Dear Amish Lord, Thou lookest sternly down upon us, thine flock, even though we did not do anything wrong, and have been doing chores like $&@%? crazy. Please make us humble and deliver us more hardship, that we may get thick calloused hands, much larger than other peoples; and grant that we become dull, like Eric Bana — who we have never seen but are just going by reputation — because it is your will. We solemnly believe that although humans have been around for a million years, you feel strongly that they had just the right amount of technology between 1835 and 1850 — not too little, not too much. Please deliver us from Thomas Edison, the worst human being who ever lived, and protect us from those who laugh at our buggies or our hats. And deliver us from mustaches. Amen.
- Family Guy episode “Amish Guy”
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.
- Abraham Lincoln
Knowledge isn’t truth. It’s just mindless agreement. You agree with me, I agree with someone else - we all have knowledge. We haven’t come any closer to the truth. You can never understand anything by agreeing, by making definitions. Only by turning over the possibilities. That’s called thinking. If I say I know, I stop thinking. As long as I keep thinking, I come to understand. That way, I might approach some truth.
- “The Professor,” in ‘Insignificance’ (Nicolas Roeg, 1985)
Magnum playing with his favorite toy
You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole; you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.
- Raylan Givens