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Alternative Season Three Opening Quotations

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I always loved season one's opening quotes. I thought it brought an interesting dimension to the stories. Season three is a favorite of mine and I'd always wished that they had gone back to doing this. So with the help of various internet resources I found some fitting quotes. It was a fun way of re-thinking about those episodes. Feel free to fill in your own.

"The Innocents"

“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

-- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


"I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free."

-- Charles Dickens (1812-70)


“Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future.”

--Bourke Cockran


“All men by nature desire knowledge.”

-- Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Metaphysics

"Skull and Bones"

“The truth is more important than the facts.”

-- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Through a Glass Darkly"

“The cut worm forgives the plow.”

-- William Blake

"Human Essence"

"Vicious minds abound with anger and revenge are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies."

-- Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773)


“The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.”

-- Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988), "Job", 1984

"Borrowed Time"

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.”

-- George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

"Collateral Damage"

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”

-- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

"The Sound of Snow"

“The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.”

-- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Oedipus Rex


“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.”

-- 1 Peter 5:8.


“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), Strength to Love, 1963

"Forcing the End"

“We make war that we may live in peace.”

-- Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

"Saturn Dreaming of Mercury"

"A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings."

-- Epictetus (AD 55?-135?) Greek Stoic philosopher

"Darwin's Eye"

"We adore chaos because we love to produce order."

-- M.C. Escher (1898-1972), Dutch artist, mathematician

"Bardo Thodol"

“I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.”

-- William Shakespeare

"Seven and One"

"Those who danced where thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."

-- Angela Monèt


"Friendship is the allay of our sorrows, the ease of our passions, the discharge of our oppressions, the sanctuary to our calamities, the counselor of our doubts, the clarity of our minds."

-- Jeremy Taylor (1613-67), English bishop

"Via Dolorosa"

“The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head.”

-- Matthew 8:20.

"Goodbye to All That"

“I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.”

--Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC), Agamemnon

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Great post! Some of those are really fitting.

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Fantastic post.


A thought expressed by William James in 1902 and quoted by Wells deserves renewed attention: [Cleckley, 1988 5th edition]

Yonder puny fellow however, whom everyone can beat suffers no chagrin about it, for he has long ago abandoned the attempt to “carry that line,” as the merchants say, of Self at all. With no attempt there can be no failure; with no failure, no humiliation. So our self-feeling in this world depends entirely on what we back ourselves to be and do. It is determined by the ratio of our actualities to our supposed potentialities; a fraction of which our pretensions are the denominator and the numerator our success: thus, self-esteem = Success/Pretensions. Such a fraction may be increased as well by diminishing the denominator as by increasing the numerator. To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them gratified; and where disappointment is incessant and the struggle unending, this is what men will always do. The history of evangelical theology, with its conviction of sin, its self-despair, and its abandonment of salvation by works, is the deepest of all possible examples, but we meet others in every walk of life….How pleasant is the day when we give up striving to be young—or slender! Thank God! We say, those illusions are gone. Everything added to the self is a burden as well as a pride.

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Guest betweenthelines

Great selection. Too bad Season 3 didn't bother with any quotes; at least several Season 2 episodes still featured them.

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