Keep your mouth shut

It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Also attributed to Abraham Lincoln

Obstacles to democracy

The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.

There's no trick to being a humorist

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

The essence of Christianity

The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just keep your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions. 

no obvious deficiencies

There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.

1980 Turing Award Lecture

Happy Continuation Day

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. To be born means that something which did not exist comes into existence. But the day we are born is not our beginning. It is a day of continuation....

Present Moment, Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses For Daily Living

Under the clouds of war

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

former Republican President of the USA

you're the product

If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold.

Re: social media, 26 Aug 2010, http://www.metafilter.com/95152/Userdriven-discontent#3256046

What did liberals do that is so offensive to the Republicans

Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions ......of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things...every one!

The West Wing

The right answer

My job is to get to the right answer, not the consensus answer. Sometimes the only way to get there is dissent.

Google CEO

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