Quotes

Anything I like or find interesting



“In war, a grief-stricken man is the most terrible enemy their is. Predence, caution, fear, pain - for the grief stricken man these no longer exist. He lives only to lash out blindly at the enemy, to destroy, if he can, the author of his grief.” --Alister Maclean


“Imagine two men in a room, both of whom are standing up to their waist in gasoline. Now imagine them arguing because one has three matches, the other five.” -- Carl Sagan on the nuclear arms race


“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price” --Kahlil Gibran


“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” --Jimmy Wales


“Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” -- Robert Anson Heinlein


One day a woman comes to see Gandhi, with her son in tow...
'Tell my son to stop eating sugar!' she demanded of Ghandi.
Gandhi thought for a moment and replied 'Come back tomorrow.'
The woman (and her son) returned the next day, expecting some sort of display. Gandhi motioned the son forward. 'Stop eating sugar', he said to the son. The son bowed his head, nodded, and started to walk away, but his mother stopped him and turned to Gandhi.
'You could have said that yesterday. Why did you have us come back today?' she asked.
'Yesterday', Gandhi replied 'I was still eating sugar'.


“Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” --Albert Einstein


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien


“It is a strange comment on our society that those who sell their bodies are regarded as lower than those who sell their souls” --Unknown


“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” --Bertrand Russel


“Coffee is only a way of stealing time that should be rights belong to your slightly older self” --Terry Pratchett


“Physics is to math as sex is to masturbation.” -R. Feynman


“Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.” --Anonymous


“The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.” -- Neil Gaiman


“In a fair world refrigerators would make electricity” -- Unknown


“What luck for rulers that men do not think.” -- Adolf Hitler


“Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced” -- Albert Einstein


“Every book is a childrens book if the kid can read.” -- Unknown


”Copyright is monopoly, and produces all the effects which the general voice of mankind attributes to monopoly. [...] Monopoly is an evil. For the sake of the good we must submit to the evil; but the evil ought not to last a day longer than is necessary for the purpose of securing the good.” -- Thomas Babington Macaulay


“If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.” -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Isaac McPherson, Monticello, August 13, 1813


“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me” -- Thomas Jefferson again in the same letter


“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” -- George Bernard Shaw


“No problem. I have the capacity to do infinite work so long as you don't mind that my quality approaches zero.” -- Dilbert


“Man is the lowest-cost, 150-pound, nonlinear, all-purpose computer system which can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.” --NASA in 1965


“You can't take something off the Internet! That's like trying to take pee out of a swimming pool.”


“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


“Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.” -- Jim Horning


“Herr General, I see now, I have notions of honour which are outdated.”
“They're not outdated. Stored. With care, and love, for better times.”