Quotes Collected During Spring 2011 Semester

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Spring 2011 semester. Most recently added quotes are displayed first.

I cannot, yet I must. How do you calculate that? At what point on
the graph do 'must' and 'cannot' meet? Yet I must, but I cannot!

-- Ro-Man (01953-) {from the movie "Robot Monster"; more...} [life]

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking
part in affairs which properly concern them.

-- Paul Valery (01871-01945) {French poet/essayist; more...} [politics]

We still have a lot to learn, and I expect and hope
we'll continue to have so much fun learning it.

-- Jeff Bezos (01964-) {founder/CEO of Amazon.com; more...} [learning]

Losing a job means losing the chance to save.
-- Ted Fishman (?????-) {essayist/writer/author; more...} [aging]

My second point is that nonbiological intelligence, once it
achieves human levels, will double in power every year, whereas
human intelligence--biological intelligence--is fixed.

-- Ray Kurzweil (01948-) {futurist/inventor/author; more...} [future]

Look like a girl. Act like a lady. Think like a man. Work like a dog.
-- Jean Bartik (01924-02011) {computer turned programmer; more...} [life]

He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
-- John McCarthy (01927-02011) {Stanford Professor emeritus/AI guru/LISP; more...} [math]

I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane.
-- Waylon Jennings (01937-02002) {American singer/songwriter/musician; more...} [life]

School is not supposed to be easy. Nothing worthwhile is easy.
-- Barack Obama (01961-) {44th U.S. President; speaking to Miami Central HS students; more...} [education]

The pace of the earth's movement around the sun is not
synchronized with the time required for either investment
ideas or operating decisions to bear fruit.

-- Warren Buffett (01930-) {American business man; from his 2010 Letter To Shareholders; more...} [timing]

I found out that Hollywood is more crooked, dumber, crueler,
stupider than all the books I've read about it.

-- Charles Bukowski (01920-01994) {American poet/novelist; more...} [hollywood]

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that
in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a
dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

-- Charles Bukowski (01920-01994) {American poet/novelist; more...} [politics]

I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age.
-- Charles Bukowski (01920-01994) {American poet/novelist; more...} [life]

I think that everything should be made available to everybody,
and I mean LSD, cocaine, codeine, grass, opium, the works.

-- Charles Bukowski (01920-01994) {American poet/novelist; more...} [freedom]

It was true that I didn't have much ambition, but there ought to
be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than
the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being
awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress,
force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic
to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for
somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity
to do so?

-- Charles Bukowski (01920-01994) {American poet/novelist; more...} [life]

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian
to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

-- Gustave Flaubert (01821-01880) {French novelist; more...} [democracy]

You've achieved success in your field when you don't
know whether what you're doing is work or play.

-- Warren Beatty (01937-) {American actor/director; more...} [life]

We were mainly interested in using Jeopardy as a playing field
upon which we could do some science.

-- Dr. Chris Welty (02011-) {Watson Algorithms, IBM Research; more...} [future]

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.

-- Dr. Martin Henry Fischer (01879-01962) {German-born American physician/author; more...} [drugs]

Mark Palmer said, "[The Internet is] a force multiplier
for democracy and an expense multiplier for dictators."

-- Evgeny Morozov (?????-) {Belarus-born researcher/blogger; more...} [Internet]

There is no expedient to which a man will not go
to avoid the labor of thinking.

-- Thomas Edison (01847-01931) {American inventor (phonograph/light-bulb); more...} [thinking/labor]

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.

-- Thomas Edison (01847-01931) {American inventor (phonograph/light-bulb); more...} [patience]

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
-- Thomas Edison (01847-01931) {American inventor (phonograph/light-bulb); more...} [genius]

I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.
-- Thomas Edison (01847-01931) {American inventor (phonograph/light-bulb); more...} [knowledge]

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.
-- Kurt Vonnegut (01922-02007) {American writer; more...} [telekinetics]

Mastery of language affords remarkable power.
-- Frantz Fanon (01925-01961) {Martiniquen psychiatrist/philosopher/revolutionary; more...} [life]

An American monkey after getting drunk on Brandy would never
touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

-- Charles Darwin (01809-01882) {English naturalist/evolutionist; more...} [life]

Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
-- Voltaire (01694-01778) {French writer/philosopher; more...} [life]

Washington's utopian plan to liberate the world one tweet
at a time could also turn American innovation into a tool
for the world's subjugation.

-- Evgeny Morozov (?????-) {Belarus-born researcher/blogger; more...} [Internet]

We are facing a singularity event. I repeat, we are facing a singularity event.
Later... They were trying to confirm the possibility of a singularity event.
What the hell is a "singularity?" A singularity is an event that
can single-handedly change the course of life as we know it.

-- Behemoth (movie) (01/15/02011) {SYFY production; more...} [singularity]

I protest against the use of infinite magnitude as something
accomplished, which is never permissible in mathematics. Infinity
is merely a figure of speech, the true meaning being a limit.

-- Carl Friedrich Gauss (01777-01855) {German mathematician/scientist; more...} [infinity/math]

The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.
-- Laurence J. Peter (01919-01990) {Educator/hierarchiologist; more...} [life]

Incompetence plus incompetence equals incompetence.
-- Laurence J. Peter (01919-01990) {Educator/hierarchiologist; more...} [life/math]

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by
confessing our parents' shortcomings.

-- Laurence J. Peter (01919-01990) {Educator/hierarchiologist; more...} [life]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 09 January 2011
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