Quotes




Random quotes from notes:











…I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and … I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.” —Melvin (Jack Nicholson) to Carol (Helen Hunt).






“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edison.






All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.






“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”--Alvin Toffler






"Of the 200 light bulbs that didn't work, every failure told me something that I was able to incorporate into the next attempt."--Thomas Edison






"My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.”




"Holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent free in your head."


"I wanted other things, (I dont understand) Well, one day you're there, and then all of the sudden, there is less of you, and you wonder where that part went? If it's living somewhere outside of you and you keep thinking. Maybe you'll get it back and then you realize, it's just gone. " MM

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." - Orson Welles in The Third Man




"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

— A.A. Milne







“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”

Junot Diaz, Professor of Writing, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2008.




"The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone."

George Eliot



“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edison.







""ah The spoils, I see why victors love them." - Sheldon Cooper


I haven’t been spoiled, I’ve been ripened on the vine.





“He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.”


“To be or not to be. That's not really a question.” ― Jean-Luc Godard













Executive: We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction. Ellie Arroway: Science fiction. Well you're right, it's crazy. In fact, it's even worse than that, nuts. [angrily slams down her briefcase and marches up to the desk] Ellie Arroway: You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an "airplane," you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history. Alien: You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other. Panel member: Doctor Arroway, you come to us with no evidence, no record, no artifacts. Only a story that to put it mildly strains credibility. Over half a trillion dollars was spent, dozens of lives were lost. Are you really going to sit there and tell us we should just take this all... on faith? [pause, Ellie looks at Palmer] Michael Kitz: Please answer the question, doctor. Ellie Arroway: Is it possible that it didn't happen? Yes. As a scientist, I must concede that, I must volunteer that. Michael Kitz: Wait a minute, let me get this straight. You admit that you have absolutely no physical evidence to back up your story. Ellie Arroway: Yes. Michael Kitz: You admit that you very well may have hallucinated this whole thing. Ellie Arroway: Yes. Michael Kitz: You admit that if you were in our position, you would respond with exactly the same degree of incredulity and skepticism! Ellie Arroway: Yes! Michael Kitz: [standing, angrily] Then why don't you simply withdraw your testimony, and concede that this "journey to the center of the galaxy," in fact, never took place! Ellie Arroway: Because I can't. I... had an experience... I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision... of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are *not*, that none of us are alone! I wish... I... could share that... I wish, that everyone, if only for one... moment, could feel... that awe, and humility, and hope. But... That continues to be my wish.













Graham Hess: Don't do this to me again. Not again. I hate you. I hate you! The fear is feeding him. Don't be afraid of what's happening. Believe it's going to pass. Believe it. Just wait. Don't be afraid. The air is coming. Believe. We don't have to be afraid. It's about to pass. Here it comes. Don't be afraid. Here comes the air. Don't be afraid, Morgan. Feel my chest. Breathe with me. Together. The air is going in our lungs. Together. We're the same. We're the same.

























Graham Hess: People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?
















Merrill: One time, I was at this party... and I was sitting on the couch with Amanda McKinney. She was just sitting there, looking beautiful. So, I lean in to kiss her, and I realize I have gum in my mouth. So, I turn to spit it out and put it in a paper cup. I turn back, and Amanda McKinney throws up all over herself. I knew the moment it happened, it was a miracle. I could have been kissing her when she threw up. It would have scarred me for life. I may never have recovered.













Smith: Thank you. But as you well know appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we're here. We are not here because we're free; we're here because we are not free. There's no escaping reason, no denying purpose, because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist. [multiple copies of Smith appear, surrounding Neo, reciting the following] It is purpose that created us, purpose that connects us, purpose that pulls us, that guides us, that drives us, it is purpose that defines, purpose that binds us. We're here because of you, Mr. Anderson. We're here to take from you what you tried to take from us. [plunges his hand into Neo's chest, attempting to assimilate him] Purpose.













The Architect: Hello, Neo.
















Neo: Who are you?










The Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I have been waiting for you. You have many questions and though the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, some you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize, it is also the most irrelevant.
















Neo: Why am I here?













The Architect: Your life is the sum of the remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control, which has led you, inexorably, here.













haven't answered my question.










The Architect: Quite right. ...Interesting, that was quicker than the others. The Matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the sixth version.
















Neo: There are only two possible explanations: either no one told me, or no one knows.













The Architect: Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly is systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.













Neo: ... Choice. The problem is choice.






















The Architect: The first Matrix was quite naturally perfect; it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection apparent in every human being. Thus I redesigned it, based on your history, to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another: an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the Matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother.
















Neo: The Oracle.







The Architect: Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99% of all test subjects accepted the program as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of that choice at a near-unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise-contradictory systemic anomaly that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.










Neo: This is about Zion.










The Architect: You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed, its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.




Neo: Bullshit.







The Architect: Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.



















"The miracle is that the universe created a part o itself to study the rest of it, and that this part in studying itself finds the rest of the universe in its own natural inner realities." - John C. Lilly

























"I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?" ;-)






















"In real life, no decision is clearly signposted. It’s not like you take the right turn and you get everlasting happiness and you take the wrong one and your life’s a disaster. In real life it’s often impossible to tell which decision is the one you should make because what you stand to gain and what you stand to lose is sometimes - often - neck and neck."













"Never underestimate the power of denial."













‘People only see what they are prepared to see.’




— Ralph Waldo Emerson













"What is it that you fantasize about? World Peace? Thought so...Do you fantasize about international fame? Do you fantasize about a Pullitzer Prize? Or a Nobel Peace Prize? A MTV Music Awards? Do you fantasize about meeting some genius hunk? Ostensily bad, but secretly simmering, with noble passion and willing to sleep on the wet spot?




You get Lacan´s point: fantasies have to unrealistic. Because the moment, the second that you get what you seek, you don´t, you can´t want anymore. In order to continue to exist, desire must have its objetcs perpetually absent. It´s not the "it" that you want, is the fantasy of "it". So desire supports crazy fantasies. This is what Pascal means when he says: "we are only trully happy when daydreaming about future happiness". Or why we say: "the hunt is sweeter than the kill". Or: "Be careful what you wish for". Not because you will get it, but because you are doomed not to want it once you do. So the lesson of Lacan is: living by your wants will never make you happy. What it really means to be fully human is to strive for living by ideas and ideals and not measure your life by what you attained in terms of desires but those small moments of integrety, compassion, rationality...even self sacrifice. Because in the end, the only way we can measure the significance of own lives...is by valuing the life of others." - The Life of David Gayle (movie)













"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident" - Arthur Schopenhauer






















"All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."













"I had never seriously considered that you could take a picture of hallucinations!"













"That's the moral of the story, no one is ever told who they really are." - M. Night



















"All I say cancels out, I’ll have said nothing."













"It's always the last place you look."













"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."




- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)




"When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."




- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)




"The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head."




- Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)




"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together."




- Georg Lichtenberg (1742-1799)




"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it"




- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)




"While we are postponing, life speeds by."




- Seneca (3BC - 65AD)




"Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?"




- Bumper Sticker




"God, please save me from your followers!"




- Bumper Sticker




"Fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches."




- the Duchess of Windsor, when asked what is the secret of a long and happy life




"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."




- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)




"Luck is the residue of design."




- Branch Rickey - former owner of the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Team




"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die."




- Mel Brooks




"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."




- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)




"Wit is educated insolence."




- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)




"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher."




- Socrates (470-399 B.C.)




"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't"




- Erica Jong (1942-)




"Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man."




- Erica Jong (1942-)




"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."




- Maya Angelou (1928-)




"Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me."




- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)




"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."




- Gore Vidal




"Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them."




- Samuel Palmer (1805-80)




"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."




- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)




"The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows."




- Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)




"Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny."




- Guy Davenport




"When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite."




- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)




"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."




- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)




"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."




- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)




"We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"




- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)




"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."




- Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)




"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."




- Paul Dirac (1902-1984)




"I would have made a good Pope."




- Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)




"In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience."




- W.B. Prescott




"Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin."




- John von Neumann (1903-1957)




"The mistakes are all waiting to be made."




- chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956) on the game's opening position




"It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims."




- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)




"Grove giveth and Gates taketh away."




- Bob Metcalfe (inventor of Ethernet) on the trend of hardware speedups not being able to keep up with software demands




"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."




- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)




"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."




- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)




"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation."




- H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)




"There are two ways of constructing a software design; one way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult."




- C. A. R. Hoare




"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."




- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)




"What do you take me for, an idiot?"




- General Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), when a journalist asked him if he was happy




"I heard someone tried the monkeys-on-typewriters bit trying for the plays of W. Shakespeare, but all they got was the collected works of Francis Bacon."




- Bill Hirst




"Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do."




- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)




"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."




- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)




"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."




- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)




"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."




- Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)




"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."




- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)




"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."




- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)




"Logic is in the eye of the logician."




- Gloria Steinem




"No one can earn a million dollars honestly."




- William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)




"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."




- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)




"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."




- Martin Fraquhar Tupper




"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time reading it."




- Moses Hadas (1900-1966)




"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."




- Groucho Marx (1895-1977)




"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating."




- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)




"When ideas fail, words come in very handy."




- Goethe (1749-1832)




"In the end, everything is a gag."




- Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)




"The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people."




- Lucille S. Harper




"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."




- Yogi Berra




"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."




- Walt Disney (1901-1966)




"He who hesitates is a damned fool."




- Mae West (1892-1980)




"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater."




- Gail Godwin




"University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small."




- Henry Kissinger (1923-)




"The graveyards are full of indispensable men."




- Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)




"You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty."




- Sacha Guitry (1885-1957)




"Behind every great fortune there is a crime."




- Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)




"If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning."




- Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)




"I am not young enough to know everything."




- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)




"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."




- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)




"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."




- General George Patton (1885-1945)




"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."




- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)




"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."




- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)




"I don't even butter my bread; I consider that cooking."




- Katherine Cebrian




"I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it."




- Steven Wright




"Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but bad quarters of an hour."




- Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)




"Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure."




- Oliver Herford (1863-1935)




"I have read your book and much like it."




- Moses Hadas (1900-1966)




"The covers of this book are too far apart."




- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)




"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them."




- Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)




"Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."




- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)




"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."




- Voltaire (1694-1778)




"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before."




- Mae West (1892-1980)




"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."




- Elvis Presley (1935-1977)




"No Sane man will dance."




- Cicero (106-43 B.C.)




"Hell is a half-filled auditorium."




- Robert Frost (1874-1963)




"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you."




- Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)




"Vote early and vote often."




- Al Capone (1899-1947)




"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"




- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)




"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."




- Mark Twain (1835-1910)




"Hell is other people."




- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)




"Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."




- Robert J. Oppenheimer (1904-1967) (citing from the Bhagavad Gita, after witnessing the world's first nuclear explosion)




"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."




- Ingrid Bergman (1917-1982)




"Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate."




- Thomas Jones




"You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone."




- Al Capone (1899-1947)




"The gods too are fond of a joke."




- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)




"Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes."




- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)




"The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting."




- Gloria Leonard




"It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man."




- Professor Scott Elledge on his retirement from Cornell




"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."




- Robert Orben




"The cynics are right nine times out of ten."




- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)




"There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem."




- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)




"And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him."




- Revelation 6:8




"Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance."




- Plato (427-347 B.C.)




"Plato was a bore."




- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)




"Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."




- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)




"I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy."




- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)




"Hemingway was a jerk."




- Harold Robbins




"Men are not disturbed by things, but the view they take of things."




- Epictetus (55-135 A.D.)




"What about things like bullets?"




- Herb Kimmel, Behavioralist, Professor of Psychology, upon hearing the above quote (1981)




"How can I lose to such an idiot?"




- A shout from chessmaster Aaron Nimzovich (1886-1935)




"Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday."




- Woody Allen (1935-)




"I don't feel good."




- The last words of Luther Burbank (1849-1926)




"Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure."




- Ross MacDonald (1915-1983)




"Men have become the tools of their tools."




- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)




"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."




- Mark Twain (1835-1910)




"It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant."




- Richard J. Ferris, president of United Airlines




"I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television."




- Gore Vidal




"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying."




- Woody Allen (1935-)




"Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives."




- Abba Eban (1915-2002)




"A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually."




- Abba Eban (1915-2002)




"To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me."




- Charles William Stubbs




"Sanity is a madness put to good uses."




- George Santayana (1863-1952)




"Imitation is the sincerest form of television."




- Fred Allen (1894-1956)




"Always do right- this will gratify some and astonish the rest."




- Mark Twain (1835-1910)




"In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take."




- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)




"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research."




- Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)




"Why don't you write books people can read?"




- Nora Joyce to her husband James (1882-1941)




"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."




- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)




"Criticism is prejudice made plausible."




- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)




"It is better to be quotable than to be honest."




- Tom Stoppard




"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting."




- Karl Wallenda




"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."




- Sun Tzu




"A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar."




- Lao-Tzu (570?-490? BC)




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




- Alan Kay




"Never mistake motion for action."




- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)




"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."




- Sir Stephen Henry Roberts (1901-1971)




"Hell is paved with good samaritans."




- William M. Holden




"The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time."




- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)




"Silence is argument carried out by other means."




- Ernesto"Che"Guevara (1928-1967)




"Well done is better than well said."




- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)




"The average person thinks he isn't."




- Father Larry Lorenzoni




"Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd."




- William Congreve (1670-1729)




"A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted."




- Helen Rowland (1876-1950)




"Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century."




- Lewis Perelman




"Dogma is the sacrifice of wisdom to consistency."




- Lewis Perelman




"Sometimes it is not enough that we do our best; we must do what is required."




- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)




"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."




- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)




"There is a country in Europe where multiple-choice tests are illegal."




- Sigfried Hulzer




"Ask her to wait a moment - I am almost done."




- Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), while working, when informed that his wife is dying




"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."




- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)




"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."




- Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, 1943




"I think it would be a good idea."




- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), when asked what he thought of Western civilization




"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."




- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)




"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!"




- Will Rogers (1879-1935)




"If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" "




- Will Rogers (1879-1935)




"The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy."




- Von Clausewitz (1780-1831)




"Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity."




- Irving Kristol




"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."




- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977




"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible."




- A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)




"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"




- H. M. Warner (1881-1958), founder of Warner Brothers, in 1927




"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."




- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962




"Everything that can be invented has been invented."




- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899




"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."




- Mark Twain (1835-1910)




"A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood."




- General George S. Patton (1885-1945)




"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."




- Cato the Elder (234-149 BC, AKA Marcus Porcius Cato)




"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know."




- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)




"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."




- last words of Pancho Villa (1877-1923)




"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins."




- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)




"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."




- Tom Clancy




"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."




- Mark Twain (1835-1910)




"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."




- Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), "The Prince"




"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."




- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)




"The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep."




- Clinton aide George Stephanopolous speaking on Larry King Live




"We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees."




- Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks




"Half this game is ninety percent mental."




- Yogi Berra




"There is only one nature - the division into science and engineering is a human imposition, not a natural one. Indeed, the division is a human failure; it reflects our limited capacity to comprehend the whole."




- Bill Wulf




"There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."




- Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)




"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."




- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)




"Write drunk; edit sober."




- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)




"I criticize by creation - not by finding fault."




- Cicero (106-43 B.C.)




"Love is friendship set on fire."




- Jeremy Taylor




"God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time."




- Robin Williams, commenting on the Clinton/Lewinsky affair




"My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate."




- Unibomber Theodore Kaczynski, when asked in court what his current profession was




"Woman was God's second mistake."




- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)




"This isn't right, this isn't even wrong."




- Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958), upon reading a young physicist's paper




"For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing."




- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)




"Pray, v.: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy."




- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)




"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."




- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)




"Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies."




- Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.




"Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run."




- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)




"He would make a lovely corpse."




- Charles Dickens (1812-1870)




"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."




- Irvin S. Cobb




"I worship the quicksand he walks in."




- Art Buchwald




"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."




- Mark Twain (1835-1910)




"A poem is never finished, only abandoned."




- Paul Valery (1871-1945)




"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction."




- General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)




"If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use? Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?"




- Seymour Cray (1925-1996), father of supercomputing




"#3 pencils and quadrille pads."




- Seymoure Cray (1925-1996) when asked what CAD tools he used to design the Cray I supercomputer; he also recommended using the back side of the pages so that the grid lines were not so dominant.




"Interesting - I use a Mac to help me design the next Cray."




- Seymoure Cray (1925-1996) when he was told that Apple Inc. had recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them design the next Mac.




"Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis."




- Pierre Laplace (1749-1827), to Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.




"I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need."




- Francois-Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues




"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."




- Mark Twain (1835-1910)




"The truth is more important than the facts."




- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)




"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."




- Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)




"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."




- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)




"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."




- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)































Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.













*Buddha*













1) Don’t let cattle graze with other kinds of Cattle (Leviticus 19:19)













2) Don’t have a variety of crops on the same field. (Leviticus 19:19)













3) Don’t wear clothes made of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19)













4) Don’t cut your hair nor shave. (Leviticus 19:27)













5) If a man cheats on his wife, or vise versa, both the man and the woman must die. (Leviticus 20:10).













6) People who have flat noses, or those who are blind or lame, cannot go to an altar of God (Leviticus 21:17-18)






















I would like to agree with you but then we would both be wrong.'






















Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.




— Carl Sagan













Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.




— Sigmund Freud (via cityyandcolour)






















Interviewer: Black history month you find…













Morgan Freeman: Ridiculous.













Interviewer: Why?













Morgan Freeman: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?













Interviewer: Oh, come on.













Morgan Freeman: What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month?













Interviewer: (pause) Well, I’m Jewish.













Morgan Freeman: Okay. Which month is jewish history month?













Interviewer: There isn’t one.













Morgan Freeman: Oh, oh. Why not? Do you want one?













Interviewer: No.













Morgan Freeman: Right. I don’t either. I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.













Interviewer: How are we going to get rid of racism?













Morgan Freeman: Stop talking about it.































"A chief cause of unhappiness is taking things personally that are not personal at all."






















“People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters













Lesson -8




W/ A little help from Chuck:













You Can't Keep Moving Forward if you keep looking back.













I've noticed throughout my life, and most other people's lives that we always have this thing we are trying to get over. The last thing that hurt us that we are still recovering from. This is a theme i've realized through reading my journals and from what i've heard from other people.













Its almost as if a lot of us have this person inside of us that fakes being sick, or sad, to get attention and comforted but also as an excuse for not doing something. "I'm not doing well, i'm sad, i'm upset." When really - those are just tactics to get out of doing something we don't want to. Like a kid faking being sick so they don't have to go to school.













But what are these "emotions" or "Feelings' in our head anyways? They just seem to be excuses to be too damaged to function at our best. To give us reasons to sit back and lick our wounds.













“People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor













Granted there are real reasons for being hurt and damaged! But we always have to remember that the majority of those "Feelings" are not PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) The hardest and worst thing you can do is to string a problem along. Face your fear, deal with it, cry, scream, sulk, drink - but don't bring it along with you. It makes for a very bumpy ride.













"Holding grudges is like letting someone live rent free in your head."













If we feel victimized then it means that we have to have a villain - someone to blame for making us feel bad. When in reality we know it's our responsibility to "man'up" and get over it. No one is going to be able to do that but yourself.































“If we can forgive what’s been done to us . . .




If we can forgive what we’ve done to others . . . If we can leave all of our stories behind. Our being villains or victims. Only then can we maybe rescue the world.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted













Whenever I am going through something difficult and it seems like it's going to be hard to let go of - I remember all the other times I thought the same thing. I also remember all the things i've went through that were 10x's worse and tell myself "If I could get that, then this is will be nothing!"













The problem with that, and the lesson learned from it is that it serves absolutely no purpose to dwell on the past, or to let it haunt you. You just have to let it go! Leave it behind, and stop looking back at it. That is easier said then done. The next lesson i've learned is not how to stop looking back, but how to move on and set a path forward to a brighter future.






















“The truth is you can be orphaned again and again and again. The truth is, you will be. And the secret is, this will hurt less and less each time until you can't feel a thing. Trust me on this.”




― Chuck Palahniuk













“I'm not sure what we're running from. Nobody. Or the future. Fate. Growing up. Getting old. Picking up the pieces. As if running we won't have to get on with our lives.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters













“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary













“It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club













“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor






















“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke













“What we don't understand we can make mean anything.”




― Chuck Palahniuk













“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. what we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish. There is no free will. There are no variables.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor






















“Game shows are designed to make us feel better about the random, useless facts that are all we have left of our education.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters






















“People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.”




― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor













“your handwriting. the way you walk. which china pattern you choose. it's all giving you away. everything you do shows your hand. everything is a self portrait. everything is a diary.”































Alice: It's a lie. It's a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully, and... all the glittering assholes who appreciate art say it's beautiful 'cause that's what they wanna see. But the people in the photos are sad, and alone... But the pictures make the world seem beautiful, so... the exhibition is reassuring which makes it a lie, and everyone loves a big fat lie.
















Alice: Where is this love? I can't see it, I can't touch it. I can't feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can't do anything with your easy words.



















Alice: It's a lie. It's a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully, and... all the glittering assholes who appreciate art say it's beautiful 'cause that's what they wanna see. But the people in the photos are sad, and alone... But the pictures make the world seem beautiful, so... the exhibition is reassuring which makes it a lie, and everyone loves a big fat lie.










Graham Hess: Don't do this to me again. Not again. I hate you. I hate you! The fear is feeding him. Don't be afraid of what's happening. Believe it's going to pass. Believe it. Just wait. Don't be afraid. The air is coming. Believe. We don't have to be afraid. It's about to pass. Here it comes. Don't be afraid. Here comes the air. Don't be afraid, Morgan. Feel my chest. Breathe with me. Together. The air is going in our lungs. Together. We're the same. We're the same.




























Graham Hess: People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?
















Merrill: One time, I was at this party... and I was sitting on the couch with Amanda McKinney. She was just sitting there, looking beautiful. So, I lean in to kiss her, and I realize I have gum in my mouth. So, I turn to spit it out and put it in a paper cup. I turn back, and Amanda McKinney throws up all over herself. I knew the moment it happened, it was a miracle. I could have been kissing her when she threw up. It would have scarred me for life. I may never have recovered.







Smith: Thank you. But as you well know appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we're here. We are not here because we're free; we're here because we are not free. There's no escaping reason, no denying purpose, because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist. [multiple copies of Smith appear, surrounding Neo, reciting the following] It is purpose that created us, purpose that connects us, purpose that pulls us, that guides us, that drives us, it is purpose that defines, purpose that binds us. We're here because of you, Mr. Anderson. We're here to take from you what you tried to take from us. [plunges his hand into Neo's chest, attempting to assimilate him] Purpose.







The Architect: Hello, Neo.







Neo: Who are you?







The Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I have been waiting for you. You have many questions and though the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, some you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize, it is also the most irrelevant.







Neo: Why am I here?







The Architect: Your life is the sum of the remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control, which has led you, inexorably, here.







Neo: You haven't answered my question.







The Architect: Quite right. ...Interesting, that was quicker than the others. The Matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the sixth version.







Neo: There are only two possible explanations: either no one told me, or no one knows.







The Architect: Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly is systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.







Neo: ... Choice. The problem is choice.







The Architect: The first Matrix was quite naturally perfect; it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection apparent in every human being. Thus I redesigned it, based on your history, to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another: an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the Matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother.







Neo: The Oracle.







The Architect: Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99% of all test subjects accepted the program as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of that choice at a near-unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise-contradictory systemic anomaly that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.







Neo: This is about Zion.







The Architect: You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed, its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.







Neo: Bullshit.







The Architect: Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.































"Bad enough! The same old story! When one has finished building one's house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - before one began. The eternal distasteful "too late!" The melancholy of everything finished!" - Nietzsche
















"A work is never finished, only abandoned." - Leonardo da Vinci
















"What does not kill me makes me stronger." - Nietzsche



















"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind." - Leonardo da Vinci



















"A human being who strives for something great considers everyone he meets on his way either as a means or as a delay and obstacle - or as a temporary resting place. his characteristics high grade graciousness toward his fellow men becomes possible only once he has attained his height and rule. Impatience and his consciousness that until ten he is always condemned to comedy - for even war is a comedy and conceals, just as every means conceals the end - spoil all of his relations to others: this type of man knows solitude and what is most poisonous in it." - Nietzsche































“If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.” - Leonardo da Vinci



















"Anyone who does not want to see what is lofty in a man looks that much more keenly for what is low in him and mere foreground- and thus betrays himself." - Nietzsche































"If you meet with any one who is virtuous do not drive him from you; do him honor, so that he may not have to flee from you and be reduced to hiding in hermitages, or caves or other solitary places to escape from your treachery; if there is such an one among you do him honor, for these are our Saints upon earth; these are they who deserve statues from us, and images…" - Leonardo da Vinci



















"The problem of those who are waiting. It requires strokes of luck and much that is incalculable if a higher man in whom the solution to a problem lies dormant is to get around to action in time - to "eruption," one might say. In the average case it does not happen, and in nooks all over the earth sit men who are waiting, scarcely knowing in what way they are waiting, much less that they are waiting in vain. Occasionally the call that awakens - that accident which gives the "permission" to act - comes too late, when the best youth and strength for action has already been used up by sitting still; and many have found to their horror when they "leaped up" that their limbs had gone to sleep and their spirit had become too heavy. "It is too late," they said to themselves, having lost their faith in themselves and henceforth forever useless." - Nietzsche



















"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." - Leonardo da Vinci



















“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet



















"It's a little nerve wracking, just because, I will be watching my child take its first steps today, children that instead of walking the earth with shoes they walk with words and measures." - kez ban































"I have something upon my conscience as a writer. Let me indicate precisely how I feel about it. There is something quite definite I have to say, and I have it so much upon my conscience that (as I feel) I dare not die without having uttered it. For the instant I die and so leave this world (so I understand it) I shall in the very same second (so frightfully fast it goes!), in the very same second I shall be infinitely far away, in a different place, where, still within the same second (frightful speed!), the question will be put to me: "Hast thou uttered the definite message quite definitely? And if I have not done so, what then?" Journals of Soren Kierkegaard, X6B 371 1853

























"Our eye finds it more comfortable to respond to a given stimulus by reproducing once more an image that it has produced many times before, instead of registering what is different and new in an impression. The latter would require more strength, more "morality." Hearing something new is embarrassing and difficult for the ear; foreign music we do not hear well. When we hear another language we try involuntarily to form the sound s we hear into words taht sound more familiar and more like home to us. "



















“The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.” --Aristot







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