Quotes

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

— Isaac Asimov, Foundation

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

— Isaac Asimov, Foundation

We are going to have to act…if we want to live in a different world.

— Frank Klepacki, Act on Instinct

If you aren’t paying for a product, YOU are the product.

— Unknown, The Internets

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”

— A.A. Milne

In the concert of life, no one gets a program.

— Dutch proverb

He who learns must suffer.

— Aeschylus

Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me.

— Matthew 25:40

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

— Lao Tse

On a mile of highway, you can drive a mile. On a mile of railway, you can travel a mile. With a mile of runway, you have the whole world.

— Ed Bolen

The legs feed the wolf.

— Herb Brooks

Those who take the helm must first serve at the oar.

— Lucius Sulla

No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full.

— Lucius Sulla

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.

— Thomas Jefferson

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

— Abraham Lincoln

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.

— Ambrose Bierce

Nobody knows, understands or can possibly explain why that preposterous creature does what he does. In fact there is no explanation – or better there is only one explanation: the person in question is stupid.

— Carlo M. Cipolla

Françios: I have made a terrible mistake.
Dreyfus: Who did you assign to the case?
Françios: Clouseau.
Dreyfus: Oh my God.

— Blake Edwards, The Pink Panther

Dreyfus: Someone… I was hit on the head…
Clouseau: Yes, you have raceeved a beump upon the head.
Dreyfus: Bimp?
Clouseau: What?
Dreyfus: You said beump!
Clouseau: Yes, I know that. It is a large beump. You could receive the concussion from such a beump.

— Blake Edwards, The Pink Panther

Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.

— Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

There is always time for another last minute.

— Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

“…Thank you”
“Get off my lawn.”

— Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

History is the Autobiography of a mad man.

— Alexander Herzen

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

— Italian proverb

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

— Arthur C. Clarke

The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. for the clock may soon be still.

— Robert H. Smith

War is when the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other.

— Niko Bellic, GTA IV

Even if the world becomes your enemy… I’ll be your knight, I’ll protect you.

— Squall, FF VIII

Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain or live and fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands!

— Auron, FF X

Will we have air support?
Are you kidding? You ARE the support, Son!

— Hoffman, Gears of War

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

— Albert Einstein

I love the dts! My neighbors do not 😛

— Unknown, The Internets

FPV is something you do, not something you buy.

— A. Greve

Well, $150 isn’t that much, come on – it’s the price of a hamburger!

— Bob Heine

Truly superior pilots are those who use their superior judgment to avoid those situations where they might have to use their superior skills.

— Unknown

You know the difference between a duck and a co-pilot? Well, a duck can fly.

— Huston Leach, Alaska Airlines Flight 60

Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.

— Commissioner Pravin La, U.N. Declaration of Rights

I choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

— Bill Gates

Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner.

— Warren Buffett

Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

— Mulla Nasrudin

Europeans think 100 miles is a long distance, Americans think 100 years is a long time.

— Unknown, The Internets

This mortal form has grown weak, I REQUIRE SUSTENANCE!

— Thor

Give me ten men like Clouseau… and I could destroy the world.

— Dreyfus, The Pink Panther

Whenever the tissue of life is woven of legalistic relationships, this creates an atmosphere of spiritual mediocrity that paralyzes a person’s noblest impulses.

— Solshenitsyn

You are a doctor who is barely awake, taking care of a patient who’s barely asleep.

— Unknown, The Internets

Pathologists have never seen the sky, let alone a starry one. It’s only been described to them as what Burkitt’s Lymphoma looks like.

— Rehan Ahmad

Proper pimping inculcates the intern with a profound and abiding respect for his attending physician while ridding the intern of needless self esteem.

— Frederick L. Brancati, MD

If it is not done by us, it is done for us. And if it is not done for us, it is done to us.

— Dr. Gold

If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.

— General Eric Shinseki

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

— George R. R. Martin

The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.

— Frank Herbert, Dune

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

— Frank Herbert, Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

Already we are preparing our maskirovka, our trickery.

— Tom Clancy, Red Storm Rising

Little by little, one travels far.

— J. R. R. Tolkien

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny …’

— Isaac Asimov

Fear is a scavenger who feeds on the future; on what may be and what is possible, extending down the line of our lives.

— John Scalzi

Courage is being the only one who knows how terrified you are.

— Tom Clancy, Red Rabbit

One of the serious problems in planning the fight against American doctrine, is that the Americans do not read their manuals, nor do they feel any obligation to follow their doctrine…

— From a Soviet Junior Lt’s Notebook

It’s not our abilities who show who we really are, it’s our choices.

— Albus Dumbledore

There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away.

— Emily Dickinson

If your confidence were never shaken, you would be overconfident.

— Agoldin

It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.

— Myamoto Musashi

You can’t fix behavior with technology.

— jjeff1, The Internets

To Err is Human. To really screw things up, you need a Computer

— kbrickley, The Internets

The funny thing about television is that a couple million people can all be laughing at the same joke, but still feel lonely.

— T.S.Eliot

A compromise amongst idiots is still an act of stupidity.

— Motoman

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

— Epicurus

I will not just live my life. I will not just spend my life. I will invest my life.

— Helen Keller

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.

— Job 1:21

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

— Red Adair

He who reads, lives a thousand lives.

— George R.R. Martin

Would you like 1 bedroom…………or two?

— Oblivious landlord

The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other.

— Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’

— Isaac Asimov

To perform good Groundloops, the best preparation is no preparation.

— Unknown, The Internets

A central premise of CBT:

1) is this thought true?
2) if it is true, is it useful?

— Unknown, The Internets

It is better to travel well than to arrive.

— Buddha

The last person who should be President is the one who wants it the most. The one who should be picked is the one who must be dragged kicking and screaming into the White House.

— Bill Hicks

Every time i wake up, i get out of bed doing a hand stand, just so i can familiarize myself with what this upsidedown world has in store for the day.

— Talia Rose

Hope clouds observation.

— Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Dune

There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government.

— Muad’dib on Law, The Stilgar Commentary, Dune Messiah

The first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.

— Frank Herbert, Dune

The mind can go either direction under stress- toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.

— Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

Integrity: The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity… There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

— Nishan Panwar

My airplane. True freedom plus never-ending rollercoaster rides.

— jon1746, The Internets

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

— Edward Standley

Stupid isn’t a lack of intelligence; stupid is having intelligence and doing nothing with it.

— Unknown, The Internets

The practice of medicine will be very much as you make it – to one a worry, a care, a perpetual annoyance; to another, a daily job and a life of as much happiness and usefulness as can well fall to the lot of man, because it is a life of self-sacrifice and of countless opportunities to comfort and help the weak-hearted, and to raise up those that fall.

— Sir William Osler

We cannot measure Divine Providence by the yardstick of human mentality.

— Dr. A.J. Cronin

There’s a fine line to chasing your dreams and being a bum, but along the way it’s always an adventure. Life is what you make it.

— Lindsey Stirling

Change always scares people into sheepeople.

— thisfriendo, The Internets

Here’s a quick rule of thumb: Don’t annoy science fiction writers. These are people who destroy entire planets before lunch. Think of what they’ll do to you.

— John Scalzi

Irony is always the best weapon against fascism.

— Scott Westerfeld

Emperors are vain and useless things.

— Scott Westerfeld, Goliath

One man sees a riselka: his life forks there.
Two men see a riselka: one of them shall die.
Three men see a riselka: one is blessed, one forks, one shall die.

— Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana

We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try.

— Tom Clancy

Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if “X” happened? That’s how you start.

— Tom Clancy

I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.

— Tom Clancy

Due tomorrow? DO tomorrow.

— Unknown, The Internets

He’s honest. He’ll try to do the right thing, for the right reasons…He’s a good man in a storm.

— Tom Clancy, Executive Orders

Imitation is limitation in disguise.

— Brian Vanderark

You know you’re a pilot when you check to see if the fan is carbureted before turning it on, then yell “clear.”

— Unknown, The Internets

You are what you love, not what loves you.

— Nicholas Cage, Adaptation

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.

— Mark Twain

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

— George Bernard Shaw

Do not trouble yourself for your brethren, for we have already provided lands for them, which they shall possess forever.

— Gaius Marius, Plutarch’s Lives of Illustrious Men

The roots of violence:

Wealth without Work
Pleasure without Conscience
Knowledge without Character
Commerce without Morality
Science without Humanity
Worship without Sacrifice
Politics without Principle

— Mahatma Gandhi

The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.

— Carl Sagan

I’m not afraid of flying. I’m afraid of not flying.

— Unknown, The Internets

To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.

— Anon

Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and long to return.

— Da Vinci

In thrust I trust.

— Unknown, The Internets

Your attitude determines your altitude.

— Unknown, The Internets

Flying: the fastest way to turn money into noise.

— Unknown, The Internets

Danger is relative, and inexperience can be a magnifying glass.

— Charles A. Lindbergh

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.

— Sophocles

The pilot who teaches himself has a fool for a student.

— Robert Livingston, Flying the Aeronca

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead

The tendency of an event to occur varies inversely with one’s preparation for it.

— David Searles

If you were born on an airliner in the US in this decade and never got off you would encounter your first fatal accident when you were 2300 years of age and you would still have a 29% chance of being one of the survivors.

— Les Lautman, Boeing Safety Manager

You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.

— Amelia Earhart

Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

— Igor I. Sikorsky, Father of the Helicopter

If you can’t afford to do something right, then be darn sure you can afford to do it wrong.

— Charlie Nelson

Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee.

— William Kershner

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

— William Shakespeare

Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.

— Socrates

When life gives you crosswind, Apply rudder pressure.

— Unknown, The Internets

“Poor humans; they will all die.”
“Poor us; we will not.”

— Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

We cannot prevent the Singularity; that its coming is an inevitable consequence of the humans’ natural competitiveness and the possibilities inherent in technology. And yet … we are the initiators. Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.

— Vernor Vinge, VISION-21 Symposium, NASA

If there be only hours, at least learn what there is time to learn.

— Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.

— Tom Clancy

The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan.

— General Karl Von Clausewitz

Everything you’ve done, everything you’ve seen, everything you’ve become, remains. You never can go back, only forward, and if you don’t bring the whole of yourself with you, you’ll never see the sun again.

— Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward

Flying an airplane is as simple as riding a bike… Only you’re riding that bike on a springboard over the Grand Canyon while juggling six balls with a random seventh, eighth or ninth thrown in, doing your federal tax returns, taking dictation from an auctioneer, speaking a foreign language, interpreting several hieroglyphic maps, operating at least four computers, drinking a bottle of water, doing algebra in your head, and simultaneously conducting urgent experiments in navigation, critical thinking, meteorology, biology, psychology, chemical propulsion, thermodynamics, metallurgy and – of course–aerodynamics as you prepare to react to a dozen different emergency situations that could have life-threatening implications if you don’t do the right thing nearly immediately.

— Mark Fay

The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware he is wise.

— Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation

A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

— Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

It’s the American way: consumers want to do more for less, producers want to do less for more.

— Andydontcare, The Internets

Stop quoting laws to us. We carry swords.

— Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus

Start trying to work out who deserves what, and before long you’ll spend the rest of your days weeping for each and every person in the world.

— Cersei Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.

— Voltaire

You want fiber? Eat some Raisin Bran.

— Comcast

There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt then with a flood of naked truth.

— Francis Underwood, House of Cards

“What you’re asking…is just shy of treason!”
“Just shy, which is politics.”

— Francis Underwood, House of Cards

Cry ‘Havoc!’ said he who fought chaos with chaos, and let slip the dogs of war.

— Francis Underwood, House of Cards

Transistors, gates, memory… 1’s and 0’s creating complex algorithms. We literally make electrons dance for us; they work together in perfect harmony to the tune of my keystrokes. Seriously beautiful.

— Memeship, The Internets

Minimum en route altitude here is forty-four hund…..[sound of impact].

— First Officer Tumlinson, Texas International Flight 655, Convair 600 N94230

Humanity is a blip on geological time scales. Our planet wasted 230 million years on life that wouldn’t recognize a signal from another planet if it hit them on the head.

— jandrese, The Internets

Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

— Arthur C. Clarke

If knowledge is power, and power corrupts, how can humanity survive?

— Final Exam, Closing, The Outer Limits

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

— Putt’s Law

In the rest of the world, a “Yankee” is an American. In America, a “Yankee” is a Northerner. In the North, a “Yankee” is a New Englander. In New England, a “Yankee” is a Vermonter. And in Vermont, a “Yankee” is someone who eats pie for breakfast.

— Unknown, The Internets

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

— Robert J. Hanlon, Hanlon’s razor

There is no such thing as an easy case for the truly incompetent.

— Evan Geller, MD

Life is a Picture, But You Live in a Pixel.

— Tim Urban, Wait But Why

Learn to accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what could be.

— Sonia Ricotti

So you’re telling me that you use electricity and clean water for decoration…and then just throw money in it?

— Skeptical Third World Kid

Extraordinary observations require extraordinary evidence to make them believable.

— Carl Sagan

When you are dead, you don’t know that you are dead. It is difficult only for the others. It is the same when you are Stupid.

— Unknown, The Internets

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

— Søren Kierkegaard

If you’re serious about fishing, casting a wide net is just one strategy.

— buckley, The Internets

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.

— Leonard Bernstein

You may succeed in silencing one man, but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate in your ears for the rest of your life.

— Alexander Litvinenko, To Vladimir Putin

When asking computers questions that we don’t know the answers to, we aren’t going to know beyond a shadow of a doubt when a system like Watson is right or wrong…we are going to have to take a tremendous leap of faith that it got it right.

— George Dvorsky

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.

— Edmund Burke

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

— Yogi Berra

We can only rescue people who get their foot caught in the Matrix-like rabbit hole of pseudoscience. Once they fall in, reason becomes irrelevant.

— John Byrne, MD, Skeptical Medicine

People condemn me because I wanted to bury a million dollar Bentley, in fact most people bury something a lot more valuable than my car. They bury hearts, livers, lungs, eyes, kidneys. This is absurd. So many people waiting for a transplant and you will bury your healthy organs that will save so many lives.

— Thane Chiquinho Scarpa

In the year 2054, the entire defense budget will purchase just one aircraft. The aircraft will have to be shared by the Air Force and Navy, 3.5 days each per week except for leap year, when it will be made available to the Marines for the extra day.

— Norman Augustine, Law XVI

America champions the underdog. We champion the underdog until he’s not the underdog anymore, and he annoys us.

— Ricky Gervais

We got ‘The Laws of Physics’ mostly by observing realities that violated conventional wisdom.

— Demonweed, The Internets

Let your points and miles take over your brain and, next thing you know – BAM! – your trip to visit grandma in Seattle just got replaced with an African safari. Just like that.

— Holly Johnson, Frugal Travel Guy

Practice is funny that way. For days and days, you make out only the fragments of what to do. And then one day you’ve got the thing whole. Conscious learning becomes unconscious knowledge, and you cannot say precisely how.

— Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

It’s really hard to take that step—not only do I believe in something, I believe in it enough that I’m willing to set my own life on fire and burn it to the ground.

— Edward Snowden

Steps for World Domination:
1) Build spacecraft.
2) Fly spacecraft to uninhabited planet.
3) Complete.

— Spidey329, The Internets

We might as well be brains hooked up to wires in glass jars for all that we truly experience reality. Our reality is nothing more or less than the sum of the conclusions reached by a variety of unconscious processors, driven by a body’s worth of sensors. Our coherent view of the world emerges from the integration of the outputs of those processors in lower levels of our brain.

— Michael Abrash, Keynote, Oculus Connect

The two happiest days in the life of a boat owner are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells the boat.

— Unknown

‘You take the most amazing pictures. What kind of camera do you use?’

‘You write the most amazing stories. What kind of typewriter do you use?’

— Ansel Adams

If the OR is your favorite place in the hospital, go into anesthesia. If the OR is your favorite place in the world, go into surgery.

— error404

On a day-to-day level, one of the greatest challenges facing most humans is the quest to avoid living in an unconscious fog—this fog is where you are when you make big life decisions for small-minded reasons, when you short-sightedly compromise your own integrity, when you continually prioritize the wrong things over the right things, lack courage and settle for mediocrity out of fear, or waste huge amounts of your precious time procrastinating.

— Tim Urban, Wait But Why

Computerizing an idiotic system does not help anyone; rather, it simply allows idiocy to be performed with much greater efficiency, at a greater volume, dissipating it to more unsuspecting victims.

— Robert J. Lamberts, MD, Musings of a Distractible Mind

Fearful people do stupid things.

— Unknown

Act like a person and get treated like one. Act like a tool and get used like one.

— Joecarnthief, Reddit

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.

— Neil Gaiman

When we try to conceal our innermost drives, the entire being screams betrayal.

— Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

The Feature Hokey Pokey: You put the feature in, you take the feature out, you put the feature in, and the users scream and shout.

— bgood2, The Internets

I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of man’s knowledge. I use it to look up pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.

— nuseramed, Reddit

AI has by now succeeded in doing essentially everything that requires ‘thinking’ but has failed to do most of what people and animals do ‘without thinking’—that, somehow, is much harder.

— Donald Knuth, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

The first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make, provided that the machine is docile enough to tell us how to keep it under control.

— Nick Bostrom, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

The challenge presented by the prospect of superintelligence, and how we might best respond is quite possibly the most important and most daunting challenge humanity has ever faced. And—whether we succeed or fail—it is probably the last challenge we will ever face.

— Nick Bostrom, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Far from being the smartest possible biological species, we are probably better thought of as the stupidest possible biological species capable of starting a technological civilization—a niche we filled because we got there first, not because we are in any sense optimally adapted to it.

— Nick Bostrom, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

To stay awake all night adds a day to your life.

— Stilgar, Children of Dune

The cognitive functioning of a human brain depends on a delicate orchestration of many factors, especially during the critical stages of embryo development—and it is much more likely that this self-organizing structure, to be enhanced, needs to be carefully balanced, tuned, and cultivated rather than simply flooded with some extraneous potion.

— Nick Bostrom, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Our coherent extrapolated volition is our wish if we knew more, thought faster, were more the people we wished we were, had grown up farther together; where the extrapolation converges rather than diverges, where our wishes cohere rather than interfere; extrapolated as we wish that extrapolated, interpreted as we wish that interpreted.

— Eliezer Yudkowsky, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

— David Lynch, Duke Leto Atreides, Dune (film)

We invest far off places with a certain romance… Long summers, mild winters, rich harvests, plentiful game; none of them lasts for ever. Your own life, or your bands, or even your species – might be owed to a restless few, drawn by a craving they can hardly articulate or understand, to undiscovered lands, and new worlds.

— Carl Sagan, Wanderers, a short film by Erik Wernquist

I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote; I love to sail forbidden seas.

— Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Comedy cures what ails the doctor.

— buzzkillerjsmith, KevinMD

A government is a body of people, usually notably ungoverned.

— Shepherd Book, Firefly

The most wounding insult to an educated Russian was to be called nekulturny—uncultured—yet the same men who sat in the gilt boxes at the Moscow State Opera weeping at the end of a performance of Boris Gudunov could immediately turn around and order the execution or imprisonment of a hundred men without blinking. A strange people, made more strange by their political philosophy.

— Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October

When you think you know something: that is a most perfect barrier against learning.

— Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune

Forever searching, forever hungry… the immortal worm wanders, unable to reason the circumstances of it’s unfeeling artificial existence, unable to understand why it hungers but can never eat…

— superbatprime, Mind of a Worm Uploaded

Narrow AIs are like the amino acids in the primordial ooze of the Earth. The ingredients for true human-like artificial intelligence are being built everyday, and it may not take long before we see the results.

— Aaron Saenz

We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.

— Vernor Vinge

If there’s one thing we know about human beings with certainty: they are masters of self-destruction.

— Virtual Six, Battlestar Galactica, S2E6

A quark is just a point in space, at which forces interact. It has no dimensions; as such, it isn’t really an object. A proton is made of three such points in different locations of space and could therefore be a triangle with size. The triangle isn’t made out of matter, but rather consists of three lines of force, joining up the quarks. The implication is that matter is fundamentally made out of energy.

— Lagrange triangle quark model of the proton

If you want something done, ask a busy person.

— Benjamin Franklin

This above all: to thine own self be true?

— Shakespeare, Hamlet

When we perceive any object of a familiar kind, much of what appears subjectively to be immediately given is really derived from past experience.

— Bertrand Russell, The Analysis of Mind

Once you’ve achieved everything, there is nothing left. You take out the core of being human: the striving.

— Peter F. Hamilton, The Evolutionary Void

A banker is someone who lends you an umbrella when the sun is shining and snatches it back when it starts to rain.

— Mark Twain

Scientists study physical things, then describe them; engineers describe physical things, then build them.

— K. Eric Drexler

It may feel like hell, but sometimes lost is where you need to be. Just because you don’t know your direction doesn’t mean you don’t have one.

— Slick, Battlestar Galactica, S4E17

How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation.

— Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.

— Niccolò Machiavelli

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

— Abbie Hoffman, Revolution for the Hell of It

If you are lucky enough to fly, you are lucky enough.

— 305th Air Mobility Wing, C-17 Squadron Deployment Video

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

— Ancient Greek proverb

Remember, nose heavy flies hard, tail heavy flies once!

— Dick Gibson

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.

— Ellen Goodman

Fear…opens the door to self doubt and inaction… You can’t fear failure, because in doing so you’re inviting failure.

— Matthew Kellog, Continuum, S2E2

Worrying is like paying interest on a debt you may never have owed.

— Mark Twain

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

— Antoine De Saint‐Exupery, The LiXle Prince

The single raindrop never feels responsible for the flood.

— Douglas Adams

Build your own dreams or else someone else will hire you to build theirs.

— Farrah Gray

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

— Vonnegut

It’s a sin to judge any man by his post.

— St. Augustine, The City of God

Give a man a day to do a days work and he will take all day. Tell him he can go home as soon as that day’s work is done and he’ll be gone by lunchtime.

— daglesj

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

— Paulo Coelho

Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

— Ian MacLaren

Don’t confuse bossy and leadership. Bossy tells you to do something by making you feel like a child. Leadership inspires you to do something by making you feel excited.

— Unknown

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

— Unknown

In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.

— Albert Einstein

When you grow up, you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. And that is: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

— Steve Jobs

Science advances one funeral at a time.

— Max Planck

Want to learn the difference between wants and needs? Take up backpacking.

— wci

The world’s best swordsman doesn’t fear the second best; he fears the worst swordsman, because he can’t predict what the idiot will do.

— David Weber, Mark Twain’s ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ (1889)

Sometimes, the shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance.

— Dan Simmons, Endymion

I am always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.

— Elon Musk

Prolonged indecisiveness eventually leads to missed opportunities.

— anon

Let the fool persist in his folly so that he may become wise.

— William Blake

It is perfectly obvious that the whole world is going to hell. The only possible chance that it might not is that we do not attempt to prevent it from doing so.

— Robert Oppenheimer

Many of the troubles going on in the world right now are being supervised by people with very good intentions whose attempts are to keep things in order, to clean things up, to forbid this, and to prevent that. The more we try to put everything to rights, the more we make fantastic messes.

— Alan Watts

You can tell the size of a man by the size of things that bother him.

— Adlai Stevenson II

The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the bill of rights, to freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak.

— Adlai Stevenson II

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

— Mahatma Gandhi

You can only rage quit real life once.

— anon

Once is never. Twice is always.

— James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn / German Proverb

Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

— Douglas Hofstadter

The basic problem is not that this is a good plan or a bad plan, but that it really lacks many of the elements a plan would contain.

— Jeff Greason, Regarding NASA’s Mars Plan

There is no money. But be strong. All the best. Have a good day, and good health!

— Dmitriy Medvedev

To every rule there is an exception—and an idiot ready to demonstrate it.

— Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

It is the rule for people to view themselves as the exception.

— unknown

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

— Tyrell, Mr. Robot

You are not a cat. You only get one of these, you know. Lives.

— livingafi

Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.

— John F. Kennedy

I’m not scared of a computer passing the turing test… I’m terrified of one that intentionally fails it.

— Grandure

On the global scale, there’s been no technology that’s gone extinct. Nothing. There are more blacksmiths alive today than ever before in history.

— Kevin Kelly

Machines will have answers. What humans are good at are questions.

— Kevin Kelly

I fly because it is the best way to get high.

— Veronicca Lakewood

Our expectations are tempered by our experiences.

— Andrew

A fool is any man who doesn’t think he’s a fool.

— Anthony Ryan, Blood Song

Can you prepare for a car wreck by banging your head against a wall?

— wampum

An overachiever…lives with the eternal fear that some lurking underachiever will, in a flash of brilliance, achieve more.

— Samuel Shem, The House of God

Empathize with stupidity and you’re halfway to thinking like an idiot.

— Iain Banks, Consider Phlebas

There is no feasible excuse…for what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others.

— Iain Banks, Complicity

When the facts change, I change my mind. Pray tell, what do you do, sir?

— John Maynard Keynes

A Narcissist’s Prayer:
That didn’t happen.
And if it did, it wasn’t that bad.
And if it was, that’s not a big deal.
And if it is, that’s not my fault.
And if it was, I didn’t mean it.
And if I did…
You deserved it.

— KatanaOrgy

A guilty system recognizes no innocents.

— Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games

‘human nature’ – the phrase used whenever [one has to] justify something inhuman and unnatural.

— Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games

All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.

— Winston S. Churchill, 1943

Those who say the textbooks have gone too far mistake ignorance for purity.

— Sputnik International

I was born far too late to discover the lands,
And the seas, and the skies, and the shores and the sands.
All the steps have been stepped, and the walks have been walked,
And the sights have been seen, and the talks have been talked.

I was born far too soon to discover the stars,
And I’ll never set foot on the red dust of Mars.
I shall only encounter the future in dreams.

— Poem_for_your_sprog

The people that really solve the problem? They know exactly how they solved it; they know the little details. And the people who pretended to solve the problem, they can maybe go one level, and then they get stuck.

— Elon Musk, 2017 World Government Summit 2017, Dubai

Infinite combinations lead to beautiful monotony… All we can accomplish in this meaningless universe is to send each other postcards of the random beauty we discover on our ultimately pointless journeys.

— blookoolaid Smack-Fu Master in training

The administration pictures itself as just that — administration.

— Scutwork

Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.

— George R.R. Martin, Victarion Greyjoy, A Feast for Crows

The great irony of the medical profession: the total failure of doctors to care for themselves and each other.

— Jennifer Bernstein

Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold. When downpours of that sort occur, it’s imperative that we rush outdoors carrying washtubs, not teaspoons.

— Warren Buffett

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

— Moran Cerf

The last time our neocortex expanded as a postcurser to evolution we invented expressions of our humanity such as language, art, music, humor—what lies beyond the next level of intelligence?

— Jacob Mitchell

Democracy is like escaping from a monster by hiding in a sewer.

— Tim Urban, Wait but Why

What is a pet? An animal you take care of, feed, play with and give all it needs to live its life. If being a house cat to an ASI means it’s gonna provide me with everything I need, find cures to all my ailments, physical or otherwise, find ways to keep me entertained and fulfilled, you can count me in!

— Alan Rodrigues

The bus factor is a measurement of the risk resulting from information and capabilities not being shared among team members, from the phrase ‘in case they get hit by a bus’

— Wikipedia

I’m highly confident that all transport will go electric, with the ironic exception of rockets.

— Elon Musk

Actions express priorities.

— Mahatma Gandhi

A good scientist may be right, but he is always in doubt.

— R.A.F. de Lind van Wijngaarden

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

— Mark Twain

It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.

— Bill Clinton

Airspeed, Altitude, Brains. You need at least two at all times.

— Linkerius

An Object in possession seldom retains the charm it had in pursuit.

— Pliny the Younger

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us…for the moments we want to never end.

— The InterContinental Life ‘2017

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.

— Lenin

Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a pissing section in a swimming pool.

— unknown

There are lions and gazelles in the safari. The gazelle has to wake up in the morning and get up RUNNING or else it will be hunted, caught and eaten alive. The lion has to wake up in the morning and get up RUNNING or else it will never hunt its prey, it will not find food and it will starve to death. Either way you have to wake up RUNNING to survive. Would you rather be the lion or the gazelle?

— unknown

It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.

— Bill Murray

Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two.

— Kellyanne Conway

History is earned. You win the day. And then you win the day after. And then you do the same thing every day until you’re dead. And you’re remembered not for the winning, but because you never lost.

— Francis Underwood, House of Cards, ch. 60

Woe to the vanquished.

— Titus Livius, Battle of The Allia in 390bc

I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men.

— Samwell Tarly, Game of Thrones S07E05

The taxes are indeed very heavy… but we have many others… We are taxed by twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.

— Ben Franklin

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears; while the used key is always bright.

— Ben Franklin

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.

— Benjamin Franklin

‘What keeps you awake at night?’
‘Nothing. I keep other people awake at night.’

— James “Mad Dog” Mattis

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which gives happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson

Sharp tools, dull minds.

— Nicholas Carr

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.

— Elon Musk, Fast Company, 2005

In a free market, capitalist system, your pay isn’t based on your value, but what it costs to replace you.

— unknown

The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.

— Brandon Sanderson, Alloy of Law

We see as we are.

— Budda

Luxury is a way of being ignorant, comfortably.

— Leroy Jones

Stand when others sit. Rise when others fall. Believe when others doubt.

— Tyrolin Puxty

I’m not glamorous. I spend most of my time in a dressing gown inside, eating biscuits and singing to my cats. My point is, don’t be fooled by social media. Don’t judge your own life by what you see online. Have fun and be with those you love. There’s no filter for reality.

— Tyrolin Puxty

Only the vain fight battles when the odds are even.

— Terry Goodkind, Blood of the Fold

Yesterday it worked,
Today it is not working,
Windows is like that.

— Margaret Segall, Windows Haiku

Stay the patient course,
Of little worth is your ire,
The network is down.

— David Ansel, Windows Haiku

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

— Suzie Wagner, Windows Haiku

If you can’t be kind, at least be vague.

— Judith Martin

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

— Albert Einstein

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

— Leonardo da Vinci

He must become greater; I must become less.

— John 3:30

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

— Freya Stark

Adventure is a path. Real adventure — self-determined, self-motivated, often risky — forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.

— Mark Jenkins

There’s noting more compelling, or meaningful, or useful in combating the tragedy of life than to struggle with all of your soul on behalf of the good.

— Jordan Peterson

Burden yourself with so much responsibility that you can barely stand…you wont be asking ‘what should I be doing with my life’ or ‘what’s the meaning of life’…it will be self evident. And then when you’re 80, you can look back and say ‘there’s less suffering in the world than there would have been had I not existed.'”

— Jordan Peterson

You’re not your own servant. You’re someone you have to negotiate with. That’s hard for people, because they don’t like themselves very much.

— Jordan Peterson

You need to know what your damn time is worth…One of the things you should be asking yourself is, when you spend an hour, ‘would I have paid someone $50 to have had that hour?’ And if the answer is ‘no’, well maybe you should do something else with your time.

— Jordan Peterson

It depends on whether or not you think your time is worthwhile…If you assume your time isn’t worthwhile, you don’t sit around in a state of responsibility-less bliss; what you do is you suffer existentially.

— Jordan Peterson

Find something better to do. Set your sights high, make a plan, figure out who you could be, and see if the obsessive use of a smartphone (or whatever) fits into that vision of nobility.

— Jordan Peterson

What are the most valuable things everyone should know?

Tell the truth.
Do not do things that you hate.
Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act.
If you have to choose, be the one who does things, instead of the one who is seen to do things.

— Jordan Peterson

Life can be meaningful enough to justify its suffering.

— Jordan Peterson

The individual is the ultimate minority.

— Jordan Peterson

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

— Parkinson’s Law

Pain is a part of life. We cannot eliminate it, nor do we want to. The pain will guide you….All you need is rest.

— unknown, German Anesthesiologist

Hope is not a plan or a solution.

— Fran D’Ercole

If you hear the bullet whiz by your ear, that means it missed. Don’t give it another thought. If it doesn’t miss, you’ll be the first to know. Either way, you have nothing to worry about.

— U. S. Army infantry basic training

We all know that satellites don’t exist because they’d hit the dome and this is just a chemtrail producing machine that’s dropping fluoride vaccines on your children to Mandela effect them from realizing the real truth that the Berenstein Bears did 9/11.

Or it studies the weather.

— ODMan, NOAA GOES-R launch

And God created the Organisation and gave it dominion over man.

— Genesis 1, 30A, Subparagraph VIII, Robert Townsend

When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

— Ancient platitude

The wicked flee when no man pursueth.

— Proverbs 28:1

Tough times never last. Tough people do.

— Robert H. Schuller

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

— Malcolm S. Forbes

Fate loves irony.

— unknown

Robust nations are not held hostage by their own extremists.

— Mark Kingwell

At some point, you have to decide not merely WHAT you’re going to believe, but HOW you’re going to believe. Are you going to believe in people, or in ideas….With your heart, or with your head?

— Brent Weeks, Corvan Danavis, The Black Prism

When the facts are on your side, pound on the facts.
When the law is on your side, pound on the law.
When neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound on the table.

— old lawyers’ saying

Your company will always expect more loyalty from you than it will give to you.

— Anon

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

— Winston S. Churchill

Idealists mature badly. If they can’t outgrow their idealism, they become hypocrites or blind.

— Brent Weeks, The Blinding Knife

When you don’t have power to compel obedience, by definition you’re making a request.

— Brent Weeks, The Blinding Knife

Algorithms are great at giving you something you like, but terrible at giving you something you love. Worse, by promoting familiarity, algorithms punish culture.

— David Perell

We drive towards the future using only our rear-view mirror.

— Marshall McLuhan

Show me the incentives and I will show you the outcome.

— Charlie Munger

Only a fool doesn’t look at the downside. But only a coward allows it to dissuade him from that which he knows he must do.

— Wendy Rhoades, Billions S3E2

Death always finds a way.
Stop what gaps you may;
Scream defiance that you live,
Life leaks through the mortal sieve.

— Brent Weeks, The Blood Mirror

Rage burns hottest against a punishment deserved.

— Brent Weeks, Andross Guile, The Blood Mirror

Beauty isn’t passive; beauty acts upon its beholder, moving and changing him.

— Brent Weeks, The Blood Mirror

2 is 1; 1 is none.

— NASA rule of 2

Once you’re inside the canon, there’s only one way out.

— Oliver Dake, Billions, S3E7

Opportunity knocks, but it doesn’t beg.

— Unknown

Don’t stumble over something behind you.

— Seneca

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

If everything and everyone is portrayed negatively, there’s a leveling effect that opens the door to charlatans.

— Thomas Patterson

Coffee: the bitter liquid that provides the only semblance of pleasure left in these dark times.

— Lucy Wyldstyle, The Lego Movie 2

Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.

— George S. Patton

Travelers are dreamers who make their desires for adventure a reality.

— Unknown

So much of who we are is where we have been.

— William Langewiesche

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote… to travel is to live.

— Hans Christian Anderson

Take only memories, leave only footprints.

— Chief Seattle

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.

— Dave Barry

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.

— Helen Keller

As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.

— Robin S. Sharma

Better an ‘oops’ than a ‘what if’.

— Beau Taplin

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.

— Bob Bitchin

The old dreams were good dreams; they didn’t work out but I’m glad I had them.

— Robert James Waller, Clint Eastwood, The Bridges of Madison County

I try to keep in mind that if I dropped dead tomorrow, all of my acrylic workplace awards would be in the trash the next day, and my job would be posted in the paper before my obituary.

— Jonathan Crawford

The grim reality of 2019 is that begging a billionaire for employment via Twitter is not considered embarrassing, but a perfectly plausible way to get ahead. On some level, you have to respect the hustlers who see a dismal system and understand that success in it requires total, shameless buy-in. If we’re doomed to toil away until we die, we may as well pretend to like it. Even on Mondays.

— Erin Griffith, Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work?

It’s going to be harder than you think, it’s going to take longer, and it’s going to cost more…and when you’re successful, that will be more than you think, too.

— Osama Arafat

Susan hated Literature. She’d much prefer to read a good book.

— Terry Pratchett

It cooks in the top. There is a war coming up where the dogs do not like bread.

— Gerard van Putten

There never is a convenient place to fight a war when the other man starts it.

— Admiral Arleigh Burke, Marcus Lutrell, Lone Survivor

How little doctors understand the hells through which we put patients.

— Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

You can’t think your way out of a prison that is made of thought.

— Krishna Das

If you get thrown off the bull, be sure you make it over the fence.

— Texan saying

Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.

— Michael Johnson

“She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate
And forgot about a simple twist of fate.”

— Bob Dylan

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

— Anais Nin

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

— Oscar Wilde

He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.

— Montaigne

Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.

— Desmond, Tutu

If it’s stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid.

— Naval Flight Ops Manual

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

— Amelia Earhart

If you hear me yell; “Eject, Eject, Eject!”, the last two will be echoes. If you stop to ask ‘Why?’, you’ll be talking to yourself, because by then you’ll be the pilot.

— Pre-flight briefing from an F-15 pilot

Decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.

— Amelia Earhart

What freedom lies in flying, what Godlike power it gives to men….I lose all consciousness in this strong unmortal space crowded with beauty, pierced with danger.

— Charles A. Lindbergh

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off into the wind.

— Henry Ford

Humankind almost never forgives true greatness.

— Dom Cristao, Speaker for the Dead

When we are born, we cry, that we come to this great stage of fools.

— Shakespeare, Fool, King Lear

Who has a lot of money, can speculate.
Who has little money, must not speculate.
Who has no money, has to speculate.

— Andre Kostolany

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

— Robert Frost

I do not drink coffee at work. It keeps me awake.

— Jody Brown

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

— Jonathan Kozol

What we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves.

— Brené Brown, Rising Strong

Powerlessness leads to fear and desperation. Look behind any act of violence, from bullying to terrorism, and you will often find a frantic attempt to escape powerlessness.

— Brené Brown, Rising Strong

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

— Nelson Mandela

Your religion is what you do with your solitude.

— William Temple

What fine clocks! fine carpets! fine liveries! This must be very uncomfortable. Oh! how unwilling I should be to have all these superfluities crying for ever in my ears: ‘There are people who hunger! there are people who are cold! there are poor! there are poor!’

— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

— John Wooden

Sometimes waiting for a question to finish is like watching someone draw an elephant starting with the tail first. As soon as you see the tail your mind wanders all over the place and you think of a million other animals that also have tails until you don’t care about the elephant because it’s only one thing when you’ve been thinking about a million others.

— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

If money is all that you love, then that’s what you’ll receive.

— Leia Organa

One can succeed at almost anything for which he has enthusiasm.

— Charles Schwab

I go where others do not, so that I can find myself.

— onbekend

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.

— unknown

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

— Oscar Wilde

When you criminalize things that aren’t real crimes, you still create real criminals.

— Penn Jillette

You can’t stop insane people from doing insane things by passing insane laws…that’s insane!

— Penn Jillette

By the way, you’re supposed to have anxiety, did you know that? You’re supposed to be worried that the rent’s not going to get paid, because that’s how the fucking rent gets paid!

— Christopher Titus

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.

— Russian Proverb on Focus

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

— Douglas Adams

Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller

— Ibn Battuta

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.

— Enrico Fermi

Great ideas come from the fringes. They never come from the core. Never. The core is static.

— Sandy Munro

However sincerely we try to put ourselves in another person’s position, we cannot allow for processes of the human mind and imagination to which reason offers no key. Madness is however an affliction which…carries with it the advantage of surprise.

— Winston S. Churchill

We assess impending events in terms of danger. In terms of the danger to the viability of the task and to the men and women who perform it. And the line we try to bear in mind, in stages like this, is the line past which danger, of both those sorts, increases exponentially. It’s called The Vantasner Danger Meridian, this line.

— Tom Tavner, Patriot S2E02

Breakfast is the meal where…Well, it’s the optimistic meal…The day’s ahead of you.

— Leslie Claret, Patriot S1E06

It’s so many miles and so long since I’ve met you;
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you,
But suddenly now, I know where I belong;
It’s many hundred miles but it won’t be long.

— Vashti Bunyan, Train Song

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

— Martin Luther King Jr

There’s nothing easier than advocating for peace with words.

— Yoshiki Tanaka, Dawn

The revolution of negation is driven by superstition and fear. It is a different sort of cluster—of ignorance, despair, greed, racism, and hatred. It is about shutting other people out and protecting only ourselves. In one version of events, we act collectively; in the other, we hoard our wealth and act alone.

— Bruce Mau, Two Revolutions

In a world where information is free, ignorance is laziness.

— Ralph, The Street Standards

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

— Winston Churchill

The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.

— Joe Ancis

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

— Will Durant

A man chases a girl, until she catches him.

— Irving Berlin

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

— Goethe

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.

— Hannah Arendt

Your passion is your true power. The more you discover and express your passion for life, the more irresistible you will become to others.

— Barbara de Angelis

The governor prevents a free-fall: most people have a fear that the elevator is just going to drop; but actually the fear should be that the elevator falls up.

— Howard Payne

The relationship between Responsibility and Meaning…We haven’t had that discussion in our culture…We’ve concentrated on Rights and Privileges; Freedom and impulsive Pleasure. And those are all useful in their place, but they’re shallow – and that’s not good, because if people are moored shallowly, then storms wreck them. And storms come along.

— Jordan Peterson, with Helen Lewis, British GQ

The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity; it is really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad, because you never know what will be the consequences of a misfortune – or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.

— Steve Agnos, The Story of the Chinese Farmer

Respect is how the young keep us at a distance, so we don’t remind them of an unpleasant truth… Nothing lasts.

— Varys, A Song of Ice and Fire

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

— Cicero

It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.

— Steve Jobs

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Omar Khayyam

Idleness is the holiday of fools.

— proverb

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

— Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four

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

— anon

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.

— Lao Tsu

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

— anon

If you were born where they were born, and you were taught what they were taught, you’d believe what they believe.

— anon

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

— Segal’s Law

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

— Won Hyo

War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.

— Paul Valery

The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time.

— Tom Cargill

The reason that we don’t have ‘bear-proof’ garbage cans in the park is that there is a significant overlap in intelligence between the smartest bears and the dumbest humans.

— Yosemite Park Ranger

We over estimate technology in the short term and under estimate technology in the long term.

— Arthur C. Clarke

Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.

— anon

Only people who run out of arguments will tell you to go to work.

— anon, Stop a Douchebag

Is it considered normal to drive like that in your homeland?
Yes.
The go back and drive like that there.

— anon, Stop a Douchebag

There’s always budget to recover from catastrophes, but never budget to avert them.

— YodaMcFly, internet

In the air you move in three dimensions – that’s as free as you can feel. Gravity gets suspended. [But it also] requires a great deal of concentration and knowledge to unleash that freedom. There is a serenity when you’re in the air [that] you don’t find in many places, [and] that’s addicting. Aviation doesn’t forgive; make an error and bad things happen fast.

— Fred Swaffer

The disorders and miseries which result [from partisanship] gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

— George Washington, Farewell Address 1796

Crosshairs only matter if they’re sitting atop a weapon.

— Bobby Axelrod, Billions S4E2

Myers–Briggs is Astrology for people with LinkedIn profiles.

— terabyte325, Reddit

Men seldom realize when things are rigged in their favor; it would require them to have a realistic and limited view of their skills.

— Chuck Rhoades, Billions S4E6

[Travel Hacking:] a hobby that lives for lateral thinking and a somewhat Machiavellian interpretation of the rules.

— nemaihne, Reddit

Professor Snake: What are you kids doing here?
Harmony: We fucking go to school here.
Professor Snake: You will be schooled here.

— Brad Neely, Wizard People

If you never change your mind, why have one?

— Edward De Bono

No way of looking at things is too sacred to be reconsidered. No way of doing things is beyond improvement.

— Edward de Bono

Creative thinking and groundbreaking ideas are the answers to yawning dullness and threadbare lifestyles. Lateral thinking and new insight allow us to choose alternative paths and unstructured pursuits, wiping out obstacles to the furtherance and refinement of our identity.

— Erik Pevernagie

One belongs to the whole world, not just one part of it.

— Paul Bowles

People tend to undervalue peak experiences.

— Gary Leff, ViewFromTheWing

The animal world isn’t really an animal world—it’s a world of trillions of strands of genetic information, each one hell-bent on immortality.

— Tim Urban, Wait but Why

You can’t fall off the floor.

— Alex Castellanos

Without dreams, our greatest journeys would never begin. And it’s the journeys we take in life that we cherish the most.

— Qatar Airways

Dare to dream big and the truly remarkable can happen; you can create a world like never before.

— Qatar Airways

Loneliness is surprisingly rare when you’re traveling alone.

— Joslyn Lewis

He who has a partner has a master.

— Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

A real dreamer – someone that matters – makes something out of nothing; and that only happens with hard work.

— Joe MacMillan, Sr., Halt and Catch Fire, S01E08

It’s amazing to me what seems reasonable when we don’t understand what’s possible.

— Ed Pizzarello, Now Boarding

What’s as big as a house, burns 20 liters of fuel every hour, puts out a shitload of smoke and noise, and cuts an apple into three pieces? A Soviet machine made to cut apples—into four pieces!

— Glukhov, Chernobyl E03

Yes, people are following you. People are following those people…. The KGB is a circle of accountability.

— Aleksandr Charkov, Chernobyl E03

Where I once would fear the cost of truth, now I only ask: What is the cost of lies?

— Valery Legasov, Chernobyl E01

Don’t trust a guy who celebrates his birthday.

— Peter Rahal

Choose where you want to live, not where you want to work.

— Edward Vomastek

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