Most of these I snatched up as I saw them and I don't know who originally said them. If you do, or spot a misattribution, please email me so I can make the appropriate references. Additionally, some of the quotes here are probably misquotes or things people didn't actually say. If you spot one, please let me know. The address is at the bottom of this page.
"Lady luck, chance, randomness... Human beings, truly, have a hard time understanding it. Raindrops fall randomly.
"Now which of these two images best represents raindrops falling on a sidewalk? Is it image A?" [grouped pattern]
"Image B?" [even pattern—the class chooses this one]
"Okay. You're wrong.
"Our brains misperceive evenness as random, and wrongly assume that groupings are deliberate. Because of this people make all sorts of irrational decisions. Like, they won't work in a high rise building, or they're afraid to live in an earthquake prone area.
"And yet mathematical assessment tells us that you are far more likely to suffocate in bed than you are to die in a terrorist attack. You are ten times more likely to die from alcohol than from being in an earthquake. And it is three times more likely that you will be killed while driving to buy a lottery ticket than it is that you will win the lottery."
"That contraption—listen, Brother, they claim it thinks. I didn't believe it at first. Thought, implying rational principle, implying soul. Can the principle of a 'thinking machine'—man-made—be a rational soul? Bah! It seemed a thoroughly pagan notion at first. But do you know what? [...]
"Nothing could be that perverse without premeditation! It must think! It knows good and evil, I tell you, and it chose the latter. Stop that snickering, will you? It's not funny. The notion isn't even pagan. Man made the contraption, but he didn't make its principle. They speak of the vegetative principle as a soul, don't they? A vegetable soul? And the animal soul? Then the rational human soul, and that's all they list in the way of incarnate vivifying principles, angels being disembodied. But how do we know the list is comprehensive? Vegetative, animal, rational—and then what else? That's what else, right there. That thing. And it fell. Get it out of here..."
"Passion, it lies in all of us. Sleeping...waiting...and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir...open its jaws, and howl.
"It speaks to us...guides us... Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?
"Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love...the clarity of hatred...and the ecstasy of grief.
"It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow, empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd be truly dead."
There is a theory that states: "If anyone finds out what the universe is for it will disappear and be replaced by something more bizarrely inexplicable."There is another theory that states: "This has already happened ...."
"To be or not to be."
"To be is to do."
"To do is to be."
"Do be a Do Bee!"
"Do be do be do!"
"If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one—if he had the power—would be justified in silencing mankind."
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
"I'm not stupid, just silly!"
"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."
"Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
"Music fills the heart and frees the soul."
"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to school."
"Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages."
"A stranger is only a friend you haven't met."
To love is to admire with the heart,
To admire is the love with the mind
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
"I'm not aware of too many things. I know what I know, if you know what I mean."
"What I am is what I am. Are you what you are, or what?"
"The books that help you the most are those that make you think the most."
"Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested."
"You don't have to blow out my candle to make yours grow brighter."
"The sum of the intelligence on the planet is constant; yet the population is growing."
"I'd love to go out with you, but I have to floss my cat."
"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
"...very few phenomena can pull someone out of Deep Hack Mode, with two noted exceptions: being struck by lightning, or worse, your computer being struck by lightning."
"Now let us peel back the foreskin of misconception and apply the wire brush of enlightenment."
"...we know many things. Fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever, seven words to make them go without pain, how to say goodbye to a friend who is dying, how to be poor, how to be rich, how to rediscover dreams when the world has stolen them from you."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried."
"An eye for an eye? How Christian of you."
"Unbelievers always want other people to act like Christians."
"That we occasionally violate our own stated moral code does not imply that we are insincere in espousing that code."
Only when I dwell,
Only when I think,
Only when I wish.
Infinity of ones diversity,
Infinity of ones love,
Infinity of ones wishes.
Only with hope.
"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
"Words do not convey meanings. They call them forth. We speak from our own experience, and we listen from our own experience. Because of this, we have difficulty communicating."
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
When you educate a man, you educate an individual.
When you educate a woman, you educate a whole family.
"You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
"Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."
"[P]ersuasion [is] honest, and manipulation [is] dishonest. One who persuades builds trust, has integrity, and seeks to enlighten and empower others. One who manipulates destroys trust through deception and intimidation."
"The word 'natural' is completely meaningless! Everything is natural! Nature includes everything! It's not just trees and flowers! It's everything! A chemical company's toxic waste is completely natural! It's part of the nature! We're all part of nature! Everything is natural! Dog shit is natural! It's just not real good food!"
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
"But what ... is it good for?"
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."
"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make."
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."
"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"
"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training."
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy."
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
"640K [of memory] ought to be enough for anybody."