The future is just a fucking concept that we use to avoid living today.
6 Feet Under
If you would take a mans life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.
A Game of Thrones
Just so. Opening your eyes is all that is needed. The heart lies and the head plays tricks with us, but the eyes see true. Look with your eyes. Hear with your ears. Taste with your mouth. Smell with your nose. Feel with your skin. Then comes the thinking, afterward, and in that way knowing the truth.
A Game of Thrones
Don’t ask permission. Just do it! It’s easier to apologize for having done something than it is to get permission to do it.
Admiral Grace Hopper
Hit hard. Hit fast. Hit often.
Admiral WF Halsey
They can because they think they can.
Aeneid (Virgil)
We do not do this thing because it is permitted. We do it because we have to. We do it because we are compelled.
Alan Moore (The Watchman)
It does not do to rely to much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing one loud noise and it’s gone.
Alan Moore (V for Vendetta)
I am the devil, and I come to do the devils work.
Alan Moore (V for Vendetta)
Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stuipd. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and briliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.
Albert Einstein
It isn’t necessary to have something to believe in. It’s only necessary to believe that somewhere there’s something worthy of belief.
Alfred Bester (The Stars My Destination)
You’re all freaks, sir. But you always have been freaks. Life is a freak. That’s its hope and glory.
Alfred Bester (The Stars My Destination)
Hope may be a dream. But she will fight to make it real.
Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone (This is How You Lose the Time War)
Words can wound — but they’re bridges, too.
Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone (This is How You Lose the Time War)
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone (This is How You Lose the Time War)
Smile pretty and watch your back.
Ani Defranco
Living was struggling to do something impossible - to succeed, or die, knowing you had tried!
Anne McCaffrey (Dragonflight)
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
Anonymous
Perfection (in design) is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Enupery
A lot of you are going to have to make decisions above your level. Make the best decision that you can with the information that’s available to you at the time, and, above all, do the right thing.
Atul Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto)
The philosophy is that you push the power of decision making out to the periphery and away from the center. You give people the room to adapt, based on their experience and expertise. All you ask is that they talk to one another and take responsibility. That is what works.
Atul Gawande (The Checklist Manifesto)
You don’t need planning permission to build castles in the sky.
Banksy
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
Banksy
Do not try to imitate the old masters. Seek what they sought.
Basho
Everyone’s out to get you mother fucker.
Beck
There comes a point in every mans life when he must stop thinking and start doing.
Ben Sisko
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Bertrand Russell
Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
Bertrand Russell
Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
Bertrand Russell
Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
Bertrand Russell
Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
Bertrand Russell
hen you accept authority, you must be willing to take responsibility for it at all times -- even when you don't particularly feel like it.
Brandon Sanderson (Elantris)
The trick is to never stop looking. There is always another secret.
Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn)
First you finish the fucking fight
Brent Weeks (The Burning White)
We all fail. It's why we don't walk alone
Brent Weeks (The Burning White)
And if you can't save your father, then you poison the well. You rip them out by the root. And every time your heart inclines to mercy, if you love your father, you remember whatever tiny shred of devotion you hold toward that poor man, and you make sure they don't steal and murder any other little girl's father ever again.
Brent Weeks (The Burning White)
Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change -- this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
Bruce Barton
We will honour the past, and fight to the last, it will be a good way to die.
Bruningee Song - Lexx
All worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is to poor to buy.
C.S. Lewis
Know what's weird? Day by day nothing seems to change, but pretty soon, everything is different. You just go about your business and one day you realize you're not the same person you used to be. People change whether they decided to or not!
Calvin and Hobbes
I begin to speak only when I'm certain what I'll say isn't better left unsaid.
Cato
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticisms from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. If I like anything, I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise.
Charles Schwab
Tell me and I may forget, Show me and I may remember, Involve me and I’ll understand.
Chinese Proverb
He pretended like he was someone else with bigger principles, bigger balls, and no sense of self-preservation.
Chuck Wendig (Wanderers)
Because all things fell. All things ended. The best you could do was let it crumble and build it anew.
Chuck Wendig (Wanderers)
Freedom is something you have to take for yourself.
Cory Doctorow (Little Brother)
Everything has a beginning and an end. Life is just a cycle of starts and stops. There are ends we don’t desire, but they’re inevitable, we have to face them. It’s what being human is all about.
Cowboy bebop
Like an angel from the underworld, or a demon from paradise.
Cowboy Bebop
I’m not going there to die. I’m going to find out if I’m really alive.
Cowboy Bebop
We reject kings, presidents and voting. We believe in rough consensus and running code.
David Clark
Always the principle of a thing is more important than the thing itself.
David Drake (Lord of the Isles)
There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes.
Doctor Who
That’s the thing. If I don’t dare, everyone dies.
Doctor Who
Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t Blink. Good Luck.
Doctor Who
Life is boring. People are vengeful. Good things always end. We do so many things and we don’t know why, and if we do find out why, it’s decades later and knowing why doesn’t matter any more.
Douglas Coupland (All families are Psychotic)
Let’s make these machines do something they’ve never done before, lets make them sing!
Douglas Coupland (Microserfs)
The power comes in response to a need, not a desire. You have to create that need.
Dragonball Z
Funny, as grim as things look right now I kind of like the challenge.
Dragonball Z
In preparing for battle, plans are useless but planning is indispensable.
Dwight Eisenhower
Do not go quietly into the night, rage, rage, rage, against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas
The other kind of family is the kind you find
E. K. Johnston (Ahsoka)
In the land of the dark the Ship of the Sun is driven by the Grateful Dead.
Egyptian Book of the Dead
Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.
Emerson
Circumstances don't make the man; they only reveal him to himself.
Epictetus
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
Epictetus
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
Eric Hoffer
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.
Etienne de Grellet
I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain
Frank Herbert (Dune)
Plan to throw one away; you will anyhow.
Fred Brooks
Everything before the word "but" is horse shit.
Game of Thrones
Everyone and everything has a time to die.
Garth Nix (Abhorsen)
it is better to do something than nothing, even if the cost is great.
Garth Nix (Sabriel)
outcomes are what matter—not the process, not controls, or, for that matter, what work you complete.
Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford (The Phoenix Project)
The worst isn’t done. The worst is just beginning, and there are no happy endings.
George R.R. Martin (A Feast for Crows)
Knowledge is a weapon John. Arm yourself well before you ride forth to battle
George R.R. Martin (A Feast for Crows)
Kick logic out and do the impossible.
Gurren Lagann
You know, I was once belted like that too. At the time, you might think it’s a mistake you can never undo. Even if it is, if we kick and scream and fight like hell, we move forward a little bit. I was taught to believe in the me that believes in myself!
Gurren Lagann
Force your way down a path you choose to take and do it all yourself.
Gurren Lagann
When the situation is passed all remedies, it is righteousness to take to sword.
Guru Gobind Singh
There are times when all you can do to survive is one single thing, however unlikely it may be, and so you act as if it can be done.
Guy Gavriel Kay (Last light of the Sun)
You failed because humans fail. It is a gift as much as anything else.
Guy Gavriel Kay (The Summer Tree)
To this I will make reply although he be a god and it will mean my death.
Guy Gavriel Kay (The Wandering Fire)
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.
Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
Henry David Thoreau
If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own.
Henry Ford
To know one thing, you must know the opposite.
Henry Moore
No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.
Henry Rollins
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
Hermann Hesse
Love must not entreat”, she added, “or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.
Hermann Hesse (Damian)
My story is not a pleasant one; it is neither sweet nor harmonious, as invented stories are; it has the taste of nonsense and chaos, of madness and dreams - like the lives of all men who stop deceiving themselves.
Hermann Hesse (Demian)
Truth is lived, not taught.
Hermann Hesse (The Glass Bead Game)
Wield your anger like a steel fist and smash in their faces.
Hiroshi Sakurazaka (All you need is kill)
Reality is almost always wrong.
House M.D.
Beauty often seduces us on the road to truth.
House M.D.
To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.
Isaac Asimov (Foundation)
I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)
The single greatest skill in any endeavor is doing the work. Not doing the work that is easy for you. Not doing the work that makes you look good. Not doing the work when you feel inspired. Just doing the work.
James Clear
The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.
James Clear
No harm trying, though.
James S. A. Corey (Caliban's War)
Look, I know what I’m asking, but you know the stakes. This is what we have. I didn’t call you to hear how it won’t work. Either help or give up. Right now devil’s advocate is just another name for asshole.
James S. A. Corey (Leviathan Wakes)
We walk the narrow path Beneath the smoking skies Sometimes you can barely tell the difference Between the darkness and the light Do we have faith in what we believe? The truest test is when we cannot, When we cannot see.
Jane Silberry
七転び八起き (Fall seven times and stand up eight)
Japanese Proverb
He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.
Jean-Luc Godard
Hell is other people.
Jean-Paul Sartre
Being drunk is a good disguise. I drink so I can talk to assholes. This includes me.
Jim Morrison
it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.
Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership)
We know what it means to fail—to lose, to be surprised, outmaneuvered, or simply beaten. Those lessons were the hardest, but perhaps the most important.
Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership)
Relax. Look around. Make a call.
Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership)
Do something, even if it’s wrong
Joe Haldeman, (The Forever War)
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
John Ciardi
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.
John Gall
But remember the plan is not the goal.
John Scalzi (The Consuming Fire)
Confidence isn't about knowing you're right. Confidence is about knowing you can make it right.
John Scalzi (The Consuming Fire)
A mathematician is always asking, “What assumptions are you making? And are they justified?”
Jordan Ellenberg (How Not to be Wrong, The Power of Mathematical thinking)
I don’t believe one can show greater respect than to weep for a stranger
Jose Saramago (All the names)
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.
Juan Ramon Jimenez
You won't know the meaning of success without knowing how it feels to fail.
Kazu Kibuishi (The Last Council - Amulet #4)
If you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original.
Ken Robinson
I’m not like them But I can pretend The sun is gone But I have a light The day is done But I’m having fun I think I’m dumb Or maybe just happy.
Kurt Cobain
It’s better to burn out than to fade away.
Kurt Cobain
Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.
L. David Marquet (Turn the Ship Around)
you think your present sorrow is solid, like a sphere of diamond encasing your soul. but, the nature of Sorrow is closer to that of ice. ice melts when warmth is applied.
L. Jagi Lamplighter (Prospero Regained)
You sing when you can, not when someone wants you to.
L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Timedivers Dawn)
There are no responsibilities too small for your concern, nor none too great to be borne.
L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Timegod)
First you must survive.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Colors of Chaos)
If you do not survive what you do now, you will not reach the future. If you do not think now about where you go, you will have precious few choices when you reach next year or the years after.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Colors of Chaos)
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
L.P. Hartley (The Go-Between)
Because the farther down you go, the bigger and scarier the turtles get, with sharper and sharper beaks. Until eventually they start looking less like turtles and more like dragons
Lev Grossman (The Magicians)
Because when killing starts to feel right, you’re doing something wrong.
Lila Bowen (Conspiracy of Ravens)
Everything has a cost. You live in a tribe, you pull your weight. You live in a town, you do your job. You live on a farm, you sweat into the soil. You want something, you suffer for it. Living is not free. Life demands sacrifice.
Lila Bowen (Conspiracy of Ravens)
A grin’s just another way to show your teeth.
Lila Bowen (Conspiracy of Ravens)
He did not feel adequate to the task but that didn’t matter. The task was his.
Linda Nagata (Edges)
Any concept of speed depended on perspective.
Linda Nagata (Silver)
The trick is to just keep moving.
M*A*S*H
External things are not the problem. It's your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now.
Marcus Aurelius
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
Marcus Aurelius
The best way to avenge yourself is to not be like that.
Marcus Aurelius
Choose not to be harmed and you won't feel harmed. Don't feel harmed and you haven't been.
Marcus Aurelius
We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happens to us, as well as how we respond.
Mark Manson (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck)
If I thought he was going to hurt you, I’d be disposing of his body. I don’t fuck around, either.
Martha Wells (Network Effect)
An absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Martha Wells (Network Effect)
If you’re going to fuck with something bigger and meaner than you, use a quick targeted attack and then run away really fast.
Martha Wells (Network Effect)
It was immense, and wrong, and terrible and beautiful all at the same time.
Martha Wells (Rogue Protocol)
Throw your body at the target and kill the shit out of it
Martha Wells (Rogue Protocol)
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die!
Mary Frye (Do not stand at my grave and weep)
What I was I no more remain.
Mary Queen of Scots
Walsh told me, “If we are all thinking alike, no one is thinking.”
Michael Lombardi (Gridiron Genius)
In order to attain the impossible one must attempt the absurd.
Miguel do Unamun
Be willing to get fired.
Mike Monteiro
It means setting sail while others stay in harbor, knowing your way, knowing the seaworthiness of your ship, and knowing the weather. When you know all these things, and the wind is in your favor, then set sail, and if the wind should change before you arrive, then you must row the rest with your sails furled.
Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings)
Don’t think you are, know you are.
Morphious
When life gives you lemons, lock shields, set your pikes, and make the bastards pay for every motherfucking inch.
Myke Cole
while your thoughts are your own, the words you let past your lips belong to the world, and the world will not always take the meaning you intend.
Myke Cole (The Armored Saint)
Its easy, there’s a trick to it, you do it or you die.
Neil Gaiman
I believe life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.
Neil Gaiman
As sure as waters wet and days are long and a friend will always disappoint you in the end.
Neil Gaiman
You’re walking on gallows ground, and there’s a rope around your neck and a raven bird on each shoulder waiting for your eyes, and the gallows tree has deep roots, for it stretches from heaven to hell, and our world is only the branch from which the rope is swinging.
Neil Gaiman
We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, then the distractions of the world are put aside.
Neil Gaiman
When angels go bad, Richard, they go worse than anyone. Remember Lucifer used to be an angel.
Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere)
Rules and responsibilities: these are the ties that bind us. We do what we do because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourself. I will do what I have to do. And I will do what I must.
Neil Gaiman (Sandman)
It is sometimes a mistake to climb; it is always a mistake never even to make the attempt.
Neil Gaiman (Sandman)
Any view of things that is not strange is false.
Neil Gaiman (Sandman)
Now you will apologize to me, and you will call me by my right name, or I will - with enormous pleasure - devote the rest of my life to hunting you down and destroying everything that you care for and everything that you are.
Neil Gaiman (Stardust)
It is at this point that Shaftoe makes his big decision. It is surprisingly easy - but then, really stupid decisions are always the easiest
Neil Stephenson (Cryptonomicon)
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccold Machiavelli
Nothing can hurt me, nothing can hurt me, nothing can stop me now.
Nine Inch Nails
Head like a hole, black as your soul, I’d rather die then give you control.
Nine Inch Nails
I wish I felt something.
Nine Inch Nails
What have I become my sweetest friend? Everything goes away in the end.
Nine Inch Nails
Too fucked up to care anymore.
Nine Inch Nails
Just a fading fucking reminder of who I used to be.
Nine Inch Nails
Once expanded to the dimensions of a larger idea, [the mind] never returns to its original size.
Oliver Wendall Holmes
I’m a thief, I’m a liar, I’m an angel in the fire.
Our Lady Peace
The world is a fucking mess. It's full of Dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we'd like to be. And that sucks. But when you're confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.
Patrick Rothfuss
If we do not step forward, then we step back. If we do not protect a right, then we deny it. Mr. Speaker, together as a nation, together as Canadians: Let us step forward.
Paul Martin
I believe in, and I will fight for, the Charter of Rights. I believe in, and I will fight for, a Canada that respects the foresight and vision of those who created and entrenched the Charter. I believe in, and I will fight for, a future in which generations of Canadians to come, Canadians born here and abroad, will have the opportunity to value the Charter as we do today - as an essential pillar of our democratic freedoms.
Paul Martin
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things'
Peter Drucker
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
Philip K. Dick
“Well, that seems kinda precipitate. Seems to me a man should have a choice whether to take up arms or not.” “We have no more choice in that than in whether or not to be born.”
Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass)
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Plato
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Plato
Any dream worth having, is worth fighting for.
Professor Xavier
The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That’s pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps.
Pulp Fiction
When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury
If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.
Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)
Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile deliquents.
Ray Bradbury (Farenheit 451)
That’s the good part of dying; when you’ve nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.
Ray Bradbury (Farenheit 451)
For nature can't be fooled.
Richard Feynman
Then I had another thought: Physics disgusts me a little bit now, but I used to enjoy physics. Why did I enjoy it? I used to play with it. I used to do whatever I felt like doing - it didn’t have to do with whether it was important for the development of nuclear physics, but whether it was interesting and amusing for me to play with. When I was in high school, I’d see water running out of a faucet growing narrower, and wonder if I could figure what determines that curve. I found it was rather easy to do. I didn’t have to do it; it wasn’t important for the future of science; somebody else had already done it. This didn’t make any difference: I’d invent things and play with things. So I got this new attitude. Now that I am burned out and I’ll never accomplish anything, I’ve got this nice position at the university teaching classes which I rather enjoy, and just like I read the Arabian Nights for pleasure, I’m going to play with physics, whenever I want to, without worrying about importance whatsoever. Within a week I was in the cafeteria and some guy, fooling around, throws a plate in the air. As the plate went up in the air I saw it wobble, and I noticed the red medallion of Cornell on the plate going around. It was pretty obvious to me that the medallion went around faster than the wobbling. I had nothing to do, so I start to figure out the motion of the rotating plate. I discovered that when the angle is very slight, the medallion rotates twice as fast as the wobble rate - two to one. It came out of a complicated equation! Then I thought, “Is there some way I can see in a more fundamental way, by looking at the forces or the dynamics, why it’s two to one? I don’t remember how I did it, but I ultimately worked out what the motion of the mass particles is, and how all the accelerations balance to make it two to one. I still remember going to Hans Bethe and saying, "Hey, Hans! I noticed something interesting. Here the plate goes around so, and the reason it’s two to one is ..." and I showed him the accelerations. He says, "Feynman, that’s pretty interesting, but what’s the importance of it? Why are you doing it?" "Hah!" I say. "There’s no importance whatsoever. I’m just doing it for the fun of it." His reaction didn’t discourage me; I had made up my mind I was going to enjoy physics and do whatever I liked. I went on to work out equations of wobbles. Then I thought about how electron orbits start to move in relativity. Then there’s the Dirac Equation in electrodynamics. And then quantum electrodynamics. And before I knew it (it was a very short time) I was "playing" - working, really - with the same old problem that I loved so much, that I had stopped working on when I went to Los Alamos: my thesis-type problems; all those old-fashioned, wonderful things. It was effortless. It was easy to play with these things. It was like uncorking a bottle: Everything flowed out effortlessly. I almost tried to resist it! There was no importance to what I was doing, but ultimately there was. The diagrams and the whole business that I got the Nobel Prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate.
Richard Feynman (Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman)
Sometimes, you know, you’ve just got to let go.
Richard Morgan (Blackman)
Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. I’m mad but not ill.
Robert Anton Wilson (Werewolf Bridge)
The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost
Fear is a useful spur. To the wits, and to determination, when well controlled. If we have no fear of our enemies, that leaves only contempt, and contempt leads to the enemy’s victory.
Robert Jordan (Crossroads of Twilight)
The choice isn’t always about what you do, son, but why you do it.
Robert Jordan (The Gathering Storm)
The most important art is to omit.
Robert Louis Stevenson
For every fact there is a infinity of hypotheses. The more you look the more you see.
Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge
Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
... this is the Great Theater of Life. Admission is free but the taxation is mortal. You come when you can, and leave when you must. The show is continuous. Good-night.
Robertson Davies
Perspective is everything.
Ryan Holiday (The Obstacle is the Way)
If you pile up enough of it, even shit can look beautiful
Sabine Hossenfelder (Lost in Math)
They thought they could hear her whisper when they were talking to themselves.
Sabine Hossenfelder (Lost in Math)
Who Dares Wins.
SAS Motto
It’s dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true.
Sasha Sagan (For Small Creatures Such as We)
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Shakespeare
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Sir Winston Churchill
Surt; he has a flaming sword, and at the end of the world he will come and harry and will vanquish all the gods and burn the whole world with fire.
Snorri Sturluson
All I know is that I know nothing.
Socrates
Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.
Spock
I’ve never been one to play it safe. I choose to try.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs
Where I come from, we believe in using what is closest to an enemy or what comes from him, as a weapon against him.
Terry Goodkind (The Pillars of Creation)
If you want to be free, all you have to do is let go.
Terry Hayes (I am Pilgrim)
Krishna answers. “I am Time, Arjuna – and now, here at this place of battle, I am the mighty world-destroying Time. With or without you, the warriors are arrayed to fight, and whether on the righteous or corrupt side, they are readied for their ruin and must die. The destruction of enemies is inevitable. It is not possible for an individual person to avert the design of Divinity.”
The Bhagavad Gita
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The British Library
You plunge into the challenge wholeheartedly, no matter the danger. You don't hide or evade.
The Burning Wheel Adventure Burner
because failure is interesting.
The Burning Wheel Adventure Burner
If the situation or problem is such that it can be remedied, then there is no need to worry about it. Alternatively if there is no way out, no solution, no possibility of resolution, then there is also no point in being worried about it, because you can’t do anything about it.
The Dalai Lama
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
The Grateful Dead
You who chose to lead must follow, but if you fall you fall alone. If you should stand who’s to guide you? If I knew the way I would take you home.
The Grateful Dead (Ripple)
She’s got everything delightful, she’s got everything I need.
The Grateful Dead (Sugar Magnolia)
Everything beautiful is ruined eventually.
The Half of It
to exist is to survive unfair choices.
The OA
You’re going sane in a crazy world.
The Tick
Gravity is a harsh mistress.
The Tick
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.
Theodore Roosevelt
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing..
Theodore Roosevelt
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.
Theodore Roosevelt
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson
You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.
Tim Robbins
What does it mean to succeed? Most people see success as being rich and famous or powerful and influential. Others see it as being at the top of their profession and standing out from the rest. The wise see success in a more personal way; they see it as achieving the goals they have set for themselves, and then feeling pride and satisfaction in their accomplishments. True success is felt in the heart, not measured by money and power. So be true to yourself and achieve the goals you set. For success is reaching those goals and feeling proud of what you have accomplished.
Tim Tweedie
A man must do what he must, Admiral Thrawn. Even if his stand is against the fall of eternal night.
Timothy Zahn (Star Wars: Thrawn)
No matter how far down the wrong road you’ve gone, turn back.
Turkish proverb
Veritas Vos Liberabit (The truth will set you free.)
Unknown
A friend is someone who will help you move. A real friend is someone who will help you move a body.
Unknown
The sweetest tongue, has the sharpest tooth.
Unknown
Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you.
Unknown
His eyes were cold. As cold as the bitter winter snow that was falling outside. Yes, cold and therefore difficult to chew.
Unknown
As a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide.
Unknown
The truth you speak has no past and no future. It is, and that’s all it needs to be.
Unknown
Sometimes insanity is the only alternative.
Unknown
The truth will set you free.
Unknown
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.
Viktor Frankl
History never repeats itself, man always does.
Voltaire
We have met the enemy and he is Us.
Walt Kelly
Life isn’t fair. It’s just fairer than death, that’s all.
William Goldman
Only he can command who has the courage to disobey.
William McDougall
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
Winnie the Pooh
Never give in. Never give in. Never. Never. Never.
Winston Churchill
Keep faith. Trust to love. Fight with honor. But fight to win.
Wonder Woman
It’s a good day to die.
Worf son of Mogh
Anything can be made to work if you fiddle with it long enough.
Wyszkowski’s Second Law
You can only be what you are.
Yukito Kishiro (Battle Angel)
There’s nothing in this world of value. Nothing worth risking our lives for except perhaps what little we can create ourself.
Yukito Kishiro (Battle Angel)
Even if it’s a stupid dream holding on to it is my only proof of who I am. If I run away now all that I’ve been – all that I’ve tried to be – will become a lie.
Yukito Kishiro (Battle Angel)