Monthly Archives: October 2006

quotes of the day

“Doing what’s right isn’t a problem. It’s knowing what’s right.”
(Lyndon B. Johnson)

“It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.”
(Adlai Stevenson)

“Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.”
(Henri Poincare)

“Beware the man of one book.”
(St. Thomas Aquinas)

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

fanac of the day

“I of course have zero evidence for this, but since when has that stopped any of us?”
(David Wren-Hardin, rasfwrj)


“Logic is a delight to me, but some things it is no good for.”

because i choose to

“Everything can be taken away from man but one thing – the last human freedom, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
(Viktor Frankl)

prayer of the day

“I would be true for there are those who trust me,
I would be pure for there are those who care,
I would be brave for there is much to suffer,
I would be strong for there is much to dare,
I would be a friend of all, the foe and friendless,
I would be giving and forget the gift,
I would be humble for I know my weakness,
I would look up and laugh and live.”

(unknown author, World Prayers archive)

“I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all–the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.

I would be faithful through each passing moment;
I would be constantly in touch with God;
I would be strong to follow where He leads me;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.”

(the Howard Arnold Walter remix, 1906, same archive)


“From the Dawn of time we came; moving silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering; when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you …until now.”
(Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, Highlander)


“Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It’s called ‘rain’.”
(Michael McClary, in alt.fusion)

more thinking

“I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”
(Terry Pratchett)


“An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.”
(Aldous Huxley)


A mathematician is a system for turning coffee into theorems.
(Paul Erdos)

A comathematician is a system for turning theorems into coffee.
(Tim Poston)

on thinking

“You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.”
(G.K. Chesterton)


“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have.”
(Albert Einstein)

quotes of the day

“God does not play dice with the universe: He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
(Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens)

“If you set a man by a fire, you keep him warm all day, but set a man on fire and you keep him warm the rest of his life.”
(Terry Pratchett)

quote of the week

cant remember baby stole my brain
(my friend Sokar, who is looking forward to the birth)


“Learning and doing is the true spirit of free software — learning without doing gets you academic sterility, and doing without learning is all too often the way things are done in proprietary software.”
(Raph Levien)


“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for.”
(Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper)

soliloquy of the day

Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary abstracts of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?
Neo: Because I choose to.
(Smith and Neo in a pause in the fighting, Matrix Revolutions)


“One never knew what might be prowling on the fifth floor of the R&D Building.”
(Larry Niven and Steven Barnes, Dream Park)


“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
(Mahatma Ghandi)

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.”
(G. C. Lichtenberg)

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
(Gail Sheehy)

“It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.”
(W. Edwards Denning)

“Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being
in and out of favour.”
(Robert Frost)

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.”
(Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius)

“There is nothing permanent except change.”

“To change and to change for the better are two different things.”
(German proverb)

“We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.”
(Marcel Proust)

“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
(Frank Herbert)