|Technology & Science & Computers
"A game is a series of interesting choices."
-- Sid Meier
"No one ever said on their deathbed,
'Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer.'"
-- Danielle Bunten Berry
"The only legitimate use of a computer is to play games."
-- Eugene Jarvis
"Technology has met its promise of reducing our work
load. It does this primarily by preventing us from
doing any work at all."
"Of course, there's more to science than hurting
animals, but frankly it's the part I like best."
"We will encourage you to develop the three great
virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience,
-- Larry Wall, Programming Perl, page xiv
"All parts should go together without forcing.
You must remember that the parts you are
reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore,
if you can't get them together again, there must
be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer."
-- IBM maintenance manual, 1925.
"It would appear that we have reached the
limits of what it is possible to achieve
with computer technology, although one
should be careful with such statements,
as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5
-- John Von Neumann (ca. 1949)
"You should never say bad things about the dead,
you should only say good ... Joan Crawford is dead.
"[Lillian Gish] ought to know about close-ups!
Jesus, she was around when they invented them!"
-- Bette Davis
"Look, Dave, I can see you're really upset about this.
I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a
stress pill, and think things over."
-- HAL to David Bowman, 2001: A Space Odyssey
"Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the
-- President Merkin Muffley, Dr. Strangelove
"So, Lone Star, now you will see that evil
will always triumph because good is dumb."
-- Dark Helmet, Spaceballs
Penny Priddy: Buckaroo, you forgot your thruster.
Buckaroo Banzai: Why don't you hold onto it for a while?
Penny Priddy: Any time.
-- Buckaroo Banzai
"The major difference between a thing that
might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly
go wrong is that when a thing that cannot
possibly go wrong goes wrong, it usually
turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."
-- Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
1952 - 2001 R.I.P.
"I've come up with a set of rules that
describe our reactions to technologies.
Anything that is in the world when you're
born is normal and ordinary and is just part
of the way the world works. Anything that's
invented between when you're fifteen and thirty five
is new and exciting and revolutionary and you
can probably get a career in it. Anything invented
after you're thirty-five is against the
natural order of things."
-- attributed to Douglas Adams
"I have given pleasure to the world because I have
such a beautiful ass!"
-- The Cat, Red Dwarf, Season V: The Inquisitor
"The sea was angry that day, my friends. Like an old
man trying to send back soup in a deli."
-- George Louis Costanza, Seinfeld
Alice came to a fork in the road.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
-- Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland
"Think about how dumb the average American is.
Now realize that half of all Americans are
dumber than that."
-- Jeff Foxworthy (paraphrased)
Yes, I know the difference between
the average and the median -- this
is comedy, not statistics.
"Unlike reality, fiction has to make sense."
-- Tom Clancy
"The three differences between American and
1) 'We speak English and you don't.'
2) 'When we hold a World Championship for a particular sport,
we invite teams from other countries to play, as well.'
3) 'When you meet the head of state in Great Britain, you
only have to go down on one knee.'"
-- John Cleese
"We were doing drugs in the dressing room when suddenly the tour
manager stuck his head round the door and said: 'The Police are here'.
We all panicked and threw our drugs down the toilet. And then Sting,
Andy Summers and Stuart Copeland walked in."
-- Ronny Wood, Rolling Stones
"These CEOs, man ... If you're that ruthless,
you're a scary dude. I tell you, now when I walk
past a little gang banger, I don't even blink.
But if I see a white dude with a Wall Street Journal,
I haul ass. Before I walk past the Arthur Andersen
building, I cut through the projects.
If you cut through the projects,
you may just lose what you have on you that day.
I ain't never been mugged of my whole future."
-- Wanda Sykes
"Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost
five thousand dollars. Because if a bullet would cost five thousand
dollars, there would be no innocent bystanders."
-- Chris Rock
"I'm not looking for anything.
I think all men are dogs, I honestly do.
Every man starts barking sooner or later."
-- Octavia St. Laurent (Paris is Burning)
"What do you mean he's unstoppable?
You are superior to him in every way that counts.
You are better trained, better equipped,
you outnumber him at least 20 to 1.
Do. Your. Job."
-- Nicole Horn, Max Payne
"The [San Francisco] Bay Area is the cradle of the computer and
software industry, which continues to create jobs for our children.
The iPod was not developed by Baptists in Waco.
There may be a reason for this. Creative people thrive in a climate
of openness and tolerance, since some great ideas start out
sounding ridiculous. Creativity is a key to economic progress.
Authoritarianism is stifling. I don't believe that
Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard were gay, but what's important is:
In San Francisco, it doesn't matter so much.
When the cultural Sturmbannfuhrers try to marshal everyone into
straight lines, it has consequences for the
economic future of this country."
-- Garrison Keillor
"It takes a fearless, unflinching love and deep humility
to accept the universe as it is. The most effective way
he knew to accomplish that, the most powerful tool at
his disposal, was the scientific method, which over time
winnows out deception. It can't give you absolute truth
because science is a permanent evolution, always subject to
revision, but it can give you successive approximations of
-- Ann Druyan, on her late husband, Carl Sagan
and be nothing,
and you'll never be criticized."
-- Elbert Hubbard, John North Willys
"I have said that President Lincoln was a white man, and shared the
prejudices common to his countrymen towards the colored race. Looking
back to his times and to the condition of his country, we are compelled
to admit that this unfriendly feeling on his part may be safely set down
as one element of his wonderful success in organizing the loyal
American people for the tremendous conflict before them, and bringing
them safely through that conflict. His great mission was to accomplish
two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and,
second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery. To do one
or the other, or both, he must have the earnest sympathy and the
powerful cooperation of his loyal fellow-countrymen. Without this
primary and essential condition to success his efforts must have been
vain and utterly fruitless. Had he put the abolition of slavery before
the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a
powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to
rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr.
Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by
the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to
consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined."
-- Frederick Douglass, reformer and statesman (1818-1895)
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or
low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not,
in fact, just surrounded by assholes."
-- William Gibson
"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad.
People are either charming or tedious."
-- Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)
"It is not what the man of science belives that distinguishes him,
but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not
dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition."
-- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
The History of Western Philosophy (1945, page 527)
"The whole problem with the world is that fools
and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
and wiser people so full of doubts."
"A religious creed differs from a scientific theory
in claiming to embody eternal and absolutely certain truth,
whereas science is always tentative, expecting that
modification in its present theories will sooner or later
be found necessary, and aware that its method is one which is
logically incapable of arriving at a complete and final demonstration."
"The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions
are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically,
they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence
may at any moment lead to their abandonment."
-- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow
blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his
opinions courageously and honestly."
-- Albert Einstein, in a letter defending
the appointment of Bertrand Russell
to a teaching position (19 March 1940)
"Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood
-- we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same
direction as we."
-- Jean Rostand, Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939)
"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge."
-- Charles Darwin (1871). "The Descent of Man" Intro, p4
"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and
eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values
and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly
and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false,
and the false with the true."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
"If a bullet should enter my brain,
let that bullet destroy every closet door."
-- Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician
elected to office in the United States. He
was shot in the head at point-blank range
by supervisor Dan White on Nov 27, 1978.
San Francisco Mayor George Moscone was also
murdered by Dan White on the same day.
"Government is the Entertainment Division of the
"[the drug] Speed: It will turn you into your parents."
-- Frank Zappa
"The law, in its majestic equality,
forbids the rich as well as the poor
to sleep under bridges,
to beg in the streets,
and to steal bread."
-- Anatole France, The Red Lily, 1894, chapter 7
"Only when the last tree is cut,
only when the last river is polluted,
only when the last fish is caught,
will they realise that you can't eat money."
-- Native American [Cree] proverb
"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."
-- Voltaire (1694-1778)
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something
when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
-- Upton Sinclair
"If you identify the country, the people, the culture with the rulers,
accept the totalitarian doctrine, then yeah, it's anti-Semitic to
criticize the Israeli policy, and anti-American to criticize the
American policy, and it was anti-Soviet when the dissidents criticized
Russian policy. You have to accept deeply totalitarian assumptions not
to laugh at this. If an Italian criticized Berlusconi and he was called
anti-Italian, the people would crack up with laughter, because there's
some kind of democratic culture. The fact we don't crack up with ridicule,
that notion is anti-American or anti-Israel or anti-Semitic, it tells
us something about ourselves."
-- Noam Chomsky, 10/21/04
"Art lives where absolute freedom is, because where it is not,
there can be no creativity. Art, in other words, is a
technique for acquiring liberty. Its effect is a deepening of
the personal dimension of the soul. All vague notions,
intolerence and ego must fall away until you are functioning
from the 'root' where one sees clearly, observing without
judging or comparing to what one has seen or known before.
When the mind is tethered to a center, naturally it is not
free. It can move only within the limits of that center.
When there is no center and no circumference,...
then there is truth."
-- Bruce Lee, 1971
"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs
and explosives and fallout. There are weapons that are
simply thoughts, attitudes, and prejudices, to be found
only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can
kill, and suspicion can destroy. And a thoughtless,
frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own."
-- Rod Serling, "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"
The Twilight Zone
"Enough for me the mystery of the eternity of life,
and the inkling of the marvelous structure of reality,
together with the single-hearted endeavour to comprehend
a portion, be it never so tiny, of the reason that
manifests itself in nature."
-- Albert Einstein
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and
human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
-- Albert Einstein
"If one advances confidently in the direction
of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life
which he has imagined, he will meet with a
success unexpected in common hours."
-- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
"Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the
most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
Still less can he afford to take all the consequences,
including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self
control. Yield larger things to which you can show no
more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though
clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be
bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing
the dog would not cure the bite."
-- Abraham Lincoln, Letter, 26 Oct. 1863.
"Those who would give up essential Liberty,
to purchase a little temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 11 Nov. 1755.
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-- Philip K. Dick
"There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the
notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the
public for a number of years, the government and courts are charged
with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the
face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This
strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law."
-- Robert A. Heinlein
"On two subjects the overwhelming majority of people regarded their own
opinions as Absolute Truth, and sincerely believed that anyone who
disagreed with them was immoral, outrageous, sinful, sacrilegious,
offensive, intolerable, stupid, illogical, treasonable, actionable,
against the public interest, ridiculous, and obscene. The two subjects
were (of course) sex and religion."
-- Robert A. Heinlein
"Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster,
and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you."
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (version 1)
"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes
also into you."
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (version 2)
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it
from religious conviction."
-- Blaise Pascal
"The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world
we all considered by the people as equally true;
by the philosopher as equally false;
and by the magistrate as equally useful."
-- Edward Gibbon,
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Vol I, Ch II (published 1776)
"When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent."
-- Isaac Asimov
"Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change."
"Better a diamond with a flaw than a perfect pebble without."
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
-- Lao Tzu
"My own mind is my church."
-- Tom Paine
"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for
protection to his own. It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this
combination than by deserving them, and to effect this, they have perverted
the purest religion ever preached to man into mystery and jargon,
unintelligible to all mankind, and therefore the safer engine
for their purposes."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Horatio G. Spafford
March 17, 1814
"Clothes make the man.
Naked people have little or no influence on society."
-- Mark Twain, More Maxims of Mark (1927)
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous,
he will not bite you. This is the principal difference
between a dog and a man."
-- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
"Talent hits a target no one else can hit;
Genius hits a target no one else can see."
"Money is human happiness in the abstract;
he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying
human happiness in the concrete devotes
himself utterly to money."
"They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice...
that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there
is nothing in the world to which every man has a more
unassailable title than to his own life and person."
"Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right".
"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed."
"Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability."
"Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal."
"Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
"According to the best currently available information,
the production of petroleum and natural gas on a world
scale will probably pass its climax within the order of
a half a century , while for both the United States
and for Texas, the peaks of production may be expected
to occur within the next 10 or 15 years."
-- King M. Hubbert, Wednesday, March 7, 1956
The peak oil production of the USA was in 1970
"People think that epilepsy is divine simply because
they don't have any idea what causes epilepsy.
But I believe that someday we will understand what
causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease
to believe that it's divine.
And so it is with everything in the universe."
"One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the
world is continuing elimination of the supernatural."
-- James D. Watson, Nobel laureate, co-discoverer
of the molecular structure of DNA
"Although it is said that faith can move mountains,
experience shows that dynamite works better."
"The church says the earth is flat, but I know
that it is round, for I have seen the shadow
on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow
than in the church."
-- Ferdinand Magellan
"Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as
an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain
number of times, and a very small number really. How many more
times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood,
an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot
conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more?
Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full
moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless..."
-- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
"Wisdom only comes with age if you pay attention."
"Great wealth and mental illness mix poorly and often."
"If you do not begin, you cannot even begin to fail."
-- Eric van Bezooijen :)
"He who controls the present,
controls the past.
He who controls the past,
controls the future."
"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of
solidity to pure wind."
-- George Orwell
"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world,
is either a madman or an economist."
-- Kenneth Boulding, Economics professor
"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do.
When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods,
you will understand why I dismiss yours."
-- Stephen F. Roberts (IMHO replacing the word "atheist" with
"unbeliever" makes more sense but the quote works well either
"I've had people say to me, look at the sky, the fields, the ocean,
the beautiful sunset. Isn't that proof positive of God? I reply,
'Following that line of thought, look at the magnificent rainbows
after a big rainstorm. Isn't that proof positive that God is gay?'"
-- Ray Romano (1927-2002), in a letter to Positive Atheism
(October 27, 1998)
"The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the
palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind."
"Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time."
"Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt."
-- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point
than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one."
-- George Bernard Shaw
"The foolish reject what they see and not what they think;
the wise reject what they think and not what they see."
-- Huang Po
"Well-makers lead the water (wherever they like) ;
fletchers bend the arrow ;
carpenters bend a log of wood ;
wise people fashion themselves."
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your
religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of
your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have
been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis,
when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive
to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
-- Siddhartha Gautama Buddha : Indian mystic,
founder of Buddhism (563 - 483 BC)
"Not knowing is much more interesting than believing
an answer which might be wrong."
-- Richard Feynman
"Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable."
-- John Kenneth Galbraith
"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament."
-- Florynce Kennedy (February 11, 1916 - December 22, 2000)
"'It cannot happen here' is always wrong. A dictatorship can happen anywhere."
-- Karl Popper
"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.
If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant,
if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the
onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed,
and tolerance with them."
-- Karl Popper (28 July 1902 - 17 September 1994)
The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945)
"Freedom of speech doesn't protect speech that you like,
freedom of speech protects speech that you hate."
-- Ron Jeremy
"It is enough that the people know there
was an election. The people who cast the
votes decide nothing. The people who
count the votes decide everything."
"Death solves all problems;
No man, no problem."
"History has shown that there are no
"In the Soviet Army, it takes more courage
to retreat than advance."
-- attributed to Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of
government. It can only exist until the voters
discover that they can vote themselves money from the
public treasure. From that moment on the majority
always votes for the candidates promising the most
money from the public treasury, with the result that a
democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy
followed by a dictatorship."
-- Alexander Tyler
(note: this quote is very likely fictitious)
"Americans can always be counted on to do the
right thing ... after they have exhausted all
-- Winston Churchill
"I was against gay marriage until I found out
I didn't have to have one."
"Back in 2000, a Republican friend of mine
warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and
he won, the stock market would tank, we'd
lose millions of jobs, and our military
would be totally overstretched. You know what?
I did vote for Al Gore, he did win, and I'll
be damned if all those things didn't come true."
-- James Carville
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president,
or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken
about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell
the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one
-- Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to
stand by the President or any other public official save exactly
to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is
patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the
country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent
that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to
stand by the country."
-- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, 1899?
"Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor
slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that
he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece.
Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia
nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany.
That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the
country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter
to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist
dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship ...
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding
of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they
are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism
and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
-- Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946
"A gaffe in Washington is when you say something that's true,
but nobody thinks you should have said it."
-- Howard Dean, 2004?
"Honesty may not be the best policy, but it is worth trying
once in a while."
-- Richard Nixon, in a meeting, 1970
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes
a revolutionary act."
-- George Orwell
"Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate
among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford
among its citizens."
-- W. H. Beveridge, 1944
"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid.
I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I
believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle
that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."
-- John Stuart Mill, 1866
"Peace, prosperity and a President smarter than his dog -
already [the Clinton years] seem a golden age by comparison."
-- Arkansas Times
"However, on religious issues there can be little or no compromise.
There is no position on which people are so immovable as their
religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim
in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one
calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use
of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The
religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not
using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to
force government leaders into following their position 100 percent.
If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular
moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of
money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political
preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I
want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.'
Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume
to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am
even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of
every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to
control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning
them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try
to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name
"The conservative movement is successful despite the 'crackpots
and nuts' on the religious right. I know them all. I've said
Jerry Falwell should be kicked in the ass, and I meant it. He
has a big one. You can't miss it."
-- Sen. Barry Goldwater (R)
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security,
unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs,
you would not hear of that party again in our political history.
There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can
do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know
his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an
occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their
number is negligible and they are stupid."
-- President Dwight Eisenhower, 8 November 1954
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms
is not spending money alone. It is spending the
sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists,
the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all
in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war,
it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
-- President Dwight Eisenhower, 16 April 1953
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
-- Susan B. Anthony, 1896
"You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when
it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."
-- Anne Lamott
"The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and
362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean
that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they
need more supervision."
-- Lynne Lavner
"Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says
government can make you richer, smarter, taller and get the chickweed
out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government
doesn't work, and they get elected and prove it."
"The Democrats said, 'We don't know what's wrong with America,
but we can fix it.' The Republicans said, 'There's nothing wrong
with America, and we can fix that.'"
-- P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores
"The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally
brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into
an orgiastic frenzy - then go back to the office & sell every one of the
poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece. Probably the rarest
form of life in American politics is the man who can turn on a crowd
& still keep his head straight - assuming it was straight in the
-- Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
"If [President Barack] Obama walked on water, he'd [John Bolton] would say he
-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read 'President Can't Swim'"
-- Lyndon B. Johnson
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
-- Epicurus 341 BC - 270 BC
"Yes, I do have proof that God does not exist.
It is perfect and irrefutable.
I'm not going to show it to you however.
You cannot see it or detect it in any way.
You cannot deduce it from the laws of logic either.
You might claim that I do in fact have no such proof.
But you have no proof that I don't.
-- Rune Friborg, April 13, 2013 on www.reddit.com
"By definition, science does not attempt to explain the world by invoking
the supernatural. Invoking the supernatural can explain anything,
and hence explains nothing."
-- Professor Gregory A. Clark, February 10, 2009
"At this season of the winter solstice may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that
hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
-- Sign displayed by an atheist group in the
state capitol rotunda in Springfield, IL.
It was quickly vandalized.
"Religion is an insult to human dignity.
Without it you would have
good people doing good things and
evil people doing evil things.
But for good people to do evil things,
that takes religion."
-- Steven Weinberg
Nobel laureate, Physics
1999 dialog with Sir John Polkingorne
"If you gave [Jerry] Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox."
-- Christopher Hitchens
"If you have a faith, it is statistically overwhelmingly likely that it is
the same faith as your parents and grandparents had. No doubt soaring
cathedrals, stirring music, moving stories and parables, help a bit.
But by far the most important variable determining your religion is the
accident of birth. The convictions that you so passionately believe would
have been a completely different and largely contradictory set of
convictions, if only you had happened to be born in a different place.
Epidemiology, not evidence."
-- Richard Dawkins
"a God who could make good children as easily a bad,
yet preferred to make bad ones;
who could have made every one of them happy,
yet never made a single happy one;
who made them prize their bitter life,
yet stingily cut it short;
who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned,
yet required his other children to earn it;
who gave his angels painless lives,
yet cursed his other children with
biting miseries and maladies of mind and body;
who mouths justice, and invented hell--
mouths mercy, and invented hell--
mouths Golden Rules and foregiveness multiplied by seventy times seven,
and invented hell;
who mouths morals to other people, and has none himself;
who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all;
who created man without invitation,
then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man,
instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself;
and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness,
invites his poor abused slave to worship him!"
-- Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger
"If something cannot go on forever, it will stop."
-- Herb Stein, 1980s
"PROCRASTINATION: Hard work often pays off after time,
but laziness always pays off now."
"When a fool is silent, he too is counted among the wise."
-- Yiddish proverb
"Such as thou art, so once was I.
As I am now, so shalt thou be."
-- Epitath for the eldest son of King Edward III.
He died on June 8, 1376, aged 46. Buried in
"Here lies the body of Daniel Gray,
he died maintaining his right-of-way.
He was perfectly right as he sped along,
but he is just as dead as if he'd been wrong."
-- Proposed epitath found on the internet
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter
saying that I approved of it."
-- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)