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  • #1
    Stanisław Lem
    “But the worst of it was, all the third-rate poets emerged unscathed; being third-rate, they didn't know good poetry from bad and consequently had no inkling of their crushing defeat.”
    Stanisław Lem, The Cyberiad

  • #2
    Stanisław Lem
    “Have it compose a poem- a poem about a haircut! But lofty, tragic, timeless, full of love, treachery, retribution, quiet heroism in the face of certain doom! Six lines, cleverly rhymed, and every word beginning with the letter S!!” [sic]….
    Seduced, shaggy Samson snored.
    She scissored short. Sorely shorn,
    Soon shackled slave, Samson sighed,
    Silently scheming
    Sightlessly seeking
    Some savage, spectacular suicide."

    ("The First Sally (A) or The Electronic Bard"
    THE CYBERIAD)”
    Stanisław Lem

  • #3
    Neal Stephenson
    “Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bomc,' I said. 'We have a protractor.'
    Okay, I'll go home and see if I can scrounge up a ruler and a piece of string.”
    Neal Stephenson, Anathem

  • #4
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  • #5
    Kelly Link
    “There was something about clowns that was worse than zombies. (Or maybe something that was the same. When you see a zombie, you want to laugh at first. When you see a clown, most people get a little nervous. There's the pallor and the cakey mortician-style makeup, the shuffling and the untidy hair. But clowns were probably malicious, and they moved fast on those little bicycles and in those little crammed cars. Zombies weren't much of anything. They didn't carry musical instruments and they didn't care whether or not you laughed at them. You always knew what zombies wanted.)”
    Kelly Link, The Living Dead

  • #6
    Robert Silverberg
    “Why should love require a contract? Why put yourself into the clutches of the state and give it power over you? Why invite lawyers to fuck around with your assets? Marriage is for the immature and the insecure and the ignorant. We who see through such institutions should be content to live together without legal coercion.”
    Robert Silverberg

  • #7
    Charles Bukowski
    “Do you hate people?

    I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.”
    Charles Bukowski, Barfly

  • #8
    “I don't care if you're black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you. Simple as that.”
    Robert Michaels MD - 2007 - Graduation Speaker

  • #9
    Max Brooks
    “Remember; no matter how desperate the situation seems, time spent
    thinking clearly is never time wasted.”
    Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide

  • #10
    Stanisław Lem
    “...it is easy not to believe in monsters, considerably more difficult to escape their dread and loathsome clutches.”
    Stanisław Lem, The Cyberiad

  • #11
    Albert Einstein
    “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #12
    Albert Einstein
    “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #13
    Neal Stephenson
    “Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor.”
    Neal Stephenson, Anathem

  • #14
    Neal Stephenson
    “I always tend to assume there's an infinite amount of money out there."
    There might as well be, "Arsibalt said, "but most of it gets spent on pornography, sugar water and bombs. There is only so much that can be scraped together for particle accelerators.”
    Neal Stephenson, Anathem

  • #15
    Albert Einstein
    “Never memorize something that you can look up.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #16
    Edmund Burke
    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
    Edmund Burke

  • #17
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • #18
    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    Anonymous

  • #19
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #20
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #21
    Scott Adams
    “You're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say its a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.”
    Scott Adams

  • #22
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”
    H.P. Lovecraft

  • #23
    Josh Billings
    “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
    Josh Billings

  • #24
    “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all -- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
    Randy Komisar, Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

  • #25
    “Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
    David McCullough Jr.

  • #26
    Shirley Jackson
    “Eleanor looked up, surprised; the little girl was sliding back in her chair, sullenly refusing her milk, while her father frowned and her brother giggled and her mother said calmly, 'She wants her cup of stars.'

    Indeed yes, Eleanor thought; indeed, so do I; a cup of stars, of course.

    'Her little cup,' the mother was explaining, smiling apologetically at the waitress, who was thunderstruck at the thought that the mill's good country milk was not rich enough for the little girl. 'It has stars in the bottom, and she always drinks her milk from it at home. She calls it her cup of stars because she can see the stars while she drinks her milk.' The waitress nodded, unconvinced, and the mother told the little girl, 'You'll have your milk from your cup of stars tonight when we get home. But just for now, just to be a very good little girl, will you take a little milk from this glass?'

    Don't do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don't do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl.”
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

  • #27
    Charles Bukowski
    “We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #28
    Charles Bukowski
    “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #29
    Charles Bukowski
    “dogs and angels are not
    very far apart”
    Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

  • #30
    Stanley Kubrick
    “I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
    Stanley Kubrick



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