Though not a big fan of the fantasy genre, the first Narnia earned my eternal goodwill in a single scene. Any film that has Santa Claus handing out weapons to young children is a-okay by me.
– From a review of Prince Caspian at Libertas
Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.
— President Bush during a a speech to the Knesset in honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary.
It’s easy for people to strike if they’re not working on a regular basis. They already have a restaurant job, they already have another life. That’s just the case of our union. Most people in it don’t work regularly.
— The Office‘s Kate Flannery on talk of an actor’s strike.
Warning: If you treat your church like a business, you will treat other churches like your competition.
Employees experience a continuous stream of encounters – one defect is a low failure rate. Customers experience a single defect as a 100% failure rate.
— From Mistake-Proofing: Designing Errors Out by Richard B. Chase and Douglas M. Stewart (Via Kevin Kelly)
I don’t think [the upcoming Sex and the City movie] is just for girls. I am a reasonably well-adjusted bloke and I am looking forward to seeing the film with my girlfriend. I am then looking forward to poking my eyes out with red-hot pokers, burning my skin off, and rolling around in salt for a while.
— British filmgoer Phil Mann expressing a sentiment soon to be shared by thousands of American men.