User:AC9016

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About AC9016[edit]

  • I am a Wikiquote user who worked on here anonymously from 2011 to when I created an account in 2016. Since then I have done pretty much the same thing as I was doing before- creating pages for movies, books, people and shows and improving existing pages on movies, books, people and shows whenever I can. I have created the list of pages shown below, and have edited many others. I do my best to comply with site formatting and regulations, but most of all I'm trying to make the site better. I believe that making the site better matters more than strict, legalistic adherence to the rules. Wikiquote offers us the opportunity to make books, films, shows, works of a wide range of types and subjects, available for the entire world to view selections from. We can't show them the whole book, but we can show them some of its gems. We can't show them a movie, but we can show people some of its best dialogue and statements. Wikiquote is a great site, and my goal, as I said, is to do as much as I can to make it better than when I found it. --AC9016 (talk) 19:58, 7 December 2017 (UTC)

Favorite Movies[edit]

Not a complete list, but here are some that I like.

Favorite Quotes[edit]

  • The sunrise was the colour of bad blood. It leaked out of the east and stained the dark sky red, marked the scraps of the cloud with stolen gold. Underneath it the road twisted up the mountainside towards the fortress of Fontezarmo - a cluster of sharp towers, ash-black again the wounded heavens. The sunrise was red, black and gold. The colours of their profession.
    • Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold (2009)
  • We do not murder. We do not execute. We do not massacre. We never, you may be very certain, we never torture. We have no truck with crimes of passion or hatred or pointless gain. We do not do it for a delight in inhumation, or to feed some secret inner need, or for petty advantage, or for some cause or belief; I tell you, gentlemen, that all of these reasons are in the highest degree suspect. Look into the face of a man who will kill you for a belief and your nostrils will snuff up the scent of abomination. Hear a speech declaring a holy war and, I assure you, your ears will catch the clink of evil's scales and the dragging of its monstrous tail over the purity of the language. No, we do it for the money. And because we above all must know the value of a human life, we do it for a great deal of money. There can be few cleaner motives, shorn of all pretense.
    • Dr. Cruces of the Ankh-Morpork Assassin's Guild, in Pyramids (1989) by Terry Pratchett
  • Das Beste oder nichts
    • Gottlieb Daimler's personal motto, translatable as "The best or nothing at all", "Nothing but the best" or "The best or nothing". The third translation was adopted for the English version of the motto of Mercedes-Benz starting in 2010.
Oh that my Pow'r to Saving were confin’d:
Why am I forc’d, like Heav’n, against my mind,
To make Examples of another Kind?
Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?
Oh curst Effects of necessary Law!
How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan,
Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.
  • John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Pt. I, line 999–1005. Compare Publius Syrus, Maxim 289, "Furor fit læsa sæpius patientia" ("An over-taxed patience gives way to fierce anger").
Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
  • John Dryden, Imitation of Horace (1685), Book III, Ode 29, lines 65–68.
  • Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
    • Barry Goldwater, in his acceptance speech as the Republican candidate in the 1964 U.S. presidential election.
  • Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.
  • In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
  • Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
  • It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
  • William Ernest Henley, Invictus (1875)
  • No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
  • H.L. Mencken, 'Notes on Journalism' in the Chicago Tribune, 19 September 1926
  • Calm is what you have to be when people look to you. And it's all you can be when things are out of your hands.
    • Colonel James Hsu, Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
  • War has changed little in principle from the beginning of recorded history. The mechanized warfare of today is only an evolution of the time when men fought with clubs and stones, and its machines are as nothing without the men who invent them, man them and give them life. War is force- force to the utmost- force to make the enemy yield to our own will- to yield because they see their comrades killed and wounded- to yield because their own will to fight is broken. War is men against men. Mechanized war is still men against men, for machines are masses of inert metal without the men who control them- or destroy them.
    • Fleet Admiral Ernest King, Fleet Admiral King: A Naval Record (1952) p. viii
  • The central core of truth is that Christmas turns everything upside down, the upside of heaven come down to earth. The Christmas story puts a new value on every man. He is not a thing to be used, not a chemical accident, not an educated ape. Every man is a V.I.P., because he has divine worth. That was revealed when “Love came down at Christmas.” A scientist said, making a plea for exchange scholarships between nations, “The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.” That was what happened at Christmas. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a person. Christmas is good news in a world of bad news. … Christmas brings hope to a dark world.
~ Halford E. Luccock; displayed as the Quote of the Day for 25 December 2017 ~
Forgive him who wrongs you;
join him who cuts you off;
do good to him who does evil to you;
and speak the truth
even if it be against yourself.
~ Inscription on the Sword of Muhammad; displayed as the Quote of the Day for 25 June 2017 ~
  • Per Ardua Ad Astra
    • Motto of the Royal Air Force; translates as "Through Adversity to the Stars"
  • Serve To Lead
    • Motto of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none.
  • William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, displayed as the Quote of the Day for 13 February 2018
  • The news today about "Atomic bombs" is so horrifying one is stunned. The utter folly of these lunatic physicists to consent to do such work for war-purposes: calmly plotting the destruction of the world! Such explosives in men's hands, while their moral and intellectual status is declining, is about as useful as giving out firearms to all inmates of a gaol and then saying that you hope "this will ensure peace". ... Well we're in God's hands. But He does not look kindly on Babel-builders.
  • Non Sibi Sed Patriae
    • Unofficial motto of the United States Navy, translates to English as "Not for Self but for Country"
  • A Posse Ad Esse
    • Motto of the Woodberry Forest School; translates to English as "From Possibility to Actuality"

Pages Created[edit]

Planned Pages[edit]

  • Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke. British Army. Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1941-1946.
  • Hugh Shelton - US Army general, 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, author of Without Hesitation
  • Henry H. Arnold
  • University of Virginia
  • Cornell University
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Hitler Youth
  • Waffen-SS

Project Pages[edit]

These are pages that I am working on or intend to work on.