The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing
that cannot possibly go wrong,
is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually
turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly
what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear
and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people
very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
I want to tell you a terrific story about oral contraception.
I asked this girl to sleep with me and she said "no."
To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.
The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
But not in that order. Brian Pickrell There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has
a longer shelf life. Frank Zappa
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Never answer an anonymous letter. Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra
What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? Ursula K. LeGuin
We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to
walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. Phyllis Diller
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg. Samuel Butler
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the
universe. Carl Sagan
People used to explore the dimensions of reality by taking LSD to make the
world look weird.
Now the world is weird and they take Prozac to make it look normal. Bangstrom
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of
nothing. Redd Foxx
Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead
of using it. Gordon R. Dickson
One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do
and always a clever thing to say. Will Durant
Telling the truth to people who misunderstand you is generally promoting
a falsehood, isn't it? Anonymous
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. Carl Gustav Jung
If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to
your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling
you how to do , then YOU DESERVE IT.
I never set out to be weird. It was always the other people who called
If a person wants to be atheistic, it's his God-given right to be an atheist.
If you don't want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that
you won't have to work. Ogden Nash
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification. Sir Karl Raymund Popper
Isn't it strange? The same people who laugh at gypsy fortune tellers take
economists seriously. Cincinnati Enquirer
There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull
by the tail and face the situation.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then give up. No use
being a damned fool about it.
W. C. Fields
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. Dale Carnegie
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have
rushed through life trying to save. Will Rogers
God gave us a penis and a brain, but only enough blood to run one at a time.
The difference between genius and insanity is that genius has its limits.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and
I'm not sure about the former.
Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone
going faster than you is a maniac. George Carlen
I can give you a definite perhaps.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork? Stanislaw Lec
Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all
other philosophers are jackasses.
He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that
he is one himself.
Creator: A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.
Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes
Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time.
Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in
Henry Louis (H. L.) Mencken
There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable
non-conformist. Ayn Rand
Enlightenment comes when your third eye is at one with your turd eye and
you can see your own shit.. Christopher Wynter
A human being. . . An ingenious assembly of portable plumbing. Christopher Morley
Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion. Spike Milligan
Are you trying to tell all of us we have a bad signal-to-noise ratio? Heinlein
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Buy land. They've stopped making it.
In the first place God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he
made school boards.
Noise proves nothing - often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles
as if she had laid an asteroid.
We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.
Colonel Gerald Wellman
The less we know, the longer the explanation. B.G.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the
average voter. Winston Churchill
Opinions are like feet. Everybody's got a couple, and they usually stink.
To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human
spirit. Stephen W. Hawking
I am a creationist; I refuse to believe that I could have evolved
Time is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen
Do infants have as much fun in infancy as adults do in adultery?
Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
No one is listening until you fart.
Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.
If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple
of car payments.
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish,
and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was
probably worth it.
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
This `telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as
a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. Western Union internal memo, 1876
It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women
to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy
capitalism and become lesbians. Pat Robertson, speaking of the Equal Rights Amendment Mar. 22, 1930
The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this
century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this
Senator Dan Quayle, Sept. 15, 1988
The great question - which I have not been able to answer - is, "What does
a woman want?" Sigmund Freud
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
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.
Prentice Hall, editor in charge of business books, 1957
But what ... is it good for? Anonymous engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968,
commenting on the microchip.
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.' Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer Inc. on attempts to get Atari and
H-P interested in his personal computer.
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. Ken Olson , President, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,
640K ought to be enough for anybody. Bill Gates, 1981
Natura non facit saltum. (Nature does not make leaps.) Anonymous ancient motto frequently cited by Carolus Linnaeus
Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're
crazy. Anonymous drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to
drill for oil in 1859.
The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than
a 'C,' the idea must be feasible. Anonymous Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's
paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found
Federal Express Corp.)
Everything that can be invented has been invented. Attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
In a few years, all the great physical constants will have been approximately
estimated, and ... the only occupation which will then be left to the men
of science will be to carry these measurements to another place of decimals. James Clerk Maxwell, 1871
The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have all
been discovered, and these are now so firmly established that the possibility
of their ever being suplanted in consequence of new discoveries is exceedingly
remote ... Our future discoveries must be looked for in the sixth place of
decimals. Albert A. Michelson, 1894
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. New York Times, in editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket
Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
The good Christian should beware the mathematican and all those who make empty
prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicans have made a covenant
with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell.
First, . . . to want to affirm that in reality the sun is at the center
of the world and only turns on itself without moving from east to west, and
the earth . . . revolves with great speed around the sun . . .is a very dangerous
thing, likely not only to irritate all scholastic philosophers and theologians,
but also to harm the Holy Faith by rendering Holy Scripture false. Nor can
one answer that this is not a matter of faith, since if it is not a matter
of faith "as regards the topic," it is a matter of faith "as regards the speaker";
and so it would be heretical to say that Abraham did not have two children
and Jacob twelve, as well as to say that Christ was not born of a virgin,
because both are said by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of the prophets
and the apostles. Cardinal Bellarmine, in a Letter to Foscarinin, April 12, 1615
The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay
for a message sent to nobody in particular? Anonymous associates of David Sarnoff's in response to his urgings for
investment in the radio in the 1920s.
Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. Irving Fisher, 1929
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? H. M. Warner, founder of Warner Brothers film studios, 1927
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. Lord Kelvin, 1895
Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if
not utterly impossible. Simon Newcomb , 1902, eighteen months before Kitty Hawk
Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value. Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.