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Offline Gayle

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #675 on: June 12, 2011, 09:59:28 PM »
Is "light a man on fire" to be taken literally or in the romantic passion sense?
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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #676 on: June 12, 2011, 10:13:03 PM »
I guess it could work either way, couldn't it? I always thought it meant literally, and that if you lit someone on fire then they would have enough warmth to last them the rest of their life. Matter of perspective, isn't it?  :-\

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #677 on: June 16, 2011, 10:11:18 AM »
The wisesest prophet makes sure of the event first.

God could not be everywhere, so he made mothers.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and most of the people all the time. But you couldn't fool mom.

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #678 on: June 16, 2011, 10:17:41 AM »
I don't really remember where I heard this quote, or from whom, but I most definitely did NOT make it up on my own:

"Give a man a fire and you warm him for a day. Light a man on fire and you warm him for a lifetime."

Perhaps this is the quote you remember:

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #679 on: June 16, 2011, 10:26:17 AM »
Education is what survives when what was learned has been forgoten
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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #680 on: June 16, 2011, 11:06:50 AM »
God could not be everywhere, so he made mothers.
Quotes like this really bother me. Children who live in a abusive situations - either physical or physcolocial - grow up hearing these quotes along with the rest of us. It teaches them to accept the abuse as "mother knows best" or "father knows best" and then as adults, they end up repeating the distructive relationship patterns they grew up in.

Parents are human, not demi-gods. This means they have all the variations of intelligence and stupidity, kindness and cruelty, and supportiveness and selfishness that is embodied in humanity. In fact, an important part of becoming mentally mature is learning to see your parents as people in their own right and if they were unable to be the kind of people you needed them to be when you were a child, forgiving them for that.
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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #681 on: June 16, 2011, 02:02:18 PM »
"The death of God left the angels in a strange position."

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #682 on: June 20, 2011, 11:31:55 AM »
Gayle, I wonder what planet your on. This is supposed to be the lighter side of life, where quotes are not necessarily stamped in concrete, then beaten over the head with, until you accept them.

Having been involved with foster children for the best part of twenty five years. I have seen what evil parenting, and neglect has done to vulnerable children.

I have also had seven children of my own Gayle. So don't try preaching your doctoring to me sunshine.

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #683 on: June 20, 2011, 12:12:42 PM »
I think we should just agree to disagree on the subject of parents, Trev, for the sake of the other members.

But I assumed "Quotes that make you stop" meant "quotes that make you think". Sometimes those thoughts are funny and lighthearted, sometimes they're more serious or sad. I don't believe that thinking should be restricted to one mood.

And I live on the same planet as you, I just haven't lived the same life experience.
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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #684 on: June 20, 2011, 04:22:57 PM »
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #685 on: June 20, 2011, 05:38:08 PM »
'Get busy living, or get busy dying' (The Shawshank Redemption).

It's good for indecisive moments  :)

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #686 on: June 21, 2011, 04:07:35 AM »
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  

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LOL!

But wrong. There's two - and I've got them.  :D

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #687 on: June 21, 2011, 04:18:27 AM »
LOL!

But wrong. There's two - and I've got them.  :D

strange I have got them too and soon it will be 3 ;D (and I am a father)
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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #688 on: June 21, 2011, 04:20:45 AM »
 ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D

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Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Reply #689 on: June 21, 2011, 04:21:05 AM »
I am not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet.
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