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    27 Dec '10 08:53
    Bradford Hatcher is the originator of the site: http://www.hermetica.info
    His principal but not only interest is Taoist literature.

    Below are just a few of a fine collection of quotes and stories (285 pages of them!), full of pith, humor and meaning. They are sometimes quite contradictory, but clever and thought-provoking nevertheless. If you like such they may be accessed here:

    http://www.hermetica.info/AllQuotes.html


    >>>
    "What Goes Around...
    His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
    The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life.
    "No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.
    At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
    "Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
    "Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
    "I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did. Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, he graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
    Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin.
    The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill."

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    "Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening."
    Barbara Tober

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    "The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."
    Doctor Who

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    "If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see."
    Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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    "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
    Martin Luther King Jr.

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    "Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."
    Frank Zappa

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    "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."
    Umberto Eco
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    27 Dec '10 15:45
    Originally posted by Taoman
    Bradford Hatcher is the originator of the site: http://www.hermetica.info
    His principal but not only interest is Taoist literature.

    Below are just a few of a fine collection of quotes and stories (285 pages of them!), full of pith, humor and meaning. They are sometimes quite contradictory, but clever and thought-provoking nevertheless. If you like such th ...[text shortened]... et it as though it had an underlying truth."
    Umberto Eco
    awesome story about Fleming πŸ™‚
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    27 Dec '10 16:39
    Yes enjoyed that, thanks.
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    27 Dec '10 17:44
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    awesome story about Fleming πŸ™‚
    Wouldn't have been near so awesome if he had been Irish, ehπŸ™‚
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    27 Dec '10 17:47
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Wouldn't have been near so awesome if he had been Irish, ehπŸ™‚
    well i dunno, what are we good for except digging roads and singing songs? πŸ˜›
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    28 Dec '10 08:241 edit
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    well i dunno, what are we good for except digging roads and singing songs? πŸ˜›
    Nawt so sur aboat thaat lad, Foist there woz Francis Beaufort. He created the Beaufort Wind Strength Scale. Ya good at the wind stoof.
    Then thar woz Lord Kelvin, knoited by 'er Majesty Queen Victoria, (but not thut thuts a big deal for the Oirish actually). The Kelvin scale of temperacha was named aafter 'im.
    You' bin creatin a lot of hot air since, oi moight say too.
    Then there woz Johnny Tyndall, from Leighlinbridge way, Carlow. Didja not know now, that he explaeened whoi the very skoi is blue and all? Ya really are a lot of romantics aren't ya?
    And there's more, and some philosophers too, loik Georgie Berkley, but oi won't go awn and awm aboat it, ya get ma drift, and ya no doubt sick of a damn Awstralian troiin to speak Oirish.

    They sure have done more than eat tatties, oi can tell ya!
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    28 Dec '10 09:05
    Originally posted by Taoman
    Bradford Hatcher is the originator of the site: http://www.hermetica.info
    His principal but not only interest is Taoist literature.

    Below are just a few of a fine collection of quotes and stories (285 pages of them!), full of pith, humor and meaning. They are sometimes quite contradictory, but clever and thought-provoking nevertheless. If you like such th ...[text shortened]... et it as though it had an underlying truth."
    Umberto Eco
    I am thankful😡
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    28 Dec '10 15:13
    Originally posted by Taoman
    Nawt so sur aboat thaat lad, Foist there woz Francis Beaufort. He created the Beaufort Wind Strength Scale. Ya good at the wind stoof.
    Then thar woz Lord Kelvin, knoited by 'er Majesty Queen Victoria, (but not thut thuts a big deal for the Oirish actually). The Kelvin scale of temperacha was named aafter 'im.
    You' bin creatin a lot of hot air since, oi moi ...[text shortened]... lian troiin to speak Oirish.

    They sure have done more than eat tatties, oi can tell ya!
    t'be sure t'be sure! LOL
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