Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Quotations: Jan 1 2019 - Current

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January 2019

2019-01-01: "Just how deep do you believe? / Will you bite the hand that feeds? / Will you chew until it bleeds? / Can you get up off your knees? / Are you brave enough to see? / Do you want to change it?" -- Nine Inch Nails ('The Hand That Feeds', 2005)

2019-01-02: "If the sea is where life began - where our ancestors first walked ashore - then who's to say what new life may be developing in its uncharted depths." -- Fox Mulder ('The X-Files', 'Agua Mala', 1999)

2019-01-03: "Some ponder things backward, paying much attention to what matters little and little to what matters much." -- Baltasar Gracián

2019-01-04: "The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2019-01-05: "Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists." -- Booker T. Washington

2019-01-06: "Complete the pattern, solve the puzzle, turn the key." -- Pinhead ('Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth', 1992)

2019-01-07: "We do not want our world to perish. But in our quest for knowledge, century by century, we have placed all our trust in a cold, impartial intellect which only brings us nearer to destruction. We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance." -- Dora Russell

2019-01-08: "One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason." -- Oscar Wilde

2019-01-09: "If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be." -- Yogi Berra

2019-01-10: "If you act as the enemy of life, then life will become your enemy." -- Orson Scott Card ('Xenocide', 1991)

2019-01-11: "Earth. Take a good look. It could be your last." -- Tagline for 'Independence Day' (1996)

2019-01-12: "Very often, all the activity of the human mind is directed not in revealing the truth, but in hiding the truth." -- Leo Tolstoy

2019-01-13: "Unity and complementarity constitute reality." -- Werner Heisenberg

2019-01-14: "Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know." -- Rembrandt

2019-01-15: "Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; / The worst is death, and death will have his day." -- William Shakespeare ('Richard II', c. 1595)

2019-01-16: "Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it." -- Dr. Kathryn Railly ('12 Monkeys', 1995)

2019-01-17: "For every beginning there is an end." -- Tagline For 'Final Destination 2' (2003)

2019-01-18: "The wisest of all, in my opinion, is he who can, if only once a month, call himself a fool — a faculty unheard of nowadays." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

2019-01-19: "It always seems to me extreme rashness on the part of some when they want to make human abilities the measure of what nature can do." -- Galileo Galilei

2019-01-20: "The foundation of all technology is fire." -- Isaac Asimov

2019-01-21: "The road to wisdom? — Well, it's plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again but less and less and less." -- Piet Hein

2019-01-22: "There is a degree of doubt, and caution, and modesty, which, in all kinds of scrutiny and decision, ought for ever to accompany a just reasoner." -- David Hume

2019-01-23: "Following the path of least resistance is what makes the river crooked!" -- Utah Phillips

2019-01-24: "Those who adhere to the past won't be able to cope with the future." -- Willy Brandt

2019-01-25: "There are people with whom everything they consider a means turns mysteriously into an end." -- Friedrich Schlegel

2019-01-26: "One cannot escape from the facts." -- Agatha Christie

2019-01-27: "However doomed a man may be, he still has the great luxury of freedom of thought that can carry him soaring over the past and the future, the single attribute that can never be taken away by tyrant or circumstance." -- Dmitri Volkogonov

2019-01-28: "Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet / To run amuck and tilt at all I meet." -- Alexander Pope

2019-01-29: "Seems to me, it ain't the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it." -- Louis Armstrong

2019-01-30: "Forward movement is not helpful if what is needed is a change of direction." -- David Fleming

2019-01-31: "Matter and energy seem granular in structure, and so does 'life', but not so mind." -- Erwin Schrödinger

February 2019

2019-02-01: "The world won't listen, and a rain's gonna fall so hard along this way." -- Fatboy ('Way Down Low', 2008)

2019-02-02: "We should never believe anything we have not dared to doubt." -- Christina, Queen of Sweden

2019-02-03: "Everyone's becoming better and better at less and less. Eventually someone's going to be superb, at nothing." -- Kenneth Williams

2019-02-04: "Do not counsel what is most pleasant, but what is best." -- Solon

2019-02-05: "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." -- John Cotton Dana

2019-02-06: "The beauty of the world which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder." -- Virginia Woolf

2019-02-07: "These days, reality is a bummer." -- Wade Watts ('Ready Player One', 2018)

2019-02-08: "Socrates used to call the opinions of the many by the name of Lamiae, bugbears to frighten children." -- Marcus Aurelius

2019-02-09: "I was brought up to believe that there is no virtue in conforming meekly to the dominant opinion of the moment." -- Jane Jacobs

2019-02-10: "People have become robots — zombies — too busy scrambling for day-to-day existence to be able to see they're really victims." -- Anarky

2019-02-11: "Forget being taught and concentrate on learning. When you're sure, question everything." -- Syndicate Wars (1996)

2019-02-12: "That every man should be true to himself, and that there is no world, no star, in which honesty is a crime. Upon that rock I stand." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2019-02-13: "Flip-flop, hippety-hop, offa your rocker and over the top, life’s a fiction and the world’s a lie, so put on some Creedence and let’s get high." -- Stephen King ('The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three', 1987)

2019-02-14: "Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term." -- Carl Sagan

2019-02-15: "Explorers have ventured into the deeps and the heights. Of these explorers some are scientists, some are mystics. Each is driven by a different purpose. The one thing they share in common is a wish to cross the Borderlands that lie beyond the Outer Limits." -- The Outer Limits ('The Borderland', 1963)

2019-02-16: "Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it." -- Albert Schweitzer

2019-02-17: "Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status." -- Laurence J. Peter

2019-02-18: "Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety." -- James Baldwin

2019-02-19: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2019-02-20: "It is a bad thing for a nation to raise and to admire a false standard of success; and there can be no falser standard than that set by the deification of material well-being in and for itself." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2019-02-21: "The greater the interest involved in a truth the more careful, self-distrustful, and patient should be the inquiry." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

2019-02-22: "Marx, Hegel, Spengler, Toynbee, and Sorokin, each with his own variation on the theme of time-flow as mechanically patterned fluctuation, predict the future but ignore its dynamic interaction with the past and the present." -- Fred Polak

2019-02-23: "Everybody knows that the best way to learn is under intense life-threatening pressure." -- Spider-Man ('Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse', 2018)

2019-02-24: "Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past." -- Maurice Maeterlinck

2019-02-25: "You can't prepare for where the truth will take you." -- Tagline For '8mm' (1999)

2019-02-26: "But of all environments, that produced by man’s complex technology is perhaps the most unstable and rickety." -- Isaac Asimov

2019-02-27: "We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones." -- Jules Verne ('Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea', 1870)

2019-02-28: "Who will survive and what will be left of them?" -- Tagline For 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (1974)

March 2019

2019-03-01: "You're drivin' with your eyes closed / You're gonna hit somethin' but that's the way it goes." -- Don Henley ('Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed', 1984)

2019-03-02: "What is the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we're willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true." -- F. Sherwood Rowland

2019-03-03: "It should never be forgotten that what we call 'catastrophes,' are, in relation to the earth, changes, the equivalents of which would be well represented by the development of a few pimples, or the scratch of a pin on a man's head." -- Thomas Henry Huxley

2019-03-04: "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." -- Helen Keller

2019-03-05: "Scientific progress on a broad front results from the free play of free intellects, working on subjects of their own choice, in the manner dictated by their curiosity for exploration of the unknown." -- Vannevar Bush

2019-03-06: "Who fastest walks, but walks astray, / Is only furthest from his way." -- Matthew Prior

2019-03-07: "Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you." -- Benjamin Franklin

2019-03-08: "We all want to see behind the veil, don't we? But once we do, we mostly just close our eyes again and pretend what we saw was never really there." -- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (2017)

2019-03-09: "To become properly acquainted with a truth, we must first have disbelieved it, and disputed against it." -- Novalis

2019-03-10: "It has occasionally been remarked upon that it is as easy to overlook something large and obvious as it is to overlook something small and niggling, and that the large things one overlooks can often cause problems." -- Neil Gaiman

2019-03-11: "Every step of life shows much caution is required." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2019-03-12: "They're already here." -- Tagline for 'War Of The Worlds' (2005)

2019-03-13: "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think." -- Jean de La Bruyère

2019-03-14: "We're playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it can not." -- Terence McKenna

2019-03-15: "I think we have thought too small and have been too afraid." -- Clifford D. Simak

2019-03-16: "Violence creates nothing but violence, no matter what we call it and what the excuse. And so it goes, down all the centuries." -- Michael Moorcock ('The Steel Tsar', 1981)

2019-03-17: "We must develop an absolute priority of humans ahead of profit — any humans ahead of any profit." -- Frank Herbert

2019-03-18: "Reality is always greater — much greater — than what we know, than whatever we can say about it." -- Michael Crichton

2019-03-19: "It is the function of the intellect to discriminate between the true and the false — a distinction which is applicable to all objects of intellectual perception." -- Maimonides

2019-03-20: "The command of a large sum is a dangerous temptation to a national administration. Though accumulated at their expense, the people rarely, if ever profit by it: yet in point of fact, all value, and consequently, all wealth, originates with the people." -- Jean-Baptiste Say

2019-03-21: "Sometimes I have a feeling of doom." -- Jim Maddison ('Day The World Ended', 1955)

2019-03-22: "We make our own luck." -- Thorin Oakenshield ('The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug', 2013)

2019-03-23: "Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours." -- Herman Hesse ('Steppenwolf', 1927)

2019-03-24: "Every minute of every day we choose. Who we are. Who we forgive. Who we defend and protect. To choose a side or to walk the line. To play the middle. To straddle the fence between what is and what should be." -- Walter Skinner ('The X-Files', 'S.R. 819', 1999)

2019-03-25: "There has to be a united determination to persevere in the struggle, to make sacrifices in the name of enduring truths, to resist the corrupting influences of desire, ill will, ignorance and fear." -- Aung San Suu Kyi

2019-03-26: "The only sane policy for the world is that of abolishing war." -- Linus Pauling

2019-03-27: "Analysis and natural philosophy owe their most important discoveries to this fruitful means, which is called induction." -- Pierre-Simon Laplace

2019-03-28: "You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you're left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays." -- Meredith Willson ('The Music Man', 1957)

2019-03-29: "The epidemic psychosis of our time is the lie of believing we have no ethical obligation to our planetary home." -- Theodore Roszak

2019-03-30: "We must use time as a tool, not as a couch." -- John F. Kennedy

2019-03-31: "The actual state of our knowledge is always provisional and there must be, beyond what is actually known, immense new regions to discover." -- Louis de Broglie

April 2019

2019-04-01: "Until I'm six feet under, baby, I don't need a bed / Gonna live while I'm alive, I'll sleep when I'm dead." -- Bon Jovi ('I'll Sleep When I'm Dead', 1992)

2019-04-02: "I’m fed up with everyone being lied to just because the administration thinks it’s in our best interests not to know all the facts." -- Alastair Reynolds ('Absolution Gap', 2003)

2019-04-03: "Be sober, and to doubt prepense, / These are the sinews of good sense." -- Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet

2019-04-04: "Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge." -- Daniel J. Boorstin

2019-04-05: "Great powers agreeing among themselves may indeed hold small powers in check. But who will hold great powers in check when great powers disagree?" -- Charles Evans Hughes

2019-04-06: "Morons don't learn until they die!" -- Faye Valentine ('Cowboy Bebop: The Movie', 2001)

2019-04-07: "An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it." -- James A. Michener ('Space', 1982)

2019-04-08: "The great rule of life is to have no schemes but one unalterable purpose. If the will is fixed on the purpose it sets itself to accomplish, then circumstances will suggest the right course; but the schemer finds himself always tripped up by the unexpected." -- Sri Aurobindo

2019-04-09: "There are now many invisible people on stage." -- Eugène Ionesco

2019-04-10: "Controversy equalizes fools and wise men — and the fools know it." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

2019-04-11: "If philosophy does not resolve any scientific problem, science, in its turn, does not resolve any philosophical problem." -- Nicolás Gómez Davila

2019-04-12: "'Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now." -- Thomas Paine

2019-04-13: "We believe that the value of any system is measured by the consideration given to all human beings, not just to a favored class: and by that standard, our present system is a miserable failure." -- Damon Knight ('A For Anything', 1959)

2019-04-14: "Would the time ever come when men might realize that the obligation should be to the largest and most encompassing reality of all — mankind?" -- Harry Harrison ('Planet Of The Damned', 1962)

2019-04-15: "There is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of natural philosophy than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle." -- Michael Faraday

2019-04-16: "The conservative has little to fear from the man whose reason is the servant of his passions, but let him beware of him in whom reason has become the greatest and most terrible of passions. These are the wreckers of outworn empires." -- J. B. S. Haldane

2019-04-17: "The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice." -- Martha Gellhorn

2019-04-18: "We learn only to ask more questions." -- Larry Niven ('The Ringworld Engineers', 1980)

2019-04-19: "Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them." -- Laurence J. Peter

2019-04-20: "We might get away with it for awhile, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces." -- Carl Sagan

2019-04-21: "Things have changed, and will change more; and Gaia no longer welcomes us as once she did." -- Auberon

2019-04-22: "Sometimes we can choose the path we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all." -- Dream

2019-04-23: "Whosoever studies works of science must, if he wants to find the truth, transform himself into a critic of everything he reads." -- Ibn al-Haytham

2019-04-24: "Big questions get big answers." -- Francis Crick

2019-04-25: "To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one's lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2019-04-26: "Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better." -- Andrew Fassbach ('World War Z', 2013)

2019-04-27: "We can see that a civilization comes into existence, passes through a long experience, and eventually goes out of existence." -- Carroll Quigley

2019-04-28: "My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit-hole than I'd intended and, though I dirtied my fluffy white tail, I've emerged...enlightened." -- Sherlock Holmes ('Sherlock Holmes', 2009)

2019-04-29: "The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change." -- Bhagat Singh

2019-04-30: "I must confess that I lost faith in the sanity of the world." -- H.G. Wells ('The Island Of Doctor Moreau', 1896)

May 2019

2019-05-01: "Yeah, you don't know my mind, you don't know my kind. / Dark necessities are part of my design." -- Red Hot Chili Peppers ('Dark Necessities', 2016)

2019-05-02: "My major preoccupation is the question, 'What is reality?'" -- Philip K. Dick

2019-05-03: "A hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action." -- Ralph Ellison ('Invisible Man', 1952)

2019-05-04: "Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value." -- Jean de La Fontaine

2019-05-05: "The fun of discovery will most likely last as long as the human race continues." -- F. J. Duarte

2019-05-06: "Our knowledge is composed not of facts, but of the relations which facts and ideas bear to themselves and to each other; and real knowledge consists not in an acquaintance with facts, which only makes a pedant, but in the use of facts, which makes a philosopher." -- Henry Thomas Buckle

2019-05-07: "Choose your destiny." -- Tagline for 'Mortal Kombat' (1995)

2019-05-08: "It is evident that a great majority of men can be enslaved by a small minority only if the enslaved themselves take part in their own enslavement." -- Leo Tolstoy

2019-05-09: "The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved." -- A. J. Ayer

2019-05-10: "We are here just for a spell and then pass on. So get a few laughs and do the best you can." -- Will Rogers

2019-05-11: "There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things." -- William Shakespeare ('Henry V', c. 1599)

2019-05-12: "Separate we come, and separate we go, / And this be it known, is all that we know." -- Conrad Aiken

2019-05-13: "Progress celebrates Pyrrhic victories over nature." -- Karl Kraus

2019-05-14: "What I’m saying is the planet’s on f#cking fire!" -- Bill Nye

2019-05-15: "Prejudice supports thrones, ignorance altars." -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

2019-05-16: "Frankly, I think the whole society is nuts — and the question is: What does a sane man do in an insane society?" -- Joseph Heller

2019-05-17: "Late in the game as it is, you keep trying." -- John Updike ('Rabbit At Rest', 1990)

2019-05-18: "Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities." -- Aldous Huxley

2019-05-19: "It shall all go up in a great fire, and all shall be ended." -- Denethor ('The Return Of The King', 1955)

2019-05-20: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2019-05-21: "You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal." -- Adlai Stevenson II

2019-05-22: "Now they know that we know that they know that we know." -- Art Weingartner ('The 'Burbs', 1989)

2019-05-23: "All living souls welcome whatsoever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible." -- George Santayana

2019-05-24: "The lucky ones die fast." -- Tagline For 'The Hills Have Eyes 2' (2007)

2019-05-25: "Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2019-05-26: "In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which." -- George R. R. Martin

2019-05-27: "Survival in a rapidly changing environment depends almost entirely upon being able to identify which of the old concepts are relevant to the demands imposed by the new threats to survival, and which are not." -- Neil Postman

2019-05-28: "Science is the knowledge of many, orderly and methodically digested and arranged, so as to become attainable by one." -- John Herschel

2019-05-29: "Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom." -- Benjamin N. Cardozo

2019-05-30: "Time, the devourer of all things." -- Ovid

2019-05-31: "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." -- John Locke

June 2019

2019-06-01: "When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide." -- Triumph ('Somebody's Out There', 1986)

2019-06-02: "Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes." -- Virginia Woolf

2019-06-03: "The ocean is tired. It's throwing back at us what we're throwing in there." -- Frank Lautenberg

2019-06-04: "The science you don't know looks like magic." -- Christopher Moore

2019-06-05: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." -- Alfred Hitchcock

2019-06-06: "Well, how the world turns. One day cock of the walk, next a feather-duster." -- Aunty Entity ('Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome', 1985)

2019-06-07: "That ignorant confidence in one's self and one's future, which comes in life's first dawn, has a sort of mournful charm in experienced eyes, who know how much it all amounts to." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

2019-06-08: "Take your own look beneath the surface and don't trust others to look for you." -- Frank B. Jewett

2019-06-09: "The use of plants is all our life long of that universal importance and concern that we can neither live nor subsist with any decency and convenience, or be said, indeed, to live at all without them." -- John Ray

2019-06-10: "Perhaps it is true that the trials of life always teach us something, but it is undeniable that we are not always so eager to learn." -- Fausto Cercignani

2019-06-11: "Mankind has an expiration date." -- Tagline For 'Doomsday' (2008)

2019-06-12: "Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation." -- John Gray

2019-06-13: "Truth stands, even if there be no public support." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2019-06-14: "While a private individual may be bound only by the formal vows that he makes, those who govern should be wholly bound by the truth in thought, word and deed." -- Aung San Suu Kyi

2019-06-15: "A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers." -- Seneca The Younger

2019-06-16: "From the state of the world today, we haven't made much progress." -- Richard Matheson

2019-06-17: "Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did." -- Lillian Hellman

2019-06-18: "The carrot and the stick guide scientists and politicians as well as donkeys." -- George Stigler

2019-06-19: "Own the day." -- Klingon Proverb

2019-06-20: "Above all, it's creative thinking that lies at the basis of discoveries." -- Simon van der Meer

2019-06-21: "The recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all." -- Homer ('The Odyssey', c. 8th Century BC)

2019-06-22: "My goal in life is to make people think." -- Charles A. Reich

2019-06-23: "I took one Draught of Life — / I'll tell you what I paid — / Precisely an existence — / The market price, they said." -- Emily Dickinson

2019-06-24: "No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing." -- Alfred North Whitehead

2019-06-25: "The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn't gold." -- Leo Tolstoy

2019-06-26: "You better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar-coated topping." -- Blade ('Blade', 1998)

2019-06-27: "We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one." -- Samuel Butler

2019-06-28: "Systems can create consequences not intended by any other of their constituent actors." -- Joseph Nye

2019-06-29: "The curious mind cannot be chained." -- The Outer Limits ('Keeper Of The Purple Twilight', 1964)

2019-06-30: "Cursed be he above all others who's enslaved by love of money. Money takes the place of brothers, money takes the place of parents. Money brings us war and slaughter." -- Anacreon

July 2019

2019-07-01: "Tell everybody, we got a funky situation." -- Herbie Hancock ('Tell Everybody', 1979)

2019-07-02: "Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered." -- W. H. Auden

2019-07-03: "Strange that it seems more, not less, urgent to play some part in this struggle, this brief effort of animalcules striving to win for their race some increase of lucidity before the ultimate darkness." -- Olaf Stapledon ('Star Maker', 1937)

2019-07-04: "The principle effort that leads to the discovery of new knowledge is due to abstraction and imagination." -- Ernst Mach

2019-07-05: "I think unless the people are given information about what is happening to them, they will die in ignorance." -- Alice Walker

2019-07-06: "Anxiety prepares the organism badly for an ordeal which even under more favorable circumstances would not be an easy thing to bear." -- Henryk Sienkiewicz

2019-07-07: "Look abroad through Nature's range, / Nature's mighty law is change." -- Robert Burns

2019-07-08: "The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and, eminently, the finish of a voyage." -- John Galsworthy

2019-07-09: "To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves." -- Aldous Huxley

2019-07-10: "He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." -- Horace ('Epistles', 20 BC)

2019-07-11: "We do have to use our minds as far as they will take us, yet acknowledging that they cannot take us all the way." -- Madeleine L'Engle

2019-07-12: "As the air thickens, the water sours, even the bees' honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity. And it just keeps coming, faster and faster. There's no chance to think, to prepare — it's 'buy futures', 'sell futures', when there is no future." -- John Milton ('The Devil's Advocate', 1997)

2019-07-13: "The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell

2019-07-14: "There are many ways of seeing the world." -- Michael Palin

2019-07-15: "People are afraid of all the wrong things." -- Tagline For 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' (2014)

2019-07-16: "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water." -- Benjamin Franklin

2019-07-17: "The man who never doubts never thinks." -- George William Foote

2019-07-18: "What do such machines really do? They increase the number of things we can do without thinking. Things we do without thinking — there's the real danger." -- Frank Herbert ('God Emperor Of Dune', 1981)

2019-07-19: "Knowledge has no enemy except an ignorant man." -- George Puttenham

2019-07-20: "There can be no doubt that the knowledge of logic is of considerable practical importance for everyone who desires to think and infer correctly." -- Alfred Tarski

2019-07-21: "The true measure of any society is not what it knows but what it does with what it knows." -- Warren Bennis

2019-07-22: "Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone." -- Stephen King

2019-07-23: "Times like these, dark times, they do funny things to people." -- Arthur Weasley ('Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince', 2009)

2019-07-24: "Who are the fittest: those who are continually at war with each other, or those who support one another?" -- Peter Kropotkin

2019-07-25: "We're all in it together." -- Tagline for 'Brazil' (1985)

2019-07-26: "Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose." -- John Adams

2019-07-27: "The food that we eat, the water that we drink, yes, even the very air that we breathe can be contaminated by poisons originating from thousands of miles away." -- Sukarno

2019-07-28: "I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up." -- Beverly Sills

2019-07-29: "Nature has no more esteem or care for the seed of man than for the ant." -- Giacomo Leopardi

2019-07-30: "Growth for the sake of growth is a cancerous madness." -- Edward Abbey

2019-07-31: "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity." -- Albert Einstein

August 2019

2019-08-01: "And all my friends are skeletons, they beat the rhythm with their bones." -- Soundgarden ('Spoonman', 1994)

2019-08-02: "Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired." -- Jonathan Swift

2019-08-03: "Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences in belief." -- James Russell Lowell

2019-08-04: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

2019-08-05: "Death renders all equal." -- Claudian

2019-08-06: "After all there is but one race — humanity." -- George Moore

2019-08-07: "People see what they want to see." -- Cormac McCarthy ('Blood Meridian', 1985)

2019-08-08: "For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?" -- Erasmus

2019-08-09: "Human civilization as we know it will end, sometime in the 21st century." -- David Goodstein

2019-08-10: "Since it is Reason which shapes and regulates all other things, it ought not itself to be left in disorder." -- Epictetus

2019-08-11: "When you compound the lies, you compound the consequences." -- Walter Skinner ('The X-Files', 'Redux I', 1997)

2019-08-12: "Governments do not like to face radical remedies; it is easier to let politics predominate." -- Barbara W. Tuchman

2019-08-13: "If you don't believe...you will." -- Tagline For 'Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium' (2007)

2019-08-14: "Why, ninety-five percent of the information that reaches you has already been preselected and paid for." -- Haruki Murakami ('A Wild Sheep Chase', 1982)

2019-08-15: "Many consult their reputation; but few their conscience." -- Publilius Syrus

2019-08-16: "In war, science has proven itself an evil genius; it has made war more terrible than it ever was before." -- William Jennings Bryan

2019-08-17: "There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it." -- Will Rogers

2019-08-18: "Life seemed to be an educator's practical joke in which you spent the first half learning and the second half learning that everything you learned in the first half was wrong." -- Russell Baker

2019-08-19: "No technical solution can rescue us from the misery of overpopulation." -- Garrett Hardin ('Tragedy Of The Commons', 1968)

2019-08-20: "It's time we were told what it's all about." -- Robert Conway ('Lost Horizon', 1937)

2019-08-21: "To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public." -- John F. Kennedy

2019-08-22: "All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why." -- James Thurber

2019-08-23: "Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge and rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences." -- The Doctor ('Doctor Who', 'Remembrance Of The Daleks', 1988)

2019-08-24: "What I’m trying to make you know, not in your forebrain but in your marrow, is that reality never conforms very well to the textbooks, and sometimes it doesn’t conform at all." -- Poul Anderson

2019-08-25: "Wisdom. No match for the troublemaker Curiosity." -- David Brin ('Glory Season', 1993)

2019-08-26: "Our eyes see what they are accustomed to seeing." -- Jorge Luis Borges

2019-08-27: "The fate of all explanation is to close one door only to have another fly wide open." -- Charles Fort

2019-08-28: "Sometimes it takes a stranger’s eyes to see what is clearly before us yet to which we are blind." -- John, The Lord Chamberlain

2019-08-29: "Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind." -- Marston Bates

2019-08-30: "If we vanished tomorrow, no organism on this planet would miss us." -- Thomas Ligotti

2019-08-31: "It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

September 2019

2019-09-01: "In the dead of night, truth is all around you." -- Krokus ('In The Dead Of Night', 1995)

2019-09-02: "The future announces itself from afar. But most people are not listening." -- John W. Gardner

2019-09-03: "That we have found the tendency to conformity in our society so strong is a matter of concern." -- Solomon Asch

2019-09-04: "Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few." -- Confucius

2019-09-05: "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." -- Judy Garland

2019-09-06: "All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it." -- Samuel Johnson

2019-09-07: "Who is so deaf as he that will not hear?" -- George Herbert

2019-09-08: "Tear apart the walls that imprison you." -- Thurgood Marshall

2019-09-09: "An intelligent man neither allows himself to be controlled nor attempts to control others; he wishes reason alone to rule, and that always." -- Jean de La Bruyère

2019-09-10: "There is no safety. Only varying states of risk." -- Lois McMaster Bujold

2019-09-11: "The wise man guards against future evils as if they were present." -- Publilius Syrus

2019-09-12: "Time's glory is to calm contending kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light." -- William Shakespeare

2019-09-13: "It is an assumption, which cannot be verified, that we shall not reach a point in our knowledge of nature beyond which the human intellect is unqualified to pass." -- J. B. Bury

2019-09-14: "Experience is what you get while looking for something else." -- Federico Fellini

2019-09-15: "On reflection, it's no surprise that declines of societies tend to follow swiftly on their peaks." -- Jared Diamond

2019-09-16: "I'm curious about everything - even things that don't interest me." -- Alex Trebek

2019-09-17: "The pursuit of philosophy is founded on the belief that knowledge is good, even if what is known is painful." -- Bertrand Russell

2019-09-18: "You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now." -- Joan Baez

2019-09-19: "I'm Nobody! Who are you? / Are you — Nobody — Too?" -- Emily Dickinson

2019-09-20: "So much of what appeared to be random events was simply the working out of consequences." -- Michael Swanwick ('The Iron Dragon's Daughter', 1993)

2019-09-21: "Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky." -- Alan Moore

2019-09-22: "Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names." -- Toni Morrison

2019-09-23: "All human things hang on a slender thread: the strongest fall with a sudden crash." -- Ovid

2019-09-24: "If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

2019-09-25: "We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. We thought the long train would run to the end of Time." -- Stephen Vincent Benét

2019-09-26: "In all debates let truth be thy aim; not victory or an unjust interest; and endeavor to gain rather than to expose thy antagonist." -- William Penn

2019-09-27: "The children have to save themselves these days because the parents have no clue." -- Karen Pommeroy ('Donnie Darko', 2001)

2019-09-28: "It’s always been an exceedingly curious thing to me, just how incurious most people are about all save their own little island of time and place in the world." -- Michael Shea ('Nifft The Lean', 1982)

2019-09-29: "Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life." -- John Dewey

2019-09-30: "Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind." -- Nikola Tesla

October 2019

2019-10-01: "Well that stone keeps on rolling, bringing me some real bad news." -- Robin Trower ('Too Rolling Stoned', 1974)

2019-10-02: "Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?" -- Friedrich Hayek

2019-10-03: "A plausible future requires a factual present." -- Timothy D. Snyder

2019-10-04: "We do not honour our ancestors by the false claim that they are omniscient and had nothing more to learn." -- Jagadish Chandra Bose

2019-10-05: "Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half-awake." -- William James

2019-10-06: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." -- Thomas Paine

2019-10-07: "As the natural systems of the planet broke down, humans would discover conclusively that they were still, after all, just animals in an ecosystem; and as it died back, so did they." -- Stephen Baxter ('Evolution', 2003)

2019-10-08: "In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal." -- John James Ingalls

2019-10-09: "Everybody feels he has a right to a life of luxury — or at least comfort — so there’s a lot of frustration and resentment when the dream craps out." -- Gregory Benford ('Timescape', 1980)

2019-10-10: "In retrospect, each of the steps toward this abyss seemed irrevocable, and yet they had all been so small!" -- James Blish ('A Case Of Conscience', 1958)

2019-10-11: "There was no sound of fish breaking surface. There were no fish." -- John Brunner ('The Sheep Look Up', 1972)

2019-10-12: "We should be less concerned about adding years to life, and more about adding life to years." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2019-10-13: "The truth hurts, but not as much as the consequences of willful ignorance." -- Charles Stross ('Iron Sunrise', 2004)

2019-10-14: "When a road is very dark it is hard to see the milestones on it." -- Tanith Lee ('Volkhavaar', 1977)

2019-10-15: "There is an inescapable imperative about certain industrial developments. If there is not a safe road of advance, then a dangerous one will invariably be taken." -- Fritz Leiber ('Catch That Zeppelin!', 1975)

2019-10-16: "It had already occurred to him that he would probably never be safe again in his life and he wondered if that was something that you got used to." -- Cormac McCarthy ('No Country For Old Men', 2005)

2019-10-17: "Do you recognize that it is an ascending, accelerating, maybe even exponential curve? It takes hell’s own time to get started, but when it goes it goes like a bomb." -- Frederik Pohl ('Platinum Pohl', 2005)

2019-10-18: "On no other stage are the scenes shifted with a swiftness so like magic as on the great stage of history when once the hour strikes." -- Edward Bellamy ('Looking Backward: 2000–1887', 1888)

2019-10-19: "You cannot take things that exist in the world and try to drive them back into the dream, to hold them inside the dream with walls and pretenses. That is insanity. What is, is." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('The Word For World Is Forest', 1972)

2019-10-20: "We cannot prevent equilibrium from producing its effects." -- Jules Verne ('Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea', 1870)

2019-10-21: "It no longer matters who consider themselves the masters of events. Events no longer obey their masters." -- Dan Simmons ('Hyperion', 1988)

2019-10-22: "Most ignorance is by choice, you know, and so ignorance is very telling about what really matters to people." -- Kim Stanley Robinson ('Red Mars', 1992)

2019-10-23: "What moral obligation do you have to those who willfully refuse to open their eyes and deem you mad for seeing?" -- Norman Spinrad ('The Void Captain's Tale', 1983)

2019-10-24: "Convince a slave that he’s free, and he will fight to maintain his slavery." -- Samuel R. Delany ('The Jewels Of Aptor', 1962)

2019-10-25: "There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death." -- Isaac Asimov

2019-10-26: "Disaster can strike from innumerable directions, in amazingly diverse ways." -- Fredric Brown ('From These Ashes', 2000)

2019-10-27: "If you wanted to get yourself killed, there was no better way than to think you knew all the tricks. It took experience to make you realize that the universe could always pull another one out of the bag and throw it at you." -- Charles Sheffield ('Resurgence', 2002)

2019-10-28: "Power that is won through deception will evaporate under the hot light of truth." -- Orson Scott Card ('The Call Of Earth', 1992)

2019-10-29: "It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. This is in fact true. It's called living." -- Terry Pratchett

2019-10-30: "An EEG of a person watching TV shows that after about half an hour the brain decides that nothing is happening, and it goes into a hypnoidal twilight state, emitting alpha waves." -- Philip K. Dick

2019-10-31: "People know they are in a society dead or dying." -- Doris Lessing ('The Golden Notebook', 1962)

November 2019

2019-11-01: "Won't you tell me, where have all the good times gone?" -- Van Halen ('Where Have All The Good Times Gone', 1982)

2019-11-02: "What we eventually run up against are the forces of humourlessness, and let me assure you that the humourless as a bunch don't just not know what's funny, they don't know what's serious." -- Martin Amis

2019-11-03: "Markets reduce everything, including human beings and nature, to commodities." -- Marshall Fishwick

2019-11-04: "The earth is going to be much less hospitable to human beings in the future." -- John Bellamy Foster

2019-11-05: "We also underestimated the potential importance of strong feedbacks, such as the thawing of the permafrost to release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as well as tipping points beyond which some changes in the climate may become effectively irreversible." -- Nicholas Stern

2019-11-06: "The past has meaning as it lights up the present, and the future as it makes the present richer and more profound." -- Rollo May

2019-11-07: "Good grief." -- Charlie Brown

2019-11-08: "The truth that seems discouraging does in reality only transform the courage of those strong enough to accept it; and, in any event, a truth that disheartens, because it is true, is still of far more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods." -- Maurice Maeterlinck

2019-11-09: "The future was not what it used to be." -- K. A. Bedford ('Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait', 2008)

2019-11-10: "No, it's not fair. You're in the wrong universe for fair." -- John Scalzi ('The Ghost Brigades', 2006)

2019-11-11: "Political theorists tend to swallow their theories when forced back on pragmatic measures of survival." -- Robert Silverberg ('Hawksbill Station', 1968)

2019-11-12: "Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost?" -- Ron Kovic ('Born On The Fourth Of July', 1989)

2019-11-13: "At an ever accelerating rate we are now squandering the capital of metallic ores and fossil fuels accumulated in the earth’s crust during hundreds of millions of years. How long can this spending spree go on?" -- Aldous Huxley

2019-11-14: "Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens." -- William Beveridge

2019-11-15: "Ignorance has been our king. Since the death of empire, he sits unchallenged on the throne of Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered legitimate." -- Walter M. Miller Jr. ('A Canticle For Leibowitz', 1959)

2019-11-16: "The world was changing, and it wouldn’t change back." -- Jack Cady

2019-11-17: "You can be screamingly blind to the obvious if you don’t realize that you have not opened up all the doors of your mind." -- Glen Cook ('Water Sleeps', 1999)

2019-11-18: "Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day." -- Sarah Connor ('Terminator 2: Judgment Day', 1991)

2019-11-19: "We must all obey the great law of change." -- Edmund Burke

2019-11-20: "Enter freely and of your own free will!" -- Count Dracula ('Dracula', 1897)

2019-11-21: "The present is big with the future." -- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

2019-11-22: "If you rest, you rust." -- Helen Hayes

2019-11-23: "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -- Leo Buscaglia

2019-11-24: "The unfinished character of human beings and the transformational character of reality necessitate that education be an ongoing activity." -- Paulo Freire ('Pedagogy Of The Oppressed', 1968)

2019-11-25: "My limited experience of such things told me that you get closest to the truth by not giving it advance warning that you're coming after it." -- Michael Marshall Smith

2019-11-26: "There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it." -- Denis Diderot

2019-11-27: "We all have ability. The difference is how we use it." -- Stevie Wonder

2019-11-28: "This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." -- Maya Angelou

2019-11-29: "Deep ecological awareness recognizes the fundamental interdependence of all phenomena and the fact that, as individuals and societies we are all embedded in (and ultimately dependent on) the cyclical process of nature." -- Fritjof Capra

2019-11-30: "He is a fool who only sees the mischiefs that are past." -- Homer ('The Iliad', c. 8th Century BC)

December 2019

2019-12-01: "Running short on time, still they can't decide, but we already know / That we are here to go, we are here to go." -- Devo ('Here To Go', 1984)

2019-12-02: "It is better for a man to die at peace with himself than to live haunted by an evil conscience." -- James Fenimore Cooper ('The Last Of The Mohicans', 1826)

2019-12-03: "It's happening. No blame. Happening and on the rise it would appear. What can we do to delay it? Probably zilch. To stop it? Likely less." -- Ken Kesey

2019-12-04: "Every man should refuse to increase the misery of this world." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2019-12-05: "It's my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it." -- Seán O'Casey

2019-12-06: "The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that." -- John Connor ('Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', 2003)

2019-12-07: "No matter who wins or loses, trouble always comes around." -- Nick Fury ('Avengers: Age of Ultron', 2015)

2019-12-08: "It’s not like they didn’t warn us." -- Tagline For 'Signs' (2002)

2019-12-09: "There really wasn’t much in a man’s life that mattered. But those few things mattered terribly." -- Poul Anderson ('The Star Fox', 1965)

2019-12-10: "Any property that's open to common use gets destroyed. Because everyone has incentive to use it to the max, but no one has incentive to maintain it." -- Neal Stephenson ('Zodiac', 1988)

2019-12-11: "Let’s face it, air isn’t very glamorous, no matter how you look at it. I mean, I’d hate to be without it, but it’s invisible and so long as it behaves itself it can be taken for granted and pretty much ignored." -- Roger Zelazny ('Isle Of The Dead', 1969)

2019-12-12: "It’s what a man thinks is true which controls his actions, not what is really true." -- Michael Kurland ('Tomorrow Knight', 1976)

2019-12-13: "To be aware of limitations is already to be beyond them." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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