If you believe that there are atoms,
it is inconsistent to believe in a god.
If you don't believe that there are atoms,
you are ignorant.
Tom Schneider, 2004 June 22
Religion hobbles the mind.
Tom Schneider, 2004 June 22
From my personal experience,
turn the other cheek
is often neglected by religious people when their
beliefs are demonstrated to have no basis.
Tom Schneider, 2004 July 4
Math is trivial after you get it and impossible before that.
Tom Schneider, 2011 Oct 22
Watching science progress is like following
a thousand mystery and thriller novels simultaneously.
Tom Schneider 2014 oct 10
The best way to do theory is to think hard about the problem and to
saturate oneself in it. Then go and do something else. If there is a
solution it will emerge one day, maybe years later while one is
Tom Schneider 2014oct 12 10:08 am
When your opponents decide
to go down the wrong path
leading to their demise
are you obliged to tell them?
Tom Schneider 2015/02/01_13:05:08
Everyone says that having power is a great responsibility. This is a lot of bunk. Responsibility is when someone can blame you if something goes wrong. When you have power you are surrounded by people whose job it is to take the blame for your mistakes. If they're smart, that is.
-- Cerebus, "On Governing"
She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I love her still.
-- Unix fortune
A scholars ink lasts longer than a martyrs blood.
They are fools that think that wealth or women or strong drink or even
drugs can buy the most in effort out of the soul of a man. These things offer
pale pleasures compared to that which is greatest of them all, that task which
demands from him more than his utmost strength, that absorbs him, bone and
sinew and brain and hope and fear and dreams -- and still calls for more.
They are fools that think otherwise. No great effort was ever bought. No painting, no music, no poem, no cathedral in stone, no church, no state was ever raised into being for payment of any kind. No parthenon, no Thermopylae was ever built or fought for pay or glory; no Bukhara sacked, or China ground beneath Mongol heel, for loot or power alone. The payment for doing these things was itself the doing of them.
To wield onself -- to use oneself as a tool in one's own hand -- and so to make or break that which no one else can build or ruin -- THAT is the greatest pleasure known to man! To one who has felt the chisel in his hand and set free the angel prisoned in the marble block, or to one who has felt sword in hand and set homeless the soul that a moment before lived in the body of his mortal enemy -- to those both come alike the taste of that rare food spread only for demons or for gods."
-- Gordon R. Dickson, "Soldier Ask Not"
"Being liberal means being open to new evidence."
-- Congressman George Miller
2014 Apr 30 interview, similar quote video at 00:29:16, starting a few seconds early. (2014 Apr 30)
(google: george miller liberal new evidence)
Life isn't fair, but it's still good. Life is too short-- enjoy it.
Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. Make peace with
your past so it won't screw up the present and the future. It's OK to
let your children see you cry. Don't compare your life to others. You
have no idea what their journey is all about. If a relationship has to
be secret, you shouldn't be in it. Take a deep breath, it calms the
mind. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. It's never too
late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else. When it
comes time to go after what you love in life, don't take no for an
answer. Burn the nice candles, use the nice sheets, wear the nice
lingerie, wear the nice clothes. Don't save it for a special occasion.
Today is special. Over prepare, then go with the flow. No one is in
charge of your happiness but you. Frame every so-called disaster with
these words: 'In five years will this matter?' Always choose life.
Forgive but don't forget. Time heals almost everything. Give time,
time. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. All that
truly matters in the end is that you loved. If we all threw our
problems in a pile and we saw everyone else's, we'd grab our's back.
Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you
need. Yield. Friends are the family we choose. Life isn't tied with a
bow, but it's still a gift.
-- Some google sleuthing revealed the author of these tidbits to be Regina Brett: www.reginabrett.com
To those who have lost a loved one in the service of our nation, I
recall a famous headstone in Ireland. And the headstone reads as
follows, "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a
memory no one can steal."
-- Vice President Joe Biden, Memorial Day May 31, 2010, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good
madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks
you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw
or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the
next year, you surprise yourself."
-- Neil Gaiman http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/64407-may-your-coming-year-be-filled-with-magic-and-dreams
Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
-- Louis Brandeis http://software.clapper.org/fortune/
We do not always
we are happy,
but we dance and
cannot help but
Never give a sword
to a man
who can't dance
Ginsberg's Theorem: 1. You can't win. 2. You can't break even. 3. You can't even quit the game. Freeman's Commentary on Ginsberg's theorem: Every major philosophy that attempts to make life seem meaningful is based on the negation of one part of Ginsberg's Theorem. To wit: 1. Capitalism is based on the assumption that you can win. 2. Socialism is based on the assumption that you can break even. 3. Mysticism is based on the assumption that you can quit the game.
FOR SALE: Parachute. Used once. Never opened. Slightly Stained.
As never before the young soldier of twenty two now realized that
if he was ever to find truth he must first reject absolutely all ideas acquired
from others and rely upon the patient questioning of his own
mortal mind to show him the way. All the knowledge he had received
from authority must be cast aside; the whole fabric of his inherited
moral and intellectual ideas must be destroyed, to be refashioned more
enduringly by the primitive, earthy strength of human reason alone.
--- Men of mathematics by E. T. Bell, Chapter 3: Gentleman, Soldier, and Mathematician - Descartes (1596-1650), page 40
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
--- Christopher Hitchens.
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been.
The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' "
--- Issac Asimov
"A joke told when I was a child (a while ago...):
Elephants are masters at camouflage, they like to paint the bottoms of their feet and hide in mustard jars feet up.
No elephant has ever been seen in a mustard jar, you say? Well, there you have it."
-- Bo Dan (comment on Sagan video)
There is no real path to unity and healing that doesn't pass through
the gate of justice and accountability.
-- Kai Hagen January 9 at 8:14 PM