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Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.

Another trenchant comment by a jealous lesser intellect.

- Bill Waterson , Unknown C&H book

Politics is the art of turning influence into affluence.

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.

Money doesn't always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.

"Certainty is a poor guide to truth"

"I don't mean to sound bitter, cold or cruel. But i am, so that's how it comes out."

"The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us."

"Without accountability, they will be stupid or evil; and without transparency, there's no way to tell the difference."

- Lee Tien , (broken link)

"Tesla came over from Graz and went to work for Thomas Edison. Edison couldn't stand Tesla for several reasons. One was that Tesla showed up for work every day in formal dress - morning coat, spats, top hat and gloves - and this just wasn't the American Way at the time. Edison also hated Tesla because Tesla invented so many things while wearing these clothes."

- Laurie Anderson , "Dance of Electricity", United States part 1

There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.

"Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand."

- Martin Fowler , From book "Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code"

"I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

"Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary."

"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."

- Oscar Wilde , The Happy Prince and Other Stories

"Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance."

- Sam Brown , The Washington Post (1/26/77)

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