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Does the drop of metal shine
like a syllable in my song?

Does a word sometimes
slither like a serpent?

Pablo Neruda
The Book of Questions

posted by Ever Curious on Feb 17, 2001 04:15PM

"What is the big problem about Eminem? Since when is
offensive language a reason for being unpopular? I find the
language of George W. Bush much more offensive."

-- Madonna, in a letter to the Los Angeles Times.

posted by Thudy Cydides on Feb 21, 2001 08:50AM

'Cuz if I ever stuck it to any singer in showbiz
It'd be Jennifer Lopez and Puffy you know this!
I'm sorry Puff, but I don't give a fuck
If this chick was my own mother
I still fuck her with no rubber and cum inside her
And have a son and a new brother at the same time

Eminem, being offensive in "I'm Back"
posted by Thudy Cydides on Feb 21, 2001 08:58AM

New Kids on the Block, sucked a lot of dick
Boy-girl groups make me sick
And I can't wait 'til I catch all you faggots in public
I'ma love it [hahaha]
...
Talkin' about I fabricated my past
He's just aggravated I won't ejaculate in his ass

(Eminem, being offensive and popular in the
Grammy-nominated -- "Marshall Mathers LP")
posted by Thudy Cydides on Feb 21, 2001 09:11AM

Attention, music lovers:

Yes, tonight, boys and girls, this same Eminem,
this same Madonna, will appear on your TV in
the Grammy awards.

(February 21, 2001)
You have to admire CBS's strenuous efforts
to attract viewers to the usually lame
Grammy Awards (8 p.m., CBS).
Madonna will open the show, but it's the
freakish duet between Eminem and Elton
John that's expected to bring the rubberneckers out. Also
slated to perform: U2, 'N Sync, Destiny's Child, Christina
Aguilera and Faith Hill. Jon Stewart hosts.

posted by Thudy Cydides on Feb 21, 2001 09:21AM

"Eminem......a crazy ass crackah"

-Fredrick Durst

posted by StU aRt on Feb 21, 2001 11:50AM

Feb. 21, 2001 | LOS ANGELES (AP) --

Eminem's performance of his song, "Stan," with Elton John tested the censors of the CBS network, which broadcast the show. At least three expletives slipped by and were heard on the air.

Eminem -- the target of 100 protesters outside the
awards show -- was honored for best solo rap
performance, best rap album and best rap performance
by a duo or group for his collaboration with his mentor
and producer, Dr. Dre.

posted by Thudy Cydides on Feb 22, 2001 08:20AM

Ahh, lovely to see these current pop-culture phenomena discussions shoehorned onto a thread starting with some timeless, beautiful poetry.

Maybe starting a new thread about Eminem is appropriate?

posted by Zach Beane on Feb 22, 2001 08:34AM

Sorry, Zach, and Amity, and anyone else who, like me, is just not into Eminem, but I guess the line about a word sometimes slithering like a serpent just set me off. You'll have to admit that some of Eminem's words do slither. As for a new thread about M&M, methinks we have already plumbed his depths, so to speak.
posted by Thudy Cydides on Feb 22, 2001 04:17PM

I think Eminem is the keenest, and his words do slither. I guess I missed the subtle literary connection in the face of the obvious current-event connection.
posted by Zach Beane on Feb 22, 2001 04:29PM

subtle... literary... connection???
posted by Clint Phipps on Feb 23, 2001 02:44AM

Eminem continues a proud literary tradition in the spirit of, say, Emily Dickinson. Compare this, "Low at my problem bending", by Dickinson:

Low at my problem bending,
Another problem comes --
Larger than mine -- Serener --
Involving statelier sums.

I check my busy pencil,
My figures file away.
Wherefore, my baffled fingers
They perplexity?

to this, "Untitled Freestyle #113", by Mathers:

So barricade your infants, put up some extra fences
A woman beater, wanted for repeated sex offenses
..Take em' on long vacation trips
Kidnappin' em' and trappin' em' in abusive relationships
Mess up your face and lips
Slit your stomach and watch your gut split
Gut you wit that razor that I use to shave my nuts with
Mama don't you cry, your son's too far gone
I'm so high, I don't even know what label I'm on

posted by Zach Beane on Feb 23, 2001 09:52AM

Ahhh... NOW I see the parallels... That clarified it all sooo much for me. Thanks.
posted by Clint Phipps on Feb 23, 2001 04:14PM

"Dear R.L. Stine, I've read 40 of your books and I think they're really boring."
-From a "fan" letter to prolific children's author R.L. Stine
posted by Piper -- on Feb 27, 2001 04:53PM

"One (convict) told me he's gotten some of the hardcore readers to try me and that I'm gaining popularity with the heroin users but haven't made it yet with the crack and cocaine crowd because they're younger and less educated."
-Elmore Leonard, on his prison audience
posted by Piper -- on Feb 27, 2001 04:55PM

"Mum told me she found Mart crying in the night about the size of his bum. I do feel sorry for him, but a) it is enormous, and b) it's not going to go away."
-Philip Amis, in a 1963 diary entry, on the anatomy of his 14-year-old brother, Martin
posted by Piper -- on Feb 27, 2001 04:57PM

Eat, Drink, and be Merry, for tomorrow we die -Epicurians

This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
This is the way the world ends,
Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
-T.S. Elliot

posted by Mike McGarvey on Feb 28, 2001 06:46PM

"There is an abundance of hope, but none for us."
-Kafka
posted by ann athema on Mar 02, 2001 04:00PM

...He who speaks knows not,
He who knows speaks not...
-Tao Te Ching
posted by Clint Phipps on Mar 08, 2001 11:18AM

A critic is a legless man who teaches running.
Anonymous
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 14, 2001 04:28PM

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Aesop
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 14, 2001 04:30PM

BUSH FOR LAWN ORNAMENT

-really great bumper sticker

posted by Piper -- on Mar 14, 2001 05:08PM

Heavy is the root of light;
Calm is the ruler of haste.

-Lao Tzu

posted by Piper -- on Mar 14, 2001 05:20PM

"I don't understand what everyone's obsession with boobs is about. Every other person in the world has a pair."
Jennifer Love Hewitt
posted by ann athema on Mar 22, 2001 04:42PM

"Hooray for boobies!!!"
-the bloodhound gang.
posted by Clint Phipps on Mar 30, 2001 11:29AM

To know others is wisdom
To know oneself is enlightenment
posted by Clint Phipps on Mar 30, 2001 11:32AM

Hey! You! Get offa my cloud!
- Mick Jagger/Keith Richards
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Apr 12, 2001 09:52PM

"Hello Rabbit," he said. "Is that you?"
"Let's pretend it isn't," said Rabbit, "and see what happens."
-Winne the Pooh and Rabbit
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Apr 12, 2001 09:55PM

"push comes to shove,
days turn to months,
and I seem to forget the warmth from the sun" -ATDI
posted by Evan Ackley on Apr 12, 2001 10:36PM

"Hey, hey, my, my, rock and roll can never die" -Neil Young
posted by Evan Ackley on Apr 12, 2001 10:39PM

"all that shines, turns to rust"
-Zakk Wylde
posted by Evan Ackley on Apr 12, 2001 10:50PM

"'...we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'
'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'"
-Lewis Carrol
posted by Clint Phipps on Apr 13, 2001 11:07AM

"One can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age I always did it for one half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-Lewis Carrol "Through the Looking Glass"
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Apr 14, 2001 07:58PM

"Well I never claimed to understand
what happens after dark,
but my fingers catch the sparks,
at the thought of touching you"
-Stephen Jenkins
posted by Evan Ackley on Apr 20, 2001 11:26PM

Lyrics: Wasted time between solos.
--Gibson Guitars
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Apr 22, 2001 06:49PM

"If it rained soup, I'd have only a fork."
-and-
"If I was a snake, shoes would grow on trees."
(Chimo)
posted by sam aritan on May 03, 2001 03:43PM

I hate the sun, but it's nice to know it's there.
-- Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols)
posted by Jess Chahanovich on May 03, 2001 07:11PM

"Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?"
-Stanislaw Lee-
posted by sam aritan on May 04, 2001 04:42PM

To shine-
and to hell with everything else!
That is my motto-
And the sun's!
-- Vladimir Mayakovsky
posted by Jess Chahanovich on May 10, 2001 07:31PM

you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone
for the times they are a changin'
-dylan
posted by Clint Phipps on May 11, 2001 12:50AM

"...are the good times really over for good?"
-Haggard-
posted by sam aritan on May 11, 2001 02:26PM

Master, make my fervor long-lasting and my disillusion brief.

Gabriela Mistral
Prayer of a Teacher

posted by Ever Curious on May 15, 2001 09:30PM

...so much for the afterglow...
-everclear
posted by Clint Phipps on May 16, 2001 07:04PM

"I'm not so sure that America is not importing mad cow disease by way of medicines and vaccines, makeup, gel caps, and gummy bears."
(Michael Stipe of R.E.M., speculating that gelatin is contributing to one of society's current problems)
posted by sam aritan on May 18, 2001 09:38AM

"I wanted to see if fire would burn me, you'd think I would know if four walls could hold me"-Mogwai

"Hope this is what you wanted,
hope this is what you had in mind, 'cause this is what you're getting." -MJK

posted by Evan Ackley on May 19, 2001 09:14AM

"Sex without love is an empty experience, but as empty experiences go, it's one of the best."
Woody Allen
posted by sam aritan on Jun 21, 2001 10:32AM

I'm a hopeless romantic, your just hopeless.
some punk band
posted by ronert morning-sky -- on Jul 10, 2001 04:47PM

"why can't we not be sober?" -MjK
posted by Evan Ackley on Jul 10, 2001 09:17PM

I just want to start this over.
MJK
posted by Clint Phipps on Jul 15, 2001 10:38PM

There are many here among us who think that life is but a joke.
~Dylan
posted by Clint Phipps on Jul 17, 2001 08:05PM

'I think we go play saxophone for an all-girl cabaret in New Orleans'. Hobbes, when asked by Calvin where he thought we went when we died.
posted by Benn -- on Jul 24, 2001 12:04AM

"...everything I can't remember as fucked up as it all may seem, the consequences that I've rendered, I've stretched myself beyond my means."
-Aaron Lewis
posted by StU aRt on Jul 24, 2001 09:10AM

"Our generation has had no Great Depression, no Great
War. Our war is a spiritual war. Our Great Depression is
our lives." -spoken by 'Tyler Durden' in "Fight Club."
posted by Clint Phipps on Jul 24, 2001 04:34PM

The concept of "The Rock Guitar Solo" in the eighties has pretty much been reduced to: "Weedly-weedly-wee, make a face, hold your guitar like it's your weenie, point it heavenward, and look like you're really doing something. Then, you get a big ovation while the smoke bombs go off, and the motorized lights in your truss twirl around."
-Frank Zappa in, "The Real Frank Zappa Book."
posted by Clint Phipps on Jul 31, 2001 11:46AM

"I walked around my good intentions, and found that there were none." -Our Lady Peace(I went to the show and I still don't know the guy's name...)
posted by Evan Ackley on Jul 31, 2001 10:26PM

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."
--Frank Sinatra

"It was like a revelation. My deeper self issued the message. If you are a comforter, you may as well be the pillow she cries on. The pillow may want more of her, but winds up soaked in tears and a shattered heart."
--Matt LeRoy

"See, I could never marry her, because that's like admitting to the world 'We have sex!'"
-anonymous

posted by Jon Look on Aug 02, 2001 11:48AM

"It's just so high, white, and beautiful."
-Dave Obenour
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Aug 07, 2001 10:36PM

"God is forgiving. It's Satan that I'm worried about."
-Jonathan Grace
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Aug 07, 2001 10:37PM

"The Destruction, it is very heartrendering." Dan Quayle trying to say the san fran earthquake wreckage was heartrending.


If there is a God, I'd like 2 meet the dude- I'd like to go hang out with him.
Biker guy in the movie Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

posted by J. Wells on Aug 08, 2001 05:34PM

"A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it." --George W. Bush on his first six months of presidency.
posted by Clint Phipps on Aug 09, 2001 01:59PM

"I have been disappointed in almost everything he has done."
--Former Prez. Carter on current Prez. Bush.
posted by Clint Phipps on Aug 09, 2001 03:24PM

"I sold my soul for rock and roll!"
-some drunk guy at a bar.
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 11, 2001 09:10PM

"SKYNRD!!!"
-some other drunk guy at a bar.
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 11, 2001 09:10PM

"Shhheeger!~~~~!!!!"
-THE DRUNKEST guy at a bar.
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 11, 2001 09:11PM

"There were a lot of things that didn't add up during the PMRC [the Parents' Music Resource Center responsible for the congressional hearings on rating labels, i.e. censorship, for musical compositions, founded by Tipper Gore] episode. It seemed to me, and I stated it in interviews at the time, that the whole business looked like the ground floor of a presidential campaign for the Junior Senator From Tennessee."
--Frank Zappa in 1989 speaking of Al Gore and his role in the mid 1980's parental advisory sticker media event.
posted by Clint Phipps on Aug 14, 2001 04:10PM

I once felt sorry for myself because I had no pillow, until I met a man that had no head...

and I didn't want his pillow, because it had uuk all over it

posted by DC Mueller on Aug 16, 2001 02:15PM

"We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors.... but they all have to learn to live in the same box."
-Anonymous
posted by StU aRt on Aug 23, 2001 04:10PM

I don't foretell the future or think about it. I just live for today, and have curiousity about what tomorrow may offer, but don't go into too much thought about tomorrow, because I am living today.
L.S.
posted by Latricia Saucier on Aug 23, 2001 11:03PM

"Gosh Darnit, people like me."
-Stuart Smalley
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 29, 2001 02:43AM

A man is only as old as the woman he feels.
Groucho Marx (1895-1977)
posted by sam aritan on Sep 05, 2001 03:54PM

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things to unknown, and the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
--Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream V(i)
posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 06, 2001 11:05AM

"We'll only drink as much as we can!" -Brad Coffin
posted by Evan Ackley on Sep 07, 2001 01:00PM

"Formal education is a marvelous thing. But unless it's liberally sprinkled with plain old common sense, it's not worth a shit."
(Jimmy Dean, singer)
posted by sam aritan on Sep 07, 2001 04:03PM


I tell Sheryl Crow [who collaborated with Nicks on her new cd]: Don't get interested in
somebody who's going to go back on the road… Men are going to go out on the road and they're
going to find other women. So if you really want to save yourself a whole lot of heartache, do
not fall in love with somebody in a band. Just don't. Because it just doesn't ever work. It's too
much to ask of them to be true… In my book, it's a rule. It's just an invitation to heartache… If you
want to find somebody and you want to be married and you want to have children, don't make it
a rock star.
(Stevie Nicks, singer)
posted by sam aritan on Sep 10, 2001 11:12AM

There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.
Emerson
posted by Clint Phipps on Sep 20, 2001 04:19PM

A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.
George S. Patton, U.S. General (1885-1945)
posted by sam aritan on Sep 21, 2001 01:45PM

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
--Heywood Broun 1888-1939
posted by Clint Phipps on Sep 21, 2001 03:37PM

How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.

Eric Hoffer

posted by Piper -- on Sep 27, 2001 04:48PM

"Instead of just pounding on the 'terrorist on the mountain theme'," I told one of Bin Laden's agents, "we could frame his issues about America in such a way that people might find his arguments reasonable."

The man smiled. "It may be better if he does not appear to be too reasonable," he said.


-excerpt from a 1998 Esquire article containing an interview with Osama Bin Laden.

posted by Piper -- on Oct 04, 2001 12:54PM

What i think about hip hop and boy bands are that they don't know how to write good music..
- Me
posted by Kevin Conner on Nov 10, 2001 02:59PM

Don't bother trying to drown out you're problems with alcohol... because all you're going to find is that the lil fuckers can swim
-Me :)
posted by Shilo Pawley on Nov 16, 2001 08:43PM

Eew, pointy, eew slimy, aaw 20 dollars??? I wanted a penut!!!

- probably the funniest cartoon character to bless us with his presence, Homer Simpson

posted by Shilo Pawley on Nov 16, 2001 08:44PM

Anybody know who said...
"roar you as gently as any sucking dove"?
posted by Clint Phipps on Dec 05, 2001 05:47PM

Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need in hell
--Emily Dickinson
posted by Sonja Trott on Dec 06, 2001 08:37AM

"The day that humanity started taking its final exam."

Buckminster Fuller, marking on his calendar the August day that an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

posted by sam aritan on Mar 22, 2002 02:24PM

A second chance to dance in flame
At second glance the answer's the same
I'm calling on the day
When all will wash away and I'll be
Free at last surpass my past
No strings attached come out without a scratch...

-Cody Phipps

posted by Josey Cary on Mar 24, 2002 02:12PM

There was a guy that I went to Europe with that has the best quotes. Once I told him I was having a hard time social wise in school...so this is what he said:
"Remember, high school is a joke. Laugh at it while you can."
-Dave Obenour (Dave rocks!)
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Mar 27, 2002 02:20PM

"Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love"

-Einstein

posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 01, 2002 12:19AM

"we're not 21, but the sooner we are, the sooner the fun will begin.." Chris Carrabba

posted by Josey Cary on Apr 01, 2002 08:55AM

"I should have been a whole lot farther
I'm never going back to college
For just one more day job"
-Gin Blossoms
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 15, 2002 11:09AM

"It'll be just like a sleepover! Only we'll be sweaty and covered in grease!!"
-Spongebob Squarepants, reacting to working the night shift with Squidward
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Oct 16, 2002 09:13AM

Acid, booze and ass.
Needles, guns and grass, lots of laughs, lots of laughs...
-Joni Mitchell
posted by Josey Cary on Nov 20, 2002 11:46PM

"Practice law, practice medicine, play music."

Master Samwise

posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 22, 2002 03:34PM

Þetta Er Ágætis Byrjun
-Sigur Ros
posted by Josey Cary on Nov 29, 2002 10:54PM

"Don't take life too seriously. You'll never make it out of it alive." I'm almost ashamed to say, that came from National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
posted by Joshua Taylor on Dec 05, 2002 02:24PM

Perhaps a meat product that is scrambled and pummeled by industrial processes into a brazenly inorganic geometric shape once seemed futuristic and exciting. But like a lot of things that once seemed futuristic and exciting, Spam now seems funny and maybe a little creepy. You can't help but imagine a big vat of, I don't know, whipped pig, being poured into those cans." (Rob Walker on Spam)
posted by sam aritan on Dec 09, 2002 08:43PM

"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."
(Michael Ledeen, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute)
posted by sam aritan on May 27, 2003 04:37PM

"A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again."
-Alexander Pope
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 24, 2003 06:19PM

Here's a classic saying:
"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"
-???
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 15, 2003 08:12PM

here's another:
"if you can't say anything nice, make something up"
-what my parents always taught me
posted by Cean Lakranski on Dec 15, 2003 09:26PM

We have our native pride, why do all the other non-native peoples have to come an' crash our world with all their negativity and hatred. Our world is nothing better than a piece of crap!!!!!!
posted by Emma Lupie on Jan 06, 2005 09:12PM

"A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge." (Dave Barry)
posted by sam aritan on Jan 13, 2005 08:46AM

"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves." - John Wayne
posted by c -- on Jan 17, 2005 10:48AM

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it is broke, hit it with a hammer. That'll fix it!" -Pete, the drunkin' plaster guy
posted by Tim - on Jan 17, 2005 07:05PM

Pol-i-tics. "Poli" means many. "Tics" means blood sucking insects. (Bill Mahar)
posted by sam aritan on Feb 16, 2005 08:18AM

"Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. What gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?" Willie Nelson
posted by sam aritan on Mar 18, 2005 08:41AM

"Finish your beer. There are sober kids in India."
posted by sam aritan on Apr 21, 2005 04:58PM