Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume XYZ

Malcolm X
“You don’t have a peaceful revolution. You don’t have a turn-the-other-cheek revolution. There’s no such thing as a nonviolent revolution. Revolution is bloody. Revolution is hostile. Revolution knows no compromise. Revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way.”
“Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”
“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”
“If you’re not careful the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

“If you presume your choice — “market based” — is the one super-special correct one, then yes, you can create a dichotomy between “market based” and “everything else, where someone decides what the system is”.
If you instead treat “market based” as just another solution to the resource allocation problem, the fact that you want to choose “market based” and impose it on others sort of makes the symmetry clear.
For a “market based” solution to win out, it then has to win out on its own merits, not because you decide it is the “only choice that is acceptable” for your own personal metrics.
Note that there are good reasons to use market based solutions to many resource allocation problems that do not rely on “everything else is bad wrong evil”. Market based solutions, under a certain set of circumstances, encourage lots of people to try to find efficient solutions to various problems. These conditions are not, however, universal, and “market failure” is a real world thing with real world consequences.
If your beliefs hold that everything that isn’t “market based” belongs to a “bad wrong evil” set of options, you won’t be able to say “oh wait, there is a market failure here”, because the market becomes (by definition) the right answer.
Markets involve plenty of coercion. Usually by someone laying claim to some set of resources that others want, and that that person has the right to defend (using personal or proxy lethal force) against other people who want them. Treating markets as absolute sources of what is “right” and “wrong” leads to situations that most people who do not treat the market as the holy word as being horrible and evil situations.
And it isn’t as if people who study markets, and who advocate for their use, aren’t aware of market failures. Take any microeconomics course on the planet and there are entire sections on market failures, and where the market solution isn’t optimal.
On top of that, macroeconomics derived from microeconomics simply doesn’t work, and it is in microeconomics that the (limited) situations in which free markets can be shown to optimize resource allocation for reasonable goals is proven. Macroeconomics matters, because that determines what framework the markets operate in.
But if you are going to say “anything except for markets is bad wrong evil”, looking at where markets fail becomes irrelevant. And that is what “there are markets, and there is someone dictating what happens” is saying. Markets are just another form of someone dictating what happens.”

Helen Yetter-Chappell
“In conclusion, idealism is awesome and everyone should take it more seriously.”

“There’s perhaps less to talk about now, since the lack of exit polls this time around means no fun fraud spotting in Cali or Jersey. It all seems so dull, though it is fun to note that the response of our “media” to the realization that the exit polls weren’t within the usual margin of the actual results wasn’t to question the legitimacy of the vote (as they would do in many other nations), but instead to conclude that exit polls are no longer necessary. Not very subtle, guys.”
“there is also the increasingly likely bitter truth that, in light of the European socialist parties’ craven capitulation to austerity, communism and anarchism may be the only remaining positions with any integrity. If the establishment is intent on packing us all into brakeless freight trains barreling toward Lenin and Bakunin, so fucking be it. Game on, shitstain”
“The lesser evil has, especially in recent years, proven itself to be the more effective evil. Remember when W still occupied the white house? Remember how we had that large, vibrant anti-war movement with all those protests? (Well, if you watched the TV news, you probably didn’t see it, but trust me, it was there. I’ve got the memories, I’ll be happy to fill you in). Remember how that anti-war movement kept going after Obama was elected? No, you don’t, because the anti-war movement essentially dissolved as soon as the last ballot was cast in 2008. No one turned out to protest the war once the lesser evil was in charge, and what happened? The lesser evil ramped up drone strikes, kept troops on the ground, maintained Guantanamo, extended drone strikes into Pakistan, maintained and expanded domestic surveillance, indefinitely detained people without charging them and even claimed the right to kill citizens without trial (see NDAA). The greater evil would have faced major resistance every step of the way, but Obama got it all done with nary a whimper from his own party. It’s not inconceivable that a greater evil facing serious resistance might actually be better than the lesser evil acting with the tacit approval of the ones who should be resisting.”
“This focus on generational differences is just another case of covering up class and pretending it’s not there. Why are young people struggling? Is it because they’re damn dirty millennials with no work ethic who don’t understand how the world really works? Or is it because they’re being forced into the ranks of the working poor through high youth unemployment, colossal student loan debt and flat wages? Generation gap politics, if you’re willing to scratch the surface a little, generally reveal themselves as just another way to avoid talking about class. The young aren’t mad because they’re young; they’re mad because they’re working class. ”

Emiliano Zapata
“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees”

Frank Zappa
“The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn’t asked any questions.”
“Without deviation progress is not possible.”

Doron Zeilberger
“But, in spite of all our sins, we mathematicians are tzadiks next to politicians and lawyers, and real angels compared to media people.”
“It is an old-hat tactic to dismiss your opponent’s view as old-hat.”
“the attendance was pretty decent, about µ+5[roh]”
“Let me suggest a compromise, though, that would not reduce the demand for math faculty. Replace calculus classes by classes on how to solve Sudoku puzzles, and how to play video-games that involve mazes and other challenging combinatorial problems. It would be also fun for all those poor burnt-out calculus professors, who would welcome this change in the curriculum.”
“If we adopt a finitistic viewpoint in computer science (and mathematics!) we will be much better off, and will not waste our time with meaningless questions. Let’s start, right now!”
“Because of this obsession with “rigorous” (or “formal”) proofs, Mathematics has gotten so specialized, where no one can see the forest, and even most people can’t see the whole tree they sit on. All they can see is their tiny branch. Even in specialized conferences, many people skip the invited talks and only go to their own doubly-specialized session.”
“For the good of future mathematics we need generalists and strategians who can see the big picture. Narrow specialists and tacticians would soon be superseded by computers.

So let’s get to work, and try to become mathematicians rather than topological algebraic Lie theorists, algebraic analytic number theorists, pseudo-spectral graph theorists etc.”
“So anyone who votes against granting tenure to a colleague “deserves to be shot”. Of course he or she do not deserve to be shot, that’s a little bit of an over-kill(!). They only “deserve to be shot” as a way of speech, like the guy sitting next to you on the train speaking loudly and endlessly on his cell-phone. A proper punishment for those mean creatures who vote against granting tenure to their deserving younger colleagues is to have their tenure denied! Analogously, a proper punishment to all those editors and referees who reject other people’s submissions, is to have their own papers rejected! And a proper punishment to a colleague who does his own work during your seminar talk is to come to his (or her) talk, and flagrantly (at least pretend) to do your own work. And indeed that is what I once did to a colleague who notoriously always does his own work in seminars. To my dismay, it didn’t bother him a bit, so on second thought, “an eye for an eye” does not always work, but it is nevertheless a fairly good approximation.”
“A class with one student who is willing to take “Advanced Riemann Zeta Function”, in my opinion, is worth a class of fifty who take “Introduction to Applied Finance””
“Mathematics is so useful because physical scientists and engineers have the good sense to largely ignore the “religious” fanaticism of professional mathematicians, and their insistence on so-called rigor, that in many cases is misplaced and hypocritical, since it is based on “axioms” that are completely fictional, i.e. those that involve the so-called infinity.”
“If you really care about a deep conceptual understanding, then why stop with mathematicians? Let philosophers teach math! Now they reall care about the deep meaning, e.g. of the number three, that the average member of the Amer. Math. Soc. takes for granted.”
“But I shouldn’t be too hard on G.H. Hardy. After all he is just a lowly human, and these cute humans have a curious psychological need. They need a `meaning’ for their insignificant existence. Religious people have God, but atheists like Hardy also need some kind of God, so they invent lots of `pseudo-Gods’, and that’s why we have racism, sexism, and, in Hardy’s case “Pure Math supremacy”.”

Rob Zombie
“I like making [music]. I’m different than like a lot of people I hear talking. I don’t care if people are buying it. I’m sick of hearing about the old days. Who gives a shit? Talking about CD’s, it’s like you sound like your grandparents talking about CD’s. Drop it, man. Fucking boring topic. Make it—I don’t care if they steal it, whatever they can—I prefer they sneak into the store and steal the vinyl. But if they choose to steal the download that’s OK too. But I challenge you, start stealing the vinyl if you’re gonna steal our music.”
“I think it’s been happening for a long time, and I think the death of that became with grunge, truthfully. There seemed to be a trend in the ’90s, when Nirvana came out and these bands, everybody got confused by it and thought we need all our rock stars to look just like us. So what happened is was everybody started not looking different, acting different and being larger than life.
Everyone was like, oh, all the rock stars are so boring, I don’t care anymore (laughs). People go, oh my God, Prince; oh my God, Bowie; oh my God, Lemmy. Why is that? Because they were all larger than life. They weren’t just like you. They weren’t like you at all. That’s the goal. I don’t think anybody ever goes to a concert – I never did – boy I hope the guy that comes out on stage is just like me! I didn’t see anybody that was just like me as a kid. Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons and Elton John might as well have been from another fuckin’ planet as far as I was concerned, and that’s the way I liked it, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”


Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume W

Alice Walker
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Andy Warhol
“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

Jay Weinberg
“The agenda is clear. They even transformed Jesus from pure protein to a carbohydrate.”
“You glorify the rebel spirit of your forefathers, but then as blind “Patriots” exclaim “if you don’t like it then leave!” And I say forefathers as if some of us weren’t bastard children. But…
Where shall I go? To the moon?
Is it not possible, to be critical, to aspire towards a grander social landscape in your own country? Does complacency light a fire? Are we not “free” to expect more without guilt and coercive flag waving?
If not. If space is the final frontier and we are to colonize Mars, let not the Martians in ages to come use our names in vain. Do not allow them the trumpets and hot air; the parade and pomp.
I implore you space travelers to question and engage. And don’t let anyone tell you “if you don’t like it then leave”. If you don’t like it, then light your fire. Be proud to be a Martian. God Bless Mars.”

Justin Weinberg
“This is normally inappropriate but the context is penises and I have a weakness for wordplay. Ruling: Allowed.”

Alfred North Whitehead
“For mathematics is the science of the most complete abstractions to which the human mind can attain.”

Oscar Wilde
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
“We never get back our youth… The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.” (tPoDG)
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” (tPoDG)
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” (tPoDG)
“I am not young enough to know everything.”
“The heart was made to be broken.”
“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” (tPoDG)
“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” (The Importance of Being Earnest)

Timothy Williamson
“However, that sympathy sometimes has little effect on their philosophical practice: they still philosophize in the grand old manner, merely adding naturalism to their list of a priori commitments.” (Philosophy of Philosophy)

James E. Wilson (House)
“Some doctors have a messiah complex, they need to save the world. You have a Rubik’s complex, you need to solve the world.”

Winnie the Pooh
“How good it is to have something that makes it difficult to say goodbye.”
“People say nothing’s impossible, but I do nothing every day!”

“From what I can tell from the hype, Windows 8 stinks like that Ubuntu dashboard crap where in order to check what programs you have, you first have to wade through ‘What’s New’ at the Ubuntu store. Or to find programs on your computer you use a Google like search. That’s like dumping all my bookmarks in my browser and using Google to find everything on the web. I’m sure Google would love that. This crap isn’t an improvement. It’s somebody’s business model. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe etc. would love to merge the web into every activity on my computer, monitor what I’m doing and use the information to offer me products and services. The fact that Ubuntu is pioneering this stuff makes wonder who is really running that show. I hate the direction computers and the internet are going and I don’t see anyone offering an alternative.”

David Wong
“And as you get colder and lonelier and more powerless, you decide you’ll find ways to be powerful. If the system is going to try to ignore you in hopes you’ll just wither away and die, then you’ll make yourself impossible to ignore. If that means throwing a brick through a window at school, that’s what you do. If it means getting really good at insulting people, or fighting, or stealing, then so be it. When you’ve been frozen out of the system — or perceive that you’ve been frozen out, to the point that swallowing a bottle of your grandma’s pain pills seems like a reasonable exit — what else do you have to lose?”

Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume V

Peter van Inwagen
“There are two kinds of scientists who spend a lot of time looking at the sky: meteorologists (who look at it during the day) and astronomers (who look at it during the night).”
“This must be one of the most annoyingly obtuse arguments in the history of philosophy”
“A second confusion or family of confusions endemic to the writings of materialists is evident when one considers their attempts to answer the question, What is the relation between the mental and the physical? I will not discuss those materialists who deny the existence of the mental—eliminativists or old-line behaviorists. As Jerry Fodor has said, it’s one thing to throw the baby out with the bath-water; it’s another to throw out the baby, the bathtub, the washbasin, the toilet, and the bathroom walls and ceiling and floor with the bath-water.”

Bharath Vallabha
“Here is a reason to think it is intrinsic. Academic philosophy is built on the idea of a pantheon: the philosophers who are considered to be the greatest of the greatest. Given the idea of this pantheon, academic philosophy purports to do two things: add to the knowledge regarding topics discussed by the philosophers in the pantheon, and introduce students to that pantheon. How can academic philosophy fulfill these tasks? It can only do so if some current academic philosophers are seen to have a special connection to that pantheon, who are deeply connected to the practices of the philosophers in that pantheon. These philosophers become the living pantheon, who channel the practices of the immortal pantheon for the current day, and who are the best bet to be in the immortal pantheon one day. But if there is a living pantheon, then there must be a pantheon of young philosophers, since the people in the living pantheon must have been young too at one point. These are the budding brilliant philosophers, and I think the appeal of the idea of the young genius is that here is the energy of the immortal pantheon pulsating in this very person in front of us, and that through that youth’s growth into genius we will have a front row seat of what it must be like to be in the immortal pantheon. Now, if there is this link between the pantheon and the youthful genius, then it seems to me that the hierarchy of academia is committed to that youthful genius concept. For I think the hierarchy of departments and colleges is nothing other than a mapping of where it is assumed most of the living pantheon and the young pantheon hang out, and so where one has to go to get a glimpse of them and learn from them, so that through them one might be connected to the immortal pantheon.”

Cornelius Vanderbilt
“You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I’ll ruin you.”

Bill Vaughan
“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standards of nonconformity.”

Telly Vision (Chibi-Robo)
“To celebrate opening my new advice booth, I’m giving out free advice!”
“It’s Mister Sanderson’s toothbrush! But let’s take it anyway. I bet he won’t miss it.”

Sandra Visser
“Your arm does not have radical freedom.” (In response to TJ asking, “What if my arm has radical freedom?”)

“I have received your new book against the human race and thank you for it. Never was so much effort deployed in an effort to make us stupid. One longs on reading your book to walk on all fours. But as I lost that habit more than sixty years ago, I fear that it is impossible to resume it.” (to Rousseau)

Kurt Vonnegut
“God never wrote a good play in his life.”

Gunnar Voss
“Your character speaks for itself. I’m not attacking it when your own words already do it.”
“I’m willing to bet some solid money that there have been more than a handful of deaths resulting from some person thinking that they can handle a fire with their little red tube.”
“Outside of a religious dogma, why would one assume God is good? Realistically, I’d imagine a God(s) would probably be pretty close to Lovecraft imaginings. Beings beyond our comprehension that range from uncaring to antagonistic towards lesser beings. Optimistically, we’d have an apathetic creator god at best, with humans being the equivalent to an ant farm or some science project. I mean, an outright benevolent God, while a nice thought, seems like it’d be the most unlikely of Gods to exist in the grand scene of things.”
“I need to start keeping track of my own quotes. I’m hilarious.”
“In my experience, people who self describe themselves as “telling it like it is” and “having no filter” actually just seem to lack the most basic of social skills.”
“Merry Christmas! If you don’t celebrate Christmas then Happy Holidays! If you have a problem with me saying happy holidays then have yourself a happy shut the fuck up.” (FB status, December 2010)
“”Only God can judge me.”
No, no we all can. I’ll even do one better and be extra vocal about it.”
“After reading this discussion, I can conclude that it’s been going in circles for the last seven hours.” (May 2014, on my status about voting)

Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume T

Paul Tassi
“This is a negotiation where at any time, your customer could just go download the damn movie for free, and they’re doing you a favor by even considering picking it up legally.”

Hunter S. Thompson
“America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

John Toland
“as our Prejudices govern us, ’tis next to impossible we should ever truly discern who is the innocent or guilty Person, who has got the better or the worse of any Cause; since our first Question is not what a Man has done or how, but who or whence he is? being ready to approve or condemn, to read over his Book or to throw it away, according to the faction or Party he espouses. This surely is neither fair nor manly dealing: and I hope no body will pretend that it is the way to discover truth.” (Letters to Serena (1704), letter 1, sect. 12)

Leo Tolstoy
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (Anna Karenina)
“War is not a courtesy but the most horrible thing in life; and we ought to understand that, and not play at war. We ought to accept this terrible necessity sternly and seriously. It all lies in that: get rid of falsehood and let war be war and not a game. As it is now, war is the favourite pastime of the idle and frivolous.” (War and Peace)
“The sanctification of political power by Christianity is blasphemy; it is the negation of Christianity.”
“For a Christian the oath of allegiance to any government whatever — the very act which is regarded as the foundation of the existence of a state — is a direct renunciation of Christianity.”
“Christianity in its true sense puts an end to government. So it was understood at its very commencement; it was for that cause that Christ was crucified.”
“Government is violence, Christianity is meekness, non-resistance, love. And, therefore, government cannot be Christian, and a man who wishes to be a Christian must not serve government”

Truthy (Dailynous)
“The number and quality of publications you need to get a job is inversely proportional to the prestige of your pedigree and the power of your advisor. ‘Thanks’ to this, if you’re philosophically well-bred you’ll be able to sit on your work for ages, and so eventually publish something pretty good. Then people will pat you on the back for not being one of those low class rubes who publish lots of meaningless filler, as if they had bills to pay or something.”

Ivan Turgenev
“Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly.”

Mark Twain
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
“Unquestionably, the popular thing in this world is novelty.”

“Honestly, I think he bumped into a different effect…the death of the hard sell. Everyone in the US knows of the hard sell now, and has become embittered by it to a degree, the younger generation especially. The people who just can’t hang up on a telemarketer are fewer and farther between. However, sales strategies, management books, etc still emphasize pushing for a sale. A lot of companies still do this in internal strategizing, even if some of the workers realize how futile it is. I had the dubious pleasure of working for Circuit City a little bit before they went under, and they were particularly bad about this. I had another, much better paying job, and gave no fucks about their strategy. Instead, I mostly just bullshitted with the customers, answered questions when asked, and never, ever asked them to buy anything. I outsold the rest of the entire department. Man walks into an electronics store, he’s there to buy electronics. You don’t need to convince him to do so, you just need to not fuck it up.”

Mike Tyson
“When you see me smash somebody’s skull, you enjoy it.”

Hsun Tzu
“The learning of the petty person enters his ear and goes out his mouth. The learning of the true scholar enters his ear, clings to his mind, spreads through his four limbs, and manifests itself in all his actions.”

Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume S

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty)
”You’re missing the point, Morty. Why would he drive a smaller toaster with wheels? Does your car look like a smaller version of your house? No.” (“M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” (Season 1, Episode 4))
“So a few thousand versions of me had the ingenious idea of banding together like a herd of cattle or a school of fish, or… those people who answer questions on Yahoo! Answers.” (“Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” (Season 1, Episode 10))
“Save it for the SemanticsDome, E.B. White!” (“Rickmancing the Stone” (Season 3, Episode 2))
“So everyone’s supposed to sleep every night, now? You realize that nighttime makes up half of all time.” (“Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1))
“I assume they’re Schrodinger’s cats. Actually, I assume they both are and aren’t.” (“A Rickle in Time” (Season 2, Episode 1))
“‘Quantum carburetor?’ Jesus, Morty. You can’t just add a [burp] sci-fi word to a car word and hope it means something. Huh, looks like something’s wrong with the microverse battery.” (“The Ricks Must Be Crazy” (Season 2, Episode 6))

Bennett Sanders
“Whoa, whoa – lets all slow down the Dislike Express and climb aboard the Love Train! Woo-whoooo!”

Jean-Paul Sartre
“What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him is not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself.”
“I have been convinced of the following fact for several years: those who want to do something within the system only end up by preserving it. He who wants to overturn the system by his vote is profoundly in error, since voting opposes the legality of a movement to its legitimacy, e.g., an insurrectional movement. All those who obtain power legally are exactly the same.” (Illegalism and Ultra-Leftism)
“we have all believed that the spidery mind trapped things in its web, covered them with a white spit and slowly swallowed them, reducing them to its own substance. What is a table, a rock, a house? A certain assemblage of “contents of consciousness,” a class of such contents. O digestive philosophy!”
“Since I have lost the chance of dying unknown, I sometimes flatter myself that I live misunderstood.”
“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.”

Marjane Satrapi
“To be the mistress of a married man is to have the better role. Do you realize? His dirty shirt, his disgusting underwear, his daily ironing, his bad breath, his hemorrhoid attacks, his fuss, not to mention his bad moods, and his tantrums. Well all that is for his wife.
When a married man comes to his mistress… he’s always bleached and ironed, his teeth sparkle, his breath is like perfume, he’s in a good mood, he’s full of conversation, he is there to have a good time with you.”

Jesse Schell
“But if you can’t get the materials you prefer, don’t you dare whine about it—use what you’ve got! There is work to be done!”
“Don’t the items in the numbered list seem more important, somehow? If one of them suddenly disappeared, you would be much more likely to notice. This dignity will make you (and others) more likely to take the ideas on the list seriously.”
“The waterfall model had one good quality: it encouraged developers to spend more time in planning and design before just jumping into the code. Except for that, it is complete nonsense, because it violates the Rule of the loop. Managers found it incredibly appealing, but programmers knew it to be absurd—software is simply too complex for such a linear process to ever work. Even Winston Royce, who wrote the paper that was the foundation for all of this, disagreed with the waterfall model as it is commonly understood. Interestingly, his original paper emphasizes the importance of iteration and the ability to go back to previous steps as needed. He never even used the word “waterfall”! but what was taught at universities and corporations everywhere was this linear approach. The whole thing seems to have been wishful thinking, mostly promulgated by people who did not actually have to build real systems themselves.”
“by recoding your system while it is running, you can get in more loops per day, and the quality of your game goes up commensurately. I have used Scheme, Smalltalk, and Python for this in the past, but any late-binding language will do the job. Unity makes it possible with javascript or C#. If you are afraid that these kinds of languages run too slowly, remember that it is okay to write your games with more than one kind of code: write the low-level stuff that doesn’t need to change much in something fast but static (assembly, C++, etc.), and write the high-level stuff in something slower but dynamic. This may take some technical work to pull off, but it is worth it because it lets you take advantage of the Rule of the loop.”
“if we can avoid using rapid-fire machine guns, multi- play will be a lot easier.”
“If you think hard, you can come up with some possible exceptions to this model, but overall, it works well enough”
“You can experience the same thing with your microwave oven. It is hard to know exactly what time to put in when reheating leftovers. and if you just make rough guesses, rounded to thirty seconds, you’ll never get much better at guessing. but if you guess exactly every time you put food in the microwave (1:40? Too hot… 1:20? Too cold… 1:30? Hmm… No, 1:32 seems right), in a couple months, you will be able to make surprisingly accurate guesses because you will have trained your intuition.”
“puzzles are just games that aren’t fun to replay, just as penguins are birds that cannot fly. This is why both puzzles and games have problem solving at their core—puzzles are just miniature games whose goal is to find the dominant strategy.”
“Young children, in particular, seem to take to touch interfaces with surprising ease. but why? The obvious answer is “because they are intuitive.” but that’s really a pretty vaporous answer, since the definition of “intuitive” is “easy to understand.” So the question becomes “why is it that touch interfaces are so easy to understand?” and the answer is this: they are primal.”
“Players who try to take the middle path (the, uh, beige side of the force?) generally find the experience to be dissatisfactory.”
“In war, things are simpler, since all normal rules and laws are set aside. and the transcendence comes from a powerful weaponry that lets participants become like gods, deciding who lives and who dies. It is a horror in reality, but in fantasy it gives a player powerful feelings of simplicity and transcendence.”
“The Grand Theft Auto series uses criminal life to give both simplicity (life is simpler when you don’t obey laws) and transcendence (you are more powerful when you don’t obey laws).”
“We don’t always have to give the player true freedom—we only have to give the player the feeling of freedom. for, as we’ve discussed, all that’s real is what you feel—if a clever designer can make a player feel free, when really the player has very few choices, or even no choice at all, then suddenly we have the best of both worlds, the player has the wonderful feeling of freedom, and the designer has man- aged to economically create an experience with an ideal interest curve and an ideal set of events.”
“You must run like death is behind you because death is behind you.”

Arthur Schopenhauer
“Still, instead of trusting what their own minds tell them, men have as a rule a weakness for trusting others who pretend to supernatural sources of knowledge.”

Eric Schwitzgebel
“Butt in the chair beats inspiration. Bad writing can bloom into something; perfectionism is for later.”
“The best fiction is a walk inside someone’s mind, and philosophers often have very interesting minds.”
“Write for the ten percent. Even among people who like fiction, most will not like your work. Even among people who like your specific genre of fiction, most will not like your work. Your friends and family will not like it. Your colleagues will not like it. Other writers will not like it. That’s fine! Aim for the ten percent.”
“Every sentence should be doing at least three things.”
“To discover one’s degree of jerkitude, the best approach might be neither (first-person) direct reflection upon yourself nor (second-person) conversation with intimate critics, but rather something more third-person: looking in general at other people. Everywhere you turn, are you surrounded by fools, by boring nonentities, by faceless masses and foes and suckers and, indeed, jerks? Are you the only competent, reasonable person to be found? In other words, how familiar was the vision of the world I described at the beginning of this essay?”

Michael Scott (The Office (US))
“If I had a gun with two bullets and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and Toby, I would shoot Toby twice.”
“Toby is in HR, which technically means he works for corporate, so he’s really not a part of our family. Also, he’s divorced, so he’s really not a part of his family.”

Stephen Schwartz
“Empiricists were calling Marxism unscientific, while the Marxists accused empiricism of being a reactionary bourgeois doctrine.”

General John Sedgwick
“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” (just before being killed during a U.S. Civil War battle, 1864)

“It is one thing to remember, another to know. To remember is to safeguard something entrusted to the memory. But to know is to make each thing one’s own, not depend on the text and always to look back to the teacher.
Zeno said this, Cleanthes said this— Let there be space between you and the book.”

Charlie Sheen
“I’m bi-winning. I win here, I win there.”
“As kids we’re not taught how to deal with success; we’re taught how to deal with failure. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If at first you succeed, then what?”
“Slash sat me down at his house and said, You’ve got to clean up your act. You know you’ve gone too far when Slash is saying, Look, you’ve got to get into rehab.”

Clay Shirky
“Paywalls do indeed help newspapers escape commodification, but only by ejecting the readers who think of the product as a commodity. This is, invariably, most of them.”

Ed Simon
“Christianity, by its own definition, is a countercultural faith, one which stands in opposition to the things of this world while still being in this world. But humans being humans the history of the religion is replete with moments where Augustine’s City of Man has overwhelmed the City of God in the heart of the believer. From Constantine’s usurpation of the Roman Church to Henry VIII’s appropriation of ecclesiastical power, Christians have been more than willing to sell their allegiance for thirty pieces of silver. Trumpian Christianity is but one chapter in a long lineage of hypocritical capitulation of principle to sovereigns in the name of worldly power.”

Agent Smith
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure.”

Allix S—-
“I would fuck Little Jimmy up.”

Roger Smith
“The Good Lord made time, and he is not an idiot.”

Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut
“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.”

Lemony Snicket
“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”
“Wicked people never have time for reading. It’s one of the reasons for their wickedness.”
“Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.”
“People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.” (The Grim Grotto)
“Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator.” (Horseradish)
“I suppose I’ll have to add the force of gravity to my list of enemies.” (The Penultimate Peril)
“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.” (The Wide Window)
“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”
“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” (Horseradish)
“It is one of life’s bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.” (The Grim Grotto)
“If you are a student you should always get a good nights sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means ‘flunk’.”
“The sad truth is the truth is sad.” (The Hostile Hospital)
“I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.” (The Bad Beginning)
“If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say in a pleasant and hopeful voice, “Well this isn’t too bad, I don’t have a left arm anymore but at least nobody will ever ask me if I’m left-handed or right-handed,” but most of us would say something more along the lines of, “Aaaaaa! My arm! My arm!” (Horseradish)
“The moral of Snow White is never eat apples.”
“No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.”
“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.” (The Carnivorous Carnival)
“A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called “The Road Less Traveled”, describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn’t hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is dead.” (The Slippery Slope)
“It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself.”
“Perhaps if we saw what was ahead of us, and glimpsed the follies, and misfortunes that would befall us later on, we would all stay in our mother’s wombs, and then there would be nobody in the world but a great number of very fat, very irritated women.”
“A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded.” (Horseradish)
“It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right.” (The Blank Book)
“A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between two countries, so that the official can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.”
“For some stories, it’s easy. The moral of ‘The Three Bears,’ for instance, is “Never break into someone else’s house.’ The moral of ‘Snow White’ is ‘Never eat apples.’ The moral of World War I is ‘Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand.” (TWW)
“Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very impolite thing to do. But like most impolite things, it is excusable under certain circumstances. Stealing is not excusable if, for instance, you are in a museum and you decide that a certain painting would look better in your house, and you simply grab the painting and take it there. But if you were very, very hungry, and you had no way of obtaining money, it would be excusable to grab the painting, take it to your house, and eat it.” (TWW)
“The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding–which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together–blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author . . .” (TPP)

Joseph Sobran
“Why on earth is it ‘anti-Jewish’ to conclude from the evidence that the standard numbers of Jews murdered are inaccurate, or that the Hitler regime, bad as it was in many ways, was not, in fact, intent on racial extermination?”

“… I’m a lover of learning, and trees and open country won’t teach me anything, whereas men in the town do.”

“To be is to be perceived. And so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

Sophie (Chibi-Robo)
“After all, I’m just a woman who gets used as a dog’s plaything! I’m nothing!”

Lysander Spooner
“A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.”

Alexander I. Stingl
“I haven’t read this book of Unger’s nor would I call myself well-versed in his work. I will have to caution, thus, that my impression is based on a few shorter texts I have read and interviews, specifically the one linked here, of course…. What it feels like, however, is that Unger enjoys to come across as a ‘fashionable nihilist’, who likes to paint himself and philosophy as such, shrugs, and then says but we (including me) do it because we’re really hedonists, except the others are either less honest about with themselves, or far more shrewd. It’s a bit too smug, for my liking, and I should know, I can be quite smug (gosh, I mean, I am an obnoxious German). I also think that the story Brian linked in a post right below, about thought-experiments in the class-room to show what philosophy does, is the best (applied/empirical) counter-argument to Unger, and, yes, one needs epistemology and metaphysics to be able to think through and prepare thought-experiments…. There is a strong sense of disillusionment a lot of people feel when they begin to engage academic/professional philosophy, since it is not what they expect, and Unger plays into that, and one may ask: To sell a product?… I am reminded of a little story, actually, anecdotal but it’s a good analogy here. While I was a PhD student in Germany, I worked as barkeeper to be able to make a living. All of my colleagues knew that I had an MA (sociology/philosophy/literature), and that I was doing quite some theoretical work, even though they weren’t clear on what it was, but to them it meant that since ‘sociology’ didn’t seem like it was ‘social work’ in my descriptions, I had to be ‘a philosophy guy’. But they quickly lost interest in conversations about what I really do, and I wasn’t too eager to explaining my PhD project, because I was and still am of the opinion that forcing someone to reduce a 500 plus x page book into a small-talk sized piece of no more than two sentences is hardly ever a good idea, since, when you do ‘dumb it down’ to a point where it is easily and quickly communicated, you tend to lose what’s interesting and novel about it and get a snooty response like ‘but we already know that’ or ‘who needs that’, and then you have to start unpacking it again, which people have had no patience for in the first place, and they have already their crafted their opinion of you and your work. A bit like describing Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to someone as “it’s a picture of a woman smiling”, and the person saying in response “How boring, I got several of those on my cell-phone of my mom smiling, and she’s a woman, duh”. So, what really struck me, however, was when one nite a colleague said about one of our younger waiters (almost ten years younger than me), when we were having a conversation about personality and views on life, that she thought he was ‘such a deep person’, and then she further qualified this in terms of him seeming to have such deep thoughts, and coming across as so philosophical, and so on. It was strange to me, this contrast, her knowing that I had studied philosophy at a university and that it’s part of my MA degree, while on the other hand in describing our younger colleague as ‘philosophical’ she clearly indicated it as a very positive feature. This is the schizophrenic aspect, that she clearly seemed to hold two ideas about ‘philosophy’ in her head at the same time, and yet they were also connected somehow. And this is precisely what is mentioned a the end of the interview, however, without appreciating the schizophrenic aspect. I think that people who actually read books and go to book stores regularly (precisely for those books about self-help and Buddhism in the ‘philosophy’ section), know that what they qualify as being philosophical or having philosophical thoughts and doing philosophy are two very different things, and they have a grasp of what this difference means. They just like the ‘excuse’ to act as if they didn’t know, so they do not have to justify that they would rather not engage more difficult paths of thinking and their necessity. Why, well, let’s be good Kantians: People are lazy. Unger knows this, and he helps people perpetuate their excuses, and the best way to continue such an excuse is by ridiculing and/or bashing down on others, who’d be equipped to unmask excuses for what they. If you take Wittgenstein’s ‘what one can’t talk about, one should be silent about’, then you can apply this here in a sense, but with a twist: One should be silent about it, including not making excuses, but many people don’t like to be silent, they like to be able to have a say, to have an opinion, to have a right to an opinion, and to have their opinion be right (consequences be damned – this certainly explains the American Tea Party, I guess). And because they have to have a say, and having a say means using and understanding spoken/written language, so whatever is said or published in language (i.e. English) should be able to be understood by everybody, since after all it’s not nuclear physics, for nuclear physics is written in math and math is not like language, and then we’re back again with the whole ‘dumbing down’ issue. But from that point of view, these people are hammers for whom every problem looks like nail, whereas professional philosophers are more like (continually expanding) tool-boxes – oh my, Foucault would have like that one. But for the hammers, it’s really hard to grasp that a screw cannot be hammered into a wall and hold. In their eyes, however, if toolboxes come around and try to explain it to them and try to show them a drill and a screw driver, it’s too much, it’s horrible, it’s nothing they want to hear. But they do like the other hammer that says: ‘The wall is too soft and there are nail-looking things that aren’t nails.’ They tend to enjoy these as ‘deep’ and ‘philosophical’. And the Unger-hammers (which are really non-hammers who talk in hammer-speak) play on that, and say who needs all these tool-boxes with drills and screw-drivers, and so on, when the world is still full of nails… Now, the trick for the tool-boxes is to figure out ways to show – again, think about the thought experiments – how the world is not just full of nails, while also still getting to use all their tools and maintain them and so on…. Now, you can call me elitist or whatever you like. But I don’t believe in catering to a ‘culture of excuses’, to use my friend Fritz Breithaupt’s term, who thinks that at the heart of human cultural evolution one finds such a culture of excuses. I believe that this culture is an obstacle, perhaps very much because it is a culture that is incredibly egoistic, hedonistic, and so on, and always allows one to defend their own comfortability. I argue, instead, that we must overcome this culture and create a culture of justification and liberation – in terms of Rainer Forst and Enrique Dussel. But if I really had to go up against the hammers, and also do that in a defense of analytic philosophy (and I really am not an analytic philosopher), than I’d do it with Hannah Arendt: Thinking without banisters. Hammer-language and excuses are banisters. (As usual apologies for misunderstandings, etc. due to me being not a native speaker of English…. see: cheap excuses always work.)”

Steve Stockman, US Rep Texas
“The right to keep and bear arms is granted by God.” (2013)

Paul Street
“Since taking the oath, Insane Clown President (ICP) Donald Trump’s presidency has been a great homage to the American reality television series “Jackass.””

Benjamin Studebaker
“If Plato can do it, I can do it.”
“That’s what happens when you don’t write your shit down.” (In response to Nichi feeling bad for people who Plato recorded who are not Socrates)
“Then there’s the fact that ancient and medieval people chose to save and transcribe some stuff and not other stuff. Why did they save some and not others? We’ll never know for sure, but I like to think that they saved the best stuff.
…but it’s also possible that because they were medieval and ridiculous they saved a bunch of mediocre crap and ignored the REALLY good stuff.”
“We are all screaming into the void, and everyone is entitled to scream into the void about whatever they damn well please.”
“My entire feed is just “Nichi added more videos to playlists””
“They say we’re not ready, but that does not make it so.”
“A market economy is a centrally planned economy. The government has planned for an artificial market to exist in which people pretend to own and buy things that all belong, in reality, to the government.” (Aug 2009)
“The government creates the free market economy. In that respect, a free market is simply a centrally planned economy in which the government decides to make private citizens do all the work. At any moment it can change its mind and regulate it or change it.” (Aug 2009)
“I have legions of followers? Where are they? Why don’t more of them read my blog?”
“Lenin is not a nation that you “power up”.” (In response to Nichi claiming Lenin was a nation that was powered up.)

Joe S——-
“You have to look at this from a Republican perspective. If they help people with mental illness, who will be left to vote for them?”

Madi S———–
“I don’t understand how people “get ready” for bed, like I’m always ready for bed.”

Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume L

Raoni Lacerda
“This has obviously not deterred the Internet (which views laws more like rude suggestions)”

Andrew Lang
“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.”

Anton LaVey
“The seven deadly sins of the Christian Church are: greed, pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust, and sloth. Satanism advocates indulging in each of these ‘sins’ as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.”
“How could you set yourself up as the most powerful institution on earth? You first find out what every man feels at least once a day, establish that as a sin, and set yourself up as the only institution capable of pardoning that sin.”

Brian Leiter
“Could someone please provide the scheduled date for the end of inquiry in philosophy?” (comment on leiterreports)
“If a school really is a liberal arts college, and not a pretender to that status, then it offers philosophy. Full stop. If it chooses to eliminate philosophy, then whatever it is, it is not a liberal arts college.”
“For one thing, Nietzsche understands “interpretation” in the manner of a serious philologist, not a flippant post-modernist”

Aldo Leopold
“This sounds simple: do we not already sing our love for and obligation to the land of the free and the home of the brave? Yes, but just what and whom do we love? Certainly not the soil, which we are sending helter-skelter down river. Certainly not the waters, which we assume have no function except to turn turbines, float barges, and carry off sewage. Certainly not the plants, of which we exterminate whole communities without batting an eye. Certainly not the animals, of which we have already extirpated many of the largest and most beautiful species. A land ethic of course cannot prevent the alteration, management, and use of these ‘resources,’ but it does affirm their right to continued existence, and, at least in spots, their continued existence in a natural state. In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.”

CS Lewis
“To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.
When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

Ken Luther
“The problems for the exam will be similar to the discussed in the class. Of course, the numbers will be different. But not all of them. Pi will still be 3.14159… ”
“This is a one line proof…if we start sufficiently far to the left.”

Martin Luther
“Medicine makes people ill, mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful.”

Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume IJK

“and yeah, there’s bi people everywhere, my partner is bi, this girl is bi, everyone’s bi!”

Louisa I—–
“Why don’t fuck and track rhyme?”
“Do you ever want to cut a bitch because of predestination?”
“This gum is my only friend.”
“What the fuck are lakes.”
“Why isn’t Martin Luther sainted? Oh right, he basically said “fuck you” to the Catholic Church…that would do it.”
“Hitler’s not in the Bible. People forget that sometimes.”

Henry Jacoby
“Now, bring me the thong of Lisa Cuddy!” (from Introduction of House and Philosophy)

Theodore Kaczynski
“We can do anything we like as long as it is UNIMPORTANT.”
“People do not consciously and rationally choose the form of their society. Societies develop through processes of social evolution that are not under rational human control.”
“Constitutional rights are useful up to a point, but they do not serve to guarantee much more than what could be called the bourgeois conception of freedom. According to the bourgeois conception, a “free” man is essentially an element of a social machine and has only a certain set of prescribed and delimited freedoms; freedoms that are designed to serve the needs of the social machine more than those of the individual.”

Seto Kaiba
“Guess I should have warned ya — whenever I’m about to lose, I draw exactly what I need!”

Helen Keller
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

Pierre K—–
“I don’t mean to say that that’s completely wrong but just that it’s fundamentally wrong.”

Michael Kelso
“It’s Thanksgiving. Some people bake pies. We bake ourselves.”
“Monkeys with guns would be a great TV show.”

Soren Kierkegaard
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
“How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, and they demand those they do not have.”

Tim Kopf
“I don’t have time to play you all the music in the world.”
“If I’m wrong, I might be wrong.”

Sónya Kovalévsky
“It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.”

Karl Kraus
“The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are.”

Lux K—-
“desensitized to the female chest? Lmao. How can you be desensitized to something that is different on every person? That’s like going to a few art museums and saying you’re done with art because it doesn’t have the same effect anymore. I’ll have you know I’ve seen breasts every day since I was 13 and I’m not desensitized at all. By the way I’m speaking for the majority.”

Leopold Kronecker
“God created the natural numbers, all else is the work of man.”