Quote of the Day: And If the Twain Should Meet?

 

‘All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.’ – Mark Twain.

‘Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.’ – William Shakespeare.

‘Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ – Andre Gide.

‘It’s useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one.’ – Terry Pratchett.

‘Be content to seem what you really are.’ – Marcus Aurelius.

You could take the opening quotation of this quintet as being at least ironical, but you could also take it another way: that lying in plain sight is, to borrow another line from Terry Pratchett, the key, that ‘no one ever told me it was hard’ and also to have a little trust and faith in yourself. To have the courage, so to speak, ‘to lose sight of the shore’.

We could do worse than that, sometimes. And, what if – what if the twain should meet? What might happen then?

I’m not really sure, but I get the feeling it might be interesting.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Andrew Miller: And, what if – what if the twain should meet?

    0h, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

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  2. Andrew Miller Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller: And, what if – what if the twain should meet?

    0h, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

    Though we riders may be Haggard,
    Let us never cease from Kipling! 

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  3. Arahant Member
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller: And, what if – what if the twain should meet?

    0h, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

    Though we riders may be Haggard,
    Let us never cease from Kipling!

    We shall tolerate neither the hawing nor the hemming way.

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  4. Andrew Miller Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller: And, what if – what if the twain should meet?

    0h, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

    Though we riders may be Haggard,
    Let us never cease from Kipling!

    We shall tolerate neither the hawing nor the hemming way.

    Aargh! That took me a moment. 

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  5. Andrew Miller Member
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller: And, what if – what if the twain should meet?

    0h, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

    Though we riders may be Haggard,
    Let us never cease from Kipling!

    We shall tolerate neither the hawing nor the hemming way.

    Aargh! That took me a moment. 

    I shake my speare at you! 

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  6. Arahant Member
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    I shake my speare at you!

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  7. Andrew Miller Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    I shake my speare at you!

    I wondered when we’d crest that wave.*

    *: Edit: Well, not quite, but it’s all in good pun.

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  8. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    I shake my speare at you!

    I like the Latin: “Not the droids you’re looking for”.

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  9. Andrew Miller Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    I shake my speare at you!

    I like he Latin: “Not the droids you’re looking for”.

    Well saved, Master Mental — some people might ha’ been after my bacon if they’d realised what that thing apparently says. Ah, those heralds — as Master Pratchett pointed out — always a thrust to the punny bone.*

    *: Edit: Scratch that, he probably thought of it himself.**

    **: Now I’ve gone and done it.

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  10. Judge Mental Member
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    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

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  11. Andrew Miller Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Ah, well, birds of a feather, you know . . .

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  12. Arahant Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

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  13. Judge Mental Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens.  I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

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  14. Andrew Miller Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens. I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

    Nothing to get eggs cited about, I hope?

    Edit: And not just because that has obviously never happened when I’m drawing birds, no-sirree . . .

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  15. Andrew Miller Member
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    I mean, if all’s fair, no harm no fowl, right? 

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  16. Mark Alexander Coolidge
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    “If at first you don’t succeed, quit.” – Kenny McCormick

    ”When in doubt, vacillate.” Lou Costello

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  17. She Reagan
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens. I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

    You rang?

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  18. She Reagan
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    I mean, if all’s fair, no harm no fowl, right?

    If you overlook the fact that fair is fowl and fowl is fair, I suppose you could work your way to that conclewsion.

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  19. Percival Thatcher
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    If you illegally entered a chicken into competition that had received proscribed hormones, that would be a Fowl Fair foul.

    If all the other entrants had done the same, that would be a fair Fowl Fair foul.

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  20. Judge Mental Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    If you illegally entered a chicken into competition that had received proscribed hormones, that would be a Fowl Fair foul.

    If all the other entrants had done the same, that would be a fair Fowl Fair foul.

    And the rotting food fed to the chickens would be fair Fowl Fair foul fare.

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  21. Andrew Miller Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    If you illegally entered a chicken into competition that had received proscribed hormones, that would be a Fowl Fair foul.

    If all the other entrants had done the same, that would be a fair Fowl Fair foul.

    And the rotting food fed to the chickens would be fair Fowl Fair foul fare.

    Daaargh!

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  22. Arahant Member
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    Daaargh!

    You started it.

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  23. Andrew Miller Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    Daaargh!

    You started it.

    Ah the most unkindest cut of all. 

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  24. Arahant Member
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    Daaargh!

    You started it.

    Ah the most unkindest cut of all.

    Only because it’s true.

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  25. Andrew Miller Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):
    Daaargh!

    You started it.

    Ah the most unkindest cut of all.

    Only because it’s true.

    It’s a fair cop.

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  26. Andrew Miller Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens. I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

    The question is, why did he cross the road? 

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  27. Judge Mental Member
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens. I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

    The question is, why did he cross the road?

    It’s where his spear landed.

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  28. Percival Thatcher
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    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens. I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

    The question is, why did he cross the road?

    The existential dread that is the lot of gallus gallus domesticus.

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  29. Andrew Miller Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens. I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

    The question is, why did he cross the road?

    The existential dread that is the lot of gallus gallus domesticus.

    Monkey Island Chicken GIF - MonkeyIsland Chicken GuybrushThreepwood GIFs

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  30. Andrew Miller Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Andrew Miller (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Is it supposed to be a chicken, because it looks like a chicken?

    Falcon.

    Had the guy who drew it ever seen a falcon?

    “They probably look like chickens. I mean, they’re both birds, right?”

    The question is, why did he cross the road?

    It’s where his spear landed.

    Can’t argue with logic.

    perform bugs bunny GIF by Looney Tunes

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