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  1. trap
    trap at |

    ” I’ll sleep when I die! ” –anonymous

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  2. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    “Me Tarzan-You Jane”

    Johnny Weissmuller

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  3. LG
    LG at |

    Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)

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    1. Steve
      Steve at |

      We’re not dealing with fiction.

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      1. DS
        DS at |

        That’s uncalled for. Who can say it is fiction and it be 100% true? So if we go by your logic, Caesar was a made-up legend because there is no actual proof of his existence other than ancient writings. Alexander the Great did not Conquer all of the (then) known world because there are no pictures or proof – only ancient carvings.

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        1. ScotRotum
          ScotRotum at |

          If there are ancient carvings, plural, it is stronger evidence than a single bible. You are entitled to hold wrong opinions but don’t be so assertive about them .

        2. Dennis
          Dennis at |

          A single Bible is more valuable and meaningful to the world than all the silly totem poles and false idols ever carved in history.

        3. Anon
          Anon at |

          The Bible has a lot of history! It’s been re-edited and translated so many times, almost everyone’s had a hand in writing it!

        4. bman
          bman at |

          Dead Sea Scrolls

        5. Joe
          Joe at |

          Oh sorry, How about the dead sea scrolls, or the ark( it’s been found. Mt. Ararat), or Josephus the Roman historian? Or logic? All of them have proved the Bible.

        6. Sasa
          Sasa at |

          I’m sorry, logic? How has this proved anything at all in the bible…the ark at Ararat is a random formation of rock that resembles a large ship. That proves absolutely nothing.

          Also, “ancient carvings” did not exactly detail Alexander or Caesar’s lives. There are plenty of written records about them, from multiple sources.

          However, to be fair, the bible is technically not a single book. It was written over a number of years by many different people, and edited by many. Actually, much of the original writings were left out of the final copy, found in the King James version.

      2. Meh
        Meh at |

        DS… theres no logic in comparing the history of the Jesus story to Alexander the great who is recorded in multiple cultures that would have had no contact if not for him. Its logical to assume a man called Jesus existed but ONLY because of how quickly the story spread and how made up tales (like King Arthur for example) take centuries to become folklore.

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    2. Fish Jones
      Fish Jones at |

      I always kinda figured that one was a tad wussy. I’m not sure why, it just always seemed incredibly… wussy.

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  4. Tom
    Tom at |

    Excellent number one, and a great list all around.

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  5. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    “Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.”

    George S. Patton

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  6. Steve
    Steve at |

    Incidentally, -40F and -40C are the same 🙂

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  7. Smurgs
    Smurgs at |

    “Peace is a precious and a desirable thing. Our generation, bloodied in wars, certainly deserves peace. But peace, like almost all things of this world, has its price, a high but a measurable one. We in Poland do not know the concept of peace at any price. There is only one thing in the lives of men, nations and countries that is without price. That thing is honor.” – Józef Beck

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Józef_Beck

    It’s been said on May 5, 1939 as an answer to German teritorial demands.

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  8. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    “Veni, Vidi, Vici”

    J. Caesar

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Translation and explanation: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” is a Latin sentence reportedly written by Julius Caesar in 47 BC as a comment on his short war with Pharnaces II of Pontus in the city of Zela. – Wikipedia

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  9. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    “Lead from the front.”

    Audie Murphy

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  10. Edward Gustafspo
    Edward Gustafspo at |

    “If”

    Phillip II threatening to overrun Sparta with the mighty Macedonian armies: “”If I win this war, you will be slaves forever.” The Spartan ephors sent back a one word reply: “If.” Sparta was avoided by Philip and Alexander the Great

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    1. Zaknven
      Zaknven at |

      This, this was epic. A simple saying of “Bring it!” IF i was an opposing commander I would be hesitant to engage. At the very least give my opponent all my respect for having such tremendous balls.

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  11. bonez565
    bonez565 at |

    We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!

    Bill Murray (Ghostbusters – 1984)

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  12. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    “I’M GAY!”

    Ellen (through the airport speaker system)

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    1. Brian
      Brian at |

      Really? Who would have ever guessed? (or cared)

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  13. ts1306
    ts1306 at |

    All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us… they can’t get away this time. – Lieutenant General Lewis B.’Chesty’ Puller (when surrounded by 8 enemy divisions)

    Has to be on this list

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      I love this quote. Thanks for sharing. Made me smile.

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  14. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    “Jesus Wept”

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    1. Meh
      Meh at |

      “Elmo laughed”

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  15. pug
    pug at |

    Giles Corey was arrested on April 18, 1692, and accused of witchcraft. Corey refused to plead (guilty or not guilty), was committed to jail and subsequently arraigned at the September sitting of the court.

    According to the law at the time, a person who refused to plead could not be tried. To avoid persons cheating justice, the legal remedy for refusing to plead was “peine forte et dure”. In this process the prisoner is stripped naked, with a heavy board laid on their body. Then rocks or boulders are laid on the plank of wood. This was the process of being pressed.

    As a result of his refusal to plead, on September 17, Sheriff George Corwin led Corey to a pit in the open field beside the jail and in accordance with the above process, before the Court and witnesses, stripped Giles of his clothing, laid him on the ground in the pit, and placed boards on his chest. Six men then lifted heavy stones, placing them one by one, on his stomach and chest. Giles Corey did not cry out, let alone make a plea.

    More and more rocks were piled on him, and the Sheriff from time to time would stand on the boulders staring down at Corey’s bulging eyes. Robert Calef, who was a witness along with other townsfolk, later said, “In the pressing, Giles Corey’s tongue was pressed out of his mouth; the Sheriff, with his cane, forced it in again.”

    Finally after two days, Giles Corey cried out “More weight!” and died.

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  16. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

    Lord Uxbridge to the Duke of Wellington (after being hit by a cannonball): “By God, sir, I’ve lost my leg!”

    Wellington: “By God, sir, so you have!”

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    1. dan
      dan at |

      interestingly, i live in Uxbridge… (uxbridge being a place in West london, UK).

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  17. Corkczar
    Corkczar at |

    “Nuts!”

    This was supposedly said by General MacAuliffe when surrounded by Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. In reality, it’s believed he said something unprintable. An ARMY PR flack cleaned it up and informed the media after the good General and his troops prevailed.

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  18. YellowFlash-115
    YellowFlash-115 at |

    No one starts… on the top of the world. Not you. Not me. Not even gods

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  19. Scott
    Scott at |

    Nathan Hale, arrested for being a spy during the Revolutionary War, and about to be hanged by the British said “I regret that I only have one life to give to my country”.

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  20. Guillermo
    Guillermo at |

    “Stand straight, you are about to kill a man”

    (Che Guevara before he was executed by a soldier in his cell)

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    1. Mike in NYC
      Mike in NYC at |

      Actually Che’s last words were …. “I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.” Sorry but far less ballsy then telling someone to criticize their posture! Of course his comment when captured – “Do not shoot! I am Che Guevara and worth more to you alive than dead” was REAL manly!

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  21. Gaz
    Gaz at |

    I love some of that brilliant Laconic wit. There was another good one from the Spartans in which they received a letter saying “You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city.” the Spartans sent back a one word reply: “If.”

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  22. Joe
    Joe at |

    By Gorgo (a Spartan Woman, in response to the question “Why are you Spartan women the only ones who can rule men?): “Because we are the only ones who give birth to men.”

    By Leonidas (king of Sparta, in response to an offer by Xerxes to spare the lives of him and his men if they gave up their arms): “Come and take them!”

    By Spartan mothers (to their sons when they went off to battle): “Come back with your shield or on it” (meaning come back with your shield, victorious, or carried back dead on it).

    By Sparta (in reply to Philip II of Macedon sending them a threatening message saying “If I win this war (against Sparta) you will be slaves forever”): “If”

    You probably could have filled the whole list by Spartan quotes, and not just from the men. The Spartan women were also pretty manly.

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    1. Mike in NYC
      Mike in NYC at |

      An Athenian joked that sword-swallowers used Spartan swords because they were so short, and a Spartan replied: “We find them long enough to reach the hearts of our enemies.”

      or

      “Spartans do not enquire how many the enemy are but where they are.” Agis, II

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  23. Mike in NYC
    Mike in NYC at |

    Gotta give the best quote to the Spartan’s …… when commanded by Xerxes’ messanger to lay down their weapons King Leonidas replied – “Come and take them!” Now THAT is badAzzz!

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  24. Yawarvishnu
    Yawarvishnu at |

    “I have sacred duties to fulfill, and I will fulfill them until I fire the last round”
    Col. Francisco Bolognesi

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  25. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

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  26. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    Well, I will put down one of the most compelling and 100% true quotes of all time. Next time you watch a Baseball game, think about what New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra once said……….”IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL ITS OVER”

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  27. Josh
    Josh at |

    “Nuts” –

    General Anthony Clement McAuliffe. His reply to the Nazis when they asked him to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge

    The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

    George S. Patton

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