Quotes Collected During Fall 02013

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Fall 02013. Most recently added quotes are displayed first. Note: There were 1284 quotes when this webpage was created.

A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy
at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private
moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought.
And that's a problem, because privacy matters.

-- Edward Snowden (01983-) {American technologist; more...} [privacy/life]

Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever
in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.

-- Kenneth Boulding (01910-01993) {English born American economist; more...} [economics/life]

There's no victory-condition for being human. The future
is just a kind of history that hasn't happened yet.

-- Bruce Sterling (01954-) {American science fiction writer; more...} [future]

I don't need a better computer, but I need to be a better computer.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [computing]

I don't know why I feel the need to defend Hackerdom, but I do.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [computing]

It's all one song.
-- Neil Young (01945-) {Canadian born rock'n'roller; more...} [life/work]

How old is the Universe? It is one half-second old, but
the half-second has lasted one quintillion years so far.

-- Kurt Vonnegut (01922-02007) {American writer; more...} [universe]

Is it possible that seemingly incredible geniuses like Bach
and Shakespeare and Einstein were not in fact superhuman, but
simply plagiarists, copying great stuff from the future?

-- Kurt Vonnegut (01922-02007) {American writer; more...} [future]

The issue is simply whether or not 2+2=4.
-- Albert Camus (01913-01960) {French Algerian author/philosopher/journalist; more...} [absurdity]

Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production;
and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only
so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.
The maxim is so perfectly self-evident that it would be absurd
to attempt to prove it.

-- Adam Smith (01723-01790) {father of modern economics; more...} [economics]

It is rare to find learned men who are clean,
do not stink and have a sense of humour.

-- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (01646-01716) {German mathematician/philosopher; more...} [life/]

It may feel like you're in prison sometimes; regardless,
you don't get credit for time served.

-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American living in Arizona; 12 June 02012; more...} [education]

We struggle in this country that on the right or on the left, if you
think your cause is big enough, then you're exempt from doing math.
You're not exempt from math if you're a democrat.
You're not exempt from math if you're a republican.
You're not exempt from math if you're a liberal.
You're not exempt from math if you're a conservative.
You still have to do math.
...
You start to think you can just yell loud enough and
math doesn't matter. Math still matters. You still
have to do math, so let me help you with this...

4m:28s: It's a nice moral imperative, but it doesn't change the math.
6m:23s: This isn't an angry thing, it's a math thing.
7m:53s: Mathematically this is known as "sucks."

-- Dave Ramsey (01960-) {American financial author/radio show host; more...} [math]

There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like.
-- Ananis Nin (01903-01977) {American author; more...} [life/work]

I work for me.
-- Neil Young (01945-) {at Farm Aid 02013; more...} [life/work]

Arguing left/right, liberal/conservative, democrat/republican
is as fruitful as quarreling over "tastes great/less filling."
There is but one party - the plutocratic cryptocracy.

-- Occupy Bisbee (10/05/02011) {on Facebook at Occupy Bisbee; 45 Likes on 9/30/2013 [politics]

What happens when the extraordinary becomes ordinary?
The good news may be that it cultivates in us an expanded
sense of what is possible for humans, and for human life,
and so expand us. The bad news may be that this insatiable
appetite for supe-superlatives leads to dissatisfaction with
anything ordinary.

-- Kevin Kelly (01952-) {digital culture guru/writer; more...} [life]

I'm against a government shut down, but for a government shut up.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American living in Arizona; 29 Sep 02013; more...} [U.S. politics]

Life is too short for manularity.
-- Eric Raymond (esr) (01957-) {American computer programmer/open source software advocate; more...} [life]

If you don't know how to think, you'll always be a
one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

-- Shane Parrish (?????-) {Farnam Street blogger; more...} [life/thinking]

Eat a shitload of fiber and shit a shitload of shit.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American living in Arizona; 13 Sep 02013; more...} [future]

Trust is essential for society to function.
-- Bruce Schneier (01963-) {computer security guru; more...} [trust/society]

People try to do all sorts of clever and difficult things to
improve life instead of doing the simplest, easiest thing --
refusing to participate in activities that make life bad.

-- Leo Tolstoy (01828-01910) {Russian writer; more...} [life]

Intelligence and character of the masses are incomparably lower
than the intelligence and character of the few who produce something
valuable for the community.

-- Albert Einstein (01879-01955) {German-born theoretical physicist; more...} [intelligence/character]

You don't even know what the word 'vacation' means because
what you're doing is what you want to do and a vacation from
that is anything but a vacation.

-- Neil deGrasse Tyson (01958-) {American astrophysicist; more...} [life/vacaction]

The present education system is the trampling of the herd.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright (01867-01959) {; more...} [education]

Dude, suckin' at something is the first step
to being sorta good at something.

-- Jake the Dog (?????-) {Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time"; more...} [life]

Fast thinking is something that happens to you.
Slow thinking is something you do.

-- Daniel Kahneman (01934-) {Israeli-American psychologist/economist; more...} [thinking]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 21 August 2013
Last Modified: Wednesday, 01-Jan-2014 05:40:25 MST