July 21

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The barge she sat in, like a burnishd throne, burnd on the water; the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails, and so perfumed, that the winds were love-sick with them, the oars were silver, which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made the water which they beat to follow faster, as amorous of their strokes. For her own person, it beggard all description ~ "Enobarbus" in Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~ Elbert Hubbard
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for awhile, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. ~ Carl Sagan
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. ~ Ernest Hemingway (born 21 July 1899)
If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. ~ J. K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (a quote from the first "Harry Potter" book on the date of release of the 7th and last of the series.)
No one thing is true. It's all true. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun.

Oh, I've been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it's going to come.

~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It's been that way all this year. It's been that way so many times. All of war is that way. ~ Ernest Hemingway
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ~ Ernest Hemingway
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
~ Robin Williams ~
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
~ J. K. Rowling ~
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ~
Complexity is looking at interacting elements and asking how they form patterns and how the patterns unfold. It’s important to point out that the patterns may never be finished. They’re open-ended. In standard science this hit some things that most scientists have a negative reaction to. Science doesn’t like perpetual novelty.
~ W. Brian Arthur ~
I don't think that God sent us prophets and books to fight about these books and these prophets. But they were telling us, actually, how to live together. If we ignore those teachings — whichever faith … you profess, then I think we'll be finding ourselves in an even deeper mess.
~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~
There is a real, living unity in our time, as in any other, but it lies submerged under a superficial hubbub of sensation.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~
"Peace Train" is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution.
~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~
It's the people and the cause that matter and right now there's an important need, which is bridge-building. I wanted to support the cause of humanity, because that's what I always sang about.
Music can be healing, and with my history and my knowledge of both sides of what looks like a gigantic divide in the world, I feel I can point a way forward to our common humanity again. It's a big step for me but it's a natural step. I don't feel at all irked by the responsibility — I feel inspired.
~ Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) ~
Electro-magnetic discoveries have recreated the simultaneous "field" in all human affairs so that the human family now exists under conditions of a "global village." We live in a single constricted space resonant with tribal drums. … The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~
We believe that the civilised world is a multicultural, multi-religious world. That is the type of message we want to get across. … I think there are many who are Muslims and non-Muslims, who are not warmongers but peace makers and want this world to be a better place.
We believed the unison of the voices of so many people standing together against international terrorism is something to be valued and something to be built upon.
~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) ~
When it comes to space, I see it as my job to build infrastructure the hard way — I'm using my resources to put in place heavy-lifting infrastructure so the next generation of people can have a dynamic, entrepreneurial explosion into space. … I want thousands of entrepreneurs doing amazing things in space, and to do that we need to dramatically lower the cost of access to space.
~ Jeff Bezos ~
  • proposed by Kalki; in regard to the recent successful crewing of the Blue Origin rocket into space.

All words, in every language, are metaphors.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~
We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
~ Robert Oppenheimer ~
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The medium is the message. ~ Marshall McLuhan (date of birth)

Don't you feel a change a coming from another side of time, breaking down the walls of silence, lifting shadows from your mind. ~ Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) (born 21 July 1948)

  • 3 Kalki 13:59, 20 July 2005 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 06:33, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:33, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

"It's funny," I said. "It's very funny, and it's a lot of fun, too, to be in love." ~ Ernest Hemingway

—This unsigned comment is by Japhy (talkcontribs) .
  • 2 Kalki 20:22, 14 July 2009 (UTC) with a lean toward 3.
  • 1 Zarbon 18:19, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
  • 2 //Gbern3 (talk) 13:33, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Logos is the formal cause of the kosmos and all things, responsible for their nature and configuration.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

The artist is the person who invents the means to bridge biological inheritance and the environments created by technological innovation.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Art is whatever you can get away with.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity. You can actually dissipate a situation by giving it maximal coverage. As to alarming people, that's done by rumours, not by coverage.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

All media work us over completely. They are so persuasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments. All media are extensions of some human faculty – psychic or physical.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Throughout Finnegans Wake Joyce specifies the Tower of Babel as the tower of Sleep, that is, the tower of the witless assumption, or what Bacon calls the reign of the Idols.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Invention is the mother of all necessities.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

I am not a "culture critic" because I am not in any way interested in classifying cultural forms. I am a metaphysician, interested in the life of the forms and their surprising modalities. That is why I have no interest in the academic world.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Typography is not only a technology but is in itself a natural resource or staple, like cotton or timber or radio; and, like any staple, it shapes not only private sense ratios but also patterns of communal interdependence.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

New media are new languages, their grammar and syntax yet unknown.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

The global village is a place of very arduous interfaces and very abrasive situations.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

The percept takes priority of the concept.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Environments are invisible. Their groundrules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns elude easy perception.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Mysticism is just tomorrow’s science dreamed today.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

At the speed of light there is no sequence; everything happens at the same instant.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

I’m flattered to hear my work described as hallucinogenic, but I suspect that some of my academic critics find me a bad trip.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

My main theme is the extension of the nervous system in the electric age, and thus, the complete break with five thousand years of mechanical technology. This I state over and over again. I do not say whether it is a good or bad thing. To do so would be meaningless and arrogant.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Media are means of extending and enlarging our organic sense lives into our environment.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

One of the things that happens at the speed of light is that people lose their goals in life. So what takes the place of goals and objectives? Well, role-playing is coming in very fast.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

By simply moving information and brushing information against information, any medium whatever creates vast wealth.
~ Marshall McLuhan ~

All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
~ Ernest Hemingway ~