An Archive of Growth?

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If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee — that will do them in.

Bradley’s Bromide

 

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill- treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: ’The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.’ In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.

–Bertrand Russell

 

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Hop on Pop’s What Now?

Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure his publisher was paying attention.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

–Marie Curie

 

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.

–Sally Kempton

 

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

–Virginia Woolf

 

When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other; they look in the same direction.

–Ginger Rogers

 

If you can’t say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.

–Alice Roosevelt Longworth

 

In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

Mark Twain–

 

Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?

–Winston Churchill

 

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J. R. R. VIKING AAAAAH

J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbour down the street. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human…Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

–John Comenius

 

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

–Paul Valery

 

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

–Stephen Jay Gould

 

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Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

–Mae West

 

Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.

–Blore’s Razor

 

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Fandom at work

The only fan letter Richard Dawkins has ever written was to Douglas Adams; to his delight, he got one back. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.

–Mark Twain

 

If you’re not turned on to politics, politics will turn on you.

–Ralph Nader

 

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.

–Dan Quayle

 

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

–George Carlin

 

You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

–Will Rogers

 

Lots of people are willing to die for the person they love, which is a pity, for it is a much grander thing to live for that person.

–Jason Hurst

 

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.

–Paul Harvey

 

All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.

–Bobby Knight

 

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.

–Thomas Jefferson