Be thee warned: these are also unconfirmed!
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. -- Collette You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. -- Helen Keller Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace. -- Amelia Earhart Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show. -- Mignon McLaughlin To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. -- Emily Dickinson Some things ... arrive on their own mysterious hour, on their own terms and not yours, to be seized or relinquished forever. -- Gail Goodwin Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. -- Anna Freud The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. -- Ursula K. LeGuin We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story. -- Mary McCarthy I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience -- and laughter. -- Susan M. Watkins Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. -- W. Somerset Maugham Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks. -- Lazarus Long To be "matter of fact" about the world is to blunder into fantasy--and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful. -- Lazarus Long To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods. -- Lazarus Long Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win. -- Lazarus Long Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it. -- Lazarus Long It's amazing how much "mature wisdom" resembles being too tired. -- Lazarus Long If man is to vanish from the earth, let him vanish in the moment of creation, when he is creating something new, opening a path to the tomorrow he may never see. It is man's nature to reach out to grasp for the tangible on the way to the intangible. -- Louis L'Amour Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content. -- Louis L'Amour The one law that does not change is that everything changes, and the hardship I was bearing today was only a breath away from the pleasures I would have tomorrow, and those pleasures would be all the richer because of the memories of this I was enduring. -- Louis L'Amour In these moments of peace, deprivation seems a strange sort of gift ... How unnecessarily complicated my past life seems. For the first time, I clearly see a vast difference between human needs and human wants. Before this voyage, I always had what I needed--food, shelter, clothing and companionship--yet I was often dissatisfied when I didn't get everything I wanted, when people didn't meet my expectations, when a goal was thwarted, or when I couldn't acquire some material goody. My plight has given me a strange kind of wealth, the most important kind. I value each moment that is not spent in pain, desperation, hunger, thirst or loneliness. Even here, there is richness all around me. As I look out of the raft, I see God's face in the smooth waves, His grace in the dorado's swim, feel His breath against my cheek as it sweeps down from the sky. I see that all of creation is made in His image. Yet despite His constant company, I need more. I need more than food and drink. I need to feel the company of other human spirits. I need to find more than a moment of tranquility, faith and love. A ship. Yes, I still need a ship. -- Steven Callahan day 27 of 76 days lost at sea The more fundamental the truth, the more politically incorrect is the expression thereof. -- G. Gordon Liddy It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. -- Sally Kempton Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other. -- Han Suyin One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. -- Marie Curie 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 Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours. -- Richard Bach He had that rare weird electricity about him -- that extremely wild and heavy presence that you only see in a person who has abandoned all hope of ever behaving "normally." -- Hunter S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing '72" A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery pi seconds is a nanocentury -- Tom Duff Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a great deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. -- Lewis Carroll "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death." -- James F. Byrnes "There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network." -- Guy Almes Music is like making love. There is a certain charm to good-naturedness and technical mastery is impressive; but what we all want is passionate virtuosity. One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. -- Friedrich Nietzsche "Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-- truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot." -- Neil Gaiman They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. -- Edgar Allan Poe "The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit." -- Maugham It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. -- J. R. R. Tolkein Call on God, but row away from the rocks. INDIAN PROVERB Trust in God, but tie your camel first. -- Mohammed Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once. ANONYMOUS The most costly of follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation. -- H. L. Mencken Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves--or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. -- Ayn Rand It's possible to fight intolerance, stupidity, and fanaticism when they come separately. When you get all three together it's probably wiser to get out, if only to preserve one's sanity. -- Adam Dalgliesh Rule of the Great: When people you admire appear to be thinking deep thoughts, they probably are thinking about lunch. "To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain low passion for middle-class respectability." -- Oscar Wilde As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. -A. Einstein A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -Winston Churchill Something was badly amiss with the spiritual life of the planet, thought Gibreel Farishta. Too many demons inside people claiming to believe in God. -- Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses "...The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation-a book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us." Franz Kafka The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. -- Justice Louis Brandeis Q: Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. A: Winston Churchill Q: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't. A: Mark Twain "Sigismundo was backing up, automatically, into the forest of white serenity, looking for something, *anything*, that might serve as a weapon, and at the same time he was thinking that it was not fatigue that wore you down eventually, and not even fear, but just outrage: the sense that the universe had no *right* to be so pitiless and intractable. You surpass yourself in courage and willpower, you do what you think you cannot do, and then do more, and in the back of your mind is the thought always, *Now* I have done enough, *now* no more will be asked of me. And the universe quietly demonstrates that it does not give a rat's arse." -- Robert Anton Wilson, The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles "There is no knowledge that is not power." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." -- Albert Einstein "Adversity is the first path to Truth." -- Lord Byron "Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always." -- Albert Schweitzer The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr "Never pray for justice, because you might get some." -- Margaret Atwood The beauty of mechanical problems is that they are often visible to the naked and untrained eye. If white smoke is rising from a disk drive, that is probably where the problem lies (unless your disk drive has just elected the new Pope). - John Bear - Computer Wimp I think that every artist dreams of renewing the forms which came before, but I think very few can be considered to have achieved that. We are all dwarves standing upon the shoulders of the giants who preceded us, and I think we must never forget that. After all, even iconoclasts only exist with respect to that which they destroy. - Peter Greenaway You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. - Jonathan Carroll - Outside the Dog Museum There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. - Johann Sebastian Bach "This world is a comedy for those who think but a tragedy for those who feel." -- Horace Walpole "....I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -- Thomas Edison "Well, I mean, YES idealism, YES the dignity of pure research, YES the pursuit of truth in all its forms, but there comes a point I'm afraid where you begin to suspect that if there's any REAL truth, it's that the entire multi- dimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. And if it comes to a choice between spending yet another 10 million years finding that out, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise." -- One of the white mice in the Hitchhikers' Guide "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'" -- Isaac Asimov Our faith comes in moments ... yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson "Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment." --Rita Mae Brown "Comedy is tragedy plus time." --Carol Burnett Chance favors only the prepared mind. LOUIS PASTEUR The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. HENRI BERGSON We separate past and future and find that time is an amalgam of both. We separate good and evil and find that mind is an amalgam of both. To understand, we must grasp the whole. -- Isaac Asimov The moving finger writes; and having writ Moves on: not all your piety nor wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all your tears wash out a word of it. -- The Rubaiyat We should always be in a state of receptivity to an omnipresent gift rather than yearning for the attainment of a distant goal. -- Jean Houston In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. -- author unknown Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. -- Justice William O. Douglas I like the stars. It's the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they're always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend... I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don't last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend. -- Neil Gaiman, The Sandman #48: Journey's End When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter. - Albert Camus If I should cast off this tattered coat, And go free into the mighty sky; If I should find nothing there But a vast blue, Echoless, ignorant-- What then? -- Stephen Crane All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. -- T. E. Lawrence The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson We are filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We are taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed. -- Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. It is important to realize that you cannot win unless your opponent makes a mistake; there is no possibility of creating a win solely out of your own genius. -- Ken Wheyld Only in one's dreams can one be truly free. Twas always thus, and always thus will be. -- Keating Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Old time is still a-flying, and this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying." -- Robert Herrick, "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time" Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. -- Albert Einstein Let man serve law for man; Live for friendship, live for love, For truth's and harmony's behoof; The state may follow how it can, As Olympus follows Jove. -- Emerson, "Ode, Inscribed to W.H. Channing" Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of travelling. -- M.L. Runbeck Contentment: The smother of invention. -- Ethel Mumford In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice. -- Richard Bach, Illusions "I believe... that the richness of life is not measured by its length but by its breadth, its height, and its depth." -- Richard M. Nixon A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. -- Albert Einstein There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. -- Aldous Huxley There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love. -- Sophia Loren Judge not thy friend until thou standest in his place. -- Rabbi Hillel I don't want the cheese, I just want to get out of the trap. -- Spanish Proverb A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. -- Oscar Wilde Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. -- Tallulah Bankhead It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven. -- Nicholas Caussin Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. -- C. D. Jackson If not now, when? -- Rabbi Hillel, "Pirke Avot" Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Diplomacy is the art of letting the other party have things your way. -- Daniele Vare With equal pace, impartial fate, Knocks at the palace and the cottage gate. -- Horace To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. -- Emerson America is a country where they have freedom of speech but everyone says the same thing. -- Tocqueville Friendship is neither transitive nor inherited. -- Bjarne Stroustrup, "The C++ Programming Language" There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals. JOHN RUSKIN This is the true nature of home - it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division. JOHN RUSKIN The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter of a transcendental kind. -- Sir William Schwenck Gilbert Vi Veri Veneversum Vivus Vici. Ave Atque Vale. (Talent is a flame, genius a fire.) "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." -- John F. Kennedy Inexperienced players often have confused notions about sacrificial combinations. Such moves are brilliant if they are the strongest available, but they are anything but brilliant if they are objectively inferior moves. The master, if he is a true artist, will seek perfection rather than fireworks whose chief object is to lead his opponent astray. -- Jose Raoul Capablanca Chess has always struck me as the most fanatical, sanguinary, and time-consuming of games, not healthful enough for a sport or productive enough for social or artistic significance. It is sequestered and sterile, the antithesis of a humanistic pursuit. -- John Simon ...for chess, that superb, cold, infinitely satisfying anodyne to life, I feel the ardour of a lover, the humility of a disciple. -- Herbert Russel Wakefield Even if we could teach a machine to play chess merely as well as a- to use Norbert Wiener's simile- majority of the human race (no offense meant), we would be furnishing definite proof that a machine can solve problems of sufficient complexity to defy the reasoning ability of millions of people throughout their lives. -- Edward Lasker, The Adventure of Chess Les pawns sont l'ame du jeu. The pawns are the soul of the game -- Danican Philidor (1726-95) In this latter, where the pieces have different and bizarre motions, with various and variable values, what is only complex, is mistaken (a not unusual error) for what is profound. -- E.A. Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue I feel as a chessman must feel when the opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. -- Kierkegaard Life's too short for chess. -- H.J. Byron The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the games are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance. -- T.H. Huxley "Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." --Voltaire quoted in _Dad's Own Cookbook_ "From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life." --Arthur Ashe to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting e.e. cummings "The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late." -- Daniel Defoe "Other people can talk about how to expand the destiny of mankind. I just want to talk about how to fix a motorcycle. I think that what I have to say has more lasting value." -- Robert Maynard Pirsig ("Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance") "Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed." Mark Twain "No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions." Charles Steinmetz "For forms of government, let fools contest... what e're's best administered, is best." Alexander Pope "Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing." Albert Einstein "Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind." Leonardo da Vinci "One who looks for a friend without faults will have none." Hasidic Saying "If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, _The Way to Freedom_ "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Ursula K. LeGuin "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers "People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done the other way?'" Oliver Wendell Holmes "Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can." Danny Kaye "Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think." Neils Bohr "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." William Shakespeare "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." George S. Patton "Those who do not plan for the future will have to live through it anyway." Len Fisher "We are going to have to find ways of organizing ourselves cooperatively,sanely, scientifically, harmonically and in regenerative spontaneity with the rest of humanity around the earth.... We are not going to be able to operate our spaceship earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common." Buckminster Fuller "We need to make the world safe for creativity and intuition, for it is creativity and intuition that will make the world safe for us." Edgar Mitchell, Apollo astronaut "Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds." George Eliot "The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom--they are the pillars of society." Henrik Ibsen He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today. -- Tryon Edwards Genius without education is like silver in the mine. -- Benjamin Franklin Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions. -- Dag Hammarskjold Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them. -- Joseph Joubert Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that you will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. -- Marcus Antonius No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience. -- Theodore Roosevelt Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength. -- Tao te Ching When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme. -- Jiminy Cricket Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -- Teddy Roosevelt. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up save in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. -- C.S. Lewis "I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won't." -- Mark Twain "We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity." -- H.G. Wells ("The Time Machine") My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what's really going to be scared. --P.J. Plauger, Computer Language, Programming on Purpose, p.29, March 1983 Calvin: People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world Hobbes: Isn't your pants' zipper supposed to be in the front? Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether. -- H.S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" "The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." -- John Gilmore I am not omniscient, but much is known to me.) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe A man that all the world hates, There must be something about him.) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Who thinks little of himself, is often more than he thinks.) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe We really only know, when we don't know; with knowledge, doubt increases.) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now. -- Victor Frankl There are two roads of abandoning resolutely one's present life in order to make the life of one's dreams come true, and renouncing the dream in order to throw oneself wholeheartedly into one's present situation. -- Paul Tournier Of course I shall go astray often...for who does not make mistakes?... but I cannot go far wrong for I have seen the truth. -- Dostoevsky God knows, when I go to the theater I don't want to emerge from it as exactly the same person. I want to be made to think about something, I want to be changed in some way - at least be forced to reconsider my perceptions. Because life is very short. Why waste your time? -- Edward Albee We stand already, here and now, in the reflection of the things which are to come; we are perplexed, but not hopeless; smitten by God, but nevertheless, in this crisis, under His healing power. -- Karl Barth Fear not your enemies, for they can only kill you; fear not your friends, for they can only betray you. Fear only the indifferent, who permit the killers and betrayers to walk safely on the earth. -- Edward Yashinsky The esteem of wise and good men is the greatest of all temporal encouragements to virtue; and it is the mark of an abandoned spirit to have no regard to it. -- Edmund Burke There is no history of mankind, there are only many histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world. -- Karl Popper "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." -- Winston Churchill Be sure to keep busy, so the devil may always find you occupied. -- Flavius Vegetius Renatus It is your business, when the wall next door catches fire. -- Horace Don't learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade. -- Anonymous Life is eating us up. We all shall be fables presently. Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson Before you borrow money from a friend, decide which you need more. -- Anonymous The secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift, not a right. -- Anonymous The best way to knock the chip off your neighborUs shoulder is to pat him on the back. -- Anonymous "The perfection of a history consists in being dislikable to all sects." -- Pierre Bayle (French critic?) "History is something that never happened told by someone who wasn't there." -- Gomez de la Serna, _Greguerias_ Finding a good man is as easy as nailing jello to a tree. -- A hallmark greeting card message A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes ...But nature does not say that cats are more valuable than mice; nature makes no remark on the subject. She does not even say that the cat is enviable or the mouse pitiable. We think the cat superior because we have (or most of us have) a particular philosophy to the effect that life is better than death. But if the mouse were a German pessimist mouse, he might not think that the cat had beaten him at all. He might think he had beaten the cat by getting to the grave first. -- G. K. Chesterton, _Orthodoxy_ The layout of the text that has come to be regarded as conventional is that which perpetuates the illusion that scientific research is conducted by the inductive process. -- P.B. Medawar, "Advice to a Young Scientist" The only new thing in the world is the history you don't know. -- Harry S Truman We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him. -- Michael Montaigne Do not become archivists of facts. Try to pentrate to the secret of their occurance, persistently search for the laws which govern them. -- Ivan Pavlov Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing in the tempting place. -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. -- Bertrand Russell The universe is made of stories, not atoms. -- Muriel Rukeyser Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. -- Zelda Fitzgerald Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. -- Herbert G. Wells "The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'" -- Alice Walker 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. -- Anatole France The high that proved too high, the heroic for earth too hard, The passion that left the ground to lose itself in the sky, Are music sent up to God by the lover and the bard; Enough that he heard it once: we shall hear it by and by. --Robert Browning The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. -- Edmund Burke Be sure you're right; then, go ahead. -- Davy Crockett Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell. -- Emily Dickenson, #1768 It is necessary to any originality to have the courage to be an amateur. -- Wallace Stevens, Adagia, In Opus Posthumus Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. -- Clive Barnes, "New York Times," 1969 One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless. We are so accustomed to relying upon words to manage and control others. If we are silent who will take control? God will take control; but we will never let Him take control until we trust Him. Silence is intimately related to trust. -- Richard J. Foster You must never stop dreaming. Face reality, yes. But don't stop with the way things are; dream of things as they ought to be. Dream of peace. Peace is rational and reasonable. War is irrational in this age and unwinnable. -- Jesse Jackson Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day. -- Matthew 6:34 Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind. -- Richard Dehmel I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them, I will use my time." -- Jack London A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. P.J. O'ROURKE Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950) In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office. AMBROSE BIERCE (1842-1914?), "THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY" Government investigations have always contributed more to our amusement than they have to our knowledge. WILL ROGERS It has been the scheme of the Christian Church, and of all the other invented systems of religion, to hold man in ignorance of the Creator, as it is of Governments to hold man in ignorance of his rights. The systems of the one are as false as those of the other, and are calculated for mutual support. THOMAS PAINE Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. HARRY S TRUMAN We want individual freedoms. We want the government to stay out of our lives *except* that we want the government to prohibit acts of wickedness. RANDALL TERRY, FOUNDER OF "OPERATION RESCUE" A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments. ARISTOTLE The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. JAMES MADISON The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) But the chess they [God and the Devil] play is not the little ingenious game that originated in India; it is on an altogether different scale. The Ruler of the Universe creates the board, the pieces, and the rules; he makes all the moves; he may make as many moves as he likes whenever he likes; his antagonist, however, is permitted to introduce a slight inexplicable inaccuracy into each move, which necessitates further moves in correction. The Creatos determines and conceals the aim of the game, and it is never clear whether the purpose of the adversary is to defeat him or assist him in his unfathomable project. Apparently the adversary cannot win, but also he cannot lose so long as he can keep the game going. But he is concerned, it would seem, in preventing the development of any reasoned scheme of the game. -- H.G.Wells, The Undying Fire Inexperienced players often have confused notions about sacrificial combinations. Such moves are brilliant if they are the strongest available, but they are anything but brilliant if they are objectively inferior moves. The master, if he is a true artist, will seek perfection rather than fireworks whose chief object is to lead his opponent astray. -- Jose Raoul Capablanca Chess has always struck me as the most fanatical, sanguinary, and time-consuming of games, not healthful enough for a sport or productive enough for social or artistic significance. It is sequestered and sterile, the antithesis of a humanistic pursuit. -- John Simon ...for chess, that superb, cold, infinitely satisfying anodyne to life, I feel the ardour of a lover, the humility of a disciple. -- Herbert Russel Wakefield Even if we could teach a machine to play chess merely as well as a- to use Norbert Wiener's simile- majority of the human race (no offense meant), we would be furnishing definite proof that a machine can solve problems of sufficient complexity to defy the reasoning ability of millions of people throughout their lives. -- Edward Lasker, The Adventure of Chess Les pawns sont l'ame du jeu. The pawns are the soul of the game -- Danican Philidor (1726-95) In this latter, where the pieces have different and bizarre motions, with various and variable values, what is only complex, is mistaken (a not unusual error) for what is profound. -- E.A. Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue I feel as a chessman must feel when the opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. -- Kierkegaard Life's too short for chess. -- H.J. Byron The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the games are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance. -- T.H. Huxley Diplomacy is to do and say The nastiest thing in the nicest way. -- Isaac Goldberg I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me. -- Conte Camillo Benso di Cavour A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. -- Robert Frost The greatest danger to human beings is their consciousness of the trivialities of their aims. -- Gerald Brennen Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science. -- Gary Zukav, "The Dancing Wu Li Masters" Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine. -- Henry S. Haskins If it is to be, it is up to me. -- unknown There is no use discussing what could be done if we were other beings than what we are. -- Werner Heisenberg I shall leave you as you left me...as you left her. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet. Buried alive! Buried alive! -- Khan (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) It is not true that life is one damn thing after another -- it's one damn thing over and over. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay The sun was shining on the sea, Shining with all his might: He did his very best to make The billows smooth and bright -- And this was very odd, because it was The middle of the night. -- Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking Glass" He that has no fools, knaves nor beggers in his family was begot by a flash of lightning. -- Thomas Fuller The threat is often stronger than the execution. -- Nimzowitsch It's not enough to have a lot of respect for bishops in the abstract -- you've gotta watch out for them! -- Shelby Lyman, chesscaster (NY Times) ... when you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth. -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign Of Four No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. -- John Donne, Meditation XVII As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something. -- Hagar the Horrible "Elephants and hippopotamus have grown clumsy as well as big, and the elk is of necessity less graceful than the gazelle." -- D'Arcy Thompson. "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." -- Thomas Paine, _Common Sense_, chap. 1. Quote: They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard. Author: Alexander Cockburn Reference: The Nation, Feb. 4, 1991 Keywords: exact, war, truth Quote: There never was a good war or a bad peace. Author: Benjamin Franklin Reference: Letter to Josiah Quincy, 11 Sept. 1773 Keywords: exact, war, peace Quote: I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. Author: George McGovern Keywords: inexact, war, men Quote: Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms. Author: Groucho Marx Keywords: inexact, military, intelligence Quote: Military justice is to justice what military music is to music. Author: Groucho Marx Keywords: inexact, military, music Quote: Ich betrachte auch einen sigreichen Krieg an sich immer als ein \bel, das die Staatskunst den Vvlkern zu ersparen bem|ht sein muss. (I regard even a victorious war as an evil, that politics must strive to spare the people from.) Author: Otto von Bismarck Keywords: exact, war, vicory Quote: This is a picture of the British High Command at the beginning of World War I. These aren't evil men -- some of them aren't even stupid. Author: G. Dyer Reference: WAR Keywords: exact, war Quote: 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. Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower Reference: April 16, 1953 Keywords: exact, war, weapons Quote: In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons. Author: Herodotus Keywords: inexact, war Quote: Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology. Author: Rebecca West Keywords: inexact, war, military, science Quote: I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its _stupidity_. Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower Keywords: inexact, war, soldiers Quote: It is regrettable for the education of the young that war stories are always told by those who survived. Author: Louis Scutenaire Keywords: inexact, war, education War does not determine who is right -- only who is left. -- Bertrand Russell Renegade academician. They're a dangerous breed when they go feral. -James P. Blaylock in "Lord Kelvin's Machine" Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years -- Richard Bach, Illusions Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. -- Richard Bach, Illusions A friend is a present you give yourself. -- Robert Louis Stevenson One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. -- Hasidic Saying Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. -- Samuel Paterson Who ceases to be a friend, never was one. -- Anonymous A friend you have to buy won't be worth what you pay for him. -- G. D. Prentice Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try. -- Claude Mermet Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -- Woodrow Wilson Friendship should be more than biting time can sever. -- T. S. Eliot Before you borrow money from a friend, decide which you need more. -- Anonymous We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him. -- Michael Montaigne You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends. -- Joseph Conrad I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. -- E. M. Forster I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell -- you see, I have friends in both places. -- Mark Twain Never judge someone by who he's in love with; judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people. Take a cool, appraising glance at his pals. -- Cynthia Heimel Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage. - Woody Allen Dancing: The vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music. -- George Bernard Shaw The longer I live, the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The believer is happy; the doubter is wise. -- (Hungarian proverb) [In the context of quantum mechanics] "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- Albert Einstein "Fishing gives you a sense of where you fit in the sceme of things - Your place in the universe...I, mean, here I am,one small guy with a fishing pole on this vast beach and out there in the blue expanse of ocean are these hundreds of millions of fish...laughing at me." -- Shoe Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho' We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, - One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. -- Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use! -- Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit. -- Virgil "Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933. Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics. Perhaps it will be wise to approach the subject cautiously." -- David L. Goodstein, _States of Matter_ (1975). "He who saves one life saves the world." - Talmudic saying Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time. -- Steven Wright If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there. -- Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland" Laziness is nothing more that the habit of resting before you get tired. -- Jules Renard Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think. -- Neils Bohr Never speak more clearly than you think. -- Jeremy Bernstein It's good to hope; it's the waiting that spoils it. -- Yiddish proverb The bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean, that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision. -- Lynn Lavner All that you see or seem, is but a dream within a dream. -- Edgar Allen Poe "One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim." -- Henry Brook Adams As the man with the wooden leg said "It's a matter of a-pinion" -- A. Stewart in his song " Dr. Finlay" "Don't, Sir, accustom yourself to use big words for little matters." -- Samuel Johnson "Take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then say it with the utmost levity." -- George Bernard Shaw "_Don't stop the plough to kill a mouse._ Do not hinder important business for the discussion of a trifle." -- C. H. Spurgeon "Never underestimate the power of a simple courtesy. Your courtesy may not be returned or remembered, but discourtesy will." -- Princess Jackson SMith All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. -- T. E. Lawrence, _The Seven Pillars of Wisdom_ There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but _minds_ alive on the shelves. -- Gilbert Highet If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable. -- John F. Kennedy "Some mornings it's not worth chewing through the leather straps." -Emo Phillips The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. -- P.J. O'Rourke I've never been hurt by anything I didn't say. -- Calvin Coolidge Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -- Douglas Adams, _Last Chance to See_ Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age. -- Ambrose Bierce Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again. -- F. P. Jones We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove- lid again - and that is well; but she will also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. -- Mark Twain "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitas "An ending is no more than a point in sequence, a snip of the cutting shears." -- John Fowles "So manifold are our interests in life that it is not uncommon that, on a single occassion, the foundations of a happiness which does not yet exist are laid down simultaneously with the aggravations of a grief from which we are still suffering." -- Marcel Proust "For a man cannot change, that is to say, become another person, while he continues to obey the dictates of the self which he has ceased to be." -- Marcel Proust "I know I'm going to get old and be one of those crazy women who sits on balconies and spits on people and screams, 'Get a haircut!' I know this, and I don't really fear it. I'd just like to move toward it with as much grace and dignity as possible." -- Carrie Fisher, "Postcards..." Before you put on a frown . . . make absolutely sure there are no smiles available. -- Jim Beggs Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. -- Edwin Hubbel Chapin Each man's task is his life preserver. -- George B. Emerson Plough deep while sluggards sleep. -- Benjamin Franklin The more we do, the more we can do. -- William Hazlitt Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -- Helen Keller One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. -- A. A. Milne When by judgement one means knowing how something comes to be what it is, the judgement must appear as re-constructing the identical universe of the difference. Then every model includes the measure of its own difference. No state of equilibrium is empowered to remain identical, or to compel the individual to alter (and integrate with it). The identical is equal to itself, since it is different. --Franco Spisani (1975) If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane. JIMMY BUFFET It is better to laugh about your problems than to cry about them. OLD JEWISH PROVERB Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. VICTOR HUGO He who Laughs, Lasts. ANONYMOUS The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. MARK TWAIN (1835-1910) Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything. HERB GARDNER They all laughed at Albert Einstein. They all laughed at Columbus. Unfortunately, they also all laughed at Bozo the Clown. WILLIAM H. JEFFERYS The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused. SHIRLEY MAC LAINE Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. VICTOR BORGE If you can't laugh at yourself, then you can bet that everyone else is doing so. ED JOHNSTON If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there. MARTIN LUTHER Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. ARNOLD GLASOW One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter. FRANCOISE SAGAN Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) I make myself laugh at everything, in case I should have to weep. PIERRE-AUGUSTIN DE BEAUMARCHAIS (1732-1799) At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted. ERIC IDLE "Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson." -- Vernon Law "Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again." --Franklin P. Jones "There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience, and this is not learning from experience." -- Laurence J. Peter One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year. -- Albert Einstein One night after Ellie's death, Rowan had stood alone in the wide living room beneath the high-beamed ceiling, talking aloud to herself, laughing even, thinking there is no one, no one to know, no one to hear. The glass walls were dark and indistinct with reflected carpet, furniture. She couldn't see the tide that lapped ceaselessly at the pilings. The fire was dying out. The eternal chill of the coastal night was moving slowly through the rooms. She had learnt a painful lesson, she thought -- that as they die, the ones we love, we lose our witnesses, our watchers, those who know and understand the tiny little meaningless patterns, those words drawn in water with a stick. And there is nothing left but the endless flow. -- Anne Rice, "The Witching Hour" 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 Neinmoeller You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept. -- Kahlil Gibran Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too self-ful to seek other than itself. -- Kahlil Gibran When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. -- Thomas Szasz, _The Second Sin_ The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. -- H. L. Mencken I live in my own place have never copied nobody even half, and at any master who lacks the grace to laugh at himself -- I laugh. -- Friedrich Nietzsche, inscribed over the door to his home And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep -- George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Lord Byron, _Don Juan_ But if you had restraint, common sense, and creativity, why would you be in college at all? --Roger Simon, _Chicago Tribune_ column If the only tool you have is a hammmer every problem begins to look like a nail. -- Mark Twain "The mere understanding, however useful and indispensable, is the meanest faculty in the human mind and the most to be distrusted." --T. De Quincey, "On the Knocking at the Gate in _Macbeth_" "Do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give the signal." - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules. The fate of all mankind, I see, is in the hands of fools. --King Crimson Even in the darkest phase Be it thick or thin Always someone marches brave Here beneath my skin -- k.d.lang, _Constant Craving" Reality is that which refuses to go away when I stop believing in it. Phillip K. Dick How do you know but that every bird that cuts the airy way is an immense worlds of delight clos'd by your senses five? -- William Blake Do not be pessimistic and focus only on negativity. Take things as they are without emotional exaggeration. -- Hua Ching Ni Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. -W. C. Fields The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives. --Winston Churchill The greatest of evils, indeed perhaps all evils, are compounded of accident, ignorance, ego, and of virtue taken to excess. -- Jon K. Hart, after Forest Church For the love of love, how many changes can take place in a person before it all becomes meaningless and there is nothing left but a sort of numbness? Is that where I am now? No. Just the opposite; it is more like pins and needles of the soul. -- Jack Agyar, from Steven Brust's "Agyar" Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones -- maybe only the stones -- understood. -- Annie Dillard, _An American Childhood_ "The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards." --Alexander Jablokov, "The Place of No Shadows" "Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes." - Lewis Grizzard If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson In computer science, we stand on each other's feet. -- Brian K. Reid "I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble off a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." -- Isaac Newton Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward. -- Kierkegaard "Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side" Yiddish proverb "Lord, where we are wrong, make us willing to change; where we are right, make us easy to live with." Rev. Peter Marshall "No one beneath you can offend you. No one your equal would." Jan L. Wells "The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home." --Confusius "Give every man thy ear but few thy voice." --William Shakespeare "He who is not busy being born is busy dying." --Bob Dylan "You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money." P.J. O'Rouke "Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them." --Andrew V. Mason "Never date a man whose belt buckle is bigger than his head." --"Grace under fire" ABC-TV (Casey Werner Co) "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." -- Roy Batty, in Blade Runner My candle burns at both ends It will not last the night But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-- It gives a lovely light! -- Edna St. Vincent Millay "Peace with Germany will be impossible as long as the Jews persist in failing to shoot Hitler." --Neville Chamberlain Evil often triumphs, but never conquers. -- Joseph Roux A good laugh is sunshine in a house. -- William Makepeace Thackeray Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -- Woodrow Wilson Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within. -- Mahatma Gandhi There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others, however humble. -- Washington Irving Friendship should be more than biting time can sever. -- T. S. Eliot Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better. -- Richard Hooker Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough. -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over. -- Beilby Porteus Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds. -- George Eliot Half the failures in life arise from pulling in oneUs horse as he is leaping. -- Julius Hare True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn. -- Phillip Massinger Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it. -- W. Somerset Maugham "To Generalize is to be an Idiot. To Particularize is the Alone Distinction of Merit." -- William Blake "Does the earth gravitate? Does not all matter, aching, attract all matter? So the Body of me, to all I meet, or know." --Walt Whitman "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker." -- A. Einstein God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh -- Voltaire In brief, she assumed that, being a man, I was vain to the point of imbecility, and this assumption was correct, as it always is. -- H.L.Mencken: _A Popular Virtue_ Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another. -- H.L.Mencken: _Chrestomathy_ Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another. -- G.B.Shaw: "Major Barbara" It is a woman's business to get married as soon as possible, and a man's to keep unmarried as long as he can. -- G.B.Shaw: "Man and Superman" Every woman should marry--and no man. -- B. Disraeli: _Lothair_ The only really happy folk are married women and single men. -- H.L.Mencken I married beneath me. All women do. -- Lady Nancy Astor It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations. -- Khalil Gibran Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books! -- Thomas Carlyle History... is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. -- Edward Gibbon It is not the neutrals or the lukewarms who make history. -- Adolf Hitler Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded. -- Virginia Woolf The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways. But he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers. -- Scott Adams Why do people park in driveways and drive on parkways? -- Larry Anderson A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson In the long run, we are all dead. -- John Maynard Keynes By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson 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, April 16, 1953 Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. -- Plato One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year. -- Albert Einstein And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps. - H.L. Mencken 'Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, But which will bloom most constantly?'" -Emily Bronte Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. -Voltaire Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin. -John Von Neumann Life is a garment we continuously alter, but which never seems to fit. -David McCord Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. -Howard Aiken There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum. -Arthur C. Clarke Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1) Writing his memoirs of the Civil War. 2) Advising the President. 3) Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin. -David Letterman A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election. -Bill Vaughan A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with. -Tennessee Williams After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations. -H. L. Mencken, on Shakespeare Our computer has never had an undetected error. -Weisert I have seen the future and it is just like the present, only longer. -Kehlog Albran I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -Albert Einstein The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence. -Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf This novel is not to be tossed lightly aside, but hurled with great force. -Dorothy Parker Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. -John F. Kennedy Try to find the real tense of the report you are reading: Was it done, is it being done, or is something to be done? Reports are now written in four tenses: past tense, present tense, future tense, and pretense. Watch for novel uses of CONGRAM (CONtractor GRAMmer), defined by the past imperfect, the present insufficient, and the future absolutely perfect. -Amrom Katz Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. -Mark Twain I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce. -J. Edgar Hoover Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles. -Frank Lloyd Wright In the beginning, I was made. I didn't ask to be made. But if it brought some passing fancy to some lowly humans as they haphazardly pranced their way through life's mournful jungle then so be it. -Marvin, in _The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy_, by Douglas Adams I think that all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I'm certainly not! But I'm sick and tired of being told that I am! -Monty Python Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Confucius The explorer who will not come back or send back his ships to tell his tale is not an explorer, only an adventurer, and his sons are born in exile. -Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed Inquiry is fatal to certainty. -Will Durant Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness of a pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule. -David Guaspari Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored. -George Saunders' last words He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much a master of the world as he who is ready to die. -Giacomo Leopardi As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. -Oscar Wilde First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. -F. Scott Fitzgerald Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed. -George Bernard Shaw By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. -Socrates Never fight an inanimate object. -P. J. O'Rourke If at first you don't succeed, you may be at your level of incompetence already. -Lawrence J. Peter There are two great rules of life: never tell everything at once. -Ken Venturi A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought alone. -William Wordsworth, of Newton The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution. -Ralph Waldo Emerson "L'Homme pense; donc je suis," dit l'Univers. -Paul Valery When it came time for me to give my talk on the subject, I started off by drawing an outline of the cat and began to name the various muscles. The other students in the class interrupt me: "We know all that!" "Oh," I say, "you do? Then no wonder I can catch up with you so fast after you've had four years of biology." They had wasted all their time memorizing stuff like that, when it could be looked up in fifteen minutes. -Richard Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef. -Tom Robbins To my astonishment I was informed on leaving college that I had studied navigation!- Why, if I had taken one turn down the harbor, I should have known more about it. -Henry David Thoreau Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions. -Frank Lloyd Wright What I spent, is gone; what I kept, I lost; but what I gave away will be mine forever. -Ethel Percy Andrus What's the matter, you poor dissentious rogues, That, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion, make yourself scabs? -Shakespeare, Coriolanus The believer is happy; the doubter is wise. -Hungarian Proverb If you stay in Beverly Hills too long you become a Mercedes. -Robert Redford This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. -Dorothy Parker Wagner's music is better then it sounds. -Mark Twain The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent. -Mell Lazarus The last Christian died on the cross. -Nietzsche Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. -James Russell Lowel To be sure, the dog is loyal. But why, on that account, should we take him as an example? He is loyal to men, not to other dogs. -Karl Kraus I believe that every human has a finite number of heart-beats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises. -Neil Armstrong We were taken to a fast-food cafe where our order was fed into a computer. Our hamburgers, made from the flesh of chemically impregnated cattle, had been boiled over counterfeit charcoal, placed between slices of artificially flavored cardboard and served to us by recycled juvenile delinquents. -Jean-Michel Chapereau 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 Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you find the real tinsel underneath. -Oscar Levant You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly, and still have room for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart. -Fred Allen If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a citizen and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German, and Germany will declare that I am a Jew. -Albert Einstein Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother. -Germaine Greer Television- a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done. -Ernie Kovacs I doubt if the vigilance of the law is equal to making money stick with over-credulous people. -Justice Jackson, 1944 Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. -Andre Gide In order to be utterly happy the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past, which I often did not fully enjoy because I was comparing them with other moments in the future. -Andre Gide Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. -Mark Russel You are obviously suffering from delusions of adequacy. -Alexis Carrington Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me- The Carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality. -Emily Dickinson When you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both, it's health. If everything is simply jake, then you're frightened of death. -J. P. Donleavy Birds never sing in caves. -Henry David Thoreau As your attorney, it is my duty to inform you that it is not important that you understand what I'm doing or why you're paying me so much money. What's important is that you continue to do so. -Hunter S. Thompson's Samoan Attorney You white people are so strange. We think it is very primitive for a child to have only two parents. -Australian Aboriginal Elder Wear me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion cruel as the grave; it blazes up like blazing fire, fiercer than any flame. [Song of Solomon 8:6 (NEB)] ...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -Fred Brooks, Jr. ...Another writer again agreed with all my generalities, but said that as an inveterate skeptic I have closed my mind to the truth. Most notably I have ignored the evidence for an Earth that is six thousand years old. Well, I haven't ignored it; I considered the purported evidence and then rejected it. There is a difference, and this is a difference, we might say, between prejudice and postjudice. Prejudice is making a judgment before you have looked at the facts. Postjudice is making a judgment afterwards. Prejudice is terrible, in the sense that you commit injustices and you make serious mistakes. Postjudice is not terrible. You can't be perfect of course; you may make mistakes also. But it is permissible to make a judgment after you have examined the evidence. In some circles it is even encouraged. -Carl Sagan, The Burden of Skepticism Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. -- A. Einstein "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." -- Albert Einstein. Never let your schooling interfere with your education. - Samuel L. Clemens A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is no longer indispensible. - Admiral Byrd The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance. - Shelley Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. - Cowper "Great wits are sure to madness close allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide." -- Dryden, _Absalom and Achitopel_ "The major cause of accidents remains hunter error, Johnson says. And it's hard to teach people not to be stupid." -- The Capitol Times (a paper in Wisconsin) "The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents." -- Nathaniel Borenstein "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." -- H.G. Wells "You know, there have been an incredible number of natural disasters this year, but when you put it into the Big Picture, I don't think it's the end of the world... because the Cubs didn't win the Pennant." -- A. Whitney Brown "When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster." --Lao Tse, _Tao Te Ching: 72_ "The Social Sciences are good at accounting for disasters once they have taken place." -- Claude T. Bissell "Everything has a boolean value, if you stand far enough away from it." -- Galena Alyson Canada Language is a virus from outer space. - William Seward Burroughs (b.1914) All the translations of a poem in all possible languages may add nuance to nuance and, by a kind of mutual retouching, by correcting one another, may give an increasingly faithful picture of the poem they translate, yet they will never give the inner meaning of the original. - Henri Louis Bergson (1859-1941) A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used. - Oliver Wendell Holmes (Jr. or Sr.?) Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented. - Leo Calvin Rosten (b.1908) Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? - Clarence Seward Darrow (1857-1938) We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it. - Benjamin Whorf (1897-1941) Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about. - Benjamin Whorf (1897-1941) If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. - Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. - Robert Burton (1577-1640) We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if only words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. - John Locke (1632-1704) Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. - John Adams (1735-1826) I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations. - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) As the language of the face is universal, so 'tis very comprehensive; no laconism can reach it: 'tis the short hand of the mind, and crowds a great deal in a little room. - Jeremy Collier (1650-1726) It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure. - Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) (65-8 BC) It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. - Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918) "The Education of Henry Adams", 1907 No doubt in an H-bomb war great cities would be obliterated. But this is one of the minor disasters that would have to be faced. -- Bertrand Russell When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accidentI or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort. -- Capt. E. J. Smith, of the RMS Titanic, in 1907. "Be a man!" said I. "You are scared out of your wits! What good is religion if it collapses under calamity? Think of what earthquakes and floods, wars and volcanoes, have done before to men! Did you think God had exempted Weybridge? He is not an insurance agent." -- H. G. Wells "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -- Albert einstein Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. MARK TWAIN (1835-1910) The eyes have one language everywhere. GEORGE HERBERT The language of truth is unadorned and always simple. MARCELLINUS AMMIANUS Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. LILY TOMLIN Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all. SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. MARK TWAIN (1835-1910) Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. AMBROSE BIERCE (1842-1914?), "THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY" Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? CLARENCE DARROW "A degree, ... is a first step down a ruinous highway. You don't want to waste it so you go on to graduate work and doctoral research. You end up a thorough-going ignoramus on everything in the world except for one subdivisional sliver of nothing." -- Isaac Asimov, _The Dead Past_ It's not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them. Isabel Colegate from her 1981 novel "The Shooting Party" "Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch." -- Robert Orben "In a mad world only the mad are sane." -- Akira Kurosawa Language exists to conceal true thought. -- Tallyrand When ideas fail, words come in very handy. -- Goethe And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. -- H.L. Mencken It sometimes seems as though we were trying to combine the ideal of no schools at all with the democratic ideal of schools for everybody by having schools without education. -- Robert Maynard Hutchins The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. -- Einstein To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. -- Chinese proverb Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- M. L. King, Jr. The best way to get rid of temptation is to give into it. --Oscar Wilde (?) "Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knoweledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college." - Lillian Smith "Books are the curse of the human race." --Benjamin Disraeli "My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out." --Dylan Thomas An ordinary man can...surround himself with two thousand books...and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy. --Augustine Birrell I am part of all I have read. --John Kieran Show me the books he loves and I shall know The man far better than through mortal friends. --S. Weir Mitchell The things i want to know are in books; my best freind is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. --Abraham Lincoln When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes. --Desiderius Erasmus Quote: A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us. Author: Franz Kafka Quote: The man who does not read good books is at no advantage over the man that can`t read them. Author: Mark Twain History teaches that men behave wisely once they have exhausted all alternatives. -Abba Eban Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. -Mark Twain Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. -Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes) Examinations are formidable, even to the best prepared, as the greatest fool can ask more than the wisest man can answer. -Chales Caleb Colton "Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature maching gun." - from a cartoon by Matt Groening "Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come." --Matt Groening "Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." -- H.L. Mencken "Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain emties.~ --Jules Renard "Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire." -- La Rochefoucauld "My dear boy, the people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people. What they call their loyalty and their fidelity, I call their lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what constancy is to the intellect - simply a confession of failure. Faithfulness! I must analyse it some day. The passion for property is in it. There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up." -- Ocsar Wilde "Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love." -- Charlie Brown "Never judge someone by who he's in love with; judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people. Take a cool, appraising glance at his pals." -- Cynthia Heimel "Love is like pi -- natural, irrational, and VERY important." --Lisa Hoffmann "Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance." -- Ocsar Wilde "The fickleness of the woman I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me." -- George Bernard Shaw "Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia." -- Judith Viorst "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell." -- Joan Crawford Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. --Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin -- it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring. -- S.J. Perelman Change is what makes the world go 'round, not love. Love only keeps it populated. -- Charles H. Brower The reasonable man adapts 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 The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. -- Bertrand Russell USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population. -- Dave Letterman But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little past them into the impossible. -- Arthur C. Clarke The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else! -- Nietzsche There's no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible. -- Sean O'Casey, "The Plough and The Stars" To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosohpy. -- William Ralph Inge Without a doubt the greatest injury of all was done by basing morals on myth. For, sooner or later, myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears. Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built. -- Lord Samuel, "Romanes Lecture", 1947 In my music, I'm trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time. -- Charles Mingus A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone. -- William Wordsworth A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. -George Bernard Shaw A study of the science of technology defines what is possible; a study of the economics of technology establishes which of the possibilities is practical and useful. -Montgomery Phister All science is concerned with the relationship of cause and effect. Each scientific discovery increases man's ability to predict the consequences of his actions and thus his ability to control future events. -Laurence J. Peter All science is either physics or stamp collecting. -E. Rutherford And science, we should insist, better than any other discipline, can hold up to its students and followers an ideal of patient devotion to the search for objective truth, with vision unclouded by personal or political motive. -Sir Henry Hallett Dalt Art is I; science is we. -Claude Bernard As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress. -J. Robert Oppenheimer But I have seen the science I worshiped and the airplane I loved destroying the civilization I expected them to serve. -Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. By the time a social science theory is formulated in such a way that it can be tested, changing circumstances have already made it obsolete. -Professor Charles P. Issawi HE: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. SHE: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -Walt Kelley He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion. -Goethe I believe that in actual fact, philosophy ranks before and above the natural sciences. -Thomas Mann I believe that part of what propels science is the thirst for wonder. It's a very powerful emotion. All children feel it. In a first grade classroom everybody feels it; in a twelfth grade classroom almost nobody feels it, or at least acknowledges it. Something happens between first and twelfth grade, and it's not just puberty. Not only do the schools and the media not teach much skepticism, there is also little encouragement of this stirring sense of wonder. Science and pseudoscience both arouse that feeling. Poor popularizations of science establish an ecological niche for pseudoscience. -Carl Sagan I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. -Carl Sagan If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion. -Lazarus Long If science were explained to the average person in a way that is accessible and exciting, there would be no room for pseudoscience. But there is a kind of Gresham's Law by which in popular culture the bad science drives out the good. And for this I think we have to blame, first, the scientific community ourselves for not doing a better job of popularizing science, and second, the media, which are in this respect almost uniformly dreadful. Every newspaper in America has a daily astrology column. How many have even a weekly astronomy column? And I believe it is also the fault of the educational system. We do not teach how to think. This is a very serious failure that may even, in a world rigged with 60,000 nuclear weapons, compromise the human future. -Carl Sagan In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time someting like that happened in politics or religion. -Carl Sagan In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs. -Sir William Osler In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shorte- ned itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore, in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long, seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling invest- ment of fact. -Mark Twain It is a mistake to believe that a science consists in nothing but conclusively proved propositions, and it is unjust to demand that it should. It is a demand only from those who feel a craving for authority in some form and a need to replace the religious catechism by something else, even it it be a scientific one. -Sigmund Freud Metaphysics is the science of proving what we don't understand. -Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) Mustgo: Any item of food that has been sitting in the refrigerator so long it has become a science project. -Sniglets, Rich Hall & Friends Parkinson's Finding on Journals: The progress of science varies inversely with the number of journals published. Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. -Henri Poincaire The age of innocent faith in science and technology may be over. Every major advance in the technological competence of man has enforced revolutionary changes in the economic and political structure of society. -Barry Commoner The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship. -Lazarus Long The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice. The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but That's funny ... -Isaac Asimov The social problems raised by science must be faced and solved by the humanities. -Harold Dodd The stature of a science is commonly measured by the degree to which it makes use of mathematics. -S. S. Stevens Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis best suited to open the way to the next better one. -Konrad Lorenz You can take all the impact that science considerations have on funding decisions at NASA, put them in the navel of a flea, and have room left over for a caraway seed and Tony Calio's heart. -F. Allen I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race. -- Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account. -- Benjamin Franklin Do not let people put you down. Believe in yourself and stand for yourself and trust yourself. -- Jacob Neusner You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. -- Jimmy Carter It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite. -- Sam Levenson Your mind must control, but you must have heart ... Give your feeling free. -- Vladimir Horowitz Know thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. -- Alexander Pope Seek not the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are beyond thy strength. -- Apocrypha "Serious men are inevitably shallow, just as virtuous women are always dull. One must be a bit of a scoundrel to know the depths of oneself." -- Sigismundo Celine, Nature's God (by Robert Anton Wilson) "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." --Lewis Carroll, _Through the Looking-Glass_ I believe that once when asked his religion, Disraeli replied: "Great men are all of the same religion" Questioner: "And what religion is that?" Disraeli: "Great men never say." "Men come tamely home at night only from the next field or street, where their household echoes haunt, and their life pines because it breathes its own breath over again; their shadows, morning and evening, reach farther than their daily steps. We should come home from far, from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day, with new experience and character." -- Henry David Thoreau "I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." --George Bernard Shaw "Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you." --Stewart E. White "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get rained out." --Satchel Paige "Do every act of your life as if it were your last." --Marcus Aurelius "Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." --Voltaire "Even if you're on the right track, if you stand still you'll get run over by the next train." --Will Rogers "It always surprises me that some things are so surprising that they even surprise people that nothing surprises any more." --Erik Dasque "Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "Mistakes are the portals of discovery." --James Joyce "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night" --Edgar Allen Poe "Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns." --J.M. Clark "Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least." --Earl of Chesterfield "The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth." "Every thought is a seed. If you plant 'Crab' apples don't count on harvesting 'Golden Delicious'." "As for disappointing them, I should not so much mind; but I can't abide to disappoint myself." --Oliver Goldsmith "Cut off the human race from the knowledge and comprehension of its history, and its government will just turn into a monkey cage. We need the guidance of history. All our yesterdays, it is true, have only lighted fools the way to dusty death. But we need at least the dates of the yesterdays and the list of the fools." -- Stephen Leacock Broad, wholesome, charitable views ... can not be acquired by vegetating in one's little corner of the earth. -- Mark Twain, _Innocents Abroad_ "...Dreaming is a philogenetically older mode of thought..." - C.G. Jung I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meaness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. -- Henry David Thoreau Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble and logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon, beauty. -BURNHAM "It is not good for all your wishes to be fulfilled; through sickness you recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, satisfaction; through exertion, the value of rest." -HERACLITUS Just remember, once youUre over the hill you begin to pick up speed. -- Charles Schultz Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. -- Samuel Paterson No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. -- Channing Pollack Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. -- Bertrand Russell It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done. -- Virginia Woolf Who ceases to be a friend, never was one. -- Anonymous He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. -- Napolean Bonaparte What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer. -- Bertrand Russell "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this in not difficult." -Charlotte Whitton If there is anything better than to be loved it is loving. -Anonymous The way to love is to realize that it might be lost. -Gilbert K. Chesterton Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies. -John Donne To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another. -Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz Love gives itself; it is not bought. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow It is better to have loved an lost, than not to have loved at all. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. -Benjamin Franklin Love: The delusion that one woman differs from another. -H.L. Mencken Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. -H.L. Mencken There is only one sort of love, but there are a thousand copies. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love. -Henry Ward Beecher We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe A kiss: A peculiar proposition. Of no use to one, yet absolute bliss to two. The small boy gets it for nothing, the young man has to lie for it, and the old man has to buy it. The baby's right, the lover's privelege, and the hypocrite's mask. To a young girl, faith; to a married woman, hope; and to an old maid, charity. -V.P.I. Skipper The economic and technological triumphs of the last few years have not solved as many problems as we thought they would, and, in fact, have brought us new problems we did not forsee. -Henry Ford II Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. -John Dewey Whatever else scientists do, the most significant thing they do is to try to find out things that are not known. -Dennis Flanagan Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the greater view? -Victor Hugo The Wright brother's flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility. -Charles F. Kettering No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. -Sir Issac Newton Except for children (who don't know enough not to ask the important questions), few of us spend time wondering why nature is the way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it was always here...or whether there are ultimate limits to what humans can know...But much of science has been driven by such inquire. An increasing number of adults are willing to ask questions of this sort, and occasionally they get some astonishing answers. -Carl Sagan, Introduction to _A Brief History of Time_ by Stephen W. Hawking There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it. -- BERNARD SHAW, Man and Superman, IV The gods gave man fire and he invented fire engines. They gave him love and he invented marriage. Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in? -- Ralph Emerson There's only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again. -- Clint Eastwood Almost anything is easier to get into than out of. -- Agnes Allen We may not return the affection of those who like us, but we always respect their good judgement. "Wedlock--the deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise lounge." --Mrs. Patrick Campbell quoted in "Jennie" vo. 2, 1914. "Evidently, whatever else marriage might prevent, it was not a remedy for isolation of spirit." --Ellen Glasgow, "Barren Ground" 1925 (not terribly romantic, that) "Bernard placed one arm tightly round her. When will you marry me Ethel he uttered you must be my wife it has come to that I love you so intensely that if you say no I shall perforce dash my body to the brink of yon muddy river he panted wildly. O don't do that implored Ethel breathing rather hard." --Daisy Ashford (age 9) "The Young Visitors" 1919 [lack of quotation not my choice] [that was lack of punctuation] "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone." -- Bill Cosby "If you achieve success, you will get applause. Enjoy it -- but never quite believe it." -- Robert Montgomery "Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: If the probability of success is not almost one, then it is damn near zero." -- David Ellis "Success and failure are equally disastrous." -- Tennessee Williams "In addition I think science has enjoyed an extraordinary success because it has such a limited and narrow realm in which to focus its efforts. Namely, the physical universe." -- Ken Jenkins "A successful tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author." -- S. C. Johnson "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." -- Richard P. Feynman "If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average." -- Bill Cosby "If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure." -- Then-Vice President Dan Quayle "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson "A technique succeeds in mathematical physics, not by a clever trick, or a happy accident, but because it expresses some aspect of a physical truth." -- O.G. Sutton "It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite things than to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible." -- Arthur Machen When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. -- Confucious Only the educated are free. -- Epictetus The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. -- Edward Gibbon Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. -- Victor Hugo The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow A friend you have to buy won't be worth what you pay for him. -- G. D. Prentice To be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer. -- George Bernard Shaw "I hope that one or two immortal lyrics will come out of all this tumbling around." -- poet Louise Brogan, on her affair with poet Theodore Roethke "I knew words were like chains, they held me back... the act of description taints the description." -- John Fowles (from "The Magus") "No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." -- Oscar Wilde "All our life is crushed by the weight of words: the weight of the dead." -- Luigi Pirandello "Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself." -- Marcel Proust "It takes a lot of time being a genius -- you have to sit around so much doing nothing." -- Gertrude Stein "Art isn't political because of a label, a theory, or a rejected grant application; art is political because it has the power to change lives." -- Peter Zeisler "We risk the greatest loss when we allow our questions to be made smaller." -- Stephen Dietz (in an article debunking the oft-used advice "you should only write what you know about") Quote: I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. Author: E. M. Forster Reference: Two Cheers for Democracy Quote: Rien n'est si dangereux qu'un ignorant ami; Mieux vaudrait un sage ennemi. (Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; better a wise enemy.) Author: Jean de la Fontaine Quote: ... the most important thing in the programming language is the name. A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language. Author: D. E. Knuth, 1967 Quote: She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong. Author: Mae West "Do not grieve. Misfortunes will happen to the wisest and best of men. Death will come, always out of season. It is the command of the Great Spirit, and all nations and people must obey. What is past and what cannot be prevented should not be grieved for.... Misfortunes do not flourish particularly in our lives -- they grow everywhere." Big Elk Omaha Chief "God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. One must take it. The only choice is how." -- Henry Ward Beecher "The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter." -- Mandie Ellingson "Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come." -- Amy Lowell "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." -- Chinese Proverb "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." -- unknown "The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." -- Chinese Proverb "No wise man ever wished to be younger." -- Jonathan Swift "Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in." -- Thoreau There will come a time when you will dicscover a thing called loneliness. But remember life's cruellest irony: The time you feel most lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. --Douglas Coupland We pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free. --Tom Robbins If you come to me with your fists doubled, I think I can promise you that mine will double as fast as yours; but if you come to me and say, "Let us sit down and take counsel together and, if we differ from one another, just understand what the points at issue are", we will presently find that we are not so far apart at all, that the points on which we differ are few and the points on which we agree are many. -Woodrow Wilson Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see each other whole against the sky. -Rainer Maria Rilke in LETTERS Every worthwhile has a fence around it, but there is always a gate and a key. -Henry Frederick "`You were hurt,' Kumiko said, looking down at the scar. Sally looked down. `Yeah.' `Why didn't you have it removed?' `Sometimes it's good to remember.' `Being hurt?' `Being stupid.'" -- Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson As a child, I understood how to give; I have forgotten that grace since I became civilized. I lived the natural life, whereas I now live the artificial. Any pretty pebble was valuable to me then, every growing tree an object of reverence. Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa) Santee Sioux "The sun, the moon and the stars that make the wind blow, it took me twenty years to understand. But lost to me is how the lives of friends go. Like autumn leaves, in Oklahoma wind." -- Vince Bell, "The Sun, Moon and Stars" "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." -- Anatole France I should have known you'd bid me farewell There's a lesson to be learned from this, and I learned it very well Now I know you're not the only starfish in the sea If I never hear your name again, it's all the same to me And I think it's gonna be all right Yeah, the worst is over now The morning Sun is shining like a red rubber ball. -- Cyrkle, _Red Rubber Ball_ "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today." --Friedrich Nietzsche, _Human, All Too Human_ Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it. -- Richard Whately A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. -- Francis Bacon You will never *find* time for anything. If you want time you must make it. -- Charles Buxton Education is a progressive discovery of ignorance. -- Will Durant Energy and persistence conquer all thing. -- Benjamin Franklin Adventure is not outside a man, it is within. -- David Grayson Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverence. -- Samuel Johnson A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else. -- Andre Malraux You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. -- Eleanor Roosevelt A stern discipline pervades all nature, which is a little cruel that it may be very kind. -- Edmund Spenser When the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers. -- Oscar Wilde Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven. -- Henry Ward Beecher Love not what you are, but what you may become. -- Miguel de Cervantes Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. -- Albert Einstein Why does the evening, does the night, put warmer love in our hearts? Is it the nightly pressure of helplessness? Or is it the exalting separation from the turmoils of life, that veiling of the world in which for the soul nothing there remains but souls? It is therefore that the letters in which the loved name stands written in our spirit appears like phosphorous writing by night, in fire, while by day, in their cloudy traces, they but smoke? -Richter Worriers spend a lot of time shoveling smoke. -Claude McDonald It is one thing to see the land of peace from a wooded ridge ... and another to take the path that leads to it. -- St. Augustine With the first link of chain forged First speech senteced First thought forbidden First freedom denied Chains us all inevitably. -- from Star Trek "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." -- Albert Einstein "The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility." -- Albert Einstein "I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology." -- Thomas Jefferson "About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all." - from _Venus Envy_, by Rita Mae Brown A ... mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. -- Oliver Wendel Holmes What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers. -- Marina Horner What publishers are looking for these days isn't radical feminism. It's corporate feminism -- a brand of feminism designed to sell books and magazines, three-piece suits, airline tickets, Scotch, cigarettes and, most important, corporate America's message, which runs: "Yes, women were discriminated against in the past, but that unfortunate mistake has been remedied; now every woman can attain wealth, prestige and power by dint of individual rather than collective effort. -- Susan Gordon "You push and I'll pelt." They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged -- though not dead. I know how the flowers felt. -- R.F. The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. PLUTARCH "Beloved, what more can I say than this-- In life, in death, in rebirth, stay my lord! For love has tied a knot about your feet, And love has put a girdle round my life. I give you all, my self entire, your slave. In all creation who else is my own: When there is none to call me by my name: And there is none at whose side I can stand; Mid kinsfolk, friends and fellows--none my own. So I seek shelter in you, lotus-cool, And in your fleeting absence, dies my soul. And ever round my throat, I wear Even about my throat your jewel touch." -- Chandidasa You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however -- Richard Bach, "Illusions" If you can dream it, you can do it. -- Walt Disney Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream preceds the goal. -- Pamela Starr A goal is a dream with a deadline. -- Steve Smith Some people dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them. -- Successories Poster "To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." --- Anatole France Only the educated are free --Epictetus "Discourses" The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. [Aristotle, in Diogenes Laertius: _Life_] If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. [Derek Bok (President of Harvard), in 1987. Probably not original with him.] Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. [John Dewey.] Genius without education is like silver in the mine. [Benjamin Franklin. Probably not original with him either.] Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. [Twain: _A Curious Dream_ (1872). (I'd appreciate an explanation, if someone has read this.)] Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. - Hector Louis Berlioz (1803-1869) Real education must be limited to men who *insist* on knowing. The rest is mere sheep-herding. - Ezra Loomis Pound (1885-1972) Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed. - R. Ingersoll Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. - George Iles They cannot scare me with their empty spaces Between stars - on stars no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home, To scare myself with my own desert places. -- Robert Frost, 1936 "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." -- Martin Luther King Jr. Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. -- Carl Jung The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts about reality. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything--and it works. -- William Strong Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing. -- Oscar Wilde Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for. -- Robert Maynard I am large, I contain multitudes, as Whitman said; but some of the multitudes are more multidinous than others. "Prejudices, like odorous bodies, have a double existence both solid and subtle--solid as the pyramids, subtle as the memory of hyacinths which once scented the darkness." --George Eliot If a man achieves or suffers change in premises which are deeply embedded in his mind, he will surely find that the results of that change will ramify throughout his whole universe. -- Gregory Bateson "Those people who recognize that the imagination is reality's master, we call sages,' and those who act upon it, we call artists.' Or lunatics." Tom Robbins This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. -- Bertrand Russell "Two roads diverged in the wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. -- William Shakespeare "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, estatically, ecstatically, Existence is simply illusion. -- Mr. Rogers Indicate the direction of my domecile Traversing solidified matter, oceanic regions or effervescent fluids.. "The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad" [Salvador Dali] Mistakes are the portals of discovery. -- James Joyce It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. -- W. Somerset Maugham Life was meant to be lived and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. -- Eleanor Roosevelt A friend is a present you give yourself. -- Robert Louis Stevenson A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. -- Oscar Wilde Expedients are for the hour; principles for the ages. -- Henry Ward Beecher How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. -- Coco Chanel Culture is on the horns of a dilemma: if profound and noble it must remain rare; if common it must become mean. --George Santayana Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns. --J.M. Clark When words leave off, music begins. --Heinrich Heine Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. --Arthur Schopenhauer The world is governed more by appearance than by realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as it is to know it. --Daniel Webster Communication is something so simple and difficult that we can never put it in simple words. T.S. Matthews "Early religions were like muddy ponds with lots of foliage. Concealed there, the fish of the soul could splash and feed. Soon, they became more like aquariums, and then hatcheries. >From farm fingerling to frozen fishstick is a short swim." - Tom Robbins Skinny Legs and All " The world... appears as a complicated tissue of events, in which connection of different kinds alternate or overlap or combine and thereby determine the texture of the whole." (Physicist Werner Heisenberg) " Nature is part of us, as we are part of it. We can recognize ourselves in the description we give to it." (Ilya Prigognine, Chemist and Nobel Prize Winner) "The world and thought are only the spumes; of menacing cosmic images; blood pulsates with their flight; thoughts are lit by their fires; and these images are - myths." Andrei Bely "But Man is an odd, sad creature as yet, intent on pilfering the earth, and heedless of the growths within himself." E.M. Forster "Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!" -- A. Einstein. Each person must decide for himself what he wants each day. As a leader, I will expose you to the options and the likely consequences of those options. I'll even share my opinion if asked, but I'll never confuse it with the opinion, which simply doesn't exist. Wayne Dyer A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group. Russell H. Ewing Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the Ready- Aim-Aim-Aim Syndrome. You must be willing to fire. T. Boone Pickens The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. Max DePree, quoted in Working Communicator, September 1992 Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. --William Jones Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. --Vincent van Gogh Perfection is the child of time. --Joseph Hall No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive. --Mahatma Gandhi We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. --Seneca Truth never hurts the teller. --Robert Browning It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. --Arthur Conan Doyle "If their is no wind, row" -- Latin Proverb "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" -- Martin Luther King, Jr. "You can judge a man by his enemies" -- Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, 1884 Democratic national convention "Reality keeps ruining my life" -- Calvin "To be what we are, and to become what we are capaable of becoming, is the only end of life" -- Robert Louis Stevenson "Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you also have an obligation to be one" -- Eleanor Roosevelt Each man is the smith of his own fortune. -- Appius Claudius Caecus To many total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. -- St. Augustine Is not absence death to those who love? -- Alexander Pope The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. -- Thomas Carlyle As for disappointing them I should not so much mind; but I canUt abide to disappoint myself. -- Oliver Goldsmith Truth, like a torch, the more itUs shook it shines. -- William Hamilton If God can create a stone too heavy for Him to lift, there is something He cannot do; and if He cannot create a stone too heavy for him to lift, there is something He cannot create. If there's something God cannot do He is not omnipotent, and if there's something He cannot create He is not omnipotent. Therefore God is not omnipotent. --Elementary Symbolic Logic, 2nd Ed. Gustason & Ulrich Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame, A mechanized automaton. -- Shelley, _Queen Mab_ "Courageous, untroubled, mocking and violent - that is what Wisdom wants us to be. Wisdom is a woman, and loves only a warrior." Fred Nietzsche, Zarathustra, book I Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. -- Bertrand Russell Earth is the cradle of human kind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever. -- Konstantin Tsiokovsky The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. - Niels Bohr We all live to a formula. Maybe the secret lies in keeping that formula secret. - Peter Greenaway - Dear Boullee We have just reached the outer fringes of the Solar System. Can any sane man possibly argue that we should stop there? - Hugh Maclennan I said I _liked_ being half-educated; you were so much more _surprised_ at everything when you were ignorant. - Gerald Durrell - My Family and Other Animals My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. - Albert Einstein Trivia rarely affect efficiency. Are all the machinations worth it, when their primary effect is to make the code less readable? - Kernighan & Plauger - The Elements of Programming Style The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand. - Lewis Thomas It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God-- but to create him. - Arthur C. Clarke No word meaning "art" occurs in Aivilik, nor does "artist": there are only people. Nor is any distinction made between utilitarian and decorative objects. The Aivilik say simply, "A man should do all things properly." - Edmund Carpenter I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light. - Isaac Newton We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde Ye poor posterity, think not that ye are the first. Other fools before ye have seen the sun rise and set, and the moon change her shape and her hour. As they were so ye are; and yet not so great; for the pyramids my people built stand to this day; whilst the dustheaps on which ye slave, and which ye call empires, scatter in the wind even as ye pile your dead sons' bodies on them to make yet more dust. - G.B. Shaw - Caesar and Cleopatra "There is no disputing about tastes," says the old saw. In my experience there is little else. - Robertson Davies Truth is not always in a well. In fact, as regards the more important knowledge, I do believe that she is invariably superficial. The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found. - E.A. Poe - The Murders in the Rue Morgue We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. - Wernher Von Braun Let your voice be heard, whether or not it is to the taste of every jack-in-office who may be obstructing the traffic. By all means, render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's-- but this does not necessarily include everything that he says is his. - Denis Johnston - The Brazen Horn The principle of maximum diversity operates both at the physical and at the mental level. It says that the laws of nature and the initial conditions are such as to make the universe as interesting as possible. As a result, life is possible but not too easy. Always when things are dull, something new turns up to challenge us and to stop us from settling into a rut. Examples of things which make life difficult are all around us: comet impacts, ice ages, weapons, plagues, nuclear fission, computers, sex, sin and death. Not all challenges can be overcome, and so we have tragedy. Maximum diversity often leads to maximum stress. In the end we survive, but only by the skin of our teeth. - Freeman Dyson - Infinite in All Directions If there's another world, he lives in bliss; / If there is none, he made the best of this. - Robert Burns - Epitaph on William Muir Rest in peace. The mistake shall not be repeated. - Cenotaph in Hiroshima Ahead, there were such sights unfolding: friends and places they'd feared gone forever coming to greet them, eager for shared rapture. There was time for all their miracles now. For ghosts and transformations; for passion and ambiguity; for noon-day visions and midnight glory. Time in abundance. For nothing ever begins. And this story, having no beginning, will have no end. - Clive Barker - Weaveworld I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse. - Isaac Asimov May you go safe, my friend, across that dizzy way / No wider than a hair, by which your people go / From earth to Paradise; may you go safe today / With stars and space above, and time and stars below. - Lord Dunsany Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. -- Donald Knuth The passion for science and the passion for music are driven by the same desire; to realize beauty in one's vision of the world. -- Heinz Pagels We have yet to learn that the thing uttered in words is not therefore affirmed. It must affirm itself, or no forms of logic or of oath can give it evidence. The sentence must also contain its own apology for being spoken. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. -'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.'- Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, _Self Reliance_ 'God split himself into a myriad parts so that he might have friends.' This may not be true, but it sounds good -- and is no sillier than any other theology. -- Robert A. Heinlein One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. -- Robert A. Heinlein One man's magic is another man's engineering. "Supernatural" is a null word. -- Robert A. Heinlein God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash, and in small bills. -- Robert A. Heinlein I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. -- Frank Herbert (Dune) Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. --Ashley Montague Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold. What have we to offer in exchange? Uncertainty! Insecurity! ISAAC ASIMOV Science does not promise absolute truth, nor does it consider that such a thing necessarily exists. Science does not even promise that everything in the Universe is amenable to the scientific process. ISAAC ASIMOV In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. STEPHEN JAY GOULD "There is no absolute knowledge. And those who claim it, whether they are scientists or dogmatists, open the door to tragedy. All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility. That is the human conditions; and that is what quantum physics says. I mean that literally." -- Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man my favorites from Cat's Cradle: "If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue- white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who." --Bokonon (from Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle) Better is the enemy of good enough. ANONYMOUS The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action. FRANK HERBERT "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." -- Martin Luther King (1965) "Science has 'explained' nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness." Aldous Huxley (1964) "The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact." T.H. Huxley (1894) "I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream." -- Black Elk, after surrender at Wounded Knee Alas! it is our delusion all, The future cheats us from afar; Nor can we be what we recall, Nor dare we think on what we are. -- Yeats "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear "From time to time. What tenderness in these little words, what savagery." -- Samuel Beckett Cynic, n.: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision. -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary" I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up. -- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad" Like my parents, I have never been a regular church member or churchgoer. It doesn't seem plausible to me that there is the kind of God who watches over human affairs, listens to prayers, and tries to guide people to follow His precepts -- there is just too much misery and cruelty for that. On the other hand, I respect and envy the people who get inspiration from their religions. -- Benjamin Spock Resolve to find thyself; and to know that he who finds himself, loses his misery. -- Matthew Arnold That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended -- civilizations are built up -- excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top, and then it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and runs a few yards, and then it breaks down. -- C. S. Lewis I know you're supposed to take life one day at a time -- but lately several days have attacked me at once. Come away, o human child, To the waters and the wild, With a faery, hand in hand, >From a world more full of weeping than you can understand. -- Yeats If you want magic, let go of your armor. Magic is so much stronger than steel! -- Richard Bach, "The Bridge Across Forever" Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. -- Albert Einstein The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling. -- Paula Poundstone We are such stuff as dreams are made on, And our little life is rounded with a sleep. -- Shakespeare, The Tempest "If I could go through the dorms and shoot people, exam pressures would be put into perspective." -- Professor Ralph Noble "Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar- playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact." -- Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures "Instead of having 'answers' on a math test, they should just call them 'impressions' and if you got a diffrent 'impression' so what, can't we all be brothers?" -- Jack Handey "Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power." -- P.J. O'Rourke "No hand for me, abandon me, Wash over me, watch over me, drowned forever, Alone and crying, and a thousand miles astray, I turned my face to God, but his face was turned away." - Motorhead: Lost In The Ozone "It is the absolute silence of infinite space that frightens me." -- B. Pascal " My heart is warm with the friends I make, And better friends I'll not be knowing; Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take, No matter where it's going." -- Edna St. Vincent Millay "Quantum particles: the dreams that stuff is made of." -- David Moser "All snakes who wish to remain in Ireland will please raise their right hands." -- Saint Patrick These are days you'll remember, never before, never since, I promise, will the whole world be as warm as this. -10,000 Maniacs "That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith." Samuel Taylor Coleridge Panting and snorting like a mad battle steed that has lost its rider, the masterless ocean overruns the globe. Herman Melville Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world. - Arthur Schopenhauer Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth. - Feodor Dostoevsky Called a blind date to set up a meeting at a restaurant. I said, "I'll be the one in the leather jacket." She said, "I'll be the one drinking sake." Turned out it was one of those biker-sushi places. We never met. - Stephen Wright The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. -- Mark Twain He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche The last Christian died on the cross. -- Friedrich Nietzsche The major contribution of Protestant thought to the knowledge of mankind is its massive proof that God is a bore. -- H.L. Mencken I think you should defend to the death their right to march, and then go down and meet them with baseball bats. - Woody Allen, on the KKK Here the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire. -- Friedrich Nietzsche The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven. -- Mark Twain The thousand mysteries around us would not trouble but interest us, if only we had cheerful, healthy hearts. --Friedrich Nietzsche Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. --Ralph Waldo Emerson When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. -- John Muir (1838-1914) Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. -- Stella Adler The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. ---Walter Bagehot "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the relevation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age." -H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu" Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously! - Friedrich Nietzsche The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad. - Friedrich Nietzsche For others do I wait...for higher ones, stronger ones, more triumphant ones, merrier ones, for such as are built squarely in body and soul: laughing lions must come. - Friedrich Nietzsche Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual. - Friedrich Nietzsche In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point. -- Friedrich Nietzsche Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true. -- Friedrich Nietzsche [W]e shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man. -- Lynn White, Jr., "The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis", Science V. 155 No. 3767 (10 March 1967), pp. 1203-1207. A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. - Carl Sagan, "Contact" If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. - Isaac Newton I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back. - Abraham Lincoln I hold that a little rebellion is a good thing. - Thomas Jefferson 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 It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be! - Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote" Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. - Sir Richard F. Burton The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. -- Joseph Conrad Life always gets harder toward the summit -- the cold increases, the responsibility increases. -- Friedrich Nietzsche What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. -- Sigmund Freud Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. -- Francis Bacon The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. -- Friedrich Nietzsche The better the state is established, the fainter is humanity. -- Friedrich Nietzsche To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task. -- Friedrich Nietzsche I live in my own place have never copied nobody even half, and at any master who lacks the grace to laugh at himself -- I laugh. -- inscribed over the door to Friedrich Nietzsche's house An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence. -- Honore de Balzac Our dignity is not in what we do, but in what we understand. -- George Santayana Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. -- George Bernard Shaw The reasonable man adapts 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 A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult? -- Hermann Hesse Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too self-ful to seek other than itself. --- Kahlil Gibran Cancel me not -- for what shall then remain? Abscissas, some mantissas, modules, modes, A root or two, a torus and a node: The inverse of my verse, a null domain. -- Stanislaw Lem, "Cyberiad" He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. -- Friedrich Nietzsche I have looked into the abyss, and the abyss has looked into me. Neither liked what we saw. -- Brother Theodore "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat." -- T. Roosevelt "Baby, after considerable thought I've reached the conclusion that the only conceivable legitimate answer to the Universe as constituted is a peal of hysterical laughter." -- Keith Laumer, _Night of Delusions_ "scanf() is even more complicated and usually does something almost but not completely unlike what you want." -- Chris Torek, after Douglas Adams "Curse the Baggins! It's gone! What has it got in its pocketses? Oh we guess, we guess, my precious. He's found it, yes he must have. My birthday-present." --Gollum, _The Hobbit_ It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs. -- Oxford University Press, Edpress News The government [is] extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays. What must be kept ever in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases. -- Sir Josiah Stamp "Give us a copper, Guv" said the beggar to the Treasury statistician, when he waylaid him in Parliament square. "I haven't eaten for three days." "Ah," said the statistician, "And how does that compare with the same period last year?" -Russell Lewis I could prove God statistically. -George Gallup I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic. -Winston Churchill Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners. -G. O. Ashley The government is extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays. What must be kept ever in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases. -Sir Josiah Stamp There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics. -Disraeli To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have suceeded. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. -- Albert Einstein "If I ever meet myself," said Zaphod, "I'll hit myself so hard I won't know what's hit me." -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Encyclopedia Galactica has much to say on the theory and practice of time travel, most of which is incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't spent at least four lifetimes studying advanced hypermathematics, and since it was impossible to do this before time travel was invented, there is a certain amount of confusion as to how the idea was arrived at in the first place. One rationalization of this problem states that time travel was, by its very nature, discovered simultaneously at all periods of history, but this is clearly bunk. -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy One of the problems has to do with the speed of light and the difficulties involved in trying to exceed it. You can't. Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. The Hingefreel people of Arkintoofle Minor did try to build spaceships that were powered by bad news but they didn't work particularly well and were so extremely unwelcome whenever they arrived anywhere that there wasn't really any point in being there. -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. -- Thornton Wilder This day and your life ... are God's gift to you -- so give thanks and be joyful always! -- Jim Beggs Error is discipline through which we advance. -- William Ellery Channing A problem is a chance for you to do your best. -- Duke Ellington The best way out is always through. -- Robert Frost Courage is grace under pressure. -- Ernest Hemingway We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. -- Rudyard Kipling Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now. -- Alan Lakein "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love...you make" -- Paul McCartney, "Golden Slumbers Medly" (Abbey Road) There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of makind achieve the second. -- Logan Pearsall Smith, "Afterthoughts" "I did not know then what I know now, that pride is a seed which bears two vines: one life, and the other death." -- Thurber Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. -- Rudyard Kipling "Both read the Bible day and night, But thou read'st black where I read white." -- Blake [The Bible] "has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies." -- Twain "Time alone can prove a just man just, though you can know a bad man in a day." -- Sophocles ("Oedipus Rex") "Pi is good with ice cream." Those who really deserve praise are the people who, while human enough to enjoy power, nevertheless pay more attention to justice than they are compelled to do by their situation. -- Thucydides Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. -- Theodor W. Adorno Communism is socialism plus electricity. -- Joseph Stalin (Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili) (actually originally said by Lenin) This is a man whose latent genius, if unleashed would rock the world. His dynamic energies would overpower those around him. But let him sleep. -- Peter Sutcliffe, aka "The Yorkshire Ripper" "Why dost thou awake me, O breath of spring? Thou dost woo me and say: I cover thee with the dew of heaven! But the time of my fading is near, near is the storm that will scatter my leaves! Tomorrow the wanderer shall come. His eyes will search me in the field around, and will not find me." _The Sorrows of Young Werther_ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Attribution: Emerson, Ralph Waldo Quote: Life is eating us up. We shall be fables presently. Keep cool: it will be one hundred years hence. Topics: singularity, life Attribution: Knopfler, Mark Quote: Now the sun's gone to hell, And the moon's rising high, Let me bid you farewell, Every man has to die. For it is written in the starlight, And the lines of your palm, We're fools to make war, On our brothers in arms. Attribution: Nietche Quote: Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant stars -- and yet they have done it themselves. Topics: time, deeds The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. -- Wilson Mizner Failures are divided into two classes -- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. -- John Charles Salak There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. -- Henry David Thoreau If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. -- Frank Lloyd Wright Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. -- John Billings Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. -- Chinese Proverb Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson A year from now you may wish you had started today. -- Karen Lamb The world is governed more by appearance than realities so it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it. -- Webster Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, there you long to return. -- Leonardo da Vinci Bigotry tries to keep truth in its hand With a grip that kills it -- Rabindranath Tagore You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians. -- Monty Python "But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here." --Lewis Carroll, _Alice_In_Wonderland_ We will choose our lovers, we'll live out our own lives We'll love whom we please with a passion and a sparkle in our eyes Holly Near, _Step It Out, Nancy_ There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another. -- E.B. White "Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science." -- Henri Poincare Though the mills of God grind slowly, Yet they grind exceeding small. -- F. Von Logau "My love does not, cannot _make_ her happy. My love can only release in her the capacity to be happy." -- J. Barnes No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? -Einstein "To see the world in a grain of sand And Heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour" -- Blake It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known. -- Dickens, "A Tale of Two Cities" Emotional complexity can be enjoyed, reveled in, and is better served by acceptance and attention than by analysis. -- Greg Parkinson "Then the body shireked at me, with a dead cry and all too late I knew that it was I." -HPLovecraft "Here was your home, he said, when you had sight." -HPLovecraft (From the "Fungi from Yuggoth" sonnet cycle)