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  • #1
    “Quarks are so weird that they have been referred to as “The dreams that stuff is made from,” and they are way
    beyond the scope of this book.”
    Clive Maxfield, Bebop to the Boolean Boogie: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics

  • #2
    Terry Pratchett
    “What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #3
    “Life is simply a particular state of organized instability.”
    Addy Pross, What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology

  • #4
    Eric Flint
    “Screw it. Bring on that sorry dragon!

    Comes down to it, I'll bet Hrundig knows a recipe for cooking the mangy beasts.”
    eric flint, The Philosophical Strangler

  • #5
    “The more intense the belief, the less likely that reason and evidence can dislodge it.”
    Linda Elder Richard Paul, The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation

  • #6
    Ari Berman
    “The unfortunate reality is that, even today, too many citizens have reason to fear that their right to vote, their access to the ballot--and their ability to have their votes counted--is under threat." --Eric Holder, quoted in Give Us the Ballot”
    Ari Berman, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

  • #7
    “... despite the profound advances in molecular biology oer the past half-century, we still do not understand what life is, how it relates to the inanimate world, and how it emerged.”
    Addy Pross, What Is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology

  • #8
    Terry Pratchett
    “No naked little men sat on the summit dispensing wisdom, because the first thing the truly wise man works out is that sitting around on mountaintops gives you not only hemorrhoids but frostbitten hemorrhoids.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #9
    Terry Pratchett
    “Got the same urgent grasp of reality as a cardboard cutout.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #10
    Terry Pratchett
    “Ridcully was simple-minded. This doesn’t mean stupid. It just meant that he could only think properly about things if he cut away all the complicated bits around the edges.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #11
    Terry Pratchett
    “Bill Door had carefully ensured a local reputation as the worst bowman in the entire history of toxophily; it had never occurred to anyone that putting arrows through the hats of bystanders behind him must logically take a lot more skill than merely sending them through a quite large target a mere fifty yards away. It was amazing how many friends you could make by being bad at things, provided you were bad enough to be funny.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #12
    Terry Pratchett
    “They covered every flat surface in a state of total democracy”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #13
    Terry Pratchett
    “You were a wizard. What caused all that?”

    “I think it was probably an inexplicable phenomenon,” said Windle. “There’s a lot of them about, for some reason. I wish I knew why.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #14
    Terry Pratchett
    “I suppose there’s not some kind of magic you don’t know about?”

    “If there is, we don’t know about it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #15
    Terry Pratchett
    “It’s called a shovel,” said the Senior Wrangler. “I’ve seen the gardeners use them. You stick the sharp end in the ground. Then it gets a bit technical.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #16
    Terry Pratchett
    “Intellectually, Ridcully maintained his position for two reasons. One was that he never, ever, changed his mind about anything. The other was that it took him several minutes to understand any new idea put to him, and this is a very valuable trait in a leader, because anything anyone is still trying to explain to you after two minutes is probably important and anything they give up after a mere minute or so is almost certainly something they shouldn’t have been bothering you with in the first place.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #17
    Terry Pratchett
    “it’s just that life is a habit that’s hard to break”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #18
    Terry Pratchett
    “No one knew where you were before you were born, but when you were born , it wasn’t long before you found you’d arrived with your return ticket already punched.”
    Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

  • #19
    “As you may have noticed, things are racing along in technology space (where no one can hear you scream).”
    Clive Maxfield, Bebop to the Boolean Boogie: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics

  • #20
    “(I know, multiple exclamation marks are the sign of a deranged mind, but I’ve reached the age where I no longer
    care.)”
    Clive Maxfield, Bebop to the Boolean Boogie: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics

  • #21
    “The author has discovered to his cost that if you call a zoo to ask the cubic volume of the average adult camel,
    they treat you as if you are a complete idiot.”
    Clive Maxfield, Bebop to the Boolean Boogie: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics

  • #22
    “Whitman and the Bible are no more obscene than Nature herself—no more obscene than a manure pile, out of which come roses and cherries. (Quoting C.E.S. Wood)”
    Franklin J. Meine, 1601: Conversation as it Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

  • #23
    “With Clemens it may truly be said that profanity was an art—a pyrotechnic art that entertained nations.”
    Franklin J. Meine, 1601: Conversation as it Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

  • #24
    “Sort of amusing it was—and gay—not like real swearing, 'cause he swore like an angel.
    (Quoting Katy Leary)”
    Franklin J. Meine, 1601: Conversation as it Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

  • #25
    “Gently, slowly, with no profane inflexions of voice, but irresistibly as though they had the headwaters of the Mississippi for their source, came this stream of unholy adjectives and choice expletives. (Quoting Elizabeth Wallace)”
    Franklin J. Meine, 1601: Conversation as it Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

  • #26
    “It makes a body ooze sarcasm at every pore, to go about Rome and Florence and see what this last generation has been doing with the statues. These works, which had stood in innocent nakedness for ages, are all figleaved now. Yes, every one of them. Nobody noticed their nakedness before, perhaps; nobody can help noticing it now,
    the figleaf makes it so conspicuous. (Quoting Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens)”
    Franklin J. Meine, 1601: Conversation as it Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

  • #27
    “Human taste is a curious thing; delicacy is purely a matter of environment and point of view. (Quoting John Hay)”
    Franklin J. Meine, 1601: Conversation as it Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

  • #28
    Mark Twain
    “My complaint simply concerns the decay of the _art_ of lying. No high-minded man, no man of right feeling, can contemplate the lumbering and slovenly lying of the present day without grieving to see a noble art so prostituted.”
    Mark Twain, On the Decay of the Art of Lying

  • #29
    Mark Twain
    “The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of graceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.”
    Mark Twain, On the Decay of the Art of Lying

  • #30
    Mark Twain
    “It is strong language, but true. None of us could _live_ with an habitual truthteller; but thank goodness none of us has to.”
    Mark Twain, On the Decay of the Art of Lying



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