Machine Quotes

Quotes tagged as "machine" (showing 1-30 of 81)
Brian Selznick
“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Dark Jar Tin Zoo
“To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken.
Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

Jeffrey Eugenides
“Historical fact: People stopped being people in 1913. That was the year Henry Ford put his cars on rollers and made his workers adopt the speed of the assembly line. At first, workers rebelled. They quit in droves, unable to accustom their bodies to the new pace of the age. Since then, however, the adaptation has been passed down: we've all inherited it to some degree, so that we plug right into joy-sticks and remotes, to repetitive motions of a hundred kinds.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Otep Shamaya
“We've become a nation of wolves, ruled by sheep.
Owned by swine, overfed, and put to sleep.
While the media elite declare what to think,
I'll be wide awake, on the edge, and on the brink.”
Otep Shamaya

Thomas Jefferson
“What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment . . . inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

E.M. Forster
“You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that. Great men, but men. The Machine is much, but not everything.”
E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops

Joris-Karl Huysmans
“How inferior the human machine is, compared to man-made machines. They can be decoked, unscrewed, oiled and parts replaced. Decidedly, nature is not a very wonderful thing.”
Joris-Karl Huysmans

Brandon Sanderson
“The buzzing was like the eager purr of a muscle car that had just been started, but left in neutral. That was another of Cody’s metaphors for it; I’d said the sensation felt like an unbalanced washing machine filled with a hundred epileptic chimpanzees. Pretty proud of that one.”
Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart

Ross Caligiuri
“If you feel like you don't fit into the world you inherited it is because you were born to help create a new one.”
Ross Caligiuri, Dreaming in the Shadows

Rachel Corrie
“Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I'm having dinner with.”
Rachel Corrie

Marshall McLuhan
“To see a man slip on a banana skin is to see a rationally structured system suddenly translated into a whirling machine.”
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man

Robert Hughes
“For the machine meant the conquest of horizontal space. It also meant a sense of that space which few people had experienced before – the succession and superimposition of views, the unfolding of landscape in flickering surfaces as one was carried swiftly past it, and an exaggerated feeling of relative motion (the poplars nearby seeming to move faster than the church spire across the field) due to parallax. The view from the train was not the view from the horse. It compressed more motifs into the same time. Conversely, it left less time in which to dwell on any one thing.”
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

E.M. Forster
“Vashti was seized with the terrors of direct experience. She shrank back into the room, and the wall closed up again.”
E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops

Kurt Vonnegut
“You asked the impossible of a machine and the machine complied.”
Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

Françoise Meltzer
“Indeed, woman can be a machine run wild, or a machine can be a better, more subjugated, and efficient woman.”
Françoise Meltzer

Ross Caligiuri
“Eternity will not cause our memories to fade, it will force our hearts to accept the past.”
Ross Caligiuri, Dreaming in the Shadows

Ross Caligiuri
“To struggle against the weight of sleep as reality eclipses the moon of your dreams is the purest sign of true love.”
Ross Caligiuri, Dreaming in the Shadows

Jacques Prévert
“Mees kirjutab masinasse armastuskirja ja masin vastab mehele adressaadi asemel ja tasemel
Nii täiuslik on see masin see tshekkide ja armastuskirjade väljastamismasin
Ja mees kes on mugavasti aset võtnud oma elamismasinas loeb oma lugemismasinaga oma kirjutusmasina vastust
Ja ise koos oma kalkuleerimismasinaga oma unistamismasinas ostab ta ühe armatsemismasina
Ja oma unistusterealiseerimismasinas armatseb ta oma kirjutusmasinaga oma armatsemismasina abil
Kuid masin petab teda ühe generaatoriga
Ühe surnuksnaerutamisegeneraatoriga.”
Jacques Prévert

“The moment a person loses the capacity to think, to question, Tanya considers them no longer human but a machine. And that is why the individual Tanya Degurechaff reveres thought, loves debate, and sneers at dogmatism from the bottom of her heart.”
Carlo Zen, 幼女戦記 1 Deus lo vult

T.S. Eliot
“We understand the ordinary business of living,
We know how to work the machine”
T.S. Eliot

Jean Cocteau
“Poetry is a machine that manufactures love. Its other virtues escape me.”
Jean Cocteau, Art & Faith

Crystal Cestari
“..the heart is a hell of a machine. Even when it's broken, it still finds a way to carry on.”
Crystal Cestari, The Best Kind of Magic

Jeff VanderMeer
This machine or creature or some combination of both that can manipulate molecules, that can store energy where it will, that can hide the bulk of its intent and its machinations from us. That lives with angels within it and with the vestiges of its own terroir, the hints of its homeland, to which it can never return because it no longer exists.
Jeff VanderMeer, Acceptance

Steven Magee
“The biggest cover up machine that you will ever encounter is the corporate controlled government.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“I woke up in the middle of the night suffocating and gasping for breath. After a minute or so of difficulty breathing, I realized that there had been a electricity failure and that my continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) medical life support machine had stopped working.”
Steven Magee

“Tickles are what power my giggle machine.”
Anthony T. Hincks

Donna J. Haraway
“Late twentieth-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and artificial, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines. Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves are frighteningly inert. [...] Modern machines are quintessentially microelectronic devices: they are everywhere and they are invisible. [...] Writing, power and technology are old partners in Western stories of the origin of civilization, but miniaturization has changed our experience of the mechanism.”
Donna J. Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

“I hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun. ... What you know about computing other people will learn. Don’t feel as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What’s in your hands I think and hope is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that you can make it more.”
Alan J. Perlis, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

“As soon as an Analytical Engine exists, it will necessarily guide the future course of the science. Whenever any result is sought by its aid, the question will then arise — by what course of calculation can these results be arrived at by the machine in the shortest time?”
Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

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