836) [N]ever take seriously anybody who says, "I cannot believe that so-and-so could have evolved by gradual selection." I have dubbed this kind of fallacy "the Argument from Personal Incredulity. Time and again, it has proved the prelude to an intellectual banana-skin experience.
Richard Dawkins River Out of Eden (1995)
837) Do good by stealth.
Richard Dawkins River Out of Eden (1995)
838) He was living almost like a young child, among actualities only. He was surprised by nothing, and by everything.
Ursula K. LeGuinn The Lathe of Heaven (1971)
839) Nothing endures, nothing is precise and certain (except the mind of a pedant) [...]
H.G. Wells A Modern Utopia (1905) quoted by Ursula K. LeGuin in The Lathe of Heaven (1971)
840) The Social Contract is nothing more or less than a vast conspiracy of human being to lie to and humbug themselves and one another for the general Good. Lies are the mortar that bind the savage individual man into the social masonry.
H.G. Wells Love and Mr. Lewisham (1899) [B16]
841) "We begin well, sir," the fat man purred [...] "I distrust a man who says when. If he's got to be careful not to drink too much it's because he's not to be trusted when he does. [...] Well, sir, here's to plain speaking and clear understanding. [...] You're a close-mouthed man?"
Spade shook his head. "I like to talk."
"Better and better!" the fat man exclaimed. "I distrust a close-mouthed man. He generally picks the wrong time to talk and says the wrong things. Talking's something you can't do judiciously unless you keep in practice."
Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon (1929)
842) There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise; it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return.
Franz Kafka "The Third Notebook" (10/20/1917) [PH] published in Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings (1954) and Blue Octavo Notebooks (1991) edited by Max Brod both translated by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins
[Note: Alternate translations give "laziness" instead of "indolence" and "cardinal sins" instead of "main human sins."]
843) Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
Henry Ford (widely attributed)
844) History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
Henry Ford interviewed by Charles N. Wheeler in Chicago Tribune (5/25/1916) [B16]
[Note: Given this quote, and Ford's nativist isolationism and support of anti-semitism, the quality of his own thinking must be suspect.]
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 658 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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If you read it daily, I will come to your house, kiss you on the forehead, bathe your feet, and cook pancakes for you, with yummy syrup and everything.
(You might want to keep a watch on me, though, just to avoid the syrup ending up on your feet and the pancakes on your forehead.)
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