"I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded…"

on perfection

Posted in Uncategorized by stuart sia on December 3, 2008

“Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it.” [Stephens, James. The Crock of Gold. Bk 1, Ch. 4]

on homosexual marriage

Posted in Uncategorized by stuart sia on October 30, 2008

“We do not believe that marriage of heterosexuals is threatened by same-sex marriage.  Rather, the Christian values of monogamy, commitment, love, mutual respect and witness of monogamy are enhanced for all by providing this right to gay and straight alike.  Society is strengthened when two people who love each other choose to enter into marriage, engaged in a lifetime of disciplined relationship building that serves as a witness to the importance of love and commitment.” [Episcopalian Bishops of the Dioceses of Northern California, California, El Camino Real, San Joaquin, Los Angeles, and San Diego; Statement on Proposition Eight]

on knowing your limitations

Posted in Uncategorized by stuart sia on October 8, 2008

“‘Can ye no leave the bloody hoarse alone?’ he yelled into my face. I made no reply, being pop-eyed, half throttled and in no mood for conversation.

The coalman turned his fury on the horse. ‘Drop him, ya big bastard! Go on, let go, drop him!’

Getting no response he dug the animal viciously in the belly with his thumb. The horse took the point at once and released me like an obedient dog dropping a bone…

After some time I stood up. The coalman was still shouting and the crowd was listening appreciatively. ‘Whit d’ye think you’re playing at – keep yer hands off ma bloody hoarse – get the poliss tae ye…’

Once clear I started to walk away rapidly and as I turned the corner the last faint cry from the coalman reached me.

‘Dinna meddle wi’ things ye ken nuthin’ aboot!'”

[Herriot, James. All Creatures Great and Small, Ch 18]

on changing people

Posted in Uncategorized by stuart sia on September 29, 2008

“I haven’t got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.” [Sedaris, David. Naked]

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on equality

Posted in Uncategorized by stuart sia on September 19, 2008

“The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens.” [Willikie, Wendell. An American Programme, Ch. 2]

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