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Quotes

Arranging the right words in the right order can be quite powerful

V for Quote

Perhaps the truly last V for Vendetta quote.

Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves.

By doing so, they took our power.

By doing nothing, we gave it away.

Choices

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

Seymour Cray (1925-1996), father of supercomputing

Travel

I never thought of it this way, but having read it, I realize it was a leap my brain has been trying to make.

It just means they learned one of the most important lessons of travel: Half the benefit of going away is reawakening your enthusiasm for what you've got back home.

Olivier Appourchaux - in "Visions of the Road" published in the Aug/Sept Rock & Ice magazine.

Everything is Temporary

Learning to live is learning to let go. - Sogyal Rinpoche

Take That, Hillary Clinton!

From "Dream Machines: Will Wright Explains How Game are Unleashing the Human Imagination," in Wired, April, 2006.

I think part of this stems from the fact that watching someone play a game is a different experience than actually holding the controller and playing it yourself. Vastly different. Imagine that all you knew about movies was gleaned through observing the audience in a theater -- but that you had never watched a film. You would conclude that movies induce lethargy and junk-food binges. That may be true, but you're missing the big picture.

Double points for the pun.

In a related note, Wired also ran a short article called "Those Darn Kids and Their Darn New Technology" by Tom Standage which has some great quotes [reposted here].

<em>V for Vendetta</em> - Law

I Love you, but why must you love the law? 'Tis plain for all to see that she's a whore that virtuous person have no need to woo; that villians screw, then studiously ignore.

Again, from the graphic novel by Alan Moore. For those who are sick of the V quotes, I'm nearly done with the book.

MLK

MLK's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is one of those amazing pieces of history that everyone should read. And remember. It is short, so read it if you haven't.

One of my favorite quotes ever comes from it.

We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws.

I have advocated civil disobedience for so long, that I take it as given that everyone should know why some laws must not be obeyed -- why they must actually be broken for sake of a better society.

Voltaire

God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh.

<em>V for Vendetta</em>

Another quote from the graphic novel.

V: All convicts, hunched and deformed by the smallness of their cells; the weight of their chains; the unfairness of their sentences... I didn't put you in a prison Evey. I just showed you the bars.

Evey: You're wrong! It's just life, that's all! It's what we've got to put up with. It's all we've got. What gives you the right to decide it's not good enough?

V: You're in a prison Evey. You were born in a prison. You've been in a prison so long you no longer believe there's a world outside.

I love this because it deals not only with the fact that so many people do not recognize their freedom but also with the complications that come from someone who has decided to force them to recognize their freedom. This is a difficult problem.

Heinlein

Long live Heinlein. This comes from Job: A Comedy of Justice.

A man who is happy at home doesn't lie awake nights worrying about the hereafter.

Looking for more? Check out Quotable Heinlein.

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