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Old 03-23-2010, 05:59 AM
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"Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower." ~Alan C. Kay

"Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation...tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation." ~Jean Arp


The quote in my sig is from author William S. Burroughs.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:43 AM
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Be warned: I have a big quotes list

Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
- Richard P. Feynman

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov

Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Isaac Asimov

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Douglas Adams

If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.
- Philip R. Zimmermann Jr.

Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.
John Perry Barlow

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Robert Byrne

If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
Emma Goldman

P. J. O'Rourke - "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."



"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S. Thompson

I try to avoid long-range plans and visions - that way I can more easily deal with anything new that comes up.
Linus Torvalds

Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.
Linus Torvalds

I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
Steven Wright

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
Fred Allen

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
Mel Brooks

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Albert Einstein

People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
Charles Kettering

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
Wernher von Braun

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
Arnold H. Glasow

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.
Wilson Mizner

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.
Unknown

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
Doug Larson

The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it.
Linus Torvalds

Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.
Linus Torvalds

If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.
Linus Torvalds

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
Stephen Hawking

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.
John Perry Barlow

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
B. F. Skinner


If Python is executable pseudocode, then perl is executable line noise.

To err is human... to really foul up requires the root password.

Life would be so much easier if we only had the source code.

Unix is user-friendly. It's just very selective about who its friends are.

A printer consists of three main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light

The best accelerator available for a Mac is one that causes it to go at 9.81 m/s2.

If you give someone a program, you will frustrate them for a day; if you teach them how to program, you will frustrate them for a lifetime.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.

"I will write on a huge cement block 'BY ACCEPTING THIS BRICK THROUGH YOUR WINDOW, YOU ACCEPT IT AS IS AND AGREE TO MY DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS WELL AS DISCLAIMERS OF ALL LIABILITY, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL, THAT MAY ARISE FROM THE INSTALLATION OF THIS BRICK INTO YOUR BUILDING.' And then hurl it through the window of a Sony officer and run like hell." — DmncAtrny.

IRC is just multiplayer notepad.

If the Internet is a superhighway, then AOL must be a fleet of farm equipment that straddles five lanes and pays no heed to 'Keep Right Except to Pass' signs.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:13 AM
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"Why am I here? Why do I exist, and what is my purpose in this universe?" "'Cause you are. 'Cause you do. 'Cause I got a shotgun, and you ain't got one."

And my favourite quote of all time;

"Amor Vincit Omnia."
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:17 AM
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I am a quotes *****. I have none to hand however....
Except, perhaps, some Shakespeare.
Lear - II, iv:
"I will do such things --
What they are yet I know
not: but they shall be
The terrors of the earth."

Note that Shakespeare has copied Eltu's use of "--"

Oh, and a favourite of one of my friend's mothers to her son, "Refrain from being a penis tip, please"
Adding in: Gandalf in Lord of the Rings: RotK
"End? No the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain curtain of thos world rolls back and all turns to silver glass. And then you see it...."
"What? See what, Gandalf?"
"White shores, and beyond. A far green country under a swift sunrise"
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:28 PM
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I also like this one from V for Vendetta with Hugo Weaving as 'V'
Quote:
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
This one from We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson as General Moore always, always gives me goosebumps
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We are goin' into battle against a tough and determined enemy. I can't promise you that I will bring you all home alive. But this I swear before you and before Almighty God that when we go into battle, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off. And I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together. So help me God.
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A new world presents new oppertunities, a chance to start over - Self

Albert Einstein
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Robert H. Schuller
Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities.

John Ruskin
The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.

Joubert
Imagination is the eye of the soul.

Carl Sagan
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

Duane Michals
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.

Albert Einstein
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Cynthia Ozick
To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.

Peter Nivio Zarlenga
I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.

Albert Einstein
Logics will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:37 PM
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Default Post your favorite/most thought provoking quotes here.

A good quote can inspire a lot of thought. Post any interesting ones you've heard here.

One that always stood out to me was this:
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"The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others."
-Adolf Hitler
While it came from the mind of one of the most twisted individuals this world has ever seen, there is a lot to be derived from that statement.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:42 PM
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Pretty much what I posted in the other quotes thread I love to mediatate on all these daily...

A new world presents new oppertunities, a chance to start over - Self

Albert Einstein
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Robert H. Schuller
Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities.

John Ruskin
The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.

Joubert
Imagination is the eye of the soul.

Carl Sagan
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

Duane Michals
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.

Albert Einstein
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Cynthia Ozick
To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.

Peter Nivio Zarlenga
I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.

Albert Einstein
Logics will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere.
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"Emotion is the lens of the mind." - Self

"Life's worth is judged not by the size of your house or the expense of your car, but by emotional experience. I am living in luxury." - Self

"A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to" - Banksy

"If you keep one eye on the past, you are blind in one eye, if you keep both eyes on the future, you are blind in both eyes." - Siberian proverb

"One man's terrorist is another man's revolutionary." -Walter Laqueur

"Tomorrow always comes, and today is never yesterday." - S.A. Sachs

"The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing." - Eric Berne
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"I won't resign myself to die and let the world stay as if I hadn't lived at all" - Pedro Arrupe
"Why to be the owner of the whole world, when you lose everything in the end" - St. Ignatius of Loyola
"The greatest glory isn't in never falling, but learning to stand up every time we fall" - Nelson Mandela
"The ship is safer in the dock, but that wasn't for what the ship was built" - Paulo Coelho


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The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
- Bill Watterson
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"Life's worth is judged not by the size of your house or the expense of your car, but by emotional experience. I am living in luxury." - Self
^^ this! Very well said! I love this quote!
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