Rationality Quotes 13

“You can only com­pro­mise your prin­ci­ples once. After then you don’t have any.”
-- Smug Lisp Weeny

“If you want to do good, work on the tech­nol­ogy, not on get­ting power.”
-- John McCarthy

“If you’re in­ter­ested in be­ing on the right side of dis­putes, you will re­fute your op­po­nents’ ar­gu­ments. But if you’re in­ter­ested in pro­duc­ing truth, you will fix your op­po­nents’ ar­gu­ments for them. To win, you must fight not only the crea­ture you en­counter; you must fight the most hor­rible thing that can be con­structed from its corpse.”
-- Black Belt Bayesian

“I nor­mally thought of “God!” as a dis­claimer, or like the MPAA rat­ing you see just be­fore a movie starts: it told me be­fore I con­tinued into con­ver­sa­tion with that per­son, that that per­son had limi­ta­tions to their in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity or in­tel­lec­tual hon­esty.”
-- Mike Barskey

“It is the sol­dier, not the re­porter, who has given us free­dom of the press. It is the sol­dier, not the poet, who has given us free­dom of speech. It is the sol­dier, not the cam­pus or­ga­nizer, who has given us the free­dom to demon­strate. It is the sol­dier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the sol­dier, who salutes the flag, who serves un­der the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who al­lows the protester to burn the flag.”
-- Father Den­nis Ed­ward O’Brien, USMC