"That is my principal objection to life, I think: It's too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes."
-Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick
">You're not big on quantum superpositioning I take it.
I can take it or leave it."
- by $RANDOMLUSER (804576) on Tuesday April 03, @04:57PM (#18594289)
"A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than a riot."
"In the 1980s capitalism triumphed over communism. In the 1990s it triumphed over democracy."
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
"Novelists are sneaky philosophers."
innocence is fragile
and rarely replaced
"The great thing about reinventing the wheel is that you get to make a round one."
"Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call promising."
"Of course, patriotism comes along and makes it seem fairly all right, but this country-right-or-wrong business is getting a little out-of-date. Today we are fighting Communism. Okay. If I'd been alive fifty years ago, the brand of Conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism and we should have been told to go and fight that. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep changing parts. ...
Now in order to tell the difference between good and evil, we have manufatured two images representing the extremes - representing the deepeest black and the purest white - and we call them God and the Devil. But in doing so we have cheated a bit. God is a clear image, you can see every hair on His beard. But the Devil. What does he look like? ... I'm getting very sorry for the Devil and his disciples such as the good Le Chiffre. The Devil has a rotten time and I always like to be on the side of the underdog. We don't give the poor chap a chance. There's a Good Book about goodness and how to be good and so forth, but there's no Evil Book about evil and how to be bad. The Devil has no prophets to write his Ten Commandments and no team of authors to write his biography. His case has gone completely by default. We know nothing about him but a lot of fairy stories from our parents and schoolmasters. He has no book from which we can learn the nature of evil in all its forms, with parables about evil people, proverbs about evil people, folk-lore about evil people. All we have is the living example of the people who are least good, or own intuition."
-Ian Flemming's James Bond in "Casino Royale".