Monday, September 30, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "Points of Departure" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "I can only conclude that I am paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate."
  • "The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace. A self-contained world five miles long, located in neutral territory. A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in space, all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, the year the great war came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259. The name of the place is Babylon 5."
  • "Well then I'll say a prayer for him tonight." "He's agnostic." "Then I'll say half a prayer."
  • "... he looked at me and said, 'Do you understand?' I said no, I didn't. 'Good beginning,' he said. 'You'll be even better when you begin to understand what you do not understand.'"
  • "If you are going to kill me, then do so. Otherwise, I have considerable work to do."

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "A Voice in the Wilderness, Part I" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "What better way to go out than in the cause of advancing scientific knowledge?" [Aside]"Is this a multiple choice question, because I have some ideas."
  • "If the Narns all stood together in one place and hated, all at the same time, that hatred could fly across dozens of light years and reduce Centauri Prime to a ball of ash. That's how much they hate us." "You don't have to respond in kind." "Of course we do. It is a natural law. Physics tells us that for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction. They hate us; we hate them; they hate us back. And so, here we are, victims of mathematics."
  • "Without the hope that things will get better, that our inheritors will know a world that is fuller and richer than our own, life is pointless, and evolution is vastly overrated."
  • "...the Bablyon 5 mantra: Ivonava is always right. I will listen to Ivonava. I will not ignore Ivonava's recommendations. Ivonava is God. And if this ever happens again Ivonava will personally rip your lungs out. ... Civilians. Just kidding about that God part. No offence."
  • "Water. Fascinating. I never touch the stuff myself."
  • "Now, I go to spread happiness to the rest of the station. It's a terrible responsibility, but I have learned to live with it."

From Bablyon 5 "A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "Worst case of testosterone poisoning I've ever seen."
  • "Landing thrusters... landing thrusters... hmm... ah... if I were a landing thruster, which one of these would I be?"
  • "The third principle of sentient life is its capacity for self-sacrifice, for a cause, a loved one, for a friend."
  • "He's looking for a purpose, but his destiny lies elsewhere."

From Babylon 5 "Babylon Squared" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "Some things one must do alone."
  • "Fasten, then zip."
  • "I am Grey, I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey, we stand between the darkness and the light."
  • "We live for the one; we would die for the one."
  • "They fight, they argue, they are ruled by passions and fears." "Yes. And that is their strength. They do not seek conformity. They do not surrender. Out of their differences comes symmetry, their unique capacity to fight against impossible odds. Hurt them and they only come back stronger. The passions we deplore have taken them to their place in the stars and will propel them to a great destiny. Their only weakness is that they do not recognize their own greatness. They forget that they have come to this place through two million years of struggle, evolution, and blood, that they are better than they think and that they are nobler than they know. They carry within them the capacity to walk among the stars like giants. They are the future, and we have much to learn from them."
  • You take, Zathras die. You leave, Zathras die. Either way, is bad for Zathras."
  • "You have a destiny."
  • "We are surrounded by signs and portents, and I feel a darkness pressing at our backs."

From Babylon 5 "The Quality of Mercy" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "Here my friend, here you will see the heart and soul of Babylon 5. Also its spleen, its kidneys, a veritable parade of internal organs."
  • "I did the necessary thing. That is not always the same as the right thing."

From Babylon 5 "Chrysalis" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "I think I will stick my head in the station's fusion reactor. It will be quicker, and I suspect after a while I might even come to enjoy it."
  • "There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be, and you accept it, or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking into mirrors."
  • "Goodbye, you will not see me again as I am now."
  • "It's as if some great hand reached out of space and erased them."
  • "There's someone else out there, Na'toth."
  • "Who are we to stand in the way of prophecy?"
  • "And so it begins. You have forgotten something."

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "Eyes" written by Lawrence G. Ditillio
  • "Part of a dream is better than none."
  • "Protests are as much use with the Vorlons as fairy wings on a cement truck."
  • "If I knew who God was, I'd thank her."

From Babylon 5 "Legacies" written by D. C. Fontana
  • "There is no higher testimony to a warrior's courage and skill than praise from his enemy."
  • "You talk like a Minbari commander."
  • "Perhaps there was some small wisdom in letting your species survive."

Friday, September 27, 2013

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From Babylon 5 "Grail" written by Christy Marx
  • "Perhaps each time you were exactly where you were meant to be." "I never thought of it like that." "We never do."
  • "These two sides of your culture, do they ever agree on anything?" "Yes, and when they do it is a terrible thing, a terrible power."
  • "You can learn whatever you want to learn, because you are a man of infinite promise and goodness."
  • "See yourself for what you are, not what others try to make you."
  • "No one knows exactly what you look like. That makes some people a little nervous." "Good."
  • "It's a hard thing to live your life searching for something and never find it."
  • "No boom?" "No boom." "No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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From Babylon 5, "TKO" written by Lawrence G. Ditillio
  • "One of these days Garibaldi, you'll learn to watch your back."

Sunday, September 22, 2013

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From Babylon 5 "By Any Means Necessary" written by Kathryn M. Drennan
  • "You should never hand someone a gun unless you are sure where they will point it."
  • "My dad used to say: there are no happily ever afters, just new battles."

From Babylon 5 "Signs and Portents" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "Sleeping is not the problem. Waking up, that is a problem."
  • "What do you want?"
  • "There're here."
  • "Leave this place, they are not for you."
  • "Let me buy you a drink! Let me buy you an entire fleet of drinks!"
  • "We create the future with our words, our deeds, and with our beliefs."

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "Believers" written by David Gerrold
  • "The avalanche has already started, it is too late for the pebbles to vote."
  • "Sure is for people with nothing on the line."
  • "Maybe God doesn't care how you say your prayers just long as you say them."

From Babylon 5 "Survivors" written by Marc Scott Zicree
  • "The universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest."

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "And the Sky Full of Stars" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "Everyone lies, Michael. The innocent lie because they don't want to be blamed for something they didn't do. And the guilty lie because they don't have any other choice."


From Babylon 5 "Deathwalker" written by Lawrence G. Ditillio
  • "Understanding is a three edged sword."
  • "Ah, you seek meaning." "Yes." "Then listen to the music, not the song."
  • "What is need compared to the path."
  • "Of course we could not reveal it then. And like all secrets long kept, we can not bear the shame of admitting it now."
  • "A stroke from the brush does not guarantee art from the bristles."
  • "You are not ready for immortality."

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "Mind War" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "No one here is exactly what he appears."
  • "Why?" "Why not?" "That's not an answer." "Oh yes it is. It's simply not an answer you like or the answer you expected."
  • "... I am both terrified and reassured to know that there are still wonders in the universe, that we have not yet explained everything."


From Babylon 5 "The War Prayer" written by D. C. Fontana
  • "Do you regret the choices you have made, to be here?" "Sometimes. Only sometimes."
  • "Love! What does love have to do with marriage!"
  • "These are my three wives: pestilence, famine, and death. Do you think I married them for their personalities? Their personalities could shatter entire planets."
  • "...all sentient beings are best defined by their capacity and their need for love."
  • "My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter because I have forgotten how to dance."
  • "Human ways are often unfathomable, but in time one learns to live with them." "If one has an exceedingly strong constitution."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "The Parliament of Dreams" written by J. Michael Straczynski:
  • "In a world where every day is a struggle, you need all the gods you can get."
  • "Everybody's cute, even me. But in purple, I'm stunning."
  • "He has become one with his inner self!" "He's passed out." "That too."
  • "I can not have an aid who will not look up, you will be forever walking into things."
  • "Will you follow me into fire, into storm, into darkness, into death?"
  • "And so it begins."
  • "You will know pain." "And you will know fear." "And then you will die. Have a pleasant flight."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "Infection" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "...there's a Martian war machine parked outside, they'd like a word with you about the common cold."
  • "We're all aliens to one another."
  • "When you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy."
  • "I think they are looking for something worth dying for because it's easier than finding something worth living for."
  • "Eventually our sun will grow cold and go out.  When that happens, it won't just take us, it will take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes.  All of this, all of this, was for nothing, unless we go to the stars."

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "Born to the Purple" written by Lawrence G. Ditillio
  • "Gentlemen, of all things in life, are females not the finest?"
  • "What do you want, you moon-faced assassin of joy?"
  • "Don't give away the homeworld."

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Babylon Quotes Project

From Babylon 5 "The Gathering" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "Why should I trust you?" "Because I gave you my word. And because right now five marksmen are taking up position outside."
  • "Notice the waves, each moving in its own order, predictable, unchanging. But drop in a single stone, and see how the pattern changes. Everything around it is altered. ...there are books, thousands of pages about the power of one mind to change the universe, but none say it as clearly as this."
  • "Do you not have files on the Vorlons? Of course, very large files. There's nothing in them of course."
  • "Would you prefer to be conscious or unconscious during the mating? I would prefer conscious, but I don't know what your pleasure threshold is."
  • "Can you imagine what we could achieve together!?" "I can. Which is why it must never be allowed to happen."
  • "I suppose there will be a war now, hmm? All that running around and shooting at one another, you would have thought sooner or later it would go out of fashion."
  • "We were pretty good sharks ourselves once. Somehow along the way, we forgot how to bite."
  • ""Entil'zah Valen."
  • "The sky was full of stars, and every star an exploding ship, one of ours."
  • "There is a hole in your mind."
  • "Beep beep"
  • "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." quoting Tennyson

From Babylon 5 "Midnight on the Firing Line" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, ten years after the Earth-Minbari war. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last, best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5."
  • "I'm in the middle of fifteen things, all of them annoying."
  • "My father always told me: the best way to understand someone is to fight him, make him angry. That's when you see the real person."
  • "Ignore the propaganda, focus on what you see."
  • "I've always thought that a leader should have a strong chin. He has no chin, and his Vice President has several. This to me is not a good combination."
  • "The wheel turns, does it not, ambassador?"
  • "Your time has come and gone! It's our turn now!"
  • "Twenty years from now, one of us will be wiser and older, or one of us will be dead, who's to say. Me, I need another drink."
  • "Commander, on the subject of galactic peace I am long past innocence and fast approaching apathy. It's all a game, a paper fantasy of names and borders. Only one thing matters, Commander: blood calls out for blood."
  • "They are alone. They are a dying people. We should let them pass."
  • "To start a war over blood spilled so long ago... Where does it end? You kill them and take their land. They kill you and take the land back. On and on and on, the cycle of hatred."
  • "Would you have really killed me?" "Yes. Yes I would have. But I'm just as glad I didn't have to. The paperwork's a pain in the butt."
  • "Perhaps tomorrow we can start out on better terms." "I very much doubt it."

From Babylon 5 "Soul Hunter" written by J. Michael Straczynski
  • "This is not a clear and present danger? I must read the rule book again. Open defense grid!"
  • "It wouldn't be so bad if life didn't take so long to figure out. It seems you just start to get it right and then... it's over." "It doesn't matter. If we lived two hundred years we'd still be human, we'd still make the same mistakes." "You're a pessimist." "I'm Russian, Doctor. We understand these things."

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dueling Statistics

From the right: over 40% of Americans pay no income tax.
From the left: the bottom 40% of Americans earn less than 15% of the total income in the US.
From the maths: comparing % earned to % tax paid is actually hard to do because of a dearth of data, but estimates based on government reports show that the tax rate is slightly progressive, with <10% differences in % income earned vs. % income tax paid for each 20 percentile bracket.

One of these is not a good talking point.