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If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you
really make them think, they'll hate you.

The right to be right is irrelevant.  It is the right to be wrong that makes
one free.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.  - Dylan Thomas

Never knock on Death's door;  ring the bell and run away!  Death really hates
that!  - Dr. Mike Stratford

First, get the facts, then you can distort them at your leisure.  - Mark Twain

If you are lonely when you are alone, then you are in bad company.
    - Jean Paul Sartre

The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its
original size.  - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Logic - The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the
limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
    - Ambrose Bierce

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about

If you have no reason for your opinion, change it.

As Mark Twain approached his death he was seen reading the Bible, most unusual
for him.  Someone asked him if he was repenting as his time drew near.  Twain
replied, "No, I'm looking for loopholes."

Courage is the willingness of a person to stand up for his beliefs in the face
of great odds.  Chutzpah is doing the same thing wearing a Mickey Mouse hat

Life is too short to take seriously.

If you save everything until the last minute, it only takes a minute.

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
    - Christopher Morley

Question Authority and the authorities will question you.

When you steal from one author, it's plagiarism.  When you steal from many,
it's research.  - Wilson Mizner

Absurdity - A statement of belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own
opinion.  - Ambrose Bierce

The meek shall inherit the earth; the rest of us will escape to the stars!

When you talk to God, you are called religious.  When God answers back, you are
called crazy.

The trouble with everyone is that they generalise too much

Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.  Find viable alternatives.
    - William Safir

Experience is something you get just after you really needed it

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  - Martin Luther King

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice
there is.

Sometimes, I think we are alone.  Sometimes I think we are not.
In either case, the thought is quite staggering.  - R. Buckminster Fuller

"Surely you can't be serious!" I AM serious, and don't call me Shirley.
    - Leslie Neilsen in Airplane

Life's a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the
stage and then is heard no more.  It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound
and fury, signifying nothing. 
    - William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Naturally the common people don't want war... but after all it is the leaders
of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the
people along...  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and
denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
danger.  - Hermann Goering, 1936

Obeying their rules only encourages them to create new ones.
Disobey as often as possible:  for gain, for sport, for the art of it.
    - Ethan Mordden

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds
Makes deeds ill done!
    - Shakespeare, King John

Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.  - Albert Einstein

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
    - Winston Churchill

The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of
limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and
great nations.  - David Friedman

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves:
the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.  - Ivan Illich

Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours.  - Richard Bach

What the public reproaches you for - cultivate it!  It's you.  - Jean Cocteau

If I am not for myself, who is for me?  And when I am for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
    - Hillel "The Elder", 30 BCE - 10 CE, Wisdom of the Jewish Fathers

A good listener is not only popular everywhere but after a while he knows

In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
    - Pliny the Elder

And clever rogues with far less valid cause,
have trapped their victims in a web of laws.  - Moliere

A society run by the media is a mediocracy.

If out of sight means out of mind, why does absence make the heart grow fonder?
If you should look before you leap, why is he who hesitates lost?
   - Mark T. Shirey

Politics is not the world's oldest profession, but the results are the same.

The mind is its own place, and in itself
John Milton’s Paradise Lost .
There are only two truly infinite things:  the universe and stupidity.
And I am unsure about the universe.  - Albert Einstein

If there's a fine line, be extra careful that you're on the right side of it.
    - Mark T. Shirey

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once

In the beginning, the Universe was created.  This has made a lot of people very
angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
    - Douglas Adams, HGG

Hydrogen - a colorless, odorless gas which, given time, turns into people.

To entertain some people, all you have to do is listen

You evil witches...
   "Yes, we can!"
I hear you can foretell the future.
    - I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again

Life's too short to drink cheap beer.

Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He
must more approve of the homage of reason, than of the blindfold of fear.
    - Thomas Jefferson

There is something about the underhanded use of power that makes it seem so
shrewd, even when it is abysmally stupid.  - Thomas Sowell

It is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but
it is more difficult to conceive an end.  It is difficult beyond the power of
man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more
impossible to conceive a time when there shall be no time.  - Thomas Paine

There's a very fine line between a groove and a rut, a fine line between
eccentrics and people who are just plain nuts.  - Christine Lavin

Being in a minority, even a minority of one, does not make one insane.
    - Winston Smith in "1984" by George Orwell

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

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into
the soul of the guy next to me.  - Woody Allen

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

More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads.  One path leads to
despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction.  Let us pray
that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.  - Woody Allen

Arthur Dent:  You know, it's at times like this, when I'm stuck in a Vogon air
lock with a man from Betelgeuse, about to die of asphyxiation in deep space,
that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young.
Ford Prefect:  Why? What did she tell you?
Arthur:  I don't know - I didn't listen!
    - Douglas Adams, HGG

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make
yourself do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done, whether you
like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however
early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns
thoroughly.  - Thomas Huxley

A friend is a gift you give yourself.  - Robert Louis Stevenson

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your
philosophy.  - Shakespeare, Hamlet

Is he a tough guy?
   "Pretty tough."
What will he do?
   "Understand, probably."
Boy, that IS tough.  - Robert Redford, Three Days of the Condor

The energy produced by the atom is a very poor kind of thing.
Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these
atoms is talking moonshine.  - Lord Rutherford, 1933

I estimate there is a world market for about five computers.
    - Thomas Watson, Head of IBM, 1943

The word "politics" is derived from the word "poly", meaning "many", and the
word "ticks", meaning "blood sucking parasites".

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the
opportunity in every difficulty.  - Winston Churchill

Too many people spend money they haven't earned,
to buy things they don't want,
to impress people they don't like.  - Will Rogers

Nature abhors a hero.  For one thing, he violates the law of conservation of
energy.  For another, how can it be the survival of the fittest when the
fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be
creamed?  - Solomon Short

Katz' Law:  Man and nations will act rationally when all other possibilities
have been exhausted.

Language shapes the way we think, and determines what
we can think about.  - B. L. Whorf

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.

It's easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.  - Walt Disney

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.  - Frederick Crane

Mahatma Gandhi often changed his mind publicly.  An aide once asked him how
he could so freely contradict this week what he had said just last week.  The
great man replied that it was because this week he knew better.

It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

I've known him as a man, as an adolescent and as a child - sometimes on the
same day.

No self-respecting fish would want to be wrapped in that kind of paper.
    - Mike Royko on the Sun

One nice thing about egotists:  they don't talk about other people

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.  - William Blake

I wouldn't belong to any club that would have me for a member.
    - Groucho Marx

I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.  - Thomas Edison

God made the integers, all else is the work of man.  - Kronecker




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