Quotes I Have Enjoyed (2022)

"The people of your culture cling with fanatical tenacity to thespecialness of man. They want desperately to perceive a vast gulfbetween man and the rest of creation. This mythology of humansuperiority justifies their doing whatever they please with the world,just the way Hitler's mythology of Aryan superiority justified hisdoing whatever he pleased with Europe. But in the end this mythologyis not deeply satisfying. The Takers are a profoundly lonely people.The world for them is enemy territory, and they live in it like anarmy of occupation, alienated and isolated by their extraordinaryspecialness."

"You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet isthe ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land,tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin.Teach your children what we have taught our children -- that the earthis our mother. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of theearth. If men spit upon the ground, the spit upon themselves.

This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to theearth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood whichunites one family. All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did notweave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he doesto the web, he does to himself ..."

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they knowthey shall never sit in."

"It is here that I can concentrate my mind upon the RememberedEarth. It is here that I am most conscious of being, here that wondercomes upon my blood, here I want to live forever; and it is no matterthat I must die."

"The character of the landscape changes from hour to hour, day to day,season to season. Nothing of the earth can be taken for granted; youfeel that Creation is going on in your sight. You see things in thehigh air that you do not see farther down in the lowlands. In the highcountry all objects bear upon you, and you touch hard upon theearth. From my home I can see the huge, billowing clouds; they drawclose upon me and merge with my life."

"Once in our lives we ought to concentrate our minds upon theRemembered Earth. We ought to give ourselves up to a particularlandscape in our experience, to look at it from as many angles as wecan, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it. We ought to imagine that wetouch it with our hands at every season and listen to the sounds thatare made upon it. We ought to imagine the creatures there and all thefaintest motions of the wind. We ought to recollect the glare of noonand all the colors of the dawn and dusk."

"I am interested in the way that we look at a given landscape and takepossession of it in our blood and brain. None of us lives apart fromthe land entirely; such an isolation is unimaginable. If we are torealize and maintain our humanity, we must come to a moralcomprehension of earth and air as it is perceived in the long turn ofseasons and of years."

"There is a great good in returning to a landscape that has hadextraordinary meaning in one's life. It happens that we return to suchplaces in our minds irresistibly. There are certain villages andtowns, mountains and plains that, having seen them walked in themlived in them even for a day, we keep forever in the mind's eye. Theybecome indispensable to our well-being; they define us, and we say, Iam who I am because I have been there, or there."

"What is it that awakens in my soul when I catch the scent of rain,when I see the sun and moon rise and set on all the colors of theearth, when I approach the heart of wilderness? For indeed somethingdoes move and enliven me in my spirit, something that defines my verybeing in the world, I realize my humanity in proportion as I perceivemy reflection in the landscape that enfolds me. It has always beenso."

"But only the silence of the outer spheres encircles it; in all thatwonderous expanse of magnificent precipices we hear no sound save ourown voices and the whisper of the wind that comes and goes, breathingwith the sound of centuries."

We cannot pluck a flower witout disturbing a star.

"It is not enough to withdraw from the mob, not enough to go toanother place: we have to withdraw from such attributes of the mob asare within us. It is our own self we have to isolate and take backinto possession."

"Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind. Or forgotten."

"This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good."

"I hope I never get tired of the night sky, of thunderstorms, ofwatching cream make galaxies in my coffee. I hope I never grow to besomeone who can no longer see the small beautifu things."

"Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far morebeautiful and strange than anything I hoped for or imagined. How isit that this safe return brings such regret?"

"The dialectical method is discourse between two or more people holdingdifferent points of view about a subject, who wish to establish thetruth of the matter guided by reasoned arguments."

"The law, must be honest, just, reasonable, and according to the waysof the people. It must meet their needs, and speak plainly so that allmen may know and understand what the law is. It is not to be made inany man's favor, but for the needs of all them who live in theland. No man shall judge [condemn] the law which the King has givenand the country chosen; neither shall he [the King] take it backwithout the will of the people."

"There is a beginning and end to all life and to all humanendeavors. Species evolve and die off. Empires rise, then breakapart. Businesses grow, then fold. There are no exceptions. I m OKwith all that. Yet it pains me to bear witness to the sixth greatextinction, where we humans are directly responsible for theextirpation of so many wonderful creatures and invaluable indigenouscultures. It saddens me to observe the plight of our own species; weappear to be incapable of solving our problems."

"The reason why we won't face up to our problems with theenvironment is that we are the problem. It's not the corporations outthere, it's not the governments, it's us. We're the ones telling thecorporations to make more stuff, and make it as cheap and asdisposable as possible. We're not citizens anymore. We'reconsumers. That's what we're called. It's just like being an alcoholicand being in denial that you're an alcoholic. We're in denial thateach and every one of us is the problem. And until we face up to that,nothing's going to happen. So, there's a movement for simplifying yourlife: purchase less stuff, own a few things that are very high qualitythat last a long time, and that are multifunctional."

"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. Shejust did it backwards and in high heels."

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if youwill risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for theadventure of being alive.

...It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you havestudied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all elsefalls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if youtruly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up,so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up,it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to dowhen it was younger, but moved slowly. For it knew now whereit was going, and it said to itself, "There is no hurry. We shall get there some day."

"Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet."

"Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I'm dying and I'mhaving fun. And I'm going to keep having fun every day becausethere's no other way to play it."

"No one is pure evil. Find the best in everybody. Wait long enough andpeople will surprise and impress you."

"Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep usout. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badlywe want something. The brick walls are there to stop people who don'twant it badly enough."

"It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If youlead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. Thedreams will come to you."

"We can't change the cards we're dealt, just how we play the hand. IfI'm not as depressed as you think I should be, I'm sorry todisappoint you."

"To have striven, to have made an effort, to have been true tocertain ideals -- this alone is worth the struggle. We are here to addwhat we can to, not to get what we can from, life."

"If you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away andthe evil remains; If you pursue good with labor, the laborpasses away but the good remains."

"And yet I do observe that audiences which used to be deeply affectedby the inspiring sternness of the music of Livius and Naevius, nowleap up and twist their necks and turn their eyes in time with ourmodern tunes."

Professor Farnsworth: "Amy, technology isn't intrinsically good or evil. It's howit's used. Like the Death Ray."

"Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously asboth victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, nomere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant,vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexationstands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulentvermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious andvoracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; avendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity ofsuch shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily,this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply addthat it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V."

"People should not be afraid of their governments.Governments should be afraid of their people."

Gusteau: "You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must trythings that may not work, and you must not let anyone define yourlimits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.What I say is true - anyone can cook... but only the fearless can begreat."

Gusteau: "If you focus onwhat you've left behind you willnever be able to see what liesahead."

"It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and thentell them what to do; we hire smart people so theycan tell us what to do."

COLETTE:People think Haute Cuisine issnooty, so chefs must also besnooty. But not so.Lalo there-- ran away from home attwelve, got hired by circus peopleas an acrobat, got fired formessing around with the ringmastersdaughter.Horst has done time.
LINGUINI:What for?
COLETTE:No one knows for sure. He changesthe story every time you ask him.
JUMP CUTS: HORST I defrauded a major corporation.
(CUT)
I robbed the second largest bank inFrance using only a ballpoint pen.
(CUT)
I created a hole in the ozone overAvignon.
(CUT)
I killed a man with--(he holds it up)--this thumb.
COLETTE:Don't ever play cards withPompidou. He's been banned fromboth Las Vegas and Monte Carlo.
COLETTE:La Rousse ran guns for theresistance.
LINGUINI:Which resistance?
COLETTE:He won't say. Apparently they didnot win.So you see, we are artists.Pirates. More than cooks are we.

"The name's Ash. Housewares."

'"Come to the edge," he said.
They said, "We are afraid."
"Come to the edge," he said.
They came.
He pushed them....
And they flew.'

"Most people are afraid of freedom. They are conditioned to be afraid of it."

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons - for you are crunchy and good with ketchup."

"A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of thenation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at hisservice."

"Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It's ordinary to love the beautiful, but it's beautiful to love the ordinary."

'In the heating and air conditioning trade, the point on the thermostatin which neither heating nor cooling must operate -- around 72 degrees --is called "The Comfort Zone." It is also known as "The Dead Zone."'

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your mindoff your goals."

"You can only make a certain amount with your hands, but with your mind, it'sunlimited."

"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeatof habit by originality, overcomes everything."

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer godthan you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the otherpossible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

"Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? Todig a vinyard is worthier exercise."

"The purpose of a wilderness journey is not to get from one end of thetrail to the other, but to enjoy the landscape, and adapt to itsever-changing moods."

"A short life is better for mankind, for a long life would deprive man of his optimism."

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

"Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought."

"This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of thebrave."

"Television, a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done."

"A life without love is a waste. 'Should I look for spiritual love, ormaterial, or physical love?', don't ask yourself thisquestion. Discrimination leads to discrimination. Love doesn't needany name, category or definition. Love is a world itself. Either youare in, at the center... either you are out, yearning."

"Every successful revoution puts on in time the robe of the tyrant it has deposed."

"The biggest human temptation is ... to settle for too little."

"Only indifference is free. What is distinctive is never free, it isstamped with its own seal, conditioned and chained.

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have toworry about the answers."

"If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or nextyear... Today should always be our most wonderful day."

"...lack of foresight and an almost childlike decision not to worryabout the future seem to be human characteristics that are timeless.Ultimately, these psychological weaknesses may be more responsible forwhy civilizations have failed than resource shortages alone."

"An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great dealmore than a precise answer to the wrong question."

"If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out buttomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a veryexpensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no one dares criticize it."

"Eppur si muove" (Italian for "and yet it moves" (meaning the Earth moves about the Sun))

"No matter what side of an argument you're on, you always findsome people on your side that you wish were on the other side."

"There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a differentthing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, andthis is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There issilence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are notthe same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, thesilence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from alifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with olddust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need ofa man, for pleasure or for work. This kind of silence can speak. Itsvoice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair mayhave been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano mayhave been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance, theessence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It isa soundless echo."

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
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 friend's
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.

"I felt exhilarated. It was like thinkingthat all there is to your family are your parents, brothers andsisters, and then you realize there's a whole stretch of history thatis an extension of who you are."

"I want to go out as unprepared as possible so I can get filled upwith what the world has to offer."

"Go out, go out, I beg of you
and taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the Earth.
With all the wonder of a child."

"Charm is more valuable than beauty.You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm."

"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, createor produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, theirperceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creativespirit."

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't sayany other way --- things that I had no words for."

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebodyclick the shutter."

"The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print toits performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways."

"The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this granduniverse are the creative works of the human spirit."

"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in thedeepest sense, about what is being photographed."

"For me, the photo of Doug-o captured more than just afrozen image of a great day. it encapsulated freedom,adventure, skills and competence that the sport bothprovides and requires. Only a photo could do that. Avideo offers too much information and leaves little tothe imagination; a photo invites the viewer to projectand speculated about the subject and landscape and moodand energy of the day."

"Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you."

"to awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure."

"Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it."

"The trouble with life is, that you're halfway through it before yourealize that it's a 'do it yourself' thing.

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."

"Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be donein the name of good."

"Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes."

"All your base are belong to us.
You are on the way to destruction
You have no chance to survive.
make your time.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and Iwouldn't lose any voters."

"I think there's nothing wrong with following Napoleon's maxim whichis, when your opponent is destroying himself, don't interrupt."

"The Heisenberg uncertainty principle does not limit what we can knowabout reality; it describes that reality."

"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics."

"If we can really understand the problem,the answer will come out of it,because the answer is not separate from the problem."

"Everyone knows what a curve is, until he has studied enoughmathematics to become confused through the countless number ofpossible exceptions."

"Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all thepatterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. Theyare very logical, but you could never work out the rules,even if you spent all your time thinking about them."

"Tired and full of mathematical ideas, happy from the consciousnessthat we had found out something which one cannot find in books, wewould return in the evening to Moscow."

Calvera: If God hadn'tmeant for them to besheared, he wouldn'thave made them sheep.


Chris: Job for six men,watching over avillage, south of theborder.
O'Reilly: How big's theopposition?
Chris: Thirty guns.
O'Reilly: I admire yournotion of fair odds,mister.


Vin: Reminds me of thatfellow back home thatfell off a ten storybuilding.
Chris: What about him?
Vin: Well, as he wasfalling people on eachfloor kept hearing himsay, "So far, so good.Tch...So far, so good!"

[Calvera has justcaptured the Seven.]
Calvera: What I don'tunderstand is why a manlike you took the jobin the first place,hum? Why, heh?
Chris: I wonder myself.
Calvera: No, come on,tell me why.
Vin: It's like thisfellow I knew in ElPaso. One day, he justtook all his clothesoff and jumped in amess of cactus. I askedhim that same question,Why?"
Calvera: And?
Vin: He said, "Itseemed like a good ideaat the time."


Village Boy 2: We'reashamed to live here.Our fathers arecowards.
O'Reilly: Don't youever say that againabout your fathers,because they are notcowards. You think I ambrave because I carry agun; well, your fathersare much braver becausethey carryresponsibility, foryou, your brothers,your sisters, and yourmothers. And thisresponsibility is likea big rock that weighsa ton. It bends and ittwists them untilfinally it buries themunder the ground. Andthere's nobody saysthey have to do this.They do it because theylove you, and becausethey want to. I havenever had this kind ofcourage. Running afarm, working like amule every day with noguarantee anything willever come of it. Thisis bravery.


Chris: The old man wasright. Only the farmerswon. We lost. We alwayslose.

[The Villagers tell Christhey collectedeverything of value intheir village to hiregunmen]
Chris Adams: I havebeen paid a lot for mywork, but nevereverything.

"Do not seek after the sages of the past. Seek what they sought."

"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?'Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of losttrack myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerfulhandgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've gotto ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

"I freely give all sights and sounds of nature I have known to thosewho have the grace to enjoy not man-made materialismbut God-made beauty.

The magnificent Arizona sunsets I have watched from my enclosure, Ibequeath to all who see not only with their eyes, but with theirhearts. To humans who are tired, worried or discouraged, I bequeaththe silence, majesty and peace of our great American desert. To thosewho walk the trails, I bequeath the early morning voices of the birdsand the glory of the flowering desert in the springtime. To thechildren who have enjoyed seeing me, hearing me purr, and watching meturn my somersaults, I offer the precious gift of laughter and joy.The world so needs these things. And lastly, I bequeath my own happyspirit, and affection for others, to all who may remember me and mymuseum where for three years, I did my best to show people that Itruly liked them."

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."

"The enjoyment of the choicest natural scenes in the country and themeans of recreation connected with them is thus a monopoly, in a verypeculiar manner, of a very few very rich people. The great mass ofsociety, including those to whom it would be of the greatest benefit,is excluded from it. In the nature of the case private parks can neverbe used by the mass of the people in any country nor by anyconsiderable number even of the rich, except by the favor of a few,and in dependence on them.

Thus without means are taken by government to withhold them from thegrasp of individuals, all places favorable in scenery to therecreation of the mind and body will be closed against the great bodyof the people. For the same reason that the water of rivers should beguarded against private appropriation and the use of it for thepurpose of navigation and otherwise protected against obstructions,portions of natural scenery may therefore properly to guarded andcared for by government. To simply reserve them from monopoly byindividuals, however, it will be obvious, is not all that isnecessary. It is necessary that they should he laid open to the use ofthe body of the people."

"I don't want the DVD, I want the movie it carries.I don't want a clunky answering machine, I want the message it saves,I don't want a CD, I want the music is plays,In other words, I don't want stuff,I want the needs or experiences it fullfills."

"Morning has broken, like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird"

"If I had words to make a day for you,
I'd sing you a morning golden and new.
I would make this day last for all time,
Give you a night deep with moonshine."

"Promise me you'll remember, you are braver than you think, strongerthan you seem and smarter than you think."

"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You are on your own.
And you know what you know.
And you are the one who'll decide where to go."

"Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knowsnot; and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad."

"Beauty is merciless. You do not look at it; it looks at you and does not forgive."

"The morning is such a lovely time of day. It's a shame it's so early."

"The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should bebetter and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for eachaccording to ability or achievement."

"There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make aliving and the other how to live. Surely these should never beconfused in the mind of any man who has the slightest inlinkng of whatculture is. For most of us it is essential that we should make aliving... In the complications of modern life and with our increasedaccumulation of knowledge, it doubtless helps greatly to compress someyears of experience into far fewer years by studying for a particulartrade or profession in an institution; but that fact should not blindus to another-- namely, that in so doing we are learning a trade or aprofession, but are not getting a liberal education as human beings."

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Play with abandon. Listenwell. Choose without regret. Do what you love. Appreciate yourfriends. Act as if this is all there is."

"The devil never asks you do do evil. He says what you're doing is necessary."

"Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God'sprimates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder hisbrother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in greatnumbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him,for he is the harbinger of death."

"A supercomputer is a device forconverting a CPU-boundproblem into an I/O boundproblem."

"A supercomputer is one that isonly one generation behind whatyou really need."

"Out of my mind. Back in five minutes."

"Numquam magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit."
Latin for "There has never been a great spirit without a touch of insanity."

"There are 10 kinds of people in the world,those who understand binary and those who don't."

Pinky: "What are we going to do tomorrow night, Brain?"
Brain: "The same thing we do every night, Pinky... try and take over the world!"

"Winter is good for reading the classics, for one's mind is more collected.Summer is good for reading history, for one has plenty of time. The autumn isgood for reading ancient philosophers, because of the great diversity ofthought and ideas. Finally, spring is suitable for reading modern authors,for in spring one's spirit expands."

October in New England
And I not there to see
The glamour of the goldenrod,
The flame of the maple tree!

October in my own land....
I know what glory fills
The mountains of New Hampshire
And Massachusetts hills.

Vermont, in robes of splendor
Sings with the woods of Maine,
Alternate hallelujahs
Of gold and crimson stain.

I know what hues of opal
Rhode Island breezes fan,
And how Connecticut puts on
Colors of Hindustan.

"To talk with a learned friend is like reading a remarkable book; with aromantic friend, like reading good prose and poetry; with an upright friend,like reading the classics; with a humorous friend, like reading fiction."

"Hoyle and Wickramasinghe gave up on spontaeous generation [of life],since the likelihood of the event was comparable to the chances that atornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 fromthe materials therein."

"You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believewhatever you want to beleive. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderlandand I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes."

"Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize just as I did thatthere's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."

"I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during mytime here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and Irealized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planetinstinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surroundingenvironment but you humans do not. You move to an area and youmultiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and theonly way you can survive is to spread to another area. There isanother organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do youknow what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of thisplanet. You're a plague and we are the cure."

"You open it with the key of imagination.Beyond it is another dimension.A dimension of sound.A dimension of sight.A dimension of mind.You are moving into a landof both shadow and substance,of things and ideas.You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone."

"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is adimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is themiddle ground between light and shadow, between science andsuperstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and thesummit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It isan area which we call the Twilight Zone."

"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only ofsight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whoseboundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead -your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, howeverimprobable, must be the truth."

"It is only with the heart thatone can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

"When you want to build a ship, then do notdrum the men together in order to procure wood, to give instructionsor to distribute the work, but teach them longing for the wide endlesssea."

"If you don't have the time to do it right,when will you have the time to do it over?"

"There be three things that are too wonderfulfor me, yea, four that I know not; the way of an eagle in the air,the way of a serpent upon a rock;the way of a ship in the midst of the sea;and the way of a man with a maid."

"The only way to pass anytest is to take the test. It is inevitable."

"I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give thisgame of life everything he's got."

"War itself is, of course, a form of madness. It's hardly a civilizedpursuit. It's amazing how we spend so much time inventing devices tokill each other and so little time working on how to achieve peace."

"... sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, whodo the things no one... can imagine."

"Only after the last treehas been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Onlyafter the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find thatmoney cannot be eaten."

"Born empty handed, Die empty handed. Iwitnessed life at its fullest, Empty handed."

Vicomte de Valvert: Ah...your nose... hem! Your nose is rather large!

Cyrano(gravely): Rather.

Cyrano: Ah no, young sir!You are too simple. Why, you might have said -- Oh a great manythings! Mon dieu, why waste your opportunity? For example, thus:
AGGRESSIVE: I, sir, if that nose were mine, I'd have it amputated - onthe spot!
FRIENDLY: How do you drink with such a nose? You ought to have a cupmade specially.
DESCRIPTIVE: 'Tis a rock - a crag - a cape - A cape? say rather apeninsula!
INQUISITIVE: What is that receptacle - A razor-case or a portfolio?
KINDLY: Ah, do you love the little birds so much that they come andsing to you, you give them this to perch on?
INSOLENT: Sir, when you smoke, the neighbours must suppose yourchimney is on fire.
CAUTIOUS: Take care-- A weight like that might make you topheary.
THOUGHTFUL: Somebody fech my parasol-- Those delicate colors fade soin the sun!
PEDANTIC: Does not Aristophanes mention a mythologic monster calledhippocampelephantocamelos? Surely we have here the original!
FAMILIAR: Well, old torchlight! Hang your hat over that chandelier-- ithurts my eyes.
ELOQUENT: When it blows, the typhoon howls, and the clouds darken.
DRAMATIC: When it bleeds-- the Red Sea!
ENTERPRISING: What a sign for some perfumer!
LYRIC: Hark-- the horn of Roland calls to summon Charlemagne!--
SIMPLE: When do they unveil the monument?
RESPECTFUL: Sir, I recongnize in you a man of many parts, a man ofprominence--
RUSTIC: Hey? What? Call that a nose? Na na-- I be no fool like whatyou think I be--That there's a blue cucumber!
MILITARY: Point against cavalry!
PRACTICAL: Why not a lottery with this for the grand prize?Or -- parodying Faustus in the play-- "Was this the nose that launcheda thousand ships and burned the topless towers of Ilium?"

These, my dear sir, are things you might have said had yousome tinge of letters, or of witto color your discourse.

Roxanne: I have never loved but one man in my life,
And I have lost him-- twice...

"...A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
An oath that's ratified, a sealed promise,
A heart's avowal claiming confirmation,
A rose-dot on the 'i' of 'adoration';
A secret that to mouth, not ear, is whispered
...

"Never doubt that a small group ofthoughtful, committed citizens canchange the world; indeed, it's theonly thing that ever has."

"For time changes the nature of the whole world, and all things mustpass from one condition to another, nothing remains like itself."

"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

"Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken."

"When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before."

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just ashard to sleep after."

"The sciences do not try to explain, they hardlyeven try to interpret, they mainly make models.By a model is meant a mathematical construct which,with the addition of certain verbal interpretations,describes observed phenomena. The justificationof such a mathematical construct is solely andprecisely that it is expected to work."

"All models are wrong. Some are useful."

"The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studiesit because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it isbeautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worthknowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worthliving."

"Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing randomdigits is, of course, in a state of sin."

"3 Billion B.C.: The Earth is a swirling ball of flaming gases.Fishing is extremely poor, especially in August."

"History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history."

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very importantthat you do it."

"Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, thosewatery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious,whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle must somehow be felt inthe pulse, ebb, and flow of the music that sings in me. My new songmust float like a feather on the breath of God."

"Those voices you hear are like the voice of a multitude, which liftsits sound on high; for jubilant praises, offered in simple harmony andcharity, lead the faithful to that consonance in which is no discord,and make those who still live on earth sign with heart and voice forthe heavenly reward."

"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. Itis the earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depthof his own nature."

"I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woodsbodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I wouldfain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to Society.But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village.The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where mybody is - I am out of my senses. In my walks I would fain return tomy senses. What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking ofsomething out of the woods?"

"It is natural for the ordinary American when he sees something wrongto feel not only that there should be a law against it but, alsothat an organization should be formed to combat it."

"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is the lightning thatdoes the work."

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."

"Facts are like stuffed animals in a glass case, only remotelysuggesting the wild uncertain environment in which they had theirbeginning."

"Science and art have in common intense seeing,the wide-eyed observing that generates empirical information."

"Power corrupts. Powerpoint corrupts absolutely."

"Treat a virus with antibiotics and you get better in 7 days.Do nothing and you are better in a week."

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensiblyone begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories tosuit facts."

"The shop seemed to be full of all manner of curious things-- but theoddest part of it was that, whenever she looked hard at any shelf, tomake out exactly what it had on it, that particular shelf was alwaysquite empty, though the others round it were crowded as full as theycould hold."

"I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something I can do."

"I will love the light for it shows me the way,yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars."

"I'm just singing for the women who think they can't speak out. Can'ta man alive mistreat me, 'cause I know who I am."

"Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upona distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effortthe fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak ofmany Cares and the slavery of Home, man feels once more happy."

"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, andremember more than I have seen."

"Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes ithurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changesyou; it should change ou. it leaves marks on your memory, on yourconsciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take somethingwith you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind."l

"If you are depressed you are living itn he past.If you are anxious you are living in the future.If you are at peace you are living in the present."

"In the pursuit of learning,
everyday something is acquired.
In the pursuit of the Way,
everyday something is dropped."

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soonas you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely andwith too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

"You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies andgentlemen. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is aHell, you might wanna go there for some R & R after a tour onPandora. Out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls,flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes forjujubes. We have an indigenous population of humanoids called theNa'vi. They're fond of arrows dipped in a neurotoxin that will stopyour heart in one minute - and they have bones reinforced withnaturally occurring carbon fiber. They are very hard to kill. As headof security, it is my job to keep you alive. I will not succeed. Notwith all of you. If you wish to survive, you need to cultivate astrong, mental atitude. You got to obey the rules: Pandorarules. Rule number one..."

"This is the mark of a perfect character - to pass through each day as thoughit were the last, without agitation, without torpor, and without pretense."

"Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well."

"In the end, only three things matter: how much youloved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you"

"`Well, in OUR country,' said Alice, still panting a little,`you'd generally get to somewhere else -- if you ran very fastfor a long time, as we've been doing.'

"`A slow sort of country!' said the Queen. `Now, HERE, you see,it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep in the same place.If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice asfast as that!'"

"... The name of the song is called "HADDOCKS' EYES."'

'No, you don't understand,' the Knight said, looking a littlevexed. 'That's what the name is CALLED. The name really IS "THE AGEDAGED MAN."'

'Then I ought to have said "That's what the SONG is called"?' Alicecorrected herself.

'No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The SONG is called"WAYS AND MEANS": but that's only what it's CALLED, you know!'

'Well, what IS the song, then?' said Alice, who was by this timecompletely bewildered.

'I was coming to that,' the Knight said. 'The song really IS"A-SITTING ON A GATE": and the tune's my own invention.'"

"Alice laughed. `There's not use trying,' she said: `one CAN'Tbelieve 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 thingsbefore breakfast. There goes the shawl again!'"

"I cannot tell if what the world considers "happiness" is happiness or not.All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I seethem carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of thehuman herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All thewhile they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness."

"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if yourealized how seldom they do."

"In my time it was different. When I knew the wind was strong, Iattacked myself to make the race as hard as possible."

"Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. Butride."

"There is a crucial threshold that every bike racer must reach andexceed in order to be successful. But I'm not talking about a lactatethreshold or anything like that; this threshold is harder to definebecause it's really a combination of physiological, psychological, andenvironmental factors. At the same time, every racer who's brokenthrough what I refer to as the "Competitive Threshold" knows what itis, even if they can't really describe it.

When your fitness is below a given point (relative to yourcompetition) you're racing to survive and holding on to a slight hopethat if you survive long enough you might be able to launch oneall-or-nothing bid for victory. But when improve beyond yourCompetitive Threshold, survival is no longer an issue and a whole newworld of opportunities opens up. Instead of fighting for wheels so youdon't get dropped, you're fighting for wheels based onstrategy. Instead of viewing the peloton as a place to find shelter,you start viewing it as a tool you can use to increase your chances ofwinning. You start acting like a hunter instead of a scavenger."

"Pain is a big fat creature riding on your back. The farther youpedal, the heavier he feels. The harder you push, the tighter hesqueezes your chest. The steeper the climb, the deeper he digs hisjagged, sharp claws into your muscles." Scott Martin

"To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain....at cycling's core liespain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn'tmatter if you're sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, atrailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you neverconfront pain, you're missing the essence of the sport. Without pain,there's no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Withoutchallenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishmentand no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks."

"Sometimes, I ride in the morning and it's a beautiful sunrise. I'malive. I'm looking. I'm looking around. I'm feeling good. I'm sohappy. I've got so many gold medals and ribbons and stuff, and thatdoesn't count. What counts is getting out there and doing the best Ican do and show people what they can do."

"The Ventoux is a god of Evil, to which sacrifices must be made. Itnever forgives weakness and extracts an unfair tribute of suffering."

"There are too many factors you have to take into account that youhave no control over...The most important factor you can keep in yourown hands is yourself. I always placed the greatest emphasis on that."

"It's always further than it looks.It's always taller than it looks.It's always harder than it looks."

"I take nothing for granted. Now I have only good days or greatdays."

"Lake Wobegone, where the women are strong, the men are good looking,and all the children are above average"

"I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men.They are far superior and always have been.Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. I yougive her sperm she will give you a baby. If you give her a house,she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she willgive you a meal. If you give her a smile, she will give you her heart.She multiples and enlarges what is given to her.So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit!"

"You can't scare me. I have children."

"We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are thesecret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still thesame. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changeseverything. Several new science papers suggest that getting away is anessential habit of effective thinking. When we escape from the placewe spend most of our time, the mind is suddenly made aware of allthose errant ideas we'd previously suppressed. We start thinking aboutobscure possibilitiebsthat never would have occurred to us if we'dstayed home."

"Home is wherever you leave everything you love and never questionthat it will be there when you return."

"Opportunity is often missed by most people because it is dressed inoveralls and looks like work"

"When you play for more than you can afford to lose, then you willreally know the game."

"We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of Americanadvertising."

"I could compass my kingdom in a walnut shell and be content, were it notfor dreams."

"O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself aking of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams."

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in thedusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it wasvanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they mayact their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."

"...for a moment people set down their glasses in county clubs andspeak-easies and thought of their old best dreams."

"Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, is the immediate jewel oftheir souls. Who steals my purse, steals trash; 'tis something,nothing; 'twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands: but hethat filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enricheshim, and makes me poor indeed.

"To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd."

This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

"O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue--
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial."

"Cowards die many times before their deaths;The valiant never taste of death but once.Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.It seems to me most strange that men should fear;Seeing that death, a necessary end,Will come when it will come."

Petruchio:...
Good morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear.

Katharina:Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing:
They call me Katharina that do talk of me.

Petruchio:You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.

Katharina:Moved! in good time: let him that moved you hither
Remove you hence: ...

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, andsome have greatness thrust upon them."

ROMEO:[To a Servingman] What lady is that, which doth
enrich the hand
Of yonder knight?
SERVANT:I know not, sir.
ROMEO:O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name wouldsmell as sweet."

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,...

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Number 6: Where am I?
Voice: The Village.
Number 6: What do you want?
Voice: Information.
Number 6: Whose side are you on?
Voice: Now that would be telling.We want information.
Number 6: You won't get it.
Voice: By hook or crook we will.
Number 6: Who are you?
Voice: The new number 2.
Number 6: Who is number 1?
Voice: You are number 6.
Number 6: I am not a number.I am a free man!

"By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Open, locks,
Whoever knocks!"

ALL:Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch:Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

ALL:Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Third Witch:Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.

ALL:Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Second Witch:Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

"The rose does not have a why; it blossums without reason, forgetfulof self and oblivious to our vision."

See thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledged comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in,
Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."

"Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this specialobservance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature."

"The time is out of joint; O cursed spite,That ever I was born to set it right!"

Cleopatra: "Though it be honest, it is never good
To bring bad news: give to a gracious message.
An host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell
Themselves when they be felt."

"I do not understand the white man. He does not seem to know where thecenter of the earth is."

"In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisitionof unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by themilitary-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise ofmisplaced power exists and will persist."

"It is this sense of heightened awareness and perception of beauty, of beingalive, of physical accomplishment, that raises adventure, despite itsinevitable periods of grinding effort and agonising discomfort, from beingan exercise in masochism to a much broader, richer experience."

"Out of time we cut 'days' and 'nights', 'summers' and 'winters.' Wesay what, each part of the sensible continuum is, and all theseabstract whats are concepts.

The intelletual life of man consists almost wholly in his substitutionof a conceptual order for the persceptual order in which hisexperience originally comes."

If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
-- anon

"Her life was okay. Sometimes she wished she were sleeping with the rightman instead of with her dog, but she never felt she was sleeping with thewrong dog."

-- Judith Collas in "Change of Life"

"He is your friend, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"

-- anon

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyoneshould have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignorehim.

-- Dereke Bruce

Mullroy: You've seen a ship with black sails that's crewed bythe damned, and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat himback out?
Murtogg: No.
Mullroy: No.
Murtogg: But I have seen a ship with black sails.[Jack quietly slips passed them unnoticed]
Mullroy: Oh, and no ship that's not crewed by the damned andcaptained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out couldpossibly have black sails, therefore couldn't possibly be any othership than the Black Pearl. Is that what you're telling me?
Murtogg: No.
Mullroy: Like I said, there's no real ship as can match the Interceptor.

-- from the movie "The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"

Barbossa: First, your return to shore was not part of ournegotiations nor our agreement, so I must do nothin'. And secondly,you must be a pirate for the Pirate's Code to apply, and you'renot. And thirdly, the Code is more what you'd call "guidelines" thanactual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.

-- from the movie "The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"

Murtogg:...But there's no ship as can match the Interceptor for speed.
Jack Sparrow: I've heard of one, supposed to be very fast, nigh uncatchable: The Black Pearl.

-- from the movie "The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

-- Andrew A. Rooney

And now to all the good dogs--
the special ones you loved best,
those of ours we still miss --
good-bye,
until, on some brighter day,
in some fairer place,
they run out again to greet us.

-- George Papshvily

"A faithful friend is the medicine of life."

-- anon

"Grief is the price of love."

-- anon

"Push on and faith will catch up with you."

-- Jean d'Alembert (1717 - 1783) (mathematician)

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing itback to you when you have forgotten the words"

-- anon

"Words can destroy. What we call each other ultimately becomes whatwe think of each other, and it matters."

-- Jeane Jordon Kirkpatrick

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar limbs.

-- Wallace Stevens

"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, norgloom of night staysthese couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

-- Herodotus, Greek historian 5c. BC also on the facade of the NYC post office

"Citius, Altus, Fortuis" (swifter, higher, stronger)

-- Motto of the Olympics

"...the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."

-- Part of the Olympic Creed

"The dog has got more fun out of man than man has got out of thedog, for the clearly demonstratable reason that man is the morelaughable of the two animals. The dog has long been bemused bythe singular activites and the curious practices of men, cockinghis head inquiringly to one side, intently watching and listeningto the strangest goings-on in the world. He has seen men singtogether and fight one another in the same evening. He haswatched them go to bed when it is time to get up, and get up whenit is time to go to bed. He has observed them destroying thesoil in vast areas, and nurturing it in small patches. He hasstood by while men built strong and solid houses for rest andquiet and then filled them with lights and bells and machinery.His sensitive nose, which can detect what's cooking in the nexttownship, has caught at one and the same time the bewilderingsmells of the hospital and the munitions factory. He has seenmen raise up great cities to heaven and then blow them to hell."

-- James Thurber

"'Sensitivity Testing' is testing in which an increasing percentage of itemsfail, explode, or die as the serverity of the test is increased."

-- From "Statistics Manual" by Crow, Davis and Maxfield

"Brilliance is typically the act of an individual, but incredible stupiditycan usually be traced to an organization."

-- anon

"You are Elastigirl! Show him you remember that he is Mr. lncredible,and you will remind him who you are! Well, you know where he is. Go!Confront the problem! Fight! Win!"

-- Edna Mode in the movie "The Incredibles"

"I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now."

-- Edna Mode in the movie "The Incredibles"

"The bitterest words ever said over graves are for deeds undone andwords left unsaid."

-- H. B. Stowe

"Man will occasionally stumble across the truth, but will usuallypick himself up and carry on."

-- Winston Churchill

"Success is when you try to achieve your inward vision externally andhave it come off the way you see it. Then YOU feel successful aboutit; that's how success is measured."

-- George Lucas

"Every man has his price, they say -- but some hold bargin sales."

-- Camden County Georgia Tribune

"Save one life and you are a hero.
Save 100 lives and you are a nurse."

-- anon

"Pride Lasts Longer Than Pain"

-- Seen on the back of a cycling jersey

"Live to ride.
Ride to live."

-- Motto seen on Harley Davidson motorcyle

"If we don't have it, you don't need it."

-- Motto of McGuckin's Hardware in Boulder, CO

"To be even a marginal cyclist you must make pain your closest of friends."

-- Unknown cyclist

Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: Do you believe in God, sir?
Robert Langdon: Father, I simply believe that religion...
Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: I did not ask if you believe what man says about God.I asked if you believe in God.
Robert Langdon: I'm an academic. My mind tells me I will never understand God.
Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: And your heart?
Robert Langdon: Tells me I'm not meant to. Faith is a gift that I have yet to receive.

-- Conversation in "Angels and Demons" movie

"Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down bylaw and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix.Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and who are prepared touse force, if necessary, to make others conform. Beware those whocannot tell God's will from their own."

-- Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

"A powerful programming language is more than just ameans for instructing a computer to perform tasks. The language alsoserves as a framework within which we organize our ideas aboutprocesses."

-- Abelson and Sussman from "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs"

"An idea, in the highest sense of the word, cannot be conveyed by a symbol."

-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
wikiWhere blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery."

-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge first stanza of poem Kubla Khan

"When you speak a new language you must see if you can translateall of the poetry of your old language into the new one."

-- Dana Scott

"The power of any language is the power to organize thought."

-- Robert Heckendorn

"It's not that nature is malicious, it's that nature just doesn't care."

-- Robert Heckendorn

"The problem is often not one of the system is toocomplicated but rather the interface to the system is too complicated."

-- Robert Heckendorn

Rule #1: physics always wins
Rule #2: if you think man has won over nature, see rule 1.

-- Robert Heckendorn

"There has never been a tool made that couldn't be misused for good."

-- Robert Heckendorn

"Never underestimate the ability of the powerful to automate oppression."

-- Robert Heckendorn

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

-- J. E. E. Dalberg Acton

"Human beings...are very much at the mercy of the particular languagewhich has become the medium of expression for their society. ...Thefact of the matter is that the 'real world' is to a large extentunconsciously built up on the language habits of the group."

-- Edward Sapir, 1929; in Mandelbaum, 1958, p. 162

"... as young and as ancient as spring ..."

-- JRR Tolkien (Fellowship of the Ring)

"No language can prevent the bad programmer from writing badprograms unless it prevents him from writing any at all."

-- David Moon

"The art of programming is the art of organizing complexity."

-- E.W.Dijkstra

"The question of whether computers can think is just like the questionof whether submarines can swim."

-- E.W.Dijkstra

"Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is abouttelescopes."

-- E. W. Dijkstra

"Computers are dull and boring; humans are clever and imaginative. Wehumans make computers exciting. Equipped with computing devices, weuse our cleverness to tackle problems we would not dare take on beforethe age of computing and build systems with functionality limited onlyby our imaginations."

-- Jeannette Wing

"Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a newwing to a building as being maintenance."

-- J. Horning

"The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciatesmathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one stepfurther, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient ofmathematics: if it's clumsy, it's not mathematics".

-- E.W.Dijkstra

"For me, the first challenge for Computer Science is to discover howto maintain order in a finite, but very large, discrete universe thatis intricately intertwined. And a second, but not less importantchallenge is how to mould what you have achieved in solving the firstproblem, into a teachable discipline: it does not suffice to hone yourown intellect (that will join you in your grave), you must teachothers how to hone theirs. The more you concentrate on those twochallenges, the more you will see that they are only two sides of thesame coin: teaching yourself is discovering what is teachable".

-- E.W.Dijkstra

"We must organize the computation in such a way that our limited powersare sufficient to guarantee that the computation will establish thedesired effect."

-- E.W.Dijkstra

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not.A Sense of Humor was provided to console him for what he is."

-- Horace Walpole, Man of Letters (or was it Francis Bacon?)

"Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else unless itis an enemy."

-- Albert Einstein

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."

-- Albert Einstein

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but WorldWar IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

-- Albert Einstein

"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that thewarrior takes everything as a challenge while the ordinary man takeseverything either as a blessing or a curse."

-- Carlos Castaneda, Anthropologist

"Every storm runs out of rain."

-- Maya Angelou

"Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature;Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity; Unitehumanity with a living new language; Rule passion faith - tradition -and all things with tempered reason; Protect people and nations withfair laws and just courts; Let all nations rule internally resolvingexternal disputes in a world court; Avoid petty laws and uselessofficials; Balance personal rights with social duties; Prize truth -beauty - love seeking harmony with the infinite; Be not a cancer onthe Earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature."

-- From the Guidingstones errected anonymously near Elberton, Georgia

"My compassion for someone is not limited by my estimation of theirintelligence."

-- from the movie "Star Trek IV"

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: But it ain't all buttons and charts,little albatross. You know what the first rule of flying is? Well, Isuppose you do, since you already know what I'm about to say.

River Tam: I do. But I like to hear you say it.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Love. You can learn all the math in the'Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don't love, she'llshake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keepsher in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurtin''fore she keens. Makes her a home.

River Tam: Storm's getting worse.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: We'll pass through it soon enough.

-- from the TV show "Firefly"
"You can't stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere."
-- Mr Universe, from the movie "Serenity"

Ava: "Why can't I just tell him? Because the second I say 'I'm aformerly dead orphan quadriplegic who's the Halo-Bearer for a secretsect of demon-hunting nuns.' He's gone."

-- Warrior Nun (S1 E5)
"The signal is the truth. The noise is what distracts us from the the truth."
-- Nate Silver, founder of FiveThirtyEight

"Ultimately time is all you have and the idea isn't to save it, but tosavor it"

-- Ellen Goodman
"The central struggle parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweight our fears."
-- Ellen Goodman

"Time is the fire in which we burn."

-- from the poem "For Rhoda" by Delmore Schwartz quoted in the movie "Star Trek: Generations"

"Give a man a hammer, and he will begin to see the world as acollection of nails"

Alternatively: "Everything looks like a nail to a man with a hammer."

-- anon.

"We see what we know."

-- proverb

"The canyon country does not always inspire love. To many it appearsbarren, hostile, repellent - a fearsome mostly waterless land of rockand heat, sand dunes and quicksand, cactus, thornbrush, scorpion,rattlesnake, and agaraphobic distances. To those who see our land inthat manner, the best reply is, yes, you are right, it is a dangerousand terrible place. Enter at your own risk. Carry water. Avoid thenoonday sun. Try to ignore the vultures. Pray frequently."

-- Edward Abbey, "The Journey Home", 1977

"The fire. The odor of burning juniper is the sweetest fragrance onthe face of the earth, in my honest judgment; I doubt if all thesmoking censers of Dante's paradise could equal it. One breath ofjuniper smoke, like the perfume of sagebrush after rain, evokes inmagical catalysis, like certain music, the space and light and clarityand piercing strangeness of the American West. Long may it burn."

-- Edward Abbey

"What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate inthe remote."

-- Edward Abbey

"Belief? What do I believe in? I believe in sun. In rock. In the dogmaof the sun and the doctrine of the rock. I believe in blood, fire,woman, rivers, eagles, storm, drums, flutes, banjos, and broom-tailedhorses..."

-- Edward Abbey

"And crawling on the planet's face some insects called the humanrace... Lost in time and lost in space... and meaning."

-- Narrator in "Rocky Horror Picture Show"

"Science fiction double feature
Doctor X will build a creature.
See androids fighting. Brad and Janet.
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet.
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
At the late night double feature,
picture show.
"

-- Chorus to the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Song

"One sunny Wednesday afternoon [Mother] took me to Peel Park. We saton a high esplanade and looked far over the countless chimneys ofnorthern Manchester to the horizon. On the skyline, green and aloof,the Pennines rose like the ramparts of paradise. "There!", she said,pointing. "Mountains!" I stared, lost for words."

-- Robert Roberts, "A Ragged Schooling"

"Give me books, fruit, french wine and fine weather and a little musicout of doors, played by somebody I do not know."

-- Keats

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing."

-- Alfred Wainwright

"Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest."

-- Freya Stark

"A book lover never goes to bed alone."

-- anon

"I feel like our imagination is like our greatest superpower... whenyou think about it. And books are like food for the imagination."

-- Kendall Joseph associated with Reading Rainbow

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading,you can only think what everyone else is thinking."

-- Haruki Murakami

"If you only do what you can do,you will never be more than you are now."

-- Master Sifu, from Kung Fu Panda

"Wicked people never have time for reading. It's one of the reasonsfor their wickedness."

-- Lemony Snicket

"The first step to knowledge is a confession of ignorance."

-- old Chinese saying

"Our ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know."

-- M. King Hubbert

"There is no better test of a man's integrity than his behavior when he is wrong."

-- Marvin Williams

"The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, thecontinents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion ofknowledge."

-- Daniel J. Boorstin

"We live on an island of knowledge surrounded by a sea of ignorance.As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance."

-- John A. Wheeler, Scientific American, 1992

"If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people?"

-- anon

"How wealthy the gods would be if we remembered the promises we made whenwe were in danger."

-- Jean de La Fontaine

"When I see the wildlife, even the lions and the leopards, I feel healthy."

-- an African native whose tribe was put in charge of wildlife protection

"Perhaps he knew, as I did not,that the Earth was made roundso that we would not see too far down the road."

-- Isak Dinesen from the book "Out of Africa"

"The death of an elderly man is like a burning library."

-- African proverb

"[A Library is] the ideal model of society, the best possible sharedspace [because there] each person is pursuing their own aim(education, entertainment, affect, rest) with respect to the others,through the best possible medium of the transmission of ideas, feelingsand knowledge -- the book."

-- Sophie Mayer, journalist

"Feelings are something you have; not something you are."

-- Shannon L. Alder

"My paranoia wasn't always right, but just to be on the safe side, Inever went to sleep with a clown in the room."

-― Mark Henwick, Hidden Trump

"A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on."

-― William S. Burroughs

"Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant - it tends to get worse."

-― Molly Ivins

"The charm of Ronald Reagan is not just that he kept telling us screwythings, it was that he believed them all. No wonder we trusted him, henever lied to us. ... His stubbornness, even defiance, in the face offacts ('stupid things,' he once called them in a memorable slip) wasnothing short of splendid. ... This is the man who proved thatignorance is no handicap to the presidency."

-― Molly Ivins

"When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellowAmericans as 'enemies,' it's time for a quiet stir of alertness.Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a goodway to wreck a country."

-― Molly Ivins

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you."

-― Woody Allen

"Don't insult the crocodile until you cross the water."

-- African proverb

"Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots"

-- African proverb

"No one tests the depth of a river with both feet."

-- African proverb

"Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must runfaster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning aLion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it willstarve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or aGazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

-- anon

"You're less likely to die while sitting home in your armchair. Alsoless likely to live."

-- anon

"When asked why he doesn't believe in astrology, the logician RaymondSmullyan responds that he's a Gemini and Geminis never believe inastrology."

-- John Allen Paulos

"All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in this world isfor enough good men to do nothing."

-- Edmund Burke

"If you were born where they were born, and you were taught what theywere taught, you'd believe what they believe."

-- anon

"The Anglo-Saxon conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't;it just keeps you from enjoying it."

-- Salvador de Madariaga.

"Humankind cannot bear very much reality"

-- T.S.Eliot

"Ultimately, however, conflict lies not in objective reality, but in people'sheads. Truth is simple one argument - perhaps a good one, perhaps not - fordealing with the difference. The difference itself exists because it existsin their thinking."

-- Martin Luther

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all."

-- Emily Dickinson

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."

-- Emily Dickinson

"Every morning, when I wake up, I feel a supreme pleasure -- thepleasure of being Salvador Dali -- and I ask myself amazed: 'what willSalvador Dali still do today?'"

-- Salvador Dali

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

-- Emily Dickinson

"memento mori" (Latin for "remember that you must die")

-- idiom

"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance."

-- Yoko Ono, Season of Glass

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves ofstrength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is somethinginfinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature --the assurancethat dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."

-- Rachel Carson

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth arenever alone or weary of life."

-- Rachel Carson

"...But I heard Rosa Parks. And I heard Martin Luther King Jr. I met RosaParks in 1957 when I was 17. In 1958, I met Dr. King, and these twoindividuals inspired me to get into trouble, and I've been getting ingood trouble, necessary trouble, ever since."

-- Congressman John Lewis

"I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in anation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, butby the content of their character."

-- Dr Martin Luther King Jr (Aug 28, 1963)

"A riot is the language of the unheard."

-- Dr Martin Luther King Jr

"Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, eventhough checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spiritswho neither enjoy much nor suffer much . . . in the grey twilight thatknows not victory nor defeat."

-- Theodore Roosevelt

"Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish thenatural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacredheritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not letselfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, itsriches or its romance."

-- Theodore Roosevelt

"Failure lies not in falling down but rather in not getting up."

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-- anon

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

-- Theodore Roosevelt

"If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me."

-- Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (daughter of Theodore Roosevelt)

"I'm afraid I'm not personally qualified to confuse cats."

-- Graham Chapman

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.I just watch what they do."

-- Andrew Carnegie

"As we grow old the beauty steals inward."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative."

-- Maurice Chevalier

"The ones who love you expect the most of you."

-- anon

"How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved."

-- Sigmund Freud

"There is a tendency in our planning to confusethe unfamiliar with the improbable."

-- Jeffery Goldberg (editor-in-chief of The Atlantic)

"Everyone has a plan. Until they make that first turn." (reference to skiing)

-- Jacek Walicki

Roy: Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's whatit is to be a slave. I've seen things you people wouldn'tbelieve. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watchedc-beams glitter in the dark near Tanhauser Gate. All those momentswill be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die.

Deckard:I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in those lastmoments, he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just hislife, anybody's life, my life. All he'd wanted were the same answersthe rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? Howlong have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.

-- from the movie Blade Runner

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea's face and a gray dawn breaking

-- John Masefield

"Nothing can be said about the sea."

-- Mr Selvam, Akkrapattai, India 2004

"If you refuse, you die, she dies, everybody dies!"

-- Ard to Den in the movie Heavy Metal

"We can only hope to bury you in secrecyso your grave is not violated."

-- Legal advice to Captain Stern from the movie Heavy Metal

"The law of the Creator, which invests every human being with aninalienable title to freedom, cannot be repealed by any interior lawwhich asserts that man is property."

-- Salmon P. Chase

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space liesour freedom and power to choose our response. In our response liesour growth and freedom."

-- Victor E. Frankl

Law of the Splintered Paddle

Oh people,
Honor thy god;
respect alike [the rights of] people both great and humble;
May everyone, from the old men and women to the children
Be free to go forth and lie in the road (i.e. by the roadside or pathway)
Without fear of harm.
Break this law, and die.

-- Proclaimed by King Kamehameha I

"Evil: I am evil. I existed before God. When I have the map I will befree and the world will be different. I have understanding.

Robert: Understanding of what master?

Evil: Digital watches. And soon I will have understanding of videocassette recorders. And when I have understanding of them, I shall haveunderstanding of computers. And when I have understanding ofcomputers, I shall be the Supreme Being. God isn't interested intechnology. He knows nothing of the potential of the micro chip orthe silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time. Forty-threespecies of parrots! Nipples for men!

Robert: Slugs.

Evil: Slugs! He created slugs. They can't hear. They can't speak.They can't operate heavy machinery. If I were creating a world, Iwouldn't mess around with butterflies and daffodils. I would'vestarted with lasers 8 o'clock day one!"

-- From the movie "Time Bandits"

Evil:Robert, we must plan a new world together.This time we'll start it properly. Tell me about computers.

-- From the movie "Time Bandits"

"A man with a watch knows what time it is.A man with two watches is never sure."

-- Segal's Law

"If a man is crossing the river and an empty boat collides with his skiff,even though he is a bad tempered man he will not become very angry. But ifhe sees a man in the other boat he will scream and shout and curse at theman to steer clear. If you can empty your own boat crossing the river ofthe world, no one will oppose you, no one will seek to harm you. Thus isthe perfect man -- his boat is empty."

-- Chuang-Tzu

"Come what may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day."

-- Macbeth from Macbeth by Shakespeare Act I scene 3

"Civilization advances by extending the number of important operationswhich we can perform without thinking of them."

-- Alfred North Whitehead

"To see what is general in what is particular and what is permanent inwhat is transitory is the aim of scientific thought."

-- Alfred North Whitehead

"We were two men in a land of stone, and we walked toward the samestar. I was happy to be on the Drus, but here as elsewhere, myhappiness was to lead a companion. What would a guide be withoutsomeone to lead? Good weather, bad weather, easy, difficult, I neededto sing the same tune as he. That was the best gift of our mountains.Climbing to the summit, one man does his job, another is on vacationand the luxury of their efforts is friendship."

-- Gaston

"His life as a climber has had a huge impact on how he deals withthis. Climbing, you do the best you can with what you'vegot, from where you are, right now. You are focused in this moment onsolving this next step, this next move. You're not saying, 'Arg, thisshouldn't have happened. Why is this crack ending here?' If you'redoing that your creativity shuts down."

"When you stay open to possibilities, you stay in the presentmoment and you keep moving. You can make the best possible decisionswhen you keep your creativity open and you're embracingreality. That's what Jeff calls it, 'embracing reality' instead ofresisting reality."

-- Connie Self (partner of Jeff Lowe, about Jeff when he had a terminal illness)

"You have to do those things you want to when you have that desire -because things change. In fact, you will lose your desire for certainthings. If you don't do them when you want to, you may never havethat experience at all, because what you desire changes over time."

-- Jeff Lowe

"My eyesight is failing but my vision is slowly becoming more acute."

-- Jeff Lowe

"Do it now. Tomorrow may never come."

-- Jeff Lowe

"There are two ways to become rich: earn more or want less."

-- Sherpa proverb

"When life gets tangled there something so reassuring about climbing amountain. The challenge is unambiguous."

-- Stacy Allison

"Tekieli talks of the singular focus needed to summit a Himalayan peakin the maw of winter. The universe narrows to a meter or two. 'There'ssomething mystical. It's not about the mountain, which is inert. It'syou. It's what you discover about yourself in all those hours ofconcentration.'"

-- Michael Powell interview of Polish climber Kacper Tekieli

"There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there isonly one summit."

-- Morihei Ueshiba

"Naturally, the common people don't want war, butthey can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. Tell them theyare being attacked, and decnounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism andendangering country. If works the same in every country."

-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

"Common sense is merely unaided intuition, and unaided intuition isreasoning performed in the absense of instruments and the testedknowledge of science. Common sense tells us that massive satellitescannot hang suspended 36,000 kilometers above the one point on theearth's surface, but they do..."

-- E. O. Wilson

"Splendor awaits in minute proportions."

-- E. O. Wilson

"Destroying a rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal"

-- E. O. Wilson

"Don't feel lonely. The entire universe is inside you."

-- Rumi

"Life is a balance between holding on and letting go."

-- Rumi

"Let yourself be silently drawn
by the pull of what you really love.
It will not lead you astray."

-- Rumi

"When times are bad, paint the lunch counter"

-- Russell Tru, part owner of White Stallion Horse Ranch

"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."

-- E. O. Wilson

"The love of complexity without reductionism makes art; the love of complexity with reductionism makes science"

-- E. O. Wilson

"People would rather believe than know."

-- E. O. Wilson

"Jungles and grasslands are the logical destinations, and towns andfarmland the labyrinths that people have imposed between them sometimein the past. I cherish the green enclaves accidentally left behind."

-- E. O. Wilson

"The great challenge of the twenty-first century is to raise peopleeverywhere to a decent standard of living while preserving as much ofthe rest of life as possible."

-- E. O. Wilson

"You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems rightfor you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aimhigh. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endurefailure. Persist! The world needs all you can give."

-- E. O. Wilson

"Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent minddecends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth thatoccurs during daydreaming and aimlses wandering."

-- E. O. Wilson

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love onlywhat we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."

-- Baba Dioum, a Senegalese ecologist

"The beginning of wisdom, as the Chinese say, is calling things by their right names."

-- E. O. Wilson, in The Diversity of Life

"What I saw so clearly when I started climbing was adventure. Difficulty wasonly an ingredient. I never thought to wonder about grades, just as I neverthought to wonder what Tarzan might bench press. I found the closer I movedto sport, the closer I felt to science -- and the closer I moved toadventure, the closer I felt to greatness."

-- Peter Croft

"Lying on my back, staringup at the massive corners and overhangs,I wondered if we would succeed. Butnot knowing was our greatest pleasure."

-- Scott Cosgrove

"When life gets tangled there's something so reassuring about climbing amountain. The challenge is unambiguous."

-- Stacy Allison

"The best poets, after all, exhibit only a tame and civil side of nature.They have not seen the west side of any mountain."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear ofdeath. "

-- Hunter S. Thompson

'Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention ofarriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid inbroadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out,and loudly proclaiming... "Wow! What a ride!"'

-- Hunter S. Thompson

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."

-- Joseph Campbell

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."

-- Joseph Campbell

"Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. We are here to laugh atthe odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to takeus."

-- attrib. Charles Bukowski

"Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down."

-- A.E. Newman

"If you can survive death, you can probably survive anything."

-- Maxwell Smart

"Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful."

-- Friedrich Nietzche

"That which does not kill us makes us strong."

-- Friedrich Nietzche

"That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable."

-- despair.com

"It is always darkest just before it goes pitch black."

-- despair.com

"Madness is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups."

-- a paraphrase of Friedrich Nietzche by Irving Janis

"Its amazing to me how few oil people really understand that you onlyfind oil and gas when you drill wells!"

-- anon

"Be brave enough to suck at something new."

-- anon

"So you think that you're a failure do you? Well, you probably are.What's wrong with that? In the first place, if you've any sense atall you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for ourtriumphs and we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail withwit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is asinsufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure. Seek it out.Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever befree"

-- Tom Robbins

"...the most dangerous shortsightedness consists in underestimating themediocre."

-- Georges Bernanos

"YOU ARE STANDING AT THE END OF A ROAD BEFORE A SMALL BRICK BUILDING.AROUND YOU IS A FOREST. A SMALL STREAM FLOWS OUT OF THE BUILDING ANDDOWN A GULLY."

-- Intial words in the Colossal Cave Adventure game (circa 1977)

"YOU ARE AT WITT'S END. PASSAGES LEAD OFF IN *ALL* DIRECTIONS."

-- Witt's End from the Colossal Cave Adventure game (circa 1977)

"Nowadays people die of a sort of a creeping common sense, anddiscover when it is too late that the only things one never regretsare one's mistakes."

-- Oscar Wilde

"Life is too important to be taken seriously."

-- Oscar Wilde

"We only die once. We live every day."

-- annon

"I didn't recognize you. I've changed a lot."

-- Oscar Wilde

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

-- Oscar Wilde

"If you don't fail on a regular basis, you are not trying hard enough."

-- attr. to Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard

"The only ones who truly fail are those that never try."

-- anon

"For eternally and always there is only one now,one and the same now; the present is the onlything that has no end."

-- Erwin Schrodinger

"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limitsof the world."

-- Schopenhauer, Further Psychological Observations, 1851

"It's kinda fun to do the impossible"

-- Walt Disney

"I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat, sail across the sea and restore the heart of Te Fiti."

-- Moana from the movie "Moana"

"It's actually, 'Maui, shapeshifter, demigod of the wind and sea, hero of men'"

-- Maui from the movie "Moana"

"The little things in life are as interesting as the big ones."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"It is not the same thing to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring."

-- Spanish proverb

"O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.O say, does that star-spangled banner yet waveO'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

-- the first verse of the national anthem of the USA

"Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity."

-- Lao-tzu

"What is subversive today, will almost certainly be patriotic tomorrow."

-- Lucius Beebe

"You don't need to discover your worth,You just need to remember it."

-- anon

Work like you don't need the money,
Love like you have never been hurt,
Dance like no one is watching.

-- anonymous

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Of course there is a monkey. There is always a monkey."

--S. (in the novel S by Dorst)

"Enlightenment is intimacy with all things."

-- Jack Kornfield

"The trouble is, you think you have time...."

-- Jack Kornfield, Buddha's Little Instruction Book

A monk asked," What is the fact of my nature?".Chao-chou said, "Shake the tree and birds take to the air, startle the fishand water becomes muddy."

-- Chao-chou

With every gust of wind
the butterfly changes its place
on the willow

-- Basho

Spring wind combs
Here and there
The weeping willow s hair

-- Basho

"As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion."

-- Bufferfly McQueen (Actress)

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."

-- Lucius Seneca

"Practice has to be a process of endless disappointment. We have to see thateverything we demand (and even get) eventually disappoints us. Thisdiscovery is our teacher."

-- Charlotte Joko Beck

Where does a wise man kick a pebble? On the beach. Where does a wise manhide a leaf? In the forest.

-- G.K. Chesterton

I saw people coming towards meBut all were the same man,All were myself.

-- Sokei-an

"I have seen the future and it's like the present, only longer."

-- Dan Quisenberry

"We can hold back neither the coming of the flowersnor the downward rush of the stream; sooner or later,everything comes to its fruition."

-- Loy Ching-Yuen

"We never remember days, only moments."

-- Cesare Pavese

"As evening draws near, you regret that you did not practice early in themorning. The worldly pleasure which you enjoy now becomes suffering in thefuture. Why then are you attached to this pleasure? One moment of practicebecomes lasting pleasure. Why then do you not practice?"

-- Won Hyo

"The more I practice, the luckier I get."

-- anon

"Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in the morrow."

-- Horace

"I know what the greatest cure is: it is to give up, to relinquish, tosurrender, so that our little hearts may be in unison with the great part ofthe world."

-- Henry Miller

Rose: But what do I do every day, Mum? Get up. Go to work. Catch the bus, eat chips, and go to bed.
Mickey: It's what the rest of us do.
Rose: But I can't.
Mickey: Because you re better than us?
Rose: No, I didn't mean that. But it was, it was a betterlife. I don t mean all the travelling and seeing aliens and spaceshipsand things. That don't matter. The Doctor showed me a better way ofliving your life. [to Mickey] You know, he showed you too.You don't just give up. You don t just let things happen. You make astand. You say "no." You have the guts to do what's right wheneveryone else just runs away, and I just can't...!

-- Rose Tyler from Dr. Who (episode: Parting of the Ways)

"See into life. Don't just look at it."

-- Anne Baxter

"So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others...before youmake your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you."

-- Shunryu Suzuki

"If you don't know how to fix it, please, stop breaking it."

-- Severn Cullis-Suzuki (12 year-old who spoke for the children a the 1992 Rio Earth summit in Brazil)

"You become what you think about all day long."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Most people are so worried about their security that they are afraid to takethe risks that let them really enjoy living."

-- Paul Krapf

"Rene Char wrote somewhere, apropos poetry, that there are those whocreate and those who discover; they are too completely different worlds.Photograph also has two sides to it and thank goodness, I am onlyintersted in those who discover; I feel a certain solidarity with thosewho set out in a spirit of discovery; I think there is much more riskinvovled in this than in trying to create images; and in the end, reality ismore important."

-- Henri Cartier-Bresson

"The painter constructs, the photographer discloses."

-- Susan Sontag

"Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second with your foot onfirst."

-- anon

"You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer."

-- Slogan of the United States Army Service Forces

"All things are difficult before they are easy."

-- Thomas Fuller

"All right, so it's impossible--how long will it take?"

-- J. J. Adams, Commander of United Planets Cruiser C57D
From the movie "Forbidden Planet"

Shadowless dusk
growing colder -
steaming teakettle

-- Mike Garofalo, Cuttings

My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time--
To let the punishment fit the crime--
The punishment fit the crime;
And make each prisoner pent
Unwillingly represent
A source of innocent merriment!
Of innocent merriment

- The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan

Two birds disputed about a kernel,when a third swooped down and carried it off.

-- proverb from the Congo

A crow
Perched on a withered tree
In the autumn evening.

-- Basho

Sweet bird! thy bow'r is ever green,Thy sky is ever clear;thou has't no sorrow in thy song,No winter in thy year.

-- John Logan

"Don't trip over what is behind you."

-- Callie King, horsewoman

"A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figuresof the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of theirplanting."

--Gladys Taber

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
the song of the birds for mirth,
you are nearer god's heart in a garden,
than anywhere else on earth.

--A tablet in the Bok Tower gardens in Florida

"Seek in the garden shades a seat,
Far from the playground din;
The sun is warm, the air is sweet:
Stay till I call you in."

A long and pleasant afternoon
I passed in those green bowers,
All silent, tranquil, and alone
With birds, and bees, and flowers.

Yet when my master's voice I heard
Call, from the window, "Jane!"
I entered, joyful, at the word,
The busy house again.

--Charlotte Bronte (from The Professor)

"An apple never falls far from the tree."

-- anon

"A weed is but an unloved flower."

-- anon

"Weeds, as a type, are mobile, prolific, genetically diverse. They'reunfussy about where they live, adapt quickly to environmental stress,use multiple strategies for getting their own way,...It's curious that it took us so long to realize that thespecies they most resemble is us."

-- from "Weeds: In Defense o Natures Most Unloved Plants" by Richard Mabey

"In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

-- Albert Camus

"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become,I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who canresist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets fromparticipating in nature's rebirth?"

-- Edward Giobbi

"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."

-- Doug Larson

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

-- Albert Camus

"Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!"

-- HumbeIt Wolfe

"But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head ...The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on. "

-- Robert Finch

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

-- George Eliot

"There is a harmonyIn autumn, and a lustre in its sky,Which through the summer is not heard or seen, As if it could not be, as if it had not been!"

-- Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of theWestern Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.Orbiting this at a distance of roughly nintey-eight million miles isan utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descendedlife forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digitalwatches are a pretty neat idea.

This planet has-or rather had-a problem, which was this: most of thepeople living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Manysolutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these werelargely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper,which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces ofpaper that were unhappy."

-- the opening to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim ofthe Galaxy, the Hitchhiker's Guide has already supplanted the greatEncyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledgeand wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that isapocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older,more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightlycheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in largefriendly letters on its cover."

-- the opening to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Arthur DentIt's at times like this, when I'm stuck in a Vogonairlock with a man from Betelegeuse about to die of asphyxiation indeep space, that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told mewhen I was little

Ford PrefectWhy, what did she tell you?

Arthur DentI don't know, I didn't listen!

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

The principle of generating small amounts of finite improbabilityby simply hooking the logic circuits of a Bambleweeny 57 Sub-MesonBrain to an atomic vector plotter suspended in a strong BrownianMotion producer (say a nice hot cup of tea) were of course wellunderstood.

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"Life," said Marvin dolefully, "loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it."

-- Marvin from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"Oh God," muttered Ford, slumped against a bulkhead and started tocount to ten. He was desperately worried that one day sentient lifeforms would forget how to do this. Only by counting could humansdemonstrate their independence of computers.

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses have beenspecially designed to help people develop a relaxed attitude todanger. At the first hint of trouble, they turn totally black and thusprevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you."

-- Zaphod Beelbebrox in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series

Well, you're obviously being totally naive", Said the girl, "When you'vebeen in marketing as long as I have, you know that before any newproduct can be developed it has to be properly researched. We've got tofind out what people want from fire, how they relate to it, what sort ofimage it has for them."
"Stick it up your nose," Ford said.
"Which is precisely the sort of thing we need to know," insisted thegirl. "Do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?"
"And the wheel," said the Captain, "what about this wheel thingy? Itsounds a terribly interesting project."
"Ah," said the marketing girl, "well, we're having a little difficultythere."
"Difficulty?" exclaimed Ford. "Difficulty? What do you mean, difficulty?It's the single simplest machine in the entire Universe!"
The marketing girl soured him with a look. "All right Mr. Wiseguy," shesaid, "you're so clever, you tell us what color it should be."

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"Space is big. Really big. You just won t believe how vastly hugelymindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it s a long way downthe road to the chemist s, but that s just peanuts to space."

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book.Perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful book everto come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor - ofwhich no Earthman had ever heard of. More popular than The CelestialHome Care Omnibus, better selling than Fifty-three More Things to doin Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Colluphid's trilogyof philosophical blockbusters Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God'sGreatest Mistakes and Who is this God Person Anyway? It's alreadysupplanted the Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository ofall knowledge and wisdom, for two important reasons. First, it'sslightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC printed inlarge friendly letters on its cover."

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"Oh, the Paranoid Android," he said. "Yeah, we'll take him."

"But what are supposed to do with a manically depressed robot?"

"You think you've got problems," said Marvin as if he was addressing anewly occupied coffin, "what are you supposed to do if you are amanically depressed robot? No, don't bother to answer that, I'm fiftythousand times more intelligent than you and even I don't know theanswer. It gives me a headache just trying to think down to yourlevel."

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

The Encyclopedia Galactica defines a robot as a mechanical apparatusdesigned to do the work of a man. The marketing division of the SiriusCybernetics Corporation defines a robot as "Your Plastic Pal Who's FunTo Be With."

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.

-- "The Graduate" 1967

"Sorry, did I say something wrong?" said Marvin, dragging himself onregardless. "Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway so Idon't know why I bother to say it, oh God I'm so depressed. Here'sanother of those self-satisfied doors. Life! Don't talk to me aboutlife."

-- "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"Kittens give Morbo gas. In lighter news, the city of New New York is doomed."

-- Morbo the Annihilator from Futurama

"The fool. The meddling idiot! As though his ape's brain couldcontain the secrets of the Krell."

-- Dr. Morbius From the movie "Forbidden Planet"

"The Lord expects you to do some things for yourself."

-- Paul "Bear" Bryant

"Sometimes I feel that a more rational explanation for all that hashappened during my lieftime is that I am still only thirteen yearsold, reading Jules Verne or H.G. Wells, and have fallen asleep."

--Stanislaw Ulam in "Adventures of a Mathematician"

"In many cases, mathematics is an escape from reality. Themathematician finds his own monastic niche and happiness in pursuitsthat are disconnected from external affairs. Some practice it as ifusing a drug. Chess sometimes plays a similar role. In theirunhappiness over the events of this world, some immerse themselves ina kind of self-sufficiency in mathematics. (Some have engaged in itfor this reason alone.)"

--Stanislaw Ulam in "Adventures of a Mathematician"

"Any good idea can be stated in fifty words or less."

--Stanislaw Ulam

"Anybody can get hit over the head."

-- Aristotle

"Geometry draws the soul towards truth."

-- Plato

"In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous."

-- Aristotle

"If you meet a swordsman on the road show him your sword.If you meet a man who is not a poet, don't read him your poem."

-- Lao Tsu

"To make use of your mind to thinkconceptually is to leavesubstance and attach yourself to form"

-- Huang Po

"From discrimination between this and that ahost of demons spring forth"

-- Huang Po

"Don't be angry when the dancing elephant steps on your feet.Be happy that the elephant can dance at all."

-- W. L. Kennedy

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."

-- Elvis Costello

"We live in a world lit by lightning.After the flash, we're blind again."

-- T-Bone Burnett

"I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hopefor hope would be hope for the wrong thing;wait without loveFor love would be love of the wrong thing;there is yet faithBut the faith and the hope and the love are all in the waiting.Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing."

-- T.S. Elliott in "Four Quartets"

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which,when you looked at it the right way, did not become morecomplicated."

-- Poul Anderson

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space:everything else is opinion"

--Democritos of Adbera

"Men need some kind of external activity, because they are inactivewithin."

-- Schopenhauer, Further Psychological Observations, 1851

"Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water."

-- Wu Li
"Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallestacts. This is the secret of success."
-- Swami Sivananda

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when the do it fromreligious conviction"

-- Blais Pascal

"I can't do that, it's against my religion," is religious freedom."You can't do that, it's against my religion," is not.

-- ACLU

"I'm a virgin, I'm just not very good at it."

-- Valeria Golino, "Hot Shots"

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."

-- Colette

"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; nobody grows oldmerely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting ourideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinklesthe soul. Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being'sheart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what'snext, and the joy of the game of living."

-- Samuel Ullman

"The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the longrun we shall have to pay for our debts at a time that may be veryinconvenient for our own survival."

-- Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings

"One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an adviserto scientists is to discourage them from expecting too much frommathematics."

-- Norbert Wiener

"A professor is one who can speak on any subject -- for precisely fiftyminutes."

-- Norbert Wiener

"The Advantage is that mathematics is a field in which one's blunderstend to show very clearly and can be corrected or erased with a strokeof the pencil. It is a field which has often been compared with chess,but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments thatcount and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game,whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many whichhave been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician'sreputation."

-- Norbert Wiener in Ex-Prodigy: My Childhood and Youth.

"The best material model of a cat is another, or preferably the same, cat."

-- Norbert Wiener and A Rosenblueth in Philosophy of Science 1945

"Scientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our ownconvenience of a system of existence which has been made with no eyeto our convenience at all."

-- Norbert Wiener

"You can never step into the same river twice, for fresh waters areforever flowing upon you."

-- anon

"The tree in which the sap is stagnant remains fruitless."

-- Hosea Ballou

"When the student is truly ready to learn, a teacher will appear."

-- from Zen Philosophy

"Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved."

-- Western Zen Saying

"The higher the truth, the simpler it is."

-Abraham Isaac Kook

"Words are the fog one has to see through."

-- Zen Saying

"Sometimes the highest form of action is inaction."

-- Jerry Brown

"The Mind is the slayer of the Real."

-- The Voice of the Slience

"Think of Zen, of the Void, of Good and Evil, and you are bound hand andfoot. Think only and entirely and completely of what you're doing atthe moment and you are free as a bird."

-- R.H. Blyth

"I don't believe I can really do without teaching."

-- Richard Feynman

"Study hard what interests you in the mostundisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible."

-- Richard Feynman

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool."

-- Richard Feynman

"I have the advantage of having found out how hard it is to get toreally know something. How careful you have to be about checking yourexperiments. How easy it is to make mistakes and fool yourself. Iknow what it means to know something."

-- Richard Feynman

"I don't feel frightened by not knowing things."

-- Richard Feynman

"There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a hugenumber. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the nationaldeficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should callthem economical numbers."

-- Richard Feynman

"Another thing I must point out is that you cannot prove a vaguetheory wrong."

-- Richard Feynman

"Feynman is a man for whom I am developing a considerable admiration;he is the brightest of the young theoreticians here and is the firstexample I have met of that rare species, the native Americanscientist. His most valuable contribution to physics is as a sustainerof morale; when he bursts into the room with his latest brain wave andproceeds to expound it with lavish sound effects and waving about ofthe arms, life at least is not dull."

-- Freeman Dyson

"One truly understands only what one can create."

-- Giambattista Vico

"Science is a process for learning about nature in which competingideas about how the world works are measured against observations."

-- Richard Feynman

"I've come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisiveelement in the classroom. It's my personal approach that createsthe climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As ateacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's lifemiserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument ofinspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In allsituations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will beescalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized."

-- Haim Ginott

"Raising a child isvery much like building a skyscraper. If the first few stories areslightly out of line. no one will notice. But when the building is18 or 20 stories high, everyone will see that it tilts."

-- Jim Bishop

The mediocre teacher tells,
The good teacher explains,
The superior teacher demonstrates,
The *great* teacher inspires.

-- William A. Ward

"If we expect students to be winners and expect them to do well, theywill rise to the occasion."

-- Jaime Escalante

"We can talk all we want about awards and salary raises, but the realreward of teaching is teaching. The personal satisfaction you get whenyou do it effectively is just phenomenal."

-- David W. Pratt

"The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there."

-- Robert Pirsig

"Zen in the unsymbolization of the world."

-- R. H. Blyth

We dance around in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

-- Robert Frost from "The Secret Sits"

Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

-- Robert Frost

And those who say, "I'll try anything once," often try nothing twice,three times, arriving late at the gate of dreams worth dying for.

-- Carl Sandburg

"Write the bad things that are done to you in sand,
but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble."

-- Arab proverb

"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."

-- Arab proverb

"It's not about finding the horse of your dreams.It's about being the person of your horse's dreams."

-- anon

"Your hands are not to control the horse but simply to feel his thoughts."

-- anon

"No one can teach riding as well as a horse."

-- C. S. Lewis

"... but what if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?"

-- Erin Hanson

"Who says paper worlds
Are an escape from what is real?
As though the lives trapped in their binding
Are not ones that make you feel.
For sometimes our greatest lessons
Come from those with ink for skin,
Who reach beyond the page
To take our hand and pull us in."

-- Erin Hanson

"Many of the problems that we see in the horse world today stem fromriders demanding performance instead of appreciating effort."

-- Karen Rohlf

"Horsemanship is the art of mastering our ownmovements, thoughts, emotions and behavior. Not the horses."

-- Mark Rashid

"Somewhere...somewhere in time's own space,
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow,
Some Paradise where horses go.
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again."

-- Stanley Harrison

"Slippery-smooth rhythmic motion, absolute single-minded purpose,motion for the pleasure of motion itself. It was terrible in itsbeauty, the flight of the horse."

-- Larry Niven, Rainbow Mars

"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us incontact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom."

-- Sharon Ralls Lemon

"No heaven can heaven be, if my horse isn't there to welcome me."

-- anonymous

"To see the wind's power, the rain's cleansing and the sun's radiantlife, one need only to look at the horse."

-- anonymous

"Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when itis leaping."

-- anonymous

"When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs hishead on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down yourspine...you know you are loved."

-- John Lyons

"A horse gallops with his lungs, Perseveres with his heart, And winswith his character."

-- Frederico Tesio

"I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted."

-- anonymous

"The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and graceunlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon hisback."

-- Amber Senti

"All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by alittle girl."

-- anonymous

"A true horseman does not look at the horse with his eyes, he looks athis horse with his heart."

-- anonymous

"You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile, but thebest way to see what God made is from the back of a horse."

-- Charles M. Russell (1864-1926)

"Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent frombarbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse besideit."

-- John Trotwood Moore

"To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings cancome to knowing perfection."

-- anonymous

"For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins."

-- Melissa James

"The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy,beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave."

-- Ronald Duncan

"When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will everhave."

-- Sir Winston Churchill

"We kept him until he died... and sat with him during the long lastminutes when a horse comes closest to seeming human."

-- C.J. Mullen

"When a horse greets you with a nicker and regards you with a largeand liquid eye, the question of where you want to be has beenanswered."

-- anonymous

"No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses."

-- Herman Melville

"At its finest, rider and horse are joined not by tack, but by trust.Each is totally reliant upon the other. Each is the selfless guardianof the other's very well-being."

-- anonymous

"If your horse says "no", you either asked the wrong question, orasked the question wrong."

-- Pat Parelli

"I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My veryheart leapt with the sound."

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse."

-- R.S. Surtees

"And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of suchbeauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. Noone will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself inhis splendor."

-- Xenophon (430BC-354BC)

"The history of mankind is carried on the back of a horse."

-- anonymous

"It is easy to conquer the world from the back of a horse."

-- Genghis Khan

"You took me to adventure and to love. We two have shared great joyand great sorrow. And now I stand at the gate of the paddock watchingyou run in an ecstasy of freedom, knowing you will return to standquietly, loyally, beside me."

-- Pam Brown

"He knows when you're happy. He knows when you're comfortable. Heknows when you're confident. And he always knows when you havecarrots."

-- anonymous

"One can get in a car and see what man has made. One must get on ahorse to see what God has made."

-- anonymous

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle."

-- Winston Churchill

"When the Almighty put hoofs on the wind and a bridle on thelightning, He called it a horse."

-- anonymous

"A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than aman on foot."

-- John Steinbeck

"To see a horse is to see an angel on earth."

-- anonymous

"A dog looks up to a man. A cat looks down on a man. But a patienthorse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal."

-- anonymous

"To ride on a horse is to fly without wings".

-- anonymous

"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom."

-- anonymous

"In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaksof love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window thatreveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart."

-- anonymous

"His hooves pound the beat, your heart sings the song."

-- Jerry Shulman

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

-- Carl Sagan

"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."

-- Carl Sagan

"Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound, but because it is wrong."

-- E. O. Wilson

"They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown .

-- Carl Sagan

"At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seeminglycontradictory attitudes--an openness to new ideas, no matter howbizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthlessskeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truthsare winnowed from deep nonsense."

-- Carl Sagan

"You go talk to kindergarteners or first grade kids, you find a classfull of science enthusiasts. And they ask deep questions! They ask:'What is a dream, why do we have toes, why is the moon round, what isthe birthday of the world, why is the grass green?' These areprofound, important questions! They just bubble right out of them. Yougo talk to 12th graders and there's none of that. They've becomeincurious. Something terrible has happened between kindergarten and12th grade."

-- Carl Sagan

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren'stime -- when the United States is a service and information economy;when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away toother countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands ofa very few, and no one representing the public interest can even graspthe issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their ownagendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutchingour crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our criticalfaculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels goodand what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back intosuperstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is mostevident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormouslyinfluential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 secondsor less), lowest common denominator programming, credulouspresentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kindof celebration of ignorance"

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as aCandle in the Dark (1997)

"Smooth seas do not make for good sailors."

-- proverb

"The crisis was over. What was more, they had taken the first step towardgenuine friendship. They had exchanged vulnerabilities."

-- from the book "2010"

"Friendshipis the comfort, the inexpressable comfort of feeling safewith a person having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words butpouring all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together,certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what isworth keeping and with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away."

-- anon

"Progress does not consist of replacing a theory that is wrong withone that is right. It consists of replacing a theory that is wrongwith one that is more subtly wrong."

-- anon

"The only gift is a protion of thyself... therefore the poet brings hispoem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a gem; thesailer, coral and shells; the painter, his picture; the girl, ahankerchief of the own sewing."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The Earth is our mother; our nine months are up."

-- anon

"Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained bystupidity."

-- anon

"Remember, one treats others with courtesy and respect not because theyare gentlemen or gentlewomen, but because you are."

-- Garth Henrichs

"Be excellent to each other!"

-- Bill and Ted

"Be usable to each other!"

-- Usability Man

"Alice: 'Where do I go from here?'

The Cheshire Cat: "That depends on where you want to get to."

-- Alice in Wonderland

"If I Had My Life to Live Over, I'd dare to make more mistakes. I'drelax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been thistrip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take morechances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I wouldeat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actualtroubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. You see, I'm one ofthose people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day afterday. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I'dhave more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Justmoments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead ofeach day. I've been one of those persons who never goes anywherewithout a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have. If I hadmy life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring andstay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I wouldride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies."

-- Nadine Stair, age 85

"Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high
Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky
And live like you ain't afraid to die
And don't be scared, just enjoy your ride"

-- Chris Ledoux song "The Ride"

"I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. All the pointsin between are, well, in between."

-- Jim Morrison

"If you understand, things are just as they are;you do not understand, things are just as they are."

-- Zen verse

"In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons."

-- Herodotus
"Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace theremay be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on goodterms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; andlisten to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have theirstory. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to thespirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain orbitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons thanyourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keepinterested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possessionin the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your businessaffairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blindyou to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; andeverywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do notfeign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face ofall aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Takekindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things ofyouth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears areborn of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, begentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less thanthe trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether ornot it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as itshould. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him tobe, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusionof life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, andbroken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive tobe happy"
-- Desiderata of Max Ehrmann

"There never was a good war, or a bad peace."

-- Benjamin Franklin

"For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe a horse was lost,for want of a horse a rider was lost, for want of a rider a army was lost,for want of an army a battle was lost, for want of a battle the war waslost, for want of the war the kingdom was lost, and all for the want of alittle horseshoe nail."

-- Benjamin Franklin

"The war [in Vietnam] which we can neither win, lose, nor dropis evidence of an instability of ideas."

-- Senator Scott ?, from the movie The Fog of War
"War: a massacre of people who don'tknow each other for the profit of people whoknow each other but don't massacre each other."
-- Paul Valery

"Forgivenrss made me free fom hatred. I still have many scars on mybody and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed. Napalm is verypowerful, but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. Wewould not have war at all if everyone could learn how to live withtrue love, hope, and forgiveness. If that little girl in the picturecan do it, ask yourself: Can you?"

-- Kim Phúc, naked girl in picture running down road after napalm strike in Vietname, NPR in 2008

"War doesn't determine who's right, just who's left."

-- anon

"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mindbrought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absenceof war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only topeaceful people."

-- Jawaharlal Nehru

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attainedthrough understanding."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

-- Mike Tyson

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong toeach other."

-- Mother Teresa

"All we are saying is give peace a chance."

-- John Lennon

"The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve forwar the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requiresidealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith."

-- John Foster Dulles

"The perfect life: to live in a world of peace in a lake district wherethe magistrate is good and honest, and to have an understanding wifeand bright children."

-- Chang Chao

"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be."

-- Bruce Lee

"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, butadjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or throughit. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclosethemselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put waterinto a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and itbecomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes theteapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."

-- Bruce Lee

"The first duty of a man is to think for himself."

- Jose Marti

"If you make people think they're thinking, they''l love you; but if youreally make them think, they'll hate you."

- Harlan Ellison

"The consciousness of self is the greatesthindrance to performance in physical activities"

-- Bruce Lee

"When you are totally defeated you begin again to enjoy the smallthings around you.' Voytek later explained. 'Just going again to themountains, not for victory or glory, but to enjoy nature or to enjoyfine people. If you always succeed you enjoy the admiration of manypeople. Being defeated means being limited to the basic existentialchoices of life. If you can enjoy the quiet evening hours it isbeautiful; a hero who always succeeds may not have time to enjoysuch things."

-- Wojtek Kurtyka, Polish high-altitude climber
from Climbing magazine, 8-9/89,
"Between the Hammer and the Anvil"

"There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrestedfrom a sure defeat."

-- TE Lawrence, "Revolt in the Desert" ch 19

"Authority never matches responsibility. That's one of the greatmyths and delusions of all times. Winning managers and individualperformers at all levels know that effectiveness means building yourown network and creating your own authority. Those who succeed alwaysreach far beyond formal deputation, take initiatives, and take theheat when things go awry. That's true in the military in times ofwar, true for 200 person manufacturing firms, and true at giantautomakers or software companies."

-- Tom Peters
"Not the wretchedest man or woman but has a deep secretivemythology with which to wrestle with the material world and to overcomeit and pass beyond it. Not the wretchedest human being but has his sharein the creative energy that builds the world. We are all creators. Weall create a mythological world of our own out of certain shapelessmaterials."
-- John Cowper Powys

"I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I canthink that any conscious entity can ever hope to do."

-- HAL from "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

-- HAL from "2001: A Space Odyssey"

"Programming is like sex: one mistake and you have to support itfor the rest of your life."

-- Michael Sinz

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but ahabit."

-- Aristotle

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts."

-- Aristotle (Metaphysica 330 BC)

"In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you wantanything done, ask a woman."

-- Margaret Thatcher

"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."

-- Louis Armstrong

"Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions,preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomesencrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years laterdoes an instict come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn.The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a momentof beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After thatday... we become seekers."

-- Peter Matthiessen

"You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am neversatisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, andwriting briefly takes far more time than writing at length."

-- Gauss

"Theory attracts practice as the magnet attracts iron."

-- attrib. Gauss

"I recognize the lion by his paw."

-- Jacob Bernoulli recognizing an anonymous solution by Isaac Newton

"If you can't solve a problem, then there is an easier problem youcan't solve: find it."

-- Pólya

"This sentence no verb"

-- Douglas Hofsteader

"I have a mind like a steel... uh... thingy."

-- Patrick Logan's weblog

"Hofsteader's law: It always takes longer than you expect, even whenyou take Hofsteader's Law into account."

-- Douglas Hofsteader

"If Jesus comes out of his tomb on Easter and sees his shadow,do we have six more weeks of Lent?"

-- anon

"Television is about watching a life instead of having one."

-- Beth Mazur

"Not everyone can be a hero, someone has to sit on the sidewalk andclap as they go by"

-- Will Rogers

"I don't make jokes - I just watch the government and report the facts."

-- Will Rogers

"You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

-- Will Rogers

"Suffering is inevitable. Misery is a choice."

-- anon

"Men always fear things which move by themselves."

-- The Ghola (Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)

"Nothing is so eternally adhesive as the memory of power."

-- Isaac Asimov

"A man without a woman is like a kite without the wind."

-- Robert Heckendorn

"The flesh surrenders itself. Eternity takes back its own. Ourbodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certainintoxication before the love of life and self, delt with a fewstrange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of time. What canwe say of this? I occurred. I am not. Yet I occurred."

-- Maud 'Dib (Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)

"He speaks of death because that's necessary, Stil. It's atension by which the living know they're alive."

-- Ghanima (Children of Dune by Frank Herbert)

"Balance is what distinguishs a people from a mob."

-- Maud 'Dib (Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert)

"The joy of living, its beauty, is all bound up in the factthat life can surprise you."

-- Leto Atrides (Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert)

"Most deadly errors occur from obsolete assumptions."

-- Bene Gesserit saying (Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert)

"I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard ourhiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the sametime. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made upmy mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on,different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full ofinterest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at thehumorous side of the most dangerous moments."

-- Anne Frank

"The life of man is but a succession of vain hopes and groundless fears."

-- Montequieu

"Communism is just one big telephone company."

-- Lenny Bruce

"Often, the most significant feature of good work is that it has keptsomething bad from happening to the company. How can we measure badthings that do not happen?"

-- Robert M. Tomasko

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

-- Bill Cosby

"Nothing in the world is so powerful as an idea whose time has come."

-- Victor Hugo

"Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight,feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings."

-- Victor Hugo

"The cost of living is dying."

-- Seen on a T-shirt

"There is a thin line between courage and foolishness"

-- Robert Heckendorn

"A chicken is just one egg's way of making another egg."

-- anon

"A messy office is a happy office. This office is delerious."

-- anon

"There is only one true beast in the bull ring, the crowd."

-- anon

"He who truly knows has no occasion to shout.

-- Leonard Da Vinci

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence"

-- Leonard Da Vinci

"In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passedand the first of that which comes; so with present time."

-- Leonard Da Vinci

"Some people think the glass is half full. Others think it is halfempty. I think the glass is too big."

-- George Carlin

"Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying tosatisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body."

-- George Carlin

"I keep six honest seving men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who."

-- "The Elephants Child", Rudyard Kipling [1865-1904]

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for thefuture of the human race."

-- H.G. Wells

"Bicycling is a big part of the future...it has to be....there issomething wrong with a society that drives a car to work out at agym."

-- Bill Nye, the Science Guy

"To come to a place with preconceived notions and expectations of whatyou will get from it, is a very dangerous thing. Because you mightactually succeed in accomplishing exactly what you came there tofind. And in this so-called success you may not even know that you canfail utterly to discover far greater rewards that you might findotherwise. By this I don t just mean discovery of things about theplace that you did not know were there, but rather discovery of thingsin, and about, yourself that you did not know you were capable offeeling and that can transform and elevate your life in ways you neverknew possible."

-- Guy Tal, photographer

"The rock is the great equalizer and the great liberator, the greatreminder, the great setter of priorities, and the great debunker ofillusions, dissonance, and delusions of grandeur."

-- Guy Tal, photographer

"A place is not a place is not a place. Places assume meanings as weinteract with them; as we accumulate experiences and memories in them;as we gain knowledge about them; as we evolve relationships with them;as we become familiar with them and comfortable in them. There is aworld of difference between a place as partner in a lastingrelationship, and a place considered as just a photographicsubject. The latter does not interest me much. I have long found thatmy work is most meaningful to me as an expression of my life and myrelationships with the world. Without such relationships, aestheticsalone, while enjoyable to view at times, do not move me to create. Increating I need more than just beauty; I need a story a good one and Ineed to be a character in that story. And my story unfolds here."

-- Guy Tal, photographer

"To ride a bicycle is in itself some protection against superstitiousfears, since the bicycle is the product of pure reason applied tomotion. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and astraight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltairehimself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so muchto man's welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to thehealth, it emits no harmful fumes and emits only the most decorousspeeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm?"

-- Angela Carter

"There is beauty in silence and there is silence in beauty and you canfind both in a bicycle!"

-- Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Bicycle means simplicity and simplicity means happiness!"

-- Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance you have to keep moving."

-- Albert Einstein

"When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: brightsun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and soon. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings ofwork, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on natureinstead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, ofgravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world isbreaking someone else's heart."

-- Diane Ackerman

"A bicycle does get you there and more.... And there is always the thinedge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogsbecome dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes becomepersonal. And getting there is all the fun."

--Bill Emerson, "On Bicycling," Saturday Evening Post, 1967 July 29th

"It is curious that with the advent of the automobile and the airplane,the bicycle is still with us. Perhaps people like the world they cansee from a bike, or the air they breathe when they're out on abike. Or they like the bicycle's simplicity and the precision withwhich it is made. Or because they like the feeling of being able tohurtle through air one minute, and saunter through a park thenext, without leaving behind clouds of choking exhaust, withoutleaving behind so much as a footstep."

-- Gurdon S. Leete

"Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight ofbirds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedientPegasus; it gives him no wings of his own. "

--Louis J. Helle, Jr., Spring in Washington

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when workbecomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount abicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought onanything but the ride you are taking."

-- Arhur Conan Doyle

"... she will never know what it feels like to pump first over thecrest of the hill with the others strung out behind her like the beadssliding off a broken necklace."

-- anon (about bicycle racing)

"Klaatu barada nikto!"

-- From the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

"If you ever get a second chance in life for something, go all the way."

-- Lance Armstrong who won the Tour de France after fighting cancer

"Beyond 100,000 lines of code, you should probably be coding in Ada."

-- P.J. Plauger

"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of theworld, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity)one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables andmythology."

-- Thomas Jefferson

"God, who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of anation be secure when we have removed a conviction that theseliberties are the gift of God?"

-- Thomas Jefferson

"I distrust those people who know so wellwhat God wants them to do, because I notice it alwayscoincides with their own desires."

-- Susan B. Anthony

"Sir, what you had there ...(cough)... was what we refer to as afocused, non-terminal, repeating phantasm, or a class 5 full roamingvapor .... real nasty one, too!"

-- Ray Stantz (From the movie Ghost Busters)

"For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like"

-- Abraham Lincoln

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice becausethorn bushes have roses"

-- Abraham Lincoln
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expressesmy idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of thedifference, is no democracy."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe thisgovernment cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I donot expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the house tofall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become allone thing or all the other."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"It is the eternal struggle between two principles, right and wrong,throughout the world. It is the same spirit that says 'you toil andwork and earn bread, and I'll eat it.' No matter in what shape itcomes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride thepeople of his own nation, and live by the fruit of their labor, orfrom one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it isthe same tyrannical principle."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this congress andthis administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. Nopersonal significance or insignificance can spare one or another ofus. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honoror dishonor to the latest generation. We, even we here, hold the powerand bear the responsibility."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with theoccasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. Wemust disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"You're not a statesman! A statesman is a dead politician. Lordknows we need more statesmen!"

-- Milo Bloom, Bloom County

"Politicians like to see cranes on the horizon."

-- Kevin Stanley of the proposed new tallest building in the world, the Grollo Tower.

"Good tea. Nice house."

-- Lt. Worf

Guinan: "It's an Earth drink. Prune juice."
Worf: "Warrior's drink!"

--Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Yesterday's Enterprise"

"Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra"
"Shaka, when the walls fell."
"Sokath! His eyes open!"
"Mirab, his sails unfurled!"
"Temba his arms open."
"Temba at rest."

--Star Trek: The Next Generation, metaphors from "Darmok" episode

"A syndicate makes sense to me. I'm a peaceful man at heart, but I'msick and tired of all these hits. I hit Krako, Krako hits Teppo, Teppohits me. There's too many bosses! We can't get anything done. I wasthinking--if there was just one--maybe somebody like you as the topboss--then we could get things done!"

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--Bela Oxmyx from the Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action"

"A question. Since before your sun burned hot in space, and beforeyour race was born, I have awaited ... a question."

- The Guardian of Forever from Star Trek

Rocket Raccoon: [about Drax] His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.Drax the Destroyer: Nothing goes over my head...! My reflexes are too fast. I would chatch it.

- Guardians of the Galaxy

"The only matter I do not take seriously, boy, is you. Your politicsbore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child. And apparently, youalienated my favorite daughter, Gamora. I shall honor our agreement,Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But return to me again emptyhanded... And I will bathe the starways in your blood."

- Thanos to Ronan the Accuser, Guardians of the Galaxy

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why.Then do it."

-- Lazarus Long

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert'sthere are few."

-- Shunryu Suzuki

"If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge ofit is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the artbecomes an 'artless art' growing out of the Unconscious."

-- D. T. Suzuki in a forward to "Zen in the Art of Archery"

Rollo Lee:Now there are your meerkats, correct? (pointing)

Lauderbee:Don't do that please sir, please! They go straight for the throat!

Rollo Lee:Now this new plack of yours, Lauderbee, says that they are the piranha of thedessert. Is that right?

Lauderbee:They can strip a human carcass in 3 minutes, sir.

Rollo Lee:My encyclopedia says they are easily tamed and are often kepts as pets.

Lauderbee:Noooo, you've not been attacked by one, sir.

Rollo Lee:Nobody's been attacked by one...or if they have they've never noticed.

-- from the movie Fierce Creatures

"I think ordinary people in this country are sick and tried of beingtold that ordinary people in this country are sick and tired. I'mcertainly not, and I'm sick and tired of being told that I am!"

-- Monty Python

"And there shall in that time be rumours of things going astray, andthere will be a great confusion as to where things really are, andnobody will really know where lieth those little things with the sortof raffia work base, that has an attachment they will not be there... Atthis time a friend shall lose his friends's hammer and the young shallnot know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that theirfathers put there only just the night before ..."

-- Monty Python's Life of Brian

Man 1: "... I think it was "Blessed are the cheesemakers".
Woman: "What's so special about the cheesemakers?
Man 2: "Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturer of dairy products."

-- Monty Python's Life of Brian

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go 'round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space.
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

-- Monty Python, From "The Meaning of Life", sung by Eric Eidel

Chapman:*I* don't know - Mr Wentworth just told me to come in here and saythat there was trouble at the mill, that's all - I didn't expect akind of Spanish Inquisition.

(JARRING CHORD)
(The door flies open and Cardinal Ximinez of Spain (Palin) enters, flanked bytwo junior cardinals.)
Ximinez:
NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chiefweapon is suprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our twoweapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our*three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and analmost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no...*Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements asfear, surprise.... I'll come in again. (Exit and exeunt)

Chapman: I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.

(JARRING CHORD)
(The cardinals burst in)
Ximinez:
NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Amongst our weaponry are suchdiverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almostfanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms - Oh damn! (ToCardinal Biggles) I can't say it - you'll have to say it.

-- Monty Python

Grapham Chapman:We were evicted from *our* hole in the ground; we had to go andlive in a lake!

Terry Gilliam:You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and sixtyof us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road.

Michael Palin:Cardboard box?

Terry Gilliam:Aye.

Michael Palin:You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag ina septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in themorning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work downmill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home,out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!

Grapham Chapman:Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock inthe morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go towork at the mill every day for tuppence a month, come home, and Dadwould beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if wewere LUCKY!

Terry Gilliam:Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoeboxat twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues.We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-fourhours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when wegot home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.

Eric Idle:Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night,half an hour before I went to bed, (pause for laughter), eat a lumpof cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay millowner for permission to come to work, and when we got home,our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our gravessinging "Hallelujah."

Michael Palin:But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won'tbelieve ya'.

ALL:Nope, nope..

-- Monty Python (Last part of the "You Were Lucky" sketch)

King: "One day, lad, all this will be yours."
Son: "What the curtains?"

-- Monty Python in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

"I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal foodtrough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was ahamster, and your father smelt of elderberries."

-- French Soldier in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

"Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no[interrupting] basis for a system of government! Supreme executivepower derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcicalaquatic ceremony!"

-- from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

"Wanda, do you have any idea what it's like being English? Being socorrect all the time, being so stifled by this dread of... of doing thewrong thing, of saying to someone "Are you married?" and hearing "Mywife left me this morning," or saying, uh, "Do you have children?" andbeing told they all burned to death on Wednesday. You see, Wanda,we'll all terrified of embarrassment. That's why we're so... dead.Most of my friends are dead, you know, we have these piles of corpsesto dinner. But you're alive, God bless you, and I want to be, I'm sofed up with all this. I want to make love with you, Wanda. I'm agood lover - at least, used to be, back in the early 14th century.Can we go to bed?

-- Archie in the movie "A Fish Called Wanda"

"England and America are two countries separated by the same language."

-- Attrib. George Bernard Shaw (but not found in his writings)

"The Americans are identical to the British in all respects except, ofcourse, language."

-- Oscar Wilde

"Giving English to an American is like giving sex to a child. He knowsit's important but he doesn't know what to do with it."

-- Adam Cooper

"We (the British and Americans) are two countries separated by acommon language."

-- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

"One difference between ants and humans is that while ants send theirold women off to war, humans send their young men."

-- E. O. Wilson (ant expert)

"We trained hard, but it seemed every time we were beginning to formup into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in lifethat we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and awonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress whileproducing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization."

-- Petronius Arbiter ca. 60 AD

"Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination."

-- Petronius Arbiter ca. 60 AD

"This project is so important, we can't let things that are moreimportant interfere with it."

-- anon

"If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth."

-- anon (often missattributed to Karl Sagan)

"Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule."

-- anon

"All decisions should be made as low as possible in the organization.The Charge of the Light Brigade was ordered by an officer who wasn'tthere looking at the territory."

-- Robert Townsend "Up the Organization"

"If I ever hear of anyone compromising quality in order to makeshipments, I will personally have them fired.

-- Dave Packard

"But of course it isn't really goodbye, because the Forest will alwaysbe there... and anybody who is Friendly with Bears can find it."

-- A. A. Milne

"The Government are [sic] extremely fond of amassing great quantities ofstatistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots areextracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressivedisplays. What must be kept in mind, however, is that in every case,the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts downanything he damn well pleases!"

-- Sir Josiah Stamp, Her Majesty's Collector of Inland Revenue

"If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong."

-- Charles Kettering

"Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down."

-- William M. Winans

"Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two smalljumps."

-- anon

"Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way topredict the future is to invent it. Really smart people withreasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn't violate toomany of Newton's Laws!"

-- Alan Kay

"School is basically about one point of view -- the one the teacherhas or the textbooks have. They don't like the idea of havingdifferent points of view,..."

-- Alan Kay

"The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.

-- Sir William Preece, chief engineerfo the British General Post Office, in 1876

"2^30(2^31-1) is the greatest perfect number that will ever bediscovered, for, as they are merely curious without being useful, itis not likely that any person will attempt to find a number beyond it"

-- Peter Barlow

"The telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication"

-- Western Union Executive, 1876

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

-- Popular Mechanix Magazine, 1949

"I think there's a world market for about 5 computers."

-- Thomas J. Watson, Chairman of the Board IBM, 1943

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

-- Ken Olson, President of DEC in 1977

"640K [of memory] ought to be enough for anybody."

-- Bill Gates, 1981

The first casualty of war is the truth.

-- anon

Hawkeye: War isn't Hell. War is War, and Hell is Hell.and of the two, war is a lot worse.
Father: How do you figure Hawkeye?
Hawkeye: Easy Father. Tell me, who goes to Hell?
Father: Sinners I believe.
Hawkeye: Exactly. There are no innocent bystanders in Hell.War is chock full of them - little kids, cripples, old ladies.In fact, except for some of the brass, almost everybody involved isan innocent bystander.

-- From M*A*S*H, the TV show

"There are two kinds of truth. There are real truths and there aremade-up truths."

-- Marion Barry, mayor of Washington DC

"'They have not forgotten the Mysteries,' she said, they have found themtoo difficult. They want a God who will care for them, who will notdemand that they struggle for enlightenment, but who will accept themjust as they are, with all their sins, and take away their sins withrepentance. It is not so, it will never be so, but perhaps it is theonly way the unenlightened can bear to think of their Gods.'"

-- Marion Simmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon

"I'm not indecisive. Am I indecisive?"

-- mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota

"You can't see the semantic wood for the syntactic trees."

-- Christopher Strachey

"Thank God that number theory is unsullied by any application."

-- Leonard E. Dickson, number theorist

Mr. Wabash: I go even further back than that.Ten years after the Great War, we used to call it,before we knew enough to number them.
Higgins: You miss that kind of action?
Mr. Wabash: I miss that kind of clarity.

-- from the movie "Three Days of the Condor"

Higgins: It's simple economics. Today it's oil, right? In ten orfifteen years, food. Plutonium. Maybe even sooner. Now, what do youthink the people are gonna want us to do then?

Turner: Ask them?

Higgins: Not now - then! Ask 'em when they're runningout. Ask'em when there's no heat in their homes and they're cold. Ask'em when their engines stop. Ask 'em when people who have never knownhunger start going hungry. You wanna know something? They won't wantus to ask 'em. They'll just want us to get it for 'em!

-- from the movie "Three Days of the Condor"

"You have good eyes. Not kind, but they don't lie and theydon't look away much and they don't miss anything. I coulduse eyes like that."

-- from the movie "Three Days of the Condor"

"Mechanical rules are never a substitute for clarity of thought."

-- Kernighan and Plauger

"... it is a fundamental principle of testing that you must know in advancethe answer each test case is supposed to produce. If you don't, youare not testing; you are experimenting."

-- Kernighan and Plauger

"The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance."

-- Robert R. Coveyou (mathematician at Oak Ridge National Lab)

"Using TSO [an ancient operating system -ed] is like kicking a dead whalealong the beach."

-- Steven C. Johnson

"Using RTE [an ancient operating system which in our configurationhad a limited number of simple terminals attached -ed] is like standing in lineto kick a dead whale along the beach."

-- Robert Heckendorn

"Counting in octal is like counting in decimal with two fingers missing."

-- Tom Lehrer

"The few took advantage of the ignorant many. They pretended tohave received messages from the Unknown. They stood between thehelpless multitude and the gods. They were the carriers of flagsof truce. At the court of heaven they presented the cause of man,and upon the labor of the deceived they lived.""We find now that the prosperity of nations has depended, not upontheir religion, not upon the goodness or providence of some god,but on soil and climate and commerce, upon the ingenuity,industry, and courage of the people, upon the development of themind, on the spread of education, on the liberty of thought andaction; and that in this mighty panorama of national life, reasonhas built and superstition has destroyed.""I believe in the religion of reason -- the gospel of this world;in the development of the mind, in the accumulation ofintellectual wealth, to the end that man may free himself fromsuperstitious fear, to the end that he may take advantage of theforces of nature to feed and clothe the world."

-- Robert Ingersoll

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"

-- Harry Warner (1927) of Warner Brothers commenting on talking movies

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."

-- Irving Fisher, Prof. of Economics, Yale University, five days before the Crash of 1929

"We spend billions of dollars trying to understand the origins of theuniverse, while we still don't understand the conditions for a stablesociety, a functioning economy or peace."

-- D. Helbing

"The most important fundamental laws and facts of physical sciencehave all been discovered, and these are now so firmly established thatthe possibility of their ever being supplemented by new discoveries isexceedingly remote."

-- Albert Michelson, 1903

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are not possible."

-- Lord Kelvin, 1895

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."

-- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Prof. of Strategy, Ecole, 1912
Superieure do Guerre

"One does not fight with men against material; it is with materialserved by men that one makes war."

-- Marshal Petain

"My center is giving way, my right is pushed back, situation excellent,I am attacking."

-- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Prof. of Strategy, Ecole
Superieure do Guerre

"It doesn't matter what he does, he will never amount to anything."

-- Albert Einstein's teacher

"As a circle of lightincreases so does the circumference of darkness around it."

-- Albert Einstein

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."

-- Albert Einstein

"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. Itcannot be changed without changing our thinking."

-- Albert Einstein

"He has never learned anything, and he can do nothingin decent style."

-- Beethoven's teacher

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."

-- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist----."

-- General John B. Sedgwick, Union Army Civil War Officer

"The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of thedevelopment time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other90% of the development time."

-- Tom Cargill

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

-- General Gerorge S. Patton

"Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man."

-- General Gerorge S. Patton

"Molon labe" (Greek for "come and take them")

-- Leonidas (Spartan Leader at the Battle of Thermopylae)

"Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burndown your house, you can never tell."

-- Joan Crawford

"To a friends house the road is never long."

-- proverb

"He who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints."

-- proverb

"People born after Sputnik have grown up being imprinted by the factthat reality changes a lot."

-- Paco Xander Nathan, writer for bOING bOING magazine

"It is impossible to get anywhere without sinning against reason."

-- Albert Einstein

"The important thing is to not stop questioning."

-- Albert Einstein

"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy,education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man wouldindeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear ofpunishment and hope of reward after death."

-- Albert Einstein

"A timid question will always receive a confident answer."

-- Lord Charles Darling

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

-- Albert Einstein

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,and I'm not sure about the former."

-- Albert Einstein

"Against stupidity, the gods themselves fight in vain."

-- Schiller

"A designer has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add,but when there is nothing left to take away."

-- Anon

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceededour humanity."

-- Albert Einstein

"A reading from the Book of Armaments, Chapter 4, Verses 16 to 20:Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying,"Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tinybits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon thelambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans andbreakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest theHoly Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number ofthe counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shaltthou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou thenproceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, beingthe number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy HandGrenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight,shall snuff it."

-- Monty Python, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Tim: Stop! What is your name?
Arthur: It is Arthur, King of the Britons.
Tim: What is your quest?
Arthur: To seek the Holy Grail.
Tim: What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Arthur: What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
Tim: What? I don't know that! Auuuuuuuugh!
Bedemir: How do know so much about swallows?
Arthur: Well, you have to know these things when you're a king you know.

-- Monty Python, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"Who cares who's captain after the wings have fallen off."

-- Scott McNealy, president Sun MicroSystems about new IBM CEO

"O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal awaytheir brains! That we should, with joy, pleasance revel and applause,transform ourselves into beasts!"

-- Cassio from Othello by Shakespeare

"Remeber theory and practice are the same ... at least in theorybut not in practice."

-- anon

"The difference between theory and practice in practiceis greater than the difference between theory and practice intheory."

-- anon

"Not only did he look as though he had an ace up his sleeve, helooked as though God put it there."

-- anon

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but inpractice there is."

-- Yogi Berra

"I want to gain 1500 tor 2000 yards, whichever comes first."

-- comment by pro football player

"We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all."

-- from the movie The Breakfast Club

"Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?"

-- Last words of author William Saroyan

"I cannot see the war as historians see it. Those clever fellows studyall the facts and they see the war as a large thing, one of thebiggest events in the legend of the man, something general, involvingmultitudes. I see it as a large thing too, only I break it into smallunits of one man at a time, and see it as a large and monstrous thingfor each man involved. I see the war as death in one form or anotherfor men dressed as soldiers, and all the men who survived the war,including myself, I see as men who died with their brothers, dressed assoldiers. There is no such thing as a soldier. I see death as aprivate event, the destruction of the universe in the brain and in thesenses of one man, and I cannot see any man's death as a contributingfactor in the success or failure of a military campaign."

-- Last words of author William Saroyan

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat peopleup."

-- boxer Muhammad Ali

"The universe is not only queerer than we imagine, it is queerer thanwe can imagine"

-- Lord Rutherford

"Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve around these sunsin a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around oursun. Living beings inhabit these worlds."

-- from On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, Giordano Bruno, 1584

"I'll tell you something about the universe though. The universe is apretty big place. It's bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamedof before. So if it is just us, it seems like an awful waste of space,right?"

-- From the movie "Contact"

"If they be inhabited then what a scope for folly.
If they be not inhabited then what a waste of space.

-- Thomas Carlisle speaking of the planets in the universe

"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The restis poetry and imagination."

-- Max Planck

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

-- Albert Einstein

"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources ofhappiness in life."

-- Linus Pauling

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.It is the source of all true art and science."

-- Albert Einstein

"When a Man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute.But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute-- and it's longer thanany hour. That's relativity."

-- Albert Einstein

"I shall never believe God plays dice with the world."

-- Albert Einstein (attrib. by Philipp Frank in "Einstein, His Life and Times")

"The Lord God is subtle, but malicious he is not."

-- Albert Einstein (attrib. in inscription in Fine Hall at Princeton University)

"For what is time? ... Who can even in thought comprehend it, so as toutter a word about it? ... If no one asks me, I know: If I wish toexplain it to one that asketh, I know not ...."

-- St. Augustine (The Confessions)

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen andstupidity."

-- Anon

"Life has meaning only in the struggleTriumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods...So let us celebrate the struggle!"

-- Swahili Warrior Song

"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everydaythinking."

-- Albert Einstein, Physics and Reality

"Modern physics has taught us that the nature of any system cannot bediscovered by dividing it into its component parts and studying eachpart by itself... We must keep our attention fixed on the whole andon the interconnection between the parts. The same is true of ourintellectual life. It is impossible to make a clear cut betweenscience, religion, and art. The whole is never equal simply to thesum of its various parts."

-- Max Planck

"If we are going to teach creation science as an alternative toevolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as analternative to biological reproduction."

-- Judith Hayes

"... science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can neverexplain and art is an interpretation of that miracle."

-- Ray Bradbury

"If art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time."

-- anon

"make others feel the same way about it. With their realizing it!That's the meaning of art."

-- Paul Cezanne

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'dnever have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd becynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all thetime and build your wings on the way down."

-- Ray Bradbury

"'Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I'venever done anything for you.' 'You have been my freind,' replied Charlotte.'That in itself is a tremendous thing.'

-- E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

"Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what youknow about yourself."

-- Lois McMaster Bujold, "A Civil Campaign"

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having tobelieve that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

-- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design somethingcompletely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of completefools."

-- Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless.

"Reality is frequently inaccurate"

-- Douglas Adams, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe.

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

-- Philip K. Dick, "How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later"

"Believing takes practice."

-- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

"Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel andthink much as you do, care about many of the things you care about,although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.'"

-- Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
"Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right."

-- Two epigrams from Salvor Hardin, the first mayor of Terminus,in The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

"Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when hedies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a houseor a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a gardenplanted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul hassomewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree orthat flower you planted, you're there. It doesn't matter what you do,he said, so long as you change something from the way it was beforeyou touched it into something that's like you after you take yourhands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and areal gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might justas well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there alifetime."

-- Granger in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

"If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire hiscourage but not his judgement."

-- Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more thanour abilities."

-- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

"If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats hisinferiors, not his equals."

-- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

"Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded ourreligions and created our masterpieces."

--Marcel Proust

"In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice onedoes not preceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not tomove, and one can live undisturbed. So it with Time in one'slife."

--Marcel Proust

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journeythat no one can take for us or spare us."

--Marcel Proust

"From causes which appear similar, we expect similar effects. Thisis the sum total of all our experimental conclusions."

-- David Hume, An Inquiry Concering Human Understanding

"It is unfortunate that the word 'utility' is linked historically withVictorian utilitarians like Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill,because modern economists don't follow them in identifying utilitywith how much pleasure or how little pain a person may feel. The moderntheory abandons any attempt to explain how people behave in terms ofwhat is going on inside their heads. On the contrary, it makes avirtue of making no psychological assumptions at all... We thereforedon't argue that some preferences are more rational than others. Wefollow the great philosopher David Hume in regarding reason as the'slave of the passions'. As he extravagantly remarked, there would benothing irrational about his preferring the destruction ofthe universe to scratching his finger. However, we go even furtherdown this road by regarding reason purely as an instrument foravoiding inconsistent behavior. Any consistent behavior thereforecounts as rational."

-- Ken Binmore, Game theory: A Very Short Introduction

"Roads were made for journeys... not destinations."

-- Confucius

"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives."

-- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

"The thoughtless are rarely wordless."

-- Howard W. Newton

"A learning machine is any device whose actions are influenced by pastexperience."

-- Nils Nilsson, Learning Machines

"A computer is a machine for constructing mappings from input to output."

-- Michael Kirby

"A computer spends most of its time doing the things it does worst."

-- Jim Parry

"Seek simplicity, and distrust it."

-- Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947

The Four Stages of Scientific Acceptance

  1. This is worthless nonsense.
  2. This is an interesting, but perverse point of view.
  3. This is true, but quite unimportant.
  4. I always said so.
-- J. B. S. Haldane

"The trouble with a rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."

-- Lily Tomlin

"No matter how cynical you get, you can't keep up."

-- Lily Tomlin

"The romance of war marks a failure of the imagination."

-- anon

"Hey, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!"

-- From the movie Dr. Strangelove

"Sir, you can't let him in here. He'll see everything. He'll see the big board!"

-- General "Buck" Turgidson from the movie Dr. Strangelove

"He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When hesaid that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war istoo important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time,the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can nolonger sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communistindoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communistconspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."

-- General Jack D. Ripper from the movie Dr. Strangelove

"Well boys, I reckon this is it -- nuclear combat, toe to toe with the Ruskies"

-- Major Kong from the movie Dr. Strangelove

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

-- Gandhi

"Just remember, we are all just boys grown tall."

-Hugo Black

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."

-- Gandhi

"Abstract truth has no value unless it incarnates in human beings whorepresent it, by proving their readiness to die for it."

-- Gandhi

"God put me here with certain things to do and right now I'm so farbehind, I'll probably never die."

-- Bill Watterson from Calvin and Hobbes

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in theuniverse is that it has never tried to contact us."

-- Bill Watterson from Calvin and Hobbes

"You know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but prettysoon...everything's different."

-- Bill Watterson from Calvin and Hobbes

"It's better to burn out than to fade away."

-- anon

"The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in thepalpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind."

-- H. L. Mencken
"...Meraki the name comes from a Greek word that means creating something with passion..."
-- Yiren Lu at the New York Times

"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold inveneration--courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, aboveall, love of the truth."

-- H. L. Mencken

"The tepee is much better to live in: always clean, warm in winter,cool in summer; easy to move... Indians and animals know better how tolive than white man; nobody can be in good health if he does not haveall the time: fresh air, sunshine, and good water."

-- Chief Flying Eagle of the Oglala Sioux, comment in his old age

"For a woman, the odds are good, but the goods are odd."

-- anon, talking about the men in Alaska

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

-- Anatole France

"For war is just to those for whom war is necessary, and arms arerighteous when there is no hope except in arms."

-- anon

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip thecitizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edgedsword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows themind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and theblood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have noneed in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry,infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all oftheir rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this iswhat I have done. And I am Caesar."

-- Julius Caesar

"The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We donot want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation ofAmericans has already had enough - more than enough - of war and hateand oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall bealert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build aworld of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We arenot helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confidentand unafraid, we labor on - not toward a strategy of annihilation buttoward a strategy of peace."

-- John F. Kennedy

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in thisdecade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but becausethey are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measurethe best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is onethat we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, andone which we intend to win, and the others, too."

-- John F. Kennedy, Sep 12, 1962

"Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean,the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on,substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could beinvented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the Americaneconomy."

-- George F. Kennan, 1987. Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study and former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union.

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost dutyto revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It willpreserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation hasbeen built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our nationalmorality, and the family as the basis of national life."

-- Adolph Hitler, My New World Order, Proclamation to the German Nation at Berlin, February 1, 1933

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanitycannot survive."

-- His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

"A politician knows that his friends are not always his allies, andthat his adversaries are not always his enemies."

-- Richard Nixon

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man'scharacter, give him power."

-- Abraham Lincoln

"Laughter is good for thinking because when people laugh, it is easier forthem to admit new ideas to their minds."

-- His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are just rearrangingtheir prejudices."

-- William James

"Any ill-formed premise may be modeled and validated with simulation"

-- Patrick Reilly

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob ona farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out ofit is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the commonpeople don't want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for thatmatter in Germany. That is understood.

But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine thepolicy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along,whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament,or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can alwaysbe brought to the bidding of the leaders.

That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing thecountry to danger. It works the same in any country."

-- Hermann Goerring

I am on the side of peace, not war.

I am on the side of justice, not vengeance.

I am on the side of the people -- no matter where they live -- whowill suffer the violence; not the leaders -- no matter where they live-- who will plan it.

And most important, I am on the side of hope, not despair.

We do not have the luxury of despair right now. There is too much atstake, for too many people

-- Robert Jensen

"I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but thepeople. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy isnot to take power from them, but to inform them by education."

-- Thomas Jefferson

"The purpose of education is to die satiated with life."

-- A. Oscar Kawagley

"How can arguments based on fact prevail in a nation where so manypeople know so little?"

-- Michelle Goldberg (Salon, "The Blind Leading the Blind," Oct. 21, 2004)

"It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it'sdamn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person."

-- Bill Murray

"We must not believe the many, who say that only free peopleought to be educated, but we should rather believe thephilosophers who say that only the educated are free."

-- Epictetus

"The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happyman confines himself within ancient limits."

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to gobeyond them into the impossible."

-- Arthur C. Clarke

"I like to be on the edge of the possible."

-- Jorn Utzon (original architect of the Sydney Opera House)

"Society does not need more children; but it does need more lovedchildren. Quite literally, we cannot afford unloved children-- but wepay heavily for them every day. There should not be the slightestcommunal concern when a woman elects to destroy the life of herthousandth-of-an-ounce embryo. But all society should rise up inalarm when it hears that a baby that is not wanted is about to beborn."

-- Garrett Hardin

"It [the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem] underscores how stablemathematics is through the centuries -- how mathematics is one ofhumanity's long continuous conversations with itself."

-- Barry Mazur or Harvard

"The series is divergent; therefore we may be able to do something withit."

-- O. Heaviside

"The function of an expert is not to be more right than other people,but to be wrong for more sophisticated reasons."

-- David Butler

"On the other hand, it is impossible to separate a cube into two cubes,or a biquadrate into two biquadrates, or generally any power except asquare into two powers with the same exponent. I have discovered atruly marvelous proof of this, which, however, the margin is not largeenough to contain."

-- Pierre de Fermat (translated from his notes in latin in themargin of his copy of Arithmetica by Diophantus) c. 1637

"Perhaps I could best describe by experience of doing mathematics interms of entering a dark mansion. You go into the first room and it'sdark, completely dark. You stumble around, bumping into thefurniture. Gradually, you leaan where each piece of furniture is.And finally, after six months or so, you find the light switch andturn it on. Suddenly, it's all illuminated and you can see exactlywhere you were. Then you enter the next dark room..."

-- Andrew Wiles (he who proved Fermat's Last Theorem)

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginningto find out that going to the mountains is going home, that wildernessis a necessity and that mountain parks and reservations are useful notonly as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains oflife."

-- John Muir

"The mountains are calling and I must go."

-- John Muir

"The power of imagination makes us infinite."

-- John Muir

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and prayin where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body andsoul.

-- John Muir

"Civilization consists in the multiplication and refinement of human wants."

-- Robert A. Millikan - Nobel Prize winning physicist

"Politics is the science of who gets what, when and why."

-- Sidney Hillman - labor leader

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful orbelieve to be beautiful."

-- William Morris - poet, artist, and interior designer

"Boldness is a crucial element of genius."

-- Horace Freeland Judson

"No art, however minor, demands less than total dedication if you want to excel in it."

-- Alberti

"Genius is one of the many forms of insanity."

-- Cesare L. Lombroso, Italian physician and criminologist

"I hate these computers. They're so naughty and so complex...I couldpinch them!"

-- Marvin the Martian in the Bugs Bunny cartoons

"So in the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option.I'm going to have to science the shit out of this!"

-- from the movie "The Martian"

"It was such a beautiful day I decided to stay in bed."

-- W. Somerset Maugham

"But enough about me. Let's talk about YOU. What do YOU think of me?"

-- Bette Midler

"For God, for Country, and for Yale."

-- The American-Heritage Dictionary provides this as its only
example under the definition of the word "anticlimax".

Tempus edax rurum." ("Time, the devourer of all things.")

-- Ovid

"Either this wallpaper goes, or I do."

-- The last words of Oscar Wilde

"It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there whenit happens."

-- Woody Allen
Lenny: Are you ever frightened that when a guy comes over to your houseand pays you ... that he's going to tie you up and kill you?
Linda Ash: I always get paid in advance.
-- Woody Allen
"Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem."
-- Woody Allen

"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon."

-- Woody Allen


Allan: That's quite a lovely Jackson Pollack, isn't it?
Museum Girl: Yes, it is.
Allan: What does it say to you?
Museum Girl: It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness ofexistence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity likea tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation,forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black absurd cosmos.
Allan: What are you doing Saturday night?
Museum Girl: Committing suicide.
Allan: What about Friday night?

-- Woody Allen from "Play it Again Sam"

Bogart:"I never met a dame that didn't understand a slap in the face ora slug from a 45."

-- Woody Allen from "Play it Again Sam"

"I regret to say that we of the F.B.I. are powerless to act in cases oforal-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstatecommerce."

-- J. Edgar Hoover

"The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is nota market award for achievement. It is frequently in the natureof a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself."

-- John Kenneth Galbraith

"What does it mean 'tame'?"

"It is an act too often neglected.", said the fox."It means to establish ties."

"To establish ties?"

"Just that," said the fox. "to me, you are still nothingmore than a little boy who is just like a hundredthousand other little boys. And I have no need of you.And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing morethan a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. Butif you tame me, then weshall need each other.To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shallbe unique in all the world..."

.
.
.
"My life is very monotonous," he said, "I hunt chickens; men hunt me.All the chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And,in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, it will beas if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of astep that will be different from all the others. Other steps send mehurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music,out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields downyonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. And that issad. But you have hair the color of gold. Think how wonderful thatwill be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, willbring back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the windin the wheat..." The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time."Please--- tame me!" he said.
-- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match thetreasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrelsand reconciliations and generous emotions. It is idle, having plantedan acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shadeof the oak."

-- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox."But you mustnot forget it. You become repsonsible, forever, for what you have tamed."

-- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Here I possessed nothing in the world. I was no more than a mortalstrayed between sand and stars, conscious of the single blessing ofbreathing. And yet I discovered myself filled with dreams."

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"What is a great life but a youthful intention carried out in maturity?"

-- Alfred de Vigny - poet of the French romantic movement

"We were told that they [federal troops]wished merely to pass through our country...to seek for gold in the west...Yet before the ashes of the council fire are cold,the Great Father is building his forts among us.You have heard the sound of the white soldier's axe upon the Little Piney.His presence here is... an insult to the spirits of our ancestors.Are we then to give up their sacred graves to be plowed for corn? Dakotas,I am for war."

-- Mahpiua Luta (Red Cloud), Oglala Sioux chief at the council at Fort Laramie, Wyoming

"The reason most people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliarterritory."

-- Paul Fixx

"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side,and it holds the universe together...."

-- Carl Zwanzig

"The truth can't hurt, it's just like the dark,it scares you witless,but it is time you see things cold and stark."

-- Elvis Costello

"Truth is reality as you perceive it."

-- anon

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear toman as it is, infinite."

-- William Blake

"To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour
...

-- William Blake (Auguries of Innocence)

The Tyger

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

-- William Blake

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Devine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire.

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant Land.

-- William Blake

"The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me."

-- Meister Eckhart

"Football combines the two worst elements of American life. Violenceand committee meetings."

-- George Will

"I spend most of my money on wine, women and song -- the rest I spendfoolishly.

-- Dean Martin

"Money can't buy happiness. It can however, rent it."

-- anon

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buyfood and clothes."

-- Desiderius Erasmus

"Place your clothes and weapons where you canfind them in the dark."

-- from "Time Enough for Love" by Robert A. Heinlein

"It could be that the purpose of your life is only toserve as a warning to others."

-- anon

"I doubt he adviced you to carry a gun. From his reputation,Dr. Matson is a practical man. See here infant, on this tour you arethe rabbit, trying to escape the fox. You aren't the fox ... Youronly purpose is to stay alive. Not to be brave, not to fight, not todominate the wilds -- but just stay breathing. One time in a hundreda gun might save your life; the other ninety-nine it will just temptyou into folly. ... if you carry a gun, it makes you feel cocky; youwon't take proper cover. If you don't have one, then you'll know youare the rabbit."

-- Helen (Rod's sister) from "Tunnel in the Sky" by Robert A. Heinlein

"I know how good a gun feels. It makes you bright-eyed andbushy-tailed, 3 meters tall and covered with hair. You're ready foranything and kind of hoping you'll find it. Which is exactly what isdangerous about it-- because you aren't anything of the sort. You area feeble, hairless embryo, remarkably easy to kill. You could carryan assault gun with 2,000 meters precision range and isotope chargesthat will blow up a hill, but you would not have eyes in the back ofyour head like a janus bird, nor be able to see in the dark like theThetis pygmies. Death can cuddle up behind you while you're drawing abead on something in front."

-- Helen (Rod's sister) from "Tunnel in the Sky" by Robert A. Heinlein

"Wherever they burn books, they will eventually burn people."

-- H. Heine

"The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning whichcan never be uttered in words."

-- Rabindranath Tagore

"If it wasn't for lawyers, we wouldn't need them."

-- anon

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

-- John Lennon

"Toreador pants make your feet look big too"

-- Albert Einstein

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."

-- John Steinbeck

"He only opens his mouth to change feet."

-- anon

"Don't talk unless you can improve the silence."

-- anon

"The thing about explanations is friends don't need them and enemiesdon't believe them!"

-- anon

"A drop of water is a little thing but when will it dry away if unitedto a lake?"

-- Tibetan scripture

"An ambassasor is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of hiscountry."

-- Henry Wotton

"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed,a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line fromthe Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita ...'Now, I am become death, the destroyer of worlds' ...the physicists have known sin and this is a knowledge they cannot lose."

-- J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1945

If the radiance of a thousand suns
Were to burst at once into the sky
That would be like the splendor of the Mighty one...
I am become Death,
The destroyer of Worlds.

-- from the Bhagavad-Gita

"Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey.
Along came a glider,
dropped an A-bomb beside her,
and scared little Miss Muffet to bits.

-- anon

"Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understoodit."

-- Neils Bohr

"I remember discussions with Bohr which went through many hours tillvery late at night and ended almost in despair, and when at the end ofthe discussion I went alone for a walk in the neighboring park Irepeated to myself again and again the question: "Can nature possiblybe as absurd as it seemed to us in these atomic experiments?""

-- Werner Heisenberg

"A pragmatist is concerned with results, not reality."

-- J. Robert Oppenheimer

"Pragmatism is an intellectually safe but ultimately sterilephilosophy."

-- J. Robert Oppenheimer

"The 'paradox' is only a conflict between reality and your feeling ofwhat reality "ought to be.""

-- Richard Feynman

"No elementary phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observedphenomenon."

-- John Archibald Wheeler

"What we learn about is not nature itself, but nature exposed to ourmethods of questioning."

-- Werner Heisenbeerg

"Muddy water
let stand
becomes clear."

-- Lao Tse

"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evilsin this world are to be cured by legislation."

-- Thomas Reed

"Morals and criticism are not so properly objects of the understandingas of taste and sentiment."

-- David Hume

"In every treaty, insert a clause which can easily be violated, sothat the entire agreement can be broken in case the interests of theState make it expedient to do so."

-- Louis XIV

"Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of thosewho are doing it"

-- Joel Barker, Futurist "Discovering the Future" (video)

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporarysafety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

-- Benjamin Franklin 1759

"Either write something worth reading ordo something worth writing."

-- Benjamin Franklin

"TV is chewing gum for the eyes."

-- Frank Lloyd Wright

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes."

-- Frank Lloyd Wright

"No house should ever be on any hill... It should be of the hill."

-- Frank Lloyd Wright

"A house is a machine for living in."

-- Le Corbusier

"Lack of ornamentation is a sign of spiritual strength."

-- Adolf Loos

"Any sufficiently advanced technology, is indistinguishable from magic!"

-- Arthur C. Clarke

"The experimenter who does not know what he is looking for will notunderstand what he finds."

-- Claude Bernard

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for ourwits to grow sharper."

-- Eden Philpots

"Be patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves."

-- Rainer Maria Rilke
"If there were no beauty in the observer then he would not find beautyoutside. The mere fact that beauty is seen proves that there is beautyalready present in the state of being the observer."
-- Shantanand Saraswati

"The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human raceto keep all its eggs in."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balanceaccounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders,give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a newproblem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fightefficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

-- Robert A. Heinlein, From the book "Time Enough for Love"

"Sweetheart? Will you wing 'Buck's Song'?" "Certainly, 'dorable Dora."Lazarus cleared his throat and started in: "There's a schoolhouse bythe pawnshop where Dora has her lessons. By the schoolhouse there's amule yard where Dora's friend Buck lives." She closed her eyes again,so he sang the other verses softly. But when he finished, she smiledat him. "Thank you, darling; that was lovely. It's alsways beenlovely. But I'm a little tired--- if I drop off to sleep, will youstill be here?" "I'll always be here, dearest. You sleep now." Shesmiled again, and her eyes closed. Presently her breathing grew sloweras she slep. Her breathing stopped. Lazarus waited a long time beforehe called in Ginny and Elf.

-- Robert A. Heinlein, From the book "Time Enough for Love"

"Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love."

-- Robert A. Heinlein, From the book "Time Enough for Love"

"Daddy says that, in a dilemma, it is helpful to change any variable,then reexamine the problem."

-- Robert A. Heinlein, From the book "Have Spacesuit - Will Travel"

"If liberty means anything, it means the right to tell people whatthey don't want to hear"

-- George Orwell

"A generation which ignoreshistory has no past and no future."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

"Can you walk on water? You have done no better than a straw. Can youfly in the air? You have done no better than a bluebottle. Conqueryour heart; then you may become somebody."

-- Ansari of Herat

"Who is not liberal when young, does not have a heart. Who is notconservative when old, does not have a brain."

-- W. Churchill

"Conservatives have a deeper intellect and tend to have occupations ofthe brain in fields like engineering, science, and economics. Liberals,on the other hand, tend to flock to occupations of the heart."

-- Dick Armey

"I'm not young enough to know everything."

-- J. M. Barrie

"Wisdom is experience assimilated."

-- anon

"He who would avoid suspicion would not lace his shoes in a melon patch."

-- Ancient Chinese saying

"Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

-- Chinese proverb

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will do."

-- Chinese proverb

"If you don't know where you are, a map won't help."

-- Watts S. Humphrey

"'The best thing for being sad,' replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow,'is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You maygrow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at nightlistening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, youmay see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know yourhonour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing forit then -- to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is theonly thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never betortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.'"

-- from "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."

-- James Thurber?

"Something that would have been purple, if there had been light to seeit by, scuttled across the floor."

-- James Thurber in "The Thirteen Clocks"

"What's the Todal?"

A lock of the guard's hair turned white and his teeth began to chatter."The Todal looks like a blob of glup," he said. "It makes a sound likerabbits screaming, and smells of old, unopened rooms..."

-- James Thurber in "The Thirteen Clocks"

"The problem with Christianity is not that it's been tried and foundimpossible, but that it's been found difficult and, therefore, nottried."

-- Gilbert Keith Chesterson

"To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life."

-- Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

"The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for."

-- Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

"Some people dress for comfort.
Some people dress for style.
Some people dress because it's the law."

-- anon

"My current computer, in addition to 'DOS,' has 'Windows,' which isanother invention of Bill Gates, designed as a security measure tothwart those users who are somehow able to get past 'DOS.'"

--Dave Barry, columnist

"Some call it hell. I call it home."

--Rambo

"Home is not a place. It's wherever your passion takes you."

-- John Sheridan, Babylon 5

"Pura Vida"

-- unofficial motto of the people of Costa Rica

They came first 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.

-- The version inscribed at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusettsattributed to Martin Niemoller

"In the [Baboon] community, it is not how strong you are that isimportant, but who you know that counts"

-- David Attenborough

"I don't think whole populations are villainous, but Americans arejust extraordinarily unaware of all kinds of things. If you live inthe middle of that vast continent, with apparently everything yourheart could wish for just because you were born there, then why worry?[...] If people lose knowledge, sympathy and understanding of thenatural world, they're going to mistreat it and will not ask theirpoliticians to care for it."

-- David Attenborough

"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source ofexcitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest sourceof intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in lifethat makes life worth living."

-- David Attenborough

"Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to oureyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universalas a bird?"

-- David Attenborough

"It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It's not justclimate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for thisenormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the naturalworld will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for usright now."

-- David Attenborough

"I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all youwant is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not achild housed. That's not pro-life, that is pro-birth."

-- Sister Joan Chittister

"Human beings, because we're so clever, have removed every single oneof those [population] limiting factors... So nothing controls ourincrease in numbers except our own wish. Since I first started makingtelevision programs, the population of the world has increased threetimes. That's an extraordinary notion. Can it increase four times?Can it increase five times? The Earth is a finite size. So a pointwill eventually come when we run out of food, when we run out of spaceand when we will have destroyed most of the natural world. So oughtwe to do something about it before that happens?"

-- David Attenborough

"It's extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. The thingsthat poeple always go on about is, 'tell us about us' 'tell us aboutthe first human being'. We are so self-obsessed with our ownhistory. There is so much more out there than what connects to us."

-- David Attenborough

"If you watch animals objectively for any length of time, you're drivento the conclusion that their main aim in life is to pass on theirgenes to the next generation."

-- David Attenborough

"I mean, it is an extraordinary thing that a large proportion of ourcountry and my country, of the citizens, never see a wild creaturefrom dawn 'til dusk, unless it's a pigeon, which isn't really wild..."

-- David Attenborough

"There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants inthe world. Four millon different solutions to the problems of stayingalive."

-- David Attenborough

"The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren maynever be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?"

-- David Attenborough

"The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control overeverything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays uponus, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our handsnow lies not only our own future, but that of all other livingcreatures with whom we share the earth"

-- David Attenborough

"The first rule of gun fighting is-bring a gun."

-- anon

"1. Do not think dishonestly
2. Study hard
3. Learn every technique
4. Learn all you can of other professions
5. Distinguish between gain and loss
6. Develop intuitive judgement
7. Perceive things below the surface
8. Pay attention to trifles
9. Do nothing which is of no use"

-- Miamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings, 1645 AD

"Do not set your limits by the limits of others."

-- Robert Heckendorn

"We are never so helpless as when we must face the death of a friend."

-- Robert Heckendorn

Calvin: Isn't it strange that evolution would give us a sense ofhumor?

Calvin: When you think about it, it's weird that we have aphysiological response to absurdity. We 'laugh' at nonsense. We likeit. We think it is funny.

Calvin: Don't you think it's odd that we'appreciate' absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does itbenefit us?

Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn't laugh at things that don't makesense, we couldn't react to a lot of life.

Calvin: I can't tell if that's funny or really scary.

-- Calvin and Hobbes cartoon by Bill Watterson
"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone,and a funny bone."
-- Reba McEntire

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

-- e.e.cummings

"That's why I've never thought of retiring because I do it all thetime whether on the stage or off. I found that in a precarioussituation, a smile is the shortest distance between people. When oneneeds to reach out for sympathy or a link with people, what better wayis there?"

-- Victor Borge

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately to frontonly the essential facts of life, and seeif I could not learn what life has to teach, and not, when I came todie, discover that I had not lived."

-- Henry David Thoreau "Waldon"

"Learning means change"

-- Bart Kosko

"Life's a journey. Enjoy the ride."

-- anon

"Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it be afterhis heart. But the intelligent man is he who can convertevery work into one that suits his taste. No work is petty.Everything in this world is like a banyan seed, which,though appearing tiny as a mustard seed, has yet thegigantic banyan tree latent with it. He indeed isintelligent who notices this and succeeds in makingall work truly great."

--Swami Vivekananda

"No act of kindness, however small, is wasted."

-- Aesop

"Nothing shocks me; I am a scientist."

--Indiana Jones (from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)

"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

--George Santayana (from the Life of Reason)

"Why should I listen to you? You're just a mermaid in a wheelchair!"

--Bette Midler

"We instinctively fear snakes, but we appear not to be afraid offast cars, which are a real danger now. This suggests our emotionswere shaped by our evolutionary environment not the one we grew up in."

--Steven Pinker

"A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its originaldimension."

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has notdiscovered the value of life."

--Charles Darwin

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge."

--Charles Darwin

"I always make special notes about evidence that contridicts me: supportiveevidence I can remember without trying."

--Charles Darwin

"We will now discuss, in little more detail, the struggle for existence."

--Charles Darwin, "The Origin of Species"

"Nothing in biology makes sense, except in light of evolution."

-- Theodosius Dobzhansky

"... if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredlyindividuals thus characterized will have the best chance of beingperserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle ofinheritance they will tend to produce offsping similarly characterized.This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity,Natural Selection."

--Charles Darwin

"Evolution as described by Charles Darwin is an scientific theory,abundantly reconfirmed, explaining physical phenomena by physicalcauses. Intelligent Design is a faith-based initiative in rhetoricalargument. Should we teach I.D. in America's public schools? Yes,let's do -- not as science, but alongside other spiritual beliefs,such as Islam, Zoroastrianism and the Hindu Idea that Earth rests onChukwa, the giant turtle."

-David Quammen

The Four Requirements for Evolution

  • Reproduction of individuals in the population
  • Variation that affects the likelihood of survival of individuals
  • Heredity in reproduction (like begets like)
  • Finite resources causing competition
  • --From Genetic Programming an Introduction by Banzhof et al.

    "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny"

    -- Ernst Haeckel's Law of Embryological Parallelism

    "The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and whichto burn."

    -- David Russell

    "My name is Enigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

    --The movie "Princess Bride"

    "Repetition is beautiful"

    -- The performer formerly known as Prince

    "In unphilosophical minds any rare or unexpected thing exciteswonder, while in philosophical minds the familiar excites wonder also."

    --George Santayana

    "Restlessness is discontent-- and discontent is the first necessity ofprogress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you afailure."

    (Video) Clarkson, Hammond and May Quotes We All Use

    -- Thomas Edison

    "Chance favors the prepared mind"

    -- Louis Pasteur

    "There is no substitute for hard work."

    -- Thomas Edison

    "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

    -- Thomas Edison

    "My goal in life is to become as wonderful as my dog thinks I am."

    -- Toby & Eileen Green

    "The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win."

    -- Bobby Knight

    "Some people feel the rain, others just get wet."

    -- Bob Marley

    "In games against humans, you often win because the opponent blundersa piece, and you can often survive when you do it yourself. Againstthe computer, you make only one mistake -- the last one."

    --Valimir Kramnik, (chess grandmaster)

    "Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, Watson,"said Holmes in a reminiscent voice. "It was a ship whichis associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for whichthe world is not yet prepared."

    -- Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"

    "In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will standagainst the vampires, the deamons, and the forces of darkness.She is theslayer."

    -- the intro the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

    "She wouldn't even kill me. She just left me. She didn't even careenough to cut off my head or set me on fire. I mean, is that too muchto ask? You know, some little sign that she cared. It was that trucewith Buffy that did it. Drew said I'd gone soft... wasn't demon enoughfor her. I told her it didn't mean anything. I was thinking ofher the whole time.

    We got to Brazil and she was just ... different. I gave hereverything, beautiful jewels, beautiful dresses with beautiful girlsin them, but nothing would make her happy. And she would flirt. Icaught her on a parkbench with a chaos demon! Have you ever seen achaos demon? They're all slime and antlers. They're disgusting!"

    -- Spike lamenting the loss of Drew from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

    "Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and sothey don't find themselves at all."

    -- Rollo May

    "It's the good girls who keep the diaries, the bad girls never have the time."

    -- Tallulah Bankhead

    "If you want to improve be content to be thought of as foolish and stupid..."

    -- Epictetus

    "The Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died, "Did he have passion?".

    -- From the movie "Serendipity"

    "Jonathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died lastnight from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. Hewas 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked thepart of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, herevealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungianpersona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his longreputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hourswith. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night incomplete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageousTrager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a seriesof meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its atapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Askedabout the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the PulitzerPrize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times,described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of hislife. "Things were clearer for him," Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathanconcluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, wemust all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call'fatum', what we currently refer to as destiny."

    -- From the movie "Serendipity"

    "Passion does not make careful arguments:
    it declares itself, and that is enough."

    -- Jane hirshfield

    "Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity.But improve man, you gain a thousand fold."

    -- Khan Noonian Singh (from Star Trek episode "Space Seed")

    "He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'roundthe moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'roundPerdition's flames before I give him up!"

    -- Khan Noonian Singh (from movie "Wrath of Khan")

    Sam Lowry: How are the twins?
    Jack Lint: Triplets.
    Sam Lowry: My, how time flies!

    -- From the movie Brazil

    "Space the final frontier. Theses are the voyages of the starshipEnterprise. It's five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, toseek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man hasgone before."

    -- intro to Star Trek

    "Maybe we weren't meant for Paradise. Maybe we were meant to fightour way through. Struggle. Claw our way up, scratch for every inch ofthe way. Maybe we can't stroll to the music of lutes. We must marchto the sound of drums."

    -- Kirk (from Star Trek episode "This Side of Paradise")

    "I don't believe in the no-win scenario."

    -- Kirk (from the movie "The Wrath of Khan")

    "After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing,after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."

    -- Spock (from Star Trek episode "Amok Time")

    "Not keeping an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may aswell borrow a person's money as his time."

    -- Horace Mann

    "Make no mistake, there were issues, even since I'm at NASA, thatreally were concerning about Voyager; the team has solved it," hesaid. "But also, if one day, it's no longer solved, it is an immediatesuccess and we should take out the champagne."

    -- Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA

    "Encouragement after censure is as sun after a shower."

    -- Goethe

    "Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

    -- Goethe

    "If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But ifyou treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he willbecome what he ought to be and could be."

    -- Goethe

    "What you are, we used to be,
    What we are, you will be."

    -- inscription in the crypt of the Capuchin Friars,
    Santa Maria della Concezione, Roma, Italia

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear isthat we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not ourdarkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to bebrilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you notto be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve theworld. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is withinus. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let ourown light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to dothe same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presenceautomatically liberates others."

    -- Marianne Williamson in Return to Love

    "Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure."

    -- Rainer Maria Rilka

    "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges. I don'thave to show you any stinkin' badges!"

    -- banditos in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"

    Rick: Last night we said a great many things. You said Iwas to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of itsince then, and it all adds up to one thing: you're getting on thatplane with Victor where you belong.

    Ilsa: But, Richard, no, I... I...

    Rick: Now, you've got to listen to me! You have any idea whatyou'd have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out often, we'd both wind up in a concentration camp. Isn't that true,Louie?

    Captain Renault: I'm afraid Major Strasser would insist.

    Ilsa: You're saying this only to make me go.

    Rick: I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we bothknow you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing thatkeeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not withhim, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, butsoon and for the rest of your life.

    Ilsa: What about us?

    Rick (romantically): We'll always have Paris. We didn't haveit. We'd - we'd lost it, until you came to Casablanca. We got it backlast night.

    Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you...

    Rick: And you never will. I've got a job to do too. Where I'm going,you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of.Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see thatthe problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans inthis crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now. Here'slooking at you, kid."

    -- from the movie "Casablanca"

    "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

    -- Rick from the movie "Casablanca"

    "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walksinto mine."

    -- Rick from the movie "Casablanca"

    "You don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anythingand you don't have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You knowhow to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips togetherand... blow."

    -- Slim from the movie "To Have and Have Not" played by Lauren Bacall

    Marion Ravenwood: "You're not the same man I knew ten years ago."

    Indiana Jones: "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."

    -- from the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

    "Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive ofscum and villainy."

    -- Obi-wan Kenobi from the movie "Star Wars"

    Darth Vader: I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, atlast. The circle is now complete.When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.
    Obi-wan: Only a master of evil, Darth.
    Darth Vader: Your powers are weak, old man.
    Obi-wan: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shallbecome more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

    -- from the first "Star Wars" movie

    C3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can't help it.
    Han Solo: Give it to him. It's not wise to upset a wookie.
    C3PO: But Sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
    Han Solo: That's because droids don't pull peoples arms out of theirsockets if they lose. Wookies are known to do that.
    C3PO: I see your point, Sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2... Let thewookie win.

    -- from the first "Star Wars" movie

    "Try not! Do or do not. There is no try."

    -- Yoda from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back"

    Yoda: Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice.Luke: Vader... Is the dark side stronger?Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?Yoda: You will know... when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, NEVER for attack.Luke: But tell my why I can't...Yoda: No, no! There is no "why".

    -- Yoda from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back"

    "There is nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story toenact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live inaccord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them atodds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with theworld. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of theworld, they will act like lords of the world. And, given a story toenact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquerit like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will lie bleeding todeath at their feet, as the world is now."

    -- Ishmael by Danial Quinn p84

    "The gods have played three dirty tricks on the Takers," he began, "Inthe first place, they didn't put the world where the Takers thought itbelonged, in the center of the universe. They really hated hearingthis, but they got used to it. Even if man's home was stuck off inthe boondocks, they could still believe he was the central figure inthe drama of creation."The second of the gods' tricks was worse. Since man was the climaxof creation, the creature for whom all the rest of was made, theyshould have had the decency to produce him in a manner suited to hisdignity and importance -- in a separate, special act ofcreation. Instead they arranged for him to evolve from the commonslime, just like ticks and liver flukes. The Takers 'really' hatedhearing this, but they're beginning to adjust to it. Even if manevolved from the common slime, it's still his divinely appointeddestiny to rule the world and perhaps even the universe itself."But the last of the gods' tricks was the worst of all. Though theTakers don't know it yet, the gods did not exempt man from the lawthat governs the lives of grubs and ticks and shrimps and rabbits andmollusks and deer and lions and jellyfish. They did not exempt himfrom this law any more than they exempted him form the law of gravity,and this is going to be the bitterest blow of all to the Takers. Tothe gods' other dirty tricks, they could adjust. To this one, noadjustment is possible."

    -- Ishmael by Danial Quinn p103

    "I eventually realized that direct experience is the most valuableexperience I can have. Western man is so surrounded by ideas, sobombarded with opinions, concepts, and information structures of allsorts, that it becomes difficult to experience anything without theintervening filter of these structures. And the natural world -- ourtraditional source of direct insights -- is rapidly disappearing.Modern city-dwellers cannot even see the stars at night. Thishumbling reminder of man's place in the greater scheme of things,which human beings formerly saw once every twenty-four hours, isdenied them. It's no wonder that people lose their bearings, thatthey lose track of who they really are, and what their lives arereally about."

    -- Michael Crichton

    "The most wonderful thing about Tiggers,
    is Tiggers are wonderful things.
    Their tops are made out of rubber,
    their bottoms are made out of springs.
    They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy,
    Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!
    But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is,
    I'm the only one.
    Oh, III'm the only one!

    Oh, the wonderful thing about Tiggers is,
    Tiggers are wonderful chaps.
    They're loaded with vim and vigor.
    They love to leap in your lap.
    They're jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy,
    Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!
    But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is ...
    III'm the only one!"

    -- The Tigger Song - from the Disney Winnie the Pooh movie

    "Here comes Edward Bear now, down the stairs behindChristopher Robin. Bump! Bump! Bump! on the back of hishead. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs. He is sure that there must be a better way, if only hecould stop bumping for a moment to think of it."

    -- Winnie-The-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926

    "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

    -- Winnie-The-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926

    "They're funny things, accidents. You never have them till you're having them."

    -- Eeyore in Winnie-The-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926

    Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered.
    "Yes, Piglet"
    "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted tobe sure of you."

    -- from an Hallmark anniversary card

    "You have a lot of friends, don't you, Pooh?"
    "Yes, but only one Piglet." Pooh answered.

    -- from an Hallmark card

    "I sit beside the fire and think
    of all that I have seen,
    of measdowflowers and butterfiles
    in cummers that have been;

    Of yellow leaves and gossamer
    in autumns that there were,
    with morning mist and silver sun
    and wind upon my hair.

    I sit beside the fire and think
    oh how the world will be
    when winter comes without a spring
    that I shall ever see.

    For still there are so many things
    that I have never seen!
    in every wood in in every spring
    there is a different green.

    I sit beside the fire and think
    of people long ago,
    and of people who will see a world
    that I shall never know."

    -- from Bilbo's Song from "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R.Tolkien

    All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.

    -- from "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R.Tolkien

    Fodo: I can't do this Sam.
    Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even behere. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The onesthat really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. Andsometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the endbe happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so muchbad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, thisshadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sunshines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories thatstayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small tounderstand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I knownow. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, onlythey didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on tosomething.
    Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?
    Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.

    -- from the movie "The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers"

    "We often look for silver bullets instead of silver buckshot."

    -- Anthony Leiserowitz

    "to the extent people can't solve a problem, they tend to ignore the problem."

    -- Tom Bowman

    "Unless you enter the tiger's lair, you cannot get hold of the tiger's cub's."

    -- Pan Ch'ao from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War"

    "The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matterof life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence under nocircumstances can it be neglected."

    -- first line of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War"

    "Physicists ask what kind of place this is and seek to characterizeits behavior systematically. Biologists ask what it means for aphysical system to be living. We in AI wonder what kind ofinformation-processing system can ask such questions."

    -- Avron Barr and Edward Feigenbaum, "The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence", Vol. 1, p 11

    "We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge."

    -- John Naisbitt
    "We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The worldhenceforth will be run by synthesizes, people able to put together theright information at the right time, think critically about it, andmake important choices wisely."
    -- E. O. Wilson
    "True character arises from a deeper well than religion. It is theinternalization of moral principles of a society, augmented by thosetenets personally chosen by the individual, strong enough to endurethrough trials of solitude and adveristy. The principles are fittedtogether into what we call integrity, literally the integrated self,wherein personal decisions feel good and true. Character is in turn theenduring source of virtue. It stands by itself and excites admirationin others."
    -- E. O. Wilson
    "To the extent that we depend on prosthetic devices to keep ourselvesand the biosphere alive, we will render everything fragile. To theextent that we banish theres of life, we will impoveisrh our ownspecies for all time. And it we should surrender our genetic nature tomachine-aided ratiocination, and our ethics and art and our verymeaning to a habit of careless discursion in the name of progress,imagining ourselves godlike and absolved from our ancient heritage, wewill become nothing."
    -- E. O. Wilson

    "The missionaries go forth to christianize the savages--
    as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already."

    -- Edward Abbey

    "The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is alwaysbeyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth... theonly home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need--- if onlywe had the eyes to see."

    -- Edward Abbey

    "Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity to the human spirit."

    -- Edward Abbey

    Three things are known to no man: the hour of his death, the truename of Allah, and the source of his next meal.

    -- Islamic proverb

    "A frontier is never a place; it is a time and a way of life."

    -- Hal Borland

    "The most beautiful music is the music of what happens."

    -- Irish proverb

    "May you - Work like you don't need the money, love like you've neverbeen hurt, dance like no-one is watching, screw like it's beingfilmed, and drink like a true Irishman"

    -- Irish toast

    "The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personalinfluence... He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit thatquickens him."

    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    "For the absurd man, it is not a matter of explaining and solving, but ofexperiencing and describing. Everything begins with lucid indifference."

    -- Albert Camus

    "Shut your mouth, close your lips, and say something!"

    -- Pai-Chang

    "Some people will never learn anything, because they understand everythingtoo soon."

    -- Alexander Pope

    "Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking."

    -- Antonio Machado

    "Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythmsof the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. It strikes adelicate balance between working and idling, being and doing. It is abodily labor that produces nothing but thoughts, experiences,arrivals."

    -- Rebecca Solnit in "Wanderlust: A History of Walking"

    "'Studying the Way' is just a figure of speech, a method of arousing people'sinterest in the early stages of their development. In fact, the Way is notsomething which can be studied. Study leads to the retention of concepts,and so the Way is entirely misunderstood"

    -- Huang-Po
    "That's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don'twant to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anythingthat excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in acountry where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you arefive years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the mostrudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross astreet without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes aseries of interesting guesses."
    -- Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There
    "I ordered a coffee and a little something to eat and savored thewarmth and dryness. Somewhere in the background Nat King Cole sang aperky tune. I watched the rain beat down on the road outside and toldmyself that one day this would be 20 years ago."
    -- Bill Bryson, Notes From A Small Island

    "There is no reality except in action."

    -- Jean-Paul Sartre

    "The only real education comes from what goes counter to you."

    -- Andre Gide

    "Near the first group of arches,looming over a bend in the road,is a balanced rock about fifty feet high,mounted on a pedestal of equal height;it looks like a head from Easter Island,a stone god of a petrified ogre.

    Lke a god,like an ogre?The personification of the naturalis exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself,to eliminate for good.I am here not only to evade for a while the clamor and filth and confusionof the cultural apparatus but also to confront,immediately and directly if it's possible,the bare bones of existence,the elemental and fundamental,the bedrock which sustains us.I want to be able to look at and into a jumiper tree,a piece of quartz,a vulture,a spider,and see it as it is in itself,devoid of all humanly ascribed qualities,anti-Kantian,even the categories of scientific description.To meet God or Medusa face to face,even if it means risking everything human in myself.I dream of a hard and brutal mysticism in which the naked self mergeswith the nonhuman world and yet somehow survives still intactindividual, separate.Paradox and bedrock."

    -- from Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

    "Water, water, water... There is no shortage of water in the desertbut exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, waterto sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plantsand animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West sodifferent from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of waterhere unless you try to establish a city where no city should be."

    -- from Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

    "Beyond the wall of the unreal city, beyond the security fences toppedwith barbed wire and razor wire, beyond the asphalt belting of thesuperhighways, beyond the cemented banksides of our temporarilystopped and mutilated rivers, beyond the rage of lies that poisons theair, there is another world waiting for you. It is the old true worldof the deserts, the mountains, the forests, the islands, the shores,the open plains. Go there. Be there. Walk gently and quietly deepwithin it. And then May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony, narrow,winding and only slightly uphill. May the wind bring rain for theslickrock potholes fourteen miles on the other side of yonder blueridge. May God's dog serenade your campfire, may the rattlesnake andthe screech owl amuse your reverie, may the Great Sun dazzle your eyesby day and the Great Bear watch over you by night."

    -- Edward Abbey

    "Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You havetime to observe the details."

    -- Edward Abbey

    "At the end, what will stay forever are the moments where you felt thebreeze blowing through your hair, the energy flowing into your veins,and despite the tiredness you can't miss one more view even if itincludes climbing up one more time."

    -- Rose Eidman (A Grand Canyon Hiker)

    "The landscape everywhere, away from the river, is of rock--cliffs of rock;plateaus of rock; terraces of rock; crags of rock --ten thousand strangely carved forms.

    When speaking of these rocks, we must not conceive of piles ofboulders, or heaps of fragments, but a whole land of naked rock, withgiant forms carved on it: cathedral-shaped buttes, towering hundredsor thousands of feet; cliffs that cannot be scaled, and canyon wallsthat shink the river into insignificance, with vast hollow domes andtall pinnacles, and shafts set on the verge overhead, and all highlycolored buff, gray, red, brown, and chocolate; never lichened; nevermoss-covered; but bare, and often polished."

    -- John Wesley Powell, 1875

    "The region is, of course, altogether valueless. It can be approachedonly from the south, and after entering it there is nothing to do butleave. Ours has been the first and will doubtless be the last, partyof whites to visit this profitless locality."

    -- Lt. Joseph Ives of the Grand Canyon, 1861 report (he did like the scenery however)

    "Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it; not a bit. The ages havebeen at work on it, and man can only mar it."

    -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "He's working his way through medical school ... as a patient."

    -- Warren Miller talking about one of his stunt skiers

    "Golf is a good walk ruined."

    -- Mark Twain

    "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small peoplealways do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, canbecome great."

    -- Mark Twain

    "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time topause and reflect."

    -- Mark Twain

    "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member ofCongress. But I repeat myself."

    -- Mark Twain

    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

    -- Mark Twain

    "Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
    Happy trails to you. Keep smiling until then.
    Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
    Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
    Happy trails to you, till we meet again."

    -- Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

    "We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions."

    -- Dwight Marrow

    "Prejudice, which sees what it pleases, cannot see what is plain."

    -- Aubrey de Vere

    "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others"

    -- Wizard of Oz

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain."

    -- Wizard of Oz

    "Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable."

    -- Wizard of Oz

    Ozymandias

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestall these words appear:
    "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

    "It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turnvice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence,arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery intohonor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadisminto justice. Anybody could do it. It required no brains at all. Itmerely required no character."

    -- Joseph Heller, Catch 22

    "One of the most time consuming things is to have an enemy."

    -- E. B. White

    "Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocrecommodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth orslinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we haveuniversities of great learning, where men go to become greatthinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with nomore brains than you have. But they have one thing that you haven'tgot: a diploma."

    -- Wizard of Oz

    Tinman: "What have you learned, Dorothy?"

    Dorothy Gale: "Well, I - I think that it - it wasn't enough to justwant to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em - and it's that - if I ever golooking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than myown back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it tobegin with! Is that right?"

    -- from the movie "The Wizard of Oz"

    All nature is but art unknown to thee,
    All chance, direction which thou canst not see;
    All discord, harmony not understood;
    All partial evil, universal good;
    And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite,
    One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right.

    -- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, Epistle i, 1. 284

    "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

    -- Dorothy from the movie "The Wizard of Oz"

    "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!"

    -- Wicked Witch of the West from the movie "The Wizard of Oz"

    "Who ever thought a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?"

    -- Wicked Witch of the West from the movie "The Wizard of Oz"

    "To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already threeparts dead."

    --Bertrand Russell

    "What we need is not the will to believe, but the will to find out."

    --Bertrand Russell

    "Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sourcesof cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."

    --Bertrand Russell

    "When you believe in thingsThat you don't understand,Then you suffer,Superstition ain't the way"

    -- Stevie Wonder

    "I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equallycannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; somay the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But noone of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lieoutside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there isno reason to consider any of them."

    --Bertrand Russell

    "The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupidpeople are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so fullof doubts."

    --Bertrand Russell

    "A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does notneed a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the freeintelligence by the word uttered long ago by ignorant men. It needs afearless outlook and a free intelligence."

    --Bertrand Russell

    "Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcomedanger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirminwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything ismeaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that thereis always tomorrow."

    -- Dorothy Thompson

    "What men really want is not knowledge but certainty."

    --Bertrand Russell

    "Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never killing for theircountry."

    --Bertrand Russell (attributed)

    "The desert can kill you with its water, or its lack of water, depending on its mood."

    -- anon

    "A polar bear is a rectangular bear after a coordinate transform."

    -- anon

    "It is never too late to have a happy childhood."

    -- anon

    "You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacredmemory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education ofall. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he issaved for the rest of his days."

    -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    "The reason that we don't have 'bear-proof' garbage cans in the parkis that there is a significant overlap in intelligence between thesmartest bears and the dumbest humans."

    -- Yosemite Park Ranger

    "I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you becausesomeone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at thetop."

    -- English Professor, Ohio University

    "Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy' until you can find arock."

    -- anon

    Grabel's Law: 2 is not equal to 3 -- not even for very largevalues of 2.

    -- anon

    "There are two major products to come out of Berkeley: LSD andUNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence."

    -- anon

    "Worry is the traitor in our camp that dampens our power and weakens ouraim."

    -- William George Jordon

    "Terrific! I've got a trig mid-term tomorrow, and I'mbeing chased by Guido the killer pimp."

    -- Miles from the movie "Risky Business"

    "Joel, you wanna know something? Every now and then say, 'What thefuck.' 'What the fuck' gives you freedom. Freedom bringsopportunity. Opportunity makes your future."

    -- Miles from the movie "Risky Business"

    "Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."

    -- Janis Joplin

    The Three Laws of Robotics

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
    -- Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics

    "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds newdiscoveries, is not 'I found it!', but 'That's funny...'"

    -- Isaac Asimov

    "I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem tohave been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and divertingmyself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shellthan ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscoveredbefore me."

    -- Sir Isaac Newton

    "Each thought becomes an anxiety in my brain. I am becoming theugliest of all things: a busy man."

    -- Andre Glde

    "Taking the lead means accurately preceding the flow of events"

    -- Masashi in "Ring of Fire"

    Qui haesitans prandium est.
    (He who hesitates is lunch.)

    -- anon

    "What I have figured out is that I can predict thefuture. I just can't predict when."

    -- Steve Case CEO when pressured about keeping AOL on top of the competition

    "Prediction is difficult, especially of the future."

    -- Niels Bohr

    "Be undeniably good. When people ask me how do you make it in showbusiness or whatever, what I always tell them and nobody ever takesnote of it 'cuz it's not the answer they wanted to hear -- what theywant to hear is here's how you get an agent, here's how you write ascript, here's how you do this -- but I always say, 'Be so good theycan't ignore you. ' If somebody's thinking, 'How can I be reallygood?', people are going to come to you. It's much easier doing itthat way than going to cocktail parties."

    -- Steve Martin's advice on how to "make it" in any field

    "It is a fine day for science!"

    -- Dexter, from the cartoon Dexter's Laboratory
    "... [Athenians] are addicted to innovation. They are daring beyond their judgmentthey toil on with little opportunity for enjoying, being everengaged in getting, they were born into the world to take no restthemselves, and to give none to others."
    -- Thucydides

    "The good thing about science is that it is true, whether or not you believe in it."

    -- Neil deGrasse Tyson

    6 3/4 year old child asked: "What is the meaning of life?"Neil replied:"If you are asking those questions now, you'll be the deepest thinkingadult there ever was. So, what is the meaning of life? I thinkpeople ask that question on the assumption that 'meaning' is somethingyou can look for and go, 'I found it. here's the meaning I've beenlooking for.' OK? And it doesn't consider the possibility that maybethe meaning in life is something that you create. You manufacture foryourself and for others. And so when I think of meaning in life, Iask, have I learnt something today that I didn't know yesterday?bringing me a little closer to knowing all that can be known in theuniverse. Just a little closer. However far away all the knowledgesits, I'm a little closer. If I live a day and I don't know a littlemore than the day before I think I wasted that day... To learn is tobecome closer to nature and to learn how things work gives you powerto influence events. Gives you power to help people who may need it.Power to help yourselves to shape a trajectory. So when I think of,what is the meaning of life, to me, that's not an eternal unanswerablequestion. To me it is in arms reach of me every day."

    -- Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jan 15, 2015

    "You don't pass or fail at being a person, dear."

    -- Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the end of the Lane

    "I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous."

    -- Tom Servo, from "Mystery Science Theater"

    "We turn the cube and it twists us."

    -- Erno Rubik, inventor of Rubik's cube

    "If you do what you have always done you will get what you've always got."

    -- country saying

    "One finger can't lift a pebble."

    -- Hopi proverb

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn's rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush,
    of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there,
    I did not die.

    -- Hopi prayer

    Eagle soaring, see the morning
    see the new mysterious morning
    something marvelous and sacred
    though it happens every day.

    -- Souix prayer

    "If we dig precious things form the land,
    we will invite disaster.
    Near the Day of Purification, there will be cobwebs
    spun back and forth in the sky.
    A container of ashes might one day be thrown
    from the sky, which could burn the land
    and boil the oceans."

    -- Hopi passages from the moive "Koyaanisqatsi"

    Koyaanisqatsi n. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. lifedisintegrating. 4. life out of balance. 5. a state of life that callsfor another way of living.

    -- Definition of "Koyaanisqatsi" from Hopi language

    "Fundamentally, the marksman aims at himself."

    -- Eugen Herrigel from "Zen in the Art of Archery"

    "We are not human beings in a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beingsin a human experience."

    -- anon

    "... and what good is a baby?"

    -- Michael Faraday (in response to a question about what possible use is electricity)

    "We are on a mission from God."

    -- The Blues Brothers

    "It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a packet ofcigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses... Hit It!"

    -- The Blues Brothers

    "People who think they know everything are very irritating to those of us who do."

    -- anon

    "Give me ambiguity or give me something else."

    -- anon

    "Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped."

    -- Groucho Marx

    "It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."

    -- Howard Ruff

    "It may be beyond the limits of human intelligence to understand howhuman intelligence works."

    -- Noam Chomsky

    "I was never aware of any other option but to question everything."

    -- Noam Chomsky

    "The people who were really important are the ones whose names areforgotten. And that's true of every movement that ever existed."

    -- Noam Chomsky

    "Even in a largely depoliticized society such as the United States,with no political parties or opposition press beyond the narrowspectrum of the business-dominated consensus, it is possible forpopulate action to have a significant impact on policy, though indirectly.That was an important lesson for the Indochina Wars."

    -- Noam Chomsky

    "It matters not whether you win or lose;
    what matters is whether I win or lose.

    -- Darin Weinberg

    "Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."

    -- Mark Twain

    "It takes about 10 years to get used to how old you are."

    -- anon

    "I like life. It's something to do."

    -- Ronnie Shakes

    "Never eat more than you can lift"

    -- Miss Piggy

    "Start off each day with a smile and get it over with."

    --W.C. Fields

    Jessica Rabbit: You don't know what it's like being a woman lookingthe way I do.
    Eddie Valiant: You don't know what it's like being a man looking at awoman looking the way you do.

    -- from the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

    "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."

    -- Jessica Rabbit

    "To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligentpersons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation ofhonest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; toappreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self;to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, agarden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played andlaughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know evenone life has breathed easier because you have lived -this is to have succeeded."

    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone."

    -- Anthony Burgess

    ".. are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that theyare different."

    -- from "The Miser" by Moliere

    "Worry does not change the future,It saps the strength from the present."

    -- anon

    When planning for a year, plant corn.
    When planning for a decade, plant trees.
    When planning for life, train and educate people.

    -- Chinese proverb

    "If you educate a boy, you educate an individual, if youeducate a a girl, you educate a community."

    -- African proverb

    I find trees, woodlands and forest,
    Places that increase my spiritual awareness,
    Places of quiet peace, tranquillity and wonder.

    All the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be,
    Are full of trees and changing leaves.

    -- Virginia Wolff

    "Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky."

    -- Kahlil Gibran

    "They can because they think they can."

    -- Virgil (The Aeneid)

    "You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself."

    -- Ethel Barrymore

    "Love this Earth as if you won't be here tomorrow;show reverence for your Garden as if you will be here forever."

    -- Scottish proverb

    "Everyone dies but not everyone lives."

    -- anon

    It's easy to die.
    Just give your breath
    back to the trees
    and the wind.

    -- Peter Levitt, 100 Butterflies

    "You are the kind of friend who would overlook my broken fence toadmire my flowers"

    -- anon

    "We come from the earth, we return to the earth,and in between we garden."

    -- anon

    "Never does the earth feel more alive than at the moment when shetakes the last deep breath of day and the night arrives on her sigh."

    -- Robin Wall Kimmerer

    "The best fertilizer is the gardeners shadow."

    -- anon

    "Some people never learn anything because they understand everything too soon."

    -- Alexander Pope

    "In beauty before me, I walk.
    In beauty behind me, I walk.
    In beauty above me, I walk.
    In beauty below me, I walk.
    In beauty all around me, I walk.
    In beauty inside me, I walk."

    -- Navajo saying, commenting on man's place in the world

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are createdequal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienablerights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit ofhappiness; that to secure these rights, governments are institutedamong men, deriving their just powers from the consent of thegoverned..."

    -- Declaration of Independence

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where thestrong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done thembetter. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood. At best, he knowsthe triumph of high achievement; if he fails, at least he fails whiledaring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold andtimid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

    -- Teddy Roosevelt

    "The language is an instrument of reason, and not merely a medium for theexpression of thought."

    -- George Boole

    "No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be, oneought never to be satisfied that there was not something imperfectabout it until it also gives the impression of being beautiful."

    -- George Boole

    "Weep not for the dead, they are but empty cages from which the birdhas flown."

    -- Tibetan Book of the Dead

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been."

    -- Attrib. to George Elliot (aka Mary Ann Evans) but not substantiated

    "The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of thehuman mind to correlate all its contents."

    -- H P Lovecraft

    "100,000 lemmings can't be wrong."

    -- anon

    "A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can seefrom the top of a mountain."

    -- proverb

    "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merelyrearranging their prejudice"

    -- William James

    "The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
    The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas
    The road was a ribbon of moolight, over the purple moor
    And the Highwayman came riding --
    Riding -- riding,
    And the Highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door."

    -- Alfred Noyes' poem "The Highwayman"

    "It is not a small world to a man who chases his hat on a windy day."

    -- proverb

    "Politics is like rollerskating. You go partly where you want togo and partly where the damned things take you."

    -- Henry Fountain Ashurst

    "One trouble with the world today is that there are too many people in it whoare willing to put in their owars but not willing to row."

    -- Hugh Allen

    "With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you singwell too."

    -- yiddish proverb

    "If I have seen further than others, it is because I stood on theshoulders of giants."

    -- Isaac Newton

    "Errors are not in the art but in the artificers."

    -- Isaac Newton (Principia Mathematica)

    So as regards these two great obelisks,
    Wrought with electrum by my majesty for my father Amun,
    In order that my name may endure in this temple,
    For eternity and everlastingness,
    They are each of one block of hard granite,
    Without seam, without joining together!"

    -- Queen Hatshepsut (1468 B.C.)

    "God save our gracious Queen,
    Long live our noble Queen,
    God save the Queen!
    Send her victorious,
    Happy and glorious,
    Long to reign over us;
    God save the Queen!

    -- attrib. Henry Carey, 1740

    "What we do in life echos in eternity."

    -- Maximus from the movie "Gladiator"

    "The intelligent man is never bored."

    -- Isaac Asimov

    "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there hasalways been. The strain of Anti-intellectualism has been a constantthread winding its way through our political and cultural life,nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignoranceis just as good as your knowledge.'"

    -- Isaac Asimov

    "All things which can be known, have number; for it is not possiblethat without number anything can be conceived or known."

    -- Phillaus

    "Take what you can use and let the rest go by."

    -- Ken Kesey

    "If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all."

    -- Ronald Reagan

    "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do."

    -- Ronald Reagan, 1981

    "A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?"

    -- Ronald Reagan, 1966, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park as governor of California

    "For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. Irevere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests andgroves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They arelike lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of someweakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche."

    -- Hermann Hesse

    "Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories."

    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    "Justice is incidental to law and order."

    -- J Edgar Hoover

    "Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms."

    -- Groucho Marx

    "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
    Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

    -- Groucho Marx

    "Religion is the opiate of the masses."

    -- Karl Marx

    "How can you be two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?"

    -- Firesign Theater

    "I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."

    -- Oscar Wilde

    "The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere andthe circumference is nowwhere."

    -- Empedocles

    "Every day people are straying away from Church and going back to God."

    -- Lenny Bruce

    "If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic school children wouldbe wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead ofcrosses."

    -- Lenny Bruce

    "Anyone can hate. It costs to love."

    -- John Williamson

    "If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization wouldpresumably flunk it."

    -- Stanley Garn

    "Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there aredishonest men in national government too. "

    -- Richard Nixon

    "A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one"

    -- Sam Rayburn, speaker of the house

    "An object never serves the same function as its image... or its name."

    -- Rene Magritte

    "The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts."

    -- Paul Erlich

    "Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is someordinance under which you can be booked."

    -- Robert D Sprecht (Rand Corp.)

    "Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certaintywithout any proof"

    -- Ashley Montague

    "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood."

    -- Attrib. D. H. Burnham

    "Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations"

    -- Thomas Jefferson

    "We must all hang together, or we will surely all hang separately"

    -- Benjamin Franklin

    "You may delay, but time will not."

    -- Benjamin Franklin

    "Life's tragedy is we get old too soon and wise too late."

    -- Benjamin Franklin

    "Assuming that either the left wing or the right wing gained controlof the country, it would probably fly around in circles"

    -- Pat Paulsen

    "The validity of a science is its ability to predict."

    -- anon

    "A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money"

    -- Senator Everett Dirksen

    "I like a man who grins when he fights."

    -- Winston Churchill

    "No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle."

    -- Winston Churchill

    "In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will."

    -- Winston Churchill

    "After all is said and done, a lot more has been said than done."

    -- anon

    "Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; unitedwith it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels."

    -- Goya

    "We have met the enemy and he is us"

    -- Walt Kelly (in POGO)
    O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
    The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring.
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding dros of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.
    -- Walt Whitman

    Mongol General: What is best in life?
    Conan: To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.

    -- Conan the Barbarian movie (does Conan really know the word lamentations?)

    "When you imitate the enemy's tactics, you take on his liabilities."

    -- attrib. Jawaharlal Nehru, prime minister of India

    "The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception a necessity."

    -- Oscar Wilde

    "When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate eachother."

    -- Oscar Wilde

    "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

    -- Oscar Wilde

    "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

    -- Voltaire

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."

    -- Voltaire

    "The one thing I've learned over the years is the difference betweentaking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The firstis imperative and the second is disastrous."

    -- Margot Fonteyn

    "There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them"

    -- Werner Heisenberg

    "Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children,practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."

    -- Rev. Pat Robertson, during his campaign for President

    "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray,corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which(consequently) increases earthquakes."

    -- Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

    "When you decide why you reject all other gods you will understandwhy I reject yours as well."

    -- Stephen F. Roberts

    "Standard is better than better."

    -- proverb inside Hewlett-Packard Corporation

    "Oh my God! They've killed Kenny! You bastards!"

    -- the kids in the TV show "South Park"

    "The early bird may get the worm but it is the late mouse that getsthe cheese."

    -- proverb

    "Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth."

    -- Taleswapper in Orson Scott Card's Seventh Son

    "There isn't enough darkness in all the world to snuff out thelight of one little candle."

    -- Anon

    "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

    -- Chinese proverb

    "There is a crack in everything. Tha's how the light gets in."

    -- Leonard Cohen

    "People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought whichthey avoid."

    -- Kierkegaard

    "Life can only be understood by looking backwards, but it must belived looking forwards."

    -- Kierkegaard

    "There exists a simple equation between freedom and numbers. The morepeople, the less freedom."

    -- Royal Robbins

    "The stories of adventurers, Robbins believed, should be about morethan just entertainment or escapism; the forms of their narrativesbecome natural metaphors for how humans interact with the wild. Muchof modern Western society remains enthralled by tales of humandominion over nature and dreams of endless technological expansion. Incontrast, Robbins embraced a philosophy of limits and absences: theholes that climbers didn't drill into the stone; the traces theydidn't leave behind; the quiet spaces of the mind they explored inairy solitude. If an excess piton could symbolize a misplaced word ina poem, the silences between the lines represent his proudest work,gaps that reflect an inexpressible mystery he and Ament [his biographer]sensed within the world.It is in this way that Robbins's ideas seem particularly meaningfulnow. To see the worth of nature beyond its potential for exploitationand consumption, we might recall the transformative values of wonderand awe..."

    -- Katie Ives about Royal Robbins

    "There's nothing like good food, good beer, and a bad girl."

    -- anon

    "Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever."

    -- anon

    "When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. Onerepresents danger and other represents opportunity."

    -- John F. Kennedy

    "Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning withou liberty isalways in vain."

    -- John F. Kennedy

    "Only earthbound man still clings to the dark and poisoningsuperstition that his world is bounded by the nearest hill, his universeends at river shore, his common humanity is enclosed in the tight circleof those who share his town or his views and the color of his skin. Itis -- It is your job, the task of young people in this world, to stripthe last remnants of that ancient, cruel belief from the civilization ofman."

    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    "I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and thelife upon it that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. I haveenough for this life. If there is no other life, then this one hasbeen enough to make it worth being born, myself a human being.

    -- Pearl S. Buck

    "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

    -- Confucius

    "The surest way of concealing from others the boundaries of one's ownknowledge is not to overstep them."

    -- Giacomo Leopardi

    "Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!"

    -- The Robot in the TV show "Lost in Space"

    "Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however longand hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."

    -- Winston Churchill

    "No victory is ever final, and no defeat is ever forever."

    -- anon

    "Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror.Kill everyone and you are a God."

    -- Jean Rostand

    "If you keep your mind sufficiently open, people will throw a lot of rubbishinto it.

    -- William Orton

    "Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."

    -- Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century B.C.

    "I don't go by the rule book; I lead from the heart; not the head."

    -- Diana Princess of Wales

    "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward,safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."

    -- Diana Princess of Wales

    "I touch people. I think everyone needs that. Placing a hand on afriend's face means making contact."

    -- Diana Princess of Wales

    "I'm still a small boy inside. I only got old on the outside."

    -- Stan L. Zundel, I Climb to Live

    "We live on an astounding planet, punctuated by mountains on everycontinent. The mere presence of mountain ranges has long drawn thehuman imagination as an invisible force. Some say mountains have a'psychic gravity' enticing us into their grip. There is a magic amonggreat peaks as a location of splendor, where changing light playsgames with intense colors, affecting the tones of snow and ice andmany gleaming ridge outlines."

    -- Fred Beckey, from book: Fred Beckey s 100 Favorite North American Climbs

    "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

    -- Winston Churchill

    "Resentment is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die."

    -- attrib. to Carrie Fischer

    "He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entirelife on one leg."

    -- Chinese proverb

    "You don't grow old. You get old by not growing."

    -- E. Stanley Jones, minister

    "Making a living is necessary and often satisfying; eventually, makinga difference becomes more important."

    -- David Campbell

    "Lying face down on the cobbles is likely to make any road look like abrick wall. Stand up and start walking, it ll become a pathagain. It always does."

    -- David duChemin, photographer

    "To me, photography is an art of observation. It is aboutfinding something interesting an ordinary place.... it has little to dowith the things you see and everything to do with the way you seethem."

    -- Elliot Erwitt

    "Photography is a love afair with life."

    -- Burk Uzzle

    "Don't shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like."

    -- David Allen Harvey on photography

    "Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If youcan't feel what you're looking at, then you're never goingto get others to feel anything when they look at yourpictures."

    -- David Allen Harvey

    "Just living is not enough," said the caterpillar."One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

    -- Hans Christian Andersen

    "They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidablean adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the nextweek, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, andwhen a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall wegather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire themeans of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs andhugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall havebound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper useof those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and insuch a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any forcewhich our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fightour battles alone. There is a just God who presides over thedestinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight ourbattles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is tothe vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have noelection. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late toretire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission andslavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on theplains of Boston! The war is inevitable-- and let it come! I repeatit, sir, let it come.

    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry,Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! Thenext gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clashof resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why standwe here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price ofchains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what courseothers may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

    -- Patrick Henry to the Virginia Convention of Delegates in Richmond

    "Amateurs hope. Professionals work."

    -- Carson Kanin, director

    "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with therain."

    -- Dolly Parton

    "People spend most of their lives worrying about things that neverhappen."

    -- Moliere

    "About the only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stonesis the way you use them."

    -- Bernard Meltzer

    "Silence is the virtue of fools."

    -- Francis Bacon 1561-1626

    "To spend too much time in studies is sloth."

    -- Francis Bacon 1561-1626

    "There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it."

    -- Cicero 106-43 BC

    "War is much too serious a thing to be left to the military."

    -- Georges Clemenceau 1841-1929

    There Will Come Soft Rains

    There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
    And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

    And frogs in the pools singing at night,
    And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

    Robins will wear their feathery fire
    Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

    And not one will know of the war, not one
    Will care at last when it is done.

    Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
    If mankind perished utterly;

    And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
    Would scarcely know that we were gone.

    -- Sara Teasdale

    "The French will only be united under the threat of danger.Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese."

    -- Charles De Gaulle 1890-1970

    "A man is only truly great when he acts from the passions."

    -- Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881

    "My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me."

    -- Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881

    "Little things affect little minds."

    -- Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."

    -- Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881

    "Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor."

    -- Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603

    "You are a member of the British royal family. We are never tired andwe all love hospitals."

    -- Queen Mary, queen consort of George V

    "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons."

    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

    "Nothing astonishes men so much as common-sense and plain dealing."

    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

    "My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfies us both.They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please."

    -- Frederick the Great 1712-1786

    "We are just statistics, born to consume resources."

    -- Horace 65-8 BC

    "History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."

    -- James Joyce 1882-1941

    "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."

    -- attrib. to Mark Twain (little evidence to support this)

    "Sometimes quantity has a quality all its own."

    -- Vladmir Lenin 1870-1924

    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is final."

    -- Wyatt Earp

    "A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

    -- Vladmir Lenin 1870-1924

    "While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there isfreedom there will be no State."

    -- Vladmir Lenin 1870-1924

    "Woman was God's second blunder."

    -- Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

    "Morality is the herd-instinct of the individual."

    -- Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

    "One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can dothe work of one extraordinary man."

    -- Elbert Hubbard

    "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something ispossible, he is almost certainly right. When he states thatsomething is impossible, he is very probably wrong."

    -- Arthur C. Clarke, "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination", in the collection "Profiles of the Future",1962, revised1973

    "I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I,"said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that isnot for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with thetime that is given us."

    -- J.R.R. Tolkien from The Fellowship of the Ring

    "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle andquick to anger."

    -- J.R.R. Tolkien from The Fellowship of the Ring

    "He [Bilbo] used often to say there was only one Road; that it was likea great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path wasits tributary. 'It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of yourdoor,' he used to say. 'You step into the Road, and if you don't keepyour feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.'..."

    -- J.R.R. Tolkien from The Fellowship of the Ring

    "God not only plays dice. He also sometimes throws the dice where theycannot be seen."

    -- Stephen Hawking

    "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don t."

    -- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    "The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thingthat cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannotpossibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible toget at or repair."

    -- Douglas Adams

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable onepersists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore allprogress depends on the unreasonable man."

    -- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

    "It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness."

    -- Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910

    "In historical events great men - so called - are but the labelsthat serve to give a name to the event, and like labels, theyhave the last possible connection with the event itself.Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of theirown free will, is in an historical sense not free will at all,but in bondage to the whole course of previous history, andpredestined from all eternity."

    -- Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910

    "If you see the whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful.Planets, lives, ... but close up, a world is all dirt and rocks.And day to day, life's a hard job. You get tired and lose the pattern."

    -- Ursula K. LeGuin

    "It is good to have an end to a journey, but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

    -- Ursula K. LeGuin

    "Reverence is the sense that there is something larger than the self,larger even than the human, to which one accords respect and awe andassent."

    -- Ursula Goodenough

    "The Big Bang, the formation of sars and planets, the origin andevolution of life on this planet, the advent of human consciousness andthe resultant evolution of cultures this is the story, the onestory, that has the potential to unite us, because it happens to betrue."

    -- Ursula Goodenough

    "Long you live and high you fly
    And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
    And all you touch and all you see
    Is all your life will ever be."

    -- Pink Floyd (Breathe)

    "Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."

    -- Mark Twain

    "He believed in the primacy of doubt, not as a blemish upon ourability to know, but as the essence of knowing."

    -- James Gleick on Feynman

    "It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail."

    -- Gore Vidal

    "Cowardly dogs bark loudest."

    -- John Webster

    "In our country there is freedom of speech, but not freedom for corruption"

    -- Gholamreza Hassani, Iranian cleric

    A man is never so on trial as in the moment of excessive good fortune.

    -- Lew Wallace (author of Ben Hur)

    For me, walking the tightropeis living. Everything else is waiting.

    -- Karl Wallenda

    There is absolutely nothing special aboutwalking on a rope stretched along the ground. Where there is no risk,there can be no pride in a deed accomplished, and therefore no happiness.

    -- Ray Kroc

    "Daring ideas are like chessmenmoved forward, they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    We must be careful about what we pretend to be.

    -- Kurt Vonnegut

    "Machines will follow a path that mirrors the evolution of humans.Ultimately, however, self-aware, self-improving machines will evolvebeyond humans' ability to control or even understand them."

    -- Ray Kurzweil, Scientific American, June 2010

    If no one ever took risks, Michelangelowould have painted the Sistine floor.

    -- Neil Simon

    Whenlobsters grow to be about one pound, they instinctively knowthey are facing a crisis. They have lived in a hard shell thatprotects them, but inhibits their growth.To become mature, the lobstersmust shed their old shell and grow a new one, a process thattakes about two days. This isn't long but during that time,they are left naked and vulnerable.Otherdenizens of the deep may eat the naked lobster. Or waves mayslam it against a rock and damage it. Yet there is no alternative.The lobster must endure two days of risk to grow a new shelland become mature. Humans often have to do that too.

    -- anon

    One of the reasons peoplestop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.

    -- John W. Gardner

    The dilemma is that if one does not risk anythingone risks even more.

    -- Erica Jong

    Life is either a daring adventureor nothing.

    -- Helen Keller

    There is no collection of dust on the one who isunder fire.

    -- Magnus von Platen

    It takes courage to push yourselfto places that you have never been before... to test your limits...to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took toremain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took toblossom.

    -- Anais Nin

    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

    -- Anais Nin

    "Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."

    -- Publius Ovidius Naso

    "Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in aquiet mind is adequate perception of the world."

    -- Hans Margolius

    "One should respect public opinion insofar as itis necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anythingbeyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny."

    -- Bertrand Russell

    The risk of insult is the priceof clarity. To be clearly understood one must speak the simple, essentialtruth as plainly as he is able.

    -- Roy H. Williams

    As I stood at the airport one day waiting for theplane to bring my family back from holidays, I thought of the frightfulrisk involved in loving. If the plane had crashed, most of myself wouldhave gone down with it, and yet, there is no way to love without risk....Those who can't love are those who are afraid or unable to run the risksinvolved. They want to keep themselves safe and protected: they fearthat their love may be rejected or betrayed or weakly returned. Yet,unless we are willing to take such chances, to accept the fact thatin loving we leave ourselves wide open to disappointment or disaster,we cannot escape from the web of our own selfish egos.

    -- Sydney Harris

    Only those who will risk going toofar can possibly find out how far one can go.

    -- T.S. Eliot

    Great things areonly possible with outrageous requests.

    (Video) 50 Inspirational Startup Quotes that can Change your Life

    -- Thea Alexander

    Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become theslave of your model.

    -- Vincent Van Gogh

    "It is not the language of painters but the language of Nature thatone should listen to."

    -- Vincent Van Gogh

    "I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful.I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream."

    -- Vincent Van Gogh

    Don't play what's there. Playwhat's not there.

    -- Miles Davis

    The challenge isn't to keep youreye on big competitors. It's to pay attention to the innovators.

    -- Dave Duffield

    Inventing is a combination of brainsand materials, the more brains you have, the less material you need.

    -- Charles Kettering

    Growth springs from better recipes,not just from more cooking.

    -- Paul Romer

    Defending yesterday is far morerisky than making tomorrow.

    -- Peter Drucker

    They are ill discoverers that thinkthere is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

    -- Francis Bacon

    The uncreative mind can spot wronganswers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions

    -- Anthony Jay

    Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they arealways watching you.

    -- Robert Fulghum

    The real menacein dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you beginto sound like a five-year-old.

    -- Jean Kerr

    "Children have tobe educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves."

    -- Ernest Dimnet

    When I have somethingto say that is too difficult for adults, I write for children. Theyhave not closed the shutters. They like it when you rock the boat.

    -- Madeline L'Engle

    "Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environmentand especially on their children than the unlived life of theparent."

    -- Carl Jung

    "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."

    -- Carl Jung

    "So far, we have been able to study only one evolving system and wecannot wait for interstellar flight to provide us with a second. Ifwe want to discover generalizations about evolving systems, we willhave to look at artificial ones."

    -- John Maynard Smith on artificial life

    There are no illegitimate children - only illegitimate parents.

    -- Leon R. Yankwich

    When you give to your mate, you give to your children. There is nobetter way to teach love than to practice love. Kids are much betterat watching and emulating than they are at listening.

    -- Gregory J.P. Godek

    View young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles tobe lit.

    -- Robert H. Shaffer

    Boundaries can be good. A river with no banks is a big puddle.

    -- anon

    When I can no longerbear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of thevictims of intact ones.

    -- Peter De Vries

    If you are a happy parent, you give your son or daughter an invaluablelegacy. It doesn't matter too much whether you are rich or poor; ifthe choice is between happy poor and unhappy rich the children of alaughing pauper are the ones to envy. For they will grow up with theexpectation that life is good, that the world is a sunny and friendlyplace, that other people are as human and decent as they are, that itis fun to be alive. And with that attitude, they can accomplish almostanything.

    -- Guy Wright

    "Raise a daughter that people are a little bit scared of."

    -- anon

    I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmotherto endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.

    -- Eleanor Roosevelt

    "Society asks a mother to raise her children as if she had no job;to work as if she had no children,and to look like a woman who has no children and no job."

    -- Dr. Isabelle Roskam

    I had the totalattention of both my parents, and was secure in the knowledge of beingloved ... My memories of falling asleep at night are to the comfortablesound of my parents' voices, voices which conveyed in their tones themessage that these two people loved and trusted one another.

    -- Jill Kerr Conway

    Common sense comes from experience, and kids need to fail as well assucceed in order to learn it. It's difficult to develop common sensewhen you spend a lot of time in your room where nothing muchhappens.

    -- Marilyn vos Savant

    If you want to make an easy job harder, just keep putting itoff. Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of anuncompleted task.

    -- William James

    Do what you know best; if you’re a runner, run, if you’re a bell,ring.

    -- Ignas Bernstein

    You can't imagine how much more work Ihad when I was a god.

    -- Emperor Hirohito

    Far and away the best prize that lifehas to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

    -- Theodore Roosevelt

    Quality is never an accident.

    -- Will A. Foster

    People will remember how badly the workwas carried out long after they forget how fast it went.

    -- Roger L. Cason

    Life is to be lived. If you have tosupport yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that isgoing to be interesting.

    -- Katharine Hepburn

    A leading difficulty with the averageplayer is that he totally misunderstands what is meant byconcentration. He may think he is concentrating hard when he is merelyworrying.

    -- R T Jones

    "We are not here to merely make aliving. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselvesif we forget this errand."

    -- Woodrow T. Wilson

    "Bending over his workbench in Cremona,Italy, Antonio Stradivari made a vow, "Other men will makeviolins, but no one will make a better one." More than 250 yearshave passed, and this remains true. Although people have copied hisviolins in every detail, Stradivari’s perfect workmanship has neverbeen equaled."

    -- Economics Press

    Live and work to make a difference, tomake things better, even the smallest things. Give full considerationto the rights and interests of others. No business is successful, evenif it flourishes, in a society that does not care for or about itspeople.

    -- Eugene C. Dorsey

    A very rich man once commissioned afamous artist to do a painting of a fish. One year later the manreturned and asked for his painting. The artist took out a clean sheetof paper and painted a beautiful fish while the man waited. The manthen asked why it had taken a year to get the painting of the fish.The artist opened a door to a closet, which was filled with 1,000paintings of that fish.

    -- anon

    Things could be worse. Suppose yourerrors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseballplayer.

    -- Anon

    The master in the art of living makeslittle distinction between his work and his play, his labor and hisleisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation,his life and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simplypursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving othersto decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he's always doingboth.

    -- James Michener

    Passion is what we are most deeply curious about, most hungry for,will most hate to lose in life. It is the most desperate wish we needto yell down the well of our lives. It is whatever we pursue merelyfor its own sake, what we study when there are no tests to take, whatwe create, though no one may ever see it. It makes us forget that thesun rose and set, that we have bodily functions and personal relationsthat could use a little tending. It is what we'd do if we weren'tworried about consequences, about money, about making anybody happybut ourselves. It is whatever we could be tempted to sell our soulsfor in order to have a hundred extra years just to devote to it,whatever fills us with the feeling poet Anne Sexton was referring towhen she said that "when I'm writing, I know I'm doing the thing I wasborn to do." It is what matters most, whether we're doing it or not.

    -- Gregg Levoy

    After the cheers have died and thestadium is empty, after the headlines have been written, and after youare back in the quiet of your own room and the Super Bowl ring hasbeen placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare have faded,the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence,the dedication to victory; and the dedication to doing with our livesthe very best we can to make the world a better place in which tolive.

    -- Vince Lombardi

    The most damaging phrase in thelanguage is: It's always been done that way.

    -- Grace Hopper, Ph.D. U.S. Navy admiral and computer scientist

    Nothing I do can't be done by a 10-year-old-with15 years of practice.

    -- Harry Blackstone, Jr. Magician

    You will recognize your own path whenyou come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy andimagination you will ever need.

    -- Jerry Gillies

    We need another and a wiser and perhapsa more mystical concept of animals.Remote from universal nature, and livingby complicated artifice, man in civilizationsurveys the creature through the glass ofhis knowledge and sees thereby a feathermagnified and the whole image in distortion.We patronize them for their incompleteness,for their tragic fate of having taken formso far below ourselves. And therein we err,and greatly err. For the animal shall notbe measured by man. In a world older andmore complete than ours they move finishedand complete, gifted with extensions of thesenses we have lost or never attained, livingby voices we shall never hear. They are notbrethren, they are not underlings; they areother nations, caught with ourselves in thenet of life and time, fellow prisoners of thesplendor and travail of the earth.

    -- From a poster created by the Animal Society

    It isnot the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

    -- Sir Edmund Hillary

    Whenany calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is,how much has been escaped.

    -- Samuel Johnson

    Let us more and more insist on raising fundsof love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. The rest will be given.

    -- Mother Teresa

    A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always withthe same person.

    -- Mignon McLaughlin

    There is only one success -to be able to spend your life in your own way.

    Christopher Morley

    There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

    -- Colin Powell

    Obstacles are cowards, butthey will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them, theyare liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye,they will slink out of sight.

    -- Orison Swett Marden

    The inner master, when confronted with anobstacle, uses it as fuel, like a fire which consumes things that arethrown into it. A small lamp would be snuffed out, but a big fire willengulf what is thrown at it and burn hotter; it consumes the obstacle anduses it to reach a higher level.

    -- Marcus Aurelius

    "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the waybecomes the way."

    -- Marcus Aurelius

    "Dance as though no one can see you, sing as though no one can hearyou, love as though you have never been hurt before. Live as thoughheaven is on earth."

    -- anon

    No one is discontented at notbeing a king except a discrowned king ... unhappiness almost invariablyindicates the existence of a road not taken, a talent undeveloped, a selfnot recognized.

    -- Blaise Pascal

    Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe,and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quitestaggering.

    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    "We over estimate technology in the short term andunder estimate technology in the long term."

    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    "When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has leftthem an estate of incalculable value."

    -- Thomas Edison

    "Many of life's failures are people who didn't realize how close theywere to success when they gave up."

    -- Thomas Edison

    "The inventor can't do it all, you've got to change people. We have anenormous capacity to invent super-machinery. But our desire to installthe device is weak. Human inertia is the problem, notinvention. Something in man makes him resist change."

    -- Thomas Edison

    "To be without someof the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."

    -- Bertrand Russell

    Man,like a bridge, was designed to carry the load of the moment, not thecombined weight of a year all at once.

    -- William A. Ward

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change;the realist adjusts the sails."

    -- William A. Ward

    When a man blamesothers for his failures, it's a good idea to credit others with hissuccesses.

    -- Howard W. Newton

    Statistically,100% of the shots you don't take, don't go in.

    -- Wayne Gretzsky

    "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been."

    -- Wayne Gretzsky

    Resolve to make at leastone person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made threethousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town byyour contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.

    -- Sydney Smith

    We do not want churches because theywill teach us to quarrel about God. We do not want to learn that. We mayquarrel with men sometimes about things on this earth, but we neverquarrel about the Great Spirit. We do not want to learn that.

    -- Heinmot Tooyalaket (Chief Joseph) of the Nez Percés, 1873

    "...it does not require many words to speak the truth."

    -- Heinmot Tooyalaket (Chief Joseph) of the Nez Percés

    All things in the world are two. In our minds we are two - good andevil. With our eyes we see two things - things that are fair andthings that are ugly . . . . We have the right hand that strikesand makes for evil, the left hand full of kindness, near the heart.One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to agood. So are all things two, all two.

    -- Eagle Chief, Letakots-Lesa, (late 19th century) Pawnee

    A Native American elder once described his own innerstruggles in this manner: "Inside of me there two dogs. One of thedogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the gooddog all the time." When asked which dog wins, he reflected for amoment and replied, "The one I feed the most."

    -- anon

    "We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from ourchildren."

    -- anon

    "Are we being good ancestors?"

    -- Jonas Salk

    We had no churches, no religiousorganizations, so sabbath day, no holidays, and yet we worshiped.Sometimes the whole tribe would assemble and sing and pray; sometimes asmaller number, perhaps only two or three. The songs had a few words, butwere not formal. The singer would occasionally put in such words as hewished instead of the usual tone sound. Sometimes we prayed in silence;sometimes each prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all ofus. At other times one would rise and speak to us of our duties to eachother and to Usen [Apache God]. Our services were short.

    -- Geronimo, Goyathlay, Chiricahua Apache Chief

    Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits areobjects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up trafficjams.

    -- Mary Ellen Kelly

    I believe what Jesus said, but Jesusnever said priests couldn't be fools.

    -- Jean-Luc Godard

    To love God truly one must first love man. And ifanyone tells you that he loves God and does not love his fellow man, youwill know that he's lying.

    -- Hassidic saying

    He does not believe who does notlive according to his belief.

    -- Thomas Fuller

    The best way to know God is to love many things.

    -- Vincent van Gogh

    The religious is afraid of going tohell, the spiritual has been there.

    -- anon

    The belief that there is only one truth, and thatoneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world.

    -- Max Born

    "The Truth does not change accoding to our ability to stomach it."

    -- Mary Flannery O'Connor

    Going to church doesn't make you aChristian any more than going to a garage makes you a car.

    -- Laurence J. Peter

    It is not enough to belong to a religion. You alsohave to put it into practice. Religion is like medicine. You have toingest it to combat the illness.

    -- the Dalai Lama

    There are no ordinarycats.

    -- Colette

    "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on theplanet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in amarriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things,the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it,all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not gounnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessedbecause I will be your witness'."

    -- Beverly Clark in the movie "Shall we Dance?"

    "The rumba is the vertical expression of a horizontal wish. You haveto hold her, like the skin on her thigh is your reason for living. Lether go, like your heart's being ripped from your chest. Throw herback, like you're going to have your way with her right here on thedance floor. And then finish, like she's ruined you for life."

    -- Paulina in the movie "Shall we Dance?"

    The smallest feline is a masterpiece.

    -- Leonardo da Vinci

    It is impossiblefor a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, discriminating littlefriends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance tomake us hunger for more.

    -- Agnes Reppllier

    Thereally great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can picka cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color scheme, income, personality,mood. But under the fur, whatever color it may be, there still lies,essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls.

    -- Eric Gurney

    "When people are free to do as they please, they usually immitate each other."

    -- Eric Hoffer

    The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor asourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate otherswhen we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerateourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are proneto sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.

    -- Eric Hoffer

    No tame animal has lost less of its native dignity or maintained moreof its ancient reserve. The domestic cat might rebel tomorrow.

    -- William Conway, Archbishop of Armagh

    The cat, like the genius, draws into itself as into a shell except inthe atmosphere of congeniality, and this is the secret of itsremarkable and elusive personality.

    -- Ida M. Mellen

    One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that acat has only nine lives.

    -- Mark Twain

    At dinner time he would sit in a corner, concentrating, and suddenlythey would say, "Time to feed the cat," as if it were their own idea.

    -- Lilian Jackson Braun

    "It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell aword!"

    -- attrib. Andrew Jackson

    No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.

    -- Abraham Lincoln

    A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts areequivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She doesnot discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it.

    -- Henry Davis Thoreau

    A cat sleeps fat,yet walks thin.

    -- Fred Schwab

    Becauseof our willingness to accept cats as superhuman creatures, they arethe ideal animals with which to work creatively.

    -- Roni Schotter

    As an inspirationto the author, I do not think the cat can be over -- estimated. He suggestsso much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder thatmany writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.

    -- Carl Van Vechten

    Catseverywhere asleep on the shelves like motorized bookends.

    -- Audrey Thomas

    Way deep down we are motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courageto live by them.

    -- Jim Davis

    Even overweightcats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourselfin slim poses.

    -- John Weitz

    A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a cat is a person.

    -- Mugsy Peabody

    A dog is prose,a cat poetry.

    -- anon

    If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat isa diagram and pattern of subtle air.

    -- Doris Lessing

    I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they becomeits visible soul.

    -- Jean Cocteau

    For every houseis incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.

    -- Christopher Smart

    Managing seniorprogrammers is like herding cats.

    -- Dave Platt

    Thereis no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

    -- anon

    Thousands of yearsago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.

    -- anon

    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking whatnobody has thought."

    -- Albert Szent-Gyorgi

    There are two meansof refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

    -- Albert Schweitzer

    The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.

    -- Ernest Menaul

    Dogs believe theyare human. Cats believe they are God.

    -- anon

    Time spent with cats is never wasted.

    -- Colette

    Some people saythat cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many otherfine qualities as well.

    -- Missy Dizick

    Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for whatyou want.

    -- Joseph Wood Krutch

    "How can man be persuaded to cherish any other ideal unless he canlearn to take some interest and some delight in the beauty and varietyof the world for its own sake, unless he can see 'value' in a flowerblooming or an animal at play, unless he can see some 'use' in thingsnot useful?"

    -- Joseph Wood Krutch

    Cats aren't clean,they're just covered with cat spit.

    -- anon

    The softness of a kitten's feet, like raspberries held in the hand.

    -- Anne Douglas Sedgwick

    Does the Cheshirecat drink evaporated milk?

    -- anon

    Rule 46 of the Oxford Union Society in London reads, "Any member introducinga dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one Pound.Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat."

    -- anon

    SoI laugh when I hear them make it plainThat dogs and men never meet again.For all their talk who'd listen to them,With the soul in the shining eyes of him?Would God be wasting a dog like Tim?

    -- W M Letts, Songs of Leinster

    At the dog-show held at our localhospital fete, there were many handsome dogs with equally handsome owners.But my attention was drawn to a small mongrel and his owner, a boy ofabout eleven. For nearly an hour, the boy had been gently grooming andhugging his pet in turn.When his name was called the boytenderly took the dog's head into his cupped hands and looked at himwith all the love a small boy could show. "Now you mustn't be upsetif you don't win a prize," he said, "you see, they don't knowyou as well as I do."

    -- anon

    The dog was created especially for children. He is the god offrolic.

    -- Henry Ward Beecher

    I would rather see a portraitof a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can showme in the world.

    -- Samuel Johnson

    My dog is worried about the economy because Alpois up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.

    -- Joe Weinstein

    Dogs are our link to paradise. Theydon't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillsideon a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing wasnot boring--it was peace."

    -- Milan Kun

    "Only boring people get bored."

    -- Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut

    "Do good work."

    -- Gus Grissom, astronaut, to workers making the Atlas rocket he would fly into space

    "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporarythan our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and oftenbreached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live noother way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, neverfully understanding the necessary plan."

    --Irving Townsend

    "If a dog will not come to you after having lookedyou in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."

    -- Woodrow Wilson

    "When the Man waked up he said,'What is Wild Dog doing here?'And the Woman said,'His name is not Wild Dog any more,but the First Friend,because he will be our friendfor always and always and always.'"

    -- Rudyard Kipling
    "If you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you;If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too:If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,Or being hated don't give way to hating,And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim,If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same:If you can bear to hear the truth you've spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winningsAnd risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd never breathe a word about your loss:If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,Or walk with Kings -- nor lose the common touch,If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,If all men count with you, but none too much:If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!"

    -- Rudyard Kipling
    "Make me different from all other animals; make me popular andwonderfully run after by five this afternoon."
    -- The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo, from the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

    "My dog is usually pleased with whatI do, because she is not infected with the concept of what I 'should'be doing."

    -- Lonzo Idolswine

    "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dogin the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."

    -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

    "I am not a cat man, but adog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictiveglance."

    -- James Thurber

    "There is an Indian legend which says when a humandies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At thehead of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered duringtheir lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person,decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away..."

    -- Unknown

    "Lassie looked brilliant, inpart because the farm family she lived with was made up of idiots. Remember?One of them was always getting pinned under the tractor, and Lassiewas always rushing back to the farmhouse to alert the other ones. She'dwhimper and tug at their sleeves, and they'd always waste precious minutessaying things: "Do you think something's wrong? Do you think shewants us to follow her? What is it, girl?", etc., as if this hadnever happened before, instead of every week. What with all the timethese people spent pinned under the tractor, I don't see how they managedto grow any crops whatsoever. They probably got by on federal crop supports,which Lassie filed the applications for."

    -- Dave Barry

    "Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl,and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole live answering."

    -- Nicole Krauss

    "Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret ofa successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look likea Pekingese?"

    -- Edith Sitwell

    "Near this spot are deposited theremains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength withoutInsolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man withouthis Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribedover human ashes, is but a Just Tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN,a Dog."

    -- Epitaph, on Lord Byron's dog, Boatswain, at Newstead Abbey

    "It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, Or to carve a statue,and so to make a few objects beautiful; But it is far more glorious tocarve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts."

    -- Henry David Thoreau

    "The greater dangerfor most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but thatit is too low and we reach it."

    -- Michaelangelo

    "I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them."

    -- Pablo Picasso

    "Learn the rules like a pro, so you canbreak them like an artist."

    -- Pablo Picasso

    "Art is the accompliceof love. Take love away and there is no longer art."

    -- Remy de Gourmont

    "Without great solitude, no serious work is possible."

    -- Pablo Picasso

    "Do not hate or fearthe artist in yourselves...Honor and love him...do not try to possess him.Trust him as nobly as you trust tomorrow.Only the artist in yourself is moretruthful than the night."

    -- Edward E. Cummings

    "Everyonewants to understand painting. Why is there no attempt to understandthe song of the birds?"

    -- Pablo Picasso

    "The greater theartist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to theless talented as a consolation prize."

    -- Robert Hughes, Time Magazine

    "Withouttradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation,it is a corpse."

    -- Winston Churchill, To Royal Academy of Arts, Time 11 May 53

    "There is sufferingin the light; in excess it burns. Flame is hostile to the wing. To burnand yet to fly, this is the miracle of genius."

    -- Victor Hugo

    "Lifeis a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can."

    -- Danny Kaye

    "Art washes awayfrom the soul the dust of everyday life."

    -- Pablo Picasso

    "Allgood art is in the nature of a letter written to amuse a sick friend.Too much art, particularly in our time, is only a letter written tooneself."

    -- W. H. Auden

    "Great art is asirrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness."

    -- George Jean Nathan

    "I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater thanI, which is my life-the power to create."

    -- Vincent Van Gogh

    "The enjoyment ofart is the only remaining ecstasy that is neither immoral or illegal."

    -- The Dark Corner

    "If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seemso wonderful at all."

    -- Michelangelo

    "At the age ofsix I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And myambition has been growing steadily ever since."

    -- Salvador Dali

    "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."

    -- Napoleon Bonaparte

    "Some years ago, I saw a remarkable television interview that Dick Cavettconducted with Isaac Stern. During their conversation, Stern, at Cavett'srequest, picked up a violin and played an arpeggio. It was so full offeeling, so smooth and perfect, that Cavett and his audience were stunned.

    Stern then played the arpeggio again, with the notes separated by perhaps aquarter of a second. He played it a dozen more times; each time the noteswere fractionally closer, until they once again became a seamless wholeagain.

    'How did you do that?' demanded Cavett, astonished. Stern beganto talk about how he practiced six hours a day for 25 years, until themuscles in his hands were extremely strong and completely under his command.He grew reflective for a moment, and then said that because he had achievedabsolute control of his instrument, he felt comfortable being completelyspontaneous. 'When I perform,' Stern said, 'all I pay attention to ismy feelings.'"

    -- Bruno Bettelheim and Alvin A. Rosenfeld, The Art of the Obvious

    "Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, butwhat he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.'

    -- Pablo Picasso

    "Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- havinglittle or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest meon shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the waterypart of the world..."

    -- Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    "There's something ever egotistical in mountain-tops and towers, and all other grand and lofty things."

    -- Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    "As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitableto dispense it."

    -- Dick Cavett

    "If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either."

    -- Dick Cavett

    "The strongest of all warriors are thesetwo - Time and Patience."

    -- Leo Tolstoy

    "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

    -- Leo Tolstoy

    "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-deaththat brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit itto pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turnthe inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will benothing. Only I will remain."

    -- The litany against fear used by the Bene Gesserit, from the book Dune

    "Intelligence is the art of good guesswork."

    -- H. B. Barlow, The Oxford Companion to the Mind

    "Thou shalt not make a machine to counterfeit a human mind."

    -- Frank Herbert, Dune

    "What we should more concerned about is not necessarily the exponentialchange in artificial intelligence or robotics, but about the stagnantresponse in human intelligence."

    -- Anders Sorman-Nilsson

    "The past is an illusion. You mustlearn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. Whatyou lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge andconstant practice."

    -- Bruce Lee

    "The man that conquers himself is superior to the onewho conquers a thousand men in battle."

    -- Buddha

    "This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp andmidnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets goof and becomes the future; the place of caught breath..."

    -- Margaret Atwood, Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995

    "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."

    -- Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

    J: Why the big secret? People are smart, they can handle it.
    K: A *person* is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.

    -- Men in Black (the movie)

    "I said, 'I've broken my arm in several places.' She said, 'Don't goto those places.' You may have to fight a battle more than once towin it."

    -- Margaret Thatcher

    "They've got us surrounded again, thepoor bastards."

    -- General Creighton W. Abrams

    "Defeat is a state of mind. No one is ever defeateduntil defeat has been accepted as a reality. To me, defeat in anything ismerely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effortto achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in mydoing; it is a path leading to success and truth."

    -- Bruce Lee

    "Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, Iam my own fuel, consuming myself."

    -- Bruce Lee

    "The fastest draw is when the swordnever leaves the scabbard.The strongest way to block, is never to provoke a blow.And the cleanest cut is the one withheld."

    -- anon
    "It is important not to let the perfect become the enemy of the good,even when you can agree on what perfect is."
    -- Greg Hudson, Subversion developer

    The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory ordefeat, but in the perfection of the character of it's participants.

    -- Master Gichin Funakoshi

    Ahisma, "non-violence," istherefore much more than the absence of destruction. It is the absence ofthe desire to destroy.

    -- Mark Juergensmeyer

    Techniques employ four qualities that reflect thenature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as adiamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty asspace.

    -- anon

    Everything - mountains, rivers,plants, trees - should be your teacher.

    -- anon

    As soon as you compare yourself with the good and badof your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness toenter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeatyou.

    -- anon

    "Don't hit at all if it can be avoided,but never hit softly."

    -- Theodore Roosevelt

    "Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship isfutile, for the power of the body is always limited."

    -- anon

    "I am prolonging the fight because Ican see that you need the practice."

    -- Zorro

    "The Way of the warrior does not include other ways, such asConfucianism, Buddhism, certain traditions, artistic accomplishments,and dancing. But even though these are not part of the Way, if youknow the Way broadly, you will see it in everything."

    -- Miyamoto Mushashi, A Book of Five Rings

    "Budo is supposed to enhance your life, not replace it."

    -- F. J. Lovret

    "The Spartans do not enquire howmany the enemy are, but where they are."

    -- Agis II, 427 B.C.

    "It is a good day to fight: it is a good day to die."

    -- battle cry of Crazy Horse

    "My lands are where my dead lie buried."

    -- Crazy Horse?

    "Courage is not the absence of fear. It is going forward with the face offear."

    -- Abraham Lincoln

    "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on thiscontinent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to theproposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation,or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We aremet on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate aportion of that field, as a final resting place for those who heregave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fittingand proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate-- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead,who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power toadd or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what wesay here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us theliving, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which theywho fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for usto be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- thatfrom these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause forwhich they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we herehighly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- thatthis nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and thatgovernment of the people, by the people, for the people, shall notperish from the earth."

    -- Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg address)

    "Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale.It cannot be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we arealone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that,knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it;knowing the truth, we have spoken it."

    -- Whitney Griswold

    "The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to beindifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity."

    -- George Bernard Shaw

    "We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of ourfriends."

    -- Martin Luther King Jr.

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hatecannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

    -- Martin Luther King Jr.

    "Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war."

    -- Martin Luther King Jr.

    "It was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills; a contest todetermine the true meaning of America."

    -- President Barack Obama in speech about on the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

    "... our ability to stand in other people's shoes; a recognition thatwe are all in this together, and when fortune turns against one of us,others are there to lend a helping hand."

    -- President Barack Obama

    "There is no such thing as being non-political. Just by making a decision tostay out of politics you are making the decision to allow others to shapepolitics and exert power over you."

    -- Joan Kirner at Women Into Power Conference, Adelaide, October 1994

    "Because women's liberation is a movement of the powerless for the powerless,its attraction is not immediately clear to the powerless, who feel they needalliance with the powerful to survive."

    -- Rosemary O'Grady (Lawyer and Book Reviewer)

    "The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman'slife, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must makefor herself. When a government controls that decision for her, she isbeing treated less than a fully adult human responsible for her ownchoices."

    -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    "It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifestsitself in the care taken by the servant--first to make sure that otherpeople's highest priority needs are being served."

    -- Robert Greenleaf, in his essay "The Servant as Leader"

    "War is not women's history."

    -- Virginia Woolf

    "I am not pro-this people or that. I am pro-justice, pro-freedom. I amanti-injustice, anti-oppression."

    -- Naim Ateek, brother of Desmond Tutu

    "It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separatesone person from another."

    -- Nelson Mandela
    "Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silenceencourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
    -- Elie Wiesel

    "The greatest glory in livinglies not in never falling,but in rising every time we fall."

    -- Nelson Mandela

    "The roots of effective leadership lie in simple things, one of which islistening. Listening to someone demonstrates respect; it shows that you valuetheir ideas and are willing to hear them."

    -- John Baldoni

    "The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated."

    -- Mark McCormack, Author and sports entrepreneur

    "Psychologists tell us that money is a satisfier, not a motivator...Recognition . That’s why we do what we do. .. Recognition is criticalto self-esteem. Without it, we feel undervalued, eveninsignificant. Money is nice, sure. But once you establish a basis ofmonetary rewards, without the accompanying verbal and socialaffirmation, the employee will quickly become disgruntled and ask formore. Eventually, more will never be enough."

    -- John Baldoni has created a series of radio commentaries called Life, Leadership, and Laughter.

    "Trainers use humor to point out negative behaviors in ways that teach ratherthan preach. Mediators tell us that the right joke, or the right moment oflevity, can reduce tensions to the point that two adversaries can sit down atthe table to consider the possibility of agreement. So why does humor work?Because it shatters preconceptions at the moment when people are forming newperceptions about their work, their spouse, or life itself. Laughter is arelease; it is a moment of sheer pleasure. And in our world of tension andturmoil, the belly laugh is a physical escape valve. Choosing the humor isanother matter. We live an era of the put-down, the snide aside, the searingretort. These comments do have their place, but all too often they make uslaugh at someone else's expense. Good humor, nourishing humor for example,enables us to laugh at ourselves for being human. It serves as a window intoour souls."

    -- John Baldoni

    "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging tous. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may beginto use it with love and respect."

    -- Aldo Leopold

    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace willflow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow theirown freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares willdrop off like autumn leaves."

    -- Teal, "The Wilderness World Of John Muir"

    "Mechanized recreation already has seized nine-tenths of the woods andmountains; a decent respect for minorities should dedicate the othertenth to wilderness."

    -- Aldo Leopold, "A Sand County Almanac"

    "The condition of man is already close to satiety and arrogance, and there isdanger of destruction of everything in existence."

    -- a Brahmin to Onesicritus, 327 BC, reported in Strabo's Geography (Jones trans.)

    "America does four things better than any other country in the world: rockmusic, movies, software and high-speed pizza delivery. All of these aresacred American art forms."

    -- Courtney Love (apparently quoting Neal Stephenson)

    "But the audience is right. They're always, always right. You hear directorscomplain that the advertising was lousy, the distribution is no good, thedate was wrong to open the film. I don't believe that. The audience is neverwrong. Never."

    -- William Friedkin, in a NYT interview

    "Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. Theygot that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to youtell them how idealistic you are."

    -- Charles J. Sykes' advice to teenagers

    "Get up very early and get going at once, in fact work first and washafterwards."- Auden"The whole world is put in motion by the wish for riches and dread ofpoverty."

    -- Johnson?

    "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes ofthinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe."

    -- Albert Einstein, reported in NYT, 1946

    "The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but thespeed of man's adjustment to it-- the speed of his acceptance."

    -- E. B. White, "Notes on Our Time," 1954

    "A subeditor can do no worse disservice to the text before him and thus tothe writer, the reader, and the newspaper, than to impose his or her ownpreferences for words, for the shape of sentences and how they link, for apedantic insistence on grammar in all cases as it used to be taught inschool; in the process destroying nuances and possibly even the flow of apiece."

    -- Michael McNay, The Guardian Style Guide

    "Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and mostAmerican of the many American excesses."

    -- George Will, Statecraft as Soulcraft

    "Neither the Smithsonian Institution or its successors, nor any museum orother agency, bureau or facilities administered for the United States ofAmerica by the Smithsonian Institution or its successors shall publish orpermit to be displayed a statement or label in connection with or in respectof any aircraft model or design of earlier date than the Wright Aeroplane of1903, claiming in effect that such aircraft was capable of carrying a manunder its own power in controlled flight."

    -- Clause in the agreement to allow the Smithsonian to display the Wrights' plane

    "The public should always be wondering how it is possible to give so muchfor the money."

    -- Henry Ford

    "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."

    -- Henry Ford

    "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."

    -- Henry Ford

    "The horse is flesh and blood on a noble scale."

    -- Jeff grieffen

    "You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There willalways be something that he fears more than you. But when hetrusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid."

    -- Antoine de Pluvinel

    "I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enoughfor the family, but small enough for the individual to run and carefor. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men tobe hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering candevise. But it will be low in price that no man making a good salarywill be unable to own one - and enjoy with his family the blessing ofhours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."

    -- Henry Ford

    "Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all."

    -- Winston Churchill

    "The economic depression that struck Europe in the fourteenth century wasfollowed ultimately by economic and technological recovery. But thedepression we have moved into will have no end. We can anticipate centuriesof decline and exhaustion."

    -- Jean Gimpel, The Medieval Machine, 1975

    "Who knows how many Silver Surfers, Demons, New Gods, Deathloks, AmbushBugs, Cables, Shatterstars, Ferals, Elektras, Mr. As, Ronins, Shrapnels,Terminuses, Alpha Flights, and many others aren't being created, becauseartists are being overshadowed by lazy writers?"

    -- Erik Larsen

    "I believe that man will not merely endure: hewill prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures hasan inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable ofcompassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, dutyis to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endureby lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hopeand pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been theglory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record ofman, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure andprevail."

    --William Faulkner

    "An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this liesthe great distinction between great men and little men."

    -- Thomas Fuller

    John Connor: We're not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean.
    The Terminator: It's in your nature to destroy yourselves.
    John Connor: Yeah. Major drag, huh?

    -- from the movie "Terminator 2"

    John Connor: "So this other guy: he's a Terminator like you, right?"
    The Terminator: "Not like me. A T-1000, advanced prototype."
    John Connor: "You mean more advanced than you are?"
    The Terminator: "Yes. A mimetic poly-alloy."
    John Connor: "What the hell does that mean?"
    The Terminator: "Liquid metal."

    -- from the movie "Terminator 2"
    "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have thecapability to make the worlds first bionic man. Steve Austin will bethat man. Better than he was before. Better, Stronger, Faster!"
    -- from the TV show "Six Million Dollar Man"
    "I have just come to a realization! This scroll by BrokenSword contains no secrets of his swordsmanship. What this reveals ishis highest ideal. In the first state, man and sword become one andeach other. Here, even a blade of grass can be used as a lethalweapon. In the next stage, the sword resides not in the hand, but inthe heart. Even without a weapon, the warrior can slay his enemy froma hundred paces. But the ultimate ideal is when the sword disappearsaltogether. The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill nolonger exists. Only peace remains."
    -- King of Qin from the movie "Hero"
    "Your Majesty, my task is completed now. My decision will cause thedeaths of many and Your Majesty will live on. A dead man begs you toremember; a warrior's ultimate act is to lay down his sword."
    -- Nameless from the movie "Hero"

    "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to makemoney. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then heis so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; theresult being that he does not live in the present or the future; helives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having neverreally lived."

    -- The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity

    "Once a year go someplace you haven't been before."

    -- The Dalai Lama

    "Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to becharged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad."

    -- James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, May 13, 1798

    "The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever fromthese shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europewith blood for centuries."

    -- James Madison

    "Perhaps the greatest lesson [Huxley] learned from reading Carlyle wasthat real religion, that emotive feeling for Truth and Beauty, couldflourish in the absence of an idolatrous theology."

    -- Adrian Desmond on Huxley

    ..it may be that there is no God, that "the existence of all that isbeautiful and in any sense good is but the accidental and ineffectivebyproduct of blindly swirling atoms," that we are alone in a worldthat cares nothing for us or for the values that we create and sustain- that we and they are here for a moment only, and gone, and thateventually there will be left no trace of us in the universe. "A manmay well believe that this dredful thing is true. But only the foolwill say in his heart that he is glad that it is true."

    -- Sterling M. McMurrin

    "Whenever a poet or preacher, chief or wizard spouts gibberish, thehuman race spends centuries deciphering the message."

    -- Umberto Eco

    "I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer anydifference between developing the habit of pretending to believe anddeveloping the habit of believing."

    -- Umberto Eco

    "Science is not the affirmation of a set of beliefs but a process ofinquiry aimed at building a testable body of knowledge constantly opento rejection or confirmation. In science, knowledge is fluid andcertainty fleeting. That is at the heart of its limitations. It isalso its greatest strength."

    -- Michael Shermer

    "I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt."

    -- Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)

    "African-Americans are almost invisible, especially in Renaissance art."

    -- Renee Cox

    "Last time I checked, there were no Americans at all in Renaissance art."

    -- Camille Paglia

    "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life,when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiasticabout."

    -- Albert Einstein

    "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must rememberalways that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends uponevidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one ofanother. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if wedig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are notdescended from fearful men not from men who feared to write, tospeak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment,unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methodsto keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage andour history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. Thereis no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities.As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. Weproclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, whereverit continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroadby deserting it at home."

    -- Edward R. Murrow

    "The silk hat, which has now become co-extensive with civilization, is anarticle of comparatively recent introduction."

    -- 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

    "Wit is educated insolence."

    -- Aristotle

    "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art ofleaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination ofnonessentials."

    -- Lin Yutang

    "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men ofzeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

    -- Justice Louis Brandeis

    "... fear breeds repression; that repression breedshate; that hate menaces stable government; that the path of safety liesin the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposedremedies; and that the fitting remedy for evil counsels is good ones."

    -- Justice Louis Brandeis

    "I am annoyed to find myself continually described by people whom I havenever set eyes on as bad-tempered."

    -- Evelyn Waugh, Diary (26 Dec 47)

    "Wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in NewYork and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. And radio operates exactly thesame way. The only difference is that there is no cat."

    -- Albert Einstein

    "It is not only the juror's right, but his duty to find the verdict accordingto his own best understanding, judgement and conscience, though in directopposition to the instruction of the court."

    -- John Adams

    "Modern invention has been a great leveller. A machine may operate far morequickly than a political or economic measure to abolish privilege and wipeout the distinctions of class or finance."

    -- Ivor Brown, The Heart of England

    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over publicrelations, for nature cannot be fooled."

    -- Richard Feynman, Appendix to the Rogers Commission Report on the Failure of the Space Shuttle Challenger

    "Nobody has got a vital enough sensibility to be unceasingly susceptible toaesthetic impressions all the time, even if he has the time or the health orthe money. This its exponents found. Their lives were all disappointing tothem because they could not maintain themselves in the ecstasy which in theirview was the only right condition in which man should live."

    -- David Cecil, on Romanticism, in his essay on Rossetti

    "Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally formachines to execute."

    -- Abelson & Sussman, SICP , preface to the first edition

    "That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium forthe expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."

    -- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture

    "Premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) inprogramming."

    -- Donald Knuth

    "The best way to communicate from one human being to another is through story."

    -- Donald Knuth

    "The ultimate test of whether I understand something is if I canexplain it to a computer. I can say something to you and you ll nodyour head, but I m not sure that I explained it well. But the computerdoesn t nod its head. It repeats back exactly what I tell it. In mostof life, you can bluff, but not with computers."

    -- Donald Knuth

    "One of the most important and fascinating of all computer languages is Lisp(standing for "List Processing"), which was invented by John McCarthy aroundthe time Algol was invented."

    -- Douglas Hofstadter, Godel, Escher, Bach

    "Lisp is a programmable programming language."

    -- John Foderaro, CACM, September 1991

    "One can even conjecture that Lisp owes its survival specifically to thefact that its programs are lists, which everyone, including me, has regardedas a disadvantage."

    -- John McCarthy, "Early History of Lisp"

    "Lisp isn't a language, it's a building material."

    -- Alan Kay

    "Lisp is worth learning for the profound enlightenment experience you willhave when you finally get it; that experience will make you a betterprogrammer for the rest of your days, even if you never actually use Lispitself a lot."

    -- Eric Raymond, "How to Become a Hacker"

    "Lisp has jokingly been called "the most intelligent way to misuse acomputer". I think that description is a great compliment because ittransmits the full flavor of liberation: it has assisted a number of our mostgifted fellow humans in thinking previously impossible thoughts."

    -- Edsger Dijkstra, CACM, 15:10

    "Lisp is a programmer amplifier."

    -- Martin Rodgers (first said by Chuck Moore about Forth)

    "Lisp ... made me aware that software could be close to executablemathematics."

    -- L. Peter Deutsch

    "Common Lisp is politics, not art."

    -- Scott Fahlman

    "Dealing with failure is easy: Work hard to improve. Success is also easy tohandle: You've solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve."

    -- Alan Perlis

    "Lisp was far more powerful and flexible than any other language of its day;in fact, it is still a better design than most languages of today,twenty-five years later. Lisp freed ITS's hackers to think in unusual andcreative ways. It was a major factor in their successes, and remains one ofhackerdom's favorite languages."

    -- Eric Raymond, in Open Sources on MIT's first OS, ITS

    "Lisp doesn't look any deader than usual to me."

    -- David Thornley

    "The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs init."

    -- Kernighan and Ritchie

    "If I had a nickel for every time I've written "for (i = 0; i < N; i++)" in CI'd be a millionaire."

    -- Mike Vanier

    "Language designers are not intellectuals. They're not as interested inthinking as you might hope. They just want to get a language done and startusing it."

    -- Dave Moon

    "The hard part of standing on an exponential curve is: when you lookbackwards it looks flat, and when you look forwards it looks verticaland it is very hard to calibrate how much you are moving because italways looks the same."

    -- Sam Altman

    "A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe,percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (ora camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, apeon, a canal - Panama!"

    -- Guy Steele Jr., CLTL2

    "The continuation that obeys only obvious stack semantics, O grasshopper, isnot the true continuation."

    -- Guy Steele Jr.

    "I'm just trying to matter."

    -- June Carter Cash

    "I'm just trying to matter and live a good life and make work thatmeans something to somebody."

    -- Reese Witherspoon (paraphrasing June Carter Cash)

    "The key to performance is elegance, not battalions of special cases."

    -- Jon Bentley and Doug McIlroy

    "Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predictthe future is to invent it."

    -- Alan Kay
    "What, me worry?"
    -- Alfred E. Neuman, on the cover of MAD Magazine

    "Worry is interest paid in advance on a debt that never comes due."

    -- anon

    "I object to doing things that computers can do."

    -- Olin Shivers

    "Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interestingto me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are thingswe know we know, We also know there are known unknowns; that is tosay we know there are some things we do not know. But there are alsounknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

    -- Donald Rumsfeld

    "The United States isn't going to do anythingThat it's not capable of doing.And if we do something,We'll be capable of doing it."

    -- Donald Rumsfeld

    "... the Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news,entertainment, education, and the fine arts; the Ministry of Peace,which concerned itself with war; the Ministry of Love, whichmaintained law and order; and the Ministry of Plenty, which wasresponsible for economic affairs."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the presentcontrols the past."

    -- (Party slogan) from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery
    Ignorance is Strength

    -- (Party slogan) from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Orthodoxy means not thinking -- not needing to think."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Winston watched [the proles] disgustedly. And yet, just for a moment,what almost frightening power had sounded in that cry from only a fewhundred throats! Why was it that they could never shout like that aboutanything that mattered? Until they become conscious they will neverrebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was notthat they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might beright. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Orthat the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangable? Ifboth the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if themind itself is controllable -- what then?"

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws donot change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported falltoward the Earth's center. With the feeling that he was speaking toO'Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, hewrote: Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. Ifthat is granted, all else follows."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against anexternal enemy but always against one's own body. ... And it is thesame, he perceived, in all seemingly heroic or tragic situations. On thebattlefield, in the torture chamber, on a sinking ship, the issues thatyou are fighting for are always forgotten, because the body swells upuntil it fills the universe, and even when you are not paralyzed byfright or screaming with pain, life is a moment-to-moment struggleagainst hunger or cold or sleeplessness, against a sour stomach or anaching tooth."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "When you make love you're using up energy; and afterwards you feel happyand don't give a damn for anything. They can't bear you to feel likethat. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All thismarching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gonesour. If you're happy inside yourself, why should you get excited aboutBig Brother and the Three-Year Plans and the Two Minutes Hate and allthe rest of their bloody rot?"

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The primary aim of modern warfare ... is to use up the products of themachine without raising the general standard of living."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middleis to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have anaim -- for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are toomuch crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittenly conscious ofanything outside their daily lives -- is to abolish all distinctions andcreate a society in which all men shall be equal."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, butthe persistance of a certain world-view and a certain way of life,imposed by the dead upon the living. A ruling group is a ruling group solong as it can nominate its successors."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "What opinions the masses hold, or do not hold, is looked upon as amatter of indifference. They can be granted intellectual liberty becasuethey have no intellect."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events,it is argued, have no objective existance, but survive only in writtenrecords and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and thememories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of allrecords, and in equally full control of the minds of its members, itfollows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs inone's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe thatreality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. Youalso believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. ... But Itell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in thehuman mind, and nowhere else."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The command of the old despotisims was 'Thou shalt not'. The command ofthe totalitarians was 'Thou shalt'. Our command is 'Thou art'."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "What happens to you here is forever. Understand that in advance. Weshall crush you down to the point from which there is no coming back.Things will happen to you from which you could not recover, if you liveda thousand years. Never again will you be capable of ordinary humanfeeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you becapable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, orcuriosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shallsqueeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "What can you do ... against the lunatic who is more intelligent thanyourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simplypersists in his lunacy?"

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "One does not establish a dictatorship to safeguard a revolution; onemakes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "You are imagining that there is something called human nature which willbe outraged by what we do and will turn against us. But we create humannature. Men are infinitely malleable."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Winston had disliked her from the very first moment of seeingher. He knew the reason. It was because of the atmosphere ofhockey-fields and cold baths and community hikes and generalclean-mindedness which she managed to carry about her. Hedisliked nearly all woman, and especially the young and prettyones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the party, theswallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out ofunorthodoxy."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The thought police would get him just the same. He hadcommitted-- would have committed, even if he had never set pento paper-- the essential crime that contained all others initself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not athing that could be concealed forever. You might dodgesuccessfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or laterthey were bound to get you."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your namewas removed from the registers, every record of everything youhad ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence wasdenied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated:vaporized was the usual word."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Parsons was Winston's fellow employee at the Ministry ofTruth. He was a fattish but active man of paralyzingstupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms-- one of thosecompletely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more eventhan on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst ofall was that by means of such organizations as the Spies theywere systematically turned into ungovernable little savages,and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebelagainst the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, theyadored the Party and everything connected with it? All theirferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of theState, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs,thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirtyto be frightened of their own children."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say thisor that even, it never happened-- that, surely, was moreterrifying than mere torture and death."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-- ifall records told the same tale-- then the lie passed intohistory and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran theParty slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the presentcontrols the past.'"

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "If you would know who controls you, see who you may not criticise."

    -― Tacitus

    "Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was broughtup to date. In this way every prediction made by the Partycould be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct;nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, whichconflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed toremain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped cleanand reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow therange of thought?... Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, thatby the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human beingwill be alive who could understand such a conversation as weare having now?... The whole climate of thought will bedifferent. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understandit now. Orthodoxy means not thinking-- not needing to think.Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander whenyou were in any public place or within range of a telescreen.The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, anunconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering toyourself-- anything that carried with it the suggestion ofabnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wearan improper expression on your face-- was itself a punishableoffense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime..."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. Atany moment the tension inside you was liable to translateitself into some visible symptom."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "If there was hope, it must lie in the proles, because onlythere, in those swarming disregarded masses, eighty-fivepercent of the population of Oceania, could the force todestroy the Party ever be generated."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and untilafter they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." -referring to the proles.

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "...to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even togo for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous.There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife..."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, hasalmost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for'Science.' The empirical method of thought, on which all thescientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposedto the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of thetenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught toexecrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and commonsense. Actually, the three philosophies are barelydistinguishable..."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Sanity is not statistical."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "It was curious to think that the sky was the same foreverybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And thepeople under the sky were also very much the same-- everywhere,all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions ofpeople just like this, people ignorant of one another'sexistence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yetalmost exactly the same-- people who had never learned to thinkbut were storing up in their hearts and bellies and musclesthe power that would one day overturn the world."

    -- from the book "1984" by George Orwell

    "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.Talent will not... nothing is more common than unsuccessful people will talent.Genius will not... unrewarded genius is almost legendary.Education will not... . the world is full of educated derelicts.Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

    -- Calvin Coolidge

    The Four Freedoms
    1. Freedom of speech
    2. Freedom of worship
    3. Freedom from want
    4. Freedom from fear

    -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Jan 6, 1941)

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundanceof those who much; it is whether we provide enough for those who havetoo little."

    -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    "...more than education, experience, or training,an individual's level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails."

    -- Harvard Business Review

    "The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gapbetween one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it wereinstinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefishspurting out ink."

    -- George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language"

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a manand a woman."

    -- Arnold Schwarzenegger
    "There s a plague of sameness that is killing human joy..."
    -- Zita Cobb

    The Seven Commandments of Animalism

    1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
    2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings is a friend.
    3. No animal shall wear clothes.
    4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
    5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
    6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
    7. All animals are equal.

    -- From the book Animal Farm by George Orwell

    "All animals are equal. But some are more equal than others".

    -- Replacement rule 7 for the seven commandments of animalism, Animal Farm by George Orwell

    Small and Warm


    She was small and warm.
    Her hands like cotton.
    Her face like rope.
    Her hair like a waterfall.
    Her smile like a stone.
    Her mind like the sky.
    Her life like a river.
    Her death like a fever of sorrow.
    Her memory small and warm.
    --Courtney Muyah of the Pima Apache

    I came to you late last night,to be with you while you slept.I lay my head on your pillow,while next to me you wept.A gentle smile kissed your lips,as I licked away a tear.Until your time to join me,I'll be waiting through the years.

    -- anon poem about loss of a dog

    Native American Prayer


    O Great Spirit, whose breath gives life to the world, and whose voice is heard in the soft breeze:
    We need your strength and wisdom.
    Cause us to walk in beauty.
    Give us eyes ever to behold the red and purple sunset.
    Make us wise so that we may understand what you have taught us.
    Help us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
    Make us always ready to come to you with clean hands and steady eyes, so when life fades, like the fading sunset, our spirits may
    come to you without shame.

    Apache Wedding Blessing


    Now you will feel no rain,
    for each of you is shelter to the other.
    Now you will feel no cold,
    for each of you is warmth to the other.
    Now there is no loneliness for you,
    for each of you is companion to the other.
    Now you are two bodies, but there is
    just one life before you.
    Go now to enter unto your dwelling place -
    to enter into your days together.
    And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

    Salish marriage blessing


    Now for you there is no rain, for one is shelter to the other.
    Now for you the sun shall not burn, for one is shelter to the other.
    Now for you nothing is hard or bad, for the hardness and badness is taken by one for the other.
    Now for you there is no night, for one is light to the other,
    Now for you the snow has ended always, for one is protection for the other.
    It is that way, from now on, from now on. And now there is comfort.
    Now there is no loneliness. Now forever, forever, there is no loneliness.

    The Way


    The way is long -- let us go together
    The way is difficult -- let us help each other
    The way is joyful -- let us share it
    The way is ours alone -- let us go in love
    The way grows before us -- let us begin
    -- unknown
    The Peace of Wild Things

    When despair for the world grows in me
    and I wake in the night at the least sound
    in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
    I go and lie down where the wood drake
    rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
    I come into the peace of wild things
    who do not tax their lives with forethought
    of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
    And I feel above me the day-blind stars
    waiting with their light. For a time
    I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

    -- Wendell Berry
    May we raise children
    who love the unloved
    things - the dandelion, the
    worms &amp spiderlings.
    Children who sense
    the rose needs the thorn

    &amp run into rainswept days
    the same way they
    turn towards sun...

    And when they're grown &amp
    someone has to speak for those
    who have no voice

    may they draw upon that
    wilder bond, those days of
    tending tender things

    and be the ones.

    -- Nicolette Sowder

    "Sometimes I can no longer think in the house or in the garden or inthe cleared fields. They bear too much resemblance to our failed humanhistory failed, because it has led to this human present that issuch a bitterness and a trial. And so I go to the woods. As I go inunder the trees, dependably, almost at once, and by nothing I do,things fall into place. I enter an order that does not exist outside,in the human spaces. I feel my life take its place among the livesthe trees, the annual plants, the animals and birds, the living of allthese and the dead that go and have gone to make the life of theearth. I am less important than I thought, the human race is lessimportant than I thought. I rejoice in that."

    -- Wendell Berry

    May all beings have happiness and its causes
    May they never have suffering nor its causes
    May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorry
    May they dwell in equal love for near and far.

    -- Payer from Mayanana teachings

    The "New Colossus"

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    Which conquering limbs astride from land to land,
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin-cities frame.

    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she,
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore;
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    -- Emma Lazarus Nov 2, 1883 From the plague on the Statue of Liberty

    I am a raindrop... and I fell, crystallized. One gray
    winter morning in the yesterday of your life... it was cold... so
    very cold... but the year was new and you had plans... and dreams
    of warm places... you drew their pictures in the frost... and I
    froze them into your memory... it was January... such a long time ago.

    ... and I glistened at the tip of an icicle as you climbed
    the hill with your sled... and when you raced down the long
    icy path, I stung your nose with tiny needles of snow... and dripped
    from your overshoes when you stood in the door that evening...
    it was Februrary, and you were cold and tired... and hungry.

    ... and you looked through me one afternoon
    as I ran slowly down your windowpane. The winds
    were high and your newspaper kite was ready...
    but the sun was gone and I was there... making you
    wait 'til tomorrow... it was March, and you were impatient.

    ... and I followed the two of you into the woods one
    gray-green day... but when I touched her face, you ran
    to hide from me... I watched from a leaf as you
    kissed her... gently... and she kissed you back... it was april...
    and you were in love... for the first time.

    ... and I mixed with your tears as you said goodbye to
    your father... and when the prayer had been said... and his
    song had been sung... I tried to tell you that crying is
    good... for how can one know happiness until one has felt
    sorrow... it was May... and the flowers were coming up again.

    ... and I was dew, sparkling in the grass as the sun
    came up one summer morning... and you had a day to
    remember... it was June and everything was right with
    your world... and the child you'd just brought into it...

    ... and I stayed away in a cloud one night and
    let you lay on your back and look up at the stars... it was
    July, the air was clear and you realized, at last, what a
    joyous thing it is... to be alive.

    I am only a raindrop... but I created the snow on
    the mountain you climbed... I made the rainbow you saw...
    I started the rivers you crossed and I filled the oceans
    you sailed... it was August and you and I were somewhere...
    doing our thing.

    ... and I ran as a brook in a meadow as
    you walked beside me one sunny, golden day... I listened
    as you told your son about the mysteries of nature, and
    the realities of life... it was September... and the stream
    of time had begun to flow a little faster...

    ... and as I danced with the leaves through
    their last, mad whirl... you gathered together... family and
    friends... to honor your son... and his bride... it was a
    time for festival... and a farwell toast to the brilliance of autumn.
    It was October, and the winter would soon be here.

    ... and when my sisters clung to the thin bare branches
    of the trees outside your window... you sat by the fire and looked at
    the fading pictures... and the tiny scraps of life that had been
    saved for such a day... it was November...
    and the days were getting shorter...

    I am a raindrop... and I fell slowly one night...
    changing to snow... covering the earth with a soft white blanket...
    and as you watched the lights twinkling in the evergreen
    boughs, I heard your heart say you were happy... because you
    knew that if one light should fail, the others
    would still burn bright...
    it was December... and you were sleepy...

    -- from the "Fresh Aire" album cover

    "December's wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting thepane, obscuring summer's memory..."

    -- John Geddes

    Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
    You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
    Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
    Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

    Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
    You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
    And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

    So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
    Racing around to come up behind you again.
    The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

    Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
    Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone, the song is over,
    Thought I'd something more to say.

    -- Pink Floyd

    She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
    And all that's best of dark and bright
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
    Thus mellow'd to that tender light
    Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

    One shade the more, one ray the less,
    Had half impaired the nameless grace
    Which waves in every raven tress,
    Or softly lightens o'er her face;
    Where thoughts serenely sweet express
    How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

    And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
    So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
    The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
    But tell of days in goodness spent,
    A mind at peace with all below,
    A heart whose love is innocent!

    -- Lord Byron

    Invictus

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

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    -- William Ernest Henley

    ... Come, my friends,
    'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
    Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
    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.

    -- Final lines from the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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