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there are 10 kinds of people in this world

those who understand binary numbers and those who don't

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"I want to know God's thoughts...the rest are details." - Albert Einstein

"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind"- M. Ghandi

"Don't be so humble - you are not that great."- Golda Meir

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid." - Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei

"There are no facts, only interpretations." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back." - Paul Erdos

"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it." - George Bernard Shaw

"Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain." - Friedrich von Schiller

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte

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Battle is an orgy of disorder.

George S. Patton

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.

George S. Patton

Better to fight for something than live for nothing.

George S. Patton

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

George S. Patton

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A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

~Albert Einstein

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

~Terry Pratchett

You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.

~Faber to Montag, Fahrenheit 451

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The truth shall make ye fret

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

Luck is my middle name. Mind you, my first name is Bad. (Rincewind :) )

Of course, Ankh-Morpork's citizens had always claimed that the river water was incredibly pure. Any water that had passed through so many kidneys, they reasoned, had to be very pure indeed.

'You're dead,' he said.

Keli waited. She couldn't think of any suitable reply. 'I'm not' lacked a certain style, while 'Is it serious?' seemed somehow too frivolous

Terry pratchett

If you keep your mind too open, your brains will fall out.

~ Joe_Cavalry

garry77777(1794) Disputed
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I think you'll find Bertrand Russell is attributed with having made that statement.

He stole it from me ;)

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"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."

-A.A. Milne

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."

-Basho

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

-Aristotle

"I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it."

-Edith Sitwell

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. James Huneker

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. David Brinkley

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. Erma Bombeck

The man who has done his level best... is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure. B. C. Forbes

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.

Theodore Roosevelt

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"Knowledge was a drug, the more he had the more he wanted"

"Man is by nature a political animal."

---Aristotle

"I’m in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal."

---Milton Friedman

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

---Albert Einstein

"Existence precedes and rules essence."

---Jean-Paul Sartre

"Act as if the maxim of thy action were to become a universal law of nature."

---Immanuel Kant

"The point of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other poor dumb bastard die for his" -Patton

"Always take the offensive, never dig in" -Patton

"Lettin' the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in." -unknown

"Go ahead, make my day"- Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan

I don't really have any favourites but here are some i like:

"Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable."

Terrance Mc Kenna

"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is."

"But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is."

Alan Watts

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."

Oscar Wilde

"For them that must obey authority that they do not respect in any degree, who despise their jobs their destiny, speak jealously of them that are free, cultivate what they do to be nothing than something they invest in"

Bob Dylan

"You must treat every man as your enemy who would speak ill of your king, and you must treat every Frenchman as though he were the Devil himself!"

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté.

"If in other sciences we could arrive at certainty without doubt, and truth without error, it behoves us to place the foundations of knowledge in mathematics."

Roger Bacon.

"What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished that no man will avenge me of these injuries I have sustained of one turbulent priest?"

His Majesty King Henry II.

Clancy42(1) Disputed
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"You must treat every man as your enemy who would speak ill of your king, and you must treat every Frenchman as though he were the Devil himself!"

This is a quote of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, not that of Arthur Wellesley; Duke of Wellington.

Why sir, you are correct!