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Quotes

"The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 

"There needs to be a word for those brief moments of clarity where you realize
how profoundly weird your life is."
-Jeph Jaques, Questionable Content

I've always known I'd be a killer. So judge all you want, ladies and gentlemen. Because you never did become an astronaut.
-Unknown

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.

"I've always known I'd be a killer. So judge all you want, ladies and gentlemen. Because you never did become an astronaut."
-Unknown

"For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity."
-Jean Dubuffet
  
"Everything is okay in the end, if it's not ok, then it's not the end."
- Unknown 

Monk: I don't know how you do it.
Randy: What's that?
Monk: How you take it. People joke around, tease you, you never get mad or upset.
Randy: Mmm, it used to bother me when I was coming up in uniform. I heard people laughing, telling Randy Disher stories. And it hurt, you know? I almost quit.
Monk: What happened?
Randy: One night I got a call - a P-300 downtown. There was a bumper sticker on one of the cars, and it said, "Happiness is a choice." I mean, I know it sounds crazy, but it changed my life. I mean, I made a decision right there. I chose to be happy. I mean, I really believe that. I mean, you have the power. You can choose to be happy.
-Monk

“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections”
-Unknown
 
“On two occasions I have been asked, – ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ In one case a member of the Upper, and in the other a member of the Lower House put this question. I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
-Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (1864), ch. 5: "Difference Engine No. 1"

“Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”
-Eric S. RaymondThe Cathedral and the Bazaar: Release Early, Release Often
 
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value. Rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” 
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value. Rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
- C. S. Lewis 

"Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff."
-Cory Doctorow

"Liberties are not given, they are taken." 

"There needs to be a word for those brief moments of clarity where you realize how profoundly weird your life is."

Politics

 "Liberties are not given, they are taken."
-Aldous Huxley


"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
 -Howard Zinn

 “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
- Gandhi

“To repeat what others have said requires education. To challenge it requires brains.”
- Marry Pettibone Poole

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
- Aristotle

“As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones.”
- Steven Pinker

“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”
- Malcolm X

“All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.” 
-Albert Einstein

“What is conservatism?  Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?”
-Abraham Lincoln

“Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence.  Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.”
-William E. Gladstone, 1866

“A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.”
-Leonard Bernstein, The New York Times (30 October 1988)

“The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”
alt, The Internet treats censorship as a defect and routes around it.
-John Gilmore, as quoted in TIME magazine (6 December 1993)

“All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”
-George Bernard Shaw, Preface to Mrs. Warren's Profession

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”
-Aesop

“Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men.”
-Walter Lippmann

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
-George Jean Nathan

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.”
-Robert Byrne

“The Christian Right is neither.”
-Author Unknown

“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison...the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

“The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough. Money constitutes no proper basis of civilization. The time has come to regenerate society — we are on the eve of universal change.”
-Eugene V. Debs, open letter to the American Railway Union, Chicago Railway Times (1 Jan 1897)

“To challenge and to cope with this paradoxical state of things, we need a paradoxical way of thinking; since the world drifts into delirium, we must adopt a delirious point of view. We must no longer assume any principle of truth, of causality, or any discursive norm. Instead, we must grant both the poetic singularity of events and the radical uncertainty of events. It is not easy.”
-Jean Baudrillard in the lecture "The Murder of the Real" (May 1999);
published in The Vital Illusion (2000)

“The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly striving to deprive each other of the fruits of their collective labour...I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals.”
-Albert Einstein, "Why Socialism?"

“Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.”
-Mikhail Gorbachev, as quoted in Daily Telegraph (16 June 1992)

“As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.”
-George Orwell, in The Road to Wigan Pier, Ch. 11

“In my opinion, nothing has contributed so much to the corruption of the original idea of socialism as the belief that Russia is a socialist country and that every act of its rulers must be excused, if not imitated. And so for the last ten years, I have been convinced that the destruction of the Soviet myth was essential if we wanted a revival of the socialist movement.”
-George Orwell, in Preface to the Ukranian edition of Animal Farm, as published in The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell : As I please, 1943-1945 (1968)

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