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A witty saying proves nothing -Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creativity takes courage. - Henri Matisse

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

We are star-stuff. We are the universe, made manifest, trying to figure itself out. - Delenn (J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5)

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 career 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

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

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

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

Every man dies, but not every man truly lives. - William Wallace

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

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

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

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. - Bruce Lee (It was the 1960s, adjust your social perspective appropriately.)

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. - Haruk Murakami

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

[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.

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

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. 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.

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. - John Steinbeck (disputed)

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.

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

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

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

Don't talk about people, talk TO people.

Desire is suffering. Advertising induces desire to generate economic activity, and so could be construed as a form of paid torture.

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

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

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.

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

Synchronize with that which resonates you.

Be a better Jupiter in their social constellation.

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. We can't be anybody but our selves - we're damned if we do and damned if we don't. Let's be damned for being the best wrong selves we can muster. Don't try to be right; just try to be a better human.

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