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GeoMan's Favorite Quotes

...a partial collection

"...belief has a second edge. If there are ten thousand medieval peasants who create vampires by believing them real, there may be one - probably a child - who will imagine the stake necessary to kill it. But a stake is only stupid wood; the mind is the mallet which drives it home."

- Stephen King


"Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."

- Mr. Weasley to Ginny, after her experiences with the Heir of Slytherin


"Life is too short to stay at home."

- Matt Smock, GPHS


"Don't take life too seriously... no one gets out alive anyway"

- from a bathroom wall at King Street Station, Seattle, WA


"If pollution happens every day then clean-up should also happen every day."

- Tony Dewhirst, GPHS


"Some writers have the ability to make the most absurd ideas make sense."

- Autumn Bauwens, GPHS


"When it rains, I let it."

- a wise man


"Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points."

- Bruce Lee (from Chris Richardson, GPHS)


"Weathering happens. It just cannot be avoided"

- Tara Thomas, GPHS


"Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once."

- anonymous (from Betsy Haines)


"Knowledge is the root of respect."

- adapted from Shayne Fiske, GPHS


"Some of the best things are very simple to accomplish."

- Naomi LaTourrette, GPHS


"The Big Bang: first there was nothing and then it all exploded."

- Yura Gritsiouk, GPHS


"Everybody is lost but me."

- Indiana Jones


"Captain, the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is 'I do not know.'"

- Lt. Commander Data


" experiment is a failure. Even a mistake advances the evolution of understanding."

- Dr. Catherine Polaski


"Some things are worth NOT knowing."

- Rosa Vichi, GPHS


"Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic."

- Muad'Dib


"There is never enough time... accept it. Thinking takes time... accept it."

- Petey Young


"First know the problem. Then, with patience, you can find the solution."

- Yoshi Toranaga


"No matter where you go, there you are"

- Buckaroo Banzai


"That which is not explicitly forbidden is guaranteed to occur."

- Lawrence M. Krauss


"Important things never happen at convenient times"

- Tom Clancy


"The safe course leads ever downward into stagnation"

- Muad'Dib


"Without intrigue and secrets, a huge part of the joy of life is missing."

- T'chung May-may


"A ship, like a human being, moves best when it is slightly athwart the wind, when it has to keep its sails tight and attend its course. Ships, like men, do poorly when the wind is directly behind, pushing them sloppily on their way so that no care is required in steering or in the management of sails; the wind seem favorable, for it blows in the direction one is heading, but actually it is destructive because it induces a relaxation in tension and skill. What is needed is a wind slightly opposed to the ship, for then tension can be maintained, and juices can flow and ideas can germinate, for ships, like men, respond to challenge."

- James Michener "Chesapeake"


"Laugh-a while you can, monkey boy."

- Dr. Emilio Lizardo


- Brittany Henry, GPHS


"If there's nothing wrong with me, maybe there's something wrong with the universe."

- Dr. Beverly Crusher


"You can't be careful on a skateboard."

- some kid


"I did not choose to be what I am. It is my karma."

- Toranaga


"You do understand, don't you, that thought is the basis of all reality."

- the Traveller of Tau Alpha C


"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

- Albert Einstein


"The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play."

- Capt. James T. Kirk


"Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling -- the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration. Possibly this trend results from a mistaken belief that using a somewhat mysterious device confers an aura of power on the user."

-Niklaus Wirth

GeoMan's response to the above: "Huh?"


"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."

- Calvin and Hobbes


"Evolution is just chaos theory with feedback."

- Jeanne Gostnell


"(Computer) programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."

- Rich Cook


"I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants."

- A. Whitney Brown

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