Note: I do NOT agree with some of these!

Note: I didn't factcheck these, they may be misattributed


"like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children." -- Jacques Mallet du Pan

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Thoreau

"the eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me" -- Blaise Pascal

"Suppose a small bank has only one teller. Customers take an average of 10 minutes to serve and they arrive at the rate of 5.8 per hour. What will the expected waiting time be? What happens if you add another teller? We assume customer arrivals and customer service times are random (details later). With only one teller, customers will have to wait nearly five hours on average before they are served. But if you add a second teller, the average waiting time is not just cut in half; it goes down to about 3 minutes. The waiting time is reduced by a factor of 93x" [1] via [2]

"Col. T. P. Dowly, a 49er, Pike s Peaker, of 56; a Black Hill s boomer, of 76, and a Leadville hustler, of 78, is among the guests of the Ebbitt. Colonel Dowly is a telegraph genius and labored upon the construction of the Union Pacific telegraph line west from Omaha in 69. The greatest difficulty we encountered, says the colonel, was from the buffalos. They used the poles for scratching posts, and rallied from all parts of the bare plain to these what they regarded Godsends of comfort. A young Yankee with us invented a sharp brad-awl about three inches long to run into the poles with the points outward. It was thought sure that these ugly spikes would fend off the uneasy buffalo. It proved that the sharp points only made the sensation more grateful to the lordly bison, and down went every pole for fifty miles out of Omaha that night. " -- [3]

"it is precisely communities with adjoining territories, and related to each other in other ways as well, who are engaged in constant feuds and ridiculing each other" -- Freud . See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism_of_small_differences

"Virtually every commercial transaction has within itself an element of trust, certainly any transaction conducted over a period of time." - Kenneth Arrow

"There was an AI made of dust, whose poetry gained it man's trust..." -- http://www.decisionproblem.com/paperclips/index2.html (Universal Paperclip game)

"In public relations, there is a special term for the dumbest thing you say in a press interview. They call it the headline ." -- Tim Sweeney [4]

"in 2050, 70 percent of Americans will be living in just 15 states. That 70 percent will then have 30 senators, and the remaining 30 percent of the people, mainly those living in the smallest and poorest states, will have 70 senators." -- -- Norm Ornstein

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." -- Thomas Jefferson

"In primaries, the vocal rump of a minority of obnoxious asses can hold the entire country hostage to extremist views" -- John D. Dingell

"Whenever I see people comparing C to assembly I automatically assume they don't know anything about (a) C or (b) any kind of assembly." -- sanskritabelt

"I deal with a number of smart C (and even C++) programmers who view it as assembly with macros. But I've yet to meet any assembly programmers who view C as just a more succinct way to write assembly. Maybe it can be phrased as "Anyone who conflates C and assembly has probably never compared the output of their compiler with the code they think they wrote"." -- nkurz

"Writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is." -Dick Guindon, via Leslie Lamport

"Even the quest for justice can turn into barbarism if it is not infused with a quality of mercy, an awareness of human frailty and a path to redemption. The crust of civilization is thinner than you think." -- David Brooks

"Marry or do not marry, you will regret it either way. ...Laugh at the stupidities of the world or weep over them, you will regret it either way. ...Trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. ...Hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret it either way. ...This, gentlemen, is the quintessence of all the wisdom of life." - Kierkegaard, Either/Or

"Ultimately there is no test of literary merit except survival" -- George Orwell

"You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic." -- a navigation device company's billboard

"Although nobody knows whom he reveals when he discloses himself in deed or word, he must be willing to risk the disclosure." -- Hannah Arendt

"Mathematics is the only totally clear, utterly unambiguous language in the world; yet it cannot say anything very interesting about anything very important" -- Peter Kreeft, in Socratic Logic

    "The view that machines cannot give rise to surprises is due, I believe, to a fallacy to which philosophers and mathematicians are particularly subject. This is the assumption that as soon as a fact is presented to a mind all consequences of that fact spring into the mind simultaneously with it. It is a very useful assumption under many circumstances, but one too easily forgets that it is false." -- Alan M. Turing

"Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice". [5]