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The Feynman Algorithm: 1)Write down the problem. 2)Think real hard. 3)Write down the solution.

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. -Oscar Wilde

A witty saying proves nothing -Voltaire

All the world's a stage. -William Shakespeare (Who owns the stage? Who are the actors and who are the stagehands?)

Cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. - Carl Sagan

Creativity takes courage. - Henri Matisse

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents. ― Bob Ross

“It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” - Miles Davis

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. - Charles Mingus

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you [while you are] working. - Pablo Picasso

We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters. - Peter Thiel

I'm starting with the man in the mirror... - Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison.

I saw the best minds of our generation writing spam filters. - Neal Stephenson

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.* - attributed to Mahatma Ghandi

I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

There are only bad options. It's about finding the best one. - Tony Mendez(Ben Affleck), Argo (2012)

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. - Frank Herbert

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katharine Hepburn

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

Inside every cynical person is a disappointed idealist. - George Carlin.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. - Plato

Life is hard, it's harder if you're stupid. - John Wayne

Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together. - Red Green

Live long and prosper - Vulcan proverb.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. - Haruk Murakami

Every [human] dies, but not every [human] truly lives. - William Wallace

Death comes for us all. Even for kings he comes. - Robert Bolt

"Et in Arcadia Ego"

Mere life is not a victory. Mere death is not defeat. -Kahless

"The ability to speak does not make you intelligent." - Qui Gon Jinn (Jedi Knight, Phantom Menace)

Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75. - Benjamin Franklin

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions. Their lives are a mimicry. Their passions are a quotation. -Oscar Wilde

Ninety percent of everything is crap. - Sturgeon's Law.

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? -Alexander Solzhenitsyn

And when you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche (It's a staring contest)

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow [human]. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. - Ernest Hemingway

If you got imitators, I feel bad for you, son - I got 99 problems, but competition ain't one. - Adapted from Jay-Z - 2015

[Progress] should be the only study of a [human]. [They] should consider [plateauing] only as a breathing-time, which gives them leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, [further progress]. - Generalized from Niccolo Machiavelli. (Persistence is stagnation - 2018)

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein (About Nikola Tesla, Ada Lovelace, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Charles Xavier, etc.)

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. -C.S. Lewis

You never have to go home again - Adapted from Thomas Wolfe, for those who had a bad home life and never want to relive that pain.

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. - John Lennon

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either. - Leo Burnett

Therein lies the best [/s/career/life] advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don't. No one does. You shouldn't be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren't real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I'm following, and I'm not walking in anyone else's footsteps. I'm making it up as I go. - Charlie Hoehn

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

An expert is a [person] who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field. - Niels Bohr

I fear not the [human] who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the [human] who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. - Bruce Lee

Business is built by men who care—care enough to disagree, fight it out to a finish, get facts. When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary. - William Wrigley Jr., 1931

And [, ]remember, if the [people you're trying to attract] don't find you [attractive], they should at least find you handy. - Red Green

Don't try to be a great [human]. Just be a [human], and let history make its own judgments. - Zefram Cochrane, attributed in Star Trek: First Contact.

...having been born on 3rd base, she (or he) grew up thinking she had hit a triple... - (Various, 2013)

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted. - Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, Missionaria Protectiva

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

If you're frightened of dying, and you're holding on, you'll feel devils tearing your life away; If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth - Forsaken by VNV Nation

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? - Abraham Lincoln

Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C Clarke.

Any sufficiently advanced [robotics] is indistinguishable from [life]. - Adapted from Arthur C Clarke

Chance is irrelevant. We will succeed. -Seven of Nine, Star Trek Voyager.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway. - Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Don't let schooling interfere with your education. - Mark Twain

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. - John F Kennedy (When the idea is "Mickey Mouse", the idea can also change copyright laws.)

I must not fear. / Fear is the mind-killer. [Including FOMO] / Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. / I will face my fear. / I will permit it to pass over me and through me.[Missing out lets me get other things done, or experience other things.] / And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. / Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. - Litany against fear, Dune. (#sayNOMOtoFOMO)

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. - Richard Wright

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - Jiddu Krisnamu

In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread - Anatole France

I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde

In this city of thieves, everyone goes out and takes from other peoples' houses every night, so everyone is equal. Then an honest person moved in, and stayed home at night. Since not everyone was getting taken from, some people grew richer, while others grew poorer. - Summary of a parable told by Father Michael McDermott, 1994?


In a sea of inequality, there is no peace; there are only calms between the storms. - 1994.

The cure for my own toxicity is the beauty and passion that lay within other people. - 2017.

Don't talk about people, talk TO people. - 2015.

Desire is suffering. Advertising induces desire to generate economic activity, and in an extreme sense could be construed as a form of paid torture. - 2015.

Things remain mostly the same. How we perceive things changing tells us much about how we, ourselves, are changing. - 2006.

Tasks don't get easier; we just get used to the exertion with time. - 2016

Knowing what you want is the first step in getting what you want. Understanding and knowing yourself is necessary to be honest with yourself. - 2014.

The way to herd kittens is with tuna. - Unknown, 2007?

Everything is either a blocker you use to prevent yourself from doing something you don't want to do, or it's yet another achievement you earn on the quest path. If you want it bad enough, you'll find a way, or die of old age while you're looking for one. - 2014.

I can only be me, so I must be the best me that I can be. - 2012.

The way to have your cake and eat it too - is to start with 2 cakes. - 2015

If you are going to be a badass, you can't half-ass it. - 2016.

Home network security never took root in America because so many see themselves not as an exploited* nation,* but as temporarily embarrassed porn stars and reality TV stars. - Adapted from Ronald Wright

We are each the wrong person, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing, to the wrong people, for the wrong reasons. Don't let [the forces freeing you from that with which you do not synchronize] limit you. - 2017.

If you fight battles you can't win, then you just feed the other team. - League of Legends, 2010

Synchronize with that which resonates with you. - 2017

Be a better Jupiter in their social constellation. - 2016

Reality is motion along a vector. Expectations are other vectors. Emotions are a diff between the reality vector and the expected vectors. - 2018

Hug a tree today, before a virus or something wipes them all out. - 2020

Keep Hope Alive. Build A Mystery. Wait for the wheel. Trip Like I Do.


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