Learn all that is learnable.

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.



Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait.

Dreaming is a form of planning.

There is no new news; just old news happening to new people.

Lions don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.

The only one who sees the whole picture is the one who steps out of the frame.

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Today is what happened to yesterday.

Do not push on the door of understanding. It opens inward.

Lives remaining: 0

Your best teacher is your last mistake.

They muddy the water, to make it seem deep. - Nietzsche

Fate will inevitably catch up with those who run away from it. - Jadesoturi

It makes sense to revere the sun and stars for we are their children. - Sagan

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. - Bohr

Light and matter are both single entities, and the apparent duality arises in the limitations of our language. - Heisenberg



Time and space are now seen as dynamic quantities with each individual particle, or planet, having its own unique measure of time depending on where and how each is moving. - The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking, Page 45

It is always good to be underestimated.

An ounce of precise is worth a pound of obscure.

Why use a small word when a diminutive one will do.

Either there has always been something, or at some point there was nothing. Both of these scenarios are unfathomable and seem impossible, but clearly at least one of them isn't. How do you explain that?

The universe is either finite or infinite. Both are equally terrifying.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius

Is not saying something is indescribable a way of describing it?

Hate corrodes the container it is in.

Money talks while wealth whispers.

The ones that mind don't matter and the ones that matter don't mind.

Once more the drama begins. - Emperor Paul Muad'dib, Dune Messiah

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. - Dune

Once men turned their thinking over to machines in hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them. - Dune

I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter. - Mike Watters

Talk less to say more.

Keep promises.

Be tough but fair.

Stand up for what is right.

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. - Feynman

I would rather questions that cannot be answered than answers that cannot be questioned. - Feynman

To move the world we must move ourselves.

That which is used develops, that which is not used wastes away. - Hippocrates

Censorship is telling a man he cannot have a steak because a baby cannot chew.

If opportunity doesn't knock, build the door. - Berle

Just be yourself, they said. Fine, I replied, and did just the opposite until it became a part of who I am. - Lord-Slitem

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. - Galileo

Don't tell people your dreams. Show them.

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. - Dickens

The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both. - Sagan



In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. - Camus

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. - C Coolidge

Well done is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

The average person thinks he isn't. - Father Larry Lorenzoni

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. - Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.

Modern American: a person who drives a bank-financed car over a bond-financed highway on credit card gas to open a charge account at a department store so he can fill his bank-financed home with installment-purchased furniture.

Only a very weak idea demands it must be protected from any criticism.

Who is the invincible human being? One who can be disconcerted by nothing that lies outside the sphere of choice. (Epictetus)

Any misfortune that lies outside the sphere of choice should be considered an opportunity to strengthen our resolve, not an excuse to weaken it.

The willingness to convert adversity into opportunity is one of the greatest thoughts ever devised.

It's not a mistake. They don't make mistakes. They don't do random. There's always an objective. Always a target. - Bourne Supremacy

As the software does more of the thinking, the user does less.

 
Covertisms
 

Cleared readers only, please

Metal filing cabinets are coming back. And this time they're angry.

They say the greatest danger is to do nothing. And I live for danger.

If this is the steering committee, how do I get on the emergency brake committee?

Peace through strength, neutrinos through solid matter.

I'm not afraid to think the unthinkable, I just can't figure out a way to do it.

Stop the war machine! (I want to jump on!)

Secret 2.3.8. Eternity merely postpones the inevitable.

Secret 0.829178. It is a hoax because it is real.

If we had to pay for our stupidity, many would go bankrupt.

The Internet has made book burning impossible and redundant at the same time.

Placo diem – appease the day.

Secret 84910211. Who gets briefed is what gets briefed.

I used to say "and this too shall pass". After awhile, I stopped saying it.

Actually, if you think it'll help, I can both confirm and deny.

A CIA ops officer never uses an asset as a 'discard' to protect more valuable assets. A country or two maybe, but never an asset.

My conscience is so clear, it's practically invisible.

When wrestling with your conscience, watch out for its trademark move: the piledriver.

I've never been declared persona non grata, but I've definitely been declared grata non persona.

The word "fear" isn't in my vocabulary. It was too scary so I took it out.

What you are eats you. (Secret 926191.4.)

As an Agency employee, whenever I hear that the CIA is programming people's minds, I have to laugh. I don't want to laugh when I hear this, but I have to.

They say you can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea. I say: any man I want to?

Attended a threat management course at State Department. What a waste of time. They spent the whole day talking about prevention.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; which means that, by definition, it was also the median of times.

  
 
Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki) Lessons

Rich people acquire assets. The poor and middle class acquire liabilities that they think are assets.

It’s not how much money you make that matters. It’s how much money you keep.

The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind.

Money comes and goes, but if you have the education about how money works, you gain power over it and can begin building wealth.

Intelligence solves problems and produces money.

You must know the difference between an asset and a liability, and buy assets.

An asset puts money in your pocket. A liability takes money out of your pocket.

Illiteracy, both in words and numbers, is the foundation of financial struggle.

Money often makes obvious our tragic human flaws, putting a spotlight on what we don’t know.

Cash flow tells the story of how a person handles money.

The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems.

A person can be highly educated, professionally successful, and financially illiterate.

Once you understand the difference between assets and liabilities, concentrate your efforts on buying income-generating assets.

Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many number of days forward or, if I stopped working today, how long could I survive?

The rich focus on their asset columns while everyone else focuses on their income statements.

Keep expenses low, reduce liabilities, and diligently build a base of solid assets.

The world is filled with talented poor people.

When Kiyosaki says mind your own business, he means building and keeping your asset column strong. Once a dollar goes into it, never let it come out.

An important distinction is that rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class tend to buy luxuries first.

A true luxury is a reward for investing in and developing a real asset.

Kiyosaki reminds people that financial IQ is made up of knowledge from four broad areas of expertise: Accounting, Investing, Understanding markets, the Law

Games reflect behavior. They are instant feedback systems.

The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth.

The world is always handing you opportunities of a lifetime, every day of your life, but all too often we fail to see them.

Simple math and common sense are all you need to do well financially.

The main management skills needed for success are:
Management of cash flow
Management of systems
Management of people

There are five main reasons why financially literate people may still not develop abundant asset columns that could produce a large cash flow. The five reasons are: Fear, Cynicism, Laziness, Bad habits, Arrogance

For most people, the reason they don’t win financially is because the pain of losing money is far greater than the joy of being rich.

Failure inspires winners. Failure defeats losers.

Richard believes one of the hardest things about wealth-building is to be true to yourself and to be willing to not go along with the crowd.

In the world of accounting, there are three different types of income: Ordinary earned, Portfolio, Passive

Games reflect behavior. They are instant feedback systems.

So many people say, "Oh, I’m not interested in money." Yet they’ll work at a job for eight hours a day.

  


There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.

Morbidly obese is the new husky.

Don't let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart.

The best things in life are not things.



Evil prevails when good people fail to act.

I complained that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.

The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.

Revenge is a poison meant for others, which we end up swallowing ourselves.

Change is the only constant.

Your heart is free - just have the courage to follow it.

Student: I want happiness.
Teacher: Remove I - that is ego. Remove want - that is desire. Now, you are left only with happiness.

If I speak about the true nature of things, holding nothing back and nothing sacred, will you find it terrible? - The T'ai Kung

In seeking, Know. In knowing, Strike! In striking, strike well. In striking well, accomplish all things! - Shaolin adage

The smallest of streams, left unchecked, soon become raging rivers, the faintest of flames, a raging fire! The easily bent sapling requires a great axe when fully grown. - The T'ai Kung

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Try looking into that place where you dare not look. You'll find me there, staring out at you. - Dune

If I even feel somebody behind me, there is no measure to how fast and how hard I will bring this fight to your doorstep. I'm on my own side now. - The Bourne Identity

Those that cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

If you keep doing what you've always been doing, you'll keep getting what you've always been getting.

The more you look, the more you see. The truth shall set you free.



It's ok to stand out in a crowd.

The right person in the wrong place can make all the difference.

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying: "you are mad, you are not like us." St. Anthony

Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those that could not hear the music. - Nietzsche

Kites rise highest against the wind.

Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. - Joseph Campbell

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. - Thomas Jefferson

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Love is patient, love is kind. Love will make you lose your mind.

The greatest teacher, failure is. -Yoda

Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be. - Kylo Ren

We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters. - Yoda

The height, depth, angle and life of a wave can be measured. At the end of its life, the wave returns into itself, the ocean.

Enlightenment is when the wave realizes it is the ocean.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. - Jan L.A. Van De Snepscheut

Live well. It is the greatest revenge. The Talmud

Words can never express what words can never express.

In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience. - W.B. Prescott

Where'd all the good people go?

Nothing happens by chance, my friend... No such thing as luck. A meaning behind every little thing, and such a meaning behind this. Part for you, part for me, may not see it all real clear right now, but we will, before long. - Richard Bach

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. - Richard Bach

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem. - Richard Bach

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty. - Sacha Guitry (1885-1957)

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. - Alan Kay

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. - Sun Tzu



A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood. - Patton

Do more than is required of you. - Patton

Paulie: What's the attraction?
Rocky: I dunno... she fills gaps.
Paulie: What's 'gaps'?
Rocky: I dunno, she's got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps.
(talking about Adrian)

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. - Patton

If you are the smartest one in the room, then you are in the wrong room.

You shouldn't underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him. - Patton

While the ways of war are extraordinary, all the weapons of war are found in the ordinary. While men sometimes sleep, chickens and dogs warn of an enemy's approach. - The T'ai Kung

Both unorthodox tactics and orthodox tactics spring the limitless mind. The greatest of affairs should not be discussed, the movement of troops not spoken about. Those who speak do not know. Those who know do not speak. - The T'ai Kung

A man must know his destiny.. if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder.. if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it. - Patton

Living healthy is dying slowly.

Do not speak - unless it improves on silence.

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.

Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need.

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.

Teachers open the door. You enter alone.

He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.

The path of the enlightened one leaves no track. It is like the path of birds in the sky.

Before enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water. After enlightment: Chop wood, carry water.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.

Student says I am very discouraged. What should I do? Master says, encourage others.

A flower falls even though we love it and a weed grows even though we do not love it.



Water and words... Easy to pour impossible to recover.

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

At birth, we come. At death we go. Bearing nothing.

No road to happiness or sorrow. Find them in yourself.

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.

A jug fills drop by drop.

My religion is to live and die without regret. - Milarepa

The large print giveth, and the fine print taketh away.

The tighter you squeeze the less you have.

The ways to the One are as many as the lives of men.

To do a certain kind of thing, you have to be a certain kind of person.

When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.

When you reach the top, keep climbing.

If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless, in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can't be solved.

All know the Way, but few actually walk it. - Bodhidharma

Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride. - Sutta Nipata

Conquer the angry man by love. Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness. Conquer the miser with generosity. Conquer the liar with truth. - Dhammapada

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.

Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.

A big tree attracts the axe.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

Actions speak louder than words.

All good things must come to an end.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Everything with time.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

Fortune favors the brave.

Good fences make good neighbors.

Idle hands are the devil's playthings.

If you can't be good, be careful.

If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

If you want a thing done right, do it yourself.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Life's battle don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.

Many hands make light work.

Many a true word is spoken in jest

Measure twice, cut once.

Misery loves company.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Nothing to be feared in life, but understood.

Once bitten, twice shy

Pride comes before a fall.

Slow and steady wins the race.



The end justifies the means.

The only free cheese is in the mouse trap.

vino veritas... in wine, there is truth

All is learning and all is forgiven.

Behind the tears, mourning has silent work to do: It binds up the torn places where love was and gives them a chance to heal.

Mourning teaches us how to accept the end of love and helps us start the process of feeling whole again.

Grief might be thought of as the growing pain of human development.

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

When you need me, but do not want me, then I will stay. When you want me, but do not need me, then I have to go. - Nanny McPhee

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. - Patton

Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it, and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even. -Ann Landers

If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.

Don't pay interest on anything that loses value.

If you need more money, then go out and make more money.

Own your own business -- including the building it's in.

He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other - take it that such a one has attained Perfection. Bhagavad-Gita

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness. Kahlil Gibran

We can learn a lot from trees: they're always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward. ~Everett M?mor

Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground.

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb. That is where the fruit is.

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Somebody is always doing what somebody else said couldn't be done.



They told me there was nothing out there, nothing to fear. But ... I caught a glimpse of something. I've looked for it ever since. I went around the world, searched in all the shadows. And there is something out there in the darkness, something terrifying, something that will not stop until it gets revenge... me. - From the movie "Batman Begins"

Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

Up is the direction away from the center of gravity of a celestial object.

The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I'm sitting here refreshing my Inbox. We live trapped in loops. Reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see the same things each day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last. Every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of societal norms. We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us. And no, I don't have all the answers. I don't know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I do know one thing: The solution doesn't involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of some day easing my fit into a mold. It doesn't involve tempering my life to better fit someone's expectations. It doesn't involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up. -xkcd.com

Sometimes in order to not fall apart, you have to let go of what keeps you together.

Choose your thoughts carefully.
Thoughts become actions.
Action becomes habit.
Habits become character. - Ed Foreman

Worry is the misuse of the imagination. - Ed Foreman

People tell me I'm condescending. Condescending means I talk down to people.

To get to the other side. Why did the tachyon cross the road?

Knock Knock
Who's there? To
To who? To whom!

What happens in the event horizon stays in the event horizon.

The truth is, when all is said and done, one does not teach a subject, one teaches a student how to learn it. Teaching may look like administering a dose, but even a dose must be worked on by the body if it is to cure. Each individual must cure his or her own ignorance.

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before, Bokonon tells us. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way. - Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), Cat's Cradle

Wake up in a strange land. Punch trees.



If at first you don't succeed.. succeed later than originally planned. - Minecraft

If you can do no good, at least do no harm. - Kurt Vonnegut(1922-2007)

Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen. - E. Berard

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems. - Rene Descartes (1596-1650), Discours de la Methode

Tough times don't last. Tough people do.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. - Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Do, or do not. There is no 'try'. - Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back')

The game of life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death - ourselves. -Eda LeShan

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been. - Alan Ashley-Pitt

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. - Mother Teresa

You will never amount to much. - Munich Schoolmaster, to Einstein age 10

When two hearts race, both win.



Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. -Kahlil Gibran

A sharp mind can cut. - Walt Powell

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. - Paul Erdos (1913-1996)

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. - Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

It's easy to consider yourself an investor in good times, but it's the down markets that separate the real investors from the speculators. - The Mole

Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. - Warren Buffett

Before, people used the internet to escape the world. Now, people use the world to escape the internet.

If I may lend a machete to your intellectual thicket. - Pirates of the Caribbean, At World's End

I think that this is the first time I am meeting most of you. But to me, whether it is an old friend or new friend, there's not much difference anyway, because I always believe we are the same; we are all human beings.

Of course, there may be differences in our cultural background or way of life, there may be differences in our faith, or we may be of a different color, but we are human beings, consisting of the human body and the human mind.

Our physical structure is the same, and our mind and our emotional nature are also the same. Whenever I meet people, I always have the feeling that I am encountering another human being, just like myself.

I find it is much easier to communicate with others on that level.

If we emphasize specific characteristics, like I am Tibetan or I am Buddhist, then there are differences. But those things are secondary. If we can leave the differences aside, I think we can easily communicate, exchange ideas, and share experiences. - Dalai Lama

genuine compassion is based on the rationale that all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering, just like myself.

And, just like myself, they have the natural right to fulfill this fundamental aspiration. On the basis of the recognition of these equality and commonality, you develop a sense of affinity and closeness with others. - Dalai Lama

There exists no intransigent opposites except in the beliefs of men. Anyone can rip aside the veil of Time. - Dune

The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience. - Dune

And the price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life - we went soft, we lost our edge. - Dune

Within the body there are billions of different particles. Similarly, there are many different thoughts and a variety of states of mind. It is wise to take a close look into the world of your mind and to make the distinction between beneficial and harmful states of mind. Once you can recognize the value of good states of mind, you can increase or foster them. - Dalai Lama

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. - Dalai Lama

But far more numerous was the herd of such, Who think too little, and who talk too much. - John Dryden

Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour. - Dryden

She feared no danger, for she knew no sin. - Dryden, 1687

knowledge is the gift where the more you give away, the more you get

Everything that can be invented has been invented. - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.

I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.

Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little. - Venerable Cheng Yen

Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run. - Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. - Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Seneca (5 BC - 65)

Remember that lost time does not return. Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that can read binary and those that cannot.

Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box. Italian Proverb



To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. Chinese Proverb

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. Terence

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost (1874 - 1963), The Road Not Taken

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now. Charlotte P Gilman

No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. Edmund Burke

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. Brendan Gill

There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth. Proverbs 13.7

Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall. Proverbs 16.18

Be patient and you will finally win, for a soft tongue can break hard bones. Proverbs 28.13

Time is an excellent teacher; but eventually it kills all the students.

Good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgment.

If we wish to count lines of code, we should not regard them as lines produced but as lines spent.

Simplicity is the soul of efficiency. - A. Freeman (in The Eye of Osiris)

There is a race between the increasing complexity of the systems we build and our ability to develop intellectual tools for understanding their complexity. If the race is won by our tools, then systems will eventually become easier to use and more reliable. If not, they will continue to become harder to use and less reliable for all but a relatively small set of common tasks. Given how hard thinking is, if those intellectual tools are to succeed, they will have to substitute calculation for thought. - L. Lamport

Another effective [debugging] technique is to explain your code to someone else. This will often cause you to explain the bug to yourself. Sometimes it takes no more than a few sentences, followed by an embarrassed Never mind, I see what's wrong. Sorry to bother you. This works remarkably well; you can even use non-programmers as listeners. One university computer center kept a teddy bear near the help desk. Students with mysterious bugs were required to explain them to the bear before they could speak to a human counselor. - B. Kernighan, D. Pike (in The Practice of Programming pp. 123)

Chance favors the prepared mind. - L. Pasteur

The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas. - L. Pauling

It's easy to cry bug when the truth is that you've got a complex system and sometimes it takes a while to get all the components to co-exist peacefully. - D. Vargas

The computer programmer ... is a creator of universes for which he alone is the lawgiver ... universes of virtually unlimited complexity can be created in the form of computer programs. Moreover ... systems so formulated and elaborated act out their programmed scripts. They compliantly obey their laws and vividly exhibit their obedient behavior. No playwright, no stage director, no emperor, however powerful, has ever exercised such absolute authority to arrange a stage or a field of battle and to command such unswervingly dutiful actors or troops. - J. Weizenbaum (Computer Power and Human Reason, page 115)

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. - L. Wittgenstein

Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity. - E. C. Zeeman

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, says the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door



I tell you this, and I tell you plain: What you have done, you will do again.

that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong

There is great need for a sarcasm font.

When you meet people from your past they remember a version of you that no longer exists.

When you look at the moonlight reflecting on water, you're seeing light from a gas, bounced off a solid, reflected by a liquid.

Was learning cursive really necessary?

Map websites need to start their directions on number 4. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

Bad decisions make good stories.

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I do not want to restart my collection again.

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. -Aesop

By working faithfully 8 hours a day, you may eventually get to be the boss and work twelve hours a day. -Robert Frost

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM. It could be a right number.

I have made millions, but they have brought me no happiness. - John D. Rockefeller

If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a $30-a-week librarian. - Andrew Carnegie

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Sagan

I was happier when doing a mechanic's job. - Henry Ford

There is always the question. You wonder if people like you - or the inevitable disturbing question: 'Are they after something?' - Mary Lea Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. - Bill Gates

Times fun when you're having flies - Kermit the Frog



Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -Gandhi

The sinking of the titanic was a miracle to the lobsters in the kitchen

Pi is an infinite, nonrepeating decimal - meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in Pi. Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all the great questions of the universe.

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. - H.P. Lovecraft

I have one power. I never give up.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Camus

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

Be humble - you are made of earth. Be noble - you are made of stars.



Master has failed more times than the beginner has tried.

Yesterday, I was clever and wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise and want to change myself.

During your last day on earth, the person you have become will meet the person you could have become.

They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds.

X88B88 looks like the word voodoo reflecting off of itself.

Fact: Mars is populated entirely by robots.

"Go to bed, you'll feel better in the morning" is the human version of "Did you turn it off and turn it back on again?"

We will never hear about the truly perfect crime.

If job ad says "must be fluent in XX language", why don't they post the entire ad in xx language? That way, only genuinely fluent people could apply?

The i is the center of the word "hurricane".

Books replaced tablets over a thousand years ago.

A car with 25,000 miles on the odometor is considered low mileage. 24,901 miles is the circumference of the earth. A low mileage car has "travelled around the world".

When you want to make sure a piece of paper doesn't get folded, you put it in something called a folder.

Someone who watched The Ring probably did die seven days later.

Cars should have "sorry" lights you can activate when you do something stupid.

Every person sees the world in a unique way. When someone dies it is, in a way, the death of an entire world.

Unless you're a celebrity, Twitter is like talking to yourself in a crowded room.

High school is like a free trial on education. Once graduated and you want to continue, pay $50,000.

I wonder how many times 'It's not rocket science' has been used as a joke at NASA.

I can transfer data from my brain to someone else's brain by opening my mouth and pushing air in their direction.

What's up? Up is the direction away from the center of gravity of a celestial body.

What if AI built to defeat the Turing test fails on purpose so we don't know how smart it really is?

Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute - Edgar Allan Poe

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. -Stephen McCranie

Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. -Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only the dead have seen the end of war -Plato

Confidence is quiet. Insecurities are loud.

He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee. -Nietzsche

Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75. -Benjamin Franklin

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' - Oppenheimer, first atomic bomb test.

Beware the fury of a patient man - John Dryden

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Antoine de Saint-Exup-ry

Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception. - Carl Sagan

One day, your parents picked you up, sat you down, and never picked you up again.

Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. - Carl Sagan

It takes a lifetime to learn how to live.

When the axe came into the woods, many of the trees said, At least the handle is one of us.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing. - Konstantin Jirecek

Throw me to the wolves and I'll return leading the pack.

Demons run when a good man goes to war

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. It is true. It is called Life.

I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.. (You are being programmed). - Chamath Palihapitiya, Former Facebook Exec

If you feed the beast, that beast will destroy you. - Chamath Palihapitiya

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

I'm not arguing. I'm explaining why I am right - Rick

Uncertainty is inherently unsustainable. Eventually, everything either is or isn't. -Rick

What, so everyone's supposed to sleep every single night now. You realize that nighttime makes up half of all time? -Rick

There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow.

There is no cloud. It is just someone else's computer.

Movies will always break monetary records because of inflation. They should be rated on how many tickets were sold versus how much money was made.

The next "60s" are closer than the last "60s".

It makes sense the target audience for fidget spinners lost interest so quickly.

Discipline is the choice between what you want now and what you want most

Let him act like the clever archers who, designing to hit the mark which yet appears too far distant, and knowing the limits to which the strength of their bow attains, take aim much higher than the mark, not to reach by their strength or arrow to so great a height, but to be able with the aid of so high an aim to hit the mark they wish to reach. Excerpt From: Machiavelli, Niccolo. "The Prince."

Quesadillas are Mexican grilled cheese sandwiches.

The phrase "let's keep in touch" is usually one of the last things people say to each other

Somebody should invent a smartphone that takes horizontal video even if you hold the phone up vertically.

If we are living in a simulation, maybe UFOs are our creators cursor darting around

I wonder how long after finding alien life we will begin to wonder how they taste.

I'm a brain thinking about a brain thinking about a brain. And now, you are a brain thinking about a brain thinking about a brain thinking about a brain.

1. It is necessary for me to be extremely frugal for some time, till I have paid what I owe.
2. To endeavor to speak truth in every instance; to give nobody expectations that are not likely to be answered, but aim at sincerity in every word and action - the most amiable excellence in a rational being.
3. To apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand, and not divert my mind from my business by any foolish project of suddenly growing rich; for industry and patience are the surest means of plenty.
4. I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever.
- Benjamin Franklin's Plan for Future Conduct, 1726

Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native luster about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted. -Benjamin Franklin

If two persons equal in judgement play for a considerable sum, he that loves money most shall lose; his anxiety for the success of the game confounds him. - Benjamin Franklin

To decide whether or not he should take money for work that violated his principles, Benjamin Franklin performed a test: "To determine whether I should publish it or not, I went home in the evening, purchased a twopenny loaf at the baker's, and with the water from the pump made my supper; I then wrapped myself up in my great-coat, and laid down on the floor and slept till morning, when, on another loaf and a mug of water, I made my breakfast. From this regimen I feel no inconvenience whatever. Finding I can live in this manner, I formed a determination never to prostitute my press to the purposes of corruption and abuse of this kind for the sake of gaining a more comfortable subsistence."

Bandwagon? No thanks, I'll walk.

Franklin was the perfect person to turn electricity from a parlor trick into a science. That task demanded not a mathematical or theoretical scholar, but instead a clever and ingenious person who had the curiosity to perform practical experiments, plus enough mechanical talent and time to tinker with a lot of contraptions. - Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin An American Life, Page 134

Let the experiment be made. - Benjamin Franklin

Another prediction of general relativity is that time should appear to run slower near a massive body like the earth. This is because there is a relation between the energy of light and its frequency (that is, the number of waves of light per second): the greater the energy, the higher the frequency. As light travels upward in the earth's gravitational field, it loses energy, and so its frequency goes down. This prediction was tested in 1962, using a pair of very accurate clocks mounted at the top and bottom of a water tower. The clock at the bottom, which was nearer the earth, was found to run slower, in exact agreement with general relativity. The difference in the speed of clocks at different heights above the earth is now of considerable practical importance, with the advent of very accurate navigation systems based on signals from satellites. If one ignored the predictions of general relativity, the position that one calculated would be wrong by several miles! - The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking, Page 43

But what is light really? Is it a wave or a shower of photons? There seems no likelihood for forming a consistent description of the phenomena of light by a choice of only one of the two languages. It seems as though we must use sometimes the one theory and sometimes the other, while at times we may use either. We are faced with a new kind of difficulty. We have two contradictory pictures of reality; separately neither of them fully explains the phenomena of light, but together they do. - Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld The Evolution of Physics, pg 262-263

Learn all that is learnable.

This attitude, and his lack of grounding in theoretical math and physics, is why Franklin, ingenious as he was, was no Galileo or Newton. He was a practical experimenter more than a systematic theorist. .. Franklin's scientific work was distinguished less for its abstract theoretical sophistication than for its focus on finding out facts and putting them to use. - Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin An American Life, Page 144

At the working man's house, hunger looks in but dares not enter.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Insomniacs tend to have a hard time getting past embarrassing mistakes, even when the stressful event occurred decades ago. The finding suggests that insomnia could primarily be caused by a failing neutralization of emotional distress.

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.

If you think you are right all the time, you learn nothing.

According to chemistry, alcohol is a solution.

Industry and constant employment are great preservatives of morals and virtue. - B. Franklin, Printer

it is now discovered and demonstrated, both here and in Europe, that the Electrical Fire is a real Element, or Species of Matter, not created by the Friction, but collected only.
—Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Cadwallader Colden, 5 June 1747

In 1747, Benjamin Franklin discovered the principle of electrical charge conservation - an electric charge can not be created or destroyed, only collected. In 1750, Benjamin Franklin published an experiment proposal to prove lightning is electricity and collected electricity in a group of Leyden jars that he described as "a battery".
The electron was not discovered until almost 150 years later (in 1897)!



in our quest to be tolerant of everything, we’ve become intolerant to everything - Maine teacher forced to say goodbye to pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree in classroom

That which cannot be cured must be endured

Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence. -Marciniak

Never compare your weaknesses to other people's strengths.

Climb mountains not so the world can see you but so you can see the world.

If you risk nothing, you risk everything.

Victory introduces you to the world, but defeat introduces the world to you.

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. — Thomas J. Watson

I do not wear a watch. Time is not measured by clocks but by moments.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

There is one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the whole world is telling you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the world No. You move.



I am what I want to be when I grow up.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

If you want to achieve greatness, do not ask for permission.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. --Eleanor Roosevelt

[Inferior spies discuss ideas, mediocre spies discuss events, great spies discuss people.] Covertism

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. -- Brinkley

Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.

Don't you hate it when people answer their own questions? I know I do.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. --Albert Einstein

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. --Bobak

It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.

People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. --Robbins

A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, - not anything - you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. -R Heinlein

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something. -R Heinlein

Those who cling to the untrue doctrine that violence never settles anything would be advised to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms. -R Heinlein

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him. -R Heinlein

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

How do you know that your memories are true?

Queue is just the Letter followed by 4 silent letters

Do crabs think fish can fly?

You talk too much.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. --Ryu

Life is about making an impact, not making an income. Kruse

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Hill

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it: I never saved anything for the swim back. -Gattaca movie



For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home. -Gattaca movie

You are the authority on what is not possible, aren't you? They've got you looking for any flaw, that after a while that's all you see. For what it's worth, I'm here to tell you that it is possible. -Gattaca movie

I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it. -Gattaca movie

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in airing an opinion. Proverbs 18.2

A relaxed attitude lengthens a man's life; jealousy rots it away. Proverbs 14:30

Mere data makes a man. A and C and T and G. The alphabet of you. All from four symbols. I am only two: 1 and 0. -Joi

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. -Socrates

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away. — Frida Kahlo

What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.

Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. -Carl Sagan

If you wear a sock inside-out, the entire universe is wearing the sock except you.

Your belly button is just your old mouth.

If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you. -T.S. Eliot

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. - Carl Sagan

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. - Thomas A. Edison

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. -Chodron

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. -Aesop

Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind. - Plato

This above all: to thine own self be true. -Shakespeare

Deep waters, such are human words: a gushing stream, the utterance of wisdom. Proverbs 18.4

Listen to advice, accept correction, to be the wiser in the time to centions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. -Carl Sagan

If you wear a sock inside-out, the entire universe is wearing the sock except you.

Your belly button is just your old mouth.

If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you. -T.S. Eliot

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. - Carl Sagan

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. - Thomas A. Edison

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. -Chodron

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. -Aesop

Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind. - Plato

This above all: to thine own self be true. -Shakespeare

Deep waters, such are human words: a gushing stream, the utterance of wisdom. Proverbs 18.4

Listen to advice, accept correction, to be the wiser in the time to come. Proverbs 19.20

For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer. Proverbs 9-11

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10-8

The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land. From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced. Proverbs 10.30

As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. Proverbs 26.11

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27.19

Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse. Proverbs 28.6

By their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:16

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. -Tao

Dormammu: You will never win.
Dr. Strange: No. But I can lose. Again. And again. And again. Forever. That makes you my prisoner.

A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.

What if rocks are actually soft but just tense up when we touch them?

Oh! Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not. Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows. Return as heroes who have fought and conquered, and who know not what it is to turn their backs on the foe. -Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand. - Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

I shunned the face of man; all sound of joy or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation-deep, dark, death-like solitude. -Mary Shelley, Frankenstein 1818



With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs. -Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)

It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another. -Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries. -Mary Shelley

Kids are going to start assuming that the phrase "twiddling your thumbs" means messing around on your phone.

Has a wealthy mobster ever hired two hit men to kill each other?

Meteorologists and astronomers should be called research skyentists.

Asking for forgiveness is probably the most important part of an apology. It's the part that actually acknowledges fault and seeks reconciliation.

Does a raspberry pi cost less than a raspberry pie?

At some point, most of the internet will consist of dead people's old content

Since The Matrix was released, mobile phones are quickly replacing landlines and pay phones.

The heart has its "little brain" or "intrinsic cardiac nervous system." This "heart brain" is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons that are alike neurons in the brain, meaning that the heart has its own nervous system.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas in the ground. It can build up in basements and crawl spaces, increasing the chances of lung cancer when breathed in because of the radiation.

Pollen-deprived bumble bees tend to bite plant leaves more often than when pollen is plentiful; the bumble bee bites stimulate early flowering. Scientists compared bumble bee-bitten plants and unbitten plants. Bitten plants bloomed in 17 days; the un-bitten took an average of 33 days to bloom.

Dogs can smell the passage of time.

Despite being depicted on California's flag, the California grizzly bear has been extinct since 1924.

Robot is derived from a Czech word for the forced labor of serfs.

Users could install Windows 95 using a CD or 13 floppy disks. Each floppy disk could hold around 1.44 megabytes. The computer needed 4MB of RAM and 50-55MB of Hard Disk space.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. -Coolidge

The word Facetious uses all of the vowels in English, in order.

CPR is a low level necromancy spell.

We are floating on several miles of magma.

"Go outside and wave to the drone or satellite to confirm your identity" is approaching.

If you water water, it grows.

Nothing is on fire. Fire is on things.

Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defence to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for meaningful democracy.

Ideological subversion is to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.

They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern [alluding to Pavlov]. You can not change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information. Even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still can not change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. -Bezmenov

An ex-Company man once told me Get Smart was more accurate than James Bond.

Courage is not having the strength to go on. It is going on when you do not have strength.

Be strong. You never know who you are inspiring.

The older I get, the earlier late gets.

2015: The year Mark Hamill came back as the Trickster, the Joker, and Luke Skywalker

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Be careful what you let into you mind. All the water in the world cannot sink a ship if it cannot get inside of it.

The mind is never blank. If it were, how would you know?

You can learn a lot from losers. Find out what they do and don't do it. Find out what they read and don't read it.

There is not a single person reading this that has a contract guaranteeing they will be around tomorrow.

hmm

If you have an issue you have two options: Change yourself or change the situation.

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. -Mencken

Fear nothing. You are a ghost driving a meat coated skeleton made from stardust riding a rock flying through space.

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.- Goethe

You have to learn the rules of the game. Then you have to play better than anyone else.

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Ford

When using social media in public, it becomes anti-social media.

I have never seen a new Waffle House.

I have never been to China, yet almost everything in my house has.

Clocks are just highly simplistic MPH gauges for the earth

When passion converges with profession, you are unstoppable.

Rick: You'll excuse me, gentlemen. Your business is politics, mine is running a saloon. - Casablanca

Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up. - Batman Begins

You're not the devil. You're practice. - Batman Begins

Peace has cost you your strength, Victory has defeated you - The Dark Knight Rises

Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated... but we are initiated, aren't we Bruce? - The Dark Knight Rises

You think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you, because they belong to me! - The Dark Knight Rises

Drone Spec: What kind of weapon system is this guy operating?
Mandy: He's probably got a rifle. - Bourne Legacy

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows 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 who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. - Roosevelt

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. - Oren Arnold

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service. Henry Ford

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. Rene Descartes

Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. Lincoln

If you see beauty in something, do not wait for others to agree. -Gamal

If they are always hiring, then it means they are likely always ...

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Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. -Dr. Seuss

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. -Emerson

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room. -R Bradbury

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. -GA Moore

I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it. -Epictetus Discourses



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"I have a sore throat."
2000 BC : "eat this root"
1200 AD : "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1500 AD : "That prayer is superstition, drink this elixir."
1800 AD : "That elixir is snake oil, Take this pill."
1900 AD : "That pill is ineffective, Take this antibiotic."
2000 AD : "That antibiotic is artificial, Here why dont you eat this root."
-Egger

Up, up the long delirious burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew; and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God. - Magee

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Though you forget the way to the Temple,
There is one who remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the Stranger. T.S. Eliot, The Rock

If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. - Bodhi

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. - Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. - Orwell

Going inside because you're cold is basically wearing a building to stay warm

Only a Sith deals in absolutes is an absolute

"If" by Rudyard Kipling (1910)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. - Orwell

Shout-out to Grandpa (it's the only way he can hear)

After reading an article about 100 things to do before you die, I was surprised that "yell for help" did not make the list.

When you die, everyone misses you and just wants you to come back. Then when you do, everyone just screams and runs away.

If I ever end up on life support, unplug me. Then, plug me back in. See if that works.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -St. Augustine

People sentenced to house arrest in 2020 were lucky with timing.

One of the biggest, and one of the oldest, taxes in this latter sense is inflation. Governments have stolen their people's resources this way, not just for centuries, but for thousands of years. Hyperinflation can take virtually your entire life's savings, without the government having to bother raising the official tax rate at all. The Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920s had thousands of printing presses turning out vast amounts of money, which the government could then spend to pay for whatever it wanted to pay for. Of course, prices skyrocketed with vastly more money in circulation. Many people's life savings would not buy a loaf of bread. For all practical purposes, they had been robbed, big time.- Thomas Sowell

I trained 4 years to only run nine seconds. There are people who do not see results in 2 months, give up and quit. - Usain Bolt

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. I.Fleming

be nice until it's time to not be nice. - Dalton

The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it. GB Shaw

There's no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that's that. I am not talented, I am obsessed. - Conor McGregor

If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Your future self is watching you right now through your memories.



What we do in life echoes in eternity. - Maximus

The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end. - Maximus

If Jimmy cracked corn and nobody cared, why is there a song about it?

Could God microwave a burrito so hot that he himself could not eat it?

Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

It's like he's trying to communicate with us.



A scientist studying the atom is a collection of atoms trying to understand itself.

Neurology is the brain trying to comprehend itself.

To secure peace is to prepare for war. - Carl von Clausewitz

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy. - von Clausewitz

Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that mistakes that come from kindness are the very worst. - von Clausewitz

Men are always more inclined to pitch their estimate of the enemy's strength too high than too low, such is human nature. - von Clausewitz

If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead. - von Clausewitz

Belt loops are tiny belts for a belt.

People argue with me more in my head than they do in real life.

A person age 60 has been alive during 25% of the history of the USA.

"According to a new study" is the adult version of "my parents said"

One million seconds is 11 days. One billion seconds is 31 years.

If you were able to see the earth from 65 million light years away, you would see dinosaurs.

You are not stuck in traffic. You are the traffic.



Mammoths walked the earth when the Great Pyramids were being built.

The oldest person in the world was born with a completely different set of humans.

The Turritopsis Dohrnii Jellyfish (aka the immortal jellyfish) can revert to an earlier stage in its development cycle in order to cheat death.

There are more bacterial cells in your body than human cells.

Outer space is a one hour drive away - if your car could drive straight up.

You will see people every day that you will never see again.

Attributes requiring no talent:
1. Being on time
2. Work ethic
3. Effort
4. Body Language
5. Energy
6. Attitude
7. Passion
8. Being coachable
9. Doing extra
10. Being Prepared


May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short.

Hire character. Train skill.

Like an infected tooth or an unsteady foot is dependence on a faithless man in time of trouble.

Get up, dress up, show up and never give up - Rhode

Don't downgrade your dream to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

Be a voice, not an echo.

A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.

Fear is a disease. Hope is the cure.

When you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.

What would happen if you released a gorilla in a gorilla suit?

The voices may not be real, but they have some pretty good ideas.

United we are rock. Divided we are sand.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

Talk is cheap until you hire a lawyer to do it for you.

If we quit voting, will they all just go away?

The tongue weighs almost nothing, yet so few people can hold it.

The enemy attacks on two occasions - when he is ready and when you are not.

The more mistakes you make, the fewer mistakes there are left to make.

Happiness comes when your work and your words are of benefit to yourself and others. -Buddha

If I have to explain it more than twice, I may as well do it myself.

It's better to ask twice than get it wrong once.

Sometimes a moment is not valued until it has become a memory.

The world is but a canvas to our imagination - Henry David Thoreau

Don't let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.

You will either get bitter or you get better.

I will win. Not immediately, but definitely.

Everything I am not made me everything I am.

Poets, we get it. Things are like each other.

If no one ever told me about my brain, I wonder where I'd think my thoughts came from.

Pretend inferiority and encourage their arrogance.

One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn't exist... Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. - Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

When I was a young officer in 1979, I toured what was known as "The Killing Fields" in Cambodia. This is the area where the Khmer Rouge killed off nearly quarter of the Cambodian population, something like 1.9 million people in just a few years. My guide told me that they started by rounding up all of the teachers. They wanted to extinguish free thought, and the spark of questioning and dissent. Because, to a totalitarian dictator, an open and inquisitive mind is more dangerous even than a Marine with a rifle. - General Mattis

Emotions neither prove nor disprove facts. -Thomas Sowell

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

I long ago took a solemn oath to believe in solemn oaths.

Industrialization has been good for humanity. It has fed billions, doubled lifespans, slashed extreme poverty, and, by replacing muscle with machinery, made it easier to end slavery, emancipate women, and educate children. It has allowed people to read at night, live where they want, stay warm in winter, see the world, and multiply human contact. - Pinker

As a kid, I thought "stop, drop and roll" was much more important than it turned out to be.

Half of CANADA is the letter "A", eh.

Words sound more powerful with word "industrial" placed in front. Industrial steel. Industrial engineering.

If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you.

People in a like-minded group tend to have more extreme and controversial views than they would if they were thinking on their own, a phenomenon called Group Polarization.

The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. -Nietzsche



I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. -Martin Luther King

Our security strategies have not yet caught up with the risks we are facing. The globalization that has swept away the barriers to the movement of goods, ideas and people has also swept with it barriers that confined and localized security threats. -ElBaradei

Before the internet, the village idiot tended to stay in their own village.

I did not hate the author of my misfortunes — truth and justice acquit me of that; I rather pitied the hard destiny to which he seemed condemned. But I thought with unspeakable loathing of those errors, in consequence of which every man is fated to be, more or less, the tyrant or the slave. I was astonished at the folly of my species, that they did not rise up as one man, and shake off chains so ignominious, and misery so insupportable. So far as related to myself, I resolved — and this resolution has never been entirely forgotten by me — to hold myself disengaged from this odious scene, and never fill the part either of the oppressor or the sufferer. -William Godwin

You are either growing or you are dying.

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all. -Aristotle

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. -Douglas Adams

Christianity is perhaps as much indebted to its enemies, as to its friends, for this important service. In their indiscriminate attacks, whatever has been found to be untenable has been gradually abandoned, and I hope the attack will be continued till nothing of the wretched outworks be left; and then, I doubt not, a safe and impregnable fortress, will be sound in the center, a fortress built upon a rock, against which the gates of death will not prevail.
- Joseph Priestley, The scientist that discovered Oxygen

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. -Thomas Paine

If life is unfair for everyone, does that not mean that life is fair?

Why is it call after dark when it comes after light?

Why isn't Caps Lock IN ALL CAPS?



I knew, as everyone knows, that the easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place some one is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death. -Harry Houdini

There's never a right time to do a wrong thing. There's never a wrong time to do the right thing.

In the United States the difficulties are not a Minotaur or dragon, not imprisonment, hard labor, death, government harassment, and censorship, but cupidity, boredom, sloppiness, indifference. Not the acts of a mighty, all-pervading, repressive government, but the failure of a listless public to make use of the freedom that is its birthright. - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.

Be careful to taste your words before you spit them out

In difficult ground, press on; In encircled ground, devise stratagems; In death ground, fight.

I shall pass this way but once; any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks nothing is worth war is worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept by the exertions of better men than himself.

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.

You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where are you and change the ending. - C.S. Lewis

It's all water under the fridge.

Can you imagine how successful I'd be if I studied regularly and spent my time and money wisely? I'm not going to do it but can you imagine?

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt. —B Russell

The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity -Yeats

May the bridges I burn light the way

Do not touch would be scary to read in Braille.

If you look for the light, you can often find it. If you look for the dark it is all you will see.

Isn't it sad how some people's grip on their lives is so precarious that they'll embrace any preposterous delusion rather than face an occasional bleak truth? .Calvin

Adulthood is when 4am is early in the morning instead of late at night.

There is money to be made in the building of an empire, but more money to be made in its destruction R.Butler Gone With The Wind

How can dust and ashes be proud? Even in life the human body decays. Sirach 10.9



There are those who work and struggle and hurry, but are so much the more in want. Sirach 11.11

Call no one happy before his death; by how he ends, a person becomes known. Sirach 11.28

Like abundant leaves on a spreading tree that sheds some and puts forth others, so are the generations of flesh and blood: one dies and another is born. Sirach 14.18

But most executives don't think like that at all. ######'s senior guys are no different from all of the rest in the business: they're empire builders, because that's how they've been trained and conditioned. Those guys are all experts at covering their ****s by taking votes on what to do next. - Kelly Johnson quoted by Ben R. Rich in Skunk Works

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words. E.Erwitt

Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine. A.Turing

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. —Dr. Seuss

Brains are not reality detection devices.

Don't judge the day by the harvest reaped, judge by the seeds planted.

It's the will not the skill.

For you, I was a chapter. For me, you were the book.

I drink and I know things. -T Lannister

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. ― Aristotle

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. -Eskimo Proverb

You have given your entire life to become the person you are today. Was it worth it? R Bach

Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.

Whatever must be done eventually must be done immediately.