Favorite Quotations and Aphorisms

Computers and other Technology
“Computers must be female. No one but the creator understands their internal logic. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. The message “Bad command or file name” is about as informative as, “If you don’t know why I’m mad at you, then I’m certainly not going to tell you.” Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for later retrivial. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.”
Author Unknown

“Computers must be male. As soon as you commit to one you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have obtained a better model. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on. Big power surges knock them out for the rest of the day.
Author Unknown

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
Steve Jobs, 25 May 1993

“I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.”
Bjarne Stroustrup, originator of C++ programming language
Vegetarians and Vegans
“Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?”
Plutarch (circa 46 – 120 CE), Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Platonist

“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519), Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist, and writer

“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other….”
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), Walden, American author, poet, naturalist, historian, philosopher, and transcendentalist

“I venture to maintain that there are multitudes to whom the necessity of discharging the duties of a butcher would be so inexpressibly painful and revolting, that if they could obtain a flesh diet on no other condition, they would relinquish it forever.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838 – 1903), Irish Historian

“Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914?), American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist, The Devil’s Dictionary

“Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.”
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894), author

“Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), author

“A man of my spiritual intensity does not eat corpses.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950), author

“The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of Indian independence

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), theoretical physicist and philosopher

“We don’t need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could.”
James Cromwell (1940 – ), Actor

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”
Paul McCartney (1942 – ), British singer-songwriter

“Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.”
Ingrid Newkirk (1949? – ), President of PETA

“I think if you want to eat more meat you should kill it yourself and eat it raw so that you are not blinded by the hypocrisy of having it processed for you.”
Margi Clark (1954 – ), British Actress

“We all love animals. Why do we call some “pets” and others “dinner?””
k.d. lang (1961 – ), Canadian singer-songwriter

“My perspective of veganism was most affected by learning that the veal calf is a by-product of dairying, and that in essence there is a slice of veal in every glass of what I had thought was an innocuous white liquid – milk.”
Rynn Berry, Historian of the North American Vegetarian Society

“The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.”
Dr. Michael Klaper

“Seeing reality takes a lot of imagination – but it takes disciplined imagination, which is sensitive to scientific knowledge, humble before it, and committed to consistency with it. The undisciplined imagination cannot learn because it refuses all constraints; it claims “Anything is possible!” when in fact, much of what it imagines is not possible, while most of what is possible, it will never imagine. Scientific knowledge does limit the imagination, but only in the same healthy way that sanity limits what we take as real.”

Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams, The View from the Center of the Universe

“It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

Carl Sagan

“The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific truth.”

Richard Feynman, Feynman Lectures on Physics

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”

Niels Bohr

“Common sense is merely the deposit of prejudice laid down in the human mind before the age of 18.”

Albert Einstein

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.”

Yogi Berra
“When you notice that the horse you are riding is dead, dismount.”
North American Plains Native Americans

“Engineers whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make managers.”
Don Firesmith

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