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The Thinkers
Special Collections #13-16


#13: GOLDWYNISMS
(12 quotes)

Ah, to be immortal for a day.

A sundial? What’ll they think of next?

A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

Gentlemen, include me out.

God makes stars; I just produce them.

If I could drop dead right now, I’d be the happiest man alive.

In two words: im possible.

I read part of it all the way through.

It rolls off my back like a duck.

Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible.

What we need are new clichés.

You’ve got to take the bitter with the sour.

—Sam Goldwyn

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#14: FUTURISTS & FANTASISTS
(18 quotes)

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. —Douglas Adams

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. —Isaac Asimov

Life goes to life until it perfects itself. —A.A. Attanasio

Each individual is rich with ideas,
with concepts, rich with his own revolution.
—Ray Bradbury

The greatest technological invention of the 20th century has been the microchip.
—Arthur C. Clarke

The two most abundant things in the universe
are Hydrogen and stupidity.
—Harlan Ellison

Opiates have become the religion of the masses. —Neil Gaiman

Science-fiction writers are just court jesters
for a technological civilization.
—William Gibson

An elephant: a mouse built to government specifications. —Robert A. Heinlein

Do not trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. —Robert Jordan

We are the total of our longings. —Guy Gavriel Kay

A man should live forever or die trying. —Spider Robinson

It is our choices that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
—J.K. Rowling

Information has an almost mystical power of free flow and self-replication.
—Neal Stephenson

Never mind what the eyes see.
It is what the soul sees that’s important.
—Sheri S. Tepper

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. —J.R.R. Tolkien

A child is hope’s laughter in the face of existence. —Joan D. Vinge

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature’s inexorable imperative. —H.G. Wells

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#15: WISE ONES
(15 quotes)

The Way that can be told is not the eternal way.
—Lao-tzu (604-531 BC)

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.
—Confucius (551-479 BC)

Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.
—Socrates (469-399 BC)

Man – a being in search of meaning.
—Plato (428-347 BC)

Reason is a light that God has kindled in the soul.
—Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
—Seneca (5 BC-AD 65)

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
—Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

I would live to study, not study to live.
—Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
—Sören Kierkegaard (1813-55)

The decisive events of the world take place in the intellect.
—Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-81)

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
—Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.
—George Santayana (1863-1952)

The totality of thought is a picture of the world.
—Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

God is the loneliness of mankind.
—Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80)

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
—Albert Camus (1913-60)

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#16: THINKING GRAND
(18 quotes)

[ Philosophy ]

I cannot prove scientifically that truth must be conceived as a truth
that is valid independent of humanity;
but I believe it firmly.
—Albert Einstein

The collective unconscious contains
the whole spiritual heritage of mankind’s evolution
born anew in the brain structure of every individual.
—C.G. Jung

Individualism regards man as an independent, sovereign entity
who possesses a right to his own life,
a right derived from his nature as a rational being.
—Ayn Rand

Through “awakening to the instant”
one sees that the past and future are fleeting illusions –
the present is eternally real.
—Alan Watts

Each waking day is a stage dominated for good or ill, comedy, farce, or tragedy,
by a
dramatis personae, the “self”,
and so it will be until the curtain drops.
—Sir Charles Sherrington

Our energy, our lifetime, our essence are all part of a cosmic dance –
we exist as matter or energy
within a pulsating, living organism that is our Universe.
—Gwen Randall-Young

[ Religion ]

The source of our being is the greater light
that casts us into these lives,
a light in whose radiance the sun is itself but a shadow.
—A.A. Attanasio

O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed;
courage to change what needs changing;
and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
—Reinhold Niebuhr

My atheism is true piety towards the universe
and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image,
to be servants of their human interests.
—George Santayana

[ Nature ]

Put three grains of sand inside a vast cathedral,
and the cathedral will be more closely packed with sand
than space is with stars.
—Sir James Jeans

We live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star
lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe
in which there are far more galaxies than people.
—Carl Sagan

To observers in the Andromeda nebula,
the sign of our extinction
would be no more than a match flaring for a second in the heavens.
—Stanley Kubrick

[ Love ]

Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates,
from the center to the circumference,
the graduating circles of all thought and action.
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Your most vital necessity in life
is that you shall love completely and implicitly
and in entire nakedness of body and spirit.
—D.H. Lawrence

[ Computers ]

The computer is the most extraordinary of man’s technological clothing,
since it is an extension of our central nervous system!
Beside it the wheel is a mere hula-hoop.
—Marshall McLuhan

The human being of the future may be
a bio-computer hybrid of any form,
or an “electronic entity” in the digital info-universe.
—Timothy Leary

In an alternative universe, the Macintosh is the dominant computer life-form,
the basis of an elaborate economy,
and the subject of worshipful rituals of reverence and praise.
—Dave Watson

[ Other Thoughts ]

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world;
it is the last limit of experience
and the last effort of genius.
—George Sand

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