Axes quotes

  • After Barbarossa and Pearl Harbor, the war tide slowly turned against the Axis.
    -- Alexander Dubcek

    #War #Axes #Pearls

  • All human desire is poised on an axis of paradox, absence and presence its poles, love and hate its motive energies.
    -- Anne Carson

    #Hate #Axes #Desire

  • It could just be a shift on the axis.
    -- Bill Cassidy

    #Axes #Climate Change

  • The world needs people who are more comfortable standing still. We keep the earth on it axis when everybody else is bouncing around.
    -- Bill Konigsberg

    #Life #Axes #People

  • What the result means is that the Franco-German axis is in serious trouble. It's the end of a phase which began in 2002.
    -- Bill Vaughan

    #Mean #Axes #Serious

  • The Hopi Indians of Arizona believe that our daily rituals and prayers literally keep this world spinning on its axis. For me, feeding the seagulls is one of those everyday prayers.
    -- Brenda Peterson

    #Prayer #Believe #Axes

  • Nothing good has ever been written about the full rotation of a racecar about its roll axis.
    -- Carroll Smith

    #Axes #Racing #Rotation

  • This town of Sheffield is very populous and large, the streets narrow, and the houses dark and black, occasioned by the continued smoke of the forges, which are always at work: Here they make all sorts of cutlery-ware, but especially that of edged-tools, knives, razors, axes, &. and nails
    -- Daniel Defoe

    #Dark #Knives #Axes

  • God grinds the axes he intends to use.
    -- Dave Sim

    #Axes #Use #Grind

  • That's because international Islamic religious fanatics have the same goal as the Axis fascists - the destruction of our way of life.
    -- David Hackworth

    #Religious #Islamic #Axes

  • I've been playing the CNN Drinking Game, have you ever played that? Where you do a shot every time George Bush says the word "evil"? Oh, I'm a wreck! You gotta do a double shot every time he says "evildoers". Chug the bottle for "axis of evil". Are you a president or an exorcist?!
    -- Doug Stanhope

    #Drinking #Axes #Games

  • About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.
    -- Edsger Dijkstra

    #Stupid #Axes #Trying

  • I never did learn how to live in the moment, but I did learn that moments could be wasted and the world would continue to spin on its axis.
    -- Eloisa James

    #Axes #Live In The Moment #World

  • I seemed to vow to myself that some day I would go to the region of ice and snow and go on and on till I came to one of the poles of the earth, the end of the axis upon which this great round ball turns.
    -- Ernest Shackleton

    #Ice And Snow #Axes #Earth

  • Count the day won, when the earth, turning on its axis, imposes no additional taxes
    -- Franklin P. Adams

    #Axes #Earth #Taxes

  • I don't lecture and I don't grind any axes. I just want to entertain.
    -- Gregory Peck

    #Axes #Want #Lectures

  • If the intensity of the material world is plotted along the horizontal axis, and the response of the human mind is on the vertical, the relation between the two is represented by the logarithmic curve. Could this rule provide a clue to the relationship between the objective measure of information, and our subjective perception of it?
    -- Hans Christian von Baeyer

    #Curves #Axes #Two

  • The silence grew deeper, so deep that if you listened carefully you might very well catch the sound of the earth revolving on its axis.
    -- Haruki Murakami

    #Axes #Silence #Sound

  • I sit with my toes in a brook, And if any one axes forwhy? I hits them a rap with my crook, For 'tis sentiment does it, says I.
    -- Horace Walpole

    #Rap #Axes #Doe

  • Only the Earth can become the central axis around which world peace can be spun, for no religion is more compelling, no single nation larger, and no peoples older than the Earth itself. For that to happen, the collective human consciousness must expand enough so that our highest identification is as Earth-Humans.
    -- Ilchi Lee

    #Axes #World #Earth

  • The sea erupted. Often the sea and land changed places. The immobility of contours of continents and seas, a dogma in geology, has no basis in fact. And immediately there is the problem of the climate. There were ancient climates that were very different from what they are today. If those corals grew where they were found, certainly the Earth was not travelling with the same elements of rotation and revolution which means not in the same orbit, not with the axis directed in the same position as it is today. If you don't believe it, try to conservate corals on the North Pole.
    -- Immanuel Velikovsky

    #Believe #Mean #Axes

  • Eurasia's main axis is east/west, whereas the main axis of the Americas is north/south. Eurasia's east/west axis meant that species domesticated in one part of Eurasia could easily spread thousands of miles at the same latitude, encountering the same day-length and climate to which they were already adapted.
    -- Jared Diamond

    #Axes #Climate #East

  • Livestock adopted in Africa were Eurasian species that came in from the north. Africa's long axis, like that of the Americas, is north/south rather than east/west. Those Eurasian domestic mammals spread southward very slowly in Africa, because they had to adapt to different climate zones and different animal diseases.
    -- Jared Diamond

    #Animal #Axes #Long

  • Liberation does not concern the person, for liberation is freedom from the person. Basically the disciple and teacher are identical. Both are the timeless axis of all action and preception. The only difference is that one 'knows' himself for what he is while the other does not. The idea of being a person, an ego, is nothing other than an image held together by memory.
    -- Jean Klein

    #Teacher #Memories #Axes

  • We awoke one morning in September, and the world lurched on its axis.
    -- Jeb Bush

    #Morning #Axes #World

  • Narcissism falls along the axis of what psychologists call personality disorders, one of a group that includes antisocial, dependent, histrionic, avoidant and borderline personalities. But by most measures, narcissism is one of the worst, if only because the narcissists themselves are so clueless.
    -- Jeffrey Kluger

    #Fall #Clueless #Axes

  • According to Eliade, the shamanic ladder is the earliest version of the idea of an axis of the world, which connects the different levels of the cosmos, and is found in numerous creation myths in the form of a tree.
    -- Jeremy Narby

    #Ideas #Axes #Tree

  • We can in fact first place the beam of rays of moving positive atomic ions in a plane perpendicular to the axis in which we see the spectral lines emitted by them.
    -- Johannes Stark

    #Moving #Axes #Ions

  • You are axes, in a world of wood. And the wood remembers when it has been cut, even if the axe forgets.
    -- John Amaechi

    #Cutting #Axes #World

  • Really great design is hard. Good is the enemy of great. Competent design is not too much of a stretch. But if you are trying to do something new, you have challenges on so many axes.
    -- Jonathan Ive

    #Axes #Design #Challenges

  • You're different. You're more perfect. Time is three things for most people, but for you, for us, just one. A singularity. One moment. This moment. Like you're the center of the clock, the axis on which the hands turn. Time moves about you but never moves you. It has lost its ability to affect you. What is it they say? That time is theft? But not for you. Close your eyes and you can start all over again. Conjure up that necessary emotion, fresh as roses.
    -- Jonathan Nolan

    #Moving #Eye #Axes

  • A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships
    -- Jorge Luis Borges

    #Book #Axes #Isolated

  • Many axes are being kept under cover, waiting in ambush, ready to pounce, when we resign. Have no worries. We will deliver this homeland to you perfectly clean, as it was in Atatürk's time.
    -- Kenan Evren

    #Axes #Worry #Waiting

  • An amino acid residue (other than glycine) has no symmetry elements. The general operation of conversion of one residue of a single chain into a second residue equivalent to the first is accordingly a rotation about an axis accompanied by translation along the axis. Hence the only configurations for a chain compatible with our postulate of equivalence of the residues are helical configurations.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Axes #Firsts #Acid

  • Dain kept his gaze on his plate and concentrated on swallowing the morsel he'd just very nearly choked on. She was possessive... about him. The beautiful, mad creature - or blind and deaf creature, or whatever she was - coolly announced it as one might say, "Pass the salt cellar," without the smallest awareness that the earth had just tilted on its axis.
    -- Loretta Chase

    #Beautiful #Axes #Mad

  • I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!
    -- Louise Bogan

    #Beauty #Believe #Axes

  • The following passage is one of those cited by Copernicus himself in his preface to De Revolutionibus: "The Syracusan Hicetas, as Theophrastus asserts, holds the view that the heaven, sun, moon, stars, and in short all of the things on high are stationary, and that nothing in the world is in motion except the earth, which by revolving and twisting round its axis with extreme velocity produces all the same results as would be produced if the earth were stationary and the heaven in motion. . . ."
    -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

    #Stars #Moon #Axes

  • The real axis of social change is not horizontal, but vertical. We don't need a whole bunch of people gathering to think shallow thoughts together. What we need is for as many people as are ready to gather and think deep thoughts together.
    -- Marianne Williamson

    #Real #Thinking #Axes

  • Many readers simply can't stomach fantasy. They immediately picture elves with broadswords or mighty-thewed barbarians with battle axes, seeking the bejeweled Coronet of Obeisance ... (But) the best fantasies pull aside the velvet curtain of mere appearance. ... In most instances, fantasy ultimately returns us to our own now re-enchanted world, reminding us that it is neither prosaic nor meaningless, and that how we live and what we do truly matters.
    -- Michael Dirda

    #Axes #Battle #World

  • Interviews are usually a follow-up, like a press junket or a publicity junket, or something like that, and I'm not doing any of that right now. I don't have any axes to grind.
    -- Michael Nesmith

    #Axes #Publicity #Interviews

  • Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
    -- Nhat Hanh

    #Inspirational #Time #Axes

  • We are taught all this [the motion of the earth on its axis and around the sun] by the order of succession, in which those phenomena (various planetary happenings) follow each other, and by the harmony of the world, if we will only, as the saying goes, look at the matter with both eyes.
    -- Nicolaus Copernicus

    #Eye #Axes #Order

  • They lived the slow and invisible interpenetration of their universes, like two stars gravitating around a common axis, in ever tighter orbits, whose clear destiny is to coalesce at some point in space and time.
    -- Paolo Giordano

    #Stars #Destiny #Axes

  • I think there is a mainstream media. CNN is mainstream media, and the main, ABC, CBS, NBC are mainstream media. And I think it's just essentially to make the point that we are largely in the center without particular axes to grind, without ideologies which are represented in our daily coverage, at least certainly not on purpose.
    -- Peter Jennings

    #Thinking #Axes #Media

  • Soon the earth will tilt on its axis and begin to dance to the reggae beat to the accompaniment of earthquake. And who can resist the dance of the earthquake, mon?
    -- Peter Tosh

    #Earthquakes #Axes #Tilt

  • Perfect hexagonal tubes in a packed array. Bees are hard-wired to lay them down, but how does an insect know enough geometry to lay down a precise hexagon? It doesn't. It's programmed to chew up wax and spit it out while turning on its axis, and that generates a circle. Put a bunch of bees on the same surface, chewing side-by-side, and the circles abut against each other - deform each other into hexagons, which just happen to be more efficient for close packing anyway.
    -- Peter Watts

    #Circles #Axes #Perfect

  • However, the small probability of a similar encounter [of the earth with a comet], can become very great in adding up over a huge sequence of centuries. It is easy to picture to oneself the effects of this impact upon the Earth. The axis and the motion of rotation changed; the seas abandoning their old position to throw themselves toward the new equator; a large part of men and animals drowned in this universal deluge, or destroyed by the violent tremor imparted to the terrestrial globe.
    -- Pierre-Simon Laplace

    #Animal #Men #Axes

  • The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time. The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis and time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!
    -- Ray Bradbury

    #Axes #Years #Circles

  • No hammers fell, no ponderous axes rung,Like some tall palm the mystic fabric sprung.Majestic silence.
    -- Reginald Heber

    #Axes #Silence #Hammers

  • Promenade was totally driven by the context. The internal relationships of measurement and placement related to the central axis of the site. The placement of the rectangular plates followed a strict logic in that the plates tilted away and towards the center line in an asymmetrical counterpoint. However, the perception of the sculpture contradicts the logic of its relation to the site. As you walk inbetween the plates you see fragments, you see the work in part, you cannot grasp the whole.
    -- Richard Serra

    #Axes #Perception #Sculpture

  • The centre of the universe and only rotates on its axis without going from east to west, is a very dangerous attitude and one calculated not only to arouse all Scholastic philosophers and theologians but also to injure our holy faith by contradicting the Scriptures.
    -- Robert Bellarmine

    #Attitude #Axes #Scary

  • There is no tomorrow. There is only a planet turning on its axis, and a creature given to optimistic fancies.
    -- Robert Breault

    #Philosophical #Optimistic #Axes

  • Love is a condition where the world seems to be standing still, and it's you who are spinning on your axis.
    -- Robert Breault

    #Love #Axes #Spinning

  • You live long enough in a world spinning on its axis, you learn to spin in the same direction.
    -- Robert Breault

    #Life #Axes #Long

  • Back when George W. Bush was identifying his Axis of Evil, it struck me that a longer and more instructive list could be compiled of the Axis of the Humiliated (or Insulted and Injured, to borrow from Dostoevsky).
    -- Serge Schmemann

    #Axes #Evil #Lists

  • Endless moons, an opaque universe, thunder, tornadoes, the quaking earth. Rare moments of peace; forehead up against my knees, arms around my head, I though, I listened, I longed not to exist. but life was there, a transparent pearl, a star revolving slowly on its own axis.
    -- Shan Sa

    #Stars #Moon #Axes

  • We usually speak of the Jewish-Christian civilization perhaps, the time has come, especially with regard to the Middle East conflict, to talk about the Jewish-Muslim civilization as an axis opposed to Christianity.
    -- Slavoj Žižek

    #Christian #Axes #Civilization

  • Apart altogether from our own vital interests, we cannot and must not desert those other nations who have already gone through so much tragedy and suffering to defeat the evil designs of the Axis powers.
    -- Stafford Cripps

    #Axes #Evil #Design

  • The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive.
    -- Steve Jobs

    #Axes #Today #Conservative

  • We must wake up to the insane reality of our time. We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned.
    -- Thor Heyerdahl

    #Reality #Axes #People

  • We do not want to be in the middle of an axis that starts in the Mediterranean and ends in Tehran. We do not want to be a barricade for [Iran's] nuclear facilities.
    -- Walid Jumblatt

    #Axes #Iran #Want

  • Found a dead body when I was 12, saved the Enterprise a few times, Ran the Axis of Anarchy, broke up Penny and Leonard. Currently running the non-lethal weapons lab at Global Dynamics.
    -- Wil Wheaton

    #Running #Axes #Google

  • Margaret Fuller was already a celebrity, travelling around the world. Emerson, who was the axis around which that whole community turned, just didn't like Fourier's ideas very much. He thought it was all too rigid and programmatic. He said, "Fourier had skipped no fact but one, namely life." He thought it was an inhumane system - the day is scheduled too precisely. He didn't think it would work, and he was right.
    -- Christine Jennings

    #Thinking #Axes #Ideas

  • There is no proof that carbon dioxide is causing or precedes global warming....All indications are that the minor warming cycle finished in 2001 and that Arctic ice melting is related to cyclical orbit-tilt-axis changes in earth's angle to the sun.
    -- John Williams

    #Axes #Ice #Tilt

  • People are now looking at the world in terms of axis of evil and evil-doers and by logical extension good-doers, and that's a very polarised look at good and bad people. Reality is much more complex than that and people can be good and evil on the very same day.
    -- Mario Van Peebles

    #Reality #Axes #People

  • The doctrine of the double motion of the earth about its axis and about the sun is false, and entirely contrary to Holy Scripture.
    -- Pope Paul V

    #Axes #Religion #Atheism

  • Egotism erects its center in itself; love places it out of itself in the axis of the universal whole. Love aims at unity, egotismat solitude. Love is the citizen ruler of a flourishing republic, egotism is a despot in a devastated creation.
    -- August Wilhelm von Schlegel

    #Love #Axes #Solitude

  • Every linguistic sign is located on two axes: the axis of simultaneity and that of succession.
    -- Roman Jakobson

    #Axes #Two #Succession

  • The funny thing is, this is what everyone assumes, that anybody who talks has an axe to grind. I've been around a long time, and yes, there obviously are people who disagree with policy who talk to me, but it's less axes to grind than people who are really motivated. One of the terrible things about this Administration is that nobody wants to hear bad news.
    -- Seymour Hersh

    #Axes #Funny Things #Long

  • [My] pictures are about memory and forgetfulness. The evidence is dissolving. Bones crumble; human ash returns to soil; teeth, sandals, hair, bullets, axes disperse into atoms and molecules. Footprints in the snow will be erased by the next storm. The evidence of evil, like the evidence of good, obeys the universal laws of entropy. Heat cools, matter disintegrates, memories fade. If we let them.
    -- Simon Norfolk

    #Memories #Axes #Law

  • You think you're prepared. You think you've done everything you're supposed to, study hard, work hard, keep yourself out of trouble, and then-whoosh! Something arrives out of the blue that you never saw coming. Something you never even imagined. Something that'll knock your little world off its axis. Something that'll either change your life for the better, or end it forever. Chaos.
    -- James Michael

    #Hard Work #Thinking #Axes

  • In the West we cling to the past like limpets. In Haiti the present is the axis of all life. As in Africa, past and future are but distant measures of the present, and memories are as meaningless as promises.
    -- Wade Davis

    #Memories #Past #Axes

  • The development of the Vertebrate proceeds from an axis upward, in two layers, which coalesce at the edges, and also downward, in two layers, which likewise coalesce at the edges. Thus two main tubes are formed, one above the other. During the formation of these, the embryo separates into strata, so that the two main tubes are composed of subordinate tubes which enclose each other as fundamental organs, and are capable of developing into all the organs.
    -- Karl Ernst von Baer

    #Two #Axes #Layers