Great Quotes (and some not-so-great ones too)

During this [last] century's wars, there were some 38 million battle deaths, but almost four times more people -- at least 170 million -- were killed by governments for ethnic, racial, tribal, religious, or political reasons. I call this phenomenon democide, and it means that authoritarian and totalitarian governments are more deadly than war. (emphasis added) --R.J. Rummel


Give war a chance. --P.J. O'Rourke


The Darwinian theory has become an all-purpose obstacle to thought rather than an enabler of scientific advance. --Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel-laureate physicist


A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. --Marcus Tullius Cicero, Speech in the Roman Senate on the subject of John Kerry - 42 B.C.


There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters. --Alice Thomas Ellis


My point today is that, if we wish to count lines of code, we should not regard them as lines produced but as lines spent: the current conventional wisdom is so foolish as to book that count on the wrong side of the ledger --Edsger Dijkstra


Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. --Albert Einstein


It is easier to optimize correct code than to correct optimized code. --Bill Harlan


I have said for years that speculations about the origin of life lead to no useful purpose as even the simplest living system is far too complex to be understood in terms of the extremely primitive chemistry scientists have used in their attempts to explain the unexplainable that happened billions of years ago. God cannot be explained away by such naive thoughts. --Ernst Chain, Nobel laureate biochemist


If we had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. --Henry Ford


Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. --C.S. Lewis


Never interrupt me when I'm trying to interrupt you. --Winston Churchill


Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented worker" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist." --Anon.


In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish. --Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day 1970


The only reason time exists is so everything doesn`t happen all at once. -Albert Einstein


We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions. --Adolf Hitler, Speech of May 1, 1927


I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. --Voltaire


Opinion polls ask the opinions of people who have no expertise in the subject on which they are being polled and publish these opinions as if they were gospel truth instead of group ignorance. --Anon.


Weinberg's Second Law: If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.


God have mercy on my enemies because I won't. --General George S. Patton


The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. --William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice"


One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all. ... The better we understand the universe and all it harbors, the more reason we have found to marvel at the inherent design upon which it is based. ... I endorse the presentation of alternative theories for the origin of the universe, life, and man in the science classroom. --Wernher von Braun, father of the American space program


One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code. --Ken Thompson


We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. --Albert Einstein


Dictatorship nations are outlaws. Any free nation had the right to invade Nazi Germany and, today, has the right to invade Soviet Russia, Cuba or any other slave pen. Whether a free nation chooses to do so or not is a matter of its own self-interest, not of respect for the non-existent "rights" of gang rulers. It is not a free nation's duty to liberate other nations at the price of self-sacrifice, but a free nation has the right to do it, when and if it so chooses. --Ayn Rand


The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. --H.L. Mencken


Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. --Abraham Lincoln


Liberals hold us individually responsible for nothing but collectively responsible for everything. --Anon.


I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. --James Madison, principal author of the US Constitution


Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated. --Thomas Jefferson


The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined ... [to] be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. --James Madison


With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the details of powers (enumerated in the Constitution) connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proof was not contemplated by its creators. --James Madison


Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. --George Orwell


Any measure that establishes legal charity on a permanent basis and gives it an administrative form thereby creates an idle and lazy class, living at the expense of the industrial and working class. This, at least, is its inevitable consequence, if not the immediate result. --Alexis de Tocqueville


Civil rights used to be about treating everyone the same. But today some people are so used to special treatment that equal treatment is considered to be discrimination. --Thomas Sowell


Our constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. --John Adams


The terrorist enemy holds no territory, defends no population, is unconstrained by rules of warfare, and respects no law of morality. Such an enemy cannot be deterred, contained, appeased or negotiated with. It can only be destroyed -- and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the business at hand. --Dick Cheney


The United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance. --Robert A. Heinlein


When people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic. --Benjamin Franklin


Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a quality that decides between success and failure. --Edsger Dijkstra


Simplicity is a great virtue but requires hard work to achieve and education to appreciate. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better. --Edsger Dijkstra


The American Republic will fall when the politicians learn they can bribe people with their own money. --Alexis de Tocqueville


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --George Santayana


When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive. --George W. Bush


That government is best which governs least. --Thomas Paine


To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. --George Washington


After all is said and done, more is said than done. --Aesop


An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going. --Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA and Nobel Laureate


So if one proceeds directly and straightforwardly in this matter, without being deflected by a fear of incurring the wrath of scientific opinion, one arrives at the conclusion that biomaterials with their amazing measure of order must be the outcome of intelligent design. No other possibility I have been able to think of in pondering this issue over quite a long time seems to me to have anything like as high a possibility of being true. ... The notion that not only the biopolymer but the operating program of a living cell could be arrived at by chance in a primordial organic soup here on the Earth is evidently nonsense of a high order. --Sir Fred Hoyle, British astonomer, from a lecture in 1982


Nothing is easier than spending public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody. --Calvin Coolidge


Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. --Satchel Paige


Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. --Henry Spencer


A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. --Robert Frost


It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. --Mark Twain


The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense. --Tom Clancy


Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. --George Bernard Shaw


Hope is not a method. --Gen. Hugh Shelton


If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you. --Anon.


We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. --Calvin Coolidge


If you don't have a nasty obituary you probably didn't matter. --Freeman Dyson


In China we can question Darwin but we can't question the government; in America, you can question the government but you can't question Darwin. --a Chinese scientist


Wishing without work is like fishing without bait. --Frank Tyger


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. --Mark Twain


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. --Ronald Reagan


A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. --Barry Goldwater


Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. --Anon.


Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence! --Edsger Dijkstra


Tiny minds discuss body parts. --me


An armed society is a polite society. --Robert A. Heinein


What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child. --George Bernard Shaw.


Flattery is like cologne -- to be smelled, but not swallowed. --Josh Billings


If Michelangelo had been concerned about risk, he would have painted the Sistine floor. --Neil Simon


This most elegant system of the sun, planets, and comets could not have arisen without the design and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being. --Sir Isaac Newton, The Principia


Whistler's Law: You never know who is right, but you always know who is in charge.


In a world of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. --George Orwell


Familiarity breeds contempt. --Aesop


Familiarity breeds contempt -- and children. --Mark Twain


There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't. --Anon.


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. --Winston Churchill


Overwhelmingly strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us ... the atheistic idea is so nonsensical that I cannot put it into words. --Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)


If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. --Thomas Jefferson


If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him. --Voltaire


Bershere's Formula for Failure: There are only two kinds of people who fail: those who listen to nobody... and those who listen to everybody.


The Democratic Party and I have one interest in common: my paycheck. --Anon.


Although it is developed in the crude English style, this [Darwin's On the Origin of Species] is the book which contains the basis in natural history for our view. --Karl Marx


I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. --James Madison


Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded. --Yogi Berra


Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win; they lose. --Ronald Reagan


Scientists discover the world that exists, engineers create the world that never was. --Theodore von Karman


When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing. --Anon.


Wise men learn more from fools than fools from wise men. --Marcus Porcius Cato


There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli


Never ascribe to malice what can be adequately attributed to ignorance. --Napoleon


All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy. --Anon.


There is only one way to kill capitalism -- by taxes, taxes, and more taxes. --Karl Marx


Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. --Benjamin Franklin


Those who would give up essential public safety to purchase a little personal liberty don't understand liberty. --Anon.


The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; It's just that they know so much that isn't so. --Ronald Reagan


The people get the government they deserve. --Alexis de Tocqueville


I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. --Ashleigh Brilliant


The more I study nature, the more I am amazed at the work of the Creator. --Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)


A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. --Joseph Stalin


I deduce laws of mechanics from laws of God --Isaac Newton


There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home. --Ken Olsen, President, Digital Equipment Corp., 1977


Appeasers believe that if you keep throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian. --Heywood Broun


If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy. --Thomas Jefferson


Better to be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. --Aesop


Fail to plan, plan to fail. --Anon.


A little planning is a fine thing. Too much planning may be an excuse for not getting anything done. --Anon.


I haven't spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her. --Rodney Dangerfield


The greatest security against the introduction of corrupt practices and principles into our government is to make [Congress keep] ... public expenses down to their minimum. --Thomas Jefferson


When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. --P. J. O'Rourke


Since a politician never believes what he says, he is always astonished when other do. --Charles De Gaulle


An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field. --Niels Bohr


Lead, follow, or get out of the way. --Thomas Paine


We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. --Wernher von Braun


When I eventually met Mr. Right, I had no idea that his first name was Always. --Rita Rudner


No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. --Albert Einstein


When anger rises, think of the consequences. --Confucius


I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. --Thomas Jefferson


The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. [Got that, Bill Clinton and Al Gore?] --Thomas Jefferson


Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? --Thomas Jefferson


I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can. --Barry Goldwater


The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity's illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. --Adolph Hitler


Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. --Yogi Berra


Women don't want to hear what you think. They want to hear what they think, in a deeper voice. --Bill Cosby


Only a mediocre person is always at his best. --Somerset Maugham


I think, therefore I am --Rene Descartes


Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan. --Count Galeazzo Ciano


People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. --Soren Kierkegaard


Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. --Edsger W. Dijkstra


A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. --James Madison


The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. --James Madison


This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future! --Adolf Hitler


It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low -- and the soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut rates now. --President John F. Kennedy


Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much. --Walter Lippmann


We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors, and furniture polish is made from real lemons. --Alfred E. Neuman


It ain't over 'till it's over. --Yogi Berra


A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. --Frank Lloyd Wright.


If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. --Samuel Adams


Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. ... And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure--reason & experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. --George Washington


After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. --Cato the Elder (234-149 BC)


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. --Edmund Burke


Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government. --James Madison


Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. --Voltaire


Freedom is not America's gift to the world, it is the Almighty God's gift to every man and woman in this world. --George W. Bush


The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. --Frank Zappa


People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them. --Eric Hoffer


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


Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. --Alexis de Tocqueville


The finest opportunity ever given to the world was thrown away because the passion for equality made vain the hope for freedom. --Lord Acton


He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. --Benjamin Franklin


Study the past if you would define the future. --Confucius


Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it. --Ronald Reagan


Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems. --Linus Torvalds


I really didn't say everything I said. --Yogi Berra


The theoretical broadening which comes from having many humanities subjects on the campus is offset by the general dopiness of the people who study these things. --Richard P. Feynman


As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. --Oscar Wilde


Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter. --Satchel Paige


An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more intersting than sex. --Aldous Huxley


Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. --Sir Winston Churchill


The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. --Vince Lombardi


By a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce against monopolies [Microsoft?], trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions of the habeas corpus, no standing armies. These are fetters against doing evil which no honest government should decline. --Thomas Jefferson


In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these. --Paul Harvey


There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies." --Tony Hoare, 1980 ACM Turing Award Lecture


The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy. --Milton Friedman


A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. --George Santayana


Complaining is good for you as long as you're not not complaining to the person you're complaining about. --Lynn Johnston


Don't let schooling interfere with your education. --Mark Twain


Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not true. --Oliver Wendell Holmes


Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. Recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his. --Ronald Reagan


What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between he does what he wants to do. --Bob Dylan


What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body, no matter whether of the autocrats of Russia or France, or of the aristocrats of a Venetian Senate. --Thomas Jefferson


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. --Sir Winston Churchill


Speak softly and carry a big stick. --Theodore Roosevelt


Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. --Sir Winston Churchill


A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. --Dwight D. Eisenhower


We're not going to just shoot the sons of bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. --General George S. Patton


Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. --Confucius


I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. --Thomas A. Edison


Chance favors the prepared mind. --Louis Pasteur


The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program. --Ronald Reagan


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. --Benjamin Franklin


If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it. --Joseph Goebbels


The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. --Adam Walinsky


Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration. --Thomas A. Edison


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. --Barry Goldwater


Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. --Thomas Paine


Courage is grace under pressure. --Ernest Hemingway


Luck can't last a lifetime, unless you die young. --Russell Banks


For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. --H L Mencken


My psychiatrist told me I was crazy, and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you're ugly too. --Rodney Dangerfield


One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so...I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. --Thomas A. Edison


We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. --Albert Einstein


There never was any remarkable lawgiver amongst any people who did not resort to divine authority. --Niccolo Machiavelli


Time makes more converts than reason. --Tom Paine


No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect. --Edward Teller


Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. --Thomas Paine


We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. --George Orwell


If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. --Henry Ford


Deep Purple is a higher form of life for us, it is genius, it is inspiration. This is like having Lenin alive again. --Alexei Kuznetsov, Russia


If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. --Derek Bok


The man with a new idea is a crank, until the idea succeeds. --Mark Twain


But perhaps the being upon whom I am dependent is not God, and I have been produced either by my parents, or by some causes less perfect than Deity, ... This cannot be: for, as I before said, it is perfectly evident that there must at least be as much reality in the cause as in its effect; and accordingly, since I am a thinking thing and possess in myself an idea of God, whatever in the end be the cause of my existence, it must of necessity be admitted that it is likewise a thinking being, and that it possesses in itself the idea and all the perfections I attribute to Deity. --Rene Descartes


We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us. --an Israeli


Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. -- Jim Horning


Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted. --Dan Stanford


Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. --Henry Ford


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. --John F. Kennedy.


It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor. --Eric Hoffer


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


In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. --Galileo Galilei


The mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science. --Albert Einstein


You must be the change you want to see in the world. --Mahatma Gandhi


Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. --George Orwell


Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. --Saint Augustine


In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. --Ronald Reagan


Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. --Benjamin Franklin


Most rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read. --Frank Zappa


The control man has secured over nature has far outrun his control over himself. --Ernest Jones


Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. --Albert Einstein


The road to hell is paved with good intentions. --Samuel Johnson


Mathematics deals exclusively with the relations of concepts to each other without consideration of their relation to experience. --Albert Einstein


In any non-trivial axiomatic system, there are true theorems which cannot be proven. --Kurt Goedel


First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth. --Ernest Hemingway


Sometimes the pleasure of the wanting is greater than the pleasure of the having. --Mr. Spock (Star Trek)


The Democratic Party and I share one common interest: my paycheck. --Anon.


Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good. --Samuel Johnson


I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer. --Jim Carrey


Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! --Patrick Henry


A beautiful woman is a picture which drives all beholders nobly mad. --Emerson


Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. --Oliver Wendell Holmes


The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. --Lloyd Jones


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. --Churchill


History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. --Alexis de Tocqueville


The secret of success is constancy of purpose. --Benjamin Disraeli


Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who don't. --Anon.


I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. --Ann Landers


Knowledge is power. --Sir Francis Bacon


The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. --Vince Lombardi


You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. --Al Capone


An economist is someone who sees something happen and wonders whether it would work in theory. --Ronald Reagan


A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's printed on. --Sam Goldwyn


Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made. --George Burns


If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet. --Niels Bohr


If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? --Albert Einstein


Research is what I do when I don't know what I'm doing. --Werner von Braun


An expert is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows slides. --Edwin Meese III


The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. --Richard P. Feynman


Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser. --Vince Lombardi


History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there. --George Santayana


All cruelty springs from weakness. --Seneca (4 BC-65 AD)


He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead. --Voltaire


If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. --Isaac Newton


In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up. --Martin Niemoeller, German Lutheran Pastor


The greatest wealth is to live content with little. --Plato


If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. --George Orwell


Things are never so bad they can't be made worse. --Humphrey Bogart


Every man is ignorant -- just on different subjects. --Will Rodgers


Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear. --Mark Twain


What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know. --Saint Augustine


If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. --George Burns


Much of present-day biological knowledge is ideological. A key symptom of ideological thinking is the explanation that has no implications and cannot be tested. I call such logical dead ends antitheories because they have exactly the opposite effect of real theories: they stop thinking rather than stimulate it. Evolution by natural selection, for instance, which Charles Darwin originally conceived as a great theory, has lately come to function more as an antitheory, called upon to cover up embarrassing experimental shortcomings and legitimize findings that are at best questionable and at worst not even wrong. Your protein defies the laws of mass action? Evolution did it! Your complicated mess of chemical reactions turns into a chicken? Evolution! The human brain works on logical principles no computer can emulate? Evolution is the cause! --Robert B. Laughlin, Nobel-laureate physicist


It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. --Mark Twain


Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. --Andy Warhol


Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal. --Milton Friedman


Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. --Howard Aiken


To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association--the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it. --Thomas Jefferson


Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty. --Voltaire


The multitude of books is making us ignorant. --Voltaire


People who think they know everything really piss off those of us who actually do. --Anon.


Many useful results go unnoticed because the good work is buried in the rest. --David Parnas


Anything too stupid to be said is sung. --Voltaire


Baseball is 90 percent mental, and the other half is physical. --Yogi Berra.


The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps. --Benjamin Disraeli


The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. --Paul Valery


Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. --Henry Kissinger


Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. --George Washington


Dare to be naive. --R. Buckminster Fuller


Ironically, the word "ironically" is often misused. --Anon.


Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. --George Santayana


Cynicism is knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. --Oscar Wilde


We think in generalities, but we live in detail. --Alfred North Whitehead


There's no such thing as a free lunch. --Milton Friedman


Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway. --John Wayne


Character is much easier kept than recovered. --Thomas Paine


I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court. --Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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


Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half. --John Wanamaker


To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. --Marilyn vos Savant


Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help out that of the other. --George Orwell, 1942


United we stand, divided we fall. --Aesop


The quickest way to end a war is to lose it. --George Orwell


If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster. --Clint Eastwood


The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer. --George Santayana


And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. --Lord Acton


Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic. --Dan Rather


A witty saying proves nothing. --Voltaire


The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end. --Benjamin Disraeli


Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. --Milton Friedman


In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. --Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut


Nobody believes a theoretical analysis -- except the guy who did it. Everybody believes an experimental analysis -- except the guy who did it. --Anon.


Who shall guard the guardians themselves? --Juvenal


They talk most who have the least to say. --Matthew Prior


Hindsight is always 20/20. --Billy Wilder


It ain't over till it's over. --Yogi Berra


Insomnia isn't anything to lose sleep over. --Anon.


Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff. --Frank Zappa


Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both. --James Madison


Appearances can be deceiving. --Aesop


The Christian religion, when divested of the rags in which they [the clergy] have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of it's benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind. --Thomas Jefferson


He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many. --Sir Francis Bacon


If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. --W.E. Hickson


While money doesn't buy love, it puts you in a great bargaining position. --Anon.


Don't tell your problems to people: 80% don't care, and the other 20% are glad you have them. --Lou Holtz


Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind. --Albert Einstein


When you come to a fork in the road, take it! --Yogi Berra


It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. --James Madison


The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It is twice as large as it needs to be. --Anon.


Today it takes more brains and effort to make out the income tax form than it does to make the income. --Alfred E. Neuman


Never fight an inanimate object. --P.J. O'Rourke


The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood. --Alexander M. Haig, Jr.


It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. --Aesop


All generalizations are false -- including this one. --Mark Twain


Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. --Anon


My toughest fight was with my first wife. --Muhammad Ali


You can't build a reputation on what your're going to do. --Henry Ford


If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, then you will be fired with enthusiasm. --Vince Lombardi


It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. --Woody Allen


It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. --Voltaire


Don't count your chickens before they hatch. --Aesop


God is dead. --Nietzsche


Nietzsche is Dead --God


76.4% of all statistics are meaningless. --Anon.


We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. --Aesop


A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. --Anon.


Don't carry moderation to extremes. --Anon.


Tautologies are tautological. --Anon.


People have one thing in common: they are all different. --Robert Zend


Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. --Voltaire


We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. --George Orwell


Paielli's law of computer difficulty inversion: Computers make hard jobs easier, but they make easy jobs hard. --me


Paielli's law of computer program capability: A computer program will be capable of doing everything you could ever possibly want it to do, with one exception. That one exception will be the simplest, most basic feature that you desperately need right now. --me


If we don't get a missile defense before terrorist nations get missiles, we could end up looking back at September llth as a "minor" incident. --me


If missile defense never works, the money "wasted" on it will be the least of our concerns. --me


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