A Quote by W. W. Broadbent, MD, PhD on seriousness

The person who finds witticism in the most obscure places, no matter how serious the discussion, has this message to others: "I'm your court jester. Now don't you at least like me?"

W. W. Broadbent

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A Quote by Walker Percy on boredom, circumstances, civilization, dawn, death, dogs, food, good, guidance, imagination, people, seriousness, sleep, thought, and weather

Why is it that no other species but man gets bored? Under the circumstances in which a man gets bored, a dog goes to sleep. Thought Experiment: Imagine that you are a member of a tour visiting Greece. The group goes to the Parthenon. It is a bore. Few people even bother to look - it looked better in the brochure. So people take half a look, mostly take pictures, remark on the serious erosion by acid rain. You are puzzled. Why should one of the glories and fonts of Western civilization, viewed under pleasant conditions - good weather, good hotel room, good food, good guide - be a bore? Now imagine under what set of circumstances a viewing of the Parthenon would not be a bore. For example, you are a NATO colonel defending Greece against a Soviet assault. You are in a bunker in dowtown Athens, binoculars propped on sandbags. It is dawn. A medium-range missile attack is under way. Half a million Greeks are dead. Two missiles bracket the Parthenon. The next will surely be a hit. Between columns of smoke, a ray of golden light catches the portico. Are you bored? Can you see the Parthenon?

Walker Percy

Source: 1983

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A Quote by U.S. Supreme Court on computers, endings, seriousness, speech, and value

The breadth of the [Communications Decency Act's] coverage is wholly unprecedented.... The scope of the CDA is not limited to commercial speech or commercial entities. Its open ended prohibitions embrace all nonprofit entities and individuals posting indecent messages or displaying them on their own computers in the presence of minors. The general, undefined terms "indecent" and "patently offensive" cover large amounts of nonpornographic material with serious educational or other value.

U.S. Supreme Court

Source: 1997 Janet Reno et al. v. ACLU et al.

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A Quote by unknown on belief, change, mind, needs, seriousness, and sex

I am a serious chocoholic. For the serious chocoholic, chocolate is better than sex. If you believe that, you REALLY need to meet that special someone who can change your mind. If you HAVE met that special someone and still believe that, I REALLY NEED to know where you get your chocolate!!!


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A Quote by unknown on balance, control, disease, garden, life, nature, play, and seriousness

Bats are in serious decline nearly everywhere. Worldwide, there are almost a thousand different kinds of bats which comprise nearly one fourth of all mammal species. Of the 43 species living in the U.S. and Canada, nearly 40 percent are endangered or are candidates for such status. . . . Bats may eat their own weight in insects in a single night. They also control such garden pests such as ants, beetles and disease carrying mosquitoes. As the primary predator of night-flying insects, bats play an important role in this balance of nature.


Source: Texas Bat and Bird House Products

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A Quote by Thomas Stearns Eliot on endings, questions, seriousness, and war

The Civil War is not ended: I question whether any serious civil war ever does end.

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

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A Quote by Thorstein Veblen on questions, research, and seriousness

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929)

Source: The Place of Science in Modern Civilization and Other Essays.

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on business, confidence, future, leisure, lies, men, progress, seriousness, study, success, thinking, time, and youth

What we do with our leisure time has considerable bearing on what we accomplish during our working hours, and very largely determines the degree of our success, Young men who, like yourselves, devote a predetermined amount of their leisure hours to study and to serious thinking, are the men who are going to progress far and fast. The business leaders of tomorrow will be the young men of today-men like you who are preparing now for the great future which lies ahead. You may view the future with confidence, knowing that from the youth of today will emerge the leaders of tomorrow.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Theognis on business, companions, food, and seriousness

One finds many companions for food and drink, but in a serious business a man's companions are very few.

Theognis (c. 570 - c. 490 BC)

Source: Elegies

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A Quote by Suzuki Roshi on existence, future, hope, ideas, and seriousness

As long as we have some definite idea about or some hope in the future, we cannot really be serious with the moment that exists right now.

Suzuki Roshi

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