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11 <p align="center"><b><font size="4">The Quote Farm</font></b></p>
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13 <p>Each chapter of the book (a work in progress) begins with a quote.&nbsp; The
14 web page is a staging area for quotes that might potentially be used.&nbsp; The
15 Quote Farm was previously an appendix in the book, but it was removed and placed
16 here, since it will not appear in final revisions of the book.</p>
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18 <p><b><u>Bookmarks (To This Page)</u></b></p>
19 <ul>
20 <li><a href="#accident_investigation">Accident Investigation</a>
21 <li><a href="#attractiveness_female">Attractiveness, Female</a></li>
22 <li><a href="#aviation_and_space" target="_self">Aviation And Space</a></li>
23 <li><a href="#beer" target="_self">Beer</a></li>
24 <li><a href="#capitalism" target="_self">Capitalism</a></li>
25 <li><a href="#celeb_beaut_pag_cont" target="_self">Celebrities, Beauty Pageant
26 Contestants</a></li>
27 <li><a href="#celebrities_brooke_shields" target="_self">Celebrities, Brooke
28 Shields</a></li>
29 <li><a href="#celebrities_mariah_carey" target="_self">Celebrities, Mariah
30 Carey</a></li>
31 <li><a href="#censorship" target="_self">Censorship</a></li>
32 <li><a href="#computers_and_computing" target="_self">Computers And Computing</a></li>
33 <li><a href="#courage" target="_self">Courage</a></li>
34 <li><a href="#freedom_and_civil_liberties" target="_self">Freedom And Civil
35 Liberties</a></li>
36 <li><a href="#general_humor" target="_self">General Humor</a></li>
37 <li><a href="#hard_work" target="_self">Hard Work</a></li>
38 <li><a href="#hum_nat_soc_int" target="_self">Human Nature And Social
39 Interactions</a></li>
40 <li><a href="#histfig_napoleon" target="_self">Historical Figures, Napoleon</a></li>
41 <li><a href="#marriage_fav_manview" target="_self">Marriage (Favorable, From The Man's Point Of
42 View)</a></li>
43 <li><a href="#marriage_unfav_genderless" target="_self">Marriage (Unfavorable,
44 Genderless)</a></li>
45 <li><a href="#marriage_unfav_manview" target="_self">Marriage (Unfavorable, From The Man's Point Of
46 View)</a></li>
47 <li><a href="#microsoft" target="_self">Microsoft</a></li>
48 <li><a href="#old_age" target="_self">Old Age</a></li>
49 <li><a href="#pets_cats" target="_self">Pets, Cats</a></li>
50 <li><a href="#philo_aristotle" target="_self">Philosophers, Aristotle</a></li>
51 <li><a href="#philo_henry_david_thoreau" target="_self">Philosophers, Henry David
52 Thoreau</a></li>
53 <li><a href="#police_and_law_enforcement" target="_self">Police And Law
54 Enforcement</a></li>
55 <li><a href="#politfig_winston_churchill" target="_self">Political Figures, Winston
56 Churchill</a></li>
57 <li><a href="#polit_fig_bill_hilary_clinton" target="_self">Political Figures, Bill And Hilary
58 Clinton</a></li>
59 <li><a href="#politfig_al_gore" target="_self">Political Figures, Al Gore</a></li>
60 <li><a href="#politfig_henry_kissinger" target="_self">Political Figures, Henry
61 Kissinger</a></li>
62 <li><a href="#politfig_colin_powell" target="_self">Political Figures, Colin
63 Powell</a></li>
64 <li><a href="#politfig_dan_quayle" target="_self">Political Figures, Dan
65 Quayle</a></li>
66 <li><a href="#politfig_ronald_reagan" target="_self">Political Figures, Ronald
67 Reagan</a></li>
68 <li><a href="#polit_polit_doubletalk" target="_self">Politics, Political Doubletalk,
69 Doubletalk</a></li>
70 <li><a href="#religion" target="_self">Religion</a></li>
71 <li><a href="#sci_mat_marie_curie" target="_self">Scientists And Mathematicians, Marie
72 Curie</a></li>
73 <li><a href="#sci_mat_edsger_dijkstra" target="_self">Scientists And Mathematicians, Edsger
74 Dijkstra</a></li>
75 <li><a href="#sci_mat_albert_einstein" target="_self">Scientists And Mathematicians, Albert
76 Einstein</a></li>
77 <li><a href="#sci_mat_gh_hardy" target="_self">Scientists And Mathematicians,
78 G.H. Hardy</a></li>
79 <li><a href="#sci_mat_james_s_harris" target="_self">Scientists And Mathematicians, James S.
80 Harris</a></li>
81 <li><a href="#sci_mat_bertrand_russell" target="_self">Scientists And Mathematicians, Bertrand
82 Russell</a></li>
83 <li><a href="#sci_mat_carl_sagan" target="_self">Scientists And Mathematicians, Carl
84 Sagan</a></li>
85 <li><a href="#software_software_engineering_etc" target="_self">Software, Software Engineering,
86 Etc.</a></li>
87 <li><a href="#sports_and_sports_figures" target="_self">Sports And Sports
88 Figures</a></li>
89 <li><a href="#unpl_wk_sit_bad_bosses_etc" target="_self">Unpleasant Work Situations, Bad Bosses,
90 Etc.</a></li>
91 <li><a href="#acknowledgements" target="_self">Acknowledgements</a></li>
92 </ul>
93 <hr>
94 <p><b><u><a name="accident_investigation"></a>Accident Investigation</u></b></p>
95 <ul>
96 <li>&quot;Many accident investigations make the same mistake in defining causes.&nbsp;
97 They identify the widget that broke or malfunctioned, then locate the person most closely connected with the
98 technical failure: the engineer who miscalculated an analysis, the operator who missed signals or pulled
99 the wrong switches, the supervisor who failed to listen, or the manager who made bad decisions&nbsp;
100 When causal chains are limited to technical flaws and individual failures, the
101 ensuing responses aimed at preventing a similar event in the future are equally limited:
102 they aim to fix the technical problem and replace or retrain the individual responsible.&nbsp;
103 Such corrections lead to a misguided and potentially disastrous belief that the underlying
104 probem has been solved.&quot;--This appeared in a CRM book by Earl L. Wiener, Barbara G. Kanki, Robert L. Helmreich
105 and cites a 2003 NASA item, need to locate the item.
106 </li>
107 <li>&quot;Indeed, it would not be going too far to say that, if a pilot in command were to create an
108 atmosphere whereby one of his crew members would be hesitant to comment on any action then he would be failing
109 in his duty as pilot in command.&quot;--This appeared in a CRM book by Earl L. Wiener, Barbara G. Kanki, Robert L. Helmreich
110 and cites Vette and Macdonald, 1983, need to locate the item.&nbsp; It was in the context of a Royal Commission inquity into
111 the 1979 crash of Air New Zealand 901 into Mtr. Erebus, Antarctica, and the statement was made by a
112 representative of the New Zealand Air Line Pilots Association (NZALPA).
113 </li>
114 </ul>
115 <hr>
116 <p><b><u><a name="attractiveness_female"></a>Attractiveness, Female</u></b></p>
117 <ul>
118 <li>&quot;She's got what I call bobsled looks: going downhill fast.&quot;--Craig Nova</li>
119 </ul>
120 <hr>
121 <p><b><u><a name="aviation_and_space"></a>Aviation And Space</u></b></p>
122 <ul>
123 <li>&quot;A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away.&nbsp; A
124 'great'
125 landing is one after which they can use the plane again."--Rules of the Air,
126 #8&nbsp; (This quote appeared in the signature of an e-mail by <a href="mailto:benny@bennyvision.com"> Chris
127 Bensend</a>. Chris was careful to point
128 out in subsequent correspondence that he was not the originator of the quote,
129 and is not sure where it comes from.)</li>
130 <li>&quot;A complex system has complex failure modes.&quot;--John J. Nance, ABC
131 aviation correspondent, commenting on February 1, 2003 on the loss of the space
132 shuttle <i>Columbia</i>.</li>
133 </ul>
134 <hr>
135 <p><b><u><a name="beer"></a>Beer</u></b></p>
136 <ul>
137 <li>&quot;He was a wise man who invented beer.&quot;--Plato</li>
138 <li>&quot;Work is the curse of the drinking class.&quot;--Oscar Wilde</li>
139 <li>&quot;Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be
140 happy.&quot;--Benjamin Franklin</li>
141 <li>&quot;If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it
142 makes beer shoot out your nose.&quot;--Deep Thought, Jack Handy</li>
143 <li>&quot;Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is
144 beer.&nbsp; Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel
145 does not go nearly as well with pizza.&quot;--Dave Barry</li>
146 <li>&quot;People who drink light 'beer' don't like the taste of beer; they just
147 like to pee a lot.&quot;--Capital Brewery, Middleton, WI</li>
148 <li>&quot;Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the
149 world.&quot;--Kaiser Wilhelm</li>
150 <li>&quot;Not all chemicals are bad.&nbsp; Without chemicals such as hydrogen and
151 oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in
152 beer.&quot;--Dave Barry</li>
153 <li>&quot;I drink to make other people interesting.&quot;--George Jean Nathan</li>
154 <li>&quot;They who drink beer will think beer.&quot;--Washington Irving</li>
155 <li>&quot;All right, brain, I don't like you and you don't like me so let's
156 just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer.&quot;--Homer Simpson</li>
157 <li>&quot;A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank
158 her.&quot;--W.C. Fields</li>
159 </ul>
160 <hr>
161 <p><b><u><a name="capitalism"></a>Capitalism</u></b></p>
162 <ul>
163 <li>&quot;Companies come and go.&nbsp; It's ... part of the genius of
164 capitalism.&quot;--U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, in January of 2002, in
165 response to the bankruptcy filing by Enron</li>
166 <li>&quot;I've watched lots of corporations come and go.&nbsp; ... There are
167 very few companies that have been around for 40 or 50 years.&nbsp; ... Companies
168 come and go.&nbsp; It's part of the genius of capitalism.&nbsp; People get to make good
169 decisions or bad decisions, and they get to pay the consequences or to enjoy the
170 fruits of their decisions.&nbsp; That's the way the system works.&quot;--U.S. Treasury
171 Secretary Paul O'Neill, in January of 2002, in response to the bankruptcy filing
172 by Enron</li>
173 <li>&quot;I didn't think this was worthy of me running across the street and
174 telling the president.&nbsp; I don't go across the street and tell the president every
175 time somebody calls me.&quot;--U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, in January of
176 2002, defending his decision not to advise President Bush of Enron's financial
177 difficulties</li>
178 <li>&quot;... unless there's an issue related to the company that reaches
179 to public responsibility ... in the American capitalist system, companies
180 are responsible for their actions ...&nbsp; The company had a duty to inform its
181 shareholders and its employees about things that were going on inside the
182 company.&nbsp; That's not a federal government responsibility."--U.S. Treasury
183 Secretary Paul O'Neill, in January of 2002, defending his decision not to take
184 any federal action to help Enron as its stock price collapsed and it was forced
185 into bankruptcy</li>
186 </ul>
187 <hr>
188 <p><b><u><a name="celeb_beaut_pag_cont"></a>Celebrities, Beauty Pageant
189 Contestants</u></b></p>
190 <ul>
191 <li><b>Question:</b>&nbsp; &quot;If you could live forever, would you and why?&quot;&nbsp;
192 <b>Answer:</b>&nbsp; &quot;I
193 would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were
194 supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live
195 forever, which is why I would not live forever&quot;--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss
196 USA contest</li>
197 </ul>
198 <hr>
199 <p><b><u><a name="celebrities_brooke_shields"></a>Celebrities, Brooke Shields</u></b></p>
200 <ul>
201 <li>&quot;Smoking kills.&nbsp; If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of
202 your life.&quot;--Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a
203 federal anti-smoking campaign.</li>
204 </ul>
205 <hr>
206 <p><b><u><a name="celebrities_mariah_carey"></a>Celebrities, Mariah Carey</u></b></p>
207 <ul>
208 <li>&quot;Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the
209 world, I can't help but cry.&nbsp; I mean I'd love to be skinny like that but not with
210 all those flies and death and stuff.&quot;--Mariah Carey</li>
211 </ul>
212 <hr>
213 <p><b><u><a name="censorship"></a>Censorship</u></b></p>
214 <ul>
215 <li>&quot;Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public
216 mind.&quot;--General William Westmoreland</li>
217 </ul>
218 <hr>
219 <p><b><u><a name="computers_and_computing"></a>Computers And Computing</u></b></p>
220 <ul>
221 <li>&quot;A computer lets you make mistakes faster than any other invention,
222 with the possible exception of handguns and Tequila.&quot;--Mitch Ratcliffe, as
223 quoted by <a href="mailto:bryanp@visi.com"> Bryan Packer</a></li>
224 <li>&quot;Programming, an artform that fights back.&quot;--<a href="mailto:adiaz@msi.net.ph">Anuerin G. Diaz</a></li>
225 <li>&quot;A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you
226 didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.&quot;--Les
227 Lamport, s
228 quoted in newsgroup post by <a href="mailto:rick@ox.compsoc.net"> Richard Heylen</a></li>
229 <li>&quot;Every program has at least one bug and can be reduced by at least one
230 line.&nbsp; By induction, then, every program can be reduced to a single instruction,
231 and that will be wrong.&quot;--From a newsgroup post by <a href="mailto:iddw@hotmail.com"> Dave Hansen</a>
232 in April 2003</li>
233
234 <li>
235
236 &quot;
237
238 I invented the term 'Object Oriented' and I can tell you that I did not have C++ in mind.&quot;-- Alan Kay
239 </li>
240
241 <li>
242
243 &quot;
244
245 Claiming Java is easier than C++ is like saying K2 is shorter than Everest.&quot;-- Larry O'Brien, editor
246 <i> Software Development</i>
247 </li>
248
249 <li>
250
251 &quot;
252
253 A lot of people 'think' they understand C, but it is not only stranger than they imagine, it is stranger than they
254 'can' imagine.&quot;-- Richard A. O'Keefe
255 </li>
256
257 <li>
258
259 &quot;
260
261 C is its own virus.&quot;-- Miguel Gallo
262 </li>
263
264 <li>
265
266 &quot;
267
268 C gives you all the power of assembler ... along with the portability of assembler!&quot;--Unknown
269 </li>
270
271 <li>
272
273 &quot;
274
275 Java is a very popular language-- surprisingly popular considering it doesn't seem to have learnt the lessons of Simula 67.&quot;-- Malcolm Atkinson
276 </li>
277
278 <li>
279
280 &quot;
281
282 The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.&quot;-- Andrew S. Tanenbaum
283 </li>
284
285 <li>
286
287 &quot;The debate over computer-assisted proofs is the high-end version of
288 arguments over using calculators in math classes—whether technology spurs
289 greater achievements by speeding rote calculations or deprives people of
290 fundamentals.&quot;--From an April 6, 2004 article in the New York Times (Web
291 Edition) entitled, &quot;<i>In Math, Computers Don't Lie.&nbsp; Or Do They</i>&quot;,
292 by Kenneth Chang
293 </li>
294
295 </ul>
296 <hr>
297 <p><b><u><a name="courage"></a>Courage</u></b></p>
298 <ul>
299 <li>&quot;Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities ...
300 because it is the quality which guarantees all others.&quot;--Winston Churchill</li>
301 <li>&quot;The desire for safety stands against every great and noble
302 enterprise.&quot;--Tacitus, Roman historian</li>
303 <li>"One man with courage makes a majority."--Andrew Jackson</li>
304 <li>"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to
305 each new twist of fate."--Donald Trump</li>
306 <li>"No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of
307 the enemy."--Admiral Horatio Nelson</li>
308 <li>&quot;[Admiral Nelson's counsel] guided me time and again.&nbsp; On the eve of
309 the critical battle of Santa Cruz, in which the Japanese ships outnumbered ours
310 more than two to one, I sent my task force commanders this dispatch: <i>ATTACK
311 REPEAT ATTACK</i>.&nbsp; They did attack, heroically, and when the battle was done, the
312 enemy turned away.&nbsp; All problems, personal, national, or combat, become smaller
313 if you don't dodge them, but confront them.&nbsp; Touch a thistle timidly, and it
314 pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.&nbsp; Carry the battle to the
315 enemy!&nbsp; Lay your ship alongside his!&quot;--Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey</li>
316 <li>&quot;Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without
317 audacity.&quot;--Karl von Clausewitz</li>
318 </ul>
319 <hr>
320 <p><b><u><a name="freedom_and_civil_liberties"></a>Freedom And Civil Liberties</u></b></p>
321 <ul>
322 <li>&quot;First they came for the political activists, and I didn't defend
323 them, because I wasn't an activist.&nbsp; Then they came for the gun owners, and I
324 didn't defend them, because I wasn't a gun owner.&nbsp; Then they came for the writers
325 and philosophers, and I didn't defend them, because I wasn't a writer or
326 philosopher.&nbsp; Then they came for me, and there was nobody left to defend
327 me.&quot;--Unknown</li>
328 <li>&quot;Those who would trade personal liberties in the name of security
329 shall have neither.&quot;--Ben Franklin</li>
330 <li>&quot;We've been singing the same song in this country for more than 200
331 years.&nbsp; It's a very good song, and I want to keep singing it.&nbsp; I'm very leery of
332 changing the lyrics.&quot;--Art Babbott, Flagstaff, Arizona City Council member,
333 who sponsored the December, 2002 resolution in Flagstaff urging federal
334 authorities to respect citizens' civil rights when fighting terrorism</li>
335 </ul>
336 <hr>
337 <p><b><u><a name="general_humor"></a>General Humor</u></b></p>
338 <ul>
339 <li>
340 &quot;It's always darkest just before it goes totally black.&quot;--Motley Fool Money, with respect
341 to investing.&nbsp; This quote likely comes from elsewhere.
342 </li>
343 <li>&quot;I hope I don't sound like an old-fashioned stick-in-the-mud, but when
344 I hear about people making vast fortunes without doing any productive work or
345 contributing anything to society, my reaction is: 'How can I get in on
346 that?'&quot;--Dave Barry</li>
347 <li>&quot;I may seem more arrogant, but I think that's just because you didn't
348 realize how arrogant I was before.&quot;--Jeffrey Hobbs, Tcl Ambassador, Ajuba
349 Solutions</li>
350 <li>&quot;Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same
351 reactions in the brain as marijuana.&nbsp; The researchers also discovered other
352 similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are.&quot;--Matt Lauer
353 on NBC's <i>Today</i> show</li>
354 <li>&quot;Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.&quot;--Gloria
355 Steinem.</li>
356 <li>&quot;I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from
357 them.&nbsp; There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians
358 were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.&quot;--John Wayne</li>
359 <li>&quot;Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we
360 received notice that you passed away.&nbsp; May God bless you.&nbsp; You may reapply if
361 there is a change in your circumstances.&quot;--Department of Social Services,
362 Greenville, South Carolina</li>
363 <li>&quot;We apologize for the error in last week's paper in which we stated
364 that Mr. Arnold Dogbody was a defective in the police force.&nbsp; We meant, of
365 course, that Mr. Dogbody is a detective in the police farce.&quot;--Correction
366 Notice in the Ely Standard, a British newspaper</li>
367 <li>&quot;If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as
368 they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night.&nbsp; And the
369 next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record.&quot;--Mark S. Fowler,
370 FCC Chairman</li>
371 <li>&quot;Although small, silky sharks are bad news.&nbsp; They're nervous, they're
372 aggressive, and there's lots of them.&quot;--<i>Sharks In The Golden Triangle</i>,
373 CBC.</li>
374 <li>&quot;People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's
375 safer to harrass rich women than motorcycle gangs.&quot;--from a rubber stamp
376 purchased at <i>Chestnut Creek, Inc.</i> in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.</li>
377 <li>&quot;Theory may inform, but Practice convinces.&quot;--George Bain.</li>
378 <li>&quot;I used to be disgusted, now I find I'm just amused.&quot;--Elvis
379 Costello.</li>
380 <li>&quot;Heroic people have heroic flaws.&quot;--Unknown</li>
381 <li>&quot;The reason I rob banks is 'cause that's where the money
382 is.&quot;--Willie Sutton</li>
383 <li>&quot;A lot of you are making security products that are an attractive
384 nuisance.&nbsp; Shame on you.&nbsp; I want you to grow up.&nbsp; I want functions and assurances
385 in security devices.&nbsp; We do not beta test on customers.&nbsp; If my product fails,
386 someone might die.&quot;--Brian Snow, of the National Security Agency's Information
387 Systems Security Organization, speaking at the Black Hat Briefings security
388 conference</li>
389 <li>&quot;There are three kinds of people: the ones that learn by reading, the
390 few who learn by observation, and the rest of them who have to touch the fire to
391 see for themselves if it's really hot.&quot;--Unknown</li>
392 <li>&quot;A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into
393 theorems.&quot;--Paul Erdos</li>
394 <li>&quot;A person needs only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape.&nbsp; If it doesn't
395 move and it should, use the WD-40.&nbsp; If it moves and it shouldn't, use the
396 tape.&quot;--Unknown</li>
397 <li>&quot;Fame is vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings.&nbsp; Only one
398 thing endures and that is character.&quot;--Horace Greeley</li>
399 <li>&quot;My mother is such an alarmist, always worried!&nbsp; One little cough, and
400 she thinks I have pneumonia.&nbsp; One little headache, and she is sure that I have a
401 brain tumor.&nbsp; One little lie, and she thinks I am destined to be president
402 ... .&quot;--Unknown</li>
403 <li>&quot;Stupidity is a renewable resource.&quot;--Unknown</li>
404 <li>&quot;Anything is possible if you don't know what you're talking
405 about.&quot;--Unknown</li>
406 <li>&quot;A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the
407 support of Paul.&quot;--G. B. Shaw</li>
408 <li>&quot;All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are
409 running from, and to, and why.&quot;--James Thurber</li>
410 <li>&quot;It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not the most
411 agreeable nor the best to live with.&quot;--Henry van Dyke</li>
412 <li>&quot;Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that
413 talent to the dark place where it leads.&quot;--Erica Jong</li>
414 <li>&quot;A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big
415 enough to take it all away.&quot;--Barry Goldwater</li>
416 <li>&quot;If a hole is in the wrong place, then no amount of digging is going
417 to put it in the right place.&quot;--Edward de Bono</li>
418 <li>&quot;Misers aren't fun to live with, but they make wonderful
419 ancestors.&quot;--David Brenner</li>
420 <li>&quot;One way to prevent progress is by arguing that any first step is
421 unfair to somebody.&quot;--Unknown</li>
422 <li>&quot;People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't
423 realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.&quot;--Calvin
424 (&amp; Hobbes)</li>
425 <li>&quot;Montreal winters are an intelligence test, and we who are here have
426 failed it.&quot;--Doug Camilli</li>
427 <li>&quot;Growing up, my mom always claimed to feel bad when a bird would slam
428 head-first into our living room window.&nbsp; If she <i>really</i> felt bad, though,
429 she'd have moved the bird feeder outside.&quot;--Rich Johnson</li>
430 <li>&quot;I realize that there are certain hardships that only females must
431 endure, such as childbirth, waiting in lines for public-restroom stalls, and a
432 crippling, psychotic obsession with shoe color.&nbsp; Also, females tend to reach
433 emotional maturity very quickly, so that by age 7 they are no longer capable of
434 seeing the humor in loud inadvertent public blasts of flatulence, whereas males
435 can continue to derive vast enjoyment from this well into their 80s.&quot;--Dave
436 Barry</li>
437 <li>"Disease generally begins that equality which death completes; the
438 distinctions which set one man so much above another are very little perceived
439 in the gloom of a sick chamber, where it will be vain to expect entertainment
440 from the gay, or instruction from the wise; where all human glory is
441 obliterated, the wit is clouded, the reasoner perplexed, and the hero subdued;
442 where the highest and brightest of mortal beings finds nothing left him but the
443 consciousness of innocence."--Samuel Johnson</li>
444 <li>"More and more, our relationship with the industrial food industry
445 begins to resemble the one it has with its chickens, pigs and cows.&nbsp; In exchange
446 for zero responsibility, we get zero control."--Kalle Lasn, <i>Culture Jam</i></li>
447 <li>"Es ist ein Bluff.&nbsp; Sie können Autos und Kühlschränke
448 bauen, aber keine Flugzeuge!"--Hermann Göring im Jahre 1941 über
449 die industriellen Fähigkeiten der U.S.A</li>
450 <li>"There's no such thing as a <i>pretty good</i> alligator wrestler."--Original source unknown:&nbsp;
451 reprinted in February 2001 Scientific
452 American, Steve Mirsky's column</li>
453 <li>"I'd rather work with someone who's good at their job but doesn't like
454 me, than someone who likes me but is a ninny."--Sam Donaldson, as reproduced
455 in the July 2001 <i>Reader's Digest</i></li>
456 <li>"Pain is candy for the focused mind."--Agent Bobby Hobbes (actor
457 Paul Ben-Victor) in <i>The Invisible Man</i>, air date July 27, 2001 on the
458 Sci-Fi Channel</li>
459 <li>
460 "The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking
461 of morality by religion.&nbsp; However valuable--even necessary--that may have been
462 in enforcing good behavior on primitive peoples, their association is now
463 counterproductive.&nbsp; Yet at the very moment when they should be decoupled,
464 sanctimonious nitwits are calling for a return to morals based on superstition."--Arthur C. Clarke</li>
465 <li>
466 "The closest I ever got to a 4.0 in college was my blood alcohol content."--Unknown
467 </li>
468 <li>
469 "I live in my own little world.&nbsp; But it's ok...they know me here. "--Unknown
470 </li>
471 <li>
472 "I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it. I said, 'Implants?"'--Unknown
473 </li>
474 <li>
475 "I don't do drugs anymore 'cause I find I get the same effect just
476 standing up really fast."--Unknown
477 </li>
478 <li>
479 "Sign In Pet Store:&nbsp; 'Buy one dog, get one flea ..."--Unknown
480 </li>
481 <li>
482 "Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with."--Unknown
483 </li>
484 <li>
485 "I got a sweater for Christmas ... I wanted a screamer or a moaner."--Unknown
486 </li>
487 <li>
488 "I don't approve of political jokes ... I've seen too many of
489 them get elected."--Unknown
490 </li>
491 <li>
492 "There are two sides to every divorce:&nbsp; yours and shithead's."--Unknown
493 </li>
494 <li>
495 "If life deals you lemons, make lemonade;&nbsp; if it deals you tomatoes,
496 make Bloody Marys.&nbsp; But if it deals you a truckload of hand grenades ... now
497 THAT'S a message!!"--Unknown
498 </li>
499 <li>
500 "I love being married.&nbsp; It's so great to find that one special person
501 you want to annoy for the rest of your life."--Unknown
502 </li>
503 <li>
504 "Shopping tip:&nbsp; You can get shoes for 85 cents at the bowling alley."--Unknown
505 </li>
506 <li>
507 "I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore I am perfect."--Unknown
508 </li>
509 <li>
510 "I married my wife for her looks ... but not the ones she's been
511 giving me lately!"--Unknown
512 </li>
513 <li>
514 "Everyday I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days
515 I've stayed alive."--Unknown
516 </li>
517 <li>
518 "Two peanuts were walking down the street.&nbsp; One was a salted."--Unknown
519 </li>
520 <li>
521 "Isn't it funny how the mood can be ruined so quickly by just one
522 busted condom?"--Unknown
523 </li>
524 <li>
525 "If carrots are so good for the eyes, how come I see so many dead
526 rabbits on the highway?"--Unknown
527 </li>
528 <li>
529 "Welcome To Shit Creek--Sorry, We're Out of Paddles!"--Unknown
530 </li>
531 <li>
532 "How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50
533 for Miss America?"--Unknown
534 </li>
535 <li>
536 "Isn't having a smoking section in a restaurant like having a peeing
537 section in a swimming pool?"--Unknown
538 </li>
539 <li>
540 "Marriage changes passion ... suddenly you're in bed with a relative."--Unknown
541 </li>
542 <li>
543 "Why is it that most nudists are people you don't want to see naked?"--Unknown
544 </li>
545 <li>
546 "The next time you feel like complaining remember:&nbsp; Your garbage
547 disposal probably eats better than thirty percent of the people in this world."--Unknown
548 </li>
549 <li>
550 "Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled."--Unknown
551 </li>
552 <li>
553 "Every time I walk into a singles bar I can hear Mom's wise words:&nbsp; 'Don't pick that up, you don't know where it's
554 been.'&quot;--Unknown
555 </li>
556 <li>
557 "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone,
558 but they've always worked for me."--Hunter S. Thompson
559 </li>
560 <li>
561 "I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German
562 to my dog."--Emporer Charles V
563 </li>
564 <li>
565 "It is unfortunate that the HP board has seemingly missed what the
566 company's stockholders have clearly recognized:&nbsp; that dissent is not disloyalty,
567 that healthy boards need not agree on every issue and that while the management
568 and board may run the company, the stockholders are the true owners of the
569 company."--Walter Hewlett, in a statement after not being reappointed to the
570 Hewlett-Packard board of directors in March of 2002 due to an adversarial
571 relationship with the company
572 </li>
573 <li>
574 "Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you."--Unknown
575 </li>
576 <li>
577 "An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke."--F. Scott
578 Fitzgerald
579 </li>
580 <li>
581 "It is not enough to succeed.&nbsp; Others must fail."--Gore Vidal
582 </li>
583 <li>
584 "Nostalgia isn't what it used to be."--Unknown
585 </li>
586 <li>
587 "They call television a medium because nothing's well done."--Goodman Ace.
588 </li>
589 <li>
590 "Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' 'till you can find a rock."--Wynn Catlin
591 </li>
592 <li>
593 "I'm worried that just as clothes dryers have the knack of making
594 socks disappear, the federal government has discovered a core competency of
595 losing computers."--Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) in an August 2002 letter to
596 Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., director of the Office of Management and Budget, in
597 response to a report that thousands of personal computers were lost within the
598 IRS
599 </li>
600 <li>
601 "You can't outrun Death forever.&nbsp; But you can make the Bastard work for it."--Major Korgo
602 Korgar, "Last of The Lancers", AFC 32&nbsp; (This quote
603 appeared as a slide starting the episode <i>Lava and Rockets, Episode \#213</i>
604 of the TV series <i>Andromeda</i> in 2002.&nbsp; It is not clear to me if this is a
605 real quote by a fictitious person (is Korgo Korgar real?) or whether it is based
606 on a real-life quote by another person, or whether it was created by the show's
607 writers.&nbsp; This needs to be researched.)
608 </li>
609 <li>
610 "Will someone please explain to me the logic that says we can trust
611 someone with a Boeing 747 in bad weather, but not with a Glock 9 millimeter?"--Senator Zell Miller, in 9/2002 in support of a measure allowing
612 the arming of airline pilots
613 </li>
614 <li>
615 "The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies,
616 the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of
617 animals I have ever seen.&nbsp; Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"--Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945
618 </li>
619 <li>
620 "You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white
621 guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the Swiss hold the Americas Cup, France is
622 accusing the U.S. of arrogance, and Germany doesn't want to go to war."--Unknown Author (Received via e-mail during operation
623 <i>Iraqi Freedom</i> on March 25, 2003.)
624 </li>
625 <li>
626 "Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine."--Author
627 unknown, in the footer of a newsgroup post by <a href="mailto:iddw@hotmail.com"> Dave Hansen</a>
628 in April 2003.
629 </li>
630 <li>
631 &quot;Every great scientific truth goes through three states:&nbsp; first,
632 people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered
633 before; lastly, they say they always believed it.&quot;---Louis Agassiz
634 (1807-1873), Swiss-born American naturalist.
635 </li>
636 <li>
637 &quot;Laugh and the world laughs with you.&nbsp; Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.&quot;--Laurie
638 Kuslansky
639 </li>
640 <li>
641 &quot;My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my
642 head on the top bunk bed until I faint.&quot;--Erma Bombeck
643 </li>
644 <li>
645 &quot;A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.&quot;--Rhonda
646 Hansome
647 </li>
648 <li>
649 &quot;The phrase 'working mother' is redundant.&quot;--Jane Sellman
650 </li>
651 <li>
652 &quot;Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows.&quot;--Jennifer
653 Unlimited
654 </li>
655 <li>
656 &quot;Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half
657 as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.&quot;--Charlotte Whitton
658 </li>
659 <li>
660 &quot;I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at
661 once.&quot;--Jennifer Unlimited
662 </li>
663 <li>
664 &quot;If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible
665 warning.&quot;--Catherine
666 </li>
667 <li>
668 &quot;When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years
669 before they realized I actually had a hearing loss.&nbsp; And they called ME slow!&quot;--Kathy
670 Buckley
671 </li>
672 <li>
673 &quot;I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb ...
674 and I'm also not blonde.&quot;--Dolly Parton
675 </li>
676 <li>
677 &quot;If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.&quot;--Sue
678 Grafton
679 </li>
680 <li>
681 &quot;I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.&quot;--Roseanne
682 Barr
683 </li>
684 <li>
685 &quot;When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping.&nbsp; Men invade another
686 country.&quot;--Elayne Boosler
687 </li>
688 <li>
689 &quot;Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.&quot;--Maryon Pearson
690 </li>
691 <li>
692 &quot;In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man- if you want anything done,
693 ask a woman.&quot;--Margaret Thatcher
694 </li>
695 <li>
696 &quot;I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a
697 career.&quot;--Gloria Steinem
698 </li>
699 <li>
700 &quot;I am a marvelous housekeeper.&nbsp; Every time I leave a man I keep his house.&quot;--Zsa
701 Zsa Gabor
702 </li>
703 <li>
704 &quot;Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.&quot;--Eleanor
705 Roosevelt
706 </li>
707 <li>&quot;In this world there are only two tragedies; one is not getting what one wants,
708 the other is getting it.&quot;-- Oscar Wilde
709 </li>
710
711 <li>&quot;It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.&quot;--Malcolm Forbes (1919 - 1990)
712 </li>
713
714 <li>&quot;I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone.&nbsp;
715 My wish has come true.&nbsp; I no longer know how to use my telephone.&quot;--Bjarne Stroustrup, computer science professor, designer of C++ programming language (1950- )
716 </li>
717
718 <li>&quot;In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.&quot;--Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
719 </li>
720
721 <li>&quot;Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon filled with backup tapes.&quot;--Jim Gray, ACM Turing Award winner
722 </li>
723
724 <li>&quot;A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.&quot;--Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)
725 </li>
726
727 <li>&quot;When governments fear the people there is liberty.&nbsp; When the people fear the government there is tyranny.&quot;--Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)
728 </li>
729
730 <li>&quot;The hardest person to awaken is the one already awake.&quot;--Tagalog saying
731 </li>
732
733 <li>&quot;Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.&quot;--Hanlon's Razor
734 </li>
735
736 <li>&quot;It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.&quot;--James Thurber (1894 - 1961)
737 </li>
738
739 <li>
740
741 &quot;Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.&quot;--Isaac
742 Asimov, author (1920 - 1992)
743 </li>
744
745 <li>
746
747
748 &quot;Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.&quot;--Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)
749 </li>
750
751 <li>
752
753 &quot;Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.&quot;--Unknown
754 </li>
755
756 <li>
757
758 &quot;Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.&quot;--Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
759 </li>
760
761 <li>
762
763 &quot;'My country, right or wrong,' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case.&nbsp;
764 It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober.'&quot; - G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
765 </li>
766
767 <li>
768
769 &quot;When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.&quot;--Abraham Lincoln, US President (1809 - 1865) (attributed)
770 </li>
771
772 <li>&quot;To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.&quot;--Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)
773 </li>
774
775 <li>
776
777 &quot;Computers are useless.&nbsp; They can only give you answers.&quot;--Pablo Picasso, artist (1881 - 1973)
778 </li>
779
780 <li>
781
782 &quot;Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.&quot;--H. L. Mencken, author (1880 - 1956)
783 </li>
784
785 <li>
786
787 &quot;Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.&quot;--Lucius Annaeus Seneca, writer and philosopher (BCE 3-65 CE)
788 </li>
789
790 <li>
791
792 &quot;Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears.&quot;--Robert W. Sarnoff, RCA executive (1918-1997)
793 </li>
794
795 <li>
796
797 &quot;Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.&quot;--Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
798 </li>
799
800 <li>
801
802 &quot;There are 10<sup>11</sup> stars in the galaxy.&nbsp; That used to be a huge number.&nbsp;
803 But it's only a hundred billion.&nbsp; It's less than the national deficit!&nbsp;
804 We used to call them astronomical numbers.&nbsp; Now we should call them economical numbers.&quot;--Richard Feynman, physicist, Nobel laureate (1918-1988)
805 </li>
806
807 <li>&quot;The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.&quot;--Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)
808 </li>
809
810 <li>
811
812 &quot;Never express yourself more clearly than you think.&quot;--Niels Bohr
813 </li>
814
815 <li>
816
817 &quot;A gentleman is a man who can play the accordion but doesn't.&quot;--Unknown
818 </li>
819
820 <li>
821
822 &quot;Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not.&nbsp;
823 In either case, the idea is quite staggering.&quot;--Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer (1917- )
824 </li>
825
826 <li>
827
828 &quot;Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.&quot;--Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)
829 </li>
830
831 <li>
832
833 &quot;Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.&quot;--Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972)
834 </li>
835
836 <li>
837
838 &quot;Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.&quot;--George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
839 </li>
840
841 <li>
842
843 &quot;All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.&nbsp;
844 Not all bits have equal value.&quot;--Carl Sagan, astronomer, author (1934-1996)
845 </li>
846
847 <li>
848
849 &quot;The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly.&nbsp; It is simply indifferent.&quot;--John Haynes&nbsp;
850 </li>
851
852 <li>
853
854 &quot;A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.&quot;--Sir Barnett Cocks
855 </li>
856
857 <li>
858
859 &quot;Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us.&nbsp;
860 We are not the only experiment.&quot;--R. Buckminster Fuller, engineer, designer, and architect (1895-1983)
861 </li>
862
863 <li>
864
865 &quot;Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.&quot;--John Andrew Holmes, 20th-century American author, physician
866 </li>
867
868 <li>
869
870 &quot;Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.&quot;--William R. Inge, clergyman, scholar, and author (1860-1954)
871 </li>
872
873 <li>
874
875 &quot;Assassination:&nbsp; The extreme form of censorship.&quot;--George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
876 </li>
877
878 <li>
879
880 &quot;History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.&quot;--Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (1915-)
881 </li>
882
883 <li>&quot;Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.&quot;--Anonymous
884 </li>
885
886 <li>
887
888 &quot;The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.&quot;--Thomas Babington Macaulay, author and statesman (1800-1859)
889 </li>
890
891 <li>
892
893 &quot;Life is one long process of getting tired.&quot;--Samuel Butler, British author
894 (1835-1902)
895 </li>
896
897 <li>
898
899 &quot;Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.&quot;--Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)
900 </li>
901
902 <li>
903
904 &quot;Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.&quot;--Spanish Proverb
905 </li>
906
907 <li>
908
909 &quot;Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.&quot;--Philip K. Dick, author (1928-1982)
910 </li>
911
912 <li>
913
914 &quot;Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.&nbsp; It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.&quot;--William Pitt, British prime-minister (1759-1806)
915 </li>
916
917 <li>
918
919 &quot;The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.&quot;--Hungarian proverb&nbsp;
920 </li>
921
922 <li>
923
924 &quot;Skeptics laugh in order not to weep.&quot;--Anatole France, French author, critic and poet (1844-1924)
925 </li>
926
927 <li>
928
929 &quot;I take a simple view of living.&nbsp; It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.&quot;--Laurence Olivier, British actor
930 (1907-1989)
931 </li>
932
933 <li>
934
935 &quot;In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:&nbsp; it goes on.&quot;--Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)
936 </li>
937
938 <li>
939
940 &quot;There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.&quot;--Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)
941 </li>
942
943 <li>
944
945 &quot;I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.&quot;--
946 Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet and artist (1883-1931)
947 </li>
948
949 <li>
950
951 &quot;Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.&quot;--Ashley
952 Montagu, English anthropologist (1905-1999)
953 </li>
954
955 <li>
956
957 &quot;Those are my principles.&nbsp; If you don't like them I have others.&quot;--Groucho Marx, comedian (1890-1977)
958 </li>
959
960 <li>
961
962 &quot;Always remember that you are unique.&nbsp; Just like everyone else.&quot;--Unattributed
963 </li>
964
965 <li>
966
967 &quot;Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.&quot;--Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)
968 </li>
969
970 <li>
971
972 &quot;There's this thing called being so open-minded your brains drop out.&quot;--Richard Dawkins, biologist, author, philosopher (1941-)
973 </li>
974
975 <li>
976
977 &quot;All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.&quot;--Sean
978 O'Casey, playwright (1880-1964)
979 </li>
980
981 <li>
982
983 &quot;Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day.&nbsp; Wisdom consists in not exceeding the
984 limit.&quot;--Elbert Hubbard, author, editor, printer (1856-1915)
985 </li>
986
987 <li>
988
989 &quot;War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.&quot;--Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914)
990 </li>
991
992 <li>
993
994 &quot;Never confuse motion with action.&quot;--Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
995 </li>
996
997 <li>
998
999 &quot;Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.&quot;--Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)
1000 </li>
1001
1002 <li>
1003
1004 &quot;To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.&quot;--Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
1005 </li>
1006
1007 <li>
1008
1009 &quot;Make haste slowly.&quot;--Caesar Augustus, Roman emperor (63 BCE-14 CE)
1010 </li>
1011
1012 <li>
1013
1014 &quot;It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than
1015 'try to be a little kinder.'&quot;--Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)
1016 </li>
1017
1018 <li>
1019
1020 &quot;Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy.&nbsp; Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe.&nbsp;
1021 It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things within that enormous immensity.&quot;--Wernher von Braun, rocket engineer (1912-1977)
1022 </li>
1023
1024 <li>
1025
1026 &quot;Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent.&nbsp;
1027 Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.&nbsp;
1028 The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.&quot;--Louis Dembitz Brandeis, lawyer, judge, and writer (1856-1941)
1029 </li>
1030
1031 <li>
1032
1033 &quot;When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.&quot;--Eugene V. Debs, American Socialist
1034 (1855-1926)
1035 </li>
1036
1037 <li>
1038
1039 &quot;I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.&quot;--Brendan Francis Behan, playwright (1923-1964)
1040 </li>
1041
1042 <li>
1043
1044 &quot;It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.&quot;--Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978)
1045 </li>
1046
1047 <li>
1048
1049 &quot;Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things.&nbsp;
1050 It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out--it's the grain of sand in your shoe.&quot;--Robert Service, writer (1874-1958)
1051 </li>
1052
1053 <li>
1054
1055 &quot;Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral?&nbsp; It is because we are not the person involved.&quot;--Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
1056 </li>
1057
1058 <li>
1059
1060 &quot;Money often costs too much.&quot;--Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet and philosopher (1803-1882)
1061 </li>
1062
1063 <li>
1064
1065 &quot;By three methods we may learn wisdom:&nbsp; First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.&quot;--Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551- 478 BCE)
1066 </li>
1067
1068 <li>
1069
1070 &quot;Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.&quot;--African
1071 proverb
1072 </li>
1073
1074 <li>
1075
1076 &quot;Life is a long lesson in humility.&quot;--James M. Barrie, writer (1860-1937)
1077 </li>
1078
1079 <li>
1080
1081 &quot;The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.&quot;--Mark Twain, author (1835-1910)
1082 </li>
1083
1084 <li>
1085
1086 &quot;A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.&quot;--George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
1087 </li>
1088
1089 <li>
1090
1091 &quot;A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs--jolted by every pebble in the road.&quot;--Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)
1092 </li>
1093
1094 <li>
1095
1096 &quot;Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.&quot;--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
1097 </li>
1098
1099 <li>
1100
1101 &quot;Sometimes to remain silent is to lie.&quot;--Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher and writer (1864-1936)
1102 </li>
1103
1104 <li>
1105
1106 &quot;Excuse my dust.&quot;--Dorothy Parker's own epitaph - poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1107 </li>
1108
1109 <li>
1110
1111 &quot;Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.&quot;--Dorothy Parker - poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1112 </li>
1113
1114 <li>
1115
1116 &quot;If all the girls in attendance were laid end to end, I wouldn't be at all surprised.&quot;--Dorothy Parker responding to "Wasn't the Yale prom wonderful?" Poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1117 </li>
1118
1119 <li>
1120
1121 &quot;You know, that woman speaks 18 languages, and she can't say 'no' in any of them.&quot;--Dorothy Parker - poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1122 </li>
1123
1124 <li>
1125
1126 &quot;Brevity is the soul of lingerie.&quot;--Dorothy Parker - poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1127 </li>
1128
1129 <li>
1130
1131 &quot;It's a small apartment, I've barely enough room to lay my hat and a few friends.&quot;--Dorothy Parker - poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1132 </li>
1133
1134 <li>
1135
1136 &quot;One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.&quot;--Rita Mae Brown, author (1944- )
1137 </li>
1138
1139 <li>
1140
1141 &quot;When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.&quot;--George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
1142 </li>
1143
1144 <li>
1145
1146 &quot;Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.&quot;--Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)
1147 </li>
1148
1149 <li>
1150
1151 &quot;Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.&quot;--George Washington (1732-1799)
1152 </li>
1153
1154 <li>
1155
1156 &quot;Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."--Samuel Johnson, English author, lexicographer (1709-1784)
1157 </li>
1158
1159 <li>
1160
1161 &quot;To have friends, you know, one need only be good-natured; but when a man has no enemy left there must be something mean about him.&quot;--Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish playwright, author (1854-1900)
1162 </li>
1163
1164 <li>
1165
1166 &quot;To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.&quot;--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., poet, novelist, essayist, and physician (1809-1894)
1167 </li>
1168
1169 <li>
1170
1171 &quot;If I have been able to see further, it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants.&quot;--Isaac Newton, mathematician, physicist (1642-1727)
1172 </li>
1173
1174 <li>
1175
1176 &quot;Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.&quot;--Will Durant, historian (1885-1981)
1177 </li>
1178
1179 <li>
1180
1181 &quot;Every woman is a 10; it just depends on what base you're counting in.&quot;--Unknown
1182 </li>
1183
1184 <li>
1185
1186 &quot;Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.&quot;--Abraham Lincoln, statesman, US President (1809-1865)
1187 </li>
1188
1189 <li>
1190
1191 &quot;Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.&quot;--Mignon McLaughlin, author
1192 </li>
1193
1194 <li>
1195
1196 &quot;Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.&quot;--Arthur C. Clarke
1197 </li>
1198
1199 <li>
1200
1201 &quot;When men are most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken.&quot;--David Hume, philosopher, historian (1711-1776)
1202 </li>
1203
1204 <li>
1205
1206 &quot;The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.&quot;--Dante Alighieri, poet (1265 -1321)
1207 </li>
1208
1209 <li>&quot;I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.&quot;--Helen Keller, deaf & blind lecturer (1880-1968)
1210 </li>
1211
1212 <li>
1213
1214 &quot;I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.&quot;--Arthur Godfrey
1215 </li>
1216
1217 <li>
1218
1219 &quot;Walking is also an ambulation of mind.&quot;--Gretel Ehrlich, novelist, poet, and essayist (1946- )
1220 </li>
1221
1222 <li>
1223
1224 &quot;Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.&quot;--Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)
1225 </li>
1226
1227 <li>&quot;Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.&quot;--Rita Mae Brown, American writer and playwright
1228 </li>
1229
1230 <li>
1231
1232 &quot;People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.&quot;--Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (1926- )
1233 </li>
1234
1235 <li>
1236
1237 &quot;Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.&quot;--Albert Camus (1913-1960)
1238 </li>
1239
1240 <li>
1241
1242 &quot;Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.&quot;--Frank Leahy
1243 </li>
1244
1245 <li>
1246
1247 &quot;When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President.&nbsp; Now I'm beginning to believe
1248 it.&quot;--Clarence Darrow, lawyer, author (1857-1938)
1249 </li>
1250
1251 <li>
1252
1253 &quot;Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of.&nbsp; And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.&quot;--Viktor Frankl, author, neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor (1905-1997)
1254 </li>
1255
1256 <li>
1257
1258 &quot;Choosing the lesser of two evils, is still choosing evil&quot;--Christopher Hampton, British playwright
1259 </li>
1260
1261 <li>
1262
1263 &quot;When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.&quot;--Mae West
1264 </li>
1265
1266 <li>
1267
1268 &quot;Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.&quot;--Abraham Lincoln, statesman, US President (1809-1865)
1269 </li>
1270
1271 <li>
1272
1273 &quot;Never mistake motion for action.&quot;--Ernest Hemingway, writer, journalist (1899-1961)
1274 </li>
1275
1276 <li>
1277
1278 &quot;The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.&nbsp; If you can fake that, you've got it made.&quot;--Groucho Marx
1279 </li>
1280
1281 <li>
1282
1283 &quot;Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.&quot;--Benjamin Franklin, statesman, philosopher, journalist (1706-1790)
1284 </li>
1285
1286 <li>
1287
1288 &quot;Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.&quot;--Antisthenes, Greek philosopher (ca 445- ca 365 BCE)
1289 </li>
1290
1291 <li>
1292
1293 &quot;Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.&quot;--Stanislaw Lem
1294 </li>
1295
1296 <li>
1297
1298 &quot;I was reading the dictionary.&nbsp; I thought it was a poem about everything.&quot;--Steven Wright, comedian (1955- ?)
1299 </li>
1300
1301 <li>
1302
1303 &quot;When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.&quot;--Mark Twain, writer, philosopher (1835-1910)
1304 </li>
1305
1306 <li>
1307
1308 &quot;The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand-fold.&quot;--Aristotle, philosopher (ca 384- ca 322 BCE)
1309 </li>
1310
1311 <li> &quot;I didn't know he was one of the first lawyers!&nbsp; The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.&quot;--Sigmund Freud, neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939)
1312 </li>
1313
1314 <li>
1315
1316 &quot;Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.&quot;--Arabic saying
1317 </li>
1318
1319 <li>
1320
1321 &quot;In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything.&nbsp; In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone's letter.&quot;--Chinese proverb
1322 </li>
1323
1324 <li>
1325
1326 &quot;It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.&quot;--Moliere, playwright (1622-1673)
1327 </li>
1328
1329 <li>
1330
1331 &quot;When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.&nbsp;
1332 But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1333 </li>
1334
1335 <li>
1336
1337 &quot;I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1338 </li>
1339
1340 <li>
1341
1342 &quot;Familiarity breeds contempt--and children.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1343 </li>
1344
1345 <li>&quot;Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1346 </li>
1347
1348 <li>
1349
1350 &quot;The past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1351 </li>
1352
1353 <li>
1354
1355 &quot;I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices.&nbsp;
1356 All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me; he can't be any worse.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1357 </li>
1358
1359 <li>
1360
1361 &quot;Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1362 </li>
1363
1364 <li>
1365
1366 &quot;Duct tape is like the force.&nbsp; It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe
1367 together ...&quot;--Carl Zwanzig
1368 </li>
1369
1370 <li>
1371
1372 &quot;Be careful of reading health books, you might die of a misprint.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1373 </li>
1374
1375 <li>
1376
1377 &quot;There are three kinds of lies:&nbsp; lies, damn lies, and statistics.&quot;--Mark Twain (1835-1910)
1378 </li>
1379
1380 <li>
1381
1382 &quot;In America, anybody can be president.&nbsp; That's one of the risks you take.&quot;--Adlai Stevenson, statesman (1900-1965)
1383 </li>
1384
1385 <li>
1386
1387 &quot;There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.&quot;--Frank Zappa
1388 </li>
1389
1390 <li>
1391
1392 &quot;Black holes are where God divided by zero.&quot;--Steven Wright, comedian (1955- ?)
1393 </li>
1394
1395 <li>
1396
1397 &quot;If you believe everything you read, better not read.&quot;--Japanese proverb
1398 </li>
1399
1400 <li>
1401
1402 &quot;A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.&quot;--Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)
1403 </li>
1404
1405 <li>
1406
1407 &quot;So you're the man who can't spell fuck.&quot;--Dorothy Parker to Norman Mailer (he had been convinced by his publisher to use "fug"
1408 instead) Poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1409 </li>
1410
1411 <li>
1412
1413 &quot;You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think&quot;--Dorothy Parker - poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
1414 </li>
1415
1416 <li>
1417
1418 &quot;Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, philosopher (1835-1910)
1419 </li>
1420
1421 <li>
1422
1423 &quot;We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech.&quot;--Kathleen Dixon, Director of women's studies department, Bowling Green State Univ. on disallowing the teaching of a course on Political Correctness
1424 </li>
1425
1426 <li>
1427
1428 &quot;Give me ambiguity or give me something else.&quot;--Unattributed
1429 </li>
1430
1431 <li>
1432
1433 &quot;Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.&quot;--Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher, theologian (1813-1855)
1434 </li>
1435
1436 <li>
1437
1438 &quot;We are not retreating--we are advancing in another direction.&quot;--General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)
1439 </li>
1440
1441 <li>
1442
1443 &quot;Adults are obsolete children.&quot;--Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
1444 </li>
1445
1446 <li>
1447
1448 &quot;The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.&quot;--James Branch Cabell
1449 </li>
1450
1451 <li>
1452
1453 &quot;It should be done with the same degree of alacrity and nonchalance that you would display in authorizing a highly intelligent trained bear to remove your appendix.&quot;--Dan Greenberg
1454 </li>
1455
1456 <li>
1457
1458 &quot;To keep your marriage brimming,
1459 With love in the loving cup,
1460 Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
1461 Whenever you're right, shut up.&quot;--Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)
1462 </li>
1463
1464 <li>
1465
1466 &quot;Having served on various committees, I have drawn up a list of rules:
1467 · Never arrive on time; this stamps you as a beginner.
1468 · Don't say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise.
1469 · Be as vague as possible; this avoids irritating the others.
1470 · When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.
1471 · Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular; it's what everyone is waiting for.&quot;--Harry Chapman
1472 </li>
1473
1474 <li>
1475
1476 &quot;Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.&quot;--H.S.M. Burns
1477 </li>
1478
1479 <li>
1480
1481 &quot;A remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good in spite of all the people who say he is very good.&quot;--Robert Graves
1482 </li>
1483
1484 <li>
1485
1486 &quot;Television has done much for psychiatry, by spreading information about it as well as contributing to the need for it.&quot;--Alfred Hitchcock
1487 </li>
1488
1489 <li>
1490
1491 &quot;The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool.&quot;--Richard Feynman, physicist (1918-1988)
1492 </li>
1493
1494 <li>
1495
1496 &quot;What if this weren't a hypothetical question?&quot;--Unattributed
1497 </li>
1498
1499 <li>
1500
1501 &quot;Everywhere is walking distance ... if you have the time.&quot;--Steven Wright, comedian (1955- ?)
1502 </li>
1503
1504 <li>
1505
1506 &quot;He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.&quot;--Chinese proverb
1507 </li>
1508
1509 <li>
1510
1511 &quot;It is not enough to have a good mind.&nbsp; The main thing is to use it well.&quot;--Rene Descartes, mathematician, philosopher (1596-1650) in "Le Discours de la Methode," 1637
1512 </li>
1513
1514 <li>
1515
1516 &quot;Experience is the comb life gives you after you lose your hair.&quot;--Judith Stearn
1517 </li>
1518
1519 <li>
1520
1521 &quot;Life is pleasant.&nbsp; Death is peaceful.&nbsp; It's the transition that's troublesome.&quot;--Isaac
1522 Asimov, science-fiction writer (1920-1992)
1523 </li>
1524
1525 <li>
1526
1527 &quot;It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.&quot;--Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
1528 </li>
1529
1530 <li>
1531
1532 &quot;It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown.&nbsp;
1533 The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.&quot;--Johan Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, poet and dramatist (1759-1805)
1534 </li>
1535
1536 <li>
1537
1538 &quot;There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.&quot;--Mary Little
1539 </li>
1540
1541 <li>
1542
1543 &quot;I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.&quot;--Mae West
1544 </li>
1545
1546 <li>
1547
1548 &quot;I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage.&nbsp;
1549 They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.&quot;--Rita
1550 Rudner, comedian
1551 </li>
1552
1553 <li>
1554
1555 &quot;I know I am among civilized men because they are fighting so savagely.&quot;--Voltaire, write (1694-1778)
1556 </li>
1557
1558 <li>
1559
1560 &quot;If it's fact, it ain't brag.&quot;--Dizzy Dean
1561 </li>
1562
1563 <li>
1564
1565 &quot;By all means marry.&nbsp; If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.&nbsp; If you get a bad one, you'll become a
1566 philosopher.&quot;--Socrates, philosopher, teacher (ca 470- ca 399 BCE)
1567 </li>
1568
1569 <li>
1570
1571 &quot;I think ... I think it's in my basement.&nbsp; Let me go upstairs and check.&quot;--M.C. Escher, artist (1898-1972)
1572 </li>
1573
1574 <li>
1575
1576 &quot;Children aren't happy without something to ignore.&nbsp; And that's what parents were created for.&quot;--Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)
1577 </li>
1578
1579 <li>
1580
1581 &quot;I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, humorist (1835-1910)
1582 </li>
1583
1584 <li>
1585
1586 &quot;Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.&quot;--Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
1587 </li>
1588
1589 <li>
1590
1591 &quot;A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target.&quot;--Angie Papadakis
1592 </li>
1593
1594 <li>
1595
1596 &quot;Science is built with facts as a house is with stones--but a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.&quot;--Jules Henry Poincare (1854-1912)
1597 </li>
1598
1599 <li>
1600
1601 &quot;Wit is educated insolence.&quot;--Aristotle, philosopher (ca 384- ca 322 BCE)
1602 </li>
1603
1604 <li>
1605
1606 &quot;As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.&quot;--Josh Billings
1607 </li>
1608
1609 <li>
1610
1611 &quot;A practical man is a man who practices the errors of his forefathers.&quot;--Lord Beaconsfield
1612 </li>
1613
1614 <li>
1615
1616 &quot;Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.&quot;--Chinese Proverb
1617 </li>
1618
1619 <li>
1620
1621 &quot;Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.&quot;--
1622 Mark Twain, author, humorist (1835-1910)
1623 </li>
1624
1625 <li>
1626
1627 &quot;Pessimist:&nbsp; One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.&quot;--
1628 Oscar Wilde, writer, playwright (1854-1900)
1629 </li>
1630
1631 <li>
1632
1633 &quot;There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'.&quot;--Dave Barry
1634 </li>
1635
1636 <li>
1637
1638 &quot;There is far more opportunity than there is ability.&quot;--Thomas Edison, inventor (1847-1931)
1639 </li>
1640
1641 <li>
1642
1643 &quot;A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.&quot;--Saul Belloe
1644 </li>
1645
1646 <li>
1647
1648 &quot;I have one share in corporate Earth, and I am nervous about the management.&quot;--E.B. White
1649 </li>
1650
1651 <li>
1652
1653 &quot;They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me.&quot;--Nathaniel Lee (on being consigned to a mental institution, circa 17th c.)
1654 </li>
1655
1656 <li>
1657
1658 &quot;There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.&quot;--Theodore Rubin
1659 </li>
1660
1661 <li>
1662
1663 &quot;When you want to test the depths of a stream, don't use both feet.&quot;--Chinese Proverb
1664 </li>
1665
1666 <li>
1667
1668 &quot;A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.&quot;--Albert Schweitzer, theologian, philosopher, missionary, physician (1875-1965)
1669 </li>
1670
1671 <li>
1672
1673 &quot;Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.&quot;--Pablo Picasso, artist (1881-1973)
1674 </li>
1675
1676 <li>
1677
1678 &quot;There is a point beyond which even justice becomes unjust.&quot;--Sophocles, slave, philosopher, teacher (ca 495? - ca 406 BCE)
1679 </li>
1680
1681 <li>
1682
1683 &quot;Television is an invention whereby you can be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your house.&quot;--David Frost
1684 </li>
1685
1686 <li>
1687
1688 &quot;A child on the farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place.&nbsp;
1689 A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse and thinks of home.&quot;--Carl Burns
1690 </li>
1691
1692 <li>
1693
1694 &quot;If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.&quot;--Benjamin Franklin, author, statesman (1706-1790)
1695 </li>
1696
1697 <li>
1698
1699 &quot;Adolescence is a period of rapid changes.&nbsp; Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages 20 years.&quot;--Changing Times magazine
1700 </li>
1701
1702 <li>
1703
1704 &quot;In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.&nbsp; But, in practice, there is.&quot;--Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut
1705 </li>
1706
1707 <li>
1708
1709 &quot;An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know.&nbsp;
1710 It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.&quot;--Anatole France
1711 </li>
1712
1713 <li>
1714
1715 &quot;It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.&quot;--Aristotle, philosopher (ca 384- ca 322 BCE)
1716 </li>
1717
1718 <li>
1719
1720 &quot;Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.&quot;--Mark Twain, author, humorist (1835-1910)
1721 </li>
1722
1723 <li>
1724
1725 &quot;When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out.&quot;--Otto von Bismarck, 1st chancellor of German Empire (1815-1898)
1726 </li>
1727
1728 <li>
1729
1730 &quot;There are two things that you should never see being made: sausage, and... a political deal.&quot;--Otto von Bismarck (paraphrased) , 1st chancellor of German Empire (1815-1898)
1731 </li>
1732
1733 <li>
1734
1735 &quot;Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.&quot;--Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, poet (1803-1882)
1736 </li>
1737
1738 <li>
1739
1740 &quot;Lottery:&nbsp; a tax on people who are bad at math.&quot;--Unattributed
1741 </li>
1742
1743 <li>
1744
1745 &quot;The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.&quot;--Abigail Van Buren
1746 </li>
1747
1748 <li>
1749
1750 &quot;Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.&quot;--Abraham Lincoln
1751 </li>
1752
1753 <li>
1754
1755 &quot;A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.&nbsp;
1756 With consistency, a great soul has simply nothing to do.&quot;--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882)
1757 </li>
1758
1759 <li>
1760
1761 &quot;All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.&quot;--Mark Twain (1835 -1910)
1762 </li>
1763
1764 <li>
1765
1766 &quot;When you look at Prince Charles, don't you think that someone in the Royal family knew someone in the Royal family?&quot;--Robin Williams
1767 </li>
1768
1769 <li>
1770
1771 &quot;Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft--and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.&quot;--Werner von Braun, rocket engineer (1912-1977)
1772 </li>
1773
1774 </ul>
1775 <hr>
1776 <p><b><u><a name="hard_work"></a>Hard Work</u></b></p>
1777 <ul>
1778 <li>"The only place where <i>success</i> comes before <i>work</i> is in
1779 the dictionary."--Vidal Sassoon</li>
1780 </ul>
1781 <hr>
1782 <p><b><u><a name="hum_nat_soc_int"></a>Human Nature And Social Interactions</u></b></p>
1783 <ul>
1784 <li>"Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a
1785 civilized man."--Leonard Sidney Woolf</li>
1786 <li>"People start to diet when their stomachs stick out further than their
1787 dickiedoos."--Andy Sipowicz, \emph{NYPD Blue}.</li>
1788 <li>"Feeling guilty is one thing; looking guilty is something entirely
1789 different."--Dylan McCabe, \emph{Beverly Hills 90210}, airdate 04/00.</li>
1790 <li>"Unconfronted behavior will continue."--Unknown</li>
1791 <li>"It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission."--Unknown</li>
1792 <li>"How far you go in life, depends on your being Tender with the young,
1793 Compassionate with the Aged, Sympathetic with the Striving and Tolerant of the
1794 Weak and the Strong. Because, someday in life you will have been all of these."--George Washington Carver.</li>
1795 <li>"Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought."--From A Chinese Restaurant Fortune Cookie, 01/26/01
1796 </li>
1797 <li>"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."--Ralph
1798 Waldo Emerson
1799 </li>
1800 <li>"Better to die on an 80 foot yacht with a 20-old then on a 20-foot yacht with an 80 year old."--Unknown
1801 </li>
1802 </ul>
1803 <hr>
1804 <p><b><u><a name="histfig_napoleon"></a>Historical Figures, Napoleon</u></b></p>
1805 <ul>
1806 <li>&quot;[A]ny commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan which he
1807 considers defective is at fault; he must put forth his reasons, insist on the
1808 plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather than be the
1809 instrument of his army's downfall.&quot;--Napoleon</li>
1810 </ul>
1811 <hr>
1812 <p><b><u><a name="marriage_fav_manview"></a>Marriage (Favorable, From The Man's Point Of
1813 View)</u></b></p>
1814 <ul>
1815 <li>"A psychiatrist is a person who will give you expensive answers that
1816 your wife will give you for free."--Anonymous</li>
1817 </ul>
1818 <hr>
1819 <p><b><u><a name="marriage_unfav_genderless"></a>Marriage (Unfavorable,
1820 Genderless)</u></b></p>
1821 <ul>
1822 <li>"Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement-ring, wedding-ring, suffer-ing.&quot;--Unknown</li>
1823 <li>"When a newly married couple smiles, everyone knows why. When a
1824 ten-year married couple smiles, everyone wonders why."--Unknown</li>
1825 <li>"Love is blind but marriage is an eye-opener."--Unknown</li>
1826 <li>"When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of
1827 one thing: either the car or the wife is new."--Unknown</li>
1828 </ul>
1829 <hr>
1830 <p><b><u><a name="marriage_unfav_manview"></a>Marriage (Unfavorable, From The Man's Point Of
1831 View)</u></b></p>
1832 <ul>
1833 <li>"Every man should get married some time; after all, happiness is not
1834 the only thing in life!"--Anonymous</li>
1835 <li>"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she
1836 gets the more interested he is in her.&quot;--Agatha Christie</li>
1837 <li>"Bachelors should be heavily taxed.&nbsp; It is not fair that some men
1838 should be happier than others."--Oscar Wilde</li>
1839 <li>"Don't marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper."--Scottish
1840 Proverb</li>
1841 <li>"I don't worry about terrorism.&nbsp; I was married for two years."--Sam
1842 Kinison</li>
1843 <li>"Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't,
1844 they'd be married too."--H. L. Mencken</li>
1845 <li>"Men have a better time than women; for one thing, they marry later;
1846 for another thing, they die earlier."--H. L. Mencken</li>
1847 <li>"A man without a woman is like a fish without a bicycle."--U2</li>
1848 <li>"I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back."--Anonymous</li>
1849 <li>&quot;I asked my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our
1850 anniversary?'&nbsp; She
1851 said, 'Somewhere I have never been!'&nbsp; I told her, 'How about the
1852 kitchen?'&quot;--Unknown</li>
1853 <li>"We always hold hands.&nbsp; If I let go, she shops."--Unknown</li>
1854 <li>"My wife was in beauty saloon for two hours.&nbsp; That was only for the estimate."--Unknown</li>
1855 <li>"She got a mudpack and looked great for two days.&nbsp; Then the mud fell off."--Unknown</li>
1856 <li>&quot;She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, 'Am I too late for the
1857 garbage?'&nbsp; Following her down the street I yelled, 'No, jump
1858 in!'&quot;--Unknown</li>
1859 <li>&quot;Badd Teddy recently explained to me why he refuses to ever get married.&nbsp;
1860 He said, 'the wedding rings look too much like minature handcuffs
1861 ...'&quot;--Unknown</li>
1862 <li>"If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at
1863 the front door, who do you let in first?&nbsp; The dog of course...!!!&nbsp; At least he'll
1864 shut up after you let him in!"--Unknown</li>
1865 <li>&quot;A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother
1866 and started back toward his car when his attention was diverted to another man
1867 kneeling at a grave.&nbsp; The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and
1868 kept repeating,&nbsp; 'Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?'&nbsp; The first
1869 man approached him and said, 'Sir, I don't wish to interfere with your private
1870 grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I've ever seen before.&nbsp; For
1871 whom do you mourn so deeply? A child? A parent?'&nbsp; The mourner took a moment to
1872 collect himself then replied, 'My wife's first husband.'&quot;--Unknown</li>
1873 <li>&quot;A couple came upon a wishing well.&nbsp; The husband leaned over, made a wish
1874 and threw in a penny.&nbsp; The wife decided to make a wish, too.&nbsp; But she leaned over
1875 too much; fell into the well and drowned.&nbsp; The husband was stunned for a while
1876 but smiled 'It really works!'&quot;--Unknown</li>
1877 <li>&quot;Before marriage, a man yearns for the woman he loves.&nbsp; After marriage,
1878 the 'y' becomes silent.&quot;--Unknown</li>
1879 </ul>
1880 <hr>
1881 <p><b><u><a name="microsoft"></a>Microsoft</u></b></p>
1882 <ul>
1883 <li>"Not using Microsoft products is like being a non-smoker 40 or 50
1884 years ago:&nbsp; you can choose not to smoke, yourself, but it's hard to avoid
1885 second-hand smoke."--M. Tiemann (from an e-mail footer belonging to
1886 Rick Moen--I do not know who M. Tiemann is)</li>
1887 <li>&quot;I sense much NT in you.&nbsp; NT leads to Bluescreen.&nbsp; Bluescreen
1888 leads to downtime.&nbsp; Downtime leads to suffering.&nbsp; NT is the path to the
1889 darkside.&nbsp; Powerful Unix is."--From an SSH mailing list post by <a href="mailto:lorenl@alzatex.com"> Loren
1890 Lang</a> in 12/2001.</li>
1891 <li>"The best way to accelerate a computer running Windows is at 9.8 m/sec<sup>2</sup>.&quot;--From an e-mail footer used by
1892 <a href="mailto:tlaane@lucent.com"> Thomas Laane</a> in 02/2002.</li>
1893 <li>&quot;Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, once referred to Linux's
1894 licensing as 'a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to
1895 everything it touches.'&quot;--From a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com" target="_blank">New
1896 York Times</a> article by Thomas Fuller entitled <i>How Microsoft Warded Off Rival</i> on May 15,
1897 2003</li>
1898 <li>&quot;Failure is not an option, it comes bundled with your Microsoft
1899 product.&quot;--From an e-mail footer used by <a href="mailto:news@tux.com.au">Henry
1900 Phillips</a> in May, 2003</li>
1901
1902 <li>
1903
1904 &quot;
1905
1906 Who needs horror movies when we have Microsoft?&quot;-- Christine Comaford, PC Week, 27 Sep 1995
1907 </li>
1908
1909 <li>
1910
1911 &quot;
1912
1913 Where do you want to go today?&nbsp; It doesn't matter, you're coming with us.&quot;-- Microsoft
1914 </li>
1915
1916 </ul>
1917 <hr>
1918 <p><b><u><a name="old_age"></a>Old Age</u></b></p>
1919 <ul>
1920 <li>&quot;Inside every older person is a younger person--wondering what the hell
1921 happened.--Cora Harvey Armstrong.</li>
1922 <li>&quot;The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.&quot;--Helen Hayes (at
1923 73)</li>
1924 <li>&quot;I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.&quot;--Janette
1925 Barber</li>
1926 <li>&quot;Things are going to get a lot worse before they get
1927 worse.&quot;--Lily Tomlin</li>
1928 <li>&quot;A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.&quot;--Carrie
1929 Snow</li>
1930 <li>&quot;Old age ain't no place for sissies.&quot;--Bette Davis</li>
1931 <li>&quot;Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts
1932 falling apart.&quot;--Caryn Leschen</li>
1933 </ul>
1934 <hr>
1935 <p><b><u><a name="pets_cats"></a>Pets, Cats</u></b></p>
1936 <ul>
1937 <li>"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."--Unknown</li>
1938 <li>"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.&nbsp; Cats have never
1939 forgotten this."--Unknown</li>
1940 <li>"Cats are smarter than dogs.&nbsp; You can't get eight cats to pull a sled
1941 through snow."--Jeff Valdez</li>
1942 <li>"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."--Ellen Perry Berkeley</li>
1943 <li>"Dogs come when they are called; cats take a message and get back to
1944 you later."--Mary Bly</li>
1945 <li>"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good
1946 many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia."--Joseph
1947 Wood Krutch</li>
1948 <li>"There are many intelligent species in the universe.&nbsp; They are all
1949 owned by cats."--Unknown</li>
1950 <li>"I have studied many philosophers and many cats.&nbsp; The wisdom of cats is
1951 infinitely superior.&quot;--Hippolyte Taine</li>
1952 <li>"Dogs believe they are human.&nbsp; Cats believe they are God."--Unknown</li>
1953 <li>"You can train a cat to do anything it wants to do."--Unknown</li>
1954 </ul>
1955 <hr>
1956 <p><b><u><a name="philo_aristotle"></a>Philosophers, Aristotle</u></b></p>
1957 <ul>
1958 <li>"It is best that laws should be so constructed as to leave as little
1959 as possible to the decision of those who judge."--Aristotle, <i>Rhetoric</i></li>
1960 <li>"We are what we repeatedly do.&nbsp; Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit."--Aristotle</li>
1961 <li>"Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit.&nbsp; We become just by
1962 doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."--Aristotle</li>
1963 <li>"Happiness is the exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence,
1964 in a life affording them scope."--Aristotle</li>
1965 </ul>
1966 <hr>
1967 <p><b><u><a name="philo_henry_david_thoreau"></a>Philosophers, Henry David
1968 Thoreau</u></b></p>
1969 <ul>
1970 <li>"There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our
1971 suspicions by finding what we suspect."--Henry David Thoreau</li>
1972 </ul>
1973 <hr>
1974 <p><b><u><a name="police_and_law_enforcement"></a>Police And Law Enforcement</u></b></p>
1975 <ul>
1976 <li>"The handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch out
1977 after you wear them awhile."--From a humorous e-mail entitled <i>Funny
1978 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
1979 <li>"If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."--From a humorous e-mail
1980 entitled <i>Funny
1981 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
1982 <li>"So, you don't know how fast you were going. I guess that means I can
1983 write anything I want on the ticket, huh?"--From a humorous e-mail entitled <i>Funny
1984 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
1985 <li>"Yes sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it
1986 will help.&nbsp; Oh, did I mention that I am the shift supervisor?"--From a humorous
1987 e-mail entitled <i>Funny
1988 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
1989 <li>"Warning!&nbsp; You want a warning? O.K., I'm warning you not to do that
1990 again or I'll give you another ticket."--From a humorous e-mail entitled <i>Funny
1991 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
1992 <li>"The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk
1993 or not.&nbsp; Was Mickey Mouse a cat or dog?"--From a humorous e-mail entitled <i>Funny
1994 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
1995 <li>"Yeah, we have a quota.&nbsp; Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."--From a humorous e-mail entitled
1996 <i>Funny
1997 Police Quotes</i> received
1998 around 04/08/00.</li>
1999 <li>"Life's tough, it's tougher if you're stupid."--From a humorous
2000 e-mail entitled <i>Funny
2001 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
2002 <li>"No sir, we don't have quotas anymore.&nbsp; We used to have quotas, but now
2003 we're allowed to write as many tickets as we want."--From a humorous e-mail
2004 entitled <i>Funny
2005 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
2006 <li>"Just how big were those two beers?"--From a humorous e-mail
2007 entitled <i>Funny
2008 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
2009 <li>"In God we trust, all others are suspects."--From a humorous e-mail
2010 entitled <i>Funny
2011 Police Quotes</i> received around 04/08/00.</li>
2012 </ul>
2013 <hr>
2014 <p><b><u><a name="politfig_winston_churchill"></a>Political Figures, Winston
2015 Churchill</u></b></p>
2016 <ul>
2017 <li>"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain,
2018 hazardous, and conflicting information."--Winston Churchill</li>
2019 </ul>
2020 <hr>
2021 <p><b><u><a name="polit_fig_bill_hilary_clinton"></a>Political Figures, Bill And Hilary
2022 Clinton</u></b></p>
2023 <ul>
2024 <li>"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We
2025 are the president."--Hillary Clinton (commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents)</li>
2026 </ul>
2027 <hr>
2028 <p><b><u><a name="politfig_al_gore"></a>Political Figures, Al Gore</u></b></p>
2029 <ul>
2030 <li>"Y'all know how I feel about Al Gore--he's as dull as sober
2031 missionary sex with someone you know.&quot;--<i>Saturday Night Live</i> comedian
2032 impersonating President Bill Clinton, broadcast date 04/01/00.</li>
2033 <li>"A zebra
2034 does not change its spots."--Al Gore</li>
2035 </ul>
2036 <hr>
2037 <p><b><u><a name="politfig_henry_kissinger"></a>Political Figures, Henry
2038 Kissinger</u></b></p>
2039 <ul>
2040 <li>"There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full."--Henry Kissinger</li>
2041 <li>"Even paranoid people have enemies."--Henry Kissinger</li>
2042 </ul>
2043 <hr>
2044 <p><b><u><a name="politfig_colin_powell"></a>Political Figures, Colin Powell</u></b></p>
2045 <ul>
2046 <li>"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."--Colin
2047 Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i>.</li>
2048 <li>"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.&nbsp; Good leadership
2049 involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some
2050 people will get angry at your actions and decisions.&nbsp; It's inevitable, if you're
2051 honorable.&nbsp; Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: you'll
2052 avoid the tough decisions, you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be
2053 confronted, and you'll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential
2054 performance because some people might get upset.&nbsp; Ironically, by procrastinating
2055 on the difficult choices, by trying not to get anyone mad, and by treating
2056 everyone equally 'nicely' regardless of their contributions, you'll simply
2057 ensure that the only people you'll wind up angering are the most creative and
2058 productive people in the organization."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2059 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2060 <li>"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have
2061 stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or
2062 concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation,
2063 <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2064 <li>"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have
2065 stopped leading them.&nbsp; They have either lost confidence that you can help them or
2066 concluded that you do not care.&nbsp; Either case is a failure of leadership.&nbsp;
2067 If this
2068 were a litmus test, the majority of CEOs would fail.&nbsp; One, they build so many
2069 barriers to upward communication that the very idea of someone lower in the
2070 hierarchy looking up to the leader for help is ludicrous.&nbsp; Two, the corporate
2071 culture they foster often defines asking for help as weakness or failure, so
2072 people cover up their gaps, and the organization suffers accordingly.&nbsp; Real
2073 leaders make themselves accessible and available.&nbsp; They show concern for the
2074 efforts and challenges faced by underlings, even as they demand high standards.&nbsp;
2075 Accordingly, they are more likely to create an environment where problem
2076 analysis replaces blame."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership
2077 Primer</i></li>
2078 <li>"Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites.&nbsp; Experts often possess more
2079 data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs
2080 who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world."--Colin
2081 Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2082 <li>"Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites.&nbsp; Experts often possess more
2083 data than judgment.&nbsp; Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs
2084 who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.&nbsp; Small companies
2085 and start-ups don't have the time for analytically detached experts.&nbsp; They don't
2086 have the money to subsidize lofty elites, either.&nbsp; The president answers the
2087 phone and drives the truck when necessary; everyone on the payroll visibly
2088 produces and contributes to bottom-line results or they're history.&nbsp; But as
2089 companies get bigger, they often forget who 'brought them to the dance':&nbsp; things
2090 like all-hands involvement, egalitarianism, informality, market intimacy,
2091 daring, risk, speed, agility.&nbsp; Policies that emanate from ivory towers often have
2092 an adverse impact on the people out in the field who are fighting the wars or
2093 bringing in the revenues.&nbsp; Real leaders are vigilant, and combative, in the face
2094 of these trends."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership
2095 Primer</i></li>
2096 <li>"Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation,
2097 <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2098 <li>"Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.&nbsp; Learn from the pros, observe them, seek them out as mentors and partners.&nbsp;
2099 But
2100 remember that even the pros may have leveled out in terms of their learning and
2101 skills.&nbsp; Sometimes even the pros can become complacent and lazy.&nbsp; Leadership does
2102 not emerge from blind obedience to anyone.&nbsp; Xerox's Barry Rand was right on
2103 target when he warned his people that if you have a yes-man working for you, one
2104 of you is redundant.&nbsp; Good leadership encourages everyone's evolution."--Colin
2105 Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2106 <li>"Never neglect details.&nbsp; When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted
2107 the leader must be doubly vigilant."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2108 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2109 <li>"Never neglect details.&nbsp; When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted
2110 the leader must be doubly vigilant."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2111 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2112 <li>&quot;Strategy equals execution.&nbsp; All the
2113 great ideas and visions in the world are worthless if they can't be implemented
2114 rapidly and efficiently.&nbsp; Good leaders delegate and empower others liberally, but
2115 they pay attention to details, every day.&nbsp; (Think about supreme athletic coaches
2116 like Jimmy Johnson, Pat Riley and Tony La Russa).&nbsp; Bad ones, even those who fancy
2117 themselves as progressive 'visionaries', think they're somehow `above'
2118 operational details.&nbsp; Paradoxically, good leaders understand something else: an
2119 obsessive routine in carrying out the details begets conformity and complacency,
2120 which in turn dulls everyone's mind.&nbsp; That is why even as they pay attention to
2121 details, they continually encourage people to challenge the process.&nbsp; They
2122 implicitly understand the sentiment of CEO leaders like Quad Graphic's Harry
2123 Quadracchi, Oticon's Lars Kolind and the late Bill McGowan of MCI, who all
2124 independently asserted that the job of a leader is not to be the chief
2125 organizer, but the chief dis-organizer.&quot;--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2126 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2127 <li>"You don't know what you can get away with until you try."--Colin
2128 Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2129 <li>"You don't know what you can get away with until you try.&nbsp; You know the
2130 expression, 'it's easier to get forgiveness than permission'.&nbsp; Well, it's true.
2131 Good leaders don't wait for official blessing to try things out. They're
2132 prudent, not reckless.&nbsp; But they also realize a fact of life in most
2133 organizations: if you ask enough people for permission, you'll inevitably come
2134 up against someone who believes his job is to say 'no'. So the moral is, don't
2135 ask.&nbsp; Less effective middle managers endorsed the sentiment, 'If I haven't
2136 explicitly been told <i>yes</i>, I can't do it', whereas the good ones believed,
2137 `If I haven't explicitly been told <i>no</i>, I can.'&nbsp; There's a world of
2138 difference between these two points of view."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2139 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2140 <li>"Keep looking below surface appearances.&nbsp; Don't shrink from doing so
2141 (just) because you might not like what you find."--Colin Powell, from a
2142 PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2143 <li>"Keep looking below surface appearances.&nbsp; Don't shrink from doing so
2144 (just) because you might not like what you find. 'If it ain't broke, don't fix
2145 it' is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared.&nbsp; It's an excuse
2146 for inaction, a call to non-arms.&nbsp; It's a mind-set that assumes (or hopes) that
2147 today's realities will continue tomorrow in a tidy, linear and predictable
2148 fashion.&nbsp; Pure fantasy.&nbsp; In this sort of culture, you won't find people who
2149 pro-actively take steps to solve problems as they emerge.&nbsp; Here's a little tip:
2150 don't invest in these companies."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2151 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2152 <li>"Organization doesn't really accomplish anything.&nbsp; Plans don't
2153 accomplish anything, either.&nbsp; Theories of management don't much matter.&nbsp;
2154 Endeavors
2155 succeed or fail because of the people involved.&nbsp; Only by attracting the best
2156 people will you accomplish great deeds."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2157 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2158 <li>"Organization doesn't really accomplish anything.&nbsp; Plans don't
2159 accomplish anything, either.&nbsp; Theories of management don't much matter.&nbsp;
2160 Endeavors
2161 succeed or fail because of the people involved.&nbsp; Only by attracting the best
2162 people will you accomplish great deeds.&nbsp; In a brain-based economy, your
2163 best assets are people.&nbsp; We've heard this expression so often that it's become
2164 trite.&nbsp; But how many leaders really 'walk the talk' with this stuff?&nbsp; Too often,
2165 people are assumed to be empty chess pieces to be moved around by grand viziers,
2166 which may explain why so many top managers immerse their calendar time in deal
2167 making, restructuring and the latest management fad.&nbsp; How many immerse themselves
2168 in the goal of creating an environment where the best, the brightest, the most
2169 creative are attracted, retained and, most importantly, unleashed?"--Colin
2170 Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2171 <li>"Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation,
2172 <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2173 <li>"Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.&nbsp; Organization charts are frozen, anachronistic photos in a work place that ought
2174 to be as dynamic as the external environment around you.&nbsp; If people really
2175 followed organization charts, companies would collapse.&nbsp; In well-run
2176 organizations, titles are also pretty meaningless.&nbsp; At best, they advertise some
2177 authority, an official status conferring the ability to give orders and induce
2178 obedience.&nbsp; But titles mean little in terms of real power, which is the capacity
2179 to influence and inspire.&nbsp; Have you ever noticed that people will personally
2180 commit to certain individuals who on paper (or on the organization chart)
2181 possess little authority, but instead possess pizzazz, drive, expertise, and
2182 genuine caring for teammates and products?&nbsp; On the flip side, non-leaders in
2183 management may be formally anointed with all the perks and frills associated
2184 with high positions, but they have little influence on others, apart from their
2185 ability to extract minimal compliance to minimal standards."--Colin Powell,
2186 from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2187 <li>"Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your
2188 position goes, your ego goes with it."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2189 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2190 <li>"Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your
2191 position goes, your ego goes with it.&nbsp; Too often, change is stifled by people who
2192 cling to familiar turfs and job descriptions.&nbsp; One reason that even large
2193 organizations wither is that managers won't challenge old, comfortable ways of
2194 doing things.&nbsp; But real leaders understand that, nowadays, every one of our jobs
2195 is becoming obsolete.&nbsp; The proper response is to obsolete our activities before
2196 someone else does.&nbsp; Effective leaders create a climate where people's worth is
2197 determined by their willingness to learn new skills and grab new
2198 responsibilities, thus perpetually reinventing their jobs.&nbsp; The most important
2199 question in performance evaluation becomes not, 'How well did you perform your
2200 job since the last time we met?' but, 'How much did you change it?'--Colin
2201 Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2202 <li>"Fit no stereotypes.&nbsp; Don't chase the latest management fads.&nbsp; The
2203 situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation,
2204 <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2205 <li>"Fit no stereotypes.&nbsp; Don't chase the latest management fads.&nbsp; The
2206 situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.&nbsp; Flitting
2207 from fad to fad creates team confusion, reduces the leader's credibility, and
2208 drains organizational coffers.&nbsp; Blindly following a particular fad generates
2209 rigidity in thought and action.&nbsp; Sometimes speed to market is more important than
2210 total quality.&nbsp; Sometimes an unapologetic directive is more appropriate than
2211 participatory discussion.&nbsp; Some situations require the leader to hover closely;
2212 others require long, loose leashes.&nbsp; Leaders honor their core values, but they
2213 are flexible in how they execute them.&nbsp; They understand that management
2214 techniques are not magic mantras but simply tools to be reached for at the right
2215 times."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2216 <li>"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."--Colin Powell, from a
2217 PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2218 <li>"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.&nbsp; The ripple effect of a
2219 leader's enthusiasm and optimism is awesome.&nbsp; So is the impact of cynicism and
2220 pessimism.&nbsp; Leaders who whine and blame engender those same behaviors among their
2221 colleagues.&nbsp; I am not talking about stoically accepting organizational stupidity
2222 and performance incompetence with a 'what, me worry?' smile.&nbsp; I am talking about
2223 a gung-ho attitude that says 'we can change things here, we can achieve awesome
2224 goals, we can be the best.'&nbsp; Spare me the grim litany of the 'realist', give me
2225 the unrealistic aspirations of the optimist any day."--Colin Powell, from a
2226 PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2227 <li>"Powell's Rules for Picking People:&nbsp; Look for intelligence and
2228 judgment, and most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners.&nbsp;
2229 Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego, and the
2230 drive to get things done."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership
2231 Primer</i></li>
2232 <li>"Powell's Rules for Picking People:&nbsp; Look for intelligence and
2233 judgment, and most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners.&nbsp;
2234 Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego, and the
2235 drive to get things done.&nbsp; How often do our recruitment and hiring processes tap
2236 into these attributes?&nbsp; More often than not, we ignore them in favor of length of
2237 resume, degrees and prior titles.&nbsp; A string of job descriptions a recruit held
2238 yesterday seem to be more important than who one is today, what they can
2239 contribute tomorrow, or how well their values mesh with those of the
2240 organization.&nbsp; You can train a bright, willing novice in the fundamentals of your
2241 business fairly readily, but it's a lot harder to train someone to have
2242 integrity, judgment, energy, balance, and the drive to get things done.&nbsp; Good
2243 leaders stack the deck in their favor right in the recruitment phase."--Colin
2244 Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2245 <li>"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut
2246 through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can
2247 understand."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership
2248 Primer</i></li>
2249 <li>"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut
2250 through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can
2251 understand.&nbsp; Effective leaders understand the KISS principle, Keep It Simple,
2252 Stupid.&nbsp; They articulate vivid, over-arching goals and values, which they use to
2253 drive daily behaviors and choices among competing alternatives.&nbsp; Their visions
2254 and priorities are lean and compelling, not cluttered and buzzword-laden.&nbsp; Their
2255 decisions are crisp and clear, not tentative and ambiguous.&nbsp; They convey an
2256 unwavering firmness and consistency in their actions, aligned with the picture
2257 of the future they paint.&nbsp; The result: clarity of purpose, credibility of
2258 leadership, and integrity in organization."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2259 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2260 <li>"Part I:&nbsp; 'Use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the
2261 probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information
2262 acquired.'&nbsp; Part II: 'Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your
2263 gut'."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2264 <li>"Part I:&nbsp; 'Use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the
2265 probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information
2266 acquired.'&nbsp; Part II: 'Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your
2267 gut.'&nbsp; Don't take action if you have only enough information to give you less
2268 than a 40 percent chance of being right, but don't wait until you have enough
2269 facts to be 100 percent sure, because by then it is almost always too late.&nbsp;
2270 Today, excessive delays in the name of information-gathering breeds
2271 'analysis
2272 paralysis.'&nbsp; Procrastination in the name of reducing risk actually increases
2273 risk."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2274 <li>"The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is
2275 wrong, unless proved otherwise."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2276 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2277 <li>"The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is
2278 wrong, unless proved otherwise.&nbsp; Too often, the reverse defines corporate
2279 culture.&nbsp; This is one of the main reasons why leaders like Ken Iverson of Nucor
2280 Steel, Percy Barnevik of Asea Brown Boveri, and Richard Branson of Virgin have
2281 kept their corporate staffs to a bare-bones minimum--how about fewer than 100
2282 central corporate staffers for global $30 billion-plus ABB?&nbsp; Or around 25 and
2283 3 for multi-billion Nucor and Virgin, respectively?&nbsp; Shift the power and the
2284 financial accountability to the folks who are bringing in the beans, not the
2285 ones who are counting or analyzing them."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint
2286 presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2287 <li>"Have fun in your command.&nbsp; Don't always run at a breakneck pace.&nbsp;
2288 Take
2289 leave when you've earned it:&nbsp; Spend time with your families.&nbsp; Corollary: surround
2290 yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those
2291 who work hard and play hard."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership
2292 Primer</i></li>
2293 <li>"Have fun in your command.&nbsp; Don't always run at a breakneck pace.&nbsp;
2294 Take
2295 leave when you've earned it:&nbsp; Spend time with your families.&nbsp; Corollary: surround
2296 yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those
2297 who work hard and play hard.&nbsp; Herb Kelleher of Southwest Air and Anita Roddick of
2298 The Body Shop would agree: seek people who have some balance in their lives, who
2299 are fun to hang out with, who like to laugh (at themselves, too) and who have
2300 some non-job priorities which they approach with the same passion that they do
2301 their work.&nbsp; Spare me the grim workaholic or the pompous pretentious
2302 'professional'; I'll help them find jobs with my competitor."--Colin Powell,
2303 from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2304 <li>"Command is lonely."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership
2305 Primer</i> (quote probably from Truman)</li>
2306 <li>"Command is lonely.&nbsp; Harry Truman was right.&nbsp; Whether you're a CEO or
2307 the temporary head of a project team, the buck stops here.&nbsp; You can encourage
2308 participative management and bottom-up employee involvement, but ultimately the
2309 essence of leadership is the willingness to make the tough, unambiguous choices
2310 that will have an impact on the fate of the organization.&nbsp; I've seen too many
2311 non-leaders flinch from this responsibility.&nbsp; Even as you create an informal,
2312 open, collaborative corporate culture, prepare to be lonely."--Colin Powell,
2313 from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i></li>
2314 <li>"Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of
2315 management says is possible."--Colin Powell, from a PowerPoint presentation, <i>A Leadership
2316 Primer</i></li>
2317 </ul>
2318 <p><b><u>Note:</u></b>&nbsp; Colin Powell's presentation, <i>A Leadership Primer</i>,
2319 is available as a .ZIP'd PowerPoint presentation <a href="../../authindiv/dtashley/bad_management/powellonleadership.zip">here</a>.</p>
2320 <hr>
2321 <p><b><u><a name="politfig_dan_quayle"></a>Political Figures, Dan Quayle</u></b></p>
2322 <ul>
2323 <li>"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment.&nbsp; It's the
2324 impurities in our air and water that are doing it."--Former U.S.
2325 Vice-president Dan Quayle</li>
2326 <li>"I love California.&nbsp; I practically grew up in Phoenix."--Former U.S.
2327 Vice-president Dan Quayle</li>
2328 <li>"The loss of life will be irreplaceable."--Former U.S.
2329 Vice-president Dan Quayle</li>
2330 <li>"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have
2331 is that I didn't study my Latin harder in school so I could converse with those
2332 people."--Former U.S. Vice-president Dan Quayle</li>
2333 <li>"Hawaii is a unique state.&nbsp; It is a small state.&nbsp; It is a state that is
2334 by itself.&nbsp; It is different from the other 49 states.&nbsp; Well, all states are
2335 different, but it's got a particularly unique situation."--Former U.S.
2336 Vice-president Dan Quayle</li>
2337 </ul>
2338 <hr>
2339 <p><b><u><a name="politfig_ronald_reagan"></a>Political Figures, Ronald Reagan</u></b></p>
2340 <ul>
2341 <li>"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked
2342 like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."--Former U.S. President
2343 Ronald Reagan</li>
2344 </ul>
2345 <hr>
2346 <p><b><u><a name="polit_polit_doubletalk"></a>Politics, Political Doubletalk,
2347 Doubletalk</u></b></p>
2348 <ul>
2349 <li>"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of
2350 people."--Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor</li>
2351 <li>"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas."--Keppel
2352 Enderbery</li>
2353 <li>"If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter will be
2354 cut right out from under your feet."--Former British foreign minister, Ernest
2355 Bevin</li>
2356 <li>"I have opinions of my own ... strong opinions ... but I don't always
2357 agree with them."--George Bush, former U.S President</li>
2358 <li>"We have to pause and ask ourselves how much clean air do we need?"--Lee
2359 Iacocca, former CEO, Chrysler Corp</li>
2360 <li>"I was provided with additional input that was radically different
2361 from the truth.&nbsp; I assisted in furthering that version."--Colonel Oliver North,
2362 from his Iran-Contra testimony</li>
2363 <li>"I haven't committed a crime.&nbsp; What I did was fail to comply with the
2364 law."--David Dinkins, New York City Mayor, (answering accusations that he
2365 failed to pay his taxes)</li>
2366 <li>"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates
2367 in the country."--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC</li>
2368 <li>"China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese."--Former French
2369 President Charles De Gaulle</li>
2370 <li>"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass,
2371 and I'm just the one to do it."--A congressional candidate in Texas</li>
2372 </ul>
2373 <hr>
2374 <p><b><u><a name="religion"></a>Religion</u></b></p>
2375 <ul>
2376 <li>"Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power."--Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)
2377 </li>
2378 <li>"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do.&nbsp;
2379 When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss
2380 yours."-- Stephen F. Roberts
2381 </li>
2382 <li>"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save
2383 us."--Peter De Vries, novelist (1910-1993)
2384 </li>
2385 <li>"There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who believe themselves sinners;
2386 and the sinners who believe themselves righteous.--Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)
2387 </li>
2388 <li>"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority.&nbsp; The more uncivilized the man,
2389 the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong.&nbsp;
2390 All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values,
2391 not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them.&nbsp; The truly civilized man is
2392 always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others.&nbsp; His culture is based on
2393 'I am not too sure.'"-- H.L.Mencken, author (1880 - 1956)
2394 </li>
2395 <li>"Conceit is God's gift to little men."--Bruce Barton
2396 </li>
2397 <li>"To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it
2398 remains premature today."-- Isaac Asimov, author (1920 - 1992)
2399 </li>
2400 <li>"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil
2401 things.&nbsp; But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."-- Steven Weinberg (1933 - ),
2402 quoted in The New York Times, April 20, 1999
2403 </li>
2404 <li>"A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes."--James Feibleman
2405 </li>
2406 <li>"A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time."--George Iles
2407 </li>
2408 <li>"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.&nbsp; Nowhere in the Gospels do we
2409 find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other
2410 foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity."--John Adams (1735 -1826)
2411 </li>
2412 <li>"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature."--Thomas Jefferson (1743 -1826)
2413 </li>
2414 <li>"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in
2415 our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature.&nbsp; They are all alike
2416 founded on fables and mythology."--Thomas Jefferson (1743 -1826)
2417 </li>
2418 <li>"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his Father,
2419 in the womb of a virgin will be classified with the fable of the generation
2420 of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.&nbsp; But we may hope that the dawn of reason
2421 and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this
2422 artificial scaffolding and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines
2423 of this most venerated Reformer of human errors."--Thomas Jefferson (1743 -1826)
2424 </li>
2425 <li>"The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion.&nbsp; I could never give
2426 assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian
2427 dogma."--Abraham Lincoln (1809 -1865)
2428 </li>
2429 <li>"As to Jesus of Nazareth ... I think the system of Morals and his Religion,
2430 as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it
2431 has received various corrupting Changes, and I have, with most of the present
2432 Dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity."--Benjamin Franklin (1706 -1790)
2433 </li>
2434 <li>"The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing;
2435 it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data;
2436 it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion."--Thomas Paine (1737 -1809)
2437 </li>
2438 <li>"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason,
2439 and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."--Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)
2440 </li>
2441 <li>"There was a time when religion ruled the world.&nbsp; It is known as the Dark
2442 Ages."--Ruth Hermence Green
2443 </li>
2444 <li>"We are taught to believe that there's an invisible man who lives in the sky,
2445 who has a list of 10 things he doesn't want you to do,
2446 who watches you every minute of every day, and if you do something he doesn't like,
2447 he's going to send you to a burning lake of fire ... forever.&nbsp; But He loves you.--George Carlin
2448 </li>
2449 <li>"To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing."--Hypatia
2450 </li>
2451 <li>"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it
2452 to."--Dorothy Parker - poet, short-story writer, theater critic and screenwriter (1893-1967)
2453 </li>
2454 <li>"I read the whole of the Bible, and apply common sense to it.&nbsp; Sorry to be so boring.&nbsp;
2455 Something which is said several thousand times (e.g. God is worried about the poor)
2456 I regard as more important than something which is said once (e.g. God thinks being gay
2457 incurs ritual pollution) or never (e.g. God doesn't approve of abortion).&nbsp; If
2458 I understand them correctly, the fundamentalists take the opposite approach:
2459 abortion is the most important issue, homosexuality the second most important,
2460 and feeding the poor doesn't matter at all."--Andrew Rilstone (Andrew@aslan.demon.co.uk)
2461 </li>
2462 <li>"Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better
2463 ordering of the universe."--Alphonso the Wise (1221-1284)
2464 </li>
2465 <li>"What religion are you afflicted with?"--Unknown
2466 </li>
2467 <li>"Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose."--Frederick Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
2468 </li>
2469 <li>"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious
2470 conviction."--Blaise Pascal, philosopher, mathematician (1623-1662)
2471 </li>
2472 <li>"I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God.&nbsp; I equally cannot
2473 prove that Satan is a fiction.&nbsp; The Christian God may exist; so
2474 may the Gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon.&nbsp; But no one of these
2475 hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the
2476 region of probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of
2477 them."--Lord Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
2478 </li>
2479 <li>"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."--William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616)
2480 </li>
2481 <li>"Religion is an insult to human dignity.&nbsp; With or without it, you'd have good people doing
2482 good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes
2483 religion."--Steven Weinberg, physicist, Nobel Laureate (1933-)
2484 </li>
2485 <li>"Man is a marvelous curiosity ... he thinks he is the Creator's pet; he even believes the Creator loves him;
2486 has a passion for him; sits up nights to admire him; yes and watch over him and keep him out of
2487 trouble.&nbsp; He prays to him and thinks He listens.&nbsp; Isn't it a quaint idea."--Mark Twain,
2488 author and humorist (1835-1910)
2489 </li>
2490 <li>"One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed in
2491 it.&nbsp; They have also believed the world was flat."--Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
2492 </li>
2493 <li>"I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious - unless
2494 he purposely shut the eyes of his mind and keep them shut by
2495 force."--Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
2496 </li>
2497 <li>"Irreverence is another person's disrespect to your god; there isn't any word that tells what your
2498 disrespect to his god is."--Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
2499 </li>
2500 <li>"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."--Frank Lloyd Wright, architect (1867-1959)
2501 </li>
2502 <li>"We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in.&nbsp; Some
2503 of us just go one god further."--Richard Dawkins, biologist, author, philosopher (1941-)
2504 </li>
2505 <li>"My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed."-Christopher Morley, writer (1890-1957)
2506 </li>
2507 <li>"So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind is
2508 all the sad world needs."--Ella Wheeler Wilcox, poet (1850-1919)
2509 </li>
2510 <li>"No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition that Paul boldly set it on it's legs
2511 again in the name of Jesus."--George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
2512 </li>
2513 <li>"If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated."--Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)
2514 </li>
2515 <li>"If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly
2516 pray for many evils to befall one another."--Epicurus, philosopher (c. 341-270 BCE)
2517 </li>
2518 <li>"Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion."--John Adams (1797-1801)
2519 </li>
2520 <li>"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.&nbsp; Faith
2521 is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence."--Richard Dawkins, biologist, author, philosopher (1941-)
2522 </li>
2523 <li>"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."--H. L. Mencken, author (1880 - 1956)
2524 </li>
2525 <li>"Faith is a cop-out.&nbsp; If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith,
2526 then you are conceding that it can't be taken on its own merits."--Dan Barker, "Losing Faith in Faith", 1992
2527 </li>
2528 <li>"If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?"--Unattributed
2529 </li>
2530 </ul>
2531 <hr>
2532 <p><b><u><a name="sci_mat_marie_curie"></a>Scientists And Mathematicians, Marie
2533 Curie</u></b></p>
2534 <ul>
2535 <li>&quot;Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be
2536 understood.&quot;--Marie Curie</li>
2537 </ul>
2538 <hr>
2539 <p><b><u><a name="sci_mat_edsger_dijkstra"></a>Scientists And Mathematicians, Edsger
2540 Dijkstra</u></b></p>
2541 <ul>
2542 <li>&quot;The question of whether computers can think is just
2543 like the question of whether submarines can swim.&quot;--Edsger W. Dijkstra</li>
2544 </ul>
2545 <hr>
2546 <p><b><u><a name="sci_mat_albert_einstein"></a>Scientists And Mathematicians, Albert
2547 Einstein</u></b></p>
2548 <ul>
2549 <li>&quot;We are all very ignorant, but not all ignorant of the same
2550 things.&quot;--Albert Einstein</li>
2551 <li>"Thus I came -- despite the fact that I was the son of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents --
2552 to a deep religiosity, which, however, found an abrupt ending at the age of 12.&nbsp; Through the
2553 reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories
2554 of the bible could not be true.&nbsp; The consequence was a positively fanatic
2555 [orgy of] freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally
2556 being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression.&nbsp; Suspicion against every
2557 kind of authority grew out of this experience, a skeptical attitude towards the
2558 convictions which were alive in any specific social environment .... I cannot conceive
2559 of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals ..."-- Albert Einstein,
2560 physicist (1879-1955) - August, 1927 -- Einstein Archive 48-380
2561 </li>
2562 <li>"Science without religion is lame.&nbsp; Religion without science is blind."-Albert Einstein, physicist (1879-1955)
2563 at Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium, 1941
2564 </li>
2565
2566 <li>
2567
2568 &quot;
2569
2570 Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.&quot;-- Albert Einstein, physicist (1879 - 1955)
2571 </li>
2572
2573 <li>
2574
2575 &quot;There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity.&nbsp;
2576 And I am unsure about the universe.&quot;--Albert Einstein, physicist (1879-1955)
2577 </li>
2578
2579 <li>
2580
2581 &quot;What terrifies us is not the explosive force of the atomic bomb, but the power of the wickedness of the human heart.&quot;--Albert Einstein, physicist (1879-1955)
2582 </li>
2583
2584 <li>
2585
2586 &quot;It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.&quot;--Albert Einstein, physicist (1879-1955)
2587 </li>
2588
2589 <li>
2590
2591 &quot;The more I study physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics.&quot;--Albert Einstein,
2592 physicist (1879-1955)
2593 </li>
2594
2595 <li>
2596
2597 &quot;Definition of Insanity:&nbsp; Endlessly repeating the same process, hoping for a different result."--Albert Einstein
2598 </li>
2599
2600 <li>
2601
2602 &quot;Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.&quot;--Albert Einstein, physicist (1879-1955)
2603 </li>
2604
2605 <li>
2606
2607 &quot;Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.&quot;--Albert Einstein, physicist (1879-1955)
2608 </li>
2609
2610 </ul>
2611 <hr>
2612 <p><b><u><a name="sci_mat_gh_hardy"></a>Scientists And Mathematicians, G.H.
2613 Hardy</u></b></p>
2614 <ul>
2615 <li>&quot;It is never worth a first class man's time to express a majority
2616 opinion.&nbsp; By definition, there are plenty of others to do that.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2617 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2618 <li>&quot;For any serious purpose, intelligence is a very minor gift.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2619 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2620 <li>&quot;Young men ought to be conceited:&nbsp; but they oughtn't to be
2621 imbecile."--G.H. Hardy (according to C.P. Snow in the foreword of <i>A
2622 Mathematician's Apology</i>, said after someone had tried to
2623 convince Hardy that <i>Finnegans Wake</i> was the final literary masterpiece.)</li>
2624 <li>&quot;Sometimes one has to say difficult things, but one ought to say them
2625 as simply as one knows how.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2626 <li>&quot;Statesmen despise publicists, painters despise art-critics, and
2627 physiologists, physicists, or mathematicians have usually similar feelings;
2628 there is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of
2629 the men who make for the men who explain.&nbsp; Exposition, criticism, appreciation,
2630 is work for second-rate minds.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2631 <li>&quot;... There is no one so stupid as to use this sort of language
2632 about mathematics.&nbsp; The mass of mathematical truth is obvious and imposing; its
2633 practical applications, the bridges and the steam engines and dynamos, obtrude
2634 themselves on the dullest imagination.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's
2635 Apology</i></li>
2636 <li>&quot;... Some egotism of this sort is inevitable, and I do not feel
2637 that it really needs justification.&nbsp; Good work is not done by 'humble' men.&nbsp;
2638 It is
2639 one of the first duties of a professor, for example, in any subject, to
2640 exaggerate a little both the importance of his subject and his own importance in
2641 it.&nbsp; A man who is always asking 'Is what I do worth while?' and 'Am I the right
2642 person to do it?' will always be ineffective himself and a discouragement to
2643 others.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2644 <li>&quot;... I am not suggesting that this is a defence which can be made
2645 by most people, since most people can do nothing at all well.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2646 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2647 <li>&quot;... If a man has any genuine talent, he should be ready to make
2648 almost any sacrifice in order to cultivate it to the full.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A
2649 Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2650 <li>&quot;No mathematician should ever allow himself to forget that
2651 mathematics, more than any other art or science, is a young man's game.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2652 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2653 <li>&quot;I do not know an instance of a major mathematical advance initiated
2654 by a man past fifty.&nbsp; If a man of mature age loses interest in and abandons
2655 mathematics, the loss is not likely to be very serious either for mathematics or
2656 for himself.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2657 <li>&quot;It is quite true that most people can do nothing well.&nbsp; If so, it
2658 matters very little what career they choose, and there is really nothing more to
2659 say about it.&nbsp; It is a conclusive reply, but hardly one likely to be made by a
2660 man with any pride; and I may assume that none of us would be content with
2661 it.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2662 <li>&quot;(Speaking with respect to mathematical achievement) ... What we
2663 do may be small, but it has a certain character of permanence; and to have
2664 produced anything of the slightest permanent interest, whether it be a copy of
2665 verses or a geometrical theorem, is to have done something utterly beyond the
2666 powers of the vast majority of men.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's
2667 Apology</i></li>
2668 <li>&quot;(Speaking with respect to mathematical achievement) ... In these
2669 days of conflict between ancient and modern studies, there must surely be
2670 something to be said for a study which did not begin with Pythagoras, and
2671 will not end with Einstein, but is the oldest and the youngest of
2672 all.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2673 <li>&quot;A man's first duty, a young man's at any rate, is to be
2674 ambitious.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2675 <li>&quot;... We must guard against a fallacy common apologists of
2676 science, the fallacy of supposing that the men whose work benefits humanity are
2677 thinking much of that while they do it ... There are many highly
2678 respectable motives that may lead men to prosecute research, but there are three
2679 which are much more important than the rest.&nbsp; The first (without which the rest
2680 must come to nothing) is intellectual curiosity, desire to know the truth.&nbsp;
2681 Then,
2682 professional pride, anxiety to be satisfied with one's performance, the shame
2683 that overcomes any self-respecting craftsman when his work is unworthy of his
2684 talent.&nbsp; Finally, ambition, desire for reputation, and the position, even the
2685 power or the money, which it brings.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's
2686 Apology</i></li>
2687 <li>&quot;If intellectual curiosity, professional pride, and ambition are the
2688 dominant incentives to research, then assuredly no one has a fairer chance of
2689 gratifying them then a mathematician.&nbsp; His subject is the most curious of
2690 all--there is none in which truth plays such odd pranks.&nbsp; It has the most
2691 elaborate and the most fascinating technique, and gives unrivalled openings for
2692 the display of sheer professional skill.&nbsp; Finally, as history proves abundantly,
2693 mathematical achievement, whatever its intrinsic worth, is the most enduring of
2694 all.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2695 <li>&quot;<i>Immortality</i> may be a silly word, but probably a mathematician
2696 has the best chance of whatever it may mean.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A
2697 Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2698 <li>&quot;... Farey is immortal because he failed to understand a theorem
2699 which Haros had proved perfectly fourteen years before ... But on the whole
2700 the history of science is fair, and this is particularly true in mathematics ...
2701 and the men who are remembered are almost always the men who merit
2702 it.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, pp. 81-82, citing instances
2703 where mathematical history was inaccurate</li>
2704 <li>&quot;It is sometimes suggested, by lawyers or politicians or business
2705 men, that an academic career is one sought mainly by cautious and
2706 unambitious persons who care primarily for comfort and security.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2707 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p.82</li>
2708 <li>&quot;A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.&nbsp;
2709 If
2710 his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with <i>ideas</i>.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2711 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p.84</li>
2712 <li>&quot;... Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the
2713 world for ugly mathematics.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p.85</li>
2714 <li>&quot;It may be very hard to <i>define</i> mathematical beauty, but that is
2715 just as true of beauty of any kind--we may not know quite what we mean by a
2716 beautiful poem, but that does not prevent us from recognizing one when we read
2717 it.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i></li>
2718 <li>&quot;There are, to be sure, individuals for whom mathematics exercises a
2719 coldly impersonal attraction ...&nbsp; The aesthetic appeal of mathematics may be
2720 very real for a chosen few.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, quoting
2721 Hogben, p. 86</li>
2722 <li>&quot;The seriousness of a theorem, of course, does not <i>lie in</i> its
2723 consequences, which are merely the <i>evidence</i> for its seriousness.&nbsp; Shakespeare had an enormous influence on the development of the English
2724 language, Otway next to none, but that is not why Shakespeare was the better
2725 poet.&nbsp; He was the better poet because he wrote much better poetry.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2726 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p.90</li>
2727 <li>&quot;The number of primes less than 1,000,000,000 is 50,847,478:&nbsp; that is
2728 enough for an engineer, and he can be perfectly happy without the rest.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2729 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p.102</li>
2730 <li>&quot;Some measure of generality must be present in any high-class theorem,
2731 but <i>too much</i> tends inevitably towards insipidity.&nbsp; 'Everything is what it
2732 is, and not another thing', and the differences between things are quite as
2733 interesting as their resemblances.&nbsp; We do not choose our friends because they
2734 embody all the pleasant qualities of humanity, but because they are the people
2735 that they are.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p. 109</li>
2736 <li>&quot;It seems that mathematical ideas are arranged somehow in strata, the
2737 ideas in each stratum being linked by a complex of relations both among
2738 themselves and with those above and below.&nbsp; The lower the stratum, the deeper
2739 (and in general the more difficult) the idea.&nbsp; Thus the idea of an
2740 'irrational'
2741 is deeper than that of an integer ...&nbsp; Let us concentrate our attention on
2742 the relations between the integers, or some other group of objects lying in some
2743 particular stratum.&nbsp; Then it may happen that one of these relations can be
2744 comprehended completely, that we can recognize and prove, for example, some
2745 property of the integers, without any knowledge of the contents of lower strata
2746 ...&nbsp; But there are also many theorems about integers which we cannot
2747 appreciate properly, and still less prove, without digging deeper and
2748 considering what happens below.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, pp. 110-111</li>
2749 <li>&quot;We do not want many 'variations' in the proof of a mathematical
2750 theorem:&nbsp; 'enumeration of cases', indeed, is one of the duller forms of
2751 mathematical argument.&nbsp; A mathematical proof should resemble a simple and
2752 clear-cut constellation, not a scattered cluster in the Milky Way.&quot;--G.H. Hardy,
2753 <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p. 113</li>
2754 <li>&quot;It is sometimes suggested that pure mathematicians glory in the
2755 uselessness of their work, and make it a boast that it has no practical
2756 applications.&nbsp; The imputation is usually based on an incautious saying attributed
2757 to Gauss, to the effect that, if mathematics is the queen of the sciences, the
2758 the theory of numbers is, because of its supreme uselessness, the queen of
2759 mathematics--I have never been able to find an exact quotation.&nbsp; I am sure that
2760 Gauss's saying (if indeed it be his) has been rather crudely misinterpreted.&nbsp;
2761 If
2762 the theory of numbers could be employed for any practical and obviously
2763 honourable purpose, if it could be turned directly to the furtherance of human
2764 happiness of the relief of human suffering, as physiology and even chemistry
2765 can, the surely neither Gauss nor any other mathematician would have been so
2766 foolish as to decry or regret such applications.&nbsp; But science works for evil as
2767 well as for good (and particularly, of course in time of war); and both Gauss
2768 and lesser mathematicians may be justified in rejoicing that there is one
2769 science at any rate, and that their own, whose very remoteness from ordinary
2770 human activities should keep it gentle and clean.&quot;G.H. Hardy, <i>A
2771 Mathematician's Apology</i>, pp. 120-121</li>
2772 <li>&quot;I began by saying that there is probably less difference between the
2773 positions of a mathematician and of a physicist than is generally supposed, and
2774 that the most important seems to me to be this, that the mathematician is in
2775 much more direct contact with reality ... mathematical objects are so much
2776 more what they seem.&nbsp; A chair or a star is not in the least like what it seems to
2777 be; the more we think of it, the fuzzier its outlines become in the haze of
2778 sensation which surround it; but '2' or '317' has nothing to do with sensation,
2779 and its properties stand out the more clearly the more closely we scrutinize
2780 it.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, pp. 128-130</li>
2781 <li>&quot;It is the dull and elementary parts of applied mathematics, as it is
2782 the dull and elementary parts of pure mathematics, that work for good or ill.&nbsp;
2783 Time may change all this.&nbsp; No one foresaw the applications of matrices and groups
2784 and other purely mathematical theories to modern physics, and it may be that
2785 some of the 'highbrow' applied mathematics will become 'useful' in as unexpected
2786 a way;&nbsp; but the evidence so far points to the conclusion that, in one subject as
2787 in the other, it is what is commonplace and dull that counts for practical
2788 life.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p.132. (Written
2789 around 1940, this was an uncanny precursor to nuclear weaponry.)</li>
2790 <li>&quot;There is one comforting conclusion which is easy for a real
2791 mathematician.&nbsp; Real mathematics has no effects on war.&nbsp; No one has yet discovered
2792 any warlike purpose to be served by the theory of numbers or relativity, and it
2793 seems unlikely that anyone will do so for many years.&nbsp; It is true that there are
2794 branches of applied mathematics, such as ballistics and aerodynamics, which have
2795 been developed deliberately for war and demand a quite elaborate technique: it
2796 is perhaps hard to call them 'trivial', but none of them has any claim to rank
2797 as 'real'.&nbsp; They are indeed repulsively ugly and intolerably dull; even
2798 Littlewood could not make ballistics respectable, and if he could not who
2799 can?&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p. 140. (Written
2800 around 1940, this was an uncanny precursor to nuclear weaponry.&nbsp; Also, Snow
2801 writes in the foreword, pp. 39-40, &quot;Hardy's close friends were away at the
2802 war.&nbsp; Littlewood was doing ballistics as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal
2803 Artillery.&nbsp; Owing to his cheerful indifference he had the distinction of
2804 remaining a Second Lieutenant through the four years of the war.&quot;)</li>
2805 <li>&quot;... there are two sharply contrasted views about modern
2806 scientific war.&nbsp; The first and the most obvious is that the effect of science on
2807 war is merely to magnify its horror, both by increasing the sufferings of the
2808 minority who have to fight and by extending them to other classes.&nbsp; This is the
2809 most natural and the orthodox view.&nbsp; But there is a very different view which
2810 seems also quite tenable, and which has been stated with great force by Haldane
2811 in <i>Callinicus</i>.&nbsp; It can be maintained that modern warfare is <i>less</i>
2812 horrible than the warfare of pre-scientific times;&nbsp; the bombs are probably more
2813 merciful than bayonets;&nbsp; that lachrymatory gas and mustard gas are perhaps the
2814 most humane weapons yet devised by military science;&nbsp; and that the orthodox view
2815 rests solely on loose-thinking sentimentalism.&nbsp; It may also be urged (although
2816 this was not one of Haldane's theses) that the equalization of risks which
2817 science was expected to bring would be in the long run salutary;&nbsp; that a
2818 civilian's wife is not worth more than a soldier's, nor a woman's more than a
2819 man's;&nbsp; that anything is better than the concentration of savagery on one
2820 particular class;&nbsp; and that, in short, the sooner the war comes 'all out' the
2821 better.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p. 142</li>
2822 <li>&quot;When the world is mad, a mathematician may find in mathematics an
2823 incomparable anodyne.&nbsp; For mathematics is, of all the arts and sciences, the most
2824 austere and the most remote, and a mathematician should be for all men the one
2825 who can most easily take refuge where, as Bertrand Russell says, 'one at least
2826 of our nobler impulese can best escape from the dreary exile of the actual
2827 world'.&nbsp; It is a pity that is should be necessary to make one very serious
2828 reservation--he must not be too old.&nbsp; Mathematics is not a contemplative but a
2829 creative subject; no one can draw much consolation from it when he has lost the
2830 power or the desire to create; and that is apt to happen to a mathematician
2831 rather soon.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p. 143</li>
2832 <li>&quot;I cannot remember ever having wanted to be anything but a
2833 mathematician.&nbsp; I suppose that it was always clear that my specific abilities lay
2834 that way, and it never occurred to me to question the verdict of my elders.&nbsp;
2835 I do
2836 not remember having felt, as a boy, any <i>passion</i> for mathematics, and such
2837 notions as I may have had of the career of a mathematician were far from noble.&nbsp;
2838 I thought of mathematics in terms of examinations and scholarships:&nbsp; I wanted to
2839 beat other boys, and this seemed to be the way in which I could do so most
2840 decisively.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p. 144</li>
2841 <li>&quot;I had of course found at school, as every future mathematician does,
2842 that I could often do things much better than my teachers; and even at Cambridge
2843 I found, though naturally much less frequently, that I could sometimes do things
2844 better than the College lecturers.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's
2845 Apology</i>, p. 146-147</li>
2846 <li>&quot;It is plain now that my life, for what it is worth, is finished, and
2847 that nothing I can do can perceptibly increase or diminish its value.&nbsp; It is very
2848 difficult to be dispassionate, but I count it as a 'success';&nbsp; I have had more
2849 reward and not less than was due to a man of my particular grade of ability.&nbsp;
2850 I have held a series of comfortable and 'dignified' positions.&nbsp; I have had very
2851 little trouble with the duller routine of universities.&nbsp; I hate 'teaching', and
2852 have had to do very little, such teaching as I have done having been almost
2853 entirely supervision of research;&nbsp; I love lecturing, and have lectured a great
2854 deal to extremely able classes;&nbsp; and I have always had plenty of leisure for the
2855 researches which have been the one great permanent happiness of my life.&nbsp; I have
2856 found it easy to work with others, and have collaborated on a large scale with
2857 two exceptional mathematicians; and this has enabled me to add to mathematics a
2858 good deal more than I could reasonably have expected.&nbsp; I have had my
2859 disappointments, like any other mathematician, but none of them has been too
2860 serious or has made me particularly unhappy.&nbsp; If I had been offered a life
2861 neither better nor worse when I was twenty, I would have accepted without
2862 hesitation.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's Apology</i>, p. 149</li>
2863 <li>&quot;My choice was right, then, if what I wanted was a reasonably
2864 comfortable and happy life.&nbsp; But solicitors and stockbrokers and bookmakers often
2865 lead comfortable and happy lives, and it is very difficult to see how the world
2866 is richer for their existence.&nbsp; Is there any sense in which I can claim that my
2867 life has been less futile than theirs?&nbsp; It seems to me again that there is only
2868 one possible answer: yes, perhaps, but, if so, for one reason only.&nbsp; I have never
2869 done anything 'useful'.&nbsp; No discovery of mine has made, or is likely to make,
2870 directly or indirectly, for good or ill, the least difference to the amenity of
2871 the world.&nbsp; I have helped to train other mathematicians, but mathematicians of
2872 the same kind as myself, and their work has been, so far at any rate as I have
2873 helped them to it, as useless as my own.&nbsp; Judged by all practical standards, the
2874 value of my mathematical life is nil; and outside mathematics it is trivial
2875 anyhow.&nbsp; I have just one chance of escaping a verdict of complete triviality,
2876 that I may be judged to have created something worth creating.&nbsp; And that I have
2877 created something is undeniable: the question is about its value.&nbsp; The case for
2878 my life, then, or for that of any one else who has been a mathematician in the
2879 same sense in which I have been one, is this: that I have added something to
2880 knowledge, and helped others to add more; and that these somethings have a value
2881 which differs in degree only, and not in kind, from that of the creations of the
2882 great mathematicians, or of any of the other artists, great or small, who have
2883 left some kind of memorial behind them.&quot;--G.H. Hardy, <i>A Mathematician's
2884 Apology</i>, pp. 150-151</li>
2885 </ul>
2886 <p><b><u>Note:</u></b>&nbsp; As of May 11, 2003, Hardy's book, <i>A
2887 Mathematician's Apology</i>, is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0521427061/qid=1052633115/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-8561334-0224108?v=glance&amp;s=books">available
2888 new from Amazon</a> for $11.90.&nbsp; Also as of May 11, 2003, there are <a href="http://half.ebay.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=2943234&amp;meta_id=1">5
2889 copies available at Half.com</a> for as low as $6.12.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
2890 <hr>
2891 <p><b><u><a name="sci_mat_james_s_harris"></a>Scientists And Mathematicians, James S.
2892 Harris</u></b></p>
2893 <ul>
2894 <li>&quot;My peers are Gauss and Euler, not ANY of you.&quot;--James S. Harris, as
2895 the <i> SUBJ</i> field in a <i>sci.math</i> newsgroup post dated July 4, 2002</li>
2896 </ul>
2897 <hr>
2898 <p><b><u><a name="sci_mat_bertrand_russell"></a>Scientists And Mathematicians, Bertrand
2899 Russell</u></b></p>
2900 <ul>
2901 <li>&quot;One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief
2902 that one's work is terribly important.&quot;--Bertrand Russell</li>
2903 </ul>
2904 <hr>
2905 <p><b><u><a name="sci_mat_carl_sagan"></a>Scientists And Mathematicians, Carl
2906 Sagan</u></b></p>
2907 <ul>
2908 <li>&quot;One of the great commandments of science is:&nbsp; 'Mistrust arguments from
2909 authority.'&quot;--Carl Sagan</li>
2910 <li>&quot;Look again at that dot.&nbsp; That's here.&nbsp; That's home.&nbsp; That's us.&nbsp;
2911 On it
2912 everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human
2913 being who ever was, lived out their lives.&nbsp; The aggregate of our joy and
2914 suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines,
2915 every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of
2916 civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother
2917 and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every
2918 corrupt politician, every 'superstar', every 'supreme leader', every saint and
2919 sinner in the history of our species lived here--on a mote of dust suspended in
2920 a sunbeam.&quot;--Carl Sagan, precise source unknown</li>
2921 <li>&quot;The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.&nbsp; Think of the rivers
2922 of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and
2923 triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.&nbsp; Think
2924 of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel
2925 on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent
2926 their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent
2927 their hatreds.&quot;--Carl Sagan, precise source unknown</li>
2928 <li>&quot;Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some
2929 privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.&nbsp;
2930 Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.&nbsp; In our
2931 obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from
2932 elsewhere to save us from ourselves.&quot;--Carl Sagan, precise source unknown</li>
2933 <li>&quot;The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life.&nbsp; There is nowhere
2934 else, at least not in the near future, to which our species could migrate.&nbsp;
2935 Visit, yes.&nbsp; Settle, not yet.&nbsp; Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we
2936 make our stand.&quot;--Carl Sagan, precise source unknown</li>
2937 <li>&quot;It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building
2938 experience.&nbsp; There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human
2939 conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.&nbsp; To me, it underscores our
2940 responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish
2941 the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."--Carl Sagan, <i>Pale
2942 Blue Dot</i>, publication details unknown</li>
2943
2944 <li>
2945
2946 &quot;
2947
2948 If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.&quot;-- Carl
2949 Sagan, astronomer, author (1934-1996)
2950 </li>
2951
2952 </ul>
2953 <hr>
2954 <p><b><u><a name="software_software_engineering_etc"></a>Software, Software Engineering,
2955 Etc.</u></b></p>
2956 <ul>
2957 <li>&quot;Can
2958 someone give a hint on how many lines of code a programmer can produce a day?&nbsp;
2959 I
2960 know that this depends on the language, etc., but I'm most interested in C/C++.&nbsp;
2961 On my most productive single day, the program I was working on had 3000 fewer
2962 lines than it did when I started.&quot;--quote which Dan Parks got from a newsgroup, source
2963 unknown</li>
2964 <li>&quot;A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved
2965 from a simple system that worked ... A complex system designed from scratch
2966 never works and cannot be patched up to make it work.&nbsp; You have to start over,
2967 beginning with a working simple system.&quot;--Grady Booch</li>
2968 <li>&quot;The trouble with many Software Engineering principles and methodologies
2969 is they don't concentrate on doing the time-consuming, difficult and error-prone
2970 process of getting the system requirements straightened out--instead relying on
2971 'well defined procedures' which are easy to specify, but don't help
2972 much when trying to understand what a system needs to accomplish--or more
2973 importantly, coaxing a non-technical project lead to devote his/her resources to
2974 spending time with the users.&quot;--Unknown</li>
2975 <li>&quot;I've been developing systems of varying complexity since 1990 and have yet to
2976 hear of a software engineering methodology which improves significantly on the
2977 basic principle of studying what the user needs, organizing it, adapting to
2978 change and implementing--usually in combination.&nbsp; UML isn't much more than a
2979 notational change to the entity/relationship/&quot;flowcharting&quot;/whatever we did a decade ago.&nbsp;
2980 The
2981 CASE tools have marginally improved since, but not markedly.&nbsp; But thats only my
2982 take on it ... no doubt I'm part of the problem.--Unknown</li>
2983 <li>&quot;Frankly, I figure the SEI rating stuff has a half-life of about 4 years, its
2984 got 5 or 6 more before it falls into the dustbin of antiquity.&nbsp; But, its in good
2985 company with TQM and all the other philosophies which aren't dealing with the
2986 hard problems.--<i>Possibly</i> from a book by Steve McConnell entitled <i>After
2987 The Gold Rush</i>, but probably from a review of the book.&nbsp; This quote forwarded to
2988 me by Dan Parks in November 2000.</li>
2989 <li>&quot;You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on
2990 the continuing viability of FORTRAN.&quot;--Alan Perlis</li>
2991 <li>&quot;The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of
2992 meeting the schedule has been forgotten.&quot;--Anonymous</li>
2993 <li>&quot;Requirements are like water. They're easier to build on when they're
2994 frozen.&quot;--Anonymous</li>
2995 <li>&quot;Programming is like sex: one mistake and you have to support it for
2996 the rest of your life.&quot;--Michael Sinz</li>
2997 <li>&quot;Bugs lurk in corners and congregate at boundaries.&quot;--Boris
2998 Beizer, <i>Software Testing Techniques</i></li>
2999 <li>&quot;In programming, it's often the 'buts' in the specification that kill
3000 you.&quot;--Boris Beizer, <i>Software Testing Techniques</i></li>
3001 <li>&quot;Poor management can increase software costs more rapidly than any
3002 other factor.&quot;--Barry Boehm</li>
3003 <li>&quot;It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would
3004 ever consent to write a 'DestroyBaghdad' procedure.&nbsp; Basic professional ethics
3005 would instead require him to write a 'DestroyCity' procedure, to which 'Baghdad'
3006 could be given as a parameter.&quot;--Nathaniel S. Borenstein</li>
3007 <li>&quot;The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts
3008 agree, is by accident.&nbsp; That's where we come in; we're computer professionals.&nbsp;
3009 We
3010 cause accidents.&quot;--Nathaniel S. Borenstein</li>
3011 <li>&quot;Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a
3012 feature.&quot;--Bruce Brown</li>
3013 <li>&quot;The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a
3014 programmer is doing until it's too late.&quot;--Seymour Cray</li>
3015 <li>&quot;There are two ways of constructing a software design:&nbsp; One way is to
3016 make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is
3017 to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.&nbsp; The first
3018 method is far more difficult.&quot;--C. A. R. Hoare</li>
3019 <li>&quot;Premature optimization is the root of all evil in
3020 programming.&quot;--C.
3021 A. R. Hoare</li>
3022 <li>&quot;Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not
3023 be combined.&quot;--Kreitzberg and Shneiderman</li>
3024 <li>&quot;The only thing more frightening than a programmer with a screwdriver
3025 or a hardware engineer with a program is a user with a pair of wire cutters and
3026 the root password.&quot;--Elizabeth Zwicky</li>
3027 <li>&quot;Programming without an overall architecture or design in mind is like
3028 exploring a cave with only a flashlight:&nbsp; you don't know where you've been, you
3029 don't know where you're going, and you don't know quite where you
3030 are.&quot;--Danny
3031 Thorpe</li>
3032 <li>&quot;Act in haste and repent at leisure; code too soon and debug
3033 forever.&quot;--Raymond Kennington</li>
3034 <li>&quot;At some point you have to decide whether you're going to be a
3035 politician or an engineer.&nbsp; You cannot be both.&nbsp; To be a politician is to champion
3036 perception over reality.&nbsp; To be an engineer is to make perception subservient to
3037 reality.&nbsp; They are opposites.&nbsp; You can't do both
3038 simultaneously.&quot;--H. W. Kenton</li>
3039 <li>&quot;'Don't fix it if it ain't broke' presupposed that you can't improve
3040 something that works reasonably well already.&nbsp; If the world's inventors had
3041 believed this, we'd still be driving Model A Fords and using
3042 outhouses.&quot;--H.
3043 W. Kenton</li>
3044 <li>&quot;There has never been an unexpectedly short debugging period in the
3045 history of computers.&quot;--Steven Levy</li>
3046 <li>&quot;An interactive debugger is an outstanding example of what is not
3047 needed--it encourages trial-and-error hacking rather than systematic design,
3048 and also hides marginal people barely qualified for precision
3049 programming.&quot;--Harald
3050 Mills</li>
3051 <li>&quot;We try to solve the problem by rushing through the design process so
3052 that enough time is left at the end of the project to uncover the errors that
3053 were made because we rushed through the design process.&quot;--Glenford J. Myers</li>
3054
3055 <li>
3056
3057 &quot;
3058
3059 Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.&quot;-- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. [The Mythical Man-Month]
3060 </li>
3061
3062 <li>
3063
3064 &quot;
3065
3066 Hofstadter's Law:&nbsp; The time and effort required to complete a project are always more than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.&quot;
3067 </li>
3068
3069 </ul>
3070 <hr>
3071 <p><b><u><a name="sports_and_sports_figures"></a>Sports And Sports Figures</u></b></p>
3072 <ul>
3073 <li>&quot;Big names don't make me weak in the knees.&quot;--Taylor Dent</li>
3074 <li>&quot;The word <i>genius</i> isn't applicable in football.&nbsp; A genius is a
3075 guy like Norman Einstein.&quot;--Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback and sports
3076 analyst</li>
3077 <li>&quot;I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my
3078 body.&quot;--Winston Bennett, Univ. of Kentucky basketball forward</li>
3079 <li>&quot;We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees.&quot;--Jason Kidd,
3080 upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks</li>
3081 <li>&quot;... the genes almost always accurately reproduce.&nbsp; If they don't,
3082 you get one of the following results:&nbsp; One, monsters--that is, grossly malformed
3083 babies resulting from genetic mistakes.&nbsp; Years ago most monsters died, but now
3084 many can be saved.&nbsp; That has made possible the National Football League."--Cecil
3085 Adams</li>
3086 <li>&quot;Half this game is ninety percent mental.&quot;--Philadelphia Phillies
3087 manager Danny Ozark</li>
3088 </ul>
3089 <hr>
3090 <p><b><u><a name="unpl_wk_sit_bad_bosses_etc"></a>Unpleasant Work Situations, Bad Bosses,
3091 Etc.</u></b></p>
3092 <ul>
3093 <li>&quot;If you're unfortunate enough to have co-workers, you must learn how
3094 to manage them.&nbsp; Otherwise, like so many wildebeests on the plains of the
3095 Serengeti, they will be bumping into you, drinking from your water hole, and
3096 generally kicking up a lot of dust.&nbsp; That will cut into your
3097 happiness.&quot;--Scott
3098 Adams, <i>The Joy Of Work</i>.</li>
3099 <li>&quot;If you can decrease the unpleasantness that you experience at work,
3100 it's almost the same as giving yourself a raise.&quot;--Scott Adams, <i>The Joy
3101 Of Work</i>.</li>
3102 <li>&quot;I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not
3103 do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than
3104 under a spirit of criticism.&quot;--Charles M. Schwab</li>
3105 </ul>
3106 <hr>
3107 <p><b><u><a name="acknowledgements"></a>Acknowledgements</u></b></p>
3108 <p>Special thanks to Pinar Kondu, Lou Miller, Daniel R. Parks, Jim
3109 Weinfurther and Marilyn A. Ashley
3110 for quotes.</p>
3111 <hr>
3112 <p align="center" style="margin-top: -2; margin-bottom: -1"><font size="1">This
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3114 T. Ashley</a>.&nbsp; (All donations to this page are welcome, just <a href="mailto:dtashley@users.sourceforge.net">e-mail</a>
3115 them to me.)<br>
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