Rationality Quotes 7

“Peo­ple don’t buy three-eighths-inch drill bits. Peo­ple buy three-eighths-inch holes.”
-- Michael Porter

“I feel more like I do now than I did a while ago.”
-- Arifel

“Know thy­self, be­cause in the end there’s no one else.”
-- Liv­ing Colour, So­lace of You

“Stu­dent mo­ti­va­tion? I’m gonna start hook­ing you all up to elec­trodes.”
-- Kevin Giffhorn

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the mo­ment a sin­gle man con­tem­plates it, bear­ing within him the image of a cathe­dral.”
-- An­toine de Saint-Exupery

“I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treat­ing a smaller boy. I ex­pos­tu­lated, but he replied: ‘The bigs hit me, so I hit the ba­bies; that’s fair.’ In these words he epi­tomized the his­tory of the hu­man race.”
-- Ber­trand Russell

“Open Source Soft­ware: There are days when I can’t figure out whether I’m liv­ing in a So­cial­ist utopia or a Liber­tar­ian one.”
-- Alex Fu­ture Bokov

“Sup­pos­ing you got a crate of or­anges that you opened, and you found all the top layer of or­anges bad, you would not ar­gue, `The un­der­neath ones must be good, so as to re­dress the bal­ance.′ You would say, `Prob­a­bly the whole lot is a bad con­sign­ment’; and that is re­ally what a sci­en­tific per­son would say about the uni­verse.”
-- Ber­trand Russell

“This thing not only has all the ear­marks of a hoax, it has “HOAX” branded into its flank and it’s reg­u­lated by the U.S. Depart­ment of Hoaxes, Pranks and Shenani­gans.”
-- Brunch­ing Shuttlecocks

“Nat­u­ral se­lec­tion gave a big ad­van­tage to those who were good at spot­ting the pat­tern of a saber toothed tiger hid­ing in the bushes, but no ad­van­tage to those who were good at solv­ing par­tial differ­en­tial equa­tions. It is not mere rhetoric to say that in an ab­solute sense a jan­i­tor has a more in­tel­lec­tu­ally challeng­ing job than a pro­fes­sor of math­e­mat­ics.”
-- John K. Clark

“The sim­ple fact is that non-vi­o­lent means do not work against Evil. Gandhi’s non-vi­o­lent re­sis­tance against the Bri­tish oc­cu­piers had some effect be­cause Bri­tain was wrong, but not Evil. The same is true of the suc­cess of non-vi­o­lent civil rights re­sis­tance against de jure racism. Most peo­ple, in­clud­ing those in power, knew that what was be­ing done was wrong. But Evil is an en­tirely differ­ent beast. Gandhi would have gone to the ovens had he at­tempted non-vi­o­lent re­sis­tance against the Nazis. When one en­coun­ters Evil, the only solu­tion is vi­o­lence, ac­tual or threat­ened. That’s all Evil un­der­stands.”
-- Robert Bruce Thompson