It is only in folk tales, children's stories...

"It is only in folk tales, children's stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil. The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them."

-- Noam Chomsky, The World After September 11th, AFSC Conference, Dec. 8, 2001

Classy R2-D2

Civilization

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Let's Play Monopoly

Kara Remembers (on floppy drives)

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The origin of myths...

"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."

-- Bertrand Russell

Groucho on success

"The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake those, you've got it made."

-- Groucho Marx

Truth and Lies

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."

-- H. L. Mencken

On achieving immortality

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work . . . I want to achieve it through not dying."

-- Woody Allen

The universe we observe...

"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."

-- Richard Dawkins

The complaints of the privileged

"The complaints of the privileged are too often confused with the voice of the masses."

-- John Kenneth Galbraith

Some crappy little country...

"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."

-- Michael Ledeen, resident scholar in the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute

Life is so unlike theory.

"Life is so unlike theory."

-- Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn, 1869

Fire in the lake...

"Fire in the lake: the image of revolution."

-- I Ching, Book I, c. 12th cent. B.C.

Objectivity, concerning foreign nations

"The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one's own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard--every action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals, which they serve. Indeed, if one examines the relationship between nations, as well as between individuals, one comes to the conclusion that objectivity is the exception, and a greater or lesser degree of narcissistic distortion is the rule."

-- Erich Fromm
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