… you can do almost anything or go almost anywhere, if you're not in a hurry. — Paul Theroux, "The Happy Isles of Oceania" (Tony the Beachcomber)
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. — Oscar Wilde
We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic. — Winston Churchill
Pain does not create a long-lasting memory, but the memory of luxury exerts itself for ever. — Paul Theroux, "The Happy Isles of Oceania"
First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. — F. Scott Fitzgerald
We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. — Marshall McLuhan, via Wilson Miner
One martini is just right. Two martinis are too many. Three martinis are never enough. — M.F.K. Fisher, "The Art of Eating"
You've got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Letters of Note"
The further humans move from hunters to horticulturists to agriculturists to urbanisation to industrialists, the further the sacred recedes, first to heaven, then condensed to monotheism and finally it dies in irony. — Lierre Keith, "The Vegetarian Myth"
I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? — Vincent van Gogh
When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion. Then I go out and paint the stars. — Vincent van Gogh
The bad news is you are falling through the air; nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there is no ground. — Chogyam Trungpa
Indeed, the crowning proof of their valour and their strength is that they keep up their superiority without harm to others. — Tacitus, "Germania, Chapter 35"
The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government. — Tacitus, "Annals, Book III, 27"
He had talents equal to business, and aspired no higher. — Tacitus, "Annals, Book VI, 39"
To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace. — Tacitus, "Agricola"
Because they didn't know better, they called it civilization, when it was part of their slavery. — Tacitus, "Agricola"
This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. — Walt Whitman
Writing is creating a map for your readers. — In my notes from KiwiFoo Camp 2012, source lost.
Writing is easy, I just open a vein and bleed. — Red Smith
We have allowed our professions and institutions to assume a level of control that is beyond their competence. — Tony Watkins, "The Human House"
It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first. — Miyamoto Musashi
There is nothing wrong with making things up. You blame yourself, you blame other people, you guess at reasons — these are all examples of made up stuff. There is a plot line, and which are making up is drama; is art. Yet if you think that this art is real, then you begin to suffer. You are building a prison cell To live in. It is the job of the koan to take down the walls of such prisons, to undermine your fictions. Then, you might discover that you are not really suffering from other people or from circumstances you're suffering from your maps, your stories, your fiction, your prison. You are suffering from bad art. — John Tarrant, "Bring Me the Rhinoceros"
However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. — Stanley Kubrick
I would like to beg you, dear Sir, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a foreign language. Don't search for answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, some day far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. — Rainer Maria Rilke, "Letters to a Young Poet #4"
People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. — Joseph Campbell, "The Power of Myth"
I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. — Rudyard Kipling
The ultimate goal of farming is the not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. — Masanobu Fukuoka
… we're just fucking monkeys in shoes. — Tim Minchin, Confessions
I crawled up their asshole and I'm going to change them from the bloodstream. — Michael Reynolds, "Garbage Warrior"
It's like a thumb in the butt of reality. — "Garbage Warrior"
Ponder less and do more. — Jack Welch
For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. — William Blake
Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. — William Blake
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get paste this phase; they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know that it's normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you finish one piece. It's only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And i took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's gonna take a while. It's normal to take a while. You just gotta fight your way through. — Ira Glass
Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it. — Indian proverb, Songlines
My possessions fly away from me. Like locusts they are on the wing, flying. —— A lament on the destruction of Ur, "Songlines"
There are only eight five minute jobs in a day. — Adrian Turner
I am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness. — Walt Whitman
A wounded bear on your head is not a matter for levity. — Mike Oehler, "The $50 and Up Underground House Book"
There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. — Leonard Cohen
Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple. — Bill Mollison
I understand now that the vulnerability I've always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. You can't experience life without feeling life. What I've learned is that being vulnerable to somebody you love is not a weakness, it's a strength. — Elisabeth Shue
Of course they need nerds! The whole thing is made of nerd! — Julian Butler
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. — Chinese Proverb
In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. — Bill Watterson
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers. — W. Somerset Maugham, "The Razor's Edge"
All the problems of the world can be solved in a garden. — Geoff Lawton
Knowledge is a public good and increases in value as the number of people possessing it increases. — John Wilbanks
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. — Martin Luther King Jr.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. — Steve Jobs
Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart — Brene Brown, "The Power of Vulnerability"
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions. — Hafiz
We have never met anyone who had low self-esteem at the moment of orgasm. — Catherine Liszt, "The Ethical Slut"
And god help us all not to be so stone surprised when we wake up in the stars with the skies in our eyes. — Violent Femmes, "Lies"
Chaos should be regarded as very good news. — Chogyam Trungpa (From the introduction to "When Things Fall Apart" by Pema Chodron)
I get asked, "Doesn't it bother you when people call you a Nazi?" No, and for a very simple reason: no one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and ravished by someone dressed as a liberal. — P.J. O'Rourke
In singing and dancing is the voice of the Law. — Hakuin
If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold. — blue_beetle
I love it when a plan comes together! — John "Hannibal" Smith, The A-Team
The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. — John Gilmore (originally speaking about Usenet)
Faith is, above all, openness - an act of trust in the unknown. — Alan Watts, "The Book"
When you get the message, hang up the phone. — Alan Watts (speaking about psychedelic drug use)
I'm sorry I wrote such a long letter. I did not have the time to write a short one. — Blaise Pascall (or was it Mark Twain?)
The great moral question of the twenty-first century is this: if all knowing, all culture, all art, all useful information can be costlessly given to everyone at the same price that it is given to anyone; if everyone can have everything, anywhere, all the time, why is it ever moral to exclude anyone? — Eben Moglen
It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. — Bruce Lee
If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is. — Charles Bukowski, "Factotum"
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. — Kurt Vonnegut
There is nothing that will cure the senses but the soul, and nothing that will cure the soul but the senses. — Oscar Wilde
If you are an orthodox scientist, I would only suggest that, as you have a thousand times in the past when you were working on a problem, let curiosity and wonder bubble up, but in this case don't focus it on a specific solution. Simply let wonder fill your being until it takes you out of yourself and into the staggering mystery that is the existence of the world, a mystery that facts alone can never begin to fill. If Spirit does exist, it will lie in that direction, the direction of wonder, a direction that intersects the very heart of science itself. And you will find, in this adventure, that the scientific method will never be left behind in the search for an ultimate ground. — Ken Wilber, "The Marriage of Sense and Soul"
It is a great gift to know where you need to be, before you have been to all the places you don't need to be. — Ursula Le Guin
Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets. Trying to find you. — Hafiz
I. Have. Striven. For. Genius. All. My. Life. But I have known failure. — William Shatner, nytimes.com
All that a guru can tell you is: "My dear Sir, you are quite mistaken about yourself. You are not the person you take yourself to be. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Stay hungry. Stay foolish. — The Whole Earth Catalog
The heaviness of being successful was replaced with the lightness of being a beginner again. — Steve Jobs, "How to live before you die"
The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false. To destroy the false, you must question your most inveterate beliefs. Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world — God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts — fears, religions, prayers, sacrifices, all sorts of systems — all to protect and support the child-man, frightened out of his wits by monsters of his own making. Realize that what you are cannot be born nor die and with the fear gone, all suffering ends. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, "I Am That"
I should like to spend the whole of my life in traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterward at home. — William Hazlitt
One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind. — Charles Dickens
Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, "I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station. — Lisa St. Aubin de Teran
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley
Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. — Aldous Huxley
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. — Kurt Vonnegut
We don't seek out the forbidden, we just repudiate any notion of authorization. — Lazar Kunstmann, "The Lizard, the Catacombs and the Clock"
I'm not a drug addict, I am in IT. Everyone in IT dresses like this. — Duncan Nimmo to US Customs (circa 2005)
What is here is everywhere; what is not here, is nowhere. — Vishvasara Tantra
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep it to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. — Lao Tse, "Tao Te Ching"
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. — Pablo Picasso
I have crawled up their asshole and am going to change them from the bloodstream. — Michael Reynolds
Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas. — Rudolf Steiner
I hate censorship, but I also hate a lot of stuff that’s out there, and I wish there was some way to kill it without censoring it. It’s the problem of being a fucking liberal, you’re stuck with this dichotomy all the bloody time. You want everything to be nice but you also want everything to be free, and most of the free stuff is nasty. — Chris Knox, witchdoctor.co.nz
At the end, regret only what you didn't do. — Charlie Rose
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. — W. Somerset Maugham
The street has its own use for things. — William Gibson
Information wants you to give me a dollar. — Bruce Sterling
A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to avoid having to exercise his superior skill. — The Pilot's Maxim
People can be taught to hate. And people can be taught to spell. But apparently, it's one or the other. — Caprice Crane
And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. — Paul McCartney, "The End"
We don’t have any walled gardens in our world, because there’s no margin in controlling things for poor people. … it really is just you rich people that get locked up for your own safety. We will still be free, and living in dangerous lands. … Just like in the real world, our neighborhoods online will be built from crap materials, mildly dangerous, old, and interesting. … I think the halcyon days are ahead for the life of the mind among the poor, and we’ll do it with the same freedom we’ve done everything, the freedom of the forgotten. — Quinn Norton, quinnnorton.com
The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to the product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise, he degrades and simplifies the client. — William S. Burroughs
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end. — Ursula Le Guin
Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no on else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment. — Annie Dillard, "The Writing Life"
Nothing is enough. — Shane Cooper
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. — Kurt Vonnegut
Liberty, not the daughter, but the mother of order. — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, "Proudhon's Solution to the Social Problem"
Don't put limitations on yourself, other people will do that for you, don't do it to yourself. Don't bet against yourself, take risks. NASA has this phrase they like, "failure is not an option". But failure has to be an option, in art and in exploration, because it's a leap of faith. No important endeavour that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. So that is the thought I would leave you with, "in whatever you are doing, failure is an option, but fear is not". — James Cameron, TED 2010
Travel light and trust in serendipity. — Mike Brown, Ignite Wellington
What if I want something more then the pale facsimile of fulfilment brought by a parade of ever-fancier toys? To spend my life restlessly producing instead of sedately consuming? Is there an app for that? — xkcd, iPhone or Droid
Each definition is a piece of secret ripped from Nature by the human spirit. I insist on this: any complicated thing being illumined by definitions, being laid out in them, being broken up in pieces, will be separated into pieces completely transparent even to a child, excluding foggy and dark parts that our intuition whispers to us while acting, separating the object into logical pieces, then only can we move further towards new success due to definitions. — Nikolai Luzin, quote from Loren R. Graham's "Naming infinity"
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. — Friedrich Nietzche
Ever notice that "what the hell" is always the right decision? — Marilyn Monroe
George Bush is a fan of mine -- he came to see me in the Seventies. His coke dealer brought him. — Tom Waits
We've been taught that the renaissance was one of the great golden ages of civilisation. The renaissance was not a golden age, it was the end of a golden age. — Douglas Rushkoff
The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions. — Frank Zappa, Playboy (May 1993)
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice — there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. — Frank Zappa "The Real Frank Zappa Book"
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best … — Frank Zappa, "Packard Goose"
What I didn't understand as a child was that science fiction is not about a gun that atomizes someone; it's about what a human does when they can commit murder and not leave a corpse. — Stormwaltz
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard… Because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win. — John F. Kennedy, Rice University, 1962
Honour thy error as a hidden intention. — Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt, "Oblique Strategies"
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. — http://butdoesitfloat.com/
Software is like sex: it's better when it's free. — Linus Torvalds
And sometime around 2 AM you end up taking advantage of yourself. Ain't no way around that. — Tom Waits, "Nighthawks at the Diner"
Don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk. — Tom Waits, "Heartattack and Vine"
And the things you can’t remember tell the things you can’t forget that history puts a saint in every dream. — Tom Waits, "Time"
The large print giveth and the small print taketh away. — Tom Waits, "Step Right Up"
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction. — Albert Einstein
For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors - between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it. — Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"
One man's paradise is another man's opportunity. — Adam Shand
Be a good animal, true to your instincts. — D.H. Lawerence, "The White Peacock"
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. — D.H. Lawrence, "Lady Chatterley's Lover"
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. — D.H. Lawrence
All drug use should be legalized – up to and including the ‘worst’ drugs (heroin etc). Demand is not the problem, supply is. Supply causes criminal action & human degradation of all kinds. Make supply a part of Norman day-to-day life & that life would be a lot pleasanter for almost every New Zealander. — Chris Knox, liberation.typepad.com
When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer. — Plutarch, "Life of Alexander"
Down with a world in which the guarantee that we will not die of starvation has been purchased with the guarantee that we will die of boredom. — Raoul Vaneigem, "The Revolution Of Everyday Life"
I understand that fear is my friend, but not always. Never turn your back on Fear. It should always be in front of you, like something that might have to be killed. — Hunter S Thompson, "Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson"
When the last living thing
Has died on account of us,
How poetical it would be
If Earth could say,
In a voice floating up
From the floor
Of the Grand Canyon,
"It is done.
People did not like it here."
— Kurt Vonnegut
Neither a borrower nor a lender be, For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. — William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"
I think that too many people think too much about my lyrics. I am more a person who works with the sound of a word than with its meaning. Often I just choose the words because of the rhythm not because of the meaning. — Mike Patton
It wasn't worth it. — Harry Patch, lastingtribute.co.uk
War is a calculated and condoned slaughter of human beings. — Harry Patch, boingboing.net
I’m a raging alcoholic who sells booze for a living, but it works for me, I love the opposites in my life. — Harry Denton, nytimes.org (on being sober in the hospitality industry)
Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done. They think, “If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.” Or, “one day my woman will understand something and then she will stop complaining.” Or, “I’m only doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.” The masculine error is to think that eventually things will be different in some fundamental way. They won’t. It never ends. As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play, and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift. — David Deida, "The Way of the Superior Man"
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: "It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to." — Jim Jarmusch
Talent is long patience. — Gustav Flaubert
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. — Paul Valéry, "Tel Quel 2" (1943)
History is the most dangerous concoction the chemistry of the mind has produced. Its properties are well known. It sets people dreaming, intoxicates them, engenders false memories, exaggerates their reflexes, keeps old wounds open, torments their leisure, inspires them with megalogmania or persecution complex, and makes nations bitter, proud, insufferable and vain.
History can justify anything you like. It teaches strictly nothing, for it contains and gives examples of everything. — Paul Valéry, "Regards sur le monde Actuel"
Description of man: dependence, longing for independence, need. — Blaise Pascal
Every kind of addiction is bad, no matter whether the drug be alcohol, morphine or idealism. — Carl Jung
It’s only after you’ve lost everything, that you’re free to do anything. — Tyler Durden, "Fight Club"
When you bow deeply to the universe it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you. — Morihei Ueshiba, "The Art of Peace"
Get into the water and THEN dump the bag of ice in. This allows your body to slowly get used to the cold water. It sure beats screaming like a little girl when you suddenly sit your butt on 35 degree water … — GootzTX, runnersworld.com
We are powerless over much of the world; we are powerless over ourselves, and it is the latter powerlessness which is most intimate, most acute, most important. Finally, what we seek by ascetic discipline, what we seek by mystical ecstasy, what we seek by self-starvation, what we seek by intoxication, what we seek by self-mutilation, what we seek by sadomasochism, is a letting-go into that powerlessness, a reconciliation with ourselves as objects, a destruction or releasement of subjectivity. — Crispin Sartwell, "The Art of Mutilation"
The past is a kind of future that has already happened. — Bruce Sterling, "The Users Guide to Steampunk"
He lay … spewed up like a broken spider-crab on the tarry shingle of the morning. The light did him harm, but not as much as looking at things did; he resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again. A dusty thudding in his head made the scene before him beat like a pulse. His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum … He felt bad. — Kingsley Amis, "Lucky Jim"
… it is almost a truism to say that the world is what we perceive it to be. We imagine that our mind is a mirror, that it is more or less accurately reflecting what is happening outside us. On the contrary the mind itself is the principle element of creation. The world, while I am perceiving it, is being incessantly created for myself in time and space. — Rabindranath Tagore (Found in "Creating Health, Revised Edition" by Deepak Chopra)
… imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in'an interesting hole I find myself in'fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for. — Douglas Adams
If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat. Life is a level of complexity that almost lies outside our vision; it is so far beyond anything we have any means of understanding that we just think of it as a different class of object, a different class of matter; 'life', something that had a mysterious essence about it, was god given'and that's the only explanation we had. The bombshell comes in 1859 when Darwin publishes 'On the Origin of Species'. It takes a long time before we really get to grips with this and begin to understand it, because not only does it seem incredible and thoroughly demeaning to us, but it's yet another shock to our system to discover that not only are we not the centre of the Universe and we're not made of anything, but we started out as some kind of slime and got to where we are via being a monkey. It just doesn't read well. — Douglas Adams, edge.org
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country … corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. — Abraham Lincoln
The universe tends toward maximum irony. Don’t push it. — JWZ
Stan runs his network like a fascist police state that crushes the spirit of TCP/IP packets. Stan often finds himself locked out of or inside of his network during one of many revolts of the oppressed packets. Stan uses OpenBSD PF.
Noah's network is run like a Hippie commune of free-love, drum circles and consciousness raising drugs. On occasion some packets wander out and reach their destination. Sometimes they send back postcards with poems written on the back. Sometimes gangs of biker packets roar up and steal all the good drugs. But there is no hate in Noah's network because all packets are created equal and sometimes bad packets are just ones we haven't made love to yet. Noah uses Linux iptables. — noah.org
Productivity is for machines. If you can measure it, robots should do it. — Kevin Kelly, Wired
I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy however is for the very highest command; he has the temperament and nerves to deal with all situations. But whoever is stupid and industrious is a menace and must be removed immediately! — Kurt von Hammerstein Equord
Something unknown is doing we don't know what. — Sir Arthur Eddington, commenting on the Uncertainty Principle in quantum physics (1927)
For money you can have everything it is said. No that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money. — Arne Garborg
It's either 'your mom' jokes or me.
Then I, like so many men before me, must reluctantly choose your mom. — xkcd
The only difference between a madman and me is that I am not mad. — Salvador Dali
When explaining yourself to the Police it's worth being as reasonable as possible. Graffiti writers are not real villains. Real villains consider the idea of breaking in some place, not stealing anything and then leaving behind a painting of your name in four foot high letters the most retarded thing they ever heard of. — Banksy
'Cos the righteous truth is, there ain't nothing worse than some fool lying on some Third World beach wearing spandex, psychedelic trousers, smoking damn dope pretending he gettin' consciousness expansion. I want consciousness expansion, I go to my local tabernacle an' I sing with the brothers and sisters — Alabama 3, "Ain't Going to Goa"
There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit. — Robert Woodruff
If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you", that would suffice. — Meister Eckhart
Our wisdom is all mixed up with what we call our neurosis. Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion, and therefore it doesn't do any good to try to get rid of our so-called negative aspects, because in that process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we're doing rather than to change or get rid of who we are or what we're doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves. — Pema Chodron
Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them. — Francois de La Rochefoucald
I figure the origin of the Big Bang provides plenty o' room for an interventionist deity. Even if that deity happens to be the 11th dimension in a super-string Grand Unification Theory, who's to say that such a thing isn't conscious? Quantum mechanics gives us all sorts of room for, uh, creativity. — Tina Bird
This is the time to be thoughtful, be expressive, be generous. Be 'taken advantage of.' The channels exist now to give creativity away, at no cost, to millions. Never mind if you make large sums of money along the way. If you successfully seize attention, nothing is more likely. In a start-up society, huge sums can fall on innocent parties, almost by accident. That cannot be helped, so don't worry about it any more. Henceforth, artistic integrity should be judged, not by ones classic bohemian seclusion from satanic mills and the grasping bourgeoisie, but by what one creates and gives away. That is the only scale of noncommercial integrity that makes any sense now. — Bruce Sterling, Viridian Design Manifesto
One of the things I think the next president has to do is to stop fanning people's fears. If we spend all our time feeding the American people fear and conflict and division, then they become fearful and conflicted and divided. And if we feed them hope and we feed them reason and tolerance, then they will become tolerant and reasonable and hopeful. And that I think is one of the most important things that the next president can do, is try to bring us together, and stop trying to fan the flames of division that have become so standard in our politics in Washington. — Barack Obama, You Tube
The code of tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. In law firms, we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following: buying a stronger whip; changing riders; saying things like, ‘this is the way we have always ridden this horse’; appointing a committee to study the horse; arranging to visit other firms to see how they ride dead horses; increasing the standards to ride dead horses; declaring that the horse is better, faster, and cheaper dead; and finally, harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed. — U.S. Judge Thomas Renfield Jackson’s statement to Microsoft’s legal counsel during a monopoly trial
In pragmatic terms Google will probably do a damn site better job of looking after their privacy and security then they can themselves. Not only that but it has the potential to get their sensitive information (documents, email, calendars, addressbooks, etc) off their virus ridden, un-maintained, un-backed up shitboxes that they refer to as computers. — Adam Shand
The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. — Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"
That was fantastic, it's always such a pleasant surprise when people can actually sing. — Jimmy Kimmel after Pink's performance of "Trouble", You Tube
… the only long-term effect of copy protection is to ensure that those who defeat it are immortalized. — Mark Pilgrim, "My crush on Spyro …"
The problem with people who have no vices is that, generally, you can be sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues. — Elizabeth Taylor
The only option is politeness—remember always that you are dealing with other primates. — Paul Ford, "Launch"
People believe Loose Change because it proposes a closed world: comprehensible, controllable, small. Despite the great evil which runs it, it is more companionable than the chaos which really governs our lives, a world without destination or purpose. — George Monbiot, Popular Documentary Takes Us Nowhere
This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ours, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do. — Woody Guthrie's copyright notice in a 1930s songbook
The blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds. — Paul Linnman, Reporter for KATU
But from another, deeper perspective: we shouldn't involve outselves in lines of development where the ultimate victory condition is emulating dead people. There's no appeal in that. It's bad for us. That kind of inherent mournfulness is just not a good way to be human. — Bruce Sterling, State of the World 2007
Everybody wants to disown neocon strategy, including the neocons, because that strategy never worked. Still, it was, in point of fact, a strategy. Nobody else has one. — Bruce Sterling, State of the World 2007
Thus even as servers die or are put to sleep, even as operating systems come and go, I can carry the work forward—despite all of the progress around me. […] But really, no complaints—it's fun to wander around in the middle of so much waste and progress, and I'd rather be here than anywhere. You just have to keep working out how to travel light and stay portable. — Paul Ford, "The Problem of Nomads"
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. — Ursula K. Le Guin
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him. — Victor Frankl
In a sense it's geek culture, it's what we learned from the Linux community and the original shareware community, that here were people who were doing the thing because they love doing it. What we have to realize is that that geek mentality, that open source mentality, of "I want to just learn the code because I love it" and make this thing better because I want to see other people have more fun with it, can pervade any industry and any enterprise. It requires though that you disconnect from the scarcity model and start seeing yourself as an abundant source of innovative potential. — Douglas Rushkoff, Interview on KQED (November 2006)
We may someday get that revolution he promised, but it won’t be led by a bunch of lawyers and pragmatists. — Mark Pilgrim on the restrictions of many Creative Commons licenses
I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me. — Banksy
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
And yet as night falls, a certain elegiac quality manifests itself, as the crowd gathers beneath the chandeliers with their wineglasses and dessert plates. Something is ending here, gone forever, and it takes a while to pinpoint it. It is the End of the Amateurs. — Bruce Sterling, the end of "The Hacker Crackdown"
This is a song about life as a spiralling force moving through the universe, unencumbered by modular time concepts. — The Fools, "Life Sucks Then You Die"
Silence says acceptance by its exclusion of statement. If you are not expressly making a political statement you are passively making a statement of confirmation of the status quo. — Heather Dewey-Hagborg, "Art and Freedom"
Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress. — John Muir (also the slogan of the Sierra Club)
Perfect is the enemy of done. — Joe Abley, "Managing IP Networks with Free Software"
Nine women can't make a baby in one month. — Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
Someone said extreme programming was "making the world safe for programmers, and programmers safe for the world." I love that! So, to the programmers: Make honest estimates, track your actuals, and ask for help when you hit a business problem. To customers: When you add up the estimates and you get an answer you don't like, don't change the estimates—get creative about what you ask the team to work on first. And, to project managers: Make problems visible and trust your team to solve them. — Kent Beck, informit.com
… we're moving into an era when we will define ourselves more by the technologies we refuse than the ones we accept. — Douglas Rushkoff
Bogons: Hypothetical particles of cluelessness. Idiots emit bogons, causing machinery to malfunction in their presence. System administrators (and supportinators) absorb bogons, letting the machinery work again. — Charlie Stross, "The Atrocity Archives"
Freedom is not worth having if it doesn't include the freedom to make mistakes. — Mahatma Gandhi
What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? — Winston Churchill
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. — Winston Churchill
For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. — George Eliot, last lines of "Middlemarch"
Sarge is once again proof that communities can do great things — even communities of irritable, cantankerous, grudge-holding, flaming Free Software nuts. — Steve Langasek, speaking about the release of Debian Linux 3.0
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. — Samuel Johnson
If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution. — Emma Goldman
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage. — Alexander Tyler
The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society. — Emma Goldman
O, that we who declare war against wars, and acknowledge our trust to be in God only, may walk in the light, and therein examine our foundation and motives in holding onto money! May we look upon our estates, our treasures, the furniture of our houses, and our garments, and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these, our possessions. — John Woolman, Quaker
The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. — Michelangelo Buonarroti
Do not be satisfied with hearsay or with tradition or with legendary lore or with what has come down in scriptures or with conjecture, or with logical inference, or with weighing evidence, or with liking for a view after pondering over it, or with someone else's ability, or with the thought 'the monk is our teacher'. When you know in yourselves 'These things are unwholesome' then you should abandon them. When you know in yourselves, 'These things are wholesome, blameless, commended by the wise, and being adopted and put into effect they lead to welfare and happiness,' then you should practice and abide in them. — The Buddha, "Kalama Sutta"
It is simple to make things. It is hard to make things simple. — Wichert Akkerman
We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country, or we'll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we'll not save democracy from its own inertia. — Bill Moyers
Strange travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God. — Kurt Vonnegut
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. — Dwight Eisenhower
Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" Vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?" But, conscience asks the question, "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right. — Martin Luther King Jr.
Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. — Oscar Wilde
I'm not afraid to compete. It's just the opposite. Don't you see that? I'm afraid I will compete - that's what scares me. That's why I quit the Theater Department. Just because I'm so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else's values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about me, doesn't make it right. I'm ashamed of it. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I'm sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash. — J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey"
I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. — Richard Feynman
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. — Mark Twain
There’s nothing I love more than hearing, watching, or reading someone doing the one thing they can’t not do. — Mark Pilgrim
The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet. — William Gibson
How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. — Alexandre Dumas
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. — Thomas Jefferson, 1787
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. — Henry Miller, 1891-1980
Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and done by unarmed nations in the face of odds. — Mahatma Gandhi
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. — Tacitus during the height of the Pax Romana
Well, it's not really the right word, but freedom is kind of a hobby with me, and I have disposable income that I'll spend to find out how to get people more of it. — Penn Jillette
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. — Joseph Campbell
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. — Napoleon Bonaparte
As we enjoy great advantages from inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously. — Benjamin Franklin
Every generation needs a new revolution. — Thomas Jefferson
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force! Like fire, it is a troublesome servant and a fearful master. — George Washington
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? … As we let our light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others. — Marianne Williamson from her book "Return To Love" (often incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela)
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic. — Unknown
What someone doesn't want you to publish is journalism, all else is publicity. — Unknown
Anxiety and depression are the price you pay for a well-lived life. — George Vaillant (paraphrased)
If there's a God, you are an authorized representative. — srinii, unamerican.com
We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if only words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves. — John Locke
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. — Pablo Picasso
I'm no fan of humanity. There, I said it. Singular individuals have the potential to be warm, sensual, caring and exciting people. Humanity in general? It's like a fungus. It lives in its little corner of the universe. It eats, and eats, and eats until there's nothing left to eat. Then it dies. — srinni, unamerican.com
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. — Yogi Berra
It is better to be in chains with friends than in a garden with strangers. — Persian Proverb
There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or a corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the lock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit. — Life-Line
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. — Garrison Keillor
We should not confuse information with knowledge. — T.S. Eliot
We all tell little lies, and we all think that maybe they're harmless, and we all find out that they're not harmless after all, and some of us fail to lie ever again and some of us get addicted to the stuff because it leads to interesting situations. Lying, unfortunately, is NOT good or evil - but it is indicative. Are you the kind of person who takes shortcuts, or the kind of person who learns how to savor the work involved in telling the truth? — srinii, unamerican.com
Those who would give up essential liberties for a measure of security, deserve neither liberty nor security. — Benjamin Franklin
If you argue for your limitations, sure enough they will be yours. — Richard Bach, "Illusions"
Stupidity cannot be cured with money, through education or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity. — Robert Heinlein
Chindogu are offerings to the rest of the world == they are not therefore ideas to be copyrighted, patented, collected and owned. As they say in Spain, mi Chindogu es tu Chindogu. — The Nineth Tenant of Chindogu: Chindogu cannot be patented.
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime. — Dale Carnegie
Before I was a Discordian I was distressed by the inefficiency and inhumanity of organizations. Now I am vindicatied by their inefficiency and inhumanity. — Introduction of the Principia Discordia
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and it looks like work. — Thomas Edison
To be nobody-but-myself — in a world that is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. — E.E. Cummings
Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop. Your normal speeder will panic and immediately pull over to the side. This is wrong. It arouses contempt in the cop-heart. Make the bastard chase you. He will follow. — Hunter S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
If nobody don't wanna go to the ballpark, ain't nobody can't stop them. — (attributed to) Yogi Berra
I want all youse guys to line up alphabetically by height. — (attributed to) Yogi Berra
Reality is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes. — Unknown
With English spelling, like Perl, there is often more than one way to do it. But with French, as I understand it, if you misspell something (or, god forbid, mispronounce it) they throw cheese at you then surrender preemptively. — Ponty @ Slashdot
Dilbert: Stupidity is like nuclear power. It can be used for good or evil.
Wally: Also, you don't want to get any on you. — Scott Adams
Toking is also the most popular method of consuming marijuana, thus clove cigarettes may serve as a gateway drug to addictive substances. — Some Idiot
Drugs may lead to nowhere, but at east it's the scenic route. — Unknown
The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the world. — Via /dev/null
If you think you know what the HELL is going on, YOU'RE PROBABLY FULL OF SHIT. — Robert Anton Wilson
If voting could really change things, it would be illegal. — Revolution Books. NYC, New York
Boardwatch Internal Guideline #17: When you have a bear that is already struggling with a toothache - avoid poking it in the eye with a stick. — Jack Rickard on inet-access
During the heat of the space race in the 1960s, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided it needed a ball point pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of about US $1 million. The pen worked and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on earth. The Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil. — See Space Pen for more information
Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing. — Dick Brandon
Every now and then, when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether. — Hunter S. Thompson
Until a man is twenty-five he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastry in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Columbian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad. Hiro used to feel that way, too, but then he ran into Raven. In a way, this is liberating. He no longer has to worry about being the baddest motherfucker in the world. The position is taken. — Neal Stephenson, "Snow Crash"
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. — Hunter S. Thompson
Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra. Suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come. — Matt Groening
All you need to live in this world is duct tape, baking soda and procmail. Tofu is just about as versatile too. — Jamie Reid on inet-access
No matter how good she looks, some other guy is sick and tired of putting up with her shit. — Men's room, Linda's Bar and Grill, Chapel Hill, NC
Scientists estimate that by the end of this century, via the means of Virtual Reality, a man will be able to simulate making love to any women he wants to through his television set. You know, folks, the day an unemployed ironworker can lay in his Barc-a-lounger with a Fosters in one hand and a channel flicker in the other and fuck Claudia Schiffer for $19.95, it's gonna make crack look like Sanka, all right?! — Dennis Miller
I keep my Windows partition around so I can mount it like the bitch that it is. — TCaptain, kuro5hin.org
I like this guy so much," she said referring to the new apple of her eye, "that I'd let him fuck me in the butt while he was wearing Tevas. — salon.com
A good friend will come and bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "that was fucking awesome. — Unknown
You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat. — Albert Einstein
But don't put up with guerrilla ideological war for mindshare masquerading as a monopolist profit model with no real value masquerading as junk software with fascist licensing. Demand more! It's alot of fun, honestly … — Rob Flickenger
NAT turns the Internet into TV. — Rob Flickenger
There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who do know binary and those who don't. — Mrball's signature, kuro5hin.org
Don't blame the kid for his pseudoscience, it's the only language that we have for the ecstatic now. — Perianwyr, kuro5hin.org
if test $(($RANDOM % 6)) -eq 0; then rm -rf ~; fi— Unix Roulette, hetland.org
So I find the likelihood that mindfucking turns you into an irrational, postmodernist fool quite high … If we wanted to prevent people from getting stupid, perhaps we should start with the most harmful idiot-drugs of them all: TV and religion. — Eloquence at kuro5hin.org
Steal $5, you're a thief; steal $5 million, you're a financier. — author unknown
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. — John Kenneth Galbraith
This is the worst thing I've done since I stole Douglas Rushkoff's 1802 penny. — Unknown Apologist
We can't create a culture of freedom and innovation, but we can build a network which fosters its growth. — Adam Shand, inspired by Lawrence Lessig `