These are quotes that I've collected from various places. I've categorized them somewhat.

NOTE: I'm working on a web app to collect and display quotes, and allow arbitrary tagging. All these quotes will move there when that site is ready.


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -- Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham City Jail
Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won't give you a key, they're not doing it for your benefit. -- Doctorow's First Law

It is your right to do anything that doesn't violate an obligation you've imposed on yourself, or doesn't create an obligation on the part of someone else. E.g. if you want to run around in traffic, that's fine, as long as you don't expect people to not hit you, and as long as your estate can clean your blood off their car.

Thus, any law which attempts to stop people from doing stupid things is by definition a reduction in freedom. We should protect the freedom of people to do stupid things, because things other people feel are stupid (like freedom of the press, or of speech, or of religion, or of assembly, or of petition) are likely things you value.

If we don't have the freedom to do stupid things, we have no freedom at all.

-- Russ Nelson (The Angry Economist)
Music is everybody's possession. It's only the publishers who think people own it. -- John Lennon
The first step of emancipation is to learn to recognize when your emotions are being manipulated for profit. -- Loren Cobb
Freedom of speech is ultra important so stupid people will make their stupid statements so we know how stupid they are. -- Ted Nugent
On August 19, 1934, 95% of the Germans who were registered to vote went to the polls and 90% (38 million) of adult German citizens voted to give Adolf Hitler complete and total authority to rule Germany as he saw fit. Only 4.25 million Germans voted against this transfer of power to a totalitarian regime. -- William Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. -- Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
Democracy isn't Freedom. Inalienable Rights are. Democracy is only a precondition for Inalienability of Rights. -- jafc on Slashdot
Anyone showing the slightest support towards a government which has shown any tendency to suspend the people's rights in its own defense, is a traitor to the liberties of the people, and without any qualification or exception being possible. A right, then, is something to which every individual in the community is morally entitled, and for which that community is entitled to disregard or forcibly remove anything that stands in the way of even a single individual getting it. Rights belong to individuals, and no organisation has any rights not directly derived from those of its members as individuals. -- William James Sidis
The health of a nation is perilled if one man be oppressed. -- John Boyle O'Reilly
Civil liberties make countries rich. If you made a graph of GNP per capita vs. civil liberties, you'd notice a definite trend. Could civil liberties really be a cause, rather than just an effect? I think so. I think a society in which people can do and say what they want will also tend to be one in which the most efficient solutions win, rather than those sponsored by the most influential people. -- Paul Graham
I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
DRM 'manages access' in the same way that jail 'manages freedom'. -- mrchaotica on Slashdot
Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there. -- Clare Booth Luce
The state secrets privilege is sort of like kryptonite for democracy. -- Hannibal on Ars Technica
Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger. -- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose". -- Janis Joplin, Me and Bobby McGee
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. -- Abraham Lincoln
It used to be that this country valued personal freedom and no one needed convincing to think that making their own ethical choices for themselves and leaving others to make their own choices as well was an important aspect of our society. The essence of freedom is not trying to use the law to stop others from making choices you think are mistakes, but which do not directly affect you. The right of others to make wrong choices is the most important right because someone thinks everything is wrong. -- 99BottlesOfBeerInMyF on Slashdot
If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care, and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. -- Dwight Eisenhower
Freedom is something much bigger than having a choice between a few specific options. Freedom means having control of your own life.... Freedom means not having a master. -- Richard Stallman
It's better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it. -- Eugene V. Debs
There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order. -- Ed Howdershelt
But I thought that people with nothing to hide had no reason to worry about surveillance? Does that mean that this statement is wrong, or does it mean the police have something to hide? -- Mister Whirly on Slashdot, regarding police not wanting to be video-taped
Really, if you don't have enough freedom to break the law, you probably don't have enough freedom. -- Mathinker on Slashdot
The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835


The route to success is to build something valuable. -- Paul Graham
Did you hurt somebody, or did you help people? -- Linus Torvalds, on "good" versus "bad"
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. -- Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say something. -- Plato
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -- Thomas Edison
Beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity. -- David Gelernter
Attitudes are more important than facts. -- Karl Menninger
A mind free of negatives will always produce positives. -- Norman Vincent Peale
I knocked and the door opened, but I found I'd been knocking from the inside. -- Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi
It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Terre des hommes, 1939
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible. -- Albert Einstein
You must be the change you want to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi (disputed)
When you decide to compete against others, no one will help you. But when you decide to compete against yourself, everyone will help you. -- Simon Sinek, on Ben Comen
It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got. -- Sheryl Crow, Soak Up The Sun


The Web is the sum of all human knowledge plus porn. -- Ron Gilbert
People don't do graffiti in pencil. -- UserGoogol on Slashdot, on the problem of Wiki defacing
There is this weird sense that the Internet is broken because it lets people make easy copies. ... The Internet is a machine for making copies, and artists need to come to grips with that. -- Cory Doctorow
What was that? Rumors of Apple's imminent *survival*? I give Apple six months before Jobs shuts the place down just to spite us all. -- aengblom on Slashdot

Open Source

GPL et al are not viral. What's viral is copyright law. Mixing anyone's code with yours "infects" your code because it creates a derivative work. The only way you can legally do that with any copyrighted material is if you have permission from the owner (or fall into a Fair Use category). Some open source licenses grant a blanket permission to do that without any strings attached. Many (like the GPL) do not. Few commercial licenses provide that permission, and many of those that do require some sort of royalty payments. The GPL isn't viral, it just doesn't allow you to ignore the viral nature of copyright. -- swillden on Slashdot
The open-source movement is just a faster, Internet-enabled implementation of the much older academic tradition of peer review and building on foundations laid by others. -- Paul Murphy
Open Source takes the bullshit out of software. -- MIT Technology Review
Customers get less than five cents of software development for every dollar they spend on [proprietary] software. -- Bruce Perens
GCC is as central an enabler to the free and open-source programming movements as a free press is to democracy. -- CNET News
KDE should definitely rename KMail to Kreation. Then we can have an Evolution vs. Kreation debate to go alongside GNOME vs. KDE. -- jrockway on Slashdot
Of course standing on the shoulders of giants helps. However, over time you'd wish that these giants get taller so that the gap between what open source can deliver and the user expects gets smaller. -- Kjella on Slashdot, on why the GPL is preferable to the BSD license and proprietary software

Linux/UNIX/GNU and Mac

UNIX is a 'How', not a 'What'. -- unknown
Backups are for wimps. Real men upload their data to an FTP site and have everyone else mirror it. -- Linus Torvalds
Please direct all flames to /dev/audio -- Michael Ducy
I wrote my own tools, and as usual (conceited bastard that I am), I named the new project after myself: "git". -- Linus Torvalds
Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. -- Henry Spencer, 1987
That's a UNIX book. Cool. -- Garth, Wayne's World 2
Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp. -- Philip Greenspun (his Tenth Rule)
Debian is the Linux of Linux distros. -- Craig Buchek
Once you get a Mac, you spend half your time evangelising them on the Internet, making up for the time saved in not tweaking hardware / Windows. -- JulesLt on Slashdot


XML is like violence: If it doesn't solve your problem, you aren't using enough of it. -- seen on Slashdot
The good thing about reinventing the wheel is that you can get a round one. -- Douglas Crockford, on why JSON was developed when XML already existed
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use XML." Now they have two problems. -- Phillip J. Eby


When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before. -- Mae West
Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. -- Woody Allen
All they've actually proved, over and over again, is that research is bad for you, and that 'new studies' cause cancer in rats. -- Sheriff Fatman on Slashdot, on "scientific studies"
Behind every great woman... is a man checking out her ass.
They're like sex, except I'm having them! -- Fry, Futurama episode 2ACV15 ("The Problem with Popplers")


Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. -- Benjamin Franklin
Morality works best when chosen, not when mandated. -- Larry Wall, Perl 6 Apocalypse 1
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own - a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms. -- Albert Einstein
Bombing for peace is like screwing for abstinence. -- Anonymous Custard on Slashdot
The church is to science what the KKK is to racial equality and posesses a record just as abhorent. -- Seumas on Slashdot
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests. -- George Santayana
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. -- Voltaire
I would not dare to so dishonor my Creator God by attaching His name to that book (the Bible). Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to 'God' to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers and to debauch and rape the daughters. -- Thomas Paine
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear. -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hyprocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. -- Jesus, Matthew 6:5-6
God works in mysterious, inefficient, and breathtakingly cruel ways. -- Penn and Teller's Bullshit
What would Jesus do? Jesus would go out drinking with is his friends, hang out with the dregs of society, complain about the church, and do nice things for people. -- Dave Odevich
You can safely say that you have made God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. -- Reverend Robert Cromey
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. -- Stephen Roberts
The reason organized religion merits outright hostility is that, unlike belief in Russell's teapot, religion is powerful, influential, tax-exempt and systematically passed on to children too young to defend themselves. -- Richard Dawkins, A Devil's Chaplain
The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim. -- Edsger W. Dijkstra


Watching, I reflected that this was truly how democracy is extinguished. Not with guns and bombs, but from the inside by officials and politicians who deceive with guile and who no longer pretend to countenance the higher interests of the constitution. -- Henry Porter, 2006, on the UK's Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which allows the executive powers to also define the laws
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. -- Doctor Who, Face of Evil
I'm not nearly the threat that I'd hoped I'd be. -- Arlo Guthrie, on being searched at the airport post-9/11
You can trust the Americans to do the right thing, after they have tried every other alternative. -- Winston Churchill
Our enemies never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. -- George W. Bush
I don't think Osama bin Laden sent those planes to attack us because he hated our freedom. I think he did it because of our support for Israel, our ties with the Saudi family and our military bases in Saudi Arabia. You know why I think that? Because that's what he fucking said! -- David Cross
For the price of Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' during the Super Bowl, you could cause the wrongful death of an elderly patient in a nursing home and still have enough money left to create dangerous mishaps at two nuclear reactors. -- Rolling Stone article on "indecency" fines proposed by the FCC
Sometimes the measured use of force is the only thing that keeps the world from being ruled by force. -- George W. Bush
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -- Thomas Jefferson
Those who cast the votes decide nothing; those who count the votes decide everything. -- Joseph Stalin
The more prohibitions there are, the poorer the people will be. -- Lao Tse
> Seriously, what other country disparages its "intellectual elite"?
The People's Republic of China (early on)
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Nazi Germany
Facist Italy
Rawanda about 10 years ago -- TGK on Slashdot, on the decline of science in the US
I think of South Africa, where a decision to engage in out-and-out armed struggle would have led to a bloody civil war with huge casualties, most of them black. Instead, the African National Congress decided to put up with apartheid longer, but wage a long-term campaign of attrition, with strikes, sabotage, economic sanctions, and international pressure. It worked. -- Howard Zinn
I firmly believed we should not march into Baghdad ... To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the whole Arab world against us. -- George Bush, A World Transformed
It gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head. -- Warren Buffet, on gold
"Capitalism is hard" is not a sound argument. -- ChaosDiscord on Slashdot
The Constitution wasn't written to protect us when time are good, it was written to protect us when times are bad. Sadly, most fail to grasp this simple concept. -- hsmith on Slashdot
The purpose of the office of the president is not to wield power, but to draw attention away from it. -- Douglas Adams
The War On Drugs is a war against poor people on street drugs, waged by rich people on prescription drugs. -- Roseanne Barr
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. -- Gerald Ford


Latin is not dead! It's in retirement, enjoying lucrative consulting positions in the scientific and medical communities. Other than that, it occasionally goes to church and has an interest in oral sex. -- fr2asbury on Slashdot
It seems like the future is becoming a thing of the past. -- wkitchen on Slashdot
First they came for the verbs, and I said nothing because verbing weirds language. Then they arrival for the nouns, and I speech nothing because I no verbs. -- unknown
Why is a carrot more orange than an orange? -- The Amboy Dukes
Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. -- Winston Churchill
A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing. -- Alan Perlis
I think every language should be designed simultaneously with a large application written in it, the way C was with Unix. -- Paul Graham
Ruby is an honorary P-language; just ignore the kickstand. -- Bruce Tate, on Ruby being a part of the LAMP stack


If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. -- Isaac Asimov
Bill Gates is a Persian cat and a monocle away from being a villain in a James Bond movie. -- Dennis Miller
Never argue with a fool -- people might not be able to tell the difference.
I always wanted to buy the mailing list and phone numbers of people who subscribe to those New Age/Psychic magazines. Then I would call them out of the blue and say, "I'm a psychic and I sensed that you needed to speak to me!" -- MisanthropicProgram on Slashdot
Gay is the new black. -- Craig Buchek
All successful complex applications were once successful simple applications. -- Mike Champion
Familiarity with inefficiency is no excuse for perpetuation of inefficiency. -- Chris Gregan
The one who says it cannot be done should never interrupt the one who is doing it.
If you're careful enough, nothing bad or good will ever happen to you.
Faith is easy. Trust is the hard thing. -- Fred Alessi
Property rights are about controlling limited resources, not about controlling people. -- argoff on Slashdot, on "Intellectual Property rights" on non-scarce resources
Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it. -- Richard Feynman
Not only did the monkeys produce nothing but five pages consisting largely of the letter S, they started by attacking the keyboard with a stone, and continued by urinating and defecating on it. -- study to see if monkeys could randomly write Shakespeare's plays
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress. -- Captain Eric Moody, British Airways Flight 9, which glided for 12 minutes before the engines restarted
If I give you a pfennig, you will be one pfennig richer and I'll be one pfennig poorer. But if I give you an idea, you will have a new idea, but I shall still have it, too. -- Albert Einstein
On two occasions I have been asked by members of Parliament, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. -- Charles Babbage
Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. -- Karl Marx, in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
Shortest sentence in the English language: I am.
Longest sentence in the English language: I do. -- Craig Buchek
It's not true that married men live longer than single men. It only seems longer.
They say that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. That's not as bad as it sounds, considering that the other 50% end in death.
It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. -- Woody Allen
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. -- Douglas Adams
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -- Douglas Adams
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny". -- Isaac Asimov
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous. -- Brian W. Kernighan
With enough eyeballs, you can find a real world example of any random joke. -- MarkusQ on Slashdot
Another problem with the net is that it's still 'technology', and 'technology', as the computer scientist Bran Ferren memorably defined it, is 'stuff that doesn't work yet.' We no longer think of chairs as technology, we just think of them as chairs. -- Douglas Adams
That's the stupidest thing I've ever read. And I read Slashdot on a regular basis. -- Anonymous Coward on Slashdot
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. -- Charles Darwin
The first rule an engineer learns on the job is "the vendor is a lying bastard". -- lgw on Slashdot
That's the problem with immortality -- you have to be dead to achieve it. -- Dave Odevich
We saw some new fencing taking place; makes sense to use fencing along the border in key locations. -- President Bush, May 18, 2006
IE is still wearing a helmet and drooling on itself as it takes the short bus back to Redmond. -- binary paladin on Slashdot, on how poorly Internet Explorer 7 complies with CSS standards
Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.
A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
I think people can generally trust me, but they can trust me exactly because they know they don't have to. -- Linus Torvalds
The United States treats its socialism the way a priest treats masturbation -- it does it very rarely, with a great amount of guilt, and tries very hard to ignore the amount of relief it brings. -- anonymous on Slashdot
Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. -- pegr on Slashdot
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people. -- George Bernard Shaw
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. -- Oscar Wilde
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. -- David T. Wolf
Trying to make digital files uncopyable is like trying to make water not wet. -- Bruce Schneier, on DRM
It's easier to throw something away if you didn't spend a long time creating it. -- Dave Thomas (Pragmatic Programmer), explaining why you should program quickly
I write code for free. The salary is just so I'll sit through the meetings and deal with my coworkers. -- javajedi on Slashdot
C++ is like legalese -- it's impenetrable to read, full of unintended consequences, and even though it's spelled out in excruciating detail what it says is still open to interpretation. -- 0xABADC0DA on Slashdot
The secret to happiness is low expectations. -- Barry Schwartz, on the paradox of choice -- and he was serious
The Internet? We are not interested in it. -- Bill Gates, 1993
The best way to get accurate information on Usenet is to post something wrong and wait for corrections. -- Matthew Austern
If you think you are worth what you know, you are very wrong. Your knowledge today does not have much value beyond a couple of years. Your value is what you can learn and how easily you can adapt to the changes this profession brings so often. -- Jose M. Aguilar
Commenting your code is like cleaning your bathroom — you never want to do it, but it really does create a more pleasant experience for you and your guests -- Ryan Campbell
If we wish to count lines of code, we should not regard them as 'lines produced' but as 'lines spent'. -- Edsger Dijkstra
There are only two things wrong with C++: The initial concept and the implementation. -- Bertrand Meyer
UNIX is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity. -- Dennis Ritchie
If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology. -- Bruce Schneier
Being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker anymore than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. -- Eric Raymond
Two years from now, spam will be solved. -- Bill Gates, 2004
I see little commercial potential for the Internet for at least ten years. -- Bill Gates, 1994
Computers are like bikinis. They save people a lot of guesswork. -- Sam Ewing
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside. -- Robert X. Cringely
There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson
It has been said that the great scientific disciplines are examples of giants standing on the shoulders of other giants. It has also been said that the software industry is an example of midgets standing on the toes of other midgets. -- Alan Cooper
There's an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone. -- Bjarne Stroustrup
For a long time it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge, could be so useless. And then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match. -- Bill Bryson
Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. -- Bill Gates
The only people who have anything to fear from free software are those whose products are worth even less. -- David Emery
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are -– by definition –- not smart enough to debug it. -- Brian Kernighan
If McDonalds were run like a software company, one out of every hundred Big Macs would give you food poisoning, and the response would be, "We're sorry, here's a coupon for two more." -- Mark Minasi
I want to leave this world the same way I came into it... naked, screaming, and covered in blood. -- unknown
I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. -- Will Shriner
You must do the things you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Innumeracy encourages the view that all opinions are equally valid, that whenever there is disagreement the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Innumeracy thus becomes another means of disenfranchisement: by reinforcing the idea that truth is relative and unknowable, people with the least defenses against charlatans will be most vulnerable. -- Lynn Arthur Steen, Why Numbers Count
Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born. -- Alan Kay
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. -- Alan Kay
The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned. -- Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month
If you make it easy enough for a monkey to do it, you'll end up with monkeys doing it. -- Craig Buchek, on Windows administration
The idea of passing wealth from generation to generation so that hundreds of your descendants can command the resources of other people simply because they came from the right womb flies in the face of a meritocratic society. -- Warren Buffet, The Snowball
I won the lottery the day I emerged from the womb by being in the United States instead of in some other country where my chances would have been way different. -- Warren Buffet, The Snowball, on what he calls the "Ovarian Lottery"
There are 2 hard problems in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-1 errors. -- secretGeek on Twitter
Today's CPUs have already reached higher heat density than a nuclear reactor. -- Tom's Hardware (2010)
People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people. -- V for Vendetta
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. -- Michael Pollan, on how to eat healthy
Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution. -- Clay Shirky
Find something impossible, then do it.... Impossible is relative. -- Yehuda Katz, RailsConf 2010
At every period of history, people have believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you risked ostracism or even violence by saying otherwise. If our own time were any different, that would be remarkable. As far as I can tell it isn't. -- Paul Graham, "Taste for Makers"
Google never did any advertising. They're like dealers; they sell the stuff, but they know better than to use it themselves. -- Paul Graham, "How to Start a Startup"
During the retardation of America's political process, if there was any inkling of real change voiced by a unified citizenry, then false political movements were started, or real ones subverted, by the kleptocrats to divide the people, and redirect their correct suspicions about wide-scale public theft and war crimes to inconsequential issues like gay marriage, and abortion. --
There are 2 hard problems in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-1 errors. -- Leon Bambrick
Commenting your code is like cleaning your bathroom - you never want to do it, but it really does create a more pleasant experience for you and your guests. -- Ryan Campbell
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. -- Albert Einstein
All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection... Except for the problem of too many layers of indirection. -- David Wheeler
There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson (but see http://web.morons.org/feature/rants/bsdlsd.jsp)
It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. -- Hofstadter's Law
This is everything we asked for but not what we wanted. -- unknown client
Apple would have been long gone if NeXT hadn't bought them for negative 400 million dollars. -- Megane on Slashdot
Security isn't just a tax on the honest; it's a very expensive tax on the honest. It's the most expensive tax we pay, regardless of the country we live in. -- Bruce Schneier
Your statement is so wrong that it is fractally wrong. There is not a level at which your statement is not wrong. -- Maxo-Texas on Slashdot
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. -- Delos McKown
An idea does not gain truth as it gains followers. -- Amanda Bloom
Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions. -- Blaise Pascal
When you understand why you dismiss all the other gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. -- Stephen Roberts
Without exponential growth or redistribution, rent seeking will concentrate capital, which is unsustainable. Economists are generally not lovers of redistribution ... so exponential growth it is. -- Pinky's Brain on Slashdot
There is exactly one Ponzi scheme which works: immigration. This is the real source of the US's riches. Generations upon generations of immigrants building their lives and enriching the country. -- SomeKDEUser on Slashdot
Experienced programmers know they NEED to write documentation because that is where the "WHY did I do it like that" goes. -- user1249 on StackExchange Programmers
What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your own mind. And the more slow and dim-witted your pupil, the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. And that's really the essence of programming. By the time you've sorted out a complicated idea into little steps that even a stupid machine can deal with, you've certainly learned something about it yourself. -- Douglas Adams (on pair programming, without realizing it)
First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII - and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure. -- Douglas Adams
Anything that is in the world when you’'re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that'’s invented between when you'’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you'’re 35 is against the natural order of things. -- Douglas Adams