These are some of my favorite quotes, sayings, and lyrics about a wide range of subjects.
They are listed in no particular order, with known credits given.

Strange is our situation here upon the earth.  
Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, 
yet sometimes seeming to define a purpose.
          - Albert Einstein

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong.
          - Norm Schryer

Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand.
          - James Hetfield

Happiness isn't something you experience; 
it's something you remember.
          - Oscar Levant

You could search the world over and never find 
anyone more deserving of your love than yourself.
          - Buddha

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable 
superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we 
are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
          - Albert Einstein

If the Aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of western civilization 
would presumably flunk it.
          - Stanley Garn

Picture a bright blue ball, just spinning, spinnin free,
Dizzy with eternity.
Paint it with a skin of sky, brush in some clouds and sea;
call it home for you and me.
A peaceful place, or so it looks from space,
a closer look reveals the human race.
Full of hope, full of grace is the human face;
but afraid - we may lay our home to waste.
          - John Perry Barlow (Grateful Dead - Throwing Stones)

I hear and I forget. 
I see and I remember. 
I do and I understand. 
          - Confucius

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. 
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
          - Niels Bohr

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
          - Adolf Hitler

Success is getting what you want.  
Happiness is wanting what you get.
          -Henry O. Dormann

Any smoothly functioning technology will have 
the appearance of magic.
          - Arthur C Clarke

Anyone can hate. it costs to love.
          - John Williamson

Science has proof without any certainty. 
Creationists have certainty without any proof.
          - Ashley Montague

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
          - Salvor Hardin

Choose a job you love and you will never 
have to work a day in your life.
          - Confucius

He that would make his own liberty secure must 
guard even his enemy from oppression.
          - Thomas Paine

Some men see things as they are and ask why.
Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
          - George Bernard Shaw

You're never too old to become younger.
          - Mae West

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that 
heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) 
but 'That's funny ...'
          - Isaac Asimov

Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things, 
you just get used to them. 
          - John von Neumann

Machines should work. People should think.
          - IBM slogan, late '60s

Television is like a really, really good screen saver.
          - Bill Machrone 

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy 
is about telescopes.
          - Edsger W. Dijkstra

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a 
strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
          - Abraham Lincoln

I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence.  
There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't work.
          - Gallagher

There is a difference between information and experience, 
I prefer the latter.
          - John Perry Barlow

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, 
we borrow it from our Children.
          - Ancient Indian Proverb

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test 
a man's character, give him power.
          - Abraham Lincoln

You don't burn out from going too fast.  
You burn out from going too slow and getting bored.
          - Cliff Burton

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer 
you will find at least two human errors, including the error 
of blaming it on the computer.
          - Tom Gibb

Religion is a subject on which I have ever been most scrupulously
reserved. I have considered it as a matter between every man and 
his Maker in which no other, and far less the public, had 
a right to intermeddle.
          - Thomas Jefferson

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
          - John Diefenbaker

If you don't know what your program is supposed to do,
you'd better not start writing it.
          - Edsger W. Dijkstra

The following two statements are usually both true:
     There's not enough documentation.
     There's too much documentation.
          - Larry Wall

I start with the premise that the function of leadership
is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
          - Ralph Nader

Truth is not determined by majority vote.
          - Doug Gwyn

I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.
          - Albert Einstein

Not all who wander are lost.
          - JRR Tolkien

Don't leave your happiness to fate.
          - Dave Pelzer

I'd think learning to play the guitar
would be very confusing for sighted people.
          - Doc Watson

Our particular principles of religion are a subject of 
accountability to God alone.
          - Thomas Jefferson

The things that money can buy are not of great value.
          - Bert Jamison

I can not tell you who God is, or what God is.
But I am not concerned about that because 
neither can any one else.  All I can really 
tell you is how I've experianced God.
          - John Shelby Spong

Quiet people aren't the only ones who don't say much.

Our society is only as free as the least free among us.
          - Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom
of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in
power than by violent and sudden usurpation. 
          - James Madison

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I stood on 
the shoulders of giants.
          - Isaac Newton

It does not require many words to speak the truth.
          - Chief Joseph

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat 
those who can do nothing for them or to them.
          - Malcolm Forbes

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
          - H. H. Williams

On a paper submitted by a physicist colleague:
'This isn't right.  This isn't even wrong.'
          - Wolfgang Pauli

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
          - H. L. Mencken

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth.
Not going all the way, and not starting.
          - Buddha

Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most 
human actions.
          - Albert Einstein

That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.
          - Friedrich Nietzsche

Putting a bunch of people to work on the same 
problem doesn't make them a team.
          - Weinberg

The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.
          - Thomas Jefferson

With fame I become more and more stupid, 
which of course is a very common phenomenon.
          - Albert Einstein

Even if your on the right track, you'll get run 
over if you just sit there.
          - Will Rogers

The best things in life are not things.

If God has created the world, his primary worry 
was not to make its understanding easy for us.
          - Albert Einstein

Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
          - Benjamin Franklin

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, 
but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
          - Bill Vaughan

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
          - Adlai Stevenson

The Creator gathered all of creation and said, 'I want to 
hide something from the humans until they are ready for it.  
It is the realization that they create their own reality.'  
The eagle said, 'Give it to me, I will take it to the moon.'  
The Creator said, 'No one day they will go there and find it.'   
The salmon said, 'I will hide it on the bottom of the ocean.'  
'No, they will go there too.'  The buffalo said, 'I will bury 
it on the great plains.'  The Creator said, 'They will cut 
into the skin of the earth and find it.'  Then Grandmother 
Mole, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth, and who has no 
physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes, said: 'Put it 
inside them.'  And the Creator said, 'It is done.'
          - Sioux Legend

A wish is a desire without an attempt.

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has 
endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended 
us to forgo their use.
          - Galileo Galilei

Hofstadter's Law:
  It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take
  Hofstadter's Law into account.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent 
about things that matter.
          - Martin Luther King

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking 
outward together in the same direction.
          - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We are more troubled by the few who have more than 
by the many who have less.
          - Excerpt from a First United Methodist prayer

Yes, Perl is Y2K compliant. You can, of course, write 
buggy programs in Perl, but that's not Perl's problem.
          - Larry Wall

Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.
          - Bob Dylan (My Back Pages)

We find comfort among those who agree with us, 
growth among those who don't.
          - Frank A. Clark

The best use of life is to spend it for 
something that outlasts life.
          - William James

Be conservative in what you do, 
be liberal in what you accept from others.
          - Jon Postel, on network protocols and life

The kind of humor I like is the thing that 
makes me laugh for five seconds and think 
for ten minutes.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
          - Albert Einstein

If everything's under control, you're going too slow.
          - Mario Andretti

An eye for an eye would leave the whole world blind.
          - Gandhi take the photographs and still frames in your mind, 
hang them on a shelf in good health and good time. 
I hope you had the time of your life. 
          - Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day - Good Riddance)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men 
are created equal, that they are endowed by their 
Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among 
these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. 
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted 
among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent 
of the governed.
          - Thomas Jefferson

Your religious calling was written on plates of stone 
by the flaming  finger of an angry God.   Our religion 
was established by the traditions of our ancestors,
the dreams of our elders that are given to them in the 
silent hours of night by the Great Spirit.
          - Chief White Cloud

Information is not knowledge. 
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
          - Frank Zappa 

The problem with this world is that the stupid are so sure 
and the wise so full of doubts.
          - Bertrand Russell

A year spent in Artificial Intelligence is enough to 
make one believe in God.
          - Alan Perlis

That Government which Governs the Least, Governs Best.
          - Thomas Jefferson

I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, 
expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that 
He is even infinitely above it.
          - Benjamin Franklin

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