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a big fat list of quotes I like. The intended order is most to least favored, but completeness is prioritized over sequence accuracy, and besides "favor" is subjective
  1. "I am one, but still I am one, I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do"― Edward Everett Hale (but often misattributed to Helen Keller)
  2. “For a long time it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge, could be so useless, and then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match.” ― Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away
  3. "Not Yet"— Carol S Dweck, The Power of Yet via TEDx Talks
  4. Terry Pratchett's Death speaks to the meaning of life
  5. Speaking of Pratchett, X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett | Douglas Adams (and thanks for all the fish) | A.M.P. Marcus DiLeo
  6. John Stuart Mill on utilitarianism "Few human creatures would consent to be changed into any of the lower animals, for a promise of the fullest allowance of a beast's pleasures; no intelligent human being would consent to be a fool, no instructed person would be an ignoramus, no person of feeling and conscience would be selfish and base, even though they should be persuaded that the fool, the dunce, or the rascal is better satisfied with his lot than they are with theirs.… A being of higher faculties requires more to make him happy, is capable probably of more acute suffering, and certainly accessible to it at more points, than one of an inferior type; but in spite of these liabilities, he can never really wish to sink into what he feels to be a lower grade of existence.… It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question…"
  7. "Resentment is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die."—Bert Ghezzi (possibly. The jury is still out on who actually said it 'first')
  8. "Talk is cheap, show me the code"— Linus Torvalds
  9. "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." (see also: "In defense of misinformation', archived from the original")
  10. (one of many I like on the AI control problem): "If we use, to achieve our purposes, a mechanical agency with whose operation we cannot efficiently interfere once we have started it, because the action is so fast and irrevocable that we have not the data to intervene before the action is complete, then we had better be quite sure that the purpose put into the machine is the purpose which we really desire and not merely a colorful imitation of it."— Norbert Wiener. (Source, archived from this recitation of the original)
  11. "You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known and exist before it is generally received and practiced on."— Benjamin Franklin
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