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I said, hey, listen to me, stay sane inside insanityColumbia in Rocky Horror Picture Show

We love because we love freely knowing That if we love not, to utter Depths shall We fall. Raphael explaining the love of the Angels for the Lord

If a thousand people say something foolish, it's still foolish. Truth is never dependent upon consensus of opinion.

An expert is a person who can take something you already know and make it sound confusing.

And Jesus said unto them, "And whom do you say that I am?" They replied, "You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the ontological foundation of the context of our very selfhood revealed." And Jesus replied, "What?"

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos, so the strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects. ACLU v Reno

Cowardly men choose the most cowardly as their leaders, so that they won't have to show courage; and they choose the stupidest among the stupid, so that everyone can have the feeling that he's a little better the leader. Adolf Hitler

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning." Albert Einstein

I want to know God's thoughts. The rest is just details.Albert Einstein

Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistant oneAlbert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the formerAlbert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein

Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love. Albert Einstein

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

Maybe this world is another planet's HellAldous Huxley

If one had to worry about one's actions in respect of other people's ideas, one might as well be buried alive in an antheap or married to an ambitious violinist. Whether that man is the prime minister, modifying his opinions to catch votes, or a bourgeois in terror lest some harmless act should be misunderstood and outrage some petty convention, that man is an inferior man and I do not want to have anything to do with him any more than I want to eat canned salmon. Aleister Crowley

Nothing great in politics, poetry, or the arts has ever been achieved by anyone without a melancholic temperament. Aristotle

Your teachers, the mystics of both schools, have reversed causality in their consciousness, then strive to reverse it in existence. They take their emotions as a cause, and their minds as a passive effect. They make their emotions their tool for perceiving reality.Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Those Romans who perpetrated the rape of the Sabines, for example, did not work themselves up for the deed by screening Debbie Does Dallas, and the monkish types who burned a million or so witches in the Middle Ages had almost certainly not come across Boobs and Buns or related periodicals. Barbara Ehrenreich

It is everything that is missing. Flesh that is not metal. Smell that is not sprayed on. Hunger neither bought nor sold. Life that is not machine. The song of blood you know, hear, feel, search for everywhere, but cannot find. Or you find it, and are home forever: the epiphany of Earth. Barbara Mor

Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.Benjamin Franklin, written in Boston at age 16

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.Bertrand Russell

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts deadBertrand Russell

Come to think of it, there are already a million monkeys on a million typewriters, and Usenet is NOTHING like Shakespeare.Blair Houghton

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, We make our world. Buddha

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out, and after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in a world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet they live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead. Clarence Day

I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure-that is all that agnosticism means. Clarence Seward Darrow

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness." Dante Alighieri

virtually everything the human race had ever chosen to believe in was true.[And]...that it continued to be true long after the human race particularly needed it to be true anymore. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.... Dr. A. Lawrence Lowell

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish - Now are visions ne'er to vanish - From thy spirits shall they pass No more - like dew-drops from the grass Spirits of the Dead by Edgar Allen Poe

Any idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Elbert Hubbard

And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity. Eric Hoffer

Creative individuals are more at home with complexity and apparent disorder than other people are. . .The creative individual, in his generalized preference for apparent disorder, turns to the dimly realized life of the unconscious, and is likely to have more than the usual amount of respect for the forces of the irrational in himself and in others.Frank Barron

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy. George Bernard Shaw

Some men see things as they are, and say, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were, and say, "Why not?" George Bernard Shaw

You know what that fellow said ... In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce ...? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly. The Third Man by Graham Greene & Alexander Korda

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.H. G. Wells

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable. H. L. Mencken

Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.Harry Lorayne

Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane. Henry Miller

Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. If some books are deemed more baneful and their sale forbid, how then, with deadlier fads, not dreams of doting men? Events, not books should be forbid. Herman Melville

Nothing can convince me that reality is nothing more than that which we call a game. Hermann Hesse

First of all things in the world, a man must be a man - with all the grace and vgor and, if possible, all the beauty of the body. Then he must be a gentleman - with all the grace, the vigor, and the good taste of the mind. And with both of these - no matter what his creed, his dogmas, his superstitions, his religion - with both of these he must try to live a beautiful life of the spirit. J. L. Allen

Dream as if you'll live forever, Live as if you'll die today. James Dean

Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance. Ulysses by James Joyce

God invented marijuana about 3 min. before the platypus. Jason Bennett

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that's bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they're afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain. Jim Morrison

"A planet doesn't explode of itself," said drily, The Martian astronomer, gazing off into the air- "That they were able to do it is proof that highly Intelligent beings must have been living there" John Hall Wheelock

But this is human life: the war, the deeds, The disappointment, the anxiety, Imagination's struggles, far and nigh, All human; bearing in themselves this good, That they are still the air the subtle food, To make us feel existence. John Keats

reality leaves a lot to the imagination... John Lennon

Describing the Internet as the Network of Networks is like calling the Space Shuttle 'a thing that flies'. John Lester

To reign is worth ambition though in hell: Better to reign in hell than serve in heav'n.Paradise Lost by John Milton

History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells "Can't you remember anything I told you?" and lets fly with a club. John W. Campbell

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken bird that cannot fly.Langston Hughes

To search for truth, one has to be drunk with imagination. Leonard Bernstein

The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 B.C

Clothes make the man, naked people have little or no influence in society.Mark Twain

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be." Mary Sarton

When you have enough courage to come out and say, 'I came here to stay,' it's amazing. You have no idea who you will impress, inform, change, enhearten, and empower." Maya Angelou, Ph.D.

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.Technology Review, April, 1992 by Mitch Ratliffe

Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. Ned Rorem

The first rule of tinkering is to save all the parts. Paul Erlich

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."Ralph Waldo Emerson

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. Rebecca West

There is no slavery but ignorance. Liberty is the child of intelligence. Robert G. Ingersoll

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the Complete Works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.Robert Wilensky

It is silliness to live when to live is torment, and then have we a prescription to die, when death is our physician. Roderigo in Othello by Shakespeare

When women act like women, they are accused of being inferior. When women act like human beings, they are accused of behaving like men. Simone de Beauvoir

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. Stephen Hawking

This is the way the world ends... This is the way the world ends... This is the way the world ends... Not with a Bang, but a Whimper T.S. Eliot

Old age hath yet his honor and his toil; Death closes all: but someday ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods. The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks; The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the bath Of all the western stars, until I die."Ulyssess" by Tenyson

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.... Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and...... if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

...the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions. Thomas Szasz

philosophers have argued for centuries about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but materialists have known all along that it depends on whether they are jitterbugging or dancing cheek to cheek.Tom Robbins

If a chick cannot break it's shell it will die without ever being born. We are the chick: the egg is the world.Touga: Shoujo Kakumei Utena

Running Windows on a Pentium is like having a brand new Porsche but only be able to drive backwards with the hand-brake on. Usenet

Once one dismisses the rest of all possible worlds, one finds that this is the best of all possible worldsCandide by Voltaire

There's nothing as sad As watching your heros die One by one And as they fall Pretty soon There'll be no heros at all. Willie Nelson

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill

Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill