Poems at PP 2007

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La libertad, Sancho, es uno de los más preciosos dones que a los hombres dieron los cielos; con ella no pueden igualarse los tesoros que encierran la tierra y el mar: por la libertad, así como por la honra, se puede y debe aventurar la vida.
-Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

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Let me be straight with you - I like George Bush. I think he's a man of principle, a man of faith. I think he's got a backbone of steel and he's a real, genuine, big-time leader ... He's a consequential figure for his time. We don't see it right now.
-Sean Hannity

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Good words will not give me back my children.
-Chief Joseph

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The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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Compassion is no substitute for justice.
-Rush Limbaugh

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I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.
-Rush Limbaugh

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I think it's inconsistent to tell the American people that you oppose the war and, yet, you continue to vote to fund the war. Because every time you vote to fund the war, you're reauthorizing the war all over again.
-Dennis Kucinich

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And eventually you're gonna find that we need more of the humiliation tactics, not less. ... I don't know what its gonna take for you to finally welcome what the troops are doing, what the interrogators were doing until you finally recognize the enemy, the true face of the enemy and what its gonna take to break this death grip that they seem to have on the minds of the Democrats. These people live only for their honor, and so the only thing you can withhold from them is their honor. There is the answer as to why you see these graphic pictures. These are not a few individuals who made this up. That's crap. That's crap in my opinion. This came from the top. And how high up it goes I don't know but frankly I commend them for it. It's wise intelligence techniques, to break the enemy where he's vulnerable, not try to get him where he's strong. And I think there should be no mercy shown to these sub-humans. I believe that a thousand of them should be killed tomorrow. I think a thousand of them held in the Iraqi prison should be given 24 hour -- a trial and executed. I think they need to be shown that we are not going to roll over to them. It won't happen. It won't happen because of the CBS Communists. It won't happen because of the CNN traitors. I won't happen because of the MSNBC empty heads. And we the people are the ones who are going to suffer today.
-Michael Savage

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The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
-Jesus Christ

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All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do
-Leo Tolstoy

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Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
-Leo Tolstoy

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Daily Reminders to Democratic Candidates:
-Torture, including" waterboarding", is illegal and immoral.
-Impeachment and legal proceedings against Cheney, Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, Ashcroft, Gonzalez, Tennent (to name a few) for treason and war crimes (for starters), are your legal and moral duty at this crucial moment in the history of the United States of America

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A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Whenever books are burned, men also in the end are burned.
-Heinrich Heine

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-Every reign must submit to a greater reign.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.
-Muhammad Ali

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All cruelty springs from weakness.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
-Niccolo Machiavelli

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You all had something to do with keeping me employed.
-Karl Rove

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Politics have no relation to morals.
-Niccolo Machiavelli

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Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is.
-Karl Rove

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The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
-Joseph Goebbels

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We've been probably to some degree too successful.
-Karl Rove

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Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
-Cicero

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I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active -
not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
-Edgar Allan Poe

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I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-Will Rogers

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Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.
-Edna Ferber

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Daily Reminders to Democratic Candidates:
-Thanks to all who at least showed up for the extremely important vote on annointing our new Attorney General, Mr. Mukasey, a man who equivocates on the subjects of torture and Presidential law-breaking. Your vote will be remembered.
-Those who did not bother to show up for the vote, regardless of your excuses, including presidential candidates too busy promoting themselves instead of Democracy and the U.S. Constitution, will be remembered for their absences as well. This pending vote and the replacement of the Attorney General have been big news for quite some time. You ought to have made sure you were ready and available for something this crucial to democracy in this country.

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...A woman has begun to sing:
O music the color of olives!

Her eyes are darker than the deep cathedrals;
Her words come dressed as mourners,
In the gate of her shadowy voice,
Each with a meaning like a sheaf of seven blades!...
-Thomas Merton

From: In memory of the Spanish Poet Federico Garcia Lorca

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What a wonderful miracle
if only we could look through each other's eyes
for an instant.
-Henry David Thoreau

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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
-Edgar Allan Poe

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Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
-Meryl Streep

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To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
-Edgar Allan Poe

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I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you.
-Meryl Streep

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A fool and his money are soon elected.
-Will Rogers

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It is not just a question of experience, nor is it a question of age... There are some people who live only 20 years, but many, many people remember them because they knew how to live the time that was given to them. I'm not suggesting that you should live only 20 years. Live as long as you can, but from time to time, think '20 years, 20 years, 20 years', and put them together.
-Dario Fo

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Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
-Abraham Lincoln

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Be curious, not judgmental.
-Walt Whitman

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Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
-Walt Whitman

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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
-Abraham Lincoln

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Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
-Emily Dickinson

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Forever is composed of nows.
-Emily Dickinson

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Every man is the son of his own works.
-Miguel de Cervantes

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If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace.
-Chief Joseph

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I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done.
-Chief Joseph

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Accidents, try to change them it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.
-Pablo Picasso

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Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.
-Luis Buñuel

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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
-Pablo Picasso

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God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.
-Luis Buñuel

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To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.
-Pablo Picasso

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You have to find it. No one else can find it for you.
-Björn Borg

Last edited: 30 November 2007 18:44:26