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Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.
Unknown

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, preserve their neutrality.
Unknown

When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power.
Unknown

Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?
Unknown

Gayan: uh oh
Gayan: another e-mail from my summer research guy.
Gayan: need to conveniently ignore that one
Unknown

Jason: have you been going to combinatorics
Jack: dude
Jack: we aren't taking combinatorics
Unknown

Jeanne: well the school wouldn't let us go up on chinatown bus
Jack: and they let you guys on a random bus?
Jack: that might or might not exist?
Jack: that's good lol
Unknown

Gayan: What's a banana
Jack: an asian guy, yellow on the outside and white on the inside
Gayan: As opposed to you, yellow on the outside, and rotten on the inside?
Unknown

Build an idiot-proof device, and nature will build a better idiot.
Unknown

Terrence: So what should the rest of us do?
Jack: The rest of you can...sing and dance on the table...entertain me.
Unknown

Question: What if Frodo Baggins, instead of confronting the evil empire in "The Lord of the Rings," just got himself a lawyer and sued?

Slashdot Answer: Well, that's a silly question...between 'professional courtesy' and 'conflict of interest', no lawyer would ever take the case against the evil empire.... ^_^
Unknown

God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.
Unknown

Before marriage the three little words are "I love you," after marriage they are "Let's eat out."
Unknown

A candidate is a person who gets money from the rich and votes from the poor to protect them from each other.
Unknown

A priest advised Voltaire on his death bed to renounce the devil.
Replied Voltaire, "This is no time to make new enemies."
Unknown

Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
Unknown

It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men, who has the greatest difficulties in life, and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.
Alfred Adler

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?" The crow answered: "Sure, why not?" So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow and rested. All of a sudden a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
Alok Narayana

Addition... sutraction... multiplication... division... and... eer... expodentiation! when your powers combine, i am CAPTAIN MATH!
Andrei Simion

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and
impenetrable fog!
Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)

Calvin: Know what I pray for?
Hobbes: What?
Calvin: The strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can't, and the incapacity to tell the difference.
Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)

Miss Wormwood: What state do you live in?
Calvin: Denial.
Miss Wormwood: I don't suppose I can argue with that...
Calvin and Hobbes

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate towards the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us.
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.
Ethel Percy Andrus

Hey, what do you expect from a culture that *drives* on *parkways* and *parks* on *driveways*?
Gallagher

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
George Orwell

After an open problem was posted (Collatz problem).

" Well, yes, this is the brainteaser forum, not the brainbreaker forum. "
Graeme West @ Wilmott Forum

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

Let me put it this way...
If I wasn't Jewish, I would be having a lot of sex right now.
(referring to hotness of Harvard Med girls)
Harvard Medical School Student

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. The public does not fully understand the world into which it is going. Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision. Those leaders who do not are ultimately judged failures, even though they may be popular at the moment.
Henry Kissinger

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
Jack Benny

Not that it's a fraud. You need money to be in this business. But not a lot. You need more money to open a shoe-shine shop than you do to buy a $2 billion company, let's be honest about it. But to buy a shoe-shine store, if it costs $3,000, you need $3,000. If you don't got it in cash, you need to bring it by Thursday. But if it's an LBO, not only do you not have to bring it, you don't have to see it, you don't know where you're going to get it, nobody knows where they got it from. The whole situation comes from absolutely nothing.
Jackie Mason

Get out of the way; I need momentum!
Jennie Wang

Resilency, not perfection, is the signature of greatness.
Jim Collins

It is not enough to do good; one must do it in the right way.
John Morley

A lady is one who never shows her underwear unintentionally.
Lillian Day

Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music.
Marcus Brigstocke

The great forces of history were real, after a fashion. But when you examined them closely, those great forces always came down to the dreams and hungers and judgments of individuals.
Orson Scott Card, Atlantis

Religion is tied to the deepest feelings people have. The love that arises from that stewing pot is the sweetest and strongest, but the hate is the hottest, and the anger is the most violent.
Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind

Knowledge is just opinion that you trust enough to act upon.
Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind

Love is random; fear is inevitable.
Orson Scott Card, Pastwatch

Happiness is not a life without pain, but rather a life in which the pain is traded for a worthy price.
Orson Scott Card, Pastwatch

...But when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is final cause, the purpose. What a person had in mind. Once you understand what people really want, you can't hate them anymore. You can fear them, but you can't hate them, because you can always find the same desires in your own heart.
Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead

If human beings are all monsters, why should I sacrifice anything for them?
Because they are beautiful monsters..., And when they live in a network of peace and hope, when they trust the world and their deepest hungers are fulfilled, then within that system, that delicate web, there is joy. That is what we live for, to bind the monsters together, to murder their fear and give birth to their beauty.
Orson Scott Card, Wyrm

Inner strength and outward respect. These are the people who hold a community together, who lead. Unlike the sheep and the wolves, they perform a better role than the script given them by their inner fears and desires. They act out the script of decency, of self-sacrifice, of public honor--of civilization. And in the pretense, it becomes reality.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide

I think you don't grow up until you stop worrying about other people's purposes or lack of them and find the purposes you believe in for yourself.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide

The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide

I understand belief.
No--you desire belief.
I desire it enough to act as if I believed.
Maybe that's what faith is.
Or delibate insanity.
Orson Scott Card, Xeonocide

I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated His ability.
Oscar Wilde

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
Oscar Wilde

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Alimony is a system by which, when two people make a mistake, one of them continues to pay for it.
Peggy Joyce

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Programming - The art of making a Swiss watch with a sledgehammer.
Retro128 ,Slashdot

Our modern era, often termed The Information Age, has never been called The Knowledge Age. Information does not translate directly into knowledge. It just first be processed--accessed, absorbed, comprehended, integrated, and retained.
Robert B. Cialdini, Influence: Science and Practice

In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
Robert F. Kennedy

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.
Robert F. Kennedy

Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.
Robert F. Kennedy

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
Robert F. Kennedy

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Robert F. Kennedy

A diplomat is man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never her age.
Robert Frost

Money doesn't give you an license to relax. It gives an opportunity to use all your advantages, free of financial worries, to go forward, and to use your superior advantages and talents to help others.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

An accountant is a man who puts his head in the past and backs his ass into the future.
Ross Johnson

A billion here, a billion there -- pretty soon it adds up to real money.
Sen. Everett Dirksen, on the U.S. defense budget

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Shakespeare, Macbeth

A candidate is a person who gets money from the rich and votes from the poor to protect them from each other.
Stanislaw Lem

A raccoon tangled with a 23,000 volt line today. The results blacked out 1400 homes and, of course, one raccoon.
Steel City News

A friend of mine is into Voodoo Acupuncture. You don't have to go. You'll just be walking down the street and... Ooohh, that's much better.
Steven Wright

According to slashdot users I'm funny, insightful, and interesting! So why aren't girls all over me?
stfvon007, slashdot

oh no, team, the evil physicist is upon us!
we must transform into the GEOMETRY RANGERS!!!
tetrahedron!
cube!
octahedron!
dodecahedron!
icosahedron!
we are the GEOMETRY RANGERS!
with the power of the platonic solids, we summon our EUCLIDEAN BOTS to battle physics!
Wing Mui

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgment.
Zefram Cochrane