Quotes that I happen to like (in no particular order)

"Smallpox is natural; vaccine ain't." - Ogden Nash

"Leave children enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing."
- Warren Buffett (FORTUNE Magazine, September 29, 1986)

"When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber." - Winston Churchill

"It is possible to proceed perfectly logically from an inaccurate premise to an inaccurate and unfortunate conclusion." - Donald Rumsfeld

"The four most dangerous words in investing are: 'this time it's different.'" - Sir John Templeton

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" - Captain Renault (Casablanca, 1942)

"the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons" - Ralph Waldo Emerson (From Worship)

"I can resist everything except temptation." - Oscar Wilde

"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son." - Dean Vernon Wormer (Animal House, 1978)

"This isn't right. This isn't even wrong." - Wolfgang Pauli

"The only constant factor in management's failures is the management." - ?

“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” - Will Rogers

“In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.” - Adlai E. Stevenson II

(Computer Security) "Do everything that should not be possible and see if it is." - ?

(Computer Security) "Obscurity is to security what camouflage is to armor." - Michael J. Burns (From Zeasoft page 44)

(About people giving him their personal info) "People just submitted it. I don't know why. They 'trust me'. Dumb fucks." - Mark Zuckerberg (And here.)

"Facebook is life clutter." - John C. Dvorak

"If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't." - Admiral Hyman Rickover

"Hell is other people." - Jean-Paul Sartre

 "No man can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one may be true." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” - Peter Thiel

"The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other." - Franz Kafka (The Trial, 1925)

"You can't fix stupid. There's not a pill you can take; there's not a class you can go to. Stupid is forever." - Ron White

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke

"In sharp contrast to privatism, commonism privatizes the gain but commonizes the losses." - Garrett Hardin

"In theory, theory and practice are the same; in practice, they are not." - Albert Einstein

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." - Winston Churchill

“I had been the author of unalterable evils; and I lived in daily fear, lest the monster whom I had created should perpetrate some new wickedness.” - Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus"

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.” - Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” - John Wooden

"A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood." - Chinese Proverb

"Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars." - Warren Buffett

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." - Hanlon's razor

"The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind." - H. P. Lovecraft

"So, if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken." - Mayor Carmine DePasto (Animal House, 1978)

“Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.” - Martin Lomasney

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." - Pericles

"Common sense is not so common." - Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

"Only the man who crosses the river at night knows the value of the light of day" - Chinese Proverb

"Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel." - Ziad K. Abdelnour

"It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him." ― Herman Melville (From Moby-Dick)

"Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress." - Alfred A. Montapert

"Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston Churchill

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

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

"The oppressed find in the oppressors their model of 'manhood.'" - Paulo Freire

"Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all." - Garrett Hardin

"Just because a thought enters your mind does not mean it needs to exit your mouth." - Michael J. Burns

"Slow and painful has been man's progress from magic to law." - inscription on University of Pennsylvania School of Law statue of Hsieh-Chai (mythological Chinese beast who was endowed with the faculty of discerning the guilty) by sculptor Henry Mitchel in 1962

"In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"It was always at night—the arrests invariably happened at night. The sudden jerk out of sleep, the rough hand shaking your shoulder, the lights glaring in your eyes, the ring of hard faces round the bed. In the vast majority of cases there was no trial, no report of the arrest. People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: VAPORIZED was the usual word.” - George Orwell (From 1984)

"Heaven has the better climate, but hell has the better company.” - Benjamin Wade

"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." - Steven Wright

"Irony: When a person conceived by IVF rails against GMO food." - Michael J. Burns

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

"Perfect is the enemy of good." - Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

"I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves." - Harriet Tubman

"If the world is one great commons, in which all food is shared equally, then we are lost. Those who breed faster will replace the rest. Sharing the food from national territories is operationally equivalent to sharing territory; in both cases a commons is established, and tragedy is the ultimate result." - Garrett Hardin

"Moral narcissism is about being more concerned with the cleanliness of your hands than with how your conduct shapes the lives around you." - Kwame Anthony Appiah

"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." - Edward Snowden

"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” — Cardinal Richelieu in 1641

"There are known knowns: the things you know you know. There are known unknowns: the things you know you don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns: the things you don't know you don't know." - Donald Rumsfeld

"And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness." - 2 Corinthians 11

"A class system is something you use to discriminate against someone who looks like you." - Reginald D. Hunter

"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” - Muhammad Ali

[Answering the question, what is a cynic?] "A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." - Lord Darlington, Act III. from Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan"

"Don’t spoil a good story by telling the truth." - Isabella Stewart Gardner

"Some things are true whether you believe in them or not." - Seth (City of Angels, 1998)

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." - Carl Sagan

"Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect." - Benny Hill

"The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done." - Honore de Balzac

"There is no knowledge that is not power." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There will be two kinds of people in the World. Those who tell computers what to do, and those who’re told by computers what to do." – Marc Andreesen

"When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner

"Above all else, the Devil cannot stand to be mocked." - C. S. Lewis

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." - Winston Churchill

"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"Picasso had a saying—‘ good artists copy, great artists steal’— and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” - Steve Jobs

"The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.” - George Orwell (From 1984)

 

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