Quotes

No webpage with respect for itself can be without a collection of quotes to reflect the ingenuity and wisdom encountered on the web. Mine is no exception.

“There is no reason to assume that we will find intelligent life on other planets. We still haven’t found any on this one.”
(after years of trying to track the source, also with the help of others, I’ve found that this one is probably my own creation)

“Growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional.”

“When was the last time you heard of an atheist flying a plane into a building to murder thousands in the name of no god?”

“I know that human beings and fish can coexist peacefully.”
— George W. Bush

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
— Stephen Hawking

“War does not determine who is right. War determines who is left.”

“Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum – I think that I think therefore I think that I am.”
— (from my own head)

“If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.”
— Zaphod Beeblebrox

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”
— E. O. Wilson

“If you were waiting for the opportune moment, that was it.”
— Captain Jack Sparrow

“Why do you do this, when you’ve got a perfectly good finger right over here?”
— Adam Savage from Mythbusters (on the subject of pulling the safety pin out of a hand grenade with his teeth)

“Our death ray is not working. I’m standing in it, and … I’m not dead yet!”
— Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters (on the subject of creating a death ray)

“I reject your reality, and substitute my own.”
— Adam Savage from Mythbusters

“Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.”
— Penn Jillette

“Feck off, cup!”
— Father Jack

“You see, the point is, that there is no point in driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself going mad. You might as well give in and save your sanity for later.”
— Ford Prefect

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
— Stephen Roberts

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
— Philip K. Dick

“Build a man a fire and he’ll be warm the rest of the day. Set a man on fire and he’ll be warm the rest of his life.”
— Terry Pratchett

On going to war over religion: “You’re basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.”
— Richard Jeni

“When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “Happy”. They told me that I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”
— William James

“So you say that evolution is just a theory? So is gravity. Try denying that some time.”

“Oh man, this isn’t happening. It only thinks it’s happening.”
— Flynn, TRON

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
— Robert J. Hanlon (Hanlon’s Razor)

“If the government is covering up knowledge of aliens, they are doing a better job of it than they do at anything else.”
— Stephen Hawking

“I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
— Alan Greenspan

“Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.”
— Monty Python, “The Meaning of Life” (“The End Of The Movie”)

 

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