A J P Taylor, the Historian, quotes

A J P Taylor was one of those rare breed of historians who could shed light on the present – a great mind.

Santa Claus – Some quotes

These are a series of quotes from a variety of people concerning Santa Claus. I thought they were amusing:

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. Dick Gregory

For a time, I believed not in God nor Santa Claus, but in mermaids. They seemed as logical and possible to me as the brittle twig of a seahorse in the zoo aquarium or the skates lugged up on the lines of cursing Sunday fishermen – skates the shape of old pillowslips with the full, coy lips of women.

Sylvia Plath

For me growing up, Christmas time was always the most fantastic, exciting time of year, and you’d stay up until three in the morning. You’d hear the parents wrapping in the other room but you knew that also, maybe, they were in collusion with Santa Claus.

Chris Pine

What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises.

Chuck Palahniuk

I was probably nine or ten the first time I heard there was no Santa Claus.

Joe Nichols

We have domesticated God’s transcendence. We often learn about God at about the same time as we are learning about Santa Claus; but our ideas about Santa Claus change, mature and become more nuanced, whereas our ideas of God can remain at a rather infantile level.

Karen Armstrong

I believed in Santa Claus until I was 12!

Danielle de Niese

Everyone thinks of God as a man – you can’t help it – Santa Claus was a man, therefore God has to be a man. Patti Smith

Our family was too strange and weird for even Santa Claus to come visit… Santa, who was jolly – but, let’s face it, he was also very judgmental.

Julia Sweeney

I’m concerned about my daughter because she will not believe in Santa Claus. No matter what I say to her, she just doesn’t buy it, and she’s 2. I refuse to give it up. I say, ‘There is a Santa Claus,’ and she says, ‘Okay, Mommy. In pretend world, right?’ She really doesn’t believe. Salma Hayek

Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.

Victor Borge

The idea of God as a fatherly figure who looks down on us and worries about how we’re doing or takes sides when we have fights – it’s more irritating than Santa Claus. The world and the universe are far more wonderful if there’s not a puppet master.

Dave Matthews

Three Quotes of worth

Three Quotes of worth

 

Quote 1 – Roy Harper – In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do.

Quote 2 – Captain Beefheart – We’re all colored, or you wouldn’t be able to see anyone.

Quote 3 – Frank Zappa – There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

Well that will do for starters. Three of my favourite people.

Quotes – Bertrand Russell – One of my favourite people!

Quotes – Bertrand Russell – One of my favourite people!

Bertie was a philosopher who spoke it like it was. What he said always made sense.

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
That makes sense to me. Fear of death is the main reason people are religious – fear of hell – fear of god. Not for me. Our destruction of nature has a lot to do with our fear of creatures and natural events. We seek to tame it.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
How true is that? The stupid always think they know while the clever know enough to be sure that it is never black and white.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
The sheeple rule. Maybe people should have to sit a competency test before being allowed to vote? Most people do not want to think about anything. They would rather fill their lives with fun and distraction rather than deal with the real issues. They absorb propaganda and are manipulated by the establishment/politicians/manufacturers through the media lies. You can see it on my blog. If I put up challenging or thought provoking material it is less popular. Put up something light and daft it is really popular.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
He was a great pacifist.
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
The hypocrisy of religion, cruelty and stupidity of humans and misuse of funding and knowledge never ceases to amaze me.
I thought I’d end with one that is relevant to Trump and the way he has deliberately stirred up hatred in his campaign.
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
Why indeed?
Bertrand certainly had a way of putting things.

Quotes – Ian Dury – always one for a succinct comment.

Quotes – Ian Dury – always one for a succinct comment.

All I want for my birthday is another birthday.

Unfortunately Ian, who was suffering from cancer, didn’t get that next birthday. It sends a message to me that we should enjoy every minute that we have! Life is wonderful!

Some Neil Young Quotes that make sense to me.

Some Neil Young Quotes that make sense to me.

 

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I rate Neil Young up there near to Dylan. But he’s a complex man. I don’t go along with everything the man comes out with. Here’s a few quotes that make sense to me.

I’m not into organized religion. I’m into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we’re all just part of nature.
The ’60s was one of the first times the power of music was used by a generation to bind them together.
I don’t like war. I particularly don’t like the celebration of war, which I think the administration is a little bit guilty of.
To protect our freedoms, it seems we’re going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms for a short period of time.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Opher-Goodwin/e/B00MSHUX6Y/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1477349606&sr=1-2-ent

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rituals-Mystic-Anxieties-Opher-Goodwin/dp/153480336X/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477387249&sr=1-8

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stanzas-Stances-Opher-Goodwin-2015-10-22/dp/B01K9C6UDO/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_20?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477387321&sr=1-20

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Codas-Cadence-Clues-Goodwin-2016-03-27/dp/B01K95UNDO/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_21?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477387321&sr=1-21

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vice-Verse-Opher-Goodwin-2015-07-02/dp/B01K93MODS/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_22?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477387321&sr=1-22

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhymes-Reason-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1516991184/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_23?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477387321&sr=1-23

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/Opher-Goodwin/e/B00MSHUX6Y/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1477349625&sr=1-2-ent

https://www.amazon.com/Stanzas-Stances-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B0170NHKK2/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477349628&sr=1-12

https://www.amazon.com/Codas-Cadence-Clues-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01DIG0ILS/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477387551&sr=1-13&refinements=p_82%3AB00MSHUX6Yht

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https://www.amazon.com/Rhymes-Reason-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1516991184/ref=la_B00MSHUX6Y_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477387551&sr=1-16&refinements=p_82%3AB00MSHUX6Y

Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes – Suffragettes fighting for equality.

Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes – Suffragettes fighting for equality.

 

Emmeline believed in equality and wanted the vote for women. She believed in justice so strongly that she was prepared for civil disobedience and even damage to property to force people to take notice. She was prepared to suffer and go to prison for her beliefs. She was a woman of great courage.

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The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.
 Nobody listens until you force them to.
Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.
The law is not fair. It is merely a legal system There is not justice in it.
Not by the forces of civil war can you govern the very weakest woman. You can kill that woman, but she escapes you then; you cannot govern her. No power on earth can govern a human being, however feeble, who withholds his or her consent.
If a person is determined you can torture or kill them but you cannot force them, deep inside, to agree with you. You merely provoke lip-service.
Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs.
All people are equal. The rights of all have to be upheld.
My parents, especially my father, discussed the question of my brothers’ education as a matter of real importance. My education and that of my sister were scarcely discussed at all.
Education is the basis of freedom and democracy. The education of women is of utmost importance. We need women fully present in all positions of power and decision making. Societies and religions that suppress women are barbaric.

Elvis Presley Quotes – A man trapped by his own success.

Elvis Presley Quotes – A man trapped by his own success.

I was surprised when looking around Graceland to have a glimpse of a man with more intelligence than I had assumed. I think Elvis’s problem was that he was directed by Tom Parker into unsatisfying, but profitable, enterprises. He did not know who to trust and so surrounded himself with a bunch of people who knew him from before he was famous – on the premise that they liked him and not his money. Unfortunately they tended to be not the brightest or most interesting of characters. I think he could have d4eveloped a lot more than he did. He was stuck in an isolated rut.

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Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
The truth is always there and will bite you on the bum.
The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.
I’m not sure we managed to see too much of the real man. Elvis had left the building. What we had was the image.
I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
That’s a joke. I saw the way he ran the studio. He knew exactly what he wanted. It was only during those dreadful film days when he wasn’t in control that he sidelined himself.
A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business, live concerts.
I’m glad he rediscovered that. Though the glitzy cabaret act he developed was a million miles away from the creative excitement of those early two years. That was the real Elvis for me.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.’
It certainly rocked my world.
People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn’t copy my style from anybody.
He was unique.
Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
I guess I don’t have it all over but it still shook me.

George Orwell Quotes – a man who saw politics for what it is – deceit, control and betrayal.

George Orwell Quotes – a man who saw politics for what it is – deceit, control and betrayal.

George was extremely intelligent, far-seeing and perceptive. His words still ring true.

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
The lies we are fed by politicians and the media!
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
Governments and corporations control and manipulate us.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
History is written by the winners.
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
We call that spin. They stoke up division and hatred. Make black and white out of grey and get us to vote for war.
War is a way of shattering to pieces… materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and… too intelligent.
If only all the money spent on nuclear bombs, fighter planes, armies, tanks and war-ships was put into education and music the world would be a better place.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
I thought this was pertinent to all Trump, Clinton, Brexit and Bremain supporters.
Big Brother is watching you!
In this age of surveillance it has never been truer! But it’s in our own interests – right?