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Alexander Cockburn Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alexander Cockburn.

A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer
is a soul open to any religious infection.
- Alexander Cockburn

Be careful about Burma.
Most people cannot remember whether it was Siam and has become Thailand,
or whether it is now part of Malaysia and should be called Sri Lanka.
- Alexander Cockburn

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost -
the lost valleys of the imagination.
- Alexander Cockburn

They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty,
which is nonsense since it implies that in times of
peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.
- Alexander Cockburn

 

The weapon of the advocate is the sword of the soldier,
not the dagger of the assassin.
- Alexander Cockburn

The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice,
rather than contradict it.
- Alexander Cockburn

A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior.
Most great comics are doing such silly things;
you'd say,
'That's what a child would do.'
- Gene Wilder

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Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational -
but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
- Judith Viorst

When I was five years old, my parents gave me a magic chest.
I learned to cast spells, although of a childish kind,
before I had learned to read and write.
- Wolfgang Hildesheimer

Her face betokened all things dear and good,
The light of somewhat yet to come was there Asleep,
and waiting for the opening day, When childish thoughts,
like flowers would drift away.
- Jean Ingelow

Send forth the child and childish man together,
and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state,
and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image.
- Charles Dickens

The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashion,
and placing value on ourselves by them is one of the
most childish pieces of folly.
- Matthew Hale

"Yes we can" always struck many as a naive and childish chant,
like something ripped off from the Camp Fire Girls.
- Craig Shirley

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover;
it is kept alive by hope and fear,
by childish faith, and by cowardice.
- Clarence Darrow

You say he's childish, but he's very professional about business transactions.
- Martin Bashir

To paint comic books as childish and illiterate is lazy.
A lot of comic books are very literate -
unlike most films.
- Alan Moore

For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is:
childish dependency.
- Albert Ellis

I count religion but a childish toy,
and hold there is no sin but ignorance.
- Christopher Marlowe

To know God better is only to realize how impossible
it is that we should ever know him at all.
I know not which is more childish to deny him,
or define him.
- Samuel Butler

You can be childlike without being childish.
- Christopher Meloni

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish
illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
- Mikhail Bakunin

If it seems a childish thing to do, do it in remembrance that you are a child.
- Frederick Buechner

Philosophers are adults who persist in asking childish questions.
- Isaiah Berlin

I loved to write when I was a child.
I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child,
then you put away childish things.
- Rita Dove

Acting is a nice childish profession -
pretending you're someone else and,
at the same time, selling yourself.
- Katharine Hepburn

Every second is mapped out and he has this total childish
fascination with color and shapes and sequences.
- Meg White

Age does not make us childish, as some say;
it finds us true children.
- James Anthony Froude

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically.
We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another, unevenly.
We grow partially. We are relative.
We are mature in one realm, childish in another.
- Anais Nin

Dying people often become childish.
- Georg Buchner

You can be childlike without being childish.
A child always wants to have fun.
Ask yourself, "Am I having fun?"
- Christopher Meloni

Dare to err and to dream.
Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.
- Friedrich Schiller

There is no explanation for evil.
It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe.
To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Living in that childish wonder is a most beautiful feeling -
I can so well remember it.
There was always something more - behind and beyond everything -
to me,
the golden spectacles were very, very big.
- Kate Greenaway

These words dropped into my childish mind as if you
should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well.
I did not think of them much at the time,
but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well,
good as new.
- John Steinbeck

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.
To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest;
we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music.
Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

There is a lot of rubbish written about toilet humour -
people saying it is childish and pretending it is beneath them -
but there is no doubting the effectiveness of a really good willy gag.
- Adrian Edmondson

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Choose! If it's worth doing, do it today.
If it's not worth doing today, save yourself a lot
of worry and regret by choosing to permanently
erase it from your to-do list.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Just remember, after they foreclose on your mortgage,
you get a lot more sunshine in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can observe a lot by just watching.
- Yogi Berra

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
- John Lennon

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

Still, things could be a lot worse.
Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't.
- the movie Megamind (2010)

My definition of success is to live your life in a way
that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain -
and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel
a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
- Tony Robbins

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

In order to be happy with a man,
you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot
and not try to understand her at all.
- Helen Rowland

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A lot of baby boomers are baby bongers.
- Kevin Nealon

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
- Groucho Marx

Time goes by a lot slower when you miss the one you love.
- Anonymous

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly.
Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime.
That's the toughest part of the day.
- Michael Jordan

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club,
they'd starve to death.
- Sam Snead

For a lot of people, the weekly paycheck is 'take-home
pay' because home is the only place they can afford to go with it.
- Charles A. Jaffe

If people are good only because they
fear punishment, and hope for reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed.
- Albert Einstein

I know a lot of people think I'm dumb.
Well, at least I ain't no educated fool.
- Leon Spinks

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so
much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things,
but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
- Andy Rooney

A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change.
- James Levine

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
- Janis Joplin

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married,
and another list of the reasons for their divorce,
you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
- Mignon McLaughlin

If you just watch a teenager, you see a lot of uncertainty.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy,
we go out and wreck something with it.
- David R. Brower

There's a lot of music that sounds like it's literally computer-generated,
totally divorced from a guy sitting down at an instrument.
- Aimee Mann

I have a lot of very close girlfriends and sisters -
I'm from an all female family.
My father often quips that even the cat was neutered!
- Shirley Manson

It's easy to make a buck.
It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
- Tom Brokaw


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