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“”'As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
|—Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast|
“”The Master says: "The superior man wishes to be slow in his speech and earnest in his conduct."
|—Confucius, The Analects|
“”'Tis a lucky day, boy, and we'll do good deeds on't.
|—William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale|
“”Man is free the instant he wants to be.
“”If you speak beautiful words, people will speak beautiful words to you.
|—Ancient Korean proverb|
“”And that comyn englysshe that is spoken in one shyre varyeth from another. In so moche that in my dayes happened that certayn marchauntes were in a shippe in Tamyse, for to haue sayled ouer the see into Selande, and for lacke of wynde thei taryed atte Forlond, and wente to lande for to refreshe them; And one of theym named Sheffelde, a mercer, cam in-to an hows and axed for mete; and specyally he axyed after eggys; and the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe, And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no frenshe, but wolde haue hadde ‘egges’ and she vunderstode hym not. And theene at laste another sayd that he wolde haue ‘eyren’ then the good wyf sayd that she vnderstod hym wel. Loo, what sholde a man in thyse dayes now wryte, ‘egges’ or ‘eyren’?
|—William Caxton, Prologue to Eneydos|
“”Don't fear god,
Don't worry about death;
“”Those who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone. They would thereby increase the amount of grain available to feed people elsewhere, reduce pollution, save water and energy, and cease contributing to the clearing of forests. When nonvegetarians say that "human problems come first" I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the wasteful, ruthless exploitation of farm animals.
|—Peter Singer, Animal Liberation|
“”Fate often will save a man, should his courage hold.
- Reviews of the Christian apocalyptic fiction series, Left Behind: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.
- My reviews of dozens of other books.
- Essay:AD's Beliefs - My beliefs, laid out as clearly and rationally as I can manage.
- Essay:Becoming Vegetarian - My experiences with becoming a vegetarian.
- Essay:Why You Shouldn't Eat Meat - Why you shouldn't eat meat. Yes, you!
- Essay:Obama - A liberal's assessment of the Obama administration in its first term.
- User:AD/BG - A guide to installing and modding the Baldur's Gate game series.
- Recipe:PB and J Rolls
- Recipe:Watercress and Avocado Salad
- Recipe:Kimchi jiggae
- Recipe:Stuffed tofu
- Fun:Community Story
- Recipe:Buckwheat and broccoli
- Accuracy and precision
- Agenda 21
- Biological determinism
- Codex Alimentarius
- Common Era
- Déjà vu
- Everlasting No
- Forks Over Knives
- Gerald Celente
- Hawthorne effect
- Igon Value Problem
- James O'Keefe
- Judy Blume
- Keith Ablow
- Kyoto Protocol
- Mass hysteria
- Monosodium glutamate
- Naomi Klein
- Negative evidence
- One Million Moms
- Paul Ryan
- Perennial candidate
- Rationalist taboo
- Self-fulfilling prophecy
- Stephen Glass
- Steve Fuller
- Survival seed bank
- Taiping Rebellion
- The Bell Curve
- The Catcher in the Rye
- The Citadel
- The Obama Deception
- The Year of Living Biblically
- Uncertainty tactic
- Zeal of the convert
Articles significantly improved
- A lot.