Rationality Quotes 8

“Like a lot of peo­ple in the com­puter in­dus­try, Keith Mal­inowski had spent his whole life be­ing the smartest per­son in the room, and like most of his fel­lows the ex­pe­rience left him with a rather high opinion of his opinions.”
-- Rick Cook, The Wizardry Quested

“The fact that we can be­come ac­cus­tomed to any­thing, how­ever dis­gust­ing at first, makes it nec­es­sary to ex­am­ine care­fully ev­ery­thing we have be­come ac­cus­tomed to.”
-- Ge­orge Bernard Shaw

“Be­ware `we should...‘, ex­tend a hand to `how do I...’”
-- Alan Cox

“I as­sign higher cred­i­bil­ity to an in­sti­tu­tion if liber­als ac­cuse it of be­ing con­ser­va­tive and con­ser­va­tives ac­cuse it of be­ing liberal.”
-- Alex F. Bokov

“An open mind is a great place for other peo­ple to dump their garbage.”
-- Rev. Rock, Church of the Subgenius

“A.D. 1517: Martin Luther nails his 95 Th­e­ses to the church door and is promptly mod­er­ated down to (-1, Flame­bait).”
-- Yu Suzuki

“A com­mit­tee can­not be wrong—only di­vided. Once it re­solves its di­vi­sion, then ev­ery part re­in­forces ev­ery other part and its right­ness be­comes unas­sailable.”
-- John M. Ford, The Princes of the Air

“Gee, thanks for the el­e­men­tary les­son in meta­physics. And there I thought Be­ing was an un­differ­en­ti­ated unity.”
-- Mark Walker

“The old poli­ti­cal syl­l­o­gism “some­thing must be done: this is some­thing: there­fore this will be done” ap­pears to be at work here, in spades.”
-- Char­lie Stross

“The fact that I beat a drum has noth­ing to do with the fact that I do the­o­ret­i­cal physics. The­o­ret­i­cal physics is a hu­man en­deav­our, one of the higher de­vel­op­ments of hu­man be­ings — and this per­pet­ual de­sire to prove that peo­ple who do it are hu­man by show­ing that they do other things that a few other hu­mans do (like play­ing bongo drums) is in­sult­ing to me. I am hu­man enough to tell you to go to hell.”
-- Richard Feynman

“Java sucks. Java on TV set top boxes will suck so hard it might well in­hale peo­ple from off their sofa un­til their heads get wedged in the card slots.”
-- Jon Rabone

“Su­san was bright enough to know that the phrase “Some­one ought to do some­thing” was not, by it­self, a helpful one. Peo­ple who used it never added the rider “and that some­one is me.” But some­one ought to do some­thing, and right now the whole pool of some­ones con­sisted of her, and no one else.”
-- Terry Pratch­ett, Hogfather