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

When the grass comes into focus – you’ve just landed. If the ants are in focus – change the lens.

— AlanGP, The Internets

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

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