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"A lot of these people who keep a gun at home for safety are the
same ones who refuse to wear a seat belt." -- George Carlin
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"New programmers are drawn to multithreading like moths to flame,
with similar results." -- Tweet by Danny Thorpe
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"Heck, I don't age in my mind - people around me just keep
getting younger. :^)"
-- Van Swofford in e.p.delphi.non-technical
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"The clue train passed his station without stopping."
-- John Simmons / outlaw programmer
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"Real programmers just throw a bunch of 1s and 0s at the computer
to see what sticks" -- Pete O'Hanlon
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"Not only do you continue to babble nonsense, you can't even
correctly remember the nonsense you babbled just minutes ago."
-- Rob Graham
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Action's Law: Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts
absolutely.
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Albrecht's Law: Social innovations tend to the level of minimum
tolerable well-being.
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Allen's (or Cann's) Axiom: When all else fails, read the
instructions.
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Boren's First Law: When in doubt, mumble.
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Bo Diddeley's Observation On The Law: Always take a lawyer with
you, and bring another lawyer to watch him.
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Bove's Theorem: The remaining work to finish in order to reach
your goal increases as the deadline approaches.
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Bowie's Theorem: If an experiment works, you must be using the
wrong equipment.
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Brilliant's Observation On Modern Art: Not all our artists are
playing a joke on the public. Some are genuinely mad.
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Brilliant's Law Of Limited Ambition: If you can't learn how to do
it well learn how to enjoy doing it poorly.
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Brook's Law: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it
later.
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Canada Bill Jones' Motto: It's morally wrong to allow naive end
users to keep their money.
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Cann's (or Allen's) Axiom: When all else fails, read the
instructions.
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Carlson's Consolation: Nothing is ever a complete failure; it can
always serve as a bad example.
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Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic.
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Cohn's Law: The more time you spend in reporting on what you are
doing, the less time you have to do anything. Stability is
achieved when you spend all your time reporting on the nothing
you are doing.
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Conway's Law: In any organization there will always be one person
who knows what is going on. This person must be fired.
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Law Of Continuity: Experiments should be reproducible. They
should all fail in the same way.
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Correspondence Corollary: An experiment may be considered a
success if no more than half of your data must be discarded to
obtain correspondence with your theory.
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Cropp's Law: The amount of work done varies inversely with the
amount of time spent in the office.
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Cutler Webster's Law: There are two sides to every argument,
unless a person is personally involved, in which case there is
only one.
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Deadline-Dan's Demo Demonstration: The higher the "higher-ups"
are who've come to see your demo, the lower your chances are of
giving a successful one.
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Deadline-Dan's Demon: Every task takes twice as long as you think
it will take. If you double the time you think it will take, it
will actually take four times as long.
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Demian's Observation: There is always one item on the screen menu
that is mislabeled and should read "ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER
HERE".
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Denniston's Law: Virtue is its own punishment.
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Dow's Law: In a hierarchical organization, the higher the level,
the greater the confusion.
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Dr. Caligari's Come-Back: A bad sector disk error occurs only
after you've done several hours of work without performing a
backup.
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Estridge's Law: No matter how large and standardized the
marketplace is, IBM can redefine it.
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Finagle's Laws:
1. Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes
it worse.
2. No matter what results are expected, someone is always
willing to fake it.
3. No matter what the result, someone is always eager to
misinterpret it.
4. No matter what occurs, someone believes it happened
according to his pet theory.
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Finagle's Rules:
1. To study an application best, understand it thoroughly
before you start.
2. Always keep a record of data. It indicates you've been
working.
3. Always draw your curves, then plot the reading.
4. In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
5. Program results should always be reproducible. They should
all fail in the same way.
6. Do not believe in miracles. Rely on them.
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Finagle's Law Of Government Contracting: Dealing with the
government is like kicking a 300-pound sponge.
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Finagle's Law Of Military Superiority:
The bigger they are
The harder they hit.
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Finster's Law: A closed mouth gathers no feet.
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First Rule Of History: History doesn't repeat itself --
historians merely repeat each other.
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Flo Capp's Observation: The next best thing to doing something
smart is not doing something stupid.
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Franklin's Rule: Blessed is the end user who expects nothing, for
he/she will not be disappointed.
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Gilb's Laws Of Unreliability:
1. At the source of every error which is blamed on the
computer you will find at least two human errors, including
the error of blaming it on the computer.
2. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable.
3. Undetectable errors are infinite in variety, in contrast to
detectable errors, which by definition are limited.
4. Investment in reliability will increase until it exceeds the
probable cost of errors, or until someone insists on
getting some useful work done.
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Ginsberg's Theorem:
1. You can't win.
2. You can't break even.
3. You can't even quit the game.
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Glyme's Formula For Success: The secret of success is sincerity.
Once you can fake that, you've got it made.
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Goebel's Law Of Useless Difficulty: Just because it's hard
Doesn't mean it's worth the effort.
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Goebel's Second Law Of Useless Difficulty: The fastest way to get
something done is to determine that it isn't worth doing.
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Goebel's Law Of Computer Support: Troubleshooting a computer over
the telephone is like having sex through a hole in a board fence.
It can be done but it is neither EASY nor PLEASANT.
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Goebel's Law Of Software Compatibility: A statement of absolute
functional equivalence made in bold print followed by several
pages of qualifications is fine.
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Goebel's Theorem Of Software Schedules: Always multiply a
software schedule by pi. This is because you think you're going
in a straight line but always end up going full circle.
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Goebel's Law Of Product Introductions: A future product release
date does NOT say when a product will be introduced. All it says
it that you don't have a chance in HELL of seeing it before that
time.
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Goebel's Observation On Utopia: If everyone believed in Peace
they would immediately begin fighting over the best way to
achieve it.
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Goebel's Law Of Intellectual Obscurity: WHAT FUN IS IT TO BE AN
EXPERT IF YOU MAKE YOURSELF EASY TO UNDERSTAND?
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The Golden Rule Of Arts And Sciences: Whoever has the gold makes
the rules.
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Gold's Law: If the shoe fits, it's ugly.
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Gordon's First Law: If a research project is not worth doing at
all, it is not worth doing well.
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Government's Law: There is an exception to all laws.
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Green's Law Of Debate: Anything is possible if you don't know
what you're talking about.
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Gummidges's Law: The amount of expertise varies in inverse
proportion to the number of statements understood by the general
public.
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Gumperson's Law: The probability of a given event occurring is
inversely proportional to its desirability.
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Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is
adequately explained by stupidity.
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Harp's Corollary To Estridge's Law: Your "IBM PC-compatible"
computer grows more incompatible with every passing moment.
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Harrison's Postulate: For every action, there is an equal and
opposite criticism.
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Heller's Law: The first myth of management is that it exists.
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Hind's Law of Computer Programming:
1. Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
2. If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.
3. If a program is useless, it will have to be documented.
4. Any given program will expand to fill all available memory.
5. The value of a program is proportional to the weight of its
output.
6. Program complexity grows until it exceeds the capability of
the programmer who must maintain it.
7. Make it possible for programmers to write programs in
English, and you will find that programmers cannot write in
English.
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Hoare's Law Of Large Programs: Inside every large program is a
small program struggling to get out.
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Hubbard's Law: Don't take life too seriously; you won't get out
of it alive.
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Jenkinson's Law: It won't work.
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Johnson-Laird's Law: Toothache tends to start on Saturday night.
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Larkinson's Law: All laws are basically false.
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The Last One's Law Of Program Generators: A program generator
creates programs that are more "buggy" than the program
generator.
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Lieberman's Law: Everybody lies; but it doesn't matter, since
nobody listens.
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Lynch's Law: When the going gets tough, everyone leaves.
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Mason's First Law Of Synergism: The one day you'd sell you soul
for something, souls are a glut.
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May's Law: The quality of correlation is inverely proportional to
the density of control. (The fewer the data points, the smoother
the curves.)
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Mencken's Law: There is always an easy answer to every human
problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.
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Meskimen's Law: There's never time to do it right, but always
time to do it over.
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Muir's Law: When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find
it hitched to everything else in the universe.
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Murphy's Laws:
1. If anything can go wrong, it will (and at the worst
possible moment).
2. Nothing is as easy as it looks.
3. Everything takes longer than you think it will.
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Murphy's Fourth Law: If there is a possibility of several things
going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the
one to go wrong.
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Murphy's Law Of Thermodynamics: Things get worse under pressure.
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Ninety-ninety Rule Of Project Schedules: The first ninety percent
of the task takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten
percent takes the other ninety percent.
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Nixon's Theorem: The man who can smile when things go wrong has
thought of someone he can blame it on.
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Nolan's Placebo: An ounce of image is worth a pound of
performance.
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Oliver's Law Of Location: No matter where you are, there you are.
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O'Reilly's Law Of The Kitchen: Cleanliness is next to impossible.
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Osborn's Law: Variables won't, constants aren't.
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O'Toole's Commentary On Murphy's Law: Murphy was an optimist.
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Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time available for its
completion.
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Parkinson's Law, Modified: The components you have will expand to
fill the available space.
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Peer's Law: The solution to a problem changes the problem.
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Peter's Principle: In every hierarchy, each employee tends to
rise to the level of his incompetence.
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The Law Of The Perversity Of Nature: You cannot determine
beforehand which side of the bread to butter.
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Pudder's Law: Anything that begins well will end badly. (Note:
The converse of Pudder's law is not true.)
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Rhode's Corollary To Hoare's Law: Inside every complex and
unworkable program is a useful routine struggling to be free.
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Robert E. Lee's Truce: Judgement comes from experience;
experience comes from poor judgement.
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Rudin's Law: In a crisis that forces a choice to be made among
alternative courses of action, people tend to choose the worst
possible course.
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Rule Of Accuracy: When working toward the solution of a problem
it always helps you to know the answer.
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Ryan's Law: Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will
establish yourself as an expert.
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Sattinger's Law: It works better if you plug it in.
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Sausage Principle: People who love sausage and respect the law
should never watch either one being made.
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Shaw's Principle: Build a system that even a fool can use, and
only a fool will want to use it.
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SNAFU Equations:
1. Given any problem containing N equations, there will be N+1
unknowns.
2. An object or bit of information most needed will be least
available.
3. Any device requiring service or adjustment will be least
accessible.
4. Interchangeable devices won't.
5. In any human endeavor, once you have exhausted all
possibilities and fail, there will be one solution, simple
and obvious, highly visible to everyone else.
6. Badness comes in waves.
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Stewart's Law Of Retroaction: It is easier to get forgiveness
than permission.
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Thoreau's Theories Of Adaptation:
1. After months of training and you finally understand all of
a program's commands, a revised version of the program
arrives with an all-new command structure.
2. After designing a useful routine that gets around a
familiar "bug" in the system, the system is revised, the
"bug" taken away, and you're left with a useless routine.
3. Efforts in improving a program's "user friendliness"
invariable lead to work in improving user's "computer
literacy".
4. That's not a "bug", that's a feature!
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Thyme's Law: Everything goes wrong at once.
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The Law Of The Too Solid Goof: In any collection of data, the
figures that are obviously correct beyond all need of checking
contain the errors.
Corollary 1: No one you ask for help will see the error either.
Corollary 2: Any nagging intruder, who stops by with unsought
advice, will spot it immediately.
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Unnamed Law: If it happens, it must be possible.
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Weiler's Law: Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have
to do the work.
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Weinberg's Corollary: An expert is a person who avoids the small
errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.
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Weinberg's Law: If builders built buildings the way programmers
write programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would
destroy civilization.
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Whitehead's Law: The obvious answer is always overlooked.
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Wilcox's Law: A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a
kick in the pants.
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Wood's Axiom: As soon as a still-to-be-finished computer task
becomes a life-or-death situation, the power fails.
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Woodward's Law: A theory is better than its explanation.
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Zymurgy's First Law Of Evolving System Dynamics: Once you open a
can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can.
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Laws Of Project Management:
1. No major project is ever installed on time, within budgets,
with the staff that started it. Yours will not be the
first.
2. Projects progress quickly until they become 90 percent
complete, then they remain at 90 percent complete forever.
3. One advantage of fuzzy project objectives is that they let
you avoid the embarrassment of estimating the corresponding
costs.
4. When things are going well, something will go wrong. When
things just can't get any worse, they will. When things
appear to be going better you have overlooked something.
5. If project content is allowed to change freely, the rate of
change will exceed the rate of progress.
6. No system is ever completely debugged. Attempts to debug a
system inevitably introduce new bugs that are even harder
to find.
7. A carelessly planned project will take three times longer
to complete than expected; a carefully planned project will
take only twice as long.
8. Project teams detest progress reporting because it vividly
manifests their lack of progress.
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"You can't rush good cooking, you can't rush babies out, and you
can't rush software development". -- Unknown
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"To eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times
a day." -- W. Somerset Maugham, 1925
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"Maybe her popularity stems from the fact that watching her is
sometimes like watching a train wreck."
-- John McCain's daughter Meghan about Ann Coulter
.
"Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and just think to
yourself, 'I am just full of hot gas?'"
-- David Letterman to Rush Limbaugh
.
"I told my wife that I had a living will: I do not wish to be fed
liquids from a bottle and hooked to a machine. So she turned off
the TV and threw away the beer." -- Bob Hipsley
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"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology
look respectable." -- John Kenneth Galbraith
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"The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the
Christian Religion." -- George Washington
"I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"A just government has no need for the clergy or the church."
-- James Madison
"I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday
end... where every man has the same right to attend or not attend
the church of his choice." -- John F. Kennedy
"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and
nonbelievers." -- Barack Obama
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"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to serve as
a horrible warning." -- Catherine Aird
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"And the users exclaimed with a laugh and a taunt: 'It's just what
we asked for but not what we want.'"
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"I really hate this damned machine
I wish that they would sell it.
It never does quite what I want
But only what I tell it."
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"If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody
learns the lessons that history teaches us."
.
"Real computer scientists despise the idea of actual hardware.
Hardware has limitations, software doesn't. It's a real shame that
Turing machines are so poor at I/O."
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"Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice."
.
"The Six Phases of a Project:"
o Enthusiasm
o Disillusionment
o Panic
o Search for the Guilty
o Punishment of the Innocent
o Praise for non-participants"
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"Theory is when you know something, but it doesn't work. Practice
is when something works, but you don't know why. Programmers combine
theory and practice: Nothing works and they don't know why."
.
"If there's one thing worse than a program that doesn't work
when it should, it's a program that does work when it shouldn't."
-- Bob Archer
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"There's a fine line between being on the leading edge and being
in the lunatic fringe." -- Frank Armstrong
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"Once a new technology starts rolling, if you're not part of the
steamroller, you're part of the road." -- Stewart Brand
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"Einstein argued that there must be simplified explanations of
nature, because God is not capricious or arbitrary. No such
faith comforts the software engineer." -- Fred Brooks
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"Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from
bad judgement." -- Fred Brooks
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"Plan to throw one away, you will anyhow." -- Fred Brooks
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"...well over half of the time you spend working on a project
(on the order of 70 percent) is spent thinking, and no tool,
no matter how advanced, can think for you. Consequently, even
if a tool did everything except the thinking for you -- if it
wrote 100 percent of the code, wrote 100 percent of the
documentation, did 100 percent of the testing, burned the CD-ROMs,
put them in boxes, and mailed them to your customers -- the best
you could hope for would be a 30 percent improvement in
productivity. In order to do better than that, you have to change
the way you think."
-- Fred Brooks [paraphrased] as quoted from Allen Holub's
http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-07-1999/jw-07-toolbox.html
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"The act of focusing our mightiest intellectual resources on the
elusive goal of goto-less programs has helped us get our minds
off all those really tough and possibly unresolvable problems
and issues with which today's professional programmer would
otherwise have to grapple." -- John Brown
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"The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the
development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for
the other 90% of the development time." -- Tom Cargill
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"... the cost of adding a feature isn't just the time it takes
to code it. The cost also includes the addition of an obstacle
to future expansion. ... The trick is to pick the features that
don't fight each other." -- John Carmack
.
"Trying to get into the details seems to be a religious issue --
nearly everybody is convinced that every style but their own is
ugly and unreadable. Leave out the "but their own" and they're
probably right..." -- Jerry Coffin on indentation
.
"The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be
understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret
cabal of its enemies." -- Robert Conquest's Second Law of Politics
.
"C++ tries to guard against Murphy, not Machiavelli."
-- Damian Conway
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"Organizations which design systems are constrained to produce
designs which are copies of the communication structures of these
organizations. (For example, if you have four groups working on
a compiler, you’ll get a 4-pass compiler)" -- Conway’s Law
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"Programmers are in a race with the Universe to create bigger and
better idiot-proof programs, while the Universe is trying to
create bigger and better idiots. So far the Universe is winning."
-- Rich Cook
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"It has been said that the great scientific disciplines are
examples of giants standing on the shoulders of other giants.
It has also been said that the software industry is an example
of midgets standing on the toes of other midgets."
-- Alan Cooper About Face
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"Style distinguishes excellence from accomplishment."
-- James Coplien
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"Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival."
-- W. Edwards Deming
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"To iterate is human, to recurse divine." -- L. Peter Deutsch
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"Just because the standard provides a cliff in front of you,
you are not necessarily required to jump off it."
-- Norman Diamond
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"A most important, but also most elusive, aspect of any tool is
its influence on the habits of those who train themselves in its
use. If the tool is a programming language this influence is,
whether we like it or not, an influence on our thinking habits."
-- Edsger Dijkstra
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"It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to
students that have had prior exposure to Basic; as potential
programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of
regeneration." -- Edsger Dijkstra
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"Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability" -- Edsger W. Dijkstra
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"The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited
size of his own skull; therefore he approaches the programming
task in full humility, and among other things he avoids clever
tricks like the plague." -- Edsger Dijkstra
.
"Any code of your own that you haven't looked at for six or more
months might as well have been written by someone else."
-- Eagleson's law
.
"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure
you that mine are still greater." -- Albert Einstein
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"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm
not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein
.
"I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is
indispensable." -- Dwight Eisenhower
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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by
little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"For a sucessful technology, honesty must take precedence over
public relations for nature cannot be fooled." -- Richard Feynman
.
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you
are the easiest person to fool." -- Richard Feynman
.
"The inside of a computer is as dumb as hell but it goes like
mad!" -- Richard Feynman
.
"You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the
world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing
whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see
what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early
the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing
something." -- Richard Feynman
.
"One of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that,
lacking zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination
of their C programs." -- Robert Firth
.
"There is not now, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be,
any programming language in which it is the least bit difficult to
write bad code." -- Flon's Law
.
"Comparing to another activity is useful if it helps you formulate
questions, it's dangerous when you use it to justify answers."
-- Martin Fowler
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"Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance."
-- Jon Franklin
.
"If you want a girlfriend, avoid working in the computer games
industry like the plague. If you work seven days a week, 15
hours a day for almost two years, with barely enough time for
a pint, you have no time whatsoever for relationships. Plus
computer-games makers are regarded as being about as hip and
cool as abattoir workers." -- Toby Gard, creator of Lara Croft.
.
"Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring
aircraft building progress by weight." -- Bill Gates
.
"Good programmers use their brains, but good guidelines save us
having to think out every case." -- Francis Glassborow
.
"Software obeys the law of gaseous expansion - it continues to
grow until memory is completely filled." -- Larry Gleason
.
"An API that isn't comprehensible isn't usable." -- James Gosling
.
"How the teacher reacts when something goes wrong tells the class
what's important." -- Bruce Hamilton
.
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained
by stupidity." -- Hanlon's razor
.
"The road to wisdom?"
Well its plain and simple to express:
Err and err and err again,
but less and less and less." -- Piet Hein
.
"Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid
excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide the
lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young,
the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these
formalities as "empty," "meaningless," or "dishonest," and
scorn to use them. No matter how "pure" their motives, they
thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well
at best." -- Robert A. Heinlein
.
"There are perhaps 5% of the population that simply *can't* think.
There are another 5% who *can*, and *do*.
The remaining 90% *can* think, but *don't*." -- Robert A. Heinlein
.
"The open secrets of good design practice include the importance
of knowing what to keep whole, what to combine, what to separate,
and what to throw away." -- Kevlin Henny
.
"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth.... For my
part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst;
and to provide for it." -- Patrick Henry
.
"There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way
is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies.
And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no
obvious deficiencies." -- C.A.R. Hoare
.
"The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity."
-- C.A.R. Hoare
.
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so
that the necessary may speak." -- Hans Hoffmann
.
"It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into
account Hofstadter's Law." -- Hofstadter's Law
.
"It's not at all important to get it right the first time. It's
vitally important to get it right the last time."
-- Andrew Hunt and David Thomas
.
"Rules of Optimization:"
Rule 1: Don't do it.
Rule 2 (for experts only): Don't do it yet."
-- M.A. Jackson
.
"Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable."
-- Ralph Johnson
.
"First, solve the problem. Then, write the code." -- John Johnson
.
"It’s so easy to become mesmerized by the immediacy of a result
that you don’t question its validity." -- Naomi Karten
.
"Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with
millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no
structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands
of slaves." -- Alan Kay
.
"Perl is another example of filling a tiny, short-term need, and
then being a real problem in the longer term." -- Alan Kay
.
"We are faced with an insurmountable opportunity." -- W. Kelley
.
"As we said in the preface to the first edition, C 'wears well
as one's experience with it grows.' With a decade more
experience, we still feel that way."
-- Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie
.
"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first
place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as
possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it."
-- Brian W. Kernighan
.
"Trying to outsmart a compiler defeats much of the purpose of
using one."
-- Kernighan and Plauger, The Elements of Programming Style.
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"A charlatan makes obscure what is clear; a thinker makes clear
what is obscure." -- Hugh Kingsmill
.
"... the designer of a new system must not only be the implementor
and the first large-scale user; the designer should also write
the first user manual. ... If I had not participated fully in
all these activities, literally hundreds of improvements would
never have been made, because I would never have thought of
them or perceived why they were important." -- Donald Knuth
.
"Any inaccuracies in this index may be explained by the fact
that it has been sorted with the help of a computer."
-- Donald Knuth Sorting and Searching
.
"Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct,
not tried it." -- Donald Knuth
.
"Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading
your mind." -- Donald Knuth
.
"Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of
programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to
instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on
explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do."
-- Donald Knuth
.
"TeX has found at least one bug in every Pascal compiler it's
been run on, I think, and at least two in every C compiler."
-- Donald Knuth
.
"The process of preparing programs for a digital computer is
especially attractive, not only because it can be economically
and scientifically rewarding, but also because it can be an
aesthetic experience much like composing poetry or music."
-- Donald Knuth
.
"These machines have no common sense; they have not yet learned
to 'think', and they do exactly as they are told, no more and
no less. This fact is the hardest concept to grasp when one
first tries to use a computer." -- Donald Knuth
.
"You're bound to be unhappy if you optimize everything."
-- Donald Knuth
.
"Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they
should not be combined." -- Kreitzberg and Shneiderman
.
"The perfect project plan is possible if one first documents a
list of all the unknowns." -- Bill Langley
.
"Without stress nothing would move." -- Bill Langley
.
"But in our enthusiasm, we could not resist a radical overhaul
of the system, in which all of its major weaknesses have been
exposed, analyzed, and replaced with new weaknesses."
-- Bruce Leverett, Register Allocation in Optimizing Compilers
.
"There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful
of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a
new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those
who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all
those who would profit by the new..."
-- Niccolo Macchiavelli, The Prince
.
"If you want a product with certain characteristics, you must
ensure that the team has those characteristics before the
product's development."
-- Jim McCarthy and Michele McCarthy - Software for your Head
.
"You can't have great software without a great team, and most
software teams behave like dysfunctional families." -- Jim McCarthy
.
"Good code is its own best documentation. As you're about to add
a comment, ask yourself, 'How can I improve the code so that
this comment isn't needed?' Improve the code and then document
it to make it even clearer." -- Steve McConnell Code Complete
.
"It's hard enough to find an error in your code when you're
looking for it; it's even harder when you've assumed your code
is error-free." -- Steve McConnell Code Complete
.
"Testing by itself does not improve software quality. Test
results are an indicator of quality, but in and of themselves,
they don't improve it. Trying to improve software quality by
increasing the amount of testing is like trying to lose weight
by weighing yourself more often. What you eat before you step
onto the scale determines how much you will weigh, and the
software development techniques you use determine how many
errors testing will find. If you want to lose weight, don't
buy a new scale; change your diet. If you want to improve your
software, don't test more; develop better."
-- Steve McConnell Code Complete
.
"Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than
themselves." -- Larry McMurtry
.
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear,
simple, and wrong." -- H L Mencken
.
"Haste is of the devil. Slowness is of God." -- H L Mencken
.
"Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always
come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them."
-- H. L. Mencken
.
"Correctness is clearly the prime quality. If a system does not
do what it is supposed to do, then everything else about it
matters little." -- Bertrand Meyer
.
"Incorrect documentation is often worse than no documentation."
-- Bertrand Meyer
.
"A non-virtual function says, you have to do this and you must
do it this way. A virtual function says you have to do this,
but you don't have to do it this way. That's their fundamental
difference." -- Scott Meyers
.
"Debugging a Direct3D application can be challenging."
-- Microsoft's Direct3D Immediate Mode overview.
.
"Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty. Cooked
people delight in the ordinary." -- Erik Naggum
.
"Any fool can use a computer. Many do." -- Ted Nelson
.
"Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random
numbers is, of course, in a state of sin." -- John von Neumann
.
"There's no sense being exact about something if you don't even
know what you're talking about." -- John von Neumann
.
"That's the thing about people who think they hate computers.
What they really hate is lousy programmers."
-- Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Oath of Fealty
.
"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach
it." -- Flannery O'Connor
.
"Elegance is not optional" -- Richard O'Keefe
.
"The best performance improvement is the transition from the
nonworking state to the working state" -- John Ousterhout
.
"Complexity kills. It sucks the life out of developers, it makes
products difficult to plan, build and test, it introduces
security challenges and it causes end-user and administrator
frustration." -- Ray Ozzie
.
"Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical - the challenge
is figuring out how to get there." -- Sean Parent
.
"Alas, to wear the mantle of Galileo it is not enough that you
be persecuted by an unkind establishment, you must also be
right." -- Bob Park
.
"Copy and paste is a design error" -- David Parnas
.
"Every program has (at least) two purposes: the one for which
it was written, and another for which it wasn't."
-- Alan J. Perlis
.
"There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third
works." -- Alan J. Perlis
.
"When someone says, 'I want a programming language in which I
need only say what I want done', give him a lollipop."
-- Alan Perlis
.
"Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly
intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them."
-- Laurence J. Peter
.
"The most amazing achievement of the computer software industry
is its continuing cancellation of the steady and staggering
gains made by the computer hardware industry." -- Henry Petroski
.
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
-- Pablo Picasso
.
"Technology is dominated by two types of people: Those who
understand what they do not manage. Those who manage what they
do not understand." -- Putt's Law
.
"Ugly programs are like ugly suspension bridges: they're much
more liable to collapse than pretty ones, because the way humans
(especially engineer-humans) perceive beauty is intimately
related to our ability to process and understand complexity.
A language that makes it hard to write elegant code makes it
hard to write good code." -- Eric S. Raymond
.
"PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent
amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated
by skilled but perverted professionals." -- Jon Ribbens
.
"UNIX is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its
simplicity." -- Dennis Ritchie
.
"We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear
that we are free from great ones." -- La Rochefoucauld
.
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you
just sit there." -- Will Rogers
.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and
the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell
.
"A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems."
-- Alfréd Rényi (also attributed to Paul Erdös)
.
"You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you
have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to
take away." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars
.
"Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation
without reason and imitation without benefit."
-- George Santayana
.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana
.
"If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably
wrong." -- attributed to Norm Schryer
.
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his
salary depends on his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair
.
"When you start off by telling those who disagree with you that
they are not merely in error but in sin, how much of a dialogue
do you expect ?"" -- Thomas Sowell
.
"If you lie to the compiler, it will get its revenge."
-- Henry Spencer
.
"Without requirements or design, programming is the art of
adding bugs to an empty text file." -- Louis Srygley
.
"The primary duty of an exception handler is to get the error
out of the lap of the programmer and into the surprised face of
the user. Provided you keep this cardinal rule in mind, you
can't go far wrong." -- Verity Stob
.
"We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what
it lacks in style." -- Tom Stoppard
.
"A notation is important for what it leaves out."
-- Joseph Stoy
.
"An organisation that treats its programmers as morons will soon
have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons
only." -- Bjarne Stroustrup
.
"I did say something along the lines of 'C makes it easy to
shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you
do, it blows your whole leg off.'" -- Bjarne Stroustrup
.
"I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use
as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how
to use my telephone." -- Bjarne Stroustrup
.
"The most important single aspect of software development is to
be clear about what you are trying to build."
-- Bjarne Stroustrup
.
"To many managers, getting rid of the arrogant, undisciplined,
over-paid, technology-obsessed, improperly-dressed etc.
programmers would appear to be a significant added benefit."
-- Bjarne Stroustrup The C++ Programming Language 3e,
section 24.2.4
.
"Exceptions relieve the programmer of tedious writing
boilerplate code -- without removing the semantics of said
code -- and they allow the programmer to arrange the code so
that error handling code is more separate from the main program
logic."
-- Herb Sutter
.
"A multithreaded file system is only a performance hack."
-- Prof. Andrew S. Tanenbaum
.
"I've finally learned what "upward compatible" means. It means
we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel
.
"There are only two industries that refer to their customers as
'users'." -- Edward Tufte
.
"Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and
tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them."
-- Rep. Morris Udall
.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-- Leonardo da Vinci
.
"The best is the enemy of the good." -- Voltaire
.
"Most of you are familiar with the virtues of a programmer.
There are three, of course: laziness, impatience, and hubris."
-- Larry Wall
.
"We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't
agree on when it's necessary to compromise." -- Larry Wall
.
"Power is the ability to control things, moral authority is the
ability to change things" -- Jim Wallis
.
"When one is postulating correlations or causations extant in
reality, one should always remember that the human brain is
mainly a pattern recognition engine. And it is such a
persistent pattern recognition engine that it often perceives
patterns where none exist." -- Jeff Walther
.
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it
to change; the realist adjusts the sails."
-- William Arthur Ward
.
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to
change them yourself." -- Andy Warhol
.
"If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs,
then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy
civilisation." -- Gerald Weinberg
.
"Naturally we feel that mentally ill people are not what we are
looking for when we hire programmers - although there is no
empirical data to support or contradict that view... Is it
appropriate to give tests for mental illness to anyone applying
for any kind of job?"
-- Weinberg The Psychology of Computer Programming
.
"As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise
that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought.
Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact
instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then
on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own
programs." -- Maurice Wilkes discovers debugging, 1949
.
"Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as
sophistication, which is baffling - the incomprehensible should
cause suspicion rather than admiration. Possibly this trend
results from a mistaken belief that using a somewhat mysterious
device confers an aura of power on the user." -- Niklaus Wirth
.
"More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency
(without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single
reason - including blind stupidity." -- W.A. Wulf
.
"If you think your management doesn't know what it's doing or
that your organisation turns out low-quality software crap that
embarrasses you, then leave."
-- Edward Yourdon Rise and Resurrection of the American
Programmer
.
"The purpose of software engineering is to control complexity,
not to create it." -- Dr. Pamela Zave
.
"Some people, when confronted with a problem, think 'I know, I'll
use regular expressions.' Now they have two problems."
-- Jamie Zawinski
.
"If you plan to throw one away, you will throw away two."
-- Craig Zerouni
.
"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it."
-- Brian Kernighan
.
"The city’s central computer told you? R2D2, you know better than
to trust a strange computer!" -- C3PO
.
"Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will
be a violent psychopath who knows where you live."
-- Martin Golding
.
"I don’t care if it works on your machine! We are not shipping
your machine!" -- Vidiu Platon
.
"If McDonalds were run like a software company, one out of every
hundred Big Macs would give you food poisoning, and the response
would be, 'We're sorry, here's a coupon for two more.'"
-- Mark Minasi
.
"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention
in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and
tequila." -- Mitch Radcliffe
.
"The best thing about a boolean is even if you are wrong, you
are only off by a bit."
.
"Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely
idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling,
incoherent response were you even close to anything that could
be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now
dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and
may God have mercy on your soul." -- from movie Billy Madison
.
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world.
There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly
half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are
those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs,
however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up
with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't
think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!"
-- Terry Pratchett, (The Truth)
.
'What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive
today, is: "Why is it so dark in here?"'
-- Terry Pratchett, (Pyramids)
.
"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people
will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."
-- Terry Pratchett (Diggers)
.
'That seems to point up a significant difference between Europeans
and Americans. A European says: "I can't understand this,
what's wrong with me?" An American says: "I can't understand
this, what's wrong with him?"' -- Terry Pratchett
.
"Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it.
If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on
it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the
paint wouldn't even have time to dry."
-- Terry Pratchett (Thief of Time)
.
"Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day, but set fire to him
and he's warm for the rest of his life."
-- Terry Pratchett (Jingo)
.
"It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before
you die. That is true, it's called Life."
-- Terry Pratchett (The Last Continent)
.
"If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little
bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember."
-- Terry Pratchett (Lords and Ladies)
.
"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not
forgotten this."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"It's not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would
much rather you weren't doing it."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you."
-- Terry Pratchett (Small Gods)
.
"I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the
box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded."
-- Terry Pratchett (Lords and Ladies)
.
"Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of
lack of wisdom."
— Terry Pratchett
.
"No! Please! I'll tell you whatever you want to know!" the man
yelled.
"Really?" said Vimes. "What's the orbital velocity of the moon?"
"What?"
"Oh, you'd like something simpler?"
-- Terry Pratchett (Night Watch)
.
"Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time."
-- Terry Pratchett (Hogfather)
.
"Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind."
-- Terry Pratchett (Reaper Man)
.
"If you have enough book space, I don't want to talk to you."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"Coming back to where you started is not the same as never
leaving."
-- Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky)
.
"A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows
how to read."
-- Terry Pratchett (Guards! Guards!)
.
"Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It's the difference between
using a feather and using a chicken."
-- Terry Pratchett (Eric)
.
"I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world
that truly makes living worthwhile?"
Death thought about it.
"Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."
-- Terry Pratchett (Sourcery)
.
"It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent
whatsoever,' he said. 'Have you thought of going into
teaching?"
-- Terry Pratchett (Mort)
.
"I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS
LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH."
-- Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)
.
"There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think
this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my
keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it's as
though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has
started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work
it out all yourself from the clues."
-- Terry Pratchett (Moving Pictures)
.
"And what would humans be without love?"
"Rare," said Death.
-- Terry Pratchett (Sourcery)
.
"He'd been wrong, there was a light at the end of the tunnel,
and it was a flamethrower."
-- Terry Pratchett (Mort)
.
"His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools -- the Cynics,
the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up all three of them in
his famous phrase, 'You can't trust any bugger further than you can
throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a
drink.'"
-- Terry Pratchett (Small Gods)
.
"If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he'd be the sort to
stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and
shouting 'All gods are bastards!'"
-- Terry Pratchett (The Color of Magic)
.
"She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will,
half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you."
-- Terry Pratchett (Equal Rites)
.
"This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you
anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could
be wrong."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its
operating manual."
— Terry Pratchett (Jingo)
.
"Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces
of evil... prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one
seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden
death, demon..."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three
impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent, and that
he was gayer than a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide."
-- Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)
.
"The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be
preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it."
-- Terry Pratchett (Monstrous Regiment)
.
"Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being
sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organized."
-- Terry Pratchett (Interesting Times)
.
"The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are:
1) Silence;
2) Books must be returned by no later than the date shown; and
3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality."
-- Terry Pratchett (Guards! Guards!)
.
"Studies have shown that an ant can carry one hundred times its
own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of
the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother."
-- Terry Pratchett (Reaper Man)
.
"We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything."
-- Terry Pratchett (Night Watch)
.
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world.
There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly
half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those
who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to
those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this
glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so.
My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching
my beer?
And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other
type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been
carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling
for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was
at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman's
eye. "
-- Terry Pratchett (The Truth)
.
"Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a
snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words
that have changed their meaning. No one ever said elves are
nice. Elves are bad."
-- Terry Pratchett (Lords and Ladies)
.
"I do note with interest that old women in my books become young
women on the covers... this is discrimination against the
chronologically gifted."
--Terry Pratchett
.
"Albert grunted. 'Do you know what happens to lads who ask too
many questions?'
Mort thought for a moment.
'No,' he said eventually, 'what?'
There was silence.
Then Albert straightened up and said, 'Damned if I know. Probably
they get answers, and serve 'em right.'"
-- Terry Pratchett (Mort)
.
"It's still magic even if you know how it's done."
-- Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky)
.
"If there was anything that depressed him more than his own
cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn't as cynical as
real life."
-- Terry Pratchett (Guards! Guards!)
.
"Insanity is catching."
-- Terry Pratchett (Making Money)
.
"Gods prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve
Transcendence but Go Straight To Oblivion; a key to the
understanding of all religion is that a god's idea of amusement
is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs."
-- Terry Pratchett (Wyrd Sisters)
.
"Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual
disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you
had the urge to pass it on."
-- Terry Pratchett (Hogfather)
.
"He'd noticed that sex bore some resemblance to cookery: it
fascinated people, they sometimes bought books full of
complicated recipes and interesting pictures, and sometimes when
they were really hungry they created vast banquets in their
imagination - but at the end of the day they'd settle quite
happily for egg and chips. If it was well done and maybe had a
slice of tomato."
— Terry Pratchett (The Fifth Elephant)
.
"The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was
because they managed to spend less money.
Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month
plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty
dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK
for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard
gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots
Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that
he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by
the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A
man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd
still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor
man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred
dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic
unfairness."
-- Terry Pratchett (Men at Arms)
.
"Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree.
But people have always been dimly aware of the problem with the
start of things. They wonder how the snowplough driver gets to
work, or how the makers of dictionaries look up the spelling of
words."
-- Terry Pratchett (Hogfather)
.
"For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into
things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d)
rocks."
-- Terry Pratchett (Equal Rites)
.
"My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell
they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while
ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being
foreign to them.
My dream holiday would be a) a ticket to Amsterdam b) immunity
from prosecution and c) a baseball bat."
-- Terry Pratchett
.
"There's a door."
"Where does it go?"
"It stays where it is, I think."
-- Terry Pratchett (Eric)
.
"You don't elect politicians to commit crimes; you elect
politicians to make your crimes legal." -- Matt Taibbi
.
"Is your argument that the Creator of the Universe was working
under a deadline and His manager forced Him to rush inefficient
designs into production?" -- John B. Breckenridge in bpot
.
"The role of the president of the United States is to support
the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not
up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties."
-- Former White House official Ann Lewis, representing
Hillary Clinton. WaPo, Mar 18, 2008.
.
"If you have a procedure with 10 parameters, you probably
missed some." -- Alan Perlis
.
ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS!
Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben.
Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken
mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen.
Das rubbernecken sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das
pockets muss; relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten.
-- from "THE JARGON FILE, VERSION 2.9.9, 01 APR 1992
.
"Real Programmers never work from 9 to 5. If any real programmer
is around at 9 a.m., it's because they were up all night."
-- Some Computer Geek
.
"Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea
-- massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining,
and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you
least expect it." -- Gene Spafford
.
"Hardware : The parts of a computer system that can be kicked."
-- Jeff Pesis
.
"I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC;
It plainly marks four my revue
Mistakes I cannot sea.
I've run this poem threw it,
I'm sure your pleased too no,
Its letter perfect in it's weigh,
My checker tolled me sew."
-- Janet Minor, "Spellbound"
.
"'Uncle Cosmo, why do they call this a word processor?'
'It's simple, Skyler. You've seen what food processors do to
food, right?" -- MacNelley, in "Shoe"
.
"If it's there and you can see it - it's real.
If it's not there and you can see it - it's virtual.
If it's there and you can't see it - it's transparent.
If it's not there and you can't see it - you erased it!"
- Scott Hammer (an old IBM VM statement)
.
"Crossposting isn't inherently evil, in the same sense that
necrophilia doesn't really hurt anybody. One wonders only
whether it's appropriate to the occasion." -- Rick Gordon
.
"My suggestion for an Official Usenet Motto: "If you have nothing
to say, then come on in, this is the place for you, tell us all
about it!" -- Hevard Fosseng [quotation collector]
.
"The best way to accelerate a Macintosh is at 9.8 m/sec/sec."
-- Marcus Dolengo
.
On the value of binary; the Bible says: "But let your communication
be Yea, yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh
of evil." -- (Matthew 5:37)
.
"A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer
you didn't even know existed can render your own computer
unusable." -- Leslie Lamport
.
"Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will
be a violent psychopath who knows where you live."
-- John F. Woods
.
"To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so."
-- Robert Orben
.
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at
kick boxing." -- Emo Philips
.
"If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a
committee - that will do them in."
.
"A computer makes it possible to do, in half an hour, tasks which
were completely unnecessary to do before."
.
"The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if
they foul up there's no law against whacking them around a bit."
-- Eric Porterfield
.
"A computer is like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and
no mercy" -- Joseph Campbell
.
"Two men were examining the output of the new computer in their
department. After an hour or so of analyzing the data, one of them
remarked: 'Do you realize it would take 400 men at least 250
years to make a mistake this big ?'"
.
"Technology: No Place for Wimps!" -- Scott Adams
.
"I would much prefer a government run bureaucracy than a for
profit bureaucracy. In the first I am at least a stakeholder.
In the latter I'm simply a cost." -- digby in her blog.
.
"Horatio stops by to say really obvious things slowly."
-- From IMDb Synopsis for "CSI: Miami - Won't Get Fueled Again"
.
"'Abstinence-only sex education' is a little like saying
'Just-hold-it potty training'." -- Roy Zimmerman
.
"I hate you, I despise you, I loathe you. Everything about you
DISGUSTS me. Your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, legs, knees,
stomach, ribs and bottom make me want to vomit up. You're
repulsive, loathsome, grotesque and insupportable. I want to
kill you, I want to twist your nipples off and throw them to the
dogs. You low corrosive lump of faecal horror; you maniac
bastardly turd; I would rather drink stale urine from Norman
Fowler's arse-pit than remain one moment longer in your
defiling company; you're filth, you're cack, you're the ooze of
a burst boil; I abominate you, you towering mound of corrupted
slime; your every utterance is like the slithering hiss of a fat
maggot in the guts of a decomposing rat; your face is fowler
than the unwiped ring of Satan's rectum."
-- Stephen Fry, A Bit of Fry and Laurie
.
"If economists were held in the same regard as medical
practitioners, our courts would be overwhelmed with malpractice
suits" -- unknown
.
"If all the economists in the world were laid end-to-end, they
would still not reach a conclusion." -- unknown
"If all the girls from Vassar were laid end-to-end, I wouldn't
be surprised." -- Dorothy Parker
.
"I suppose that it takes a $1000/hour lawyer to write contracts
that a $250/hour lawyer cannot find holes in.
-- John Herbster in b.p.d.non-technical
.
"The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple
premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never
be an aggressor." -- Ronald Reagan
.
"War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud
could sentimentalize its cruel reality."
-- Senator John McCain
.
"Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of
any kind of democratic government."
-- Sen. Robert Taft, (R) Ohio
.
"We first fought... in the name of religion, then Communism, and
now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global
domination always change." -- Serj Tankian
.
"Democracy is not an incident that happens overnight, nor a gift
that America can give to the world. It is a culture which needs
peace to evolve." -- Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Laureate of Iran
.
"A belligerent state permits itself every such misdeed, every
such act of violence, as would disgrace the individual."
-- Sigmund Freud
.
"Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word
instead of a rock." -- Sigmund Freud
.
"If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns
into a defeat." -- Simone de Beauvoir
.
"The great error of nearly all studies of war... has been to
consider war as an episode in foreign policies, when it is an
act of interior politics..." -- Simone Weil
.
"Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of
the rich." -- Sir Peter Ustinov
.
"In modern war there is no such thing as victor and
vanquished... There is only a loser, and the loser is
mankind." -- U Thant, Burmese UN Secretary General
.
"If you kill one person you are a murderer. If you kill ten
people you are a monster. If you kill ten thousand you are
a national hero." -- Vassilis Epaminondou
.
"All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers
and to the sound of trumpets." -- Voltaire
.
"So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of
us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe
through cowardice..." -- William Faulkner
.
"The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition
should be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country
could hardly be propagated." -- William Ellery Channing
.
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt
.
"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."
-- Jeanette Rankin
.
"So apparently Delphi now has both aristocrats [Counts, Cardinals]
and dogs [Pointers, Setters] ... <g>"
-- Andrew Fiddian-Green in borland.public.delphi.nativeapi.win32
.
"Conservative politics is about simple solutions to complex problems,
which usually involve pinning all the blame on someone else. It doesn't
matter whether they make any sense - they can be explained in several
words, and sound best when yelled."
-- Michael Warner in borland.public.off-topic
.
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one
fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all
the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss
yours."
-- Stephen Roberts
.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and
more violent. It takes a touch of genius, and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, yet he will
make gods by the dozen."
-- Michel de Montaigne
.
"Civil disobedience, that’s not our problem. Our problem is
that people are obedient all over the world in the face of
poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our
problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of
petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running
the country. That's our problem."
-- Howard Zinn
.
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with
the entrails of the last priest."
-- Denis Diderot
.
"We, on our side, are praying to Him to give us victory,
because we believe we are right; but those on the other side
pray to Him, too, for victory, believing they are right. What
must He think of us?"
-- Abraham Lincoln
.
"Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of awesome mystical power.
We know this because they manage to be invisible and pink at
the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible
Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith
that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible
because we can't see them."
-- Steve Eley
.
"All great truths begin as blasphemies."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the
same scale."
-- Aesop
.
"Take only memories; leave nothing but footprints."
-- Chief Seattle
.
"They made a wasteland and called it peace."
-- Tacitus
.
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well
as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets,
and to steal bread."
-- Anatole France
.
"The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the
priest has killed a great many philosophers."
-- Denis Diderot
.
"A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but can’t afford an air
force."
-- William Blum
.
"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war
and promoted international dissension will be ... surer of the
noose than a private homicide."
-- H. G. Wells
.
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on
sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious
basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had
to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after
death."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is
man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress
has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion."
-- Oscar Wilde
.
"When you philosophically oppose an entire power elite, you
cannot help but sound like a conspiracy theorist. Social power
is by nature a conspiracy."
-- Tom N
.
"Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist
(pirate?). You do it with a whole fleet and are called an
emperor."
-- St. Augustine
.
"Insanity in individuals is something rare; but in groups,
parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."
-- Nietzsche
.
"If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you
have schizophrenia."
-- Thomas Szasz
.
"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented
not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal
maniac."
-- George Orwell
.
"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious
convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do
not believe in a personal god and I have never denied this but
have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be
called religious, then it is the unbounded admiration for the
structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same
people you do."
-- [Usenet]
.
"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient
must be slaves."
-- Henry David Thoreau
.
"One man's magic is another man's engineering. Supernatural is
a null word."
-- Robert Heinlein
.
"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing
all-powerful God, who creates faulty humans, and then blames
them for his own mistakes."
-- Gene Roddenberry
.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and
the intelligent are full of doubt."
-- Bertrand Russell
.
"As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for
Socialism is its adherents."
-- George Orwell
.
"A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too
fat to run."
-- Elbert Hubbard
.
"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."
-- Napoleon
.
"Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away
their wealth."
-- Lucy Parsons
.
"If child molestation is actually your concern, how come we
don't see Bradley tanks knocking down Catholic churches?"
-- Bill Hicks, 1993, referencing the Waco siege
.
"Do you see now that your self-righteousness was nothing more
than breeding and years of privilege? You know, we are one
nation under a god. Yes, you were right. An angry, crack
slinging god who decorates with bullets and spent condoms, a
blind god whose eyes are just like yours."
-- Solipsist by Henry Rollins
.
"Religion, comprises a system of wishful illusions together
with a disavowal of reality, such as we find in an isolated
form nowhere else but in amentia, in a state of blissful
hallucinatory confusion."
-- Sigmund Freud
.
"The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the
martyr."
-- Prophet Muhammad
.
"Which is it, is man one of God's blunders or is God one of
man's?"
-- Nietzsche
.
"The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only
North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may,
and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their
blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people
into the acceptance of gifts."
-- Ivan Illich
.
"… The biggest detractors of communism and socialism always
seem to want to embrace the worst excesses of both."
-- <Skullhunter>
.
"Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and
you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god."
-- Jean Rostand
.
"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools
have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction
without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently,
all character training and religion must be derived from faith
... we need believing people."
-- Adolf Hitler
.
"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central
Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it
would become the American Gestapo."
-- Harry S Truman, 1961
.
"Men are not punished for their sins, but by them."
-- Elbert G Hubbard
.
"I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your
Christians are so unlike your Christ."
-- Mohandas Gandhi
.
"Unless Americans come to realize that they are not stronger in
the world because they have the bomb but weaker because of
their vulnerability to atomic attack, they are not likely to
conduct their policy, in a spirit that furthers the arrival at
an understanding."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to
all other countries because you were born in it."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"The same people that wrote the bible thought the world was
flat."
-- Unknown - (disputed)
.
"If god created us in his image we have certainly returned the
compliment."
-- Voltaire
.
"Stopping terrorism is simple. Just quit screwing around with
other people's countries and the terrorists will go home. But
the government of the United States wants to go on screwing
around with other people's countries, refuses to stop, indeed
views it as Manifest Destiny for the United States Government
to persist in screwing around with other people's countries,
and views the inconvenience, increased tax burden, loss of
civil liberties, and even deaths among the American people as
just another cost of doing business."
-- Michael Rivero
.
"Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead."
-- Scottish proverb
.
"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never
been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching."
-- Satchel Paige
.
"Git yer guns, the liberal folks are gonna let the coloreds
vote!"
-- Unknown
.
"Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
-- Plato
The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter
which side he is on."
-- Joseph Heller
.
"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished
unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of
trumpets."
-- Voltaire
.
"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of
men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good
of everyone."
-- John Maynard Keynes
.
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them
to do because I notice it always coincides with their own
desires."
-- Susan B. Anthony
.
"If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be
elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering
he did on the side."
-- Orson Scott Card
.
"It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may
live as you wish."
-- Mother Teresa
.
"I'm ineffably tired of pro-war ideologues moaning about how
the anti-war folk are just 'complaining' without 'offering
solutions' to global dilemmas. Peace doesn't need a freekin
moral, ethical, economical, or political qualification; war
does. Peace doesn't ravage, plunder, rape, or kill; war does.
Peace does not need justification, war does."
-- <|OnAir|>
.
"History is an account mostly false, of events mostly
unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves,
and soldiers, mostly fools."
-- Ambrose Bierce
.
"The people who have really made history are the martyrs."
-- Aleister Crowley
.
"Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better
chance under that guise because all the serious people like
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot."
-- John Lennon
.
"Does anybody know who Lee Harvey Oswald was? . . . And do you
know how far away he was? . . . Two hundred and fifty feet. He
was two hundred and fifty feet away and shooting at a moving
target. He got off three shots with a bolt action rifle in six
seconds, and got two hits, including a head shot. Do you know
where those men learned to shoot like that? . . . In the
Marines! Outstanding! Those individuals showed what one
motivated marine and his rifle can do! And before you ladies
leave my island, you will be able to do the same thing!"
-- Full Metal Jacket
.
"I love talking about the Kennedy assassination. The reason I
do is because I'm fascinated by it. I'm fascinated that our
government could lie to us so blatantly, so obviously for so
long, and we do absolutely nothing about it."
-- Bill Hicks
.
"Men who believe absurdities will commit atrocities."
-- Voltaire
.
"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities
committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for
not even hearing about them."
-- George Orwell
.
"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear, kept
us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor, with the cry
of grave national emergency. Always there has been some
terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was
going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it."
-- General Douglas MacArthur
.
"Knowledge, idea, belief stands in the way of wisdom."
-- J. Krishnamurthi
.
"If we'd been born where they were born and taught what they
were taught, we would believe what they believe."
-- A church sign in Northern Ireland
.
"My humble friend, we know not how to live this life which is
so short yet seek one that never ends."
-- Anatole France
.
"It makes no difference as to the name of the God, since love
is the real God of all in the world."
-- Apache
.
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience
them."
-- Kahlil Gibran
.
"Statistically one hundred percent of the shots you don't take
don't go in."
-- Wayne Gretsky
.
"Christianity exceeds all other faiths in its power to deform
and finally invert the mental process."
-- Ida White
.
"God favors no group. Only religions do that."
-- Bumper Sticker
.
"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who
points."
-- Virginia Woolf
.
"The fascist state is the corporate state."
-- Benito Mussolini
.
"Jehovah was not a moral god. He had all the vices and he
lacked all the virtues. He generally carried out all his
threats, but he never faithfully kept a promise."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
.
"Guns make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
-- Nazi Hermann Goering
.
"Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being
nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews."
-- John Updike
.
"Everyone likes to say Hitler did this and Hitler did that. But
the truth is Hitler did very little. He was a world class
asshole, but the evil actually done, from the death camps to
World War Two, was all done by citizens who were afraid to
question if what they were told by their government was the
truth or not, and who because they did not want to admit to
themselves that they were afraid to question the government,
refused to see the truth behind the Reichstag Fire, refused to
see the invasion by Poland was a staged fake, and followed
Hitler into national disaster."
-- Michael Rivero
.
"Each nation knowing it has the only true religion and the only
sane system of government, each despising all the others, each
an ass and not suspecting it."
-- Mark Twain
.
"All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness."
-- Ho Chi Minh, 1945, as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
was created
.
"If there has to be a blood bath, let's get it over with."
--Ronald Reagan, Vietnam
.
"You will kill ten of our men, and we will kill one of yours,
and in the end it will be you who tire of it."
-- Ho Chi Minh
.
"I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong ...
No Vietcong ever called me nigger."
-- Muhammad Ali, stripped of boxing title, convicted of a
felony for refusing to serve during the Vietnam War
.
"I can envision a small cottage somewhere, with a lot of
writing paper, and a dog, and a fireplace and maybe enough
money to give myself some Irish coffee now and then and
entertain my two friends."
-- Richard Van de Geer, letter, 1975, last American to die in
Vietnam War, Time, 1985
.
"If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a
political leader that someone else shall live in peace
tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you
are a suicide, too."
-- Katherine Anne Porter
.
"I spent thirty-three years in the marines, most of my time
being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street
and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism."
-- General Smedley Butler, Marine
.
"Over breakfast coffee we read of 40,000 American dead in
Vietnam. Instead of vomiting, we reach for the toast. Our
morning rush through crowded streets is not to cry murder but
to hit that trough before somebody else gobbles our share."
-- Dalton Trumbo
.
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the
homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name
of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"
-- Mohandas Gandhi
.
"It is not so much the suffering as the senselessness of it that
is unendurable."
-- Nietzsche
.
"I dream that someday the United States will be on the side of
the peasants in some civil war. I dream that we will be the
ones who will help the poor overthrow the rich, who will talk
about land reform and education and health facilities for
everyone, and that when the Red Cross or Amnesty International
comes to count the bodies and take the testimony of women
raped, that our side won't be the heavies."
-- Richard Cohen
.
"Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child
is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or disappeared, at
the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often
than not, the United States shares the blame."
-- Amnesty International, in its annual report on U.S.
Military aid and human rights, 1996
.
"I am tired of fighting, our chiefs are killed...it is cold and
we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to
death...hear me, my chiefs, I am tired: my heart is sick and
sad. From where the sun now stands...I will fight no more
forever..."
-- Chief Joseph, before his tribe was slaughtered
.
"When great changes occur in history, when great principles are
involved, as a rule the majority are wrong."
-- Eugene V. Debs
.
"Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just
cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring
about a change."
-- Malcolm X
.
"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should
find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm
all hostility."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
.
"Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be
a crime to examine the laws of heat."
-- John Morley
.
"The Church says that the earth is flat, but I know that it is
round, for I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more
faith in a shadow than in the Church."
-- Ferdinand Magellan - (disputed)
.
"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith
does not prove anything."
-- Nietzsche
.
"Humanity without religion is like a serial killer without a
chainsaw."
-- Unknown
.
"In all the disputes, which have excited Christians against
each other, Rome has invariably decided in favor of that
opinion which tended most towards the suppression of the human
intellect and the annihilation of the reasoning powers."
-- Voltaire
.
"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it
has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has
been playful, rebellious, and immature."
-- Tom Robbins
.
"The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and
the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have
had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed
religion."
-- Thomas Paine
.
"I have seldom met an intelligent person whose views were not
narrowed and distorted by religion."
-- James Buchanan
.
"Fascism is capitalism in decay."
-- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
.
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey
and car keys to teenage boys."
-- P. J. O'Rourke
.
"The police are not here to create disorder. They're here to
preserve disorder."
-- Ex-Chicago Mayor Daley during the 1968 riots
.
"We need a common enemy to unite us."
-- Condoleezza Rice, March 2000
.
"I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor
should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under
God."
-- President George Bush, August 27, 1988
.
"Peace is over rated. Any slave can have peace. Just pick the
cotton."
-- TheSong
.
"Pain is certain, suffering is optional."
-- Buddha
.
"When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I
suddenly realized I was talking to myself."
-- Jack Gurney - "The Ruling Class"
.
"Could a being create the fifty billion galaxies, each with two
hundred billion stars, then rejoice in the smell of burning
goat flesh?"
-- Ron Patterson
.
"The United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian
doctrine."
-- George Washington Administration Treaty
.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but
the silence of our friends."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
.
"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face
reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."
-- Malcolm X
.
"The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the
small nations like prostitutes."
-- Stanley Kubrick
.
"The Pope!?! How many divisions has he got?"
-- Joseph Stalin
.
"Science has done more for the development of western
civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in
eighteen hundred years."
-- Jeff Burroughs
.
"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is
nothing but an act of murder."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Americans used to roar like lions for liberty; now we bleat
like sheep for security."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
.
"Probably no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and
education."
-- Braham Flexner
.
"It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our
country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an
artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured
upon an incessant propaganda of fear."
-- General Douglas MacArthur
.
"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a
really easy way; stop participating in it."
-- Noam Chomsky
.
"Everyone laughs and cries in the same language."
-- dreamslaughter
.
"When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When
you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist."
-- Archbishop Helder Camara
.
"I saw a human skull the other day. There was an inscription
below it: ‘Look long and hard at me, for I was once as you are
and you will soon be as I am.’"
-- Unknown
.
"I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary
priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to
hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then
why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’"
-- Annie Dillard
.
"Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse
than they found it."
-- Charles Dickens
.
"I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator.
By fighting off the Jews, I am doing the Lord's work."
-- Adolf Hitler
.
"What do the nationalists say about killers punishing murderers
and thieves sentencing looters?"
-- Kahlil Gibran
.
"The most heinous and the cruelest crimes of which history has
record have been committed under the cover of religion or
equally noble motives."
-- Mohandas Gandhi
.
"Now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies."
-- Voltaire, deathbed, when asked to renounce Satan
.
"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without
having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it
too?"
-- Douglas Adams
.
"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat
overestimated his ability."
-- Oscar Wilde
.
"If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for
them Mexicans."
-- Texas politician, Spanish as a second language
.
"The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first
fool."
-- Voltaire
.
"Democracy is four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for
lunch."
-- Ambrose Bierce
.
"No one rules if no one obeys."
-- <TaoDo>
.
"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared
impossible before they were done."
-- Louis Brandeis
.
"The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history
of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power,
not the increase of it."
-- Woodrow Wilson
.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely
believe they are free."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
.
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty
gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
-- Thomas Jefferson
.
"All Bibles are man-made."
-- Thomas Edison
.
"In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments; there
are consequences."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
.
"We always obeyed the law. Isn't that what you do in America?
Even if you don't agree with a law personally, you still obey
it. Otherwise life would be chaos."
-- Gertrude Scholtz-Klink, explaining Nazi policy
.
"I hit him to get his attention. I shot him to calm him down. I
killed him to reason with him."
-- Henry Rollins
.
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket
fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who
hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending
the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the
hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any
true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on
a cross of iron."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
.
"I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against
uncivilized tribes. The moral effect should be good and it
would spread a lively terror."
-- Winston Churchill commenting on the British use of poison
gas against the Iraqis after World War I
.
"How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against
an enemy!"
-- Nietzsche
.
"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been
systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully
documented but nobody cares to talk about them."
-- Harold Pinter
.
"How long would authority ... exist, if not for the willingness
of the mass to become soldiers, policemen, jailers, and
hangmen."
-- Emma Goldman
.
"You get what anyone gets; you get a lifetime."
-- Death, Neil Gaiman Comic Sandman
.
"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it."
-- Confucius
.
"The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to
somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to
your former self."
-- Whitney Young
.
"If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let
'em go, because, man, they're gone."
-- Jack Handey
.
"All our lauded technological progress, our very civilization,
is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public
office."
-- Aesop
.
"In the 1980s capitalism triumphed over communism. In the 1990s
it triumphed over democracy."
-- David Korten
.
"The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an
artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own
soulless self."
-- William Dugger
.
"Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies."
-- Nietzsche
.
"Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't
that a big enough majority in any town?"
-- Mark Twain
.
"In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place."
-- Mohandas Gandhi
.
"Why tell me that a man is a fine speaker, if it is not the
truth that he is speaking?"
-- Thomas Carlyle
.
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of
his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own; a God,
in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can
I believe that the individual survives the death of his body,
although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or
ridiculous egotisms…"
-- Albert Einstein, obituary
.
"In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to
liberty."
-- Thomas Jefferson
.
"A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends
to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism."
-- Carl Sagan
.
"I am amazed how many people on this planet are happy and free
and never even saw the US constitution."
-- <Reason>
.
"Authoritarian government required to speak, is silent.
Representative government required to speak, lies with
impunity."
-- Napoleon
.
"There is always a certain meanness in the argument of
conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda
in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best
training in the world, in the field of advertising, and have
mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency. Yours are
subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious. I think that
the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to
propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours and we
tend to disbelieve ours."
-- A U.S. based Soviet correspondent
.
"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are
wrong you cannot be too conservative."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
.
"... The CIA has overthrown functioning democracies in over
twenty countries."
-- John Stockwell, former CIA official
.
"When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or
a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see
why it is violent? It is because you are separating yourself
from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief,
by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who
is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any
country, to any religion, to any political party or partial
system; he is concerned with the total understanding of
mankind."
-- J. Krishnamurthi
.
"Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth."
-- Jean Paul Sartre
.
"If it were all so simple! If only there were evil people
somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were
necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy
them; but the line dividing good and evil cuts through the
heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a
piece of his own heart?"
-- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
.
"If you speak the truth, have one foot in the stirrup."
-- Turkish proverb
.
"... Somehow we find it hard to sell our values, namely that
the rich should plunder the poor."
-- John Foster Dulles
.
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of
men."
-- Abraham Lincoln
.
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't
go away."
-- Philip K. Dick
.
"As a child I understood how to give; I have forgotten this
grace since I became civilized."
-- Ohiyesa, Sioux
.
"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just
the opposite."
-- John Kenneth Galbraith
.
"The target suffered a terminal illness before a firing squad
in Baghdad."
-- CIA officer at US Senate hearing on 1963 overthrow of Iraqi
Prime Minister Kassem
.
"Those who hate and fight must stop themselves; otherwise it is
not stopped."
-- Spock, Day of the Dove
.
"Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill
me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler
has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarreled with him?"
-- Blaise Pascal
.
"I was asked to memorize what I did not understand; and, my
memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that
manner."
-- Aleister Crowley
.
"The greatest artists of this world are never puritans, and
seldom even ordinarily respectable."
-- H. L. Mencken
.
"It is hard to free fools from chains they revere."
-- Voltaire
.
"There is no real wealth but the labor of man. Where the
mountains are of gold and the valleys of silver, the world
would not be one grain of corn the richer; not one comfort
would be added to the human race."
-- Percy B. Shelley
.
"Foreign aid is when the poor people of a rich country give
money to the rich people of a poor country."
-- Gary Hart, BC Comic Strip
.
"I don’t really miss God, but I sure miss Santa Claus!"
-- Courtney Love
.
"Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful."
-- Nietzsche
.
"Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal.
He is the only animal that has the True Religion, several of
them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself
and cuts his throat, if his theology isn’t straight. He has
made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to
smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven."
-- Mark Twain
.
"The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause
of all our adversities."
-- Sophocles
.
"The truth is more important than the facts."
-- Frank Lloyd Wright
.
"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the
absolute rejection of authority."
-- Thomas Huxley
.
"The world is divided into people who think they are right."
-- Unknown
.
"Faith is belief without evidence in what is told by one who
speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel."
-- Ambrose Bierce
.
"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am
right."
-- Ashleigh Brilliant
.
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
.
"Pity the warrior that kills all his foe."
-- Star Trek
.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
-- Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer, to which Ambrose
Bierce replied: ‘I beg to submit that it is the first.’
.
"Every day people are straying away from the church and going
back to God."
-- Lenny Bruce
.
"A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order
that the people may require a leader."
-- Plato
.
"War is an instrument entirely insufficient toward redressing
wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses."
-- Thomas Jefferson
.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has
endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to
forgo their use."
-- Galileo Galilei
.
"The wise man will love; all others will desire."
-- Afranius
.
"Christianity makes suffering contagious."
-- Nietzsche
.
"May your fondest wish be granted."
-- Traditional Chinese curse
.
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is
obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't."
-- Mark Twain
.
"The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the
truth."
-- Jean de la Bruyère
.
"Life is too short to waste in critical peep or cynic bark,
quarrel or reprimand: It will soon be dark."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor
slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he
can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?
Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia,
nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is
understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who
determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag
the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist
dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship...
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the
bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to
tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists
for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
-- Nazi Hermann Goering
.
"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find
it."
-- Andre Gide
.
"That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude."
-- Alexander Haig
.
"If one acknowledges a group or a nation willing to commit
atrocities, then one must also acknowledges the existence of a
nation willing to commit atrocities to blame on the first
nation."
-- Michael Rivero
.
"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby
become a monster. For if you gaze for long into an abyss, the
abyss gazes also into you."
-- Nietzsche
.
"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."
-- Niccolo Machiavelli
.
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong
impulse to see it tried on him personally."
-- Abraham Lincoln
.
"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I
prayed with my legs."
-- Frederick Douglass, escaped slave
.
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels
in praise of intelligence."
-- Bertrand Russel
.
"When encountering a new philosophy or religion, do not
convert, but rather assimilate."
-- Shawn Mikula
.
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get
yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to
go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers
used in the great struggle for independence."
-- Attributed to Charles Austin Beard
.
"At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true
revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love. It is
impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this
quality."
-- Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good
men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
.
"The citizen who sees his society’s democratic clothes being
worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a
traitor."
-- Mark Twain
.
"The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has
made the world ugly and bad."
-- Nietzsche
.
"The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to
this fever for writing."
-- Martin Luther
.
"If the doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I'd type
a little faster."
-- Isaac Asimov
.
"The modern conservative is engaged in one man's oldest
exercises in moral philosophy; that is the search for a
superior moral justification for selfishness."
-- John K. Galbraith
.
"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid
people are conservatives."
-- John Stuart Mill
.
"I have examined all of the known superstitions of the world
and I do not find in our superstitions of Christianity one
redeeming feature. They are all founded on fables and
mythology. Christianity has made one-half the world fools and
the other half hypocrites."
-- Thomas Jefferson
.
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God,
but to create him."
-- Arthur C. Clarke
.
"In order to learn, one must change one's mind."
-- Orson Scott Card
.
"Every anarchist is a baffled dictator."
-- Benito Mussolini
.
"Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when
it is done to others."
-- William Greider
.
"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."
-- Oscar Wilde
.
"Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons."
-- Thomas Hardy
.
"If fifty million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a
foolish thing."
-- Anatole France
.
"There must be more to life than having everything."
-- Maurice Sendak
.
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
.
"He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind
is filled with falsehoods and errors."
-- Thomas Jefferson
.
"I had a lover's quarrel with the world."
-- Robert Frost
.
"Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is
true, the weak and poor, but would be torn in pieces by the
rich and powerful."
-- Anacharsis
.
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
-- Pablo Picasso
.
"You simply cannot hang a millionaire in America."
-- Bourke Cockran
.
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so
as to have the life that is waiting for us."
-- Joseph Campbell
.
"When the president does it that means it is not illegal."
-- Richard Nixon
.
"War is hell and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend
it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peacetime."
-- Ian Hay
.
"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for
trivial reasons."
-- Bertrand Russell
.
"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual
level, that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is
directed will understand it ... Through clever and constant
application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise
as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most
wretched sort of life as paradise."
-- Adolf Hitler
.
"If there was a god, he wouldn't let a guy walk right up and
shoot you in the face now would he? That's right, now you get
the picture. Truth burns doesn't it?"
-- Henry Rollins
.
"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who
inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing
government, they can exercise their constitutional right of
amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow
it."
-- Abraham Lincoln
.
"If you believe in the existence of fairies at the bottom of
the garden you are deemed fit for the bin. If you believe in
parthenogenesis, ascension, transubstantiation and all the rest
of it, you are deemed fit to govern the country."
-- Jonathan Meades
.
"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
-- Dr. Strangelove
.
"I know of no crime that has not been defended by the church,
in one form or other. The church is not a pioneer; it accepts a
new truth, last of all, and only when denial has become
useless."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
.
"In general the art of government consists in taking as much
money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the
other."
-- Voltaire
.
"A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry
and by common hatred of its neighbors."
-- William R. Inge
.
"Cast aside those who liken godliness to whimsy and who try to
combine their greed for wealth with their desire for a happy
afterlife."
-- Kahlil Gibran
.
"If we do not like the world the way it is, then it is because
we are not okay the way we are."
-- deeshan
.
"Your every decision conspires to make this moment happen."
-- Christi Philpott
.
"Yes, my friends, I too am prepared to die for a cause, but
there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill."
--Mohandas Gandhi
.
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first,
the lesson afterwards."
--Vernon Saunders Law
.
"It is your business, when the wall next door catches fire."
-- Horace
.
"Once you have seen certain things, you can't un-see them, and
seeing nothing is as political an act as seeing something."
-- Arundhati Roy
.
"Translate ‘Allah’."
-- Bumper Sticker
.
"Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and
making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness."
-- Aleister Crowley
.
"They said I was the greatest pitcher they ever saw; I couldn’t
understand why they couldn’t give me no justice."
-- Satchel Paige
.
"A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy."
-- Benjamin Disraeli
.
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a
revolutionary act."
-- George Orwell
.
"Think my friends! You adulate a stone as Vishnu but you cannot
see God in a fellow man."
-- Sankaracharya
.
"The total absence of humor in the Bible is one of the most
singular things in all literature."
-- Alfred North Whitehead
.
"All I know is that I am not a Marxist."
-- Karl Marx
.
"There is enough for man's need but not for man's greed."
--Mohandas Gandhi
.
"Before you speak, ask yourself is it kind, is it necessary, is
it true, does it improve on the silence?"
-- Shirdi Sai Bab
.
"Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who
did not discover it."
-- Alfred North Whitehead
.
"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all
those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that
mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken
the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell."
--Saint Augustine
.
"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the
good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."
-- Mohandas Gandhi
.
"Truth is for the minority."
-- Baltasar Gracián
.
"The color of the skin makes no difference. What is good and
just for one is good and just for the other. And the Great
Spirit made all men brothers."
-- White Shield, Arikara
.
"The reasonable man adjusts himself to the world, the
unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to
himself; therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable
man."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"I did not know how to say goodbye. It was harder still, when I
refused to say it."
-- Native American saying
.
"Never was anything great achieved without danger."
-- Niccolo Machiavelli
.
"Those who see and feel beyond illusion have acquired a far
greater gift than could ever be derived from studying scripture
and philosophy books, for these were meant only to guide the
blind."
-- Shawn Mikula
.
"If you understand everything, you must be misinformed."
-- Japanese Proverb
.
"Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar
at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can
persuade themselves of anything."
-- Robert Heinlein
.
"This monkey mythology of Darwin is the cause of
permissiveness, promiscuity, prophylactics, perversions,
pregnancies, abortions, porno-therapy, pollution, poisoning and
proliferation of crimes of all types."
-- Judge Braswell Dean
.
"There was a time when I believed in the story and the scheme
of salvation, so far as I could understand it, just as I
believed there was a Devil. Suddenly the light broke through to
me and I saw a silly story, and each generation nowadays
swallows it with greater difficulty. Why do people go on
pretending about this Christianity?"
-- H. G. Wells
.
"The state has not the right to leave every man free to profess
and embrace whatever religion he may desire."
-- Pope Pius IX
.
"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man.
There has never been a really good one, and even those that are
most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and
unintelligent."
-- H. L. Mencken
.
"It's not what you don't know that hurts you. It's what you
know that just isn't so."
-- Satchel Paige
.
"We've got to pause and ask ourselves, how much clean air do we
need?"
-- Lee Iacocca
.
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has
exceeded our humanity."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that
while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic."
-- James Thurber
.
"I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time
wanting things."
-- Franz Kafka
.
"Don't join the book burners."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
.
"To date, despite the efforts of millions of true believers to
support this myth, there is no more evidence for the
Judeo-Christian god than any of the gods on Mount Olympus."
-- Joseph Daleiden
.
"You find as you look around the world that every single bit of
progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal
law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward
better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of
slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world,
has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the
world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as
organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal
enemy of moral progress in the world."
-- Bertrand Russell
.
"Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire,
you see only the manifestations."
-- Tao Te Ching
.
"if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting
what you've always gotten."
-- Jim Rohn
.
"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions
which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not
simpler."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have
guided missiles and misguided men."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
.
"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap."
-- Kurt Vonnegut
.
"Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but
does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent.
If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If, as they say,
God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is
there evil in the world?"
-- Epicurus
.
"Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned
errors."
-- Thomas Huxley
.
"It is a government of the people by the people for the people
no longer; it is a government of corporations by corporations
for corporations."
-- Rutherford B. Hayes
.
"In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a
question mark on the things you have long taken for granted."
-- Bertrand Russell
.
"Religion is not merely the opium of the masses; it's the
cyanide."
-- Tom Robbins
.
"Nothing overshadows truth so much as authority."
-- Leon Battista Alberti
.
"In Christianity, neither morality nor religion comes into
contact with reality at any point."
-- Nietzsche
.
"A language is a dialect with an army and a navy."
-- Max Weinreich
.
"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the
established authorities are wrong."
-- Voltaire
.
"Beware of the man whose god is in the skies."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of
those whom we cannot resemble."
-- Samuel Johnson
.
"Turn over the pages of history and read the damning record of
the church's opposition to every advance in every field of
science."
-- Upton Sinclair
.
"Don't try to teach a pig to sing, it can't be done and it only
ticks off the pig."
-- Robert Heinlein
.
"Form no covetous desire, so that the demon of greediness may
not deceive thee, and the treasure of the world may not be
tasteless to thee."
-- Zoroaster
.
"The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves
and robbers there will be."
-- Lao Tsu
.
"People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not
all virtuous."
-- Confucius
.
"One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic."
-- Josef Stalin
.
"Prohibition goes beyond reason in that it attempts to control
a man's appetite through legislation. A prohibition law strikes
a blow at the very principles this country was founded upon."
-- Abraham Lincoln
.
"When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by
force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can
never be recovered."
-- Dorothy Thompson
.
"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that
created them."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our
own faults than by trying to correct theirs."
-- Francois Fenelon
.
"News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is
advertising."
-- Ex-NBC news president Rubin Frank
.
"When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men
invade another country."
-- Elayne Boosler
.
"To use the term blind faith, is to use an adjective
needlessly."
-- Julian Ruck
.
"The establishment of Christianity arrested the normal
development of the physical sciences for over fifteen hundred
years."
-- Andrew Dickson White
.
"It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the
mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by
physical means."
-- Lydia Maria Child
.
"Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a
battle won."
-- Duke of Wellington
.
"All warfare is based on deception."
-- Sun tzu
.
"Nothing brings people together more, than mutual hatred."
-- Henry Rollins
.
"Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are
created by the activities of the mind."
-- Buddha
.
"The best way to make children good is to make them happy."
-- Oscar Wilde
.
"The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and
press, usually the Church as well under its thumb. This enables
it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make
its tool of them."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust
over a volcano of revolution."
-- Havelock Ellis
.
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest
crime rates in the country."
-- Marion Barry, former mayor Washington D.C.
.
"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an
atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but
is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in
whom you don't believe?’"
-- Quentin Crisp
.
"Whatever the natural cause, sin is the true cause of all
earthquakes."
-- John Wesley
.
"Anyone who has two shirts when someone has none is not a
Christian."
-- Lenny Bruce
.
"Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you
do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do."
-- Kahlil Gibran
.
"You exist only in what you do."
-- Federico Fellini
.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being
self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
.
"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of
this is the beginning of wisdom."
-- Theodore Isaac Rubin
.
"You can't say civilizations don't advance, because they kill
you in a new way in each war."
-- Will Rogers
.
"In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one
must above all be a sheep oneself."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"The church tries to save sinners, but science seeks to stop
their manufacture."
-- Elbert Hubbard
.
"I can't embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality
throughout the ages; and that persecution still goes on today,
all over the world."
-- Amanda Donohoe
.
"Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it."
-- Henry David Thoreau
.
"Pontius Pilate was the first great censor, and Jesus Christ
the first great victim of censorship."
-- Ben Lindsay
.
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our
thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."
-- Buddha
.
"I thought dying for your country was the worst thing that
could happen to you. I think killing for your country can be a
lot worse; because that's the memory that haunts."
-- Bob Kerry told to The New York Times
.
"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become
the enemy of the rest of mankind."
-- Voltaire
.
"Contraction of theological influence has at once been the best
measure, and the essential condition of intellectual advance."
-- William H. Lecky
.
"Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good
definition of insanity?"
-- Arthur C. Clarke
.
"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target
no one else can see."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
.
"Oh Mortal Man, is there nothing you cannot be made to
believe?"
-- Adam Weishaupt, Co-founder New World Order
.
"There are three truths: my truth, your truth, and the truth."
-- Chinese proverb
.
"People only see what they are prepared to see."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"Lying is done with words and also with silence."
-- Adrienne Rich
.
"If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old
Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly
the teachings of the New, he would be insane."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
.
"The man who accumulates, whether money or knowledge, can never
be free."
-- J. Krishnamurthi
.
"There is a tragic clash between truth and the world. Pure
undistorted truth burns up the world."
-- Nikolay Berdyayev
.
"Just drive down that road, until you get blown up."
-- General George Patton, reconnaissance troops
.
"If I could find a way to get [Saddam Hussein] out of there, even
putting a contract out on him, ... ahh ... if the CIA still did
that sort of thing, . . . ahh . . . assuming it ever did . . . .
. . . I would be for it." -- Richard Nixon
.
"I never advocated war except as a means of peace."
-- Ulysses S. Grant
.
"If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If
you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same
happens in the absence of prayers."
-- Steve Allen
.
"Spiritual maturity is a lifelong process of replacing lies
with truth."
-- Kurt Bruner
.
"I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the
tapes."
-- Richard Nixon
.
"Freedom is not something that anybody can be given, freedom is
something people take."
-- James Baldwin
.
"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything
except genius."
-- Oscar Wilde
.
"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of
Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental
characteristic of Western science."
-- Gary Zukav
.
"How can you make a revolution without executions?"
-- Lenin on hearing that the death penalty had been abolished
by the Soviet
.
"True and false are attributes of speech, not of things. And
where speech is not, there is neither truth nor falsehood."
-- Thomas Hobbes
.
"Do you love your Creator? Love your fellow beings first."
-- Prophet Muhammad
.
"Laws are silent in time of war."
-- Cicero
.
"I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord
will forgive me: that's his."
-- Empress Catherine the Great
.
"Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains."
-- Rousseau
.
"Never go to sleep when your meat is on the fire."
-- Pueblo
.
"A treatise upon human nature: It is not contrary to reason to
prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of
my finger."
-- David Hume
.
"You can't step twice into the same river."
-- Heraclitus
.
"You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to
fight for freedom and liberty."
-- Henrik Ibsen
.
"Necessity never made a good bargain."
-- Ben Franklin
.
"You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's
bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's
stairs."
-- Dante
.
"You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism
out of the human race."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"This is very true; for my words are my own, and my actions are
my ministers."
-- Charles II
.
"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with
bloodshed."
-- Mao Tse Tung
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he
always declares that it is his duty."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of
them."
-- Andre Gide
.
"Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture."
-- Allen Ginsberg
.
"Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf."
-- Native American saying
.
"One-tenth of the folks run the world. One-tenth watch them run
it, and the other eighty percent don't know what the hell's
going on."
-- Jake Simmons
.
"An empty stomach is not a good political advisor."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Religion is the end of love and honesty, the beginning of
confusion; faith is a colorful hope or fear, the origin of
folly."
-- Tao Te Ching
.
"Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that
killing people is wrong?"
-- Holly Near
.
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most
honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang
him."
-- Cardinal Richelieu
.
"Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet."
-- African proverb
.
"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of
the people are right more than half of the time."
-- Elwyn B. White
.
"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man
never worshipped anything but himself."
-- Sir R. F. Burton
.
"We are ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free
by the foolishness of God."
-- Saint Augustine
.
"We live in our desires rather than in our achievements."
-- George Moore
.
"Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality,
for one very rich man; there must be at least five hundred
poor."
-- Adam Smith
.
"When a government lasts a long while, it deteriorates by
insensible degrees. Republics end through luxury, monarchies
through poverty."
-- Montesquieu
.
"The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies
are the enemies of God."
-- Andrew Dickson White
.
"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in
its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst stage, an
intolerable one."
-- Thomas Paine
.
"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without
fighting."
-- Sun tzu
.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored
by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not
truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are
not good."
-- Lao tzu
.
"Oh, how bitter a thing is to look through another man's eye."
-- William Shakespeare
.
"Know all and you will pardon all."
-- Thomas à Kempis
.
"I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest
about my not knowing everything."
-- Vladimir Nabokov
.
"All natural institutions of churches, whether Jewish,
Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human
inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and
monopolize power and profit."
-- Thomas Paine
.
"They that die by famine die by inches."
-- Matthew Henry
.
"In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of another.
In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so."
-- Immanuel Kant
.
"There is no sport in hate when all the rage is on one side."
-- Percy B. Shelley
.
"Except as its clown and jester, society does not encourage
individuality, and the State abhors it."
-- Bernard Berenson
.
"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."
-- Steven Wright
.
"You must ask your neighbor if you shall live in peace."
-- John Clark
.
"It is true that liberty, so precious, must be rationed."
-- Nikolai Lenin
.
"It would now be technically possible to unify the world,
abolish war and poverty altogether, if men desired their own
happiness more than the misery of their enemies."
-- Bertrand Russel
.
"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave
with the song still in them."
-- Henry David Thoreau
.
"I refuse to be labeled immoral merely because I am godless."
-- Peter Walker
.
"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases
to be dangerous, you don't want it."
-- Duke Ellington
.
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of
congress; but I repeat myself."
-- Mark Twain
.
"Know thy enemy and know thy self and you will win a hundred
battles."
-- Sun tzu
.
"Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you
represents determinism; the way you play it is free will."
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
.
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all
possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."
-- James Branch Cabell
.
"Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness
in the possession of things which cannot be shared."
-- Julien Benda
.
"It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but
one must never label a necessary evil as good."
-- Margaret Mead
.
"Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute."
-- Josh Billings
.
"You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep."
-- Native Proverb
.
"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
-- Xenocrates
.
"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another."
-- Juvenal
.
"He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool;
and he who dares not is a slave."
-- William Drummond
.
"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it."
-- George Orwell
.
"Truth always lags behind, limping along on the arm of Time."
-- Baltasar Gracián
.
"Nothing unites the English like war. Nothing divides them like
Picasso."
-- Hugh Mills
.
"...as hollow as the o in god..."
-- Marilyn Manson
.
"War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to
lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the
end, one is surprised that everyone has lost."
-- Karl Kraus
.
"It is better to be generous than just. It is sometimes better
to sympathize instead of trying to understand."
-- Pierre Lecompte de Nouy
.
"The more you own, the more it owns you."
-- Henry Rollins
.
"Money often costs too much."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more
than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the
very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an
administrative detail."
-- Vladimir Nabokov
.
"Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the
many are governed by the few."
-- David Hume
.
"And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history:
repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed."
-- John Steinbeck
.
"We are condemned to kill time: thus we die bit by bit."
-- Octavio Paz
.
"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what
they sought."
-- Basho
.
"By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity; another
man's, I mean."
-- Mark Twain
.
"Give to every other human being every right you claim for
yourself."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
.
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the
same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller,
Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas
Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
-- H. Jackson Brown
.
"While the word is yet unspoken, you are master of it; when
once it is spoken, it is master of you."
-- Arab proverb
.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
-- Samuel Clemens
.
"Ignorance is always afraid of change."
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
.
"Before we blame, we should first see if we can excuse."
-- G. C. Lichtenberg
.
"Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence."
-- Spanish proverb
.
"I would have made a good pope."
-- Richard Nixon
.
"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."
-- Napoleon
.
"The purpose of law is to prevent the strong from always having
their way."
-- Ovid
.
"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its
pupils."
-- Hector Berlioz
.
"A man who is afraid will do anything."
-- Jawaharlal Nehru
.
"Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy a coffin."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
.
"Each of us is confined to a world of our own making."
-- Shawn Mikula
.
"Democracy used to be a good thing, but now it has gotten into
the wrong hands."
-- Jessie Helms
.
"If a person is to get to the meaning of life, he must learn to
like the facts about himself, ugly as they may seem to his
sentimental vanity, before he can learn the truth behind the
facts. And the truth is never ugly."
-- Eugene O'Neill
.
"No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit."
-- Sir Frederick G. Banting
.
"Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the
public mind."
-- General William Westmoreland
.
"Strange is our situation here upon Earth."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Until the infallibility of human judgment shall have been
proved to me, I shall persist in demanding the abolition of the
death penalty."
-- Marquis de Lafayette
.
"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you
there."
-- Ancient Chinese Proverb
.
"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."
-- Sun tzu
.
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
-- Confucius
.
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are
not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer
to reality."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its
original dimensions."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
.
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves; it is not
possible to find it elsewhere."
-- Agnes Repplier
.
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving
someone deeply gives you courage."
-- Lao tzu
.
"The world is too dangerous to live in, not because of the
people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let
it happen."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them."
-- Peter Ustinov
.
"Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it."
-- David Starr Jordan
.
"The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not
believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very
important that you do it."
-- Mohandas Gandhi
.
"You can't have everything. Where would you put it?"
-- Steven Wright
.
"The way to find what the mainstream will do tomorrow is to
associate with the lunatic fringe today."
-- Jean-Louis Gassee
.
"A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the
better lawyer."
-- Robert Frost
.
"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we
decide they ought to have."
-- Richard Salent, Former President CBS News
.
"You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty."
-- Sacha Guitry
.
"Two attitudes are all that is needed; do not harm anything,
say and do things that make others happy."
-- dreamslaughter
.
"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really
good at heart."
-- Anne Frank, holocaust victim
.
"Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up
hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?"
-- Bertrand Russell
.
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."
-- Lao tzu
.
"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a
bit longer."
-- Henry Kissinger
.
"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
-- Adolf Hitler
.
"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"
-- Ursula K. LeGuin
.
"Never express yourself more clearly than you think."
-- Neils Bohr
.
"Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts,
keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them
fighting drunk on bogey tales."
-- Aleister Crowley
.
"The right things to do are those that keep our violence in
abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the
fore."
-- Robert J. Sawyer
.
"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare
or compete, everybody will respect you."
-- Lao tzu
.
"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable
planet to put it on?"
-- Henry David Thoreau
.
"I consider Christian theology to be one of the greatest
disasters of the human race."
-- Alfred North Whitehead
.
"Most people drive thru life with the parking brake on."
-- Lance Bradley
.
"Truth is living, it is not static, and the mind that would
discover truth must also be living, not burdened with knowledge
or experience."
-- J. Krishnamurthi
.
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set,
then there'd be peace."
-- John Lennon
.
"The biggest conspiracy of all is the claim that there are no
conspiracies!"
-- Michael Rivero
.
"The death of dogma is the birth of morality."
-- Immanuel Kant
.
"Can you sympathize with an exploding star?"
-- Shawn Mikula
.
"The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the
exploiters."
-- Fidel Castro
.
"Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God holds others in
contempt."
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-- Leonardo da Vinci
.
"All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the
cleverness of the few."
-- Stendhal
.
"Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately,
it is not fashionable to talk with them."
-- Mother Teresa
.
"No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience."
-- John A. Locke
.
"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect."
-- Margaret Mitchell
.
"The history of war is the history of powerful individuals
willing to sacrifice thousands upon thousands of other people's
lives for personal gains."
-- Michael Rivero
.
"Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional
baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman
that does him in."
-- Casey Stengel
.
"The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion, the
religion which based on experience, which refuses dogma."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Would you like to liberate yourself from the lower realms of
life? Would you like to save the world from the degradation and
destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow
mass movements and quietly go to work on your own
self-awareness."
-- Lao tzu
.
"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the
world and moral courage so rare."
-- Mark Twain
.
"Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else.
Judge everyone and everything for yourself."
-- Henry James
.
"When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple.
Take it and copy it."
-- Anatole France
.
"The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring."
-- F. H. Bradley
.
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other
countries."
-- Aldous Huxley
.
"Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf
of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy."
-- Ambrose Bierce
.
"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."
-- Leonardo da Vinci
.
"Even if truth destroys the whole universe, still it is truth;
stand by it."
-- Swami Vivekananda
.
"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their
thoughts."
--John Locke
.
"Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even
to profit by it, but to cause it."
-- Harry Emerson Fosdick
.
"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do."
-- Voltaire
.
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like
an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like
a minute. That's relativity."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary
that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible,
all things."
-- Rene Descartes
.
"Time wounds all heels."
-- Jane Ace
.
"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes."
-- Henry David Thoreau
.
"Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness,
have few desires."
-- Lao tzu
.
"When a man says he approves of something in principle, it
means he hasn’t the slightest intention of carrying it out in
practice."
-- Otto von Bismarck
.
"A man's character is his fate."
-- Heraclitus
.
"Quarrels would not last long if only one side was wrong."
-- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
.
"Philosophers have merely interpreted the world. The point is
to change it."
-- Karl Marx
.
"I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary
movement."
-- Fidel Castro
.
"When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell
is already rung."
-- Henry Ward Beecher
.
"Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and
superstition."
-- Adam Smith
.
"The Brush Dance is a Yurok healing ritual where being true to
yourself means give your best to a person in need. Being true
to yourself is the one and only Yurok Indian Law."
-- Brush Dance Journal
.
"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by
the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to
children, and by children to adults."
-- Thomas Szasz
.
"Never explain, your friends do not need it and your enemies
will not believe you anyway."
-- Elbert Hubbard
.
"The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it
vague, enormous and menacing."
-- Aleister Crowley
.
"Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible."
-- Mao Tse Tung
.
"Everybody sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of
consequences."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
.
"We will be known by the tracks we leave behind."
-- Dakota proverb
.
"If a scholar aspires to the Way but is ashamed of bad clothes
and bad food, he isn't ready to join the discussion yet."
-- Confucius
.
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not
every man's greed."
--Mohandas Gandhi
.
"...so long as the media are in corporate hands, the task of
social change will be vastly more difficult, if not
impossible."
-- Robert McChesney
.
"It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe
anything upon insufficient evidence."
-- William Kingdon Clifford
.
"I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be
introduced into the public schools of the United States."
-- Thomas Edison
.
"The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the
conservative adopts them."
-- Mark Twain
.
"Monarchy degenerates into tyranny, aristocracy into oligarchy,
and democracy into savage violence and chaos."
-- Polybius
.
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
-- Napoleon
.
"When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the
heat."
-- Nelson Mandela
.
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on
certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive."
-- Thomas Jefferson
.
"If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or
prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner."
-- General Omar N. Bradley
.
"The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained
in the rights attributed to them."
-- Prophet Muhammed
.
"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man
of value."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"When you meet a worthy person, focus on reaching his level.
When you meet an unworthy person, take a good look inside
yourself."
-- Confucius
.
"If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But
to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad."
-- Aleister Crowley
.
"All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the
whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be
standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover."
-- Lenny Bruce
.
"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."
-- Emma Goldman
.
"It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we
are accountable."
-- Moliere
.
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
-- Napoleon
.
"Living is change; Growth is optional."
-- Juan Wa Chang
.
"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it,
you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing
bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes
religion."
-- Steven Weinberg
.
"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is
both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is
interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet
paper."
-- Rod Serling
.
"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."
-- John Morley
.
"We have a political system that awards office to the most
ruthless, cunning, and selfish of mortals, then act surprised
when those willing to do anything to win power are equally
willing to do anything with it."
-- Michael Rivero
.
"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang except those that sang best."
-- Henry Van Dyke
.
"The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy."
-- Helen Hayes, age 83
.
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."
-- Jean Paul Sartre
.
"The vast majority of mankind is trapped within perceptual
prisons."
-- Shawn Mikula
.
"What difference does it make how much you have? What you do
not have amounts to much more."
-- Seneca
.
"America ... just a nation of two hundred million used car
salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms
about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us
uncomfortable."
-- Hunter S. Thompson
.
"The government of the United States does not, in its policies,
express the decency of its people."
-- Jerry Fresia
.
"Grasshopper, look beyond the game, as you look beneath the
surface of the pool to see its depths."
-- Master Po
.
"Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble."
-- French proverb
.
"Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has
not faith."
-- Prophet Muhammad
.
"It is not impossible to govern Italians. It is merely
useless."
-- Benito Mussolini
.
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human
stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
-- Albert Einstein
.
"Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind it only the
slime of bureaucracy."
-- Franz Kafka
.
"Always remember you are a totally unique individual; just like
everyone else."
-- Unknown
.
"Mythology is what we call someone else's religion."
-- Joseph Campbell
.
"Christian is a VERB not a noun."
-- Meria Heller
.
"Someday man will imprison the power of the sun, release atomic
power, and harness the rise and fall of the tides. I am proud
of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill."
-- Thomas Edison
.
"Beware the man of one book."
-- Saint Thomas Aquinas
.
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we
despise, we don't believe in it at all."
-- Noam Chomsky
.
"The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only
thing we never give enough of is love."
-- Henry Miller
.
"The United States is not nearly so concerned that its acts be
kept secret from its intended victims as it is that the
American people not know of them."
-- Ramsey Clark
.
"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else
is opinion."
-- Democritus
.
"Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans! No more
merciful beheadings! And call off Christmas!"
-- The Sheriff of Nottingham
.
"The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders,
a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
.
"The degree of one's emotion varies inversely with one's
knowledge of the facts. The less you know, the hotter you get."
-- Bertrand Russel
.
"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true
wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is
true power."
-- Lao Tzu
.
"The believer is happy; the doubter is wise."
-- Hungarian Proverb
.
"I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no
feet."
-- Persian proverb
.
"Rules of Optimization:
Rule 1: Don't do it.
Rule 2 (for experts only): Don't do it yet."
-- M.A. Jackson
.
"More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency
(without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single
reason - including blind stupidity." -- W.A. Wulf
.
"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the
time: premature optimization is the root of all evil."
-- Donald Knuth
.
"> > > Goodbye to all! Thanks for years of great fun and good
> > > business!
> > Suicide or MS C++?
> Is there a difference?
Suicide hurts only once..."
-- Conversation on borland.public.delphi.non-technical
.
"May God grant me the grace to one day know the truth. Until then,
may he spare me the company of those who've already found it."
-- unknown
.
Fundamentalists: believe 2+2=5 because It Is Written. Somewhere.
They have a lot of trouble on their tax returns.
"Moderate" believers: live their lives on the basis that 2+2=4.
But go regularly to church to be told that 2+2 once made 5, or
will one day make 5, or in a very real and spiritual sense,
should make 5.
"Moderate" atheists: know that 2+2=4 but think it impolite to say
so too loudly as people who think 2+2=5 might be offended.
"Militant" atheists: "Oh for pity's sake. HERE. Two pebbles. Two
more pebbles. FOUR pebbles. What is WRONG with you people?"
.
"If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first
thing you have in your hands is a non-working cat."
-- Douglas Adams
.
"Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives: Anything that can go wrong,
will -- at the worst possible moment."
.
"O'Toole's Corollary of Finagle's Law: The perversity of the
Universe tends towards a maximum."
.
"Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even
when you take into account Hofstadter's Law."
.
"Many journalists have fallen for the conspiracy theory of
government. I do assure you that they would produce more
accurate work if they adhered to the cock-up theory."
-- Sir Bernard Ingham
.
"Misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this
world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are
certainly much less frequent." -- Goethe, "Werther"
.
"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus
handicapped." -- Elbert Hubbard
.
"Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be
adequately explained by stupidity."
.
"Asswhole = a complete ass" -- John McTaggart in bpot
.
"Free speech is the right to yell "Theater!" in a crowded
fire..." -- Abbie Hoffman
.
"A bird in the hand makes it hard to blow your nose."
.
"Don't drive me crazy -- it's within walking distance."
.
"The early worm deserves the bird."
.
"We need either less corruption or more chance to participate
in it."
.
"They laughed when I said I'd be a comedian. They aren't
laughing now."
.
"There are many kinds of people in the world. Are you one of
them?"
.
"We totally deny the allegations, and we are trying to identify
the allegators."
.
"When you've seen one non-sequitur, the price of tea in China."
.
"Nine out of ten doctors agree that one out of ten doctors is
an idiot."
.
"Save the whales! Collect the whole set!"
.
"TV is called a medium because it is neither rare nor well
done."
.
"Gentleman: Knows how to play the bagpipes, but doesn't."
.
"Courage: Two cannibals having oral sex."
.
"Emulate your heros, but don't carry it too far. Especially
if they are dead."
.
"Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent
place for it."
.
"Experience is what you get when you were expecting something
else."
.
"Familiarity breeds children."
.
"If it wasn't for muscle spasms, I wouldn't get any exercise at
all."
.
"I have seen the future and it is just like the present, only
longer." -- Albran
.
"I could not possibly fail to disagree with you less."
.
"If all the world's managers were laid end to end, it would
be an improvement."
.
"Let him who takes the Plunge remember to return it by Tuesday."
.
"Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
-- Fletcher Knebel
.
"My last cow just died, so I won't need your bull anymore."
.
"Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives."
.
"People who think they know everything greatly annoy those of
us who do."
.
"If it wasn't for lawyers, we wouldn't need them."
.
"My opinions might have changed, but not the fact that I am
right."
.
"Love: The warm feeling you get towards someone who meets your
neurotic needs."
.
"Don't sweat the petty things, just pet the sweaty things."
.
"A closed mouth gathers no foot."
.
"Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular."
.
"A good pun is its own reword."
.
"All things are possible, except skiing through a revolving door."
.
"Democracy is where you can say what you think even if you don't
think."
.
"Cole's Law: Thinly sliced cabbage."
.
"An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible."
.
"All rights left. All lefts reserved. All reserves removed.
All removes right."
.
"You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive."
.
"Machine. Unexpectedly, I'd invented a time."
-- Alan Moore
.
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in
the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
-- James Madison
.
"In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me -
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
-- Pastor Martin Niemöller
.
"The problem with people who have no vices is that
generally you can be pretty sure they're going to
have some pretty annoying virtues."
-- Elizabeth Taylor
.
"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish."
-- Euripides
.
"Invading Iraq after 9/11 was like invading Mexico after Pearl
Harbor." -- Richard Clarke
.
"I've never seen anyone change his mind because of the power of
a superior argument or the acquisition of new facts. But I've
seen plenty of people change behavior to avoid being mocked."
-- Scott Adams
.
"The years of peak mental activity are undoubtedly between
the ages of four and eighteen. At four we know all the
questions, at eighteen all the answers." -- unknown
.
"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for
young men to die in." -- George McGovern
.
"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long
plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men
die like dogs. There's also a negative side".
-- Hunter S. Thompson
.
"What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and
friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us
in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for
our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful
world." -- Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife, 1864
.
"Pardon him, Theodotus; he is a barbarian, and thinks that the
customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature."
-- George Bernard Shaw
.
"The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of
his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full
humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague."
-- Edsger W. Dijkstra, EWD340
.
"Ignorance simplifies ANY problem." -- R. Lucke
.
"The chain reaction of evil -- wars producing more wars -- must
be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of
annihilation." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
.
"Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right
to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic
and cowardly." -- Senator Robert M. La Follette
.
"After every 'victory' you have more enemies."
-- Jeanette Winterson
.
"Our children are not born to hate, they are raised to hate."
-- Thomas della Peruta
.
"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their
interests and his own are the same." -- Marie Beyle
.
"I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and
die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making
their wars that boys must die." -- Mary Roberts Rinehart
.
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."
-- George Washington
.
"The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the
world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault."
-- Major Ralph Peters, US Military
.
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to
stand by the president or any other public official..."
-- Theodore Roosevelt
.
"The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and
tolerated by all." -- Tacitus
.
"Military glory -- that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers
of blood -- that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy..."
-- Abraham Lincoln
.
"Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose
deception in government."
-- Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice
.
"War is fear cloaked in courage." -- General William Westmoreland
.
"Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist.
You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor."
-- A pirate, from St. Augustine's "City of God"
.
"What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it
enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your
advantage." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
.
"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a
really easy way: stop participating in it." -- Noam Chomsky
.
"It is far easier to make war than peace." -- Georges Clemenceau
.
"The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to
be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions."
-- Robert Lynd
.
"Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most
to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of
every other." -- James Madison
.
"War doesn't make boys men, it makes men dead." -- Ken Gillespie
.
"Every nation has its war party. It is not the party of democracy.
It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely."
-- Senator Robert M. La Follette
.
"It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the
executioners." -- Albert Camus
.
"Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty
to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the
people." -- Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice
.
"Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed
red with innocent blood." -- Mahatma Gandhi
.
"Peace is constructed, not fought for." -- Brent Davis
.
"In this war – as in others – I am less interested in honoring