„Human consciousness isn’t optimized for anything, except maybe helping feral hominids survive in the wild.“
— Charles Stross British science fiction writer and blogger 1964
Chapter 29, “Liz: Project ATHENA” (p. 305)
„All I can say to the younger theorists is: don’t trust anyone over 45, except maybe me, and I’m not so sure about me.“
— Philip Warren Anderson American physicist 1923
p. 159, quoted by N. David Mermin in
„Standing outside the fire;
Standing outside the fire.
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you're standing outside the fire.“
— Garth Brooks American country music artist 1962
Standing Outside the Fire, written by Jenny Yates and G. Brooks.
„No tools. He doesn't build anything or utilize anything outside himself. He just stands and waits for the right opportunity and then he runs like hell.“
— Philip K. Dick American author 1928 - 1982
Context: "We were always afraid a mutant with superior intellectual powers would come along," Baines said reflectively. "A deeve who would be to us what we are to the great apes. Something with a bulging cranium, telepathic ability, a perfect semantic system, ultimate powers of symbolization and calculation. A development along our own path. A better human being." "He acts by reflex," Anita said wonderingly. She had the analysis and was sitting at one of the desks studying it intently. "Reflex — like a lion. A golden lion." She pushed the tape aside, a strange expression on her face. "The lion god." "Beast," Wisdom corrected tartly. "Blond beast, you mean." "He runs fast," Baines said, "and that's all. No tools. He doesn't build anything or utilize anything outside himself. He just stands and waits for the right opportunity and then he runs like hell." "This is worse than anything we've anticipated," Wisdom said. His beefy face was lead-gray. He sagged like an old man, his blunt hands trembling and uncertain. "To be replaced by an animal! Something that runs and hides. Something without a language!" He spat savagely. "That's why they weren't able to communicate with it. We wondered what kind of semantic system it had. It hasn't got any! No more ability to talk and think than a — dog."
„Friday. Five o'clock in the afternoon. Maybe the hardest time to move unobserved through a city. Or, maybe the easiest. Because at five o'clock on a Friday nobody pays attention to anything. Except the road ahead.“
— Lee Child British thriller writer 1954
One Shot, Ch. 1 (2005).
„I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
„This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, but stand up, lay the blame on yourself. You will find that is always true. Get hold of yourself.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Last time you were starving, I gave you my blood. It was a little homoerotic, maybe, but I’m secure in my sexuality.“
— Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire
Context: "Why didn't you say something?" "Because, it's not like there's animals I can feed on here." "There's us." "I don't want to feed on my friends' blood." "Why not? We've been here before, haven't we? Last time you were starving, I gave you my blood. It was a little homoerotic, maybe, but I'm secure in my sexuality." Jace Herondale and Simon Lewis, pg. 509
„Racing, competing, is in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I've been doing it all my life. And it stands up before anything else.“
— Ayrton Senna Brazilian racing driver 1960 - 1994
Interview at the 1989 Australian Grand Prix, November 1989 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6brLntJE8s