friends, these are my most recent biannual quotes i have read and enjoyed; please comment if you also enjoy.
Thomas Paine (via froggey):
Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system.”
Nothing is worth more than this day.
The supreme arrogance of religious thinking: that a carbon-based bag of mostly water on a spec of iron-silicate dust around a boring dwarf star … would look up at the sky and declare, ‘It was all made so that I could exist!
When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race”
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
Neil deGrasse Tyson:
The stars in the universe far outnumber all the words ever uttered by all the humans who have ever lived.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
If you try to picture a pack of Chihuahuas bringing down and savaging an elk, the impact of thousands of years of artificial selection is obvious.
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
The most satisfying aspect of parenthood so far has been witnessing my children come into their own as adults. Becoming friends with these surprising human beings is as fresh as life gets. In this and so many other ways, life is sweet. I am a lucky guy who spends most of each day feeling grateful.
Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.
They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority.
Arthur C. Clarke (in his Third Law of Prediction):
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
Hydrogen is a tasteless, invisible gas – and if you give it enough time, it will turn into people.
Every morning I wake up on the wrong side of Capitalism.