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Old 01-13-2012, 11:42 PM   #151
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FYP.

The original quote is better . He knew what he wanted, and used the language suited for the time.
Typical American hubris. Churchill knew EXACTLY the words he wanted. The reference is not only to the USA, but Canada and the rest of the (then) Empire.
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:57 PM   #152
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"Ich bin ein Berliner." JFK, contrasting the freedom of ther West, with the enslavement of the Warsaw Pact, as represented by the Berlin Wall.

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Reagan, just a couple decades later.

"The Lady, she is not for turning." Lady Margaret Thatcher.


"The Pope? How many divisions does he have?" Uncle Joe . . . but it could have been used to underestimate Pope John Paul, too.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:05 PM   #153
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I thought I read somewhere that JFK misspoke and actually said "I am a jelly donut".
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #154
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I thought I read somewhere that JFK misspoke and actually said "I am a jelly donut".
Yes & No

Berliner is a nickname for a Berliner Pfannkuchen( a type of jelly doughnut/pancake) It is named kind of like the Frankfurter Sausage from Frankfurt or a Hamburger is from Hamburg.

"Ich bin Berliner" is what he was suppose to say which means " I am a Berlin Citizen"

He said " Ich bin ein Berliner " I am the Berliner or I am a Berliner

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As German professor Reinhold Aman writes, "Ich bin (ein) Berliner means 'I am a Berliner' or '...a male person/native of Berlin' and absolutely nothing else!...No intelligent native speaker of German tittered in Berlin when J.F.K. spoke, just as no native speaker of German, or one who does know this language would titter if someone said, Ich bin ein Wiener or Hamburger or Frankfurter."
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:06 PM   #155
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I think this explanation is more precise and easier to understand, but basically you are right:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_bin..._misconception
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:27 PM   #156
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Frederick the Great

People say that we kings were made in the image of God. When I heard that I had a look into the mirror - it is not very flattering for God.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:49 PM   #157
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"Inside every cynic is a disappointed idealist."

-George Carlin
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #158
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Two of my new favorites are from a speech by Jefferson Davis that he gave during the war in Jackson, Mississippi, that I just also posted in the Civil War thread. I like them for two reasons:

First, I think they are both beautifully written, even if they are extremely hateful in content.

Second, I like them because you can feel the raw emotion and ancient history of the animosity between the Yankee and Cavalier ways of life. If you ever had a question about why the southerners felt as strongly as they did, Davis captures all of that emotion perfectly.

Will be offensive to patriots: Davis Railing Against Yankees
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:52 AM   #159
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From the August 2002 Smithsonian, page 103, "Iron Will" (article about Lewis & Clark-early 1800's): Visitors from Europe were often appalled by American hypocrisy. "You will see them with one hand hoisting the cap of liberty, and with the other flogging their slaves," wrote English traveler Frances Trollope. "You will see them one hour lecturing the mob on the indefeasible rights of man, and the next driving the children of the soil, whom they have bound themselves to protect by the most solemn treaties."
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:29 AM   #160
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we can"t make a history but it makes us
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Old 12-19-2019, 01:47 AM   #161
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“If you're afraid - don't do it, - if you're doing it - don't be afraid!”
- Genghis Khan
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Old 02-01-2021, 09:49 PM   #162
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"Strong minds discuss ideas, Average minds discuss events, Weak minds discuss people" I thought it was Socrates forever, but it looks like it may have been falsely attributed to him. Either way, very relevant in todays world, IMO.
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:23 PM   #163
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"History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up."

- Voltaire
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Old 02-26-2021, 12:44 AM   #164
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Old 03-28-2021, 04:32 PM   #165
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Don't have an actual favourite and it's not from a historical world leader but I always kinda liked this one
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I'm for the poor man — all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. 'Every man a king' — that's my slogan."

— Huey Long
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:32 AM   #166
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Don't have an actual favourite and it's not from a historical world leader but I always kinda liked this one
I agree. One cannot but agree with such a statement.
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:48 PM   #167
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Re: Favorite historical quotes

Hi Everyone:

This is from Robert E. Lee at The Battle of Fredericksburg:

"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it"

And after The Battle of Chickamauga, which was a Confederate victory, Lincoln said about his commanding General William S. Rosecrans that he was:

"confused and stunned like a duck hit on the head."

From Milton Friedman:

"A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both."

and from Graucho Marx:

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."

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Old 04-18-2021, 01:51 AM   #168
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"If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer"

- Confucius

#1 song on The Billboard Hot 100
Leave the door open - Silk Sonic

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Ooh, you're so sweet (So sweet)
So tight (So tight)
I won't bite (Uh-huh)
Unless you like (Unless you like)

If you smoke (What you smoke?)
I got the haze (Purple haze)
And if you're hungry, girl I got filets (Wohoo)
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I wanna sell what you're buyin'
I wanna feel on your ass in Hawaii
I want that jet lag from ****in' and flyin'
Shoot a child in your mouth while I'm ridin'
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I got my peaches out in Georgia (Oh, yeah, ****)
I get my weed from California (That's that ****)
I took my chick up to the North, yeah (Badass *****)
I get my light right from the source, yeah (Yeah, that’s it)
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Big bag bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bitches ****ed (Woo)
It's big bags bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga, man
Birkin bag, Bardi back and all you bitches ****ed (Ooh)
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Old 04-27-2021, 07:49 AM   #169
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"If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer"

- Confucius

#1 song on The Billboard Hot 100
Leave the door open - Silk Sonic



#2 - Montero
Lil Nas X


#3 - Peaches
Justin Bieber


#4 - Up
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Well said
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Old 05-10-2021, 02:05 AM   #170
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From Milton Friedman:

A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.

Which societies are we talking about here?
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