All Quotes

Data! data! data! I can’t make bricks without clay.

— Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

— Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia

PEBKAC – Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair

— Sys Admin


— Me

This is an enviroment of welcoming and you should just get the hell out.

— Michael Scott

Always love your country,— but never trust your government!
That should not be misunderstood. I certainly am not advocating civil disobedience, must less insurrection or rebellion. What I am advocating is to not expect too much from government and be wary of it power, even the power of a democratic government in a free country.
Ours is one of the mildest, most benevolent governments in the world. But it too has the power to take your wealth and forfeit your life. … A government that can give you everything can take everything away.

— Robert Novak

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.

— Winston Churchill, winner of the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature.

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

— Isaac Newton

We’ve done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.

— Mal, FireFly, Episode #1, “Serenity”

That’s what governments are for, to get in a man’s way.

— Mal, FireFly, Episode #1, “Serenity”

Time for some thrilling heroics.

— Jayne, FireFly, Episode #2, “The Train Job”

I like smackin’ them.

— Jayne, –FireFly, Episode #5, “Safe”

I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it.

— Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

I prefer dangerous freedom to a peaceful slavery.

— Thomas Jefferson

Give me smallest finger on man’s hand. I’ll produce information. Computer unnecessary.

— Rorschach, Watchmen

The Carter record is a litany of despair, of broken promises, of sacred trusts abandoned and forgotten. His answer to all this misery? He tries to tell us that we’re only in a recession, not a depression — as if definitions — words — relieve our suffering. Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it’s a definition he wants, I’ll give him one: A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his!

— Ronald Reagan, September 1st, 1980, Liberty State Park behind the Statue of Liberty

The example of patient suffering is in itself the most precious of all lessons to an impatient world.

— Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

It is unwise to trust what an end user says.

— Unknown IT Admin

A commercial company’s ability to innovate is inversely proportional to its proclivity to publicly release conceptual products.

— Kontra’s law

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.

— Linus Benedict Torvalds

Real artists ship.

— Steve Jobs

Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?

— Steve Jobs, trying to persuade John Sculley to become Apple’s CEO

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.

— Steve Jobs, On the success of Bill Gates and Microsoft, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal (Summer 1993)

I am saddened, not by Microsoft’s success — I have no problem with their success. They’ve earned their success, for the most part. I have a problem with the fact that they just make really third-rate products.

— Steve Jobs, Triumph of the Nerds (1996)

We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.

— Steve Jobs, Triumph of the Nerds (1996)

You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting.

— Steve Jobs, commenting on a NeXT programmer’s work, as quoted in The Second Coming of Steve Jobs (2000) by Alan Deutschman

We used to dream about this stuff. Now we get to build it. It’s pretty great.

— Steve Jobs, Keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference (June 2004)

The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.

— Steve Jobs, As quoted in Apple Confidential 2.0 : The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company (2004) by Owen W. Linzmayer

Click. Boom. Amazing!

— Steve Jobs, MacWorld “Intel Inside” keynote address (January 2006)

Because I’m the CEO, and I think it can be done.

— Steve Jobs, On why he chose to override engineers who thought the iMac wasn’t feasible, as quoted in TIME magazine (2005-10-24)

Our friends up north spend over five billion dollars on research and development and all they seem to do is copy Google and Apple.

— Steve Jobs, On Microsoft, at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (August 2006)

We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash.

— Steve Jobs, As he has written in his “Thoughts on Flash” open letter (04/2010)

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

— Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement address (2005-06-12)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

— Arthur C. Clarke, Clarke’s Third Law

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

— Arthur C. Clarke, Clarke’s First Law

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

— Arthur C. Clarke, Clarke’s Second Law

Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do… The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn’t violate too many of Newton’s Laws!

— Alan Kay, 1971

Back off, man. I’m a scientist.

— Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters

Who dares, wins.

— Rhodesian Special Air Services Motto

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

— P.J. O’Rourke

In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

— Ayn Rand

Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.

— Ayn Rand, Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

— Steve Jobs

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

— Eric Hoffer

Properly built/engineered equipment should operate properly.

— Unknown (but I’ll take credit when I can.)

Criticism is something we can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, BEING nothing.

— Aristotle

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

— Unknown

My father told me many times, one of the best ways to judge someone’s character is to watch how they treat people who can’t do anything for them. If they treat people who can’t do anything for them like dirt, then you’re dealing with a lowbrow plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ roller phoniness, bad guys, no character whatsoever.

— Rush Limbaugh

If meat is so bad for all these vegans, why do they make all their food look like meat?

— Greg Gutfield

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

— E. E. Cummings

…one of the most imprisoning aspects of human behavior is caring what other people will think of you by virtue of what you say, by virtue of what you do.

— Rush Limbaugh

“Clap my hands and jump for joy;
I was here before Kilroy.”

“Sorry to spoil your little joke;
I was here, but my pencil broke.”

— — Kilroy, Rhyme published in 1955 in A Diller, a Dollar: Rhymes And Sayings For The Ten O’clock Scholar, compiled by Lillian Morrison.

“Personally, I liked working for the university! They gave us money and facilities. We didn’t have to produce anything. You’ve never been out of college. You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve worked in the private sector… they expect results!”

— Dr. Ray Stanz, Ghostbusters

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.

— Frank Herbert, Dune

Security is your ability to produce.

— General Douglas MacArthur

I can’t promise I’ll try, but I’ll try to try.

— Bart Simpson

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

— E. E. Cummings

“The theme of this picture is whether man ought to be ruled by God’s law or whether they are to be ruled by the whims of a dictator like Ramses. Are men property of the State, or are they free souls under God? This same battle continues throughout the world today.”

— Mr. DeMille, discussing the theme of the movie ‘Moses’

I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

— Marcus Cole, in “A Late Delivery From Avalon” — Babylon 5

Sorry, Venkman. I’m terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.

— Egon Spengler, Ghostbusters

Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.

— Christopher Parker

Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money.

— Margaret Thatcher

Power is like being a lady; if you have to say you are, you aren’t.

— Margaret Thatcher

Tomorrow Is Often the Busiest Day of the Week.

— Spanish Proverb

If You’re Not Making Mistakes, then You’re Not Doing Anything.

— John Wooden

The less you reveal the more people can wonder.

— Emma Watson

Success Comes Through Rapidly Fixing our Mistakes Rather than Getting Things Right the First Time.

— Tim Harford

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do…

— Steve Jobs 1955-2011

A Man Grows Most Tired While Standing Still.

— Chinese Proverb

Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.

— Unkown

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.

— Shunryu Suzuki

We understand human mental processes only slightly better than a fish understands swimming.

— John McCarthy

Let us stand on each other’s shoulders, not each other’s toes.

— Dennis Allison

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

— Alan Kay

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

— Leonardo da Vinci

The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren’t there.

— Gordon Bell

A late game is only late until it ships. A bad game is bad until the end of time.

— Shigeru Miyamoto

Perfect is the enemy of good.

— Voltaire

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

— Steve Jobs

I’m an engineer. I see myself as a toolmaker and the musicians are my customers… They use my tools.

— Robert Moog

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’

— Isaac Asimov

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

— Isaac Newton

When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you.

— Pablo Picasso

It’s only work if you’d rather be doing something else.

— Dean Kamen

If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.

— Albert Einstein

The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from; furthermore, if you do not like any of them, you can just wait for next year’s model.

— Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

— Henry Ford

Do well by doing good.

— Benjamin Franklin

Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a quality that decides between success and failure

— Edsger W. Dijkstra

The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.

— Theo Jansen

Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn’t violate too many of Newton’s Laws!

— Alan Kay

Hardware eventually fails. Software eventually works.

— Michael Hartung

Improvement makes strait roads: but the crooked roads without Improvement are roads of Genius.

— William Blake

Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been.

— Albert Einstein

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.

— Freeman Dyson

What I cannot create, I do not understand.

— Richard Feynman

You can’t see it if you don’t look at it.

— Dan McKenna

Calculation and reasoning, like weaving and ploughing, are work, not for human souls, but for clever combinations of iron and wood.

— Mary Boole

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.

— Donald Knuth

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

— Grace Hopper

We are what we celebrate.

— Dean Kamen

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success

— Nikola Tesla

“I Have Not Failed. I Have Just Found 10,000 Things That Do Not Work.”

— Thomas Edison

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

— Mark Twain

Ponder this: If you don’t like the government (NSA,FBI, etc) spying on you then why do you want the government to handle your healthcare?

If the government can spy on your communications without due process, how can you trust them with your medical treatment?

In socialism the powerful become rich and in capitalism the rich become powerful.

— Rush Limbaugh
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