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  • #1
    Roger Zelazny
    “Then the one called Raltariki is really a demon?" asked Tak.

    "Yes—and no," said Yama, "If by 'demon' you mean a malefic, supernatural creature, possessed of great powers, life span and the ability to temporarily assume virtually any shape—then the answer is no. This is the generally accepted definition, but it is untrue in one respect."

    "Oh? And what may that be?"

    "It is not a supernatural creature."

    "But it is all those other things?"

    "Yes."

    "Then I fail to see what difference it makes whether it be supernatural or not—so long as it is malefic, possesses great powers and life span and has the ability to change its shape at will."

    "Ah, but it makes a great deal of difference, you see. It is the difference between the unknown and the unknowable, between science and fantasy—it is a matter of essence. The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three. I may submit to the unknown, but never to the unknowable.”
    Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light


  • #2
    William Gibson
    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

    The Economist, December 4, 2003
    William Gibson


  • #3
    Hugh Howey
    “Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one's conscience to get in the way.”
    Hugh Howey, The Unraveling


  • #4
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #5
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love


  • #6
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #7
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land


  • #8
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers


  • #9
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I am too high born to be propertied, To be a second at control, Or useful serving-man and instrument To any sovereign state throughout the world.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays


  • #10
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #11
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgement.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Farnham's Freehold


  • #12
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to the public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute not common law. Neither individuals not corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.”
    Robert A. Heinlein


  • #13
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “The country and culture commonly known as "America" had had a badly split personality all through its history. Its overt laws were almost always puritanical for a people whose covert behavior tended to be Rabelaisian; its major religions were all Apollonian in varying degrees---its religious revivals were often hysterical in a fashion almost Dionysian.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land


  • #14
    Ayn Rand
    “A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.”
    Ayn Rand


  • #15
    Chuck Klosterman
    “Gay marriage should be legalized in america because gay men are the only men who want to be married.”
    Chuck Klosterman


  • #16
    Tom Robbins
    “If you're honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you're forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws.”
    Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker


  • #17
    Mark Twain
    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
    Mark Twain


  • #18
    Douglas Adams
    “The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
    To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
    To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


  • #19
    Voltaire
    “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
    Voltaire


  • #20
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
    Thomas Jefferson


  • #21
    Alan Moore
    “People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
    Alan Moore, V for Vendetta


  • #22
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
    Thomas Jefferson


  • #23
    John Steinbeck
    “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden


  • #24
    James Bovard
    “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
    James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty


  • #25
    Plato
    “The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”
    Plato, The Republic


  • #26
    George Carlin
    “I don't know how you feel, but I'm pretty sick of church people. You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them. If holy people are so interested in politics, government, and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everybody else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.”
    George Carlin


  • #27
    Plato
    “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
    Plato


  • #28
    Ron Paul
    “Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states "accountable" for their education performance...In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats.”
    Ron Paul


  • #29
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “In case you haven't noticed, as the result of a shamelessly rigged election in Florida, in which thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily disenfranchised, we now present ourselves to the rest of the world as proud, grinning, jut-jawed, pitiless war-lovers with appalling powerful weaponry - who stand unopposed.
    In case you haven't noticed, we are now as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazi's once were.
    And with good reason.
    In case you haven't noticed, our unelected leaders have dehumanized millions and millions of human beings simply because of their religion and race. We wound 'em and kill 'em and torture 'em and imprison 'em all we want.
    Piece of cake.
    In case you haven't noticed, we also dehumanize our own soldiers, not because of their religion or race, but because of their low social class.
    Send 'em anywhere. Make 'em do anything.
    Piece of cake.
    The O'Reilly Factor.
    So I am a man without a country, except for the librarians and a Chicago paper called "In These Times."
    Before we attacked Iraq, the majestic "New York Times" guaranteed there were weapons of destruction there.
    Albert Einstein and Mark Twain gave up on the human race at the end of their lives, even though Twain hadn't even seen the First World War. War is now a form of TV entertainment, and what made the First World War so particularly entertaining were two American inventions, barbed wire and the machine gun.
    Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don't you wish you could have something named after you?
    Like my distinct betters Einstein and Twain, I now give up on people too. I am a veteran of the Second World War and I have to say this is the not the first time I surrendered to a pitiless war machine.
    My last words? "Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse."
    Napalm came from Harvard. Veritas!
    Our president is a Christian? So was Adolf Hitler.
    What can be said to our young people, now that psychopathic personalities, which is to say persons without consciences, without senses of pity or shame, have taken all the money in the treasuries of our government and corporations and made it all their own?”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


  • #30
    Groucho Marx
    “Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.”
    Groucho Marx




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