Quotes of the Moment

Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it. [...] But it's a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, those things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep-seated thing that's really chewing on us.

—Frank Herbert, 'Dune'

Lightning stabbed at the earth erratically, like an inefficient assassin.

—Terry Pratchett, 'Wyrd Sisters'

We need go no further. The ketchup bottle is dry (or, at least, congealed) and the other condiments served up by appellant lack zest. Having tasted the full flavor of the unseasoned appeal, we conclude that appellant's sentence was lawful.

—Ocasio-Rivera v. U.S., 991 F.2d 1 (1stCir. 1993)

If it is possible, easily possible, to give to each human being who wishes it, anything of utility or beauty in our world of civilisation, if it is possible to deliver any such entity anywhere at any time at low cost or at zero cost, why is it ever moral to exclude anyone from anything she wants?

—Eben Moglen (Edinburgh, 26th June 2007)

It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.

—John von Neumann (1949)

Free speech is the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire

—Abbie Hoffman

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?

—Ecclesiastes 1:2-3

"One Editor to rule them all, One Editor to C-x C-f them,
One Editor to bring them all and to their keymaps bind them
In the land of Emacs where the Sexprs lie."

—James A. Crippen on g.e.gnus

"Use the source, Luke!"


"Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent."

—Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler"


"First they ignore you; then they laugh at you; then they fight you; then you win"


"I will work harder"

—George Orwell, 'Animal Farm'

"Earth is the cradle of Mankind, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever"


"Even a consideration of the mortality of civilizations leaves us with over half a million of them now existing in our own Galaxy. We must, therefore, still ask the question: 'Where is everybody?'"

—Isaac Asimov, 'Extraterrestrial Civilisations'

"Stars have a life cycle much like animals. They get born, they grow, they go through a definite internal development, and finally they die, to give back the material of which they are made so that new stars may live"

—Hans Bethe

"To what, commander, do you attribute your remarkable success?"
"You gave me an army that does whatever I can think for it to do."

—Orson Scott Card, 'Ender's Game'

"Flexibility and understanding have always been my watchwords."
"My god, have they?"

—Terry Pratchett, 'The Truth'

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


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