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 Hamid Dabashi

Forget Reds under the Bed, there's Arabs in the Attic ~ Hamid Dabashi, The Times Higher Education Supplement (October 17, 2003)

Jeff Daiell

When Barbary Pirates demand a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'tribute money'. When the Mafia demands a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'the protection racket'. When the State demands a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'sales tax'.? --Jeff Daiell

Salvador Dali (1904 &endash; 1989)

 The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. -- Salvador Dali

I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said "I will be so brief I have already finished," and he sat down. Edward O. Wilson, 1995

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. - Salvadore Dali

Joe Dallas

Christians do not automatically become non-Christian because they are sinning. The fact they are sinning--even if they do not realize it--does not automatically nullify their salvation.
But neither does their salvation legitimize their sin. A Christian may, indeed, be openly homosexual; that is no proof homosexuality and Christianity are compatible. In fact, a Christian may be openly sinning; that is no proof sin and Christianity are compatible, either.
Ananias and Sapphira, a husband and wife mentioned in Acts Chapter 5, were evidently believers. Yet their sin of hypocrisy (pretending to give more money to the church than they actually did) cost them their lives. They were Christians, and they were in serious error. Their error did not mean they were not Christian; their Christianity did not legitimize their error.
The Apostle Peter was, on one occasion at least, afraid to be seen associating with Gentiles, for fear of reprisals from Jews who felt Jews and Gentiles should never mix. So when Jewish people were not around, he was willing to eat with Gentile friends; when Jews were present, he avoided Gentiles (Gal 2:11-13). His hypocrisy in the face of prejudice was wrong, yet no one doubts he was a Christian. Yet that in no way justified his hypocrisy.
In other words, being a Christian is no indication, in and of itself, that your life is pleasing to God. And any honest believer knows that. It is a waste of time to argue intangibles, such as whether or not a 'gay Christian' is truly born again, or "saved." We may argue that if he continues in sin, he risks hardening his heart toward God, or reaping corruption, since God is not mocked. But we cannot see inside his soul to determine how hardened or deceived he may be.
No matter how proud, confident or loved by God a person is, he can be walking in darkness without knowing it. That is exactly why we have an objective standard by which to judge our actions. "Take heed unto thyself," Paul told Timothy, "and unto the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee" (1 Tim 4:16).
Saying "I'm Christian and gay" proves nothing. The question shouldn't be Can a person be homosexual and still belong to God? But rather, Is homosexuality right or wrong according to the Bible. --Joe Dallas

William Dalrymple

...Dean Mohamet, a Muslim landowner from Patna who had followed his British patron to Ireland. There he soon eloped with, and later marries, Jean Daly, from a leading Anglo-Irish family.... In 1807 Dean Mohamet moved to London where he opened the country's first Indian owned curry restaurant, Dean Mohamet's Hindoostanee Coffee House :...He finally decamped to Brighton where he opened what can only be described as Britain's first oriental massage parlour and became "Shampooing Surgeon to Kings George IV and William IV. "-William Dalrymple, White Mughals, p. xlii

Jean Danielou

There is an evil power, a Satanic power, which holds souls in error, and which persists. It is interesting to note that in the first centuries of the Christian era many demoniacal phenomena appeared in countries in the course of being converted from idolatry to Christianity. The same is true of pagan civilisation today. In my research into the fourth century, I was surprised to find a great recrudescence of magical practices at the very moment when Roman civilization under Constantine was about to be snatched away bodily from paganism and enter... into the kingdom of the Son; at that time, all the rites of sorcery took on an incredible virulence... Jean Danielou, The Salvation of the Nations

The real "opium of the people", distracting men's minds from their essential task, is the communist myth of an earthly paradise.
Jean Danielou, _The Lord of History_, 1958

Josephus Daniels

Nobody fears that a Japanese fleet could deal an unexpected blow on our Pacific possession...Radio makes surprise impossible." ~ Josephus Daniels, (1922) Former U.S. secretary of the navy, 19 years before Japan surprised the U.S. at Pearl Harbor.

Dante Alighieri (1265 &endash; 1321)

Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground. Dante Alighieri

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality.-- attributed to Dante

Here lamentation, groans, and wailings deep
Reverberated through the starless air,
So that it made me at the beginning weep.
Uncouth tongues, horrible shriekings of despair,
Shrill and faint voices, cries of pain and rage,
And, with it all, smiting of hands, were there,
Making a tumult, nothing could assuage,
To swirl in the air that knows not day or night,
Like sand within the whirlwind's eddying cage."Dante, THE DIVINE COMEDY, translation by Lawrence Binyon, Copyright 1947 Viking Press Inferno, Canto III, Lines 22-30

What more impiety can he avow
Whose heart rebelleth at God's judgment dread?
Dante, THE DIVINE COMEDY, translation by Lawrence Binyon, Copyright 1947 Viking Press Inferno, Canto XX, Lines 7-30

Predestination! how remote and dim
Thy root lies hidden from the intellect
Which only glimpses the First Cause Supreme!
And you, ye mortals, keep your judgment checked,
Since we, who see God, have not therefore skill
To know yet all the number of the elect."
Dante, THE DIVINE COMEDY, translation by Lawrence Binyon, Copyright 1947 Viking Press Paradiso, Canto XX, Lines 130-135

Clarence Darrow (1857 &endash; 1938)

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children. -- Clarence Darrow

 Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.- Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 2nd edition, New York, A L. Burt Co., 1874, p. 178

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.- Charles Darwin

Erasmus Darwin

He who allows oppression shares the crime. --Erasmus Darwin


James Dale Davidson

The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless.--James Dale Davidson

When you subsidise poverty and failure, you get more of both. James Dale Davidson

Robyn Davidson

To be free one needs constant and unrelenting vigilance over one's weaknesses. A vigilance which requires a moral energy most of us are incapable of manufacturing. We relax back into the moulds of habit. They are secure, they bind us and keep us contained at the expense of freedom. To break the moulds, to be heedless of the seductions of security is an impossible struggle, but one of the few that count. To be free is to learn, to test yourself constantly, to gamble. Robyn Davidson

Paul Davies

Ultimate questions will always lie beyond the scope of empirical science as it is. ~Paul Davies, The Mind of God (1992)

Robertson Davies

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past. -Robertson Davies

The attributes of God have been carefully explored. But the Devil's attributes have been left vague. I think I've found one of them. It is he who puts the prices on things." "Doesn't God put a price on things?" "No. One of his attributes is magnanimity. But the Devil is a setter of prices, and a usurer, as well. You buy from him at an agreed price, but the payments are all on time, and the interest is charged on the whole of the principal, right up to the last payment, however much of the principal you think you have paid off in the meantime."-- Robertson Davies, _World Of Wonders_

The result of a single action may spread like the circles that expand when a stone is thrown into a pond, until they touch places and people unguessed at by the person who threw the stone.... --Robertson Davies, "Literature & Moral Purpose"

The love that dare not speak its name has become the love that never knows when to shut up.
Robertson Davies, Murther and the Walking Spirits

This was not the crux of the problem presented by Mrs. Crundale.The crux was simply that she had designed costumes for Ariel, all the goddesses and the Nymphs which required that their bosomsbe bare, not partly or fleetingly bare, but completely and indeed aggressively....
Mrs Crundale's position was clear, and had been clear for years. She was an Artist, and to her the human body was simply a Mass, with a variety of Planes.... Nobody connected with the Little Theatre quite liked to explain to Mrs Crundale that the breasts of several well-known young ladies of Salterton, though undoubtedly Planes, had other connotations, and could not fittingly be unveiled at a public performance. But Valentine did so.
"These dresses will look charming then they are standing still, Mrs. Crundale," said she, "but when the girls dance your line will be completely spoiled. I suggest that you revise these slightly. giving some concealment for a strapless brassiere underneath."
And Mrs Crundale, who had really only wanted to make the point that the human body was nothing to her but an arrangement of planes, agreed without a murmur.
Robertson Davies, _Tempest-Tost_

William Henry Davies (1871-1940)

I love thee for a heart that's kind--not for the knowledge in thy mind.--William Henry Davies (1871-1940)

Bette Davis

 Old age is no place for sissies. - Bette Davis

Dale R Davis

Some folks put "Beware of the dog" signs on their houses or fences; but the sign on Yahweh's kingdom reads "Beware of the flock." Rulers and nations who read it should shudder - especially if they have touched and butchered the sheep of his hand. Dale R Davis, Commentary on 1 Sam 15.

Here is a God who has both firmness and feeling. If we cannot comprehend we can perhaps apprehend, at least enough to adore. - Dale R Davis, Commentary on 1 Sam 15.p. 131

Jim Davis

I look back on my life with regret. All those wasted years. All that time spent awake. ---from a Garfield cartoon by Jim Davis, showing Garfield napping peacefully

Michael J Davis

I may worship in a different building from you, I may worship in a different style, but all we hold dear is God's gift in Christ Jesus, who is our Unity. In Him we have all and lack nothing.-- Michael J Davis

Nicholas Flood Davis

...you can never be happy and dress yourself solely in the glass of other men's approval. -- .Nicholas Flood Davis, The Irishman in Canada, p. vii.

Humphrey Davy (1778-1829)

The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures.
Humphrey Davy (1778-1829)

John Davys 1550-1605

There is no doubt but that we of England are this saved people, by the eternal and infallible presence of the Lord predestined to be sent into these Gentiles in the sea, to those Isles and famous Kingdoms, there to preach the peace of the Lord: for are not we only set upon Mount Zion to give light to all the rest of the world? Have we not the true handmaid of the Lord to rule over us...? It is only we, therefore, that must be these shining messengers of the Lord, and none but we.
John Davys 1550-1605

Richard Dawkins

The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are being slowly devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst and disease. It must be so. If there is ever a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored.
In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but pitiless indifference. -- Richard Dawkins, in _Scientific American_ (1995), in _Scientific American_ (1995)

The Darwinian theory is in principle capable of explaining life. No other theory that has ever been suggested is in principle capable of explaining life.
Richard Dawkins

The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.--A: Dawkins, Richard (1941-) _The Blind Watchmaker_ (1986) ch. 11

Christopher Dawson (1889-1970)

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.--Christopher Dawson (1889-1970)_The Judgment of the Nations_ [1942]

Clarence Day (1874 &endash; 1935)

The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed.-Clarence Day

Dorothea Day

Out of the light that dazzles me,
Bright as the sun from pole to pole,
I thank the God I know to be,
For Christ, the conqueror of my soul.

Since His the sway of circumstance,
I would not wince nor cry aloud.
Under that rule which men call 'chance,'
My head with joy is humbly bowed.

Beyond this place of sin and tears
That life with Him! And His the aid
Despite the menace of the years,
Keeps, and shall keep me, unafraid.

I have no fear, though strait the gate.
He cleared from punishment the scroll.
Christ is the Master of my fate.
Christ is the Captain of my soul.
Dorothea Day

Vox Day

The idea that he is a devotee of reason seeing through the outdated superstitions of other, lesser beings is the foremost conceit of the proud atheist. This heady notion was first made popular by French intellectuals such as Voltaire and Diderot, who ushered in the so-called Age of Enlightenment.
That they also paved the way for the murderous excesses of the French Revolution and many other massacres in the name of human progress is usually considered an unfortunate coincidence by their philosophical descendants. -Vox Day The irrational atheist November 17, 2003

 The atheist is without God but not without faith, for today he puts his trust in the investigative method known as science, whether he understands it or not. Since there are very few minds capable of grasping higher-level physics, let alone following their implications, and since specialization means that it is nearly impossible to keep up with the latest developments in the more esoteric fields, the atheist stands with utter confidence on an intellectual foundation comprised of things of which he knows nothing. In fairness, he cannot be faulted for this, except when he fails to admit that he is not actually operating on reason in this regard, but is instead exercising a faith that is every bit as blind and childlike as that of the most unthinking Bible-thumping fundamentalist. --Vox Day, "The irrational atheist"

Still, even the most admirable of atheists is nothing more than a moral parasite, living his life based on borrowed ethics. This is why, when pressed, the atheist will often attempt to hide his lack of conviction in his own beliefs behind some poorly formulated utilitarianism, or argue that he acts out of altruistic self-interest. But this is only post-facto rationalization, not reason or rational behavior. -Vox Day

Even as it reels from last week's election returns, the atheist left continues to insist that George Bush has engaged the nation in a modern crusade because of his faith in the Christian God. They believe this in part because their godless relativism somehow does not prevent them from believing that Manichean evil exists in the form of Republican politicians, and partly because they subscribe to the theory that religion is the primary cause of the wars that have plagued human history. [...] A more systematic review of the 489 wars listed in the Wikipedia's list of military conflicts, ranging from Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars to the 1969 Football War between Honduras and El Salvador, shows that only 53 of these wars &endash; 10.8 percent &endash; can reasonably be described as having a religious nature, even if one counts each of the 10 Crusades separately. If there is a god responsible for this ever-present bloodshed, it is Mars, not Jehovah or Jesus Christ. --Vox Day, God, George Bush and war


I am glad you recognize the religious nature of the State which is the established religion of today.... Many Christians seem to fear admitting that there is an established religion because they have been brainwashed by establishment media into thinking that the State is neutral. The State browbeats anyone who suggests that establishment of religion exists because of former separation of church and state issues.

The real issue is not between church and state. The real issue is that the state as a religious establishment has progressively disestablished Christianity as its law foundation, all the while professing neutrality, yet in fact establishing humanism as the religion of the state. While law courts have been dishonest regarding the religious nature of their function, the churches have been weak in reminding them. There can be no separation of religion and state. It is only a question of which religion will prevail. - Bruce.Dayman@icbc.com

Alex Decker

You can not focus on the future when your vision is blurred by regret. Decker, Alex

William Deedes

The closer you got to Margaret, the more attractive you found her character because you heard about the small kindnesses to individuals, the consideration she showed to people whom nobody had heard of. - William Deedes in Brenda Maddox, Maggie the First Lady, p108

Frank Deford

She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes. -Frank Deford

Alfred Delp

Space is still filled with the noise of destruction and annihilation, the shouts of self-assurance and arrogance, the weeping of despair and helplessness. But round about the horizon the eternal realities stand silent in their age-old longing. There shines on them already the first mild light of the radiant fulfillment to come. From afar sound the first notes as of pipes and voices, not yet discernable as a song or melody. It is all far off still, and only just announced and foretold. But it is happening, today.- Alfred Delp, in a Nazi prison shortly before he was hanged for "treason."

Donald DeMarco

The "right to be offended," at virtually any time and under nearly any set of circumstances, is considered to be one of the more sacrosanct contributions of political correctness. -- DONALD DEMARCO, Acting Niggardly

Tom DeMarco

The truth will make you free, but first it will make you miserable.-- Tom DeMarco

Martin DeMello

Gandhi and Nietzsche and Schulz
Form a trio of unheeded rules
The h within Ghandi can wander at will
And the digraphs of Neitsche cause many a spill
And Schultz has a t that is haunting him still
But that doesn't imply they are nothing but fools
Who spell Ghandi and Nietsche
Spell Gahndi and Neitzche
Spell Gandhi and Nietzsche and Schulz
Martin DeMello. A Pig's Eye View of Orthography, (apologies to Dorothy Parker) , in alt.quotations

Nelson DeMille

We are all pilgrims on the same journey--but some pilgrims have better road maps.--Nelson DeMille_The Talbot Odyssey_

W. Edwards Deming

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival. --W. Edwards Deming


To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed. -- Democritus of Abdera, 4th-5th century B. C.

Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains. Democritus

Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong. -- Democritus

It is better to correct your own faults than those of another.-- Democritus

Demosthenes (B.C. 384-322)

Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe.-- Demosthenes (B.C. 384-322)

 Lord Denning

There are many things in life more worthwhile than money. One is to be brought up in this our England which is still the envy of less happy lands.
Lord Denning, The Observer (Sayings of the Week), 4 Aug 1968

Chauncey Depew (1834 &endash; 1928)

I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise. - Chauncey Depew (1834 &endash; 1928)

John Derbyshire

One thing about Ronald Reagan that struck me time and again was his obvious, visceral loathing of communism. For him it wasn't just a difference of opinion about economics or governance: he saw through the whole thing to its essentially anti-human nature. And this was at a time, we all too easily forget, when plenty of people in the West -- I think a majority of the intellectual classes even as late as the 1980s -- didn't mind communism at all, thought in fact that it was just the ticket, if perhaps not for the USA, at least for poor counties like Nicaragua. Reagan had the firmest, clearest, truest moral compass of any modern President. May he rest in peace. -- John Derbyshire, http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/04_05_30_corner-archive.asp#033228

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

I think, therefore I am. 'Cogito, ergo sum' -- Rene Descartes 1596-1650: Le Discours de la methode (1637)

If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.-- Rene Descartes, Discours de la Me'thode, 1637

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.--Descartes

Philippe Destouches

Criticism is easy, art is difficult.- - Philippe Destouches


David Deutsch

One may argue about the precise role of religion in the terrorists' mindset, but Mr Blair and Mr Bush, both of them religious believers who purport to derive their moral stances from their religions, are certainly not part of the problem: on the contrary, they are leading the solution. Mr Bush, speaking to an audience of children, addressed the question that everyone has asked: "Why would somebody hate so badly"? And he replied: "my answer is, there's evil in the world. But we can overcome evil. We're good." This is the simple truth &emdash; a truth on which all our futures depend &emdash; yet the moment Mr Bush uttered it, all the intellectuals in the Western world winced. Even those who, like myself, agreed with the proposition, winced, vicariously, because we recognised the intensity of the taboo that was being broken. -- David Deutsch, "What Now", Oct. 25, 2001 http://www.edge.org/documents/whatnow/whatnow_deutsch.html

Bernadette Devlin b 1947

To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. Bernadette Devlin b 1947

Adam Devore

Though volumes have been written both for and against deconstruction, not all critics agree that it deserves so much attention. If we suppose its basic premise that texts are only self-referential is true, then deconstruction self-destructs.....After all, the assertion that 'all texts are self-referential and refer to nothing outside the text,' if true, could only refer to itself; it would apply to no external texts whatsoever." -- Adam Devore


Duane Dewel

A near-hit bolt of lightning can create a lot more Christian thinking than a long-winded sermon.~Duane Dewel

John Dewey (1859 &endash; 1952)

It (modern philosophy) certainly exacts a surrender of all supernaturalism and fixed dogma and rigid institutionalism with which Christianity has been historically associated. John Dewey

Timothy Dexter

An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from.-- Timothy Dexter

Neil Diamond

Some days are diamonds
Some days are stones
Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone
Sometimes the cold wind blows a chill in my soul
Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.
Neil Diamond
Mehdi Dibaj

I would rather have the whole world against me but know that the Almighty God is with me, be called an apostate but know that I have the approval of the God of glory - Mehdi Dibaj, Iran, from his defence at his trial for apostasy, Dec 1993s


Phillip K Dick (1928-1982, )

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. - DICK, PHILLIP K. (1928-1982, )


Charles Dickens(1812 &endash;1870)

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself. Charles Dickens

The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. --Charles Dickens _Bleak House_ (1853)

Our affections, however laudable, in this transitory world, should never master us; we should guide them, guide them. --Charles Dickens ,_The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Chapter 2_.

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some --Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."--Charles Dickens

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; It is a far, far better rest that I go to , than I have ever known.
Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities

Their demeanour is invariably morose, sullen, clownish and repulsive. I should think there is not, on the face of the earth, a people so entirely destitute of humor, vivacity, or the capacity for enjoyment. -- Charles Dickens (about Americans)

Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race! -- Charles Dickens

I think it's liquid aggravation that circulates through his veins, and not regular blood. . . . -- Charles Dickens, in Martin Chuzzlewit

We forge the chains we wear in life. --Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

They are so filthy and bestial that no honest man would admit ne into his house for a water-closet doormat. ~ Charles Dickens (on American newspapers)

'When I am dead and my body is opened,' she said to those around her, 'ye shall find CALAIS written on my heart'. I should have thought, if anything were written on it, they would have found the words JANE GREY, HOOPER, ROGERS, RIDLEY, LATIMER, CRANMER, AND THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE BURNT ALIVE WITHIN FOUR YEARS OF MY WICKED REIGN, INCLUDING SIXTY WOMEN AND FORTY LITTLE CHILDREN. But it is enough that their deaths were written in Heaven. -- Charles Dickens, _A Child's History of England_ on Queen Mary I of England


Charles Monroe Dickinson (1842-1924)

If the days grow dark, if care and pain
Press close and sharp on heart and brain;
Then lovely pictures still shall bloom,
Upon the walls of memory's room
Charles Monroe Dickinson (1842-1924)_My Burdens_


Emily Dickinson (1830 &endash; 1886)

You can stay young as long as you learn. - Emily Dickinson

 .the fog is rising. - Emily Dickinson (1830 &endash; 1886), last words


Chas. Didbin (1745-1814)

Then trust me, there's nothing like drinking
So pleasant on this side of the grave;
It keeps the unhappy from thinking,
And makes e'en the valiant more brave.
Chas. Didbin (1745-1814)


Diderot (1713-1784)

Please note that all human intercourse consists merely of making noises and doing things. Diderot

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. --Diderot

Distance is a great promoter of admiration! - Denis Diderot (1713-1784)


Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognised wiser than oneself. Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)

Most women set out to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.
Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) In "The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes," by Carolyn Warner,1992.


E. W. Dijkstra

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.--E. W. Dijkstra


Phyllis Diller (1917 &endash; )

Poverty is hereditary - you get it from your children" (Phyllis Diller)

My photographs don't do me justice -they just look like me ~Phyllis Diller.

Don't go to bed mad...stay up and fight!-- Phyllis Diller



On this morning of May 17 rabi II, two days after the victory, the Sultan sought out the Templars and Hospitallers who had been captured and said " I shall purify the land of these two impure races." He assigned fifty dinar to every man who had taken one of them prisoner, and immediately the army brought forward at least a hundred of them. He ordered that they should be beheaded, choosing to have them dead rather than in prison. With him was a whole band of scholars and surfis and a certain number of devout men and ascetics; each begged to be allowed to kill one of them, and drew his sword and rolled back his sleeve.- Imad-ad-Din, Secretary and Chancellor to Saladin 1187


Isaak Dinesen (1885-1962)

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever... -Isak Dinesen

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. - Isak Dinesen (1885-1962)

The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen (1885-1962)


David Dinkins (1927 &endash; )

I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law. - David Dinkins (1927 &endash; ) US mayor (NYC), on accusations that he failed to pay taxes


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. -- Benjamin Disraeli

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. -- Benjamin Disraeli

Change is inevitable in a progressive country. Change is constant. -- Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune, and if anybody pulled him out, that, I suppose, would be a calamity.- Benjamin Disraeli

It is just settled: you have it, Madam. ... Four millions sterling! and almost immediately. There was only one firm that could do it - Rothschilds --Benjamin Disraeli breaks the news of the Suez Canal purchase to Queen Victoria; November 1875.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Never complain and never explain. - Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.DISRAELI, BENJAMIN (1804-1881

Propriety of manners and consideration for others are the two main characteristics of a gentleman.--Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning. --Benjamin Disraeli

The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age. Benjamin Disraeli

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. - Benjamin Disraeli

The most powerful men are not public men: a public man is responsible, and a responsible man is a slave. It is private life that governs the world.
Benjamin Disraeli.

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.&endash;Benjamin Disraeli, Speech (June 24, 1870)

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. -- Benjamin Disraeli

Through perserverence many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure....Benjamin Disraeli

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.--Benjamin Disraeli (1874)

Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon. --Disraeli (reply to a taunt by Daniel O'Connell

You know who the critics are? The men who have failed in literature and art. - Benjamin Disraeli

A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and glorify himself. ~ Benjamin Disraeli, speech (July 27, 1878) -speaking of Gladstone

Despair is the conclusion of fools. --Disraeli, _Alroy_, 1833

Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence those newfangled theories.--Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)_Speech at Oxford Diocesan Conference_, [November 25, 1864

The characteristic of the present age is craving credulity. -- Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield). 1805-1881.Speech at Oxford Diocesan Conference , Nov. 25, 1864.

Dorothy Dix (1870-1951)

I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us. Dorothy Dix (1870-1951)"Dorothy Dix, Her Book," Introduction.

So many people think divorce a panacea for every ill, who find out, when they try it, the remedy is worse than the disease.
Dorothy Dix (1870-1951)"Dorothy Dix, Her Book," 1926.


William C. Dix

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe,the Son of Mary.
William C. Dix, The Manger Throne (evolving into "What Child Is This?"; 1865)

Carl Djerassi

I really believe that the colour we use least in our metaphors is grey. In our political metaphors, we talk about the 'greens', we talk about the 'brown shirts', we talk about the 'blacks', the 'reds', we rarely talk about grey, except perhaps, when referring to old people. Yet grey in my opinion is *the* politically realistic colour of this century. All really major problems that we have to face are grey problems, none of their solutions are black and white solutions, they are all grey. We do not want to listen to grey questions. We do not want to hear grey answers. - Carl Djerassi

Austin Dobson (1840-1921)

Time goes, you say? Ah, no!
Alas, Time stays, *we* go.
Austin Dobson (1840-1921). "The Paradox of Time".


Michael Dobbs
You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment -- Francis Urquhart in Michael Dobbs' "House Of Cards" (TV screenplay)

C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973)

The absorption of the individual in the universal is only another term for its destruction.... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973)


Robert C. Dodds

The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together. -Robert C. Dodds


Elizabeth Dole

It is not what I do that matters, but what a sovereign God chooses to do through me. God does not want worldly successes, He wants me. He wants my heart in submission to Him. Life is not just a few years to spend on self indulgence and career advancement. It is a privilege, a responsibility, a stewardship to be lived according to a much higher calling, God's calling. This alone gives true meaning to life. ELIZABETH DOLE


William A. Donaghy (1909-1975)

Man has discovered that to kneel before God at least is more dignified than to lie down before a psychiatrist.--William A. Donaghy (1909-1975)


Frederic Donaldson

Politics without principles
Pleasures without conscience
Wealth without work
Knowledge without character
Industry without morality
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice 
Frederic Donaldson, The 7 Modern Sins


John Donne

Dr. John Donne. 1573-1631 This image is from Luminarium

No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.-- John Donne (c.1571-1631) Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624) "Meditation XVII"

Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail. --John Donne.

We study health, and we deliberate upon our meats and drink and air and exercises, and we hew and we polish every stone that goes to that building; and so our health is a long and regular work. But in a minute a cannon batters all, overthrows all, demolishes all; a sickness unprevented for all our diligence, unsuspected for all our curiosity, nay, undeserved, if we consider only disorder, summons us, seizes us, possesses us, destroys us in an instant. -John Donne

I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door. -- John Donne

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
John Donne

Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in Thy peace and wake in Thy glory.
John Donne (1573-1631)

He was the Word, that spake it:
He took the bread and brake it;
And what that Word did make it,
I do believe and take it.
Dr. John Donne. 1573-1631. Divine Poems. On the Sacrament

All our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death.--John Donne (1572-1631)_Sermons_ No. 4

He that asks me what heaven is, means not to hear me, but to silence me; He knows I cannot tell him. When I meet him there, I shall be able to tell him, and then he will be as able to tell me; yet then we shall be but able to tell one another. This, this that we enjoy is heaven, but the tongues of Angels, the tongues of glorified Saints, shall not be able to express what that heaven is; for, even in heaven our faculties shall be finite.... John Donne (1573-1631).

Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.-- John Donne

Sleep is pain's easiest salve -- John Donne

Men perish with whispering sins -- nay, with silent sins, sins that never tell the conscience that they are sins, as often with crying sins; and in hell there shall meet as many men that never thought what was sin, as that spent all their thoughts in the compassing of sin.... John Donne (1573-1631)


James Donovan

Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years with time off for good behavior? - New York State Senator James Donovan, speaking in support of capital punishment.


Robert Doisneau

Life is short. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. --Robert Doisneau


Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

Oh, tell me, who first declared, who first proclaimed that man only does nasty things because he does not know his own real interests; and that if he were enlightened, if his eyes were opened to his real normal interests, man would at once cease to do nasty things, would at once become good and noble because, being enlightened and understanding his real advantage, he would see his own advantage in the good and nothing else… . Oh, the babe! Oh, the pure, innocent child! &emdash;Fyodor Dostoyevsky, _Notes from the Underground _

The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often make plans for the service of humanity, and perhaps I might actually face crucifixion if it were suddenly necessary. Yet I am incapable of living in the same room with anyone for two days together. I know from experience. As soon as anyone is near me, his personality disturbs me and restricts my freedom. In twenty-four hours I begin to hate the best of men: one because he's too long over his dinner, another because he has a cold and keeps on blowing his nose. I become hostile to people the moment they come close to me. But it has always happened that the more I hate men individually the more I love humanity.- Fyodor Dostoevsky "The Brothers Karamazov"

IF GOD DOES NOT EXIST, THEN EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED. -- Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

Totally without hope one cannot live. To live without hope is to cease to live. Hell is hopelessness. It is no accident that above the entrance to Dante's hell is the inscription: "Leave behind all hope, you who enter here." --Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.-- Dostoevsky

The important thing is to stop lying to yourself. A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal, in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying- lying to others and to yourself. FYDOR DOSTOEVESKY, The Brothers Karamazov

Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.
Fyodor Dostoyevski (1821-1881)_The Brothers Karamazov_ [1880]


Lord Alfred Douglas

Wilde was a man who cloaked those things in flowery language....He never used the word "sodomitic"....he would express horror at such language. - Lord Alfred Douglas in Wilde's last Stand, Philip Hoare, p152

He (Wilde) was the most conceited man that ever lived. - Lord Alfred Douglas in Wilde's last Stand, Philip Hoare, p153


Norman Douglas

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.--Norman Douglas,_South Wind_ (1917) ch. 6

Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.-Norman Douglas


William G. Douglas

We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government. -William G. Douglas
William O. Douglas
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. --Justice William O. Douglas (1976)

Frederick Douglass

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.-- Frederick Douglass


George Downame

The Lord does not measure out our afflictions according to our faults, but according to our strength, and looks not at what we have deserved, but what we are able to bear. -George Downame


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 &endash; 1930)

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in The Man With the Twisted Lip

Thomas Dreier

A greater poverty than that caused by money is the poverty of unawareness. Men and women go about the world unaware of the goodness, the beauty, the glories in it. Their souls are poor. It is better to have a poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul. Thomas Dreier


Peter F. Drucker

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. ~ Peter F. Drucker

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.--- Peter F. Drucker


John Dryden

You hoard not health for your own private use,
But on the public spend the rich produce.
When, often urged, unwilling to be great,
Your cuntry calls you from your loved retreat,
And sends to senates, charged with common care,
Which none more shuns, and none can better bear:
Where could they find another formed so fit,
To poise, with solid sense, a sprightly wit
John Dryden - Epistle 15

His grandeur he deriv'd from heaven alone,
For he was great e'er fortune made him so
And wars like mists that rise against the sun
Made him but greater seem, not greater grow.
|No borrow'd bays his temple did adorn,
But to our Crown he did fresh jewels bring;
Nor was his virtue poison'd soon as born,
With the too early thoughts of being King.
John Dryden, Heroick Stanzas consecrated to his Highness Oliver.

Few know the use of life before 'tis past.--John Dryden, quo. J. R. Lowell, "My Study Windows"

If passion rules, how weak does reason prove! --John Dryden (1631-1700) _The Rival Ladies_ [1664]

If this were the last day of your life, my friend
Tell me, what do you think you would do then?
Stand up to the blow, that fate has struck upon you?
Make the most of all you still have coming to you? or
Lay down on the ground and let the tears flow from you
Crying to the grass and trees
And heaven finally on your knees:

Nor is the people's judgement always true,
The most may err as grossly as the few."
John Dryden, _Absalom and Achitophel_

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
John Dryden,, Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 163.

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
To be we know not what, we know not where.
John Dryden. 1631-1701. Aurengzebe. Act iv. Sc. 1.

They can conquer who believe they can-- John Dryden. Book V of Virgil's Aeneid.

If passion rules, how weak does reason prove!--John Dryden (1631-1700)_The Rival Ladies_ [1664]

Mrs. Dryden Lord, Mr. Dryden, how can you always be poring over these musty books. I wish I were a book, and then I should have more of your company.
Dryden Pray, my dear; if you become a book let it be an almanack,for then I shall change you every year
Dictionary of Biographical Quotations, Sphere Reference 1985.

Look round the habitable world, how few
Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.
-John Dryden

Beware of the fury of the patient man. -- John Dryden, Absolem and Achitophel

Welcome as kindly showers to the long parched earth.--Dryden

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she's at rest, and so am I.
--John Dryden (1631-1700) (Epitaph intended for his wife)

So softly death succeeded life in her,
She did but dream of heaven, and she was there.
John Dryden (1631-1700)_Eleonora_, Line 315


Dinesh D'Souza

   ... the terrorists who profess the name of Allah and proclaim jihad are operating squarely within the Islamic tradition. Indeed they are performing what Islam has typically held to be a religious duty. Of course it could be pointed out that there are millions of Muslims who do not agree with this view of Islam. They prefer what may be termed the "jihad of the heart" or perhaps the "jihad of the pen" to the "jihad of the sword." But traditionally Islam has embraced all these forms of jihad as legitimate, so that the only reasonable conclusion is that many Muslims today, both in the West and in the Islamic world, no longer profess Islam in its classical or traditional sense. In a word, they are liberals, not in the Michael Dukakis sense, but in the classic meaning of the term. From the point of view of the Bin Ladens of the world, these people are apostates for diluting the faith and refusing to do battle against the infidels. -- Dinesh D'Souza, _What's So Great About America_, 2002

If slavery is not distinctly Western, what is? The movement to end slavery! Abolition is an exclusively Western institution. The historian J.M. Roberts writes, "No civilization once dependent on slavery has ever been able to eradicate it, except the Western." [...]Never in the history of the world, outside of the West, has a group of people eligible to be slave owners mobilized against the institution of slavery. This distinctive Western attitude is reflected by Abraham Lincoln: "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master." --Dinesh D'Souza, _What's So Great About America_, 2002


Liz Dubey

Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.-- Liz Dubey


Simon M. Dubnow

 The Hellenes paid homage first and foremost to external beauty and physical strength; the Judeans to inner beauty and spiritualheroism.--Simon M. Dubnow, _Jewish History_, 1903


S.W. Duffield

Sundays, quiet islands on the tossing seas of life. - S.W. Duffield


Charles Duffy

The horse and mule live thirty years
And never know of wine and beers.
The goat and sheep at twenty die
Without a taste of scotch or rye.
The cow drinks water by the ton
and at eighteen is mostly done.
The dog at fifteen cashes in
Without the aid of rum or gin.
The modest, sober, bone-dry hen
Lays eggs for noggs and dies at ten.
But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men
Survive three-score years and ten.
And some of us, though mighty few
Stay pickled 'til we're ninety-two.
Charles Duffy


George H. Duggan

Luther's rejection of Papal authority was not due to any difficulty he may have experienced in reconciling the claims made for the Petrine office with the character of the men who occupied the Papal throne in his time, nor to any confusion caused by the Conciliar Movement. His objections went much deeper and sprang, not from the concrete existential situation of his time, but from his theological principles. Luther saw quite early that his theory of justification by faith alone implied a denial of any divinely appointed hierarchy in the Church. Already in 1518 he had accepted the Hussite doctrine that the True Church, the Church of the promises and the Mystical Body of Christ is invisible. Luther's saving faith is the response of the individual soul to the Word of God revealed in Scripture; in his theology there is no place for any created activity to mediate to men God's saving action nor for any active sharing by men in the dispensation of grace or divine truth. ... George H. Duggan


John Duncan

That God works half and man the other half is false; that God works all and man does all is true. -- John Duncan

Elizabeth Clarke Dunn

Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there. --Elizabeth Clarke Dunn

Finley Peter Dunne 1867-1938

The newspaper does ivrything f'r us. It runs th' polis foorce an' th' banks, commands th' milishy, conthrols th' ligislachure, baptizes th' young, marries th' foolish, comforts th' afflicted, afflicts th' comfortable, buries th' dead an' roasts thim aftherward
Finley Peter Dunne (Mr. Dooley), 1867-1938 in Observations by Mr. Dooley: The Newspaper.(1902)

A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer and remains at large.-- Finley Peter Dunne

Thrust ivrybody, but cut th' ca-ards.
Finley Peter Dunne [Mr. Dooley] (1867-1936) "Mr. Dooley's Opinions" [1900], "Casual Observations"

John Dunphy

I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. Thess [sic] teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level -- preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism. --John Dunphy, A Religion for a New Age, Humanist, Jan.-Feb. 1983, p. 26

Will Durant (1885 &endash; 1981)

The replacement of Christian with secular institutions is the culminating and critical result of the Industrial Revolution. That states should attempt to dispense with theological supports is one of the many crucial experiments that bewilder our brains and unsettle our way today. Laws which were once presented as the decrees of a god-given king are now frankly the confused commands of fallible men. Education, which was the sacred province of god-inspired priests, becomes the task of men and women shorn of theological robes and awe, and relying on reason and persuasion to civilize young rebels who fear only the policeman and may never learn to reason at all. Colleges once allied to churches have been captured by businessmen and scientists. The propaganda of patriotism, capitalism, or Communism succeeds to the inculcation of a supernatural creed and moral code. Holydays give way to holidays. Theaters are full even on Sundays, and even on Sundays churches are half empty. - Durant, Lessons of History pp. 48, 49

In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.-Durant's Lesson's of History p 81

Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies. Leave men free, and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically, as in England and America in the nineteenth century under laissez-faire. To check the growth of inequality, liberty must be sacrificed, as in Russia after 1917. Even when repressed, inequality grows; only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom, and in the end superior ability has its way. Will Durant _The Lessons of History_

Civilization exists by geologic consent subject to change without notice. --- Will Durant

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.-- Will Durant

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.-Will Durant

In my youth I stressed freedom; in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order. Will Durant

The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
Will Durant, 1975, age 90

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. -- Will Durant

Henry Durbanville

I feel so sorry for folks who don't like to grow old. I revel in my years. They enrich me. If God should say to me, `I will let you begin over again and you may have your youth back once more,' I should say, `If You do not mind, I prefer to go on growing old.' I would not exchange the peace of mind, the abiding rest of soul, the measure of wisdom I have gained from the sweet and bitter and perplexing experiences of life. These are the best years of my life--the sweetest, and the most free from anxious care. The way grows brighter, the birds sing sweeter, the winds blow softer, the sun shines more radiantly than ever before....My `outward man' is perishing, but my `inward man' is being joyously renewed day by day.--Henry Durbanville

Thomas Durfey

The pleasures of youth are flowers but of May;
Our Life's but a Vapour, our body's but clay;
Oh, let me live well though I live but one day.
Thomas Durfey "Pills to Purge Melancholy," 1681

Mark Durie

The classical consensus was that the revelations regulating relations with non-Muslims evolved in accordance with the development of Muhammad's prophetic career. At the beginning, when Muhammad was weaker and his followers few, the revelations encouraged peaceful relations and avoidance of conflict. Then, after persecution and emigration to Medina in the first year of the Islamic calendar, authority was given to engage in warfare for defensive purposes only.As the Muslim community steadily grew stronger, and conflict with its neighbours did not abate, further revelations expanded the license for waging war. Finally, in Sura 9, regarded as the last to be revealed, it was concluded that war against non-Muslims could be waged, virtually at any time and in any place, to extend the dominance of Islam. This resulted in an aggressive theory of jihad which is well documented in medieval manuals of shari'ah law. - MARK JOHN DURIE, WITNESS STATEMENT to VICTORIAN CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/Witness%20Statement.pdf

James Durham

Neither place, parts, nay, nor graces, will exempt any man from falling. O believers, what need is there to be watchful and humble!-JAMES DURHAM

All the Spirit's operations, how rough soever some of them may appear, are always useful to believers, and tend to make them fruitful. To this end the most sharp influences contribute as well as the more comfortable.- JAMES DURHAM

[Christ] feeds and gathers at once, and this gathering of souls is as sweetly refreshing and delightsome to our blessed Lord Jesus , as the plucking of the sweetest flower is to a man walking in a garden. And there is nothing more acceptable and welcome to him, than a seeking sinner....So long as our Lord Jesus has a church and ordinances in it, so he will continue to gather [his people], and he is not idle, but is still gathering; though at some times, and in some places, this may be more sensible and abundant than ordinary. - JAMES DURHAM

Andrea Dworkin

Pornography is the orchestrated destruction of women's bodies and souls; rape, battery, incest, and prostitution animate it; dehumanization and sadism characterize it; it is war on women, serial assaults on dignity, identity, and human worth; it is tyranny. Each woman who has survived knows from the experience of her own life that pornography is captivity -- the woman trapped in the picture used on the woman trapped wherever he's got her.--Andrea Dworkin

Bob Dylan (b.1941)

You might be a rock 'n' roll addict prancing on the stage,
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage,
You may be a business man or some high degree thief,
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.
~Bob Dylan, Gotta Serve Somebody

Freeman Dyson

You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind? - Freeman Dyson

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