugly outburst.

An Astartes Chapter's Honour Guard are said to speak and advise little, as to not undermine the authority of the Captains despite how they are likely even more experienced than them, but this gives their words considerable weight to all of their battle brothers, even the Chapter Master. As a result of their past , the Dark Angels Chapter of Adeptus Astartes and their successors are known for this. They rarely speak to anyone outside of the Chapter, and in one noticeable instance, the entire Consecrators Chapter deployed en masse and relieved an Astra Militarum force by fighting for six straight hours and killing the enemy's leader without sending a single transmission to their allies.

The personal guard of the Death Guard Primarch Mortarion, the Deathshrouds, only ever speak when they are passing on the commands of their Primarch. Even in the heat of battle Deathshroud Terminators fight in complete, unnerving silence becoming the perfect embodiment of the silent onset of inevitable death. Repeatedly lampshaded by the reminding cast, who complain about how he never speaks more than a sentence at a time. Ricky Johnson fits this trope to a bang. Valygar from Baldur's Gate 2.

Putting him in the same party as Jan Jansen makes him a great example of The Comically Serious as well. Frankenstein's monster is this in Die Reise ins All , especially when he is first met. Final Fantasy canon seems to fit this trope, with other characters going so far as to praise him for his calm and collected mindset. He also speaks relatively few words to the other Warriors of Cosmos, not to mention it seems like he's always in a perpetual contest with himself to see how he can express a thought in as few words as possible when he does speak. During the ending, he almost shows off his laconic attitude.

Everyone is saying their goodbyes in reverse series order: Maybe we can go on a mission together again sometime. Sten in Dragon Age: Origins , is very much like this. He's extremely intelligent and deep, but doesn't chat much except in certain situations. Sten's Deadpan Snarker reply: Since they pride themselves on doing everything perfectly, the prospect of possibly committing a linguistic error mortifies them.

In the second game, the Arishok has little to say but "begone" to anyone besides Hawke. Arioch from Drakengard , except when she speaks it's usually to say something deliciously morbid or insane. Until the fifth chapter of Duel Savior Destiny Rico is almost silent and when she does speak it's nearly inaudible. This is because without a proper master she burns through her lifespan when she takes action.

Once this is taken care of, she becomes simply soft spoken. The Mysterious Stranger from the Fallout series. Clicking on him produces only two floating text balloon statements: Kimahri speaks even less, and that's not counting giving the protagonist the silent treatment at the beginning of the game. In the Japanese version, Fujin talked in only one kanji at a time. It's not a bad English equivalent. In addition to highlighting the importance of what she has to say, it surprises the other characters, who presumably thought she was incapable of normal speech.

Since the game allows the player to listen in on his Inner Monologues , the reasons for Squall's silences become increasingly more apparent as the game goes on. In fact, he doesn't say a single word. Gerome, a wyvern rider from Fire Emblem Awakening , is not as talkative as the rest of the second generation characters. He also states that conversation and charisma are not his strong suits. His specialty exists on the battlefield. Beruka from Fire Emblem Fates is an assassin who is also not very talkative, and when she does talk, she tends to speak in very short, clipped sentences.

In Fleuret Blanc , you're unlikely to get anything other than grunts and terse sentences out of Masque.

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In a subversion, he can actually be quite the chatterbox if you engage him on a topic he actually cares about; however, the list rarely extends past masks. Unlike the Rookie from Halo 3: Reach does have a few lines in the cutscenes, but it's usually in brief sentences. Agent 47 from Hitman makes this trope look badass. A man of few words and mercy, Agent 47 talks when it's necessary but when he isn't saying anything that''s when you should start running.

League of Legends Champion Rammus. His standard exclamations include "yup" and "okay. Besides being rather unpredictable at first, Quiet eventually shows her softer side even if she is a former enemy. The reason why she is on this page is that the player finds out later that she can speak other languages, particularly Navajo, she prefers not to speak in English because it would activate her vocal cord parasites.

The narrator simply speaks for him. Strix from Paladins is a Cold Sniper who doesn't talk much. When he does, its short and to the point. Red Faction 's protagonist Parker almost never says anything although it may be because he is too busy shooting Ultor's minions. The only time he says things are doing the few cut scenes in the game. Starwish has Mare , whose dialogue consists solely of " Dorothy from Rune Factory 2. Kross and Cinnamon from Rune Factory Frontier. The player character from Saints Row 1 has exactly four lines in game, each spoken during the final cutscene of a chapter.

Serph from Digital Devil Saga would be a Heroic Mime if not for certain cutscenes when the player is given a choice of lines of dialogue for him to speak. Interestingly, the other characters sometimes comment on this ; in the first game, Heat notices Serph has been silent for a long time and asks him to say something, and in the second, Gale tells him "It's alright, you don't have to say anything. He very rarely opens conversation, and when he responds to questions, he's implied to be very direct.

The game itself lampshades this with The Bartender , who notes he's very rarely seen someone who talks as little as Flynn. To elaborate, he is a Heroic Mime who's never actually heard to speak outside of summoning his Persona. However, the player is able to choose dialogue options for him when speaking to others. None of these options are ever more than one sentence long, and other characters have commented on his quietness. The Protagonist of Persona 4 , canonically known as Yu Narukami , actually has a large number of responses that are " Nonetheless, he still never speaks more than a single sentence at a time.

In a nice bit of subtle characterization, the Persona 3 and Persona 4 heroes are implied to have different reasons for why they each have so many ' The former seems to use silence to indicate apathy towards whatever's being discussed, while the latter tends to have the option available when it will spare someone's feelings or if the situation is simply too awkward to comment on. Played with in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth , which involves both the P3 and P4 casts; the P4 hero only talks in the P3 route and the P3 hero only talks in the P4 route which also highlights the above-mentioned contrast in personality when you see how each one does speak.

Henry Townshend is listed in the Silent Hill 4 manual as a "quiet individual who never lets his feelings show. Kratos from Tales of Symphonia. He has emotions, they're just not obvious at first glance. Radigan Conagher, the Engineer's grandfather, is "a man of many ideas and few words. He cheers up once he starts mowing people down with Sasha. Though other mediums including the Russian dub of Meet the Heavy suggest this is more a language thing. Iceman, from the original Wing Commander easily qualifies, save one cutscene where he's oddly chosen to play Mr.

It's said that even when he does speak, he does so only barely louder than a whisper, and you have to listen closely to hear him. Shadow, Espio and Blade are the more quiet and reserved SonicTheHedgehog characters, due to all of them being more stoic and composed. Mephiles is this in a more creepy and evil way, although he does also use many speeches in attempt to manipulate the other characters into becoming their pawn or believing his lies. The Fatebinder in Tyranny can be played this way, with frequent use of the memetic "glare silently" dialogue options, which, depending on context, imply anything from Sarcasm Failure in response to stupidity to a Death Glare to an enemy about to be crushed.

Overdoing it leads to them being regarded as eccentric, with Eb being especially likely to tease you. And remaining silent when Tunon asks you a question is a surefire path to his enmity. In fact, if you do it often enough, Tunon will take time out of his final trial, where you are the defendant , to ask the Fatebinder why they spend so much time being quiet.

You're allowed to continue glaring silently Or explain to him that you prefer remaining silent and observing while letting the other party self-incriminate themselves trying to fill in the silence. Doing so will make the centuries-old Humanoid Abomination admit that was a much better justification than he'd expected and thank you for satisfying his curiosity.

The Bounty Hunter class in Darkest Dungeon prefers to speak very little outside of the occasional generic comment when walking or stressed. While getting a critical hit as other characters usually have them say a Badass Boast or one-liner, the Bounty Hunter usually has Visible Silence or a snort as a reaction.

Somehow he reacts less when faced with the chance of being subjected to what is implied to be eternal suffering during the Final Boss fight. He does, however, become slightly chattier when virtuous or afflicted. Mipha in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. A demure White Magician Girl , she has a soft-spoken, gentle personality and rarely speaks up in conversation.

Of the two cutscenes showing her interacting with her fellow Champions, one has her quietly watching Zelda knighting Link while the others comment on the event, the other has her shyly and somewhat haltingly trying to give Zelda some advice. The only person with whom she is portrayed talking openly and freely is with Link. In Boozle , the eponymous protagonist doesn't say much, and when he does, his speech bubbles contain only images or icons.

Still, the other characters seem to understand him just fine although Bitsy does comment that his speech sounds funny. Kid Katydid from The Bug Pond. Kanryl of Ears for Elves fits this, possibly because he spends most of his time with animals. In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! He's also probably the least intelligent of the regular cast apart from wacky neighbors like Floyd and Heywood , though he comes across as one of the most soulful because he is so quiet.

Zz'dtri from The Order of the Stick. Fitting as he is the Evil Counterpart of Vaarsuvius. Daryl getting Taffe to warm up to other people and opening up is a subplot, especially when it comes to Taffe's relationship with Larima. Both of the Finland siblings in Scandinavia and the World , especially the brother who only swears every now and then. Except for in the sauna. Coincidentally or maybe not? A large part of it results from Language Barrier , although he doesn't talk much with his cousin Tuuri either.

Mikkel also qualifies to a lesser extent, in addition to being The Stoic. Ben in Storywisher is this, and the polar opposite of his cousin Fi. Akryung from Tower of God only communicates with a cackle that creeps everybody out. Naim, from UC , so very much so. Sikue, from Beyond Bloom. Lets others do the talking. Especially around unfamiliar parties. While he talks as much as everyone else, he's less hammy on the whole. Vocal Evolution eventually kicked in and he became more energetic, at least until when he was understandably annoyed by his Twitch account forcibly being taken over.

Teardrop from Battle for Dream Island. Though she has spoken, however that was with the other contestants when they all shouted "Cake At Stake" in the finale. Jennifer O'Connell from Behind The Veil communicates entirely through written notes, sign-language and text-to-speech programs, but only because of psychological reasons her parents were killed in a car crash and she was trapped in the car with them for several hours because she had been paralysed for years and couldn't escape herself. She is still capable of speech, and recently began talking to her stepmother, but limits herself to short sentences.

Kamimura from Broken Saints , apart from his internal monologues, is not the most talkative guy around. Of course, his limited knowledge of English, the language spoken to and around him for most of the series, could be part of that. Evek is the most silent of the Freelance Astronauts , but then, given his competition, it's not exactly a hard title to achieve. Sabastian in The Graystone Saga hates talking.

When narrator Tobiah asks him questions, he answers with as few words as possible — and, occasionally, none at all. It doesn't help that the other two have No Indoor Voice. While not quiet per se, Maine of Red vs. Blue comes very close to this trope — mainly because he almost never makes noise, and when he does he sounds like a Predator. Part of this is due to being shot in the throat during a mission which we see in the prequel portions of Season 9 so he's actually physically incapable of speech, but it's established that even before that he very rarely said anything.

Handsome Tom in Suburban Knights. DaveChaos of the Yogscast tends to say little when doing multiplayer content with the others. Granted, this could be because he's often with Simon Lane , the noisiest member by far. Lie Ren is very quiet and speaks by far the least often out of any of the main characters. I mean really quiet. And I don't actually know that much about you. But darn it, I consider you to be the brother I never had! Hazel from Salem's Inner Circle speaks the least among them. Coal, the Villain Protagonist of Digimon World: Infamy usually doesn't open his mouth unless it's truly something important.

Entire weeks have gone by with the stoic Digimon never saying a word, which makes the times where he actually does talk stand out all the more. Corn and Vinkle in No Evil. With Corn, it's because he's deeply uncomfortable in the company of anyone but Kitty , so he tends to keep quiet and avoid people. Vinkle, by contrast, is just not very talkative or emotive ; there's no indication that he's uncomfortable in social situations, he just seems to prefer to keep quiet unless he has something to say outside of the one episode where he recites the story of Mahtigwess and Lusifee, anyway.

Amber doesn't say much, and when she does, its usually to quell the more obnoxious members of the group. Killer doesn't say a whole lot, and when he does, its usually something snide or sinister. The trait is there for Asia, but characters like Lisa and Julie keep her from fully becoming this. In Animaniacs Wakko is the least talkative of the Warner siblings as in some segments he doesn't say anything this is in marked contrast to Yakko, who is aptly named.

As a reference to how she hasn't spoken in the twenty years she's been a background character, Maria from Arthur is presented as this in her Lower-Deck Episode. She prefers to write her replies when Ratburn calls upon her in class, was a mime on Halloween, and Arthur has apparently never even heard her speak. It turns out she has a terrible stutter and, despite seeing a speech therapist, is very embarrassed of it. On the DVD commentary, the creators said that when they were looking for a VA for Zuko, they were looking for someone who could say one word but imply a lifetime of suffering.

He was a man of few words for the first two seasons. Longshot's whole character revolves around this. Black Panther in The Avengers: I forgot you talked! Austin from The Backyardigans in some episodes, such as "Heart of the Jungle. The Brave and the Bold. When she does speak, her Outsiders teammates immediately stop whatever they're doing and listen to her. In the episode "Inside the Outsiders", there's a flashback dream sequence to a time when she was chattier. It's revealed that she doesn't speak in the present in order to honor her sensei's memory Of the main trio in Camp Lazlo , Clam is the least talkative of the three.

Most of his lines are just one-word repetitions of what others have said. In fact, Word of God stated he was intended to be totally mute, but changed as the creator felt it wouldn't work well. All the operatives of Sector V on Codename: Brainy on Hey Arnold! However, it's because of his Vader Breath.

Eugly the rabbit rarely ever says anything not just because she's The Unintelligible , she usually keeps absolutely silent. In most instances, he only communicates by saying "Eeyup" or "Nope" in response to direct questions. At virtually all other times, his remarks are either similarly short and concise, directed at someone he's exceptionally comfortable talking to such as Applejack in the beginning of "Applebuck Season" , or meant to convey his displeasure. Speaking of shyness, Fluttershy is the least talkative of the Mane 6 because of this.

There's been quite a few episodes where she only has a line or two at most and several where she's completely silent for the whole episode. Princess Luna seems to be turning into this somewhat, most notably in the season 4 premiere. Whenever the two sisters share a scene, she tends to let Celestia do most of the talking. She does, however, battle cry on occasion, and she said something in Japanese exactly once. Ferb from the Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb , who, despite being one of the two main characters, generally only speaks once or twice per episode, expressing himself the rest of the time through nonverbal cues.

These lines tend to be either the most random or funniest of the episode. And like everything on the show, this is lampshaded to death. In the first episode he's introduced as being "a man of action". In the episode "Candace Interrupted" he says two conservative lines, prompting Phineas to say, "Well, aren't you chatty today. Watch and be amazed. The eponymous character of Samurai Jack is one of these; there are several episodes in which he never speaks.

He didn't speak much as a child either; of the five flashback episodes to his childhood, he only spoke in one of them. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimlses wandering. Wilson "In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.

Difficulty was only an ingredient. I never thought to wonder about grades, just as I never thought to wonder what Tarzan might bench press. I found the closer I moved to sport, the closer I felt to science -- and the closer I moved to adventure, the closer I felt to greatness. But not knowing was our greatest pleasure. They have not seen the west side of any mountain. Thompson "Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.

Charles Bukowski "Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down. Newman "If you can survive death, you can probably survive anything. Well, you probably are. What's wrong with that? In the first place, if you've any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs and we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style.

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Pilots who have flown the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft have two things in common: The courage to take her up and the skill to bring her home. A Whisper from the Silent Generation 8 years 27 weeks ago; Exceptional Life s Farm to U-2 Pilot 8 years 29 weeks ago; LIFE IS A PIECE OF CAKE.

A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free" -- Tom Robbins " I've changed a lot. You will board my boat, sail across the sea and restore the heart of Te Fiti. Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? The only path to serenity. There is always a monkey. Chao-chou said, "Shake the tree and birds take to the air, startle the fish and water becomes muddy. We have to see that everything we demand and even get eventually disappoints us. This discovery is our teacher. Where does a wise man hide a leaf? Chesterton I saw people coming towards me But all were the same man, All were myself.

The worldly pleasure which you enjoy now becomes suffering in the future. Why then are you attached to this pleasure? One moment of practice becomes lasting pleasure. Why then do you not practice? But what do I do every day, Mum? Catch the bus, eat chips, and go to bed. It's what the rest of us do. Because you re better than us? No, I didn't mean that. But it was, it was a better life. I don t mean all the travelling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life. You don't just give up. You don t just let things happen.

You make a stand. Parting of the Ways "See into life. Don't just look at it. Photograph also has two sides to it and thank goodness, I am only intersted in those who discover; I feel a certain solidarity with those who set out in a spirit of discovery; I think there is much more risk invovled in this than in trying to create images; and in the end, reality is more important. You can't steal second with your foot on first. The impossible takes a little longer. Adams, Commander of United Planets Cruiser C57D From the movie "Forbidden Planet" Shadowless dusk growing colder - steaming teakettle -- Mike Garofalo, Cuttings My object all sublime I shall achieve in time-- To let the punishment fit the crime-- The punishment fit the crime; And make each prisoner pent Unwillingly represent A source of innocent merriment!

Of innocent merriment - The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting. Stay till I call you in. Yet when my master's voice I heard Call, from the window, "Jane! They're unfussy about where they live, adapt quickly to environmental stress, use multiple strategies for getting their own way, It's curious that it took us so long to realize that the species they most resemble is us.

Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on. My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly nintey-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. This planet has-or rather had-a problem, which was this: Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

Arthur Dent I don't know, I didn't listen! He was desperately worried that one day sentient life forms would forget how to do this. Only by counting could humans demonstrate their independence of computers. We've got to find out what people want from fire, how they relate to it, what sort of image it has for them. It sounds a terribly interesting project. What do you mean, difficulty? It's the single simplest machine in the entire Universe! Wiseguy," she said, "you're so clever, you tell us what color it should be. No, don't bother to answer that, I'm fifty thousand times more intelligent than you and even I don't know the answer.

It gives me a headache just trying to think down to your level. I want to say one word to you. Here's another of those self-satisfied doors. Don't talk to me about life. In lighter news, the city of New New York is doomed. As though his ape's brain could contain the secrets of the Krell. Wells, and have fallen asleep. The mathematician finds his own monastic niche and happiness in pursuits that are disconnected from external affairs.

Some practice it as if using a drug. Chess sometimes plays a similar role. In their unhappiness over the events of this world, some immerse themselves in a kind of self-sufficiency in mathematics. Some have engaged in it for this reason alone. If you meet a man who is not a poet, don't read him your poem. Be happy that the elephant can dance at all. Kennedy "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

After the flash, we're blind again. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. Elliott in "Four Quartets" "I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it the right way, did not become more complicated. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. This is the secret of success. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments that count and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation.

My Childhood and Youth. Think only and entirely and completely of what you're doing at the moment and you are free as a bird. Blyth "I don't believe I can really do without teaching. How careful you have to be about checking your experiments. How easy it is to make mistakes and fool yourself. I know what it means to know something. 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. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.

If the first few stories are slightly out of line. But when the building is 18 or 20 stories high, everyone will see that it tilts. Ward "If we expect students to be winners and expect them to do well, they will rise to the occasion. The personal satisfaction you get when you do it effectively is just phenomenal. Pratt "The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. Blyth We dance around in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense. What was more, they had taken the first step toward genuine friendship.

They had exchanged vulnerabilities. It consists of replacing a theory that is wrong with one that is more subtly wrong. I'd relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.

I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.

If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.

All the points in between are, well, in between. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Strive to be happy" -- Desiderata of Max Ehrmann "There never was a good war, or a bad peace.

I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed. Napalm is very powerful, but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn how to live with true love, hope, and forgiveness. If that little girl in the picture can do it, ask yourself: It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

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Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.

Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. If you always succeed you enjoy the admiration of many people. Being defeated means being limited to the basic existential choices of life. If you can enjoy the quiet evening hours it is beautiful; a hero who always succeeds may not have time to enjoy such things.

That's one of the great myths and delusions of all times. Winning managers and individual performers at all levels know that effectiveness means building your own network and creating your own authority. Those who succeed always reach far beyond formal deputation, take initiatives, and take the heat when things go awry. That's true in the military in times of war, true for person manufacturing firms, and true at giant automakers or software companies.

Not the wretchedest human being but has his share in the creative energy that builds the world. We are all creators. We all create a mythological world of our own out of certain shapeless materials. A Space Odyssey" Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that. A Space Odyssey" "Programming is like sex: Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. If you want anything done, ask a woman. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instict come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn.

The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length. Gauss "I recognize the lion by his paw. It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofsteader's Law into account.

Misery is a choice. Eternity takes back its own. Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, delt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of time. What can we say of this? It's a tension by which the living know they're alive. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.

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Others think it is half empty. I think the glass is too big. Wells "Bicycling is a big part of the future Because you might actually succeed in accomplishing exactly what you came there to find. And in this so-called success you may not even know that you can fail utterly to discover far greater rewards that you might find otherwise. Places assume meanings as we interact with them; as we accumulate experiences and memories in them; as we gain knowledge about them; as we evolve relationships with them; as we become familiar with them and comfortable in them.

There is a world of difference between a place as partner in a lasting relationship, and a place considered as just a photographic subject. The latter does not interest me much. I have long found that my work is most meaningful to me as an expression of my life and my relationships with the world. Without such relationships, aesthetics alone, while enjoyable to view at times, do not move me to create. In creating I need more than just beauty; I need a story—a good one—and I need to be a character in that story.

And my story unfolds here. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and a straight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltaire himself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so much to man's welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to the health, it emits no harmful fumes and emits only the most decorous speeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm? To keep your balance you have to keep moving.

This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive.

Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. Perhaps people like the world they can see from a bike, or the air they breathe when they're out on a bike. Or they like the bicycle's simplicity and the precision with which it is made. Or because they like the feeling of being able to hurtle through air one minute, and saunter through a park the next, without leaving behind clouds of choking exhaust, without leaving behind so much as a footstep. Leete "Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own.

Plauger "I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Anthony "Sir, what you had there A statesman is a dead politician. Lord knows we need more statesmen! The Next Generation, metaphors from "Darmok" episode "A syndicate makes sense to me. I'm a peaceful man at heart, but I'm sick and tired of all these hits.

I hit Krako, Krako hits Teppo, Teppo hits me. There's too many bosses! We can't get anything done. I was thinking--if there was just one--maybe somebody like you as the top boss--then we could get things done! Since before your sun burned hot in space, and before your race was born, I have awaited Metaphors go over his head. Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would chatch it.

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Indeed, it is a life story to be read by the family. Talk back - click below to add new comment. I decided to start again from the beginning, and digest more and more of it. Chino from Is the Order a Rabbit? Mikkel also qualifies to a lesser extent, in addition to being The Stoic. I started reading "Piece of Cake" with some reservations.

Your politics bore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child. And apparently, you alienated my favorite daughter, Gamora. I shall honor our agreement, Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But return to me again empty handed And I will bathe the starways in your blood. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an 'artless art' growing out of the Unconscious. Now there are your meerkats, correct?

Don't do that please sir, please! They go straight for the throat! Now this new plack of yours, Lauderbee, says that they are the piranha of the dessert. They can strip a human carcass in 3 minutes, sir. My encyclopedia says they are easily tamed and are often kepts as pets. Noooo, you've not been attacked by one, sir. Nobody's been attacked by one I'm certainly not, and I'm sick and tired of being told that I am! At this time a friend shall lose his friends's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before I think it was "Blessed are the cheesemakers".

It refers to any manufacturer of dairy products. The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour, Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'. Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars. It's a hundred thousand light years side to side. It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick, But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.

We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point. We go 'round every two hundred million years, And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions In this amazing and expanding universe. The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding In all of the directions it can whizz As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know, Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is. So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure, How amazingly unlikely is your birth, And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space.

Our chief weapon is suprise Our two weapons are fear and surprise I'll come in again. Exit and exeunt Chapman: I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition. Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: To Cardinal Biggles I can't say it - you'll have to say it. You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and sixty of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank.

We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt! We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work at the mill every day for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY!

Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, pause for laughter , eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah.

But you try and tell the young people today that I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony! Being so correct all the time, being so stifled by this dread of You see, Wanda, we'll all terrified of embarrassment. That's why we're so Most of my friends are dead, you know, we have these piles of corpses to dinner. But you're alive, God bless you, and I want to be, I'm so fed up with all this.

I want to make love with you, Wanda. I'm a good lover - at least, used to be, back in the early 14th century. Can we go to bed? George Bernard Shaw but not found in his writings "The Americans are identical to the British in all respects except, of course, language. He knows it's important but he doesn't know what to do with it. Wilson ant expert "We trained hard, but it seemed every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.

The Charge of the Light Brigade was ordered by an officer who wasn't there looking at the territory. Milne "The Government are [sic] extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays.

What must be kept in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases! Winans "Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn't violate too many of Newton's Laws!

They don't like the idea of having different points of view, We have plenty of messenger boys. War is War, and Hell is Hell. How do you figure Hawkeye?