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Conflucians Say: SOS edition

It’s Shakespeare’s B-day:

Include your favorite quote in the comments.

PUR is still working for us but who knows when Conflucians Say will be shut down and we’ll be forced to move to a new venue?  Hey, it could happen during tonight’s show!  That’s how far out on a limb we’re going.  We’ll be catching up on all things Secretary of State related and maybe Dakinikat will tell us what’s up with the banks and why are they forcing GM into bankruptcy.

Join us for Conflucians Say at 10PM EST on PUMA United Radio (PURrrr)

141 Responses

  1. Conflucians say what?

  2. Much Ado About Nothing

  3. She should have died hereafter;
    There would have been a time for such a word.
    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

  4. “There ‘s daggers in men’s smiles”

  5. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”

  6. “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly ‘s done,
    When the battle ‘s lost and won”

  7. Come, you spirits
    That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
    And fill me from the crown to the toe topful
    Of direst cruelty!

  8. Yond’ Cassius has a lean and hungry look

  9. hey who is gona try & force a shut down of Conflucians Say

  10. The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
    ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
    The throned monarch better than his crown;
    His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
    The attribute to awe and majesty,
    Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
    But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
    It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
    It is an attribute to God himself;
    And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
    When mercy seasons justice.

  11. “… ’tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door but, ’tis enough. ‘Twill serve.”

  12. Get thee to a nunnery!

  13. Over hill, over dale,
    Thorough bush, thorough brier,
    Over park, over pale,
    Thorough flood, thorough fire,
    I do wander everywhere,
    Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
    And I serve the fairy queen,
    To dew her orbs upon the green.
    The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
    In their gold coats spots you see;
    Those be rubies, fairy favours,
    In those freckles live their savours:
    I must go seek some dewdrops here
    And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
    Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I’ll be gone:
    Our queen and all our elves come here anon.

  14. Sadly we don’t know the date he was born. But this is as good a day as any. Here’s a nice digital library of his works:
    What a guy.

  15. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite
    jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath bore me on his back a
    thousand times, and now how abhorr’d in my imagination it is!
    My gorge rises at it.

    (Yorick was a clown/jester)

  16. There is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in our philosophy, Horatio.

  17. O spite! O hell! I see you all are bent
    To set against me for your merriment:
    If you were civil and knew courtesy,
    You would not do me thus much injury.
    Can you not hate me, as I know you do,
    But you must join in souls to mock me too?

    -HELENA (Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  18. That fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves.

  19. I’d quote from the Merchant of Venice but someone might take it the wrong way.

    • Bassanto:

      This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,
      To excuse the the current of thy cruelty.”

      • Worst typo ever, I meant…

        “To excuse the current of of thy cruelty,” could Shakespeare possibly smite me?

  20. (madly flipping through pages….)

  21. quotes classics lets see hmm lets see

    • know what you’re thinking punk. You’re thinking “did he fire six shots or only five?” Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk? –Harry Callahan

  22. What evils are not wrought by Anarchy!
    She ruins … States, and overthrows the home,
    She dissipates and routs the embattled host;
    While discipline preserves the ordered ranks.
    Therefore we must maintain authority
    And yield to title to a woman’s will.
    Better, if needs be, men should cast us out
    Than hear it said, a woman proved his match.


  23. I exist in the depths of solitude
    pondering my true goal
    Trying 2 find peace of mind
    and still preseerve my soul

  24. “The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch”.

  25. “But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
    And we’ll not fail.”

  26. “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall”.

  27. “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer”.

  28. Life through my bloodshot eyes
    would scare a square 2 death
    poverty, murder, violence
    and never a moment 2 rest

  29. “These words are razors to my wounded heart”.

  30. “The common curse of mankind, – folly and ignorance”.

  31. “Bond. James Bond”

  32. when given the choice to be kind, or be right
    it is always harder to choose to be kind

  33. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.

  34. “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest –
    For Brutus is an honourable man;
    So are they all, all honourable men –
    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.”

    • Wherefore rejoice? What triumphs brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome to grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels?

      • Well, honour is the subject of my story.
        I cannot tell what you and other men
        Think of this life; but, for my single self,
        I had as lief not be as live to be
        In awe of such a thing as I myself.

  35. “My comment is in moderation”


    From famous quotes by Afrocity and other conservatives

  36. “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.”

  37. “Say ‘ello to my little friend!”- Tony Montana

  38. “The first thing we do is hang all the lawyers.”

  39. ” If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.”

  40. ” For it so falls out
    That what we have we prize not to the worth
    Whiles we enjoy it, but being lack’d and lost,
    Why, then we rack the value; then we find
    The virtue that possession would not show us
    Whiles it was ours.”

  41. “That’s it for you” – myiq2xu the moderator

  42. And nothing can we call our own but death
    And that small model of the barren earth
    Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.
    For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
    And tell sad stories of the death of kings.

  43. From TA Act III scene 1

    -“… if they did hear,
    They would not mark me, or if they did mark,
    They would not pity me, yet plead I must;
    Therefore I tell my sorrows to the stones;
    Who, though they cannot answer my distress,
    Yet in some sort they are better than the tribunes,
    For that they will not intercept my tale:
    When I do weep, they humbly at my feet
    Receive my tears and seem to weep with me;
    And, were they but attired in grave weeds,
    Rome could afford no tribune like to these.
    A stone is soft as wax,–tribunes more hard than stones;
    A stone is silent, and offendeth not,
    And tribunes with their tongues doom men to death.”

  44. (smiling)

    I love you guys



    Come, come, you wasp; i’ faith, you are too angry.


    If I be waspish, best beware my sting.


    My remedy is then, to pluck it out.


    Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies,


    Who knows not where a wasp does
    wear his sting? In his tail.


    In his tongue.


    Whose tongue?


    Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell.


    What, with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again,
    Good Kate; I am a gentleman.


    That I’ll try.

  46. You talkin’ to me?! – Taxi Driver

    • Travis Bickle: “The days go on and on… they don’t end. All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don’t believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention, I believe that one should become a person like other people.”

  47. I will not yield,
    To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet,
    And to be baited with the rabble’s curse.
    Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane,
    And thou opposed, being of no woman born,
    Yet I will try the last. Before my body
    I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,
    And damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!’

  48. “theres nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot”-Harry Callahan

  49. Howl, howl, howl, howl! O! you are men of stones:
    Had I your tongue and eyes, I’d use them so
    That heaven’s vaults should crack. She’s gone for ever!

  50. “I’ll have what she’s having”
    — When Harry Met Sally

  51. I think it’s pretty clear that Lady MacBeth had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

  52. exist in the depths of solitude
    pondering my true goal
    Trying 2 find peace of mind
    and still preseerve my soul

  53. Come not between the dragon [Puma?] and his wrath.

    • “Be gone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”

  54. “Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding?” — Casablanca

  55. Well at least meet her. Maybe she’d be someone you’d like to kill.

    That’s Danny Devito in “Throw momma from the train”

  56. “Once a king, always a king,
    but once a night is enough”

    Grandpa myiqzxu

  57. “Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?

    I lied.”

    Der Governator of Caleeforneea

    • “Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.”

  58. hello everyone listened to the show I so enjoyed Little Isis as always and dakinikat and I speak economics but I admit I am a second year student to her native tounge.

    RD you are always a bright voice in my heart and BB when I was gonna chuck it all in when Hillary accepted SOS it was RD You and another srtrong voice that slapped me out of my stupidity….

    You all must admit that if you three together ganged up with facts on the poor old 300 lb bear fuzzy….I didnt stand a chance no matter how hard I leaned….

    and you RD quoting the Scottish Tradegy….so funnny when I was just thinking of You Boomer and the third person as the wyrd sisters….working a spell on me and bringing me to my senses!

    • ((((fuzzy)))) welcome to:

      brush up your shakespeare!
      start quoting him now!

    • Fuzzy,

      I’m very glad you came to your senses. You are a very sensitive person. I know you’re going throught a tough time right now. I hope you won’t be too scarce, because we miss you so much when we don’t hear from you.

      I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last year without you and your calming prayers.

    • {{{Fuzzy}}}

      With one last hug, I’m going to bed — goodnight all!

  59. Out, damned spot! out, I say!–One: two: why,
    then, ’tis time to do’t.–Hell is murky!–Fie, my
    lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
    fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
    account?–Yet who would have thought the old man
    to have had so much blood in him.

  60. ok did we not once roil poor Pampers for putting Shakespears Tradegies on his Read list?

    Yes I know we have actually read them and he just did the Cliff Notes…so cna we have some real silliness like maybe some monty python no no no not gay enough

    we need:


    • ” Ye gods, it doth amaze me
      A man of such a feeble temper should
      So get the start of the majestic world
      And bear the palm alone.”

  61. AB FAB random choice

    • I love Ab Fab!

      • me three, patsy or edina?

        • Edina is my favorite. I identify with her weight problem and low self-esteem.

        • Love that show. And for me, Patsy. But maybe that’s partly because she was Purdey in the New Avengers. OK, no Emma. Peel, but then who is. And she was a bond girl (albeit for about 3 seconds in HMSS).

          But I just loved her total and complete drunk all day and night. Good way to be if you ask me. 🙂 But of course it’s hard to compete with the comedy of Saunders in anything. What a show.

          Great quote from that show:
          Saffie: My life just flashed before my eyes.
          Eddie: What was it like? A Bergman film without the jokes?

  62. “Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.” — Walter Sobchak (The Big Lebowski)

    God I love the Coen brothers. Simply the greatest eveh.

  63. “if they had,nt done what i told em not to do thed still be alive” mr blond . – the Reservoir Dogs

  64. So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.

    — Marge Gunderson

    • ” Confusion now hath made his masterpiece!
      Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
      The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence
      The life o’ the building!”

  65. It’s a bit long, but it’s my favorite:

    How all occasions do inform against me,
    And spur my dull revenge! What is a man,
    If his chief good and market of his time
    Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more.
    Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,
    Looking before and after, gave us not
    That capability and god-like reason
    To fust in us unused. Now, whether it be
    Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
    Of thinking too precisely on the event,
    A thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom
    And ever three parts coward, I do not know
    Why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do;’
    Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
    To do’t. Examples gross as earth exhort me:
    Witness this army of such mass and charge
    Led by a delicate and tender prince,
    Whose spirit with divine ambition puff’d
    Makes mouths at the invisible event,
    Exposing what is mortal and unsure
    To all that fortune, death and danger dare,
    Even for an egg-shell. Rightly to be great
    Is not to stir without great argument,
    But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
    When honour’s at the stake. How stand I then,
    That have a father kill’d, a mother stain’d,
    Excitements of my reason and my blood,
    And let all sleep? while, to my shame, I see
    The imminent death of twenty thousand men,
    That, for a fantasy and trick of fame,
    Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot
    Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,
    Which is not tomb enough and continent
    To hide the slain? O, from this time forth,
    My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!

  66. ‘people should not be afraid of there govenments . goverments should be afraid of there people’ -V-
    V for Vendetta

    • Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee;
      Corruption wins not more than honesty.
      Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
      To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not:
      Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s,
      Thy God’s, and truth’s; then if thou fall’st, O Cromwell,
      Thou fall’st a blessed martyr!

    • I highly esteem this quote.

  67. By the pricking of my thumbs,
    Something wicked this way comes.
    Open locks,
    Whoever knocks!

  68. OK, while we’re on quotes and were on AB FAB, here are a few from AB FAB:

    Eddie: All right, time for another little drinkie before we go?
    Saffie: Where are you going?
    Eddie: New York.
    Saffie: I didn’t think they let people with convictions in.
    Eddie: Darling, its not a conviction.
    Patsy: Just a firm belief.
    Eddie: Yes.

    Eddie: In this body there is a thin person dying to get out.
    Gran: Just the one dear?

    Eddie: Pats. Pats. You know, like, when you are in a room or something, and you think someone is like staring at you…
    Patsy: In a room?
    Eddie: Or in a plane. Anywhere… anywhere… And you are sort of doing things because you think someone is looking at you like people are looking at you, you know?
    Patsy: On a plane?
    Eddie: Well, anywhere… anywhere… And then you look at them and they are just sort of asleep but their head is flopped in your direction, you know? Well, I don’t want THAT to happen. I don’t want THAT to be my life, you know. The whole world asleep.

  69. Can’t believe no one had my fav from the bard:

    “She should have died hereafter;
    There would have been a time for such a word.
    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
    Signifying nothing.” — Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5)

  70. get thee to a nunnery!

    • hey, I live in a kathouse in new orleans, what do you want ? 😉

      • LOL in our french quarter in Pcola we had a house called La Casa de Gatos negro…it was a house of ill repute until a bunch of drag queens moved in then the neighborhood improved!

  71. night all back on sunday am in Orlando next 3 days for R and R LOve and kisses to all…

  72. New post upstairs!!!

  73. great thread!

    thanks !!

  74. “There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark!”

    LOL. Because we (Danes) are so selfimportant that just being named by the great bard, makes us proud.

  75. “I read three Shakespeares.” gw bush

    (ducks flying tomatoes) 😉

  76. “It makes you stand to! And … not stand to … ”

    When said by a good comic actor who illustrates the whole thing using the cassock rope hanging downt he stomach of an extra dressed as a monk, this line gets much funnier.

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