"Francis had always been ecumenical in his atheism. He was a sprepared to disbelieve in this Tolca character as he was to disbelieve in Yahweh, Jesus, Buddha, Vishnu or any of the other words for what his father used to call "forcing yourself to misperceive the obvious."" -- James Morrow, The Wine of Violence

"Heinz was lanky and pale and spectacled, the template for a thousand aspiring physicists who would have been engineers if they'd been less good at math." -- Lisa Grunwald, The Theory of Everything

"Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea --massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it." --Gene Spafford, 1992

It's as if the Library of Congress had exploded in midair. There's all kinds of information strewn over the countryside, approximately laid out according to its logical relationship. If you want a particular piece of information, it's probably not there, although some corpuses of data have landed intact. And the professional librarians haven't arrived yet to sort out the mess. -- David Brooks on the WWW.

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. -- Romain Gary

Just because something is hyper-text, doesn't make it true, important, or relevant. Please use standard wariness when cruising the 'web. -- Mark Armantrout

"If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet" -- Niels Bohr

"Profanity is the one language that all programmers understand." -- Anonymous

All great truths begin as blasphemies. --G. B. Shaw, Annajanska.

Art is either a plagiarist or a revolutionist. --Paul Gaugin (Huneker, Pathos of Distance).

Chaos often breeds life when order breeds habit. --Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, Ch. 16.

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams? --Tennyson, The Higher Pantheism.

Great art is an instant arrested in eternity. --James Huneker, Pathos of Distance.

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way. --Robert Frost (address in Berkeley, California, 1935).

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. --Albert Einstein, In an in terview on "Belgenland," December 1930.

Music is the best means we have of digesting time. --W. H. Auden (quoted in Robert Craft's Stravinsky).

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. --C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought. --Bertrand Russell, Skeptical Essays.

Always avoid meetings with time-wasting morons. -- Scott Adams

Generation X is dead. It has come to mean anyone aged 13 to 55 years old. -- William Gibson, 1995

In case you haven't heard, the Internet is not a superhighway. -- Bill Washburn, Internet World, Feb 95

The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. -- Elizabeth Hardwick

"To choose order over disorder, or disorder over order, is to accept a trip composed of both the creative and the destructive. But to choose the creative over the destructive is an all-creative trip composed of both order and disorder. - "The Curse of Grayface and the Introduction of Negativism," Principia Discordia, by Malaclypse the Younger, K.S.C.

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? -- Scott Adams

In reality, everyone is good in bed. Close eyes. Shutdown brain. Pause as necessary. Restart brain. Open eyes. What's there to not be good at? Bed is the one place where laziness is rewarded. -- John Dobbin

In the time honored tradition of email, just ignore the question. -- John Dobbin

Never assume that the guy understands that you and he have a relationship. -- Dave Barry

Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. -- Alan Turing

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