favorite quotations:


"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."  - James Baldwin

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King Jr.

"I don't want to sit in a lecture that teaches me how to modify algorithms instead of think for myself...the people working the weaving machines in the seventeenth century, they didn't see the steam engine coming.  One invention, Industrial Revolution.  I mean Encyclopedia Britannica didn't see Wikipedia coming.  Great things don't happen in tiny little increments.  You know they happen when someone thinks completely differently.  All you geniuses, you're just modifying algorithms." - Lip, character in Shameless (US), Season 3, Episode 9

"Everything can be art, but it seldom is." - Dan Lowery

"I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success." - Nikola Tesla

"I know she's a brownish area...with points.  And I know I love her."  - Buster Bluth, Arrested Development

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain 

"'Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again." - Andre Gide

"Thus mystery is made a convenient cover for absurdity." - John Adams (2nd President of USA), in response to the statement that some matters of faith are too complex to understand.

“The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” - John Adams, 1797 Treaty of Tripoli

"One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it...  

You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in human feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward the better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world." - Bertrand Russell

"I may not know much about art, but I know what I like." - John Cleese of Monty Python (as The Pope)

"I'm not alone. Uh, spinsters, shut-ins, toll booth attendants — these are alone people. Batmanuel is lone — as in Lone Ranger, or, uh, lone wolf. Alone is an unfortunate predicament. Lone is an aesthetic choice." - Batmanuel, The Tick

"The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them." - Louis C.K.Louie

"I don't want to go to heaven.  None of my friends are there." - Oscar Wilde

(Jerry) "So you prefer dumb and lazy to religious?"  (Elaine) "Dumb and lazy I understand." - Seinfeld Season 9, Episode 16 "The Burning"