Friends & Associates

Quotes of yourself and your friends are more important for defining your own history, than the quotes historians provide us.
- Kris Amundson

The less confident you are, the more serious you have to act.
- No Woman (duende)

Home is a place in space, and a place in time.
- Miles Hochstein

You may not provide any information about me, for any reason, to any person, real or unreal, without my express written permission.

Pretend that every person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, “Make me feel important.”
- #Sotero Garcia

Girls are like
apples on trees. The best
ones are at the top of the tree.
The boys don't want to reach for
the good ones because they are afraid
of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they
just get the rotten apples from the ground
that aren't as good, but easy. So the apples
at the top think something is wrong with
them, when in reality, they're amazing.
They just have to wait for the right
boy to come along, the one
who's brave enough
to climb
all the way
to the top of the tree.
- borrowed from Megan

Personal Quotes

Be nice to others, for we all carry our own heavy burdens.
- Gregg Berkholtz

Don't waste your time living someone else's life. Break free from dogmatism, and live not by the beliefs of others, but by your own. The noise of other's opinions will only drown your own inner voice, don't let them. Follow your heart, and your intuition; somehow they already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
- Gregg Berkholtz

Cops = PIG? Well, P.I.G. stands for Pride, Integrity, and Guts, and by my experiences…I largely agree.
- Gregg Berkholtz

Personally I love supporting, as a consultant, Microsoft systems; they guarantee many, many, billable hours. Linux and Macintosh systems are terrible in that regard; they're reserved for those who want a stable, secure, and usable computer system which requires minimal administrative attention, and enables end-users to do their real job with a minimum of hassle. All while not worrying about spyware, viruses, and constantly patching against fundamental design flaws. Such an environment guarantees nearly zero billable hours, and subsequently doesn't put food on my table…
- :-)

I just want to be as good a person as I can manage. I'm never perfect; both vulnerable and resilient - easily hurt, but never broken. Humble, but strong; healing slowly but thoroughly, and easily forviging, but never forgetting… 2008 has been one of the most exhilirating, frightening, exciting, and difficult years of my life…but I walk on…knowing these struggles only make me a better person, and that normalcy should return…soon…

Favored Historian's Quotes

By all means marry: If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.
- Aristotle

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
- Nietzsche

“Best” is the enemy of “Good Enough”
- Old Russian Proverb

He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, from “The Little Prince” (a precious book, gifted by an old friend)

To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.
- Mikhail Bakunin (1814-76), Russian political theorist.

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Abandon hope all ye who enter here
- Dante's Divine Comedy

There is only one good, namely knowledge, and only one evil, namely ignorance.
- Socrates

Let's have a minute's silence for all those Americans who are currently sitting in traffic on the way to the gym to ride a stationary bicycle.
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer

If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
- Nietzsche

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes – and the stars through his soul.
- Victor Hugo

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

Science fiction is an existential metaphor that allows us to tell stories about the human condition. Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinded critics and philosophers of today. But the core of science fiction–its essence–has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all.
- Isaac Asimov

ro remna cu se jinzi co zifre je simdu'i be le ry. nilselsi'a .e lei ry. selcru .i ry. se menli gi'e se sezmarde .i .ei jeseki'ubo ry. simzu'e ta'i le tunba
- Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Lojban

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
- Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.
- proverb

Cowardice is a formula for failure.
- Steve Fox

Quis custodiet custodes ipsos?
Who watches the watchers?
- Juvenal, Roman poet

  • Who are you? (The Vorlon Question)
  • What do you want? (The Shadow Question)
  • Why are you here? (Lorien's Question)
  • Where are you going? (The Final Question)

- Babylon 5, the questions of the first ones

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.
- Ernest Hemingway (shortest complete story ever)

“At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.”
- P. G. Wodehouse

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
- Lord Acton

No woman should be forced to bear a child against her will.
- Lenin

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.
- Nikola Tesla

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
- Albert Einstein

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.
- Cullen Hightower

Life & Loves

There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best……..

Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something. They're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.
- Anthony Robbins


One of the principles of security that is often forgotten: You'll never be able to remove or mitigate all threats. Security is about mitigating the threats you can and making sure you're willing to accept those remaining.
- Bruce Schneier

History has taught us: never underestimate the amount of money, time, and effort someone will expend to thwart a security system. It's always better to assume the worst. Assume your adversaries are better than they are. Assume science and technology will soon be able to do things they cannot yet. Give yourself a margin for error. Give yourself more security than you need today. When the unexpected happens, you'll be glad you did.
- Bruce Schneier


Thus, the time has come for humanity to govern itself with reasonable principles, not by way of ancient hierarchal systems.
- Stephen Paine

This meal is the labor of countless beings, let us remember their toil.
- Buddhist Meal Prayer

I have no need of that philosophy.
- LaPlace

“An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.”
- John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir

If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature is made for their destruction.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), The Necessity of Atheism

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
- Emo Philips, stand-up comedian

The Establishment Clause can be understood as designed in part to ensure that the advancement of religion comes only from the voluntary efforts of its proponents and not from support by the state. Religious groups are to prosper or perish on the intrinsic merit and attraction of their beliefs and practices.
- Harry A Blackmun (b. 1908) Address at National Archives, Washington, DC, June 23, 1987

History does not record anywhere a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help.
- Robert A. Heinlein

When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read: “All men are created equal except negroes, foreigners and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Letter to Joshua F Speed, August 24, 1855

A cult is a religion with no political power.
- Tom Wolfe

In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind, old men as guides.
- Heinrich Heine, Gedanken und Einfalle

“In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb” , “The third big war will begin when the big city is burning”
- Nostradamus 1654

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”
- Seneca

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide just because we can't agree on whose fairy tales to believe.
In the end, Religion will kill us all.
- Ed Krebs

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
- (Epicurus)

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day.
Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.
- Timothy Jones

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
- Bertrand Russell

We will be a better country when each religious group can trust its members to obey the dictates of their own religious faith without assistance from the legal structure of the country.
- Margaret Mead (1901-1978), Redbook magazine, February, 1963

Random & Unsorted Sources

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The decline of Microsoft has been this slow motion avalanche of stupid.
- J. Maynard Gelinas

An engineer says…. “That won''t work”.
A mechanic says…“Oh yeah, watch this”.
- Unknown

We need to respect the people and places we visit. You need to remember that you are a guest. It's not just the fashion part of it, but the intellectual part as well. You can have the right outfit on, but if you don't have the right attitude, it isn't going to work.
- Ashley Rothschild

Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era? - a palindrome

I more or less agree. The best action in situ is to smile, wave, etc. I like to give the peace sign.

But the appropriate response is that me and my children riding a bike on the road is only dangerous because you are driving two tons of metal that can kill me if and when you are irresponsible or even simply inattentive. People driving cars kill approx. 42,000 people each year in America - which is far more than Al Quaeda ever has. Apparently, we have decided to accept this fact. I haven't, and I'm pretty sure you agree.

This is projection on her part, and I use that term in the psychological sense. She knows she could kill you in an instant, isn't quite sure that she is observant enough at each moment to not do so, and sees her own family in you and yours. In short, she's afraid for you and she has some awareness that she could be responsible for your demise. And that makes her uncomfortable in a way she doesn't quite understand. So she blames you.

The truth is that it's her actions that are dangerous. Not only to your physical safety, but to the health of our planet, what with the greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous air pollution emissions, requisite wars for oil, etc, etc.

It's extremely challenging in those situations to focus on kindness and compassion, but it's necessary for the education of those who don't yet know better.

Please, keep riding. The revolution is only just beginning.
- Christopher Heaps (Attornatus_Oregonensis), during a discussion regarding appropriate cyclist responses to aggressive drivers.

Q: If you aren't doing anything evil why do you need secrecy (or privacy)?

A: Because I don't like to be spied on. The thought of people going through my personal files or even listening in on my private conversations creeps me out. I also don't like to use public restrooms with the stall door open, and I don't live in a completely transparent house. If I'm a business, I want privacy because I don't want my competitors learning information about my future plans or strategies that they could use to their advantage. If I have a product that I've spent money and time researching and developing, I don't want my competitor to steal it and start selling it before I do.
- Unknown

In school you get the lesson and then take the test…
In life you take the test and then get the lesson.
- Unknown

When nontechnical managers make technical decisions, the entire business, and especially IT, always pays the price.
- Anonymous

Fortunately, something is known both empirically and scientifically about the influence exerted by size on groups and the effect of size on how the groups perform. Research with business groups, athletic teams, and even armies around the world has revealed there is an ideal size for a working group. This ideal size is between eight and twelve individuals. This is natural, because man evolved as a primate while living in small groups.Eight to 12 persons can know each other well enough to maximize their talents. In groups beyond this size, the possible combinations of communication between individuals get too complex to handle; people are lumped into categories and begin the process of ceasing to exist as individuals. Tasks than can.t be handled by a group of eight to 12 are probably too complex and should be broken down further. Participation and commitment fall off in larger groups, mobility suffers; leadership doesn't develop naturally but is manipulative and political.
- Edward Hall's “Beyond Culture”

It's no wonder Windows-only sufferers are so terrified of trying something new; Microsoft has for years issued empty promises of something better while conditioning them to expect nothing but frustration and failure. It's not surprising that these people won't believe Apple or Mac users when told that there is a much better way. It's gotten so bad that Apple has to let the frustrated masses take their insecurity blanket with them to the Mac until they figure out for themselves what a sham Microsoft and Windows really is! It doesn't have to be like this. Windows-only users, you want real “Instant Technology Relief?” Get a Mac.
- MacDailyNews on the constant barrage of Windows Vista problems.

With the PC you get run of the mill, and lower initial costs. With the Mac you get value.
- Unknown

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- Unknown

E.R.T.H.N.E.T.: Electronic Robotic Technician Hardwired for Nocturnal Exploration and Troubleshooting

If you get an error message, save it; computers are capable of generating error messages for thousands of situations, so since my crystal ball is usally broken, I cant help you if you dont give me that message.
- A SysAdmin

A part of you has grown in me. And so you see, it's you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance, but never in heart
- Unknown

The search for truth can lead to only one place and that place is a place without God. In 400 years science has brought us further than the thousands of years of religious dogma before it. My message is simple: Embrace science, reject religion and it's false promises. The afterlife is a lie. When you die that is it, you're dead. Rather than living your life through your own self-interest trying to get in to a heavenly place that does not exist I just ask that you embrace those around you, talk to other people, help each other out and in that spirit we can all make the world a little nicer.
- Unknown

On the first day, man created God and he was pleased with what he'd achieved. On the second day, man worshiped God and life was good. On the third day, different men had different ideas about God and their cultures diverged. On the fourth day, men spilt blood over these differences and it has been this way ever since.
- Unknown

How some people think they have the right to force others to live is beyond me. It is the pervasive religious swell in this previously secular country that permits this debate to even exist. Our forefathers would kill themselves in shame if they saw what we have wrought.
- Anonymous, on the topic of assisted suicide

You igrnore a couple of the most important issues in the Oregon case (see also: the Neatherlands, where doctor assisted suicide has been legal even longer). First, it is important to note that in Oregon, it's not as simple as saying “Hey Doc, I don't really feel right. Wanna throw me some potassium chloride, huh?” It's an involved process that requires 3 independent doctors to determine that you will NOT live more than 6 months, and a psychiatrist to determine that you are in sound mental health. The latter requirement is a bit of a sticking point, because if you have three doctors tell you that you have less than 6 months to live, and you're in incredible pain, you're obviously going to be more that a little depressed. Can you really fault someone facing 6 months of unrelenting pain that palliative care cannot abate (think bowel cancer) from looking for a more humane end? Who are you, a health, pain-free individual, to decide how someone with a terminal disease is to spend their last moments? Who are you, with opportunities and useful life ahead of you, to force pain on someone with nothing but suffering to look foreward to? If someone wants to stick it out till the end, more power to them. But if the prospect of adamant pain is too much to take, who are we, the healthy, to say what “too much” is?
- Anonymous, on the topic of assisted suicide

Forgive me if I am terse at times; answering so much mail is time consuming. Also, if I seem to have forgotten about something I said I'd get back to you on, please feel free to bug me!
- Anonymous

One day you'll ask me: whats more important to you, me or your life? I'll say my life and then you'll leave without even knowing that you are my life.
- Unknown

Commercial software tends to be developed in pursuit of money. Free software tends to be developed in the pursuit of technical excellence.
- Unknown

When alerted to an intrusion by tinkling glass or otherwise:

  1. Calm yourself
  2. Identify the intruder
  3. If hostile, kill him.

Step number 3 is of particular importance. If you leave the guy alive out of misguided softheartedness, he will repay your generosity of spirit by suing you for causing his subsequent paraplegia and seek to force you to support him for the rest of his rotten life. In court he will plead that he was depressed because society had failed him, and that he was looking for Mother Teresa for comfort and to offer his services to the poor. In that lawsuit, you will lose. If, on the other hand, you kill him, the most that you can expect is that a relative will bring a wrongful death action. You will have two advantages: first, there be only your story; forget Mother Teresa. Second, even if you lose, how much could the bum's life be worth anyway? A Lot less than 50 years worth of paralysis. Don't play George Bush and Saddam Hussein. Finish the job.
- G. Gordon Liddy's “Forbes” column on personal security

Your right to send mail stops at my mail server, I can refuse to accept mail based upon anything I feel like.
- Unknown

Dare to fix things before they break . . .
- Unknown

Our capacity for understanding is inversely proportional to how much we think we know. The more I know, the more I know I don't know . . .
- Unknown

The perceived slowness is inversely proportional to your level of zealotry. You'd be surprised what the diehards will tolerate.
- Unknown

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once
- Unknown

God is an atheist.
- Unknown

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Are you under the impression that family's supposed to make you feel good? Make you an apple pie, maybe? They're supposed to make you miserable! That's why they're family.
- Unknown

Bible Quotes

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
- Proverbs 28:26

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
- James 1:26

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