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Friday, June 21st, 2002
1:15a - On Unanswered Prayers -- Garth Brooks


http://www.livejournal.com/users/pandemo/370259.html

Sometimes, I thank the Lord for unanswered prayers.
    -- Garth Brooks

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1:18a - On Uncertainty - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/890167.html

“We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”


      • ~ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy




current mood: serene

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1:20a - On Uncertainty - Woody Allen
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/889815.html

“I took a test in Existentialism.  I left all the answers blank and got 100.”


      • ~ Woody Allen




current mood: calm

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1:21a - On Uncertainty ― Donald Barthelme
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/894610.html

The death of God left the angels in a strange position.


      • ― Donald Barthelme




current mood: serene

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1:22a - On Uncertainty ― R. Buckminster Fuller
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/893319.html

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.


      • ~ R. Buckminster Fuller




current mood: serene

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1:25a - On Uncertainty ― Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/892981.html

Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.


      • ~ Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts




current mood: serene

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1:30a - On Uncertainty -- Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/890924.html

Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of ‘not knowing'.


      • ~ Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves




current mood: serene

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1:35a - On Uncertainty -- Albert Einstein
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/891454.html

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.


      • ~ Albert Einstein




current mood: serene

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1:45a - On Uncertainty -- Richard P. Feynman
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/891362.html

I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything, and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell.


      • ~ Richard P. Feynman




current mood: calm

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11:15a - On Uncertainty ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/893618.html

And I said, 'That last thing is what you can't get, Carlo. Nobody can get to that last thing. We keep on living in hopes of catching it once and for all.


      • ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road




current mood: serene

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12:00p - On Uncertainty - David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/890612.html

The mistake is thinking that there can be an antidote to the uncertainty.


      • ~ David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary




current mood: happy

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12:36p - On Uncertainty - Beryl Markham, in West with the Night
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/889483.html

I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.


      • ~ Beryl Markham, West with the Night




current mood: contented

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1:15p - On Uncertainty - ― Blaise Pascal, Pascal's Pensees
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/892433.html

“Il n'est pas certain que tout soit incertain.
(Translation: It is not certain that everything is uncertain.)”
― Blaise Pascal, Pascal's Pensees


current mood: laughing

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1:17p - On Uncertainty - Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/890682.html

“Normal, in our house, is like a blanket too short for a bed--sometimes it covers you just fine, and other times it leaves you cold and shaking; and worst of all, you never know which of the two it's going to be.”


      • ~ Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper




current mood: serene

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1:20p - On Uncertainty ― Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/893841.html

I told Ersken, "Lately it's been like living on the knife's edge, never knowing which side I'll fall off on."
Ersken clapped me on the shoulder as we stepped into the street. "Cheer up, Beka. Maybe you were going to fall off that razor's edge before, but not today," he said, as good humored as always. "Today we're going to jump.


      • ― Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound




current mood: serene

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1:30p - On Uncertainty - Gilda Radner
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/889257.html

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.

Delicious Ambiguity.


      • ~ Gilda Radner




current mood: contemplative

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1:35p - On Uncertainty - Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/892395.html

Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds -- justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.


      • ~ Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat




current mood: serene

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1:45p - On Uncertainty - Rainer Maria Rilke, in Letters to a Young Poet
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/890061.html

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
...live in the question.


      • ~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet




current mood: serene

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1:48p - On Uncertainty ― Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/894448.html

Some care is needed in using Descartes' argument. "I think, therefore I am" says rather more than is strictly certain. It might seem as though we are quite sure of being the same person to-day as we were yesterday, and this is no doubt true in some sense. But the real Self is as hard to arrive at as the real table, and does not seem to have that absolute, convincing certainty that belongs to particular experiences.


      • ~ Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy




current mood: serene

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1:50p - On Uncertainty - Sherwood Smith, Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/891985.html

When in doubt, be ridiculous.


      • ― Sherwood Smith, Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction




current mood: serene

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2:00p - On Uncertainty -- Unknown


http://www.livejournal.com/users/pandemo/374385.html

When you have come to the edge of all the light you know,
And are about to step off into the darkness,
Faith is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on,
Or you will learn to fly.
    ~ Unknown


current mood: content

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2:05p - On Uncertainty ― Lauren Willig, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/894876.html

They were close enough that he could feel the hurried beat of her heart. He could feel Charlotte's indecision in every word she didn't say and every move she didn't make. She was tense with uncertainty, quivering with irresolution. She might not be leaning into him, but she wasn't pulling away, either.


      • ― Lauren Willig, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine




current mood: serene

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2:10p - On Uncertainty ― Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/892836.html

But I have my life, I’m living it. It’s twisted, exhausting, uncertain, and full of guilt, but nonetheless, there’s something there.


      • ~ Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake




current mood: serene

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2:15p - On Uncertainty ― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
http://pandemo.livejournal.com/894088.html

It (trying to keep the law) grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in its more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainly out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse.


      • ~ Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity




current mood: serene

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2:20p - On Uncertainties -- Soviet proverb


http://www.livejournal.com/users/pandemo/370530.html

The only thing more uncertain than the future is the past.
    -- Soviet proverb preceding the prologue in Back to the Future Part II by Craig Shaw Gardner


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2:40p - On Understanding -- Confucius


http://www.livejournal.com/~pandemo/234625.html

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
    -- Confucius


current mood: serene

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2:45p - On Ungratefulness -- Kahlil Gibran


http://www.livejournal.com/~pandemo/234358.html

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
    -- Kahlil Gibran


current mood: serene

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2:53p - On Unhappiness -- Joyce Carol Oates


http://pandemo.livejournal.com/677587.html

As Pascal observed in the 139th Pensée: ...all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber.

This Diary shall record whether such a "truth" is universal; or applies merely to the weak.
    -- Joyce Carol Oates in "Poe Posthumous" in her short story compilation Wild Nights, pages 11-12


current mood: contemplative

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3:19p - On Useful Skills -- Robert A. Heinlein


http://www.livejournal.com/users/pandemo/280874.html

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    -- Robert A. Heinlein, Excerpts from the Notebook of Lazarus Long

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4:00p - On Using Nuclear Power — Pat Robertson, #4 from "10 Dumbest 2003 Quotes"


Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up like Newt Gingrich wants to do.
    -—Television evangelist and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, on wiping out the State Department

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5:43p - On Unwise Decisions -- Latin proverb
http://www.livejournal.com/users/pandemo/459104.html

Do not spur a free horse.
    -- Latin proverb


*scratches head in puzzlement. If the horse is FREE, HOW does one reach it to spur it? Our ancestors must have been very talented, indeed.*


current mood: happy

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