Quips & Quotes

“The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can’t make anybody believe that he has it.” —Will Rogers

“If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for … but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.”  — Robert Anson Heinlein

“Unfortunately, as wives age, they ‘wilt’ and they ‘won’t’.” — Odysseus

“When a man goes unshaven in his 20s, he looks ‘rugged’. When he goes unshaven in his 30s, he looks ‘tired’. When he goes unshaven in his 40s, he looks like a ‘wino’, and, if he fails to shave in his 50s, his appearance lends itself to a presumption of ‘mentally ill’ “.—Odysseus

“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” — Frederic Bastiat

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” — George Washington

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”  — George Washington

“Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further developments.” —  Roman Governor Julius Sextus Frontinus (60 A.D.)

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” —   Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp

“I’m the enemy, ’cause I like to think, I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. I’m the kinda guy that likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, ‘Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs with the side-order of gravy fries?’ I want high cholesterol! I wanna eat bacon, and butter, and buckets of cheese, okay?! I wanna smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section! I wanna run naked through the street, with green Jell-O all over my body, reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly may feel the need to, okay, pal? I’ve seen the future. You know what it is? It’s a 47-year-old virgin, sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing, ‘I’m an Oscar Meyer wiener.’” — Dennis Leary in the 1993 movie “Demolition Man”


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