Favorite Quotes

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
Robert Heinlein

If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion.
Lazarus Long

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

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

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein

Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot.
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in Magnum Force, 1973

Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works.
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street

I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm the president of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.
George Bush

I haven't lost my mind... it's backed up on tape around here somewhere.
Murphy's Laws of Computers

When you mathematize something you distill its essence.
Brian Arthur

Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here.
Sign on entrance to Plato's Academy.

All paid employments absorb and degrade the mind.

Anyone who cannot cope with Mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.
Notebooks of Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love", by Robert A. Heinlein

There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics.

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Isaac Asimov

The stages of a typical computer project

  1. Wild enthusiam.
  2. Disillusionment.
  3. Total confusion.
  4. Search for the guilty.
  5. Punishment of the innocent.
  6. Promotion of the non-participants.

Any story worth telling is worth exaggerating.
H S Truman

A Lisp programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing.
Alan Perlis

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
Winston Churchill

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
H. L. Mencken

If you think the United States has stood still, who built the largest shopping center in the world?
Richard Nixon

Kingfish: Well, good judgment comes from experience.
Amos: Then where does experience come from?
Kingfish: Experience comes from bad judgment.
Amos 'n Andy radio show

I don't believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution.
President Clinton, March 10, 1997

Mistakes were made.
Bill Clinton, press conference, Jan. 28, 1997

My counsel advises me that there is no controlling legal authority or case that says there was any violation of law whatsoever.
Al Gore, on fund-raising from his office (March 3, 1997)

Unless you are very rich and very eccentric, you will not enjoy the luxury of a computer in your own home.
Edward Yourdon, 1975, and later the author of "Time Bomb 2000"

Life is nothin' but money and fucking your bitch.
Ice Cube

Never look back, something might be gaining on you.
Satchel Paige

It used to be that being crazy meant something. Now everybody is crazy.
Charles Manson, SJ Mercury News, 20-Nov-94, p. 2F

An intellectual carrot -- the mind boggles.
James Arness in The Thing, a 1956 horror movie

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.
Sigmund Freud

If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
Winston Churchill

Power comes from the muzzle of a gun, those that have the guns have the power, those that have the power dictate what type of government their shall be.
Mao Tse Tung

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
Robert Heinlein

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Justice Louis Brandeis (1928)

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Robert Heinlein

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, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan (1986)

I think the ethical standards established in this White House have been the highest in the history of the White House.
Al Gore, October 1996

I want you to know with my own hands, all of my life, I put it in the plant beds and transferred it. I've hoed it. I've chopped it. I've shredded it, spiked it, put it in the barn and stripped it and sold it.
Al Gore, 1988

It is my deep personal conviction that abortion is wrong .... Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected ...
Al Gore, Sept 15, 1983 (Boston Globe, April 5, 1999)

A zebra does not change it's spots.
Al Gore, attacking President George Bush in 1992 (May 13th page of the "365 stupidest things ever said, 1999 Calendar")

He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."
Luke 22:36

When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science.
Lord Kelvin, Popular Lectures and Addresses (1891-1894)

We're not going to outlaw photography because someone takes dirty pictures. People use it for good things and bad things - and it's the same with encryption.
Missouri Senator (and later US Attorney General) John Ashcroft

They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Carl Sagan, in Broca's Brain

I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.
Spock, This Side of Paradise, stardate 3417.3..

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors -- when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you- when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice- you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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 clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit.
Robert Heinlein, Life-Line

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, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan (1986)

There are 1 user(s) connected to your computer. Shutting down your
computer will disconnect them. Do you want to continue?
               Yes No
A common Windows 98 error message. (Will "Yes" reboot or not?)

I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.
Jack Valenti in 1982 in testimony to the House of Representatives on why the VCR should be illegal.

It's embarrassing you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List.
Abbie Hoffman

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso

The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
George Burns

Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with your Microsoft product.
Ferenc Mantfeld

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge".
Isaac Asimov

The truth shall set you free, but first it's going to piss you off.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
Robert Byrne

Some people drink at the fountain of knowledge ... others just gargle.
slogan on a refrigerator magnet

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Robert A. Heinlein

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
Thomas B. Reed (1886)

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan, "A Time for Choosing" (TV address, 10/64)

Status quo, you know, that is Latin for “the mess we’re in.
Ronald Reagan, 3/16/81

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 own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C.S. Lewis

If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
Elbert Hubbard

12:45 Restate my assumptions. 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature. Evidence: the cycling of disease epidemics, the wax and wane of caribou populations, sunspot cycles, the rise and fall of the Nile.
Max in Pi (the movie), 1998

The enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious, and there is no rational explanation for it. It is not at all natural that 'laws of nature' exist, much less that man is able to discover them. The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.
Eugene Wigner

Never express yourself more clearly than you think.
Niels Bohr

I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience.
Ronald Reagan, 1984

What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach, so you get what we had here last week which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. And I don't like it any more than you men.
Strother Martin playing a prison warden in the movie Cool Hand Luke, 1967

I am thinking about something much more important than bombs. I am thinking about computers.
John von Neumann, 1946 (from Freeman Dyson's autobiography, chapter 18)

That Professor Goddard, with his "chair" in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution, does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react -- to say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.
A Jan. 13, 1920 NY Times editorial trashing Robert H. Goddard for thinking that a rocket could function in a vacuum

Biologists like to think they are chemists. Chemists like to think they are physicists. Physicists like to think they are mathematicians. And mathematicians like to think they are god.

I talk slowly but I am not stupid.
Melina's husband in Sweet Home Alabama

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.