Monthly Archives: April 2005

Quotes of the Day

“Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.”
(Professor Dr. Edsger W. Dijkstra, June 1975)

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”
(Rene Descartes)

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
(Albert Einstein)

From The Book of Mozilla

“And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days.”
(The Book of Mozilla, 12:10)

“And the beast shall be made legion. Its numbers shall be increased a thousand thousand fold. The din of a million keyboards like unto a great storm shall cover the earth, and the followers of Mammon shall tremble.”
(The Book of Mozilla, 3:31 (Red Letter Edition))

Quotation of the Day

“We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous.”
(Benjamin Disraeli)

“In the fields of hell where the grass grows high
Are the graves of dreams allowed to die.”
(Richard Harter)

Quote of the Day

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of great moral crisis.”
(Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321)

Quotes of the Day

“Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
(Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill)

Quote of the Day

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood or assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Quote of the Day

“…Everybody has opinions: I have them, you have them. And we are all told from the moment we open our eyes, that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Well, that’s horsepuckey, of course. We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, it’s nothing. It’s just bibble-babble…”
(Harlan Ellison)

Quotes of the Day

Two sides of the same coin…

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
(H.L. Mencken)

Quote of the Day

“I’m proud to be an old-fashioned bigoted unixoid. They’ll take my keyboard away from me when they pry it from the shattered skulls of my enemies.”
(Mark ‘Kamikaze’ Hughes)

Quote of the Day

” The programmers of old were mysterious and profound.
We cannot fathom their thoughts, so all we do is describe their appearance.
Aware, like a fox crossing the water.
Alert, like a general on the battlefield.
Kind, like a hostess greeting her guests.
Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.
Opaque, like black pools in darkened caves.
Who can tell the secrets of their hearts and minds?
The answer exists only in the Tao.”
(Geoffrey James, The Tao of Programming)

Quote of the Day

“Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.”

Quote of the Day

“People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centred.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank, anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.”

(Mother Teresa, A Simple Path)

A random poem from the quote collection

“You are old, father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door –
Pray what is the reason of that?”

“In my youth,” said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
“I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment — one shilling the box –
Allow me to sell you a couple?”

“You are old,” said the youth, “and I’m told by my peers
That your lectures bore people to death.
Yet you talk at one hundred conventions per year –
Don’t you think that you should save your breath?”

“I have answered three questions and that is enough,”
Said his father, “Don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you downstairs!”

“You are old,” said the youth, “and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak –
Pray, how did you manage to do it?”

“In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose –
What made you so awfully clever?”

“I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
Said his father. “Don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you down stairs!”

“You are old,” said the youth, “and your programs don’t run,
And there isn’t one language you like;
Yet of useful suggestions for help you have none –
Have you thought about taking a hike?”

“Since I never write programs,” his father replied,
“Every language looks equally bad;
Yet the people keep paying to read all my books
And don’t realize that they’ve been had.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “as I mentioned before,
And make errors few people could bear;
You complain about everyone’s English but yours –
Do you really think this is quite fair?”

“I make lots of mistakes,” Father William declared,
“But my stature these days is so great
That no critic can hurt me — I’ve got them all scared,
And to stop me it’s now far too late.”

Quotes of the Day

“Just once, I wish we would encounter an alien menace that wasn’t immune to bullets.”
(The Brigadier, Doctor Who)

Mandrell: “You know what I think?”
Doctor: “Ah, ah that’s a catch question. With a brain your size you don’t think, right?”
(Doctor Who)

“No, `Eureka’ is Greek for `This bath is too hot.’”
(The Doctor, Doctor Who)

“Well, that was a piece of cake, eh K-9?”
“Piece of cake, Master? Radial slice of baked confection … coefficient of relevance to Key of Time: zero.”
(The Doctor and his pet dog, Doctor Who)

“There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes.”
(Doctor Who)

“Have you noticed the way people’s intelligence capabilities decline sharply the minute they start waving guns around?”
(The Doctor, Doctor Who)

“First things first — but not necessarily in that order”
(The Doctor, Doctor Who)

“Star Wars is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters is obscurantist drivel; Star Trek can turn your brains to puree of bat guano; and the greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who! And I’ll take you all on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up!”
(Harlan Ellison)

“Interfere? Of course we should interfere! Always do what you’re best at, that’s what I say.”
(The Doctor, Doctor Who)

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views … which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”
(The Doctor, Face of Evil)

“Gosh that takes me back… or is it forward? That’s the trouble with time travel, you never can tell.”
(The Doctor, Androids of Tara)

Quote of the Day

“Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of
rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will,
a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions;
it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.
This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty.
Nobody grows old merely by a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure
of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy
of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a
wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer,
courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with the snows of cynicism
and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty,
but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism,
there is hope you may die young at eighty.”

(Youth, by Samuel Ullman)

Quotes of the Day

(from the collected sayings of Lazarus Long):

“Always store beer in a dark place.”

“Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse.”

“Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well.”

“A ‘practical joker’ deserves applause for his wit according to its quality. Bastinado is about right. For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling. But staking him out on an anthill should be reserved for the very wittiest.”

“Animals can be driven crazy by putting too many in too small a pen.
Homo sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself.”

“Don’t try to have the last word — you might get it.”

“Maybe Jesus was right when he said that the meek shall inherit the earth — but they inherit very small plots, about six feet by three.”

“Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other ‘sins’ are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful — just stupid).”

“The correct way to punctuate a sentence that starts: ‘Of course it is none of my business, but –’ is to place a period after the word ‘but.’ Don’t use excessive force in supplying such a moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“This sad little lizard told me that he was a brontosaurus on his mother’s side. I did not laugh; people who boast of ancestry often have little else to sustain them. Humoring them costs nothing and adds happiness in a world in which happiness is always in short supply.”

“To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“Yield to Temptation … it may not pass your way again.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“Never try to outstubborn a cat.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“Small change can often be found under seat cushions.”

“$100 invested at 7% interest for 100 years will become $100,000, at which time it will be worth absolutely nothing.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.”

“‘Rights’ is a fictional abstraction. No one has ‘Rights’, neither machines nor flesh-and-blood. Persons… have opportunities, not rights, which they use or do not use.”

“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”

“Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe and not make messes in the house.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“It has long been known that one horse can run faster than another — but which one? Differences are crucial.”

“A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.”

“Never appeal to a man’s ‘better nature.’ He may not have one.Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.”

“Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
(Time Enough for Love)

“Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.”

Quote of the Day

“A day ago the future had looked aching and desolate, and now it looked full of surprises and terror and bad things happening to people… If she had anything to do with it anyway.”
(Terry Pratchett, Maskerade, the thoughts of Esmerelda Weatherwax)