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Favorite Quotations

 

I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.

—Voltaire

Editor's Note: To the best of my understanding, this quote is widely attributed to Voltaire but nobody can find an exact source for it, so there is some uncertainty to it's exact origin. I think this is an important reminder of the perils we face if we allow our First Ammendment Riight to be threatened in the name of patriotism. (Yes, I'm talking to you Mr. Ashcroft!)

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish.

—Richard Feynman

My life seemed a hell of a lot less stressfull when I read this quote. I came across it about the time that I realized I had no intention of becoming a Career Mathematician. It also made it possible for me to continue to love mathematics regardless.

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 'Try to be a little kinder.'

—Aldous Huxley

I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own!

—the Prisoner

The irrational fullness of life has taught me never to discard anything, even when it goes against all our theories (so short-lived at best) or otherwise admits of no immediate explanation.

—Carl Gustav Jung

I love this quote because it allows me to thumb my nose at people who give me shit for reading Tarot cards.

Face it: science humor is never funny.

—Adam Rogers

Corporations have neither bodies to kick nor souls to damn.

—President Andrew Jackson

The Price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the True corrective of abuses of constitutional power.

—President Thomas Jefferson

Dude! Thomas Jefferson is da bomb! Seriously, I'm going to have to study his life more, because his ideas were timeless. Besides, as Presidents go, he might have been the Quintissential Geek.

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human historyŚwith the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

—Mitche Ratcliffe

Create something interesting rather than begging the world to find you interesting in and of yourself.

—Dale Sorenson

Seriously, the House of Representatives is filled with insane jackasses.

—Jon Stewart

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