• You have a gift, honey, to turn every leisure experience into work with a deadline. — Nat Torkington
  • You can't change anything from outside it. Standing apart, looking down, taking the overview, you see the pattern. What's wrong, what's missing. You want to fix it. But you can't patch it. You have to be in it, weaving it. You have to be part of the weaving. — Ursula Le Guin, Four Ways to Forgiveness
  • Not a lot is to be gained by simply flinging lit matches. — Bruce Sterling, Shaping Things
  • I'll believe in people settling Mars at about the same time I see people setting the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Desert is about a thousand times as hospitable as Mars and five hundred times cheaper and easier to reach. Nobody ever writes “Gobi Desert Opera” because, well, it's just kind of plonkingly obvious that there's no good reason to go there and live. It's ugly, it's inhospitable and there's no way to make it pay. Mars is just the same, really. We just romanticize it because it's so hard to reach. — Bruce Sterling, boingboing.net
  • I want to increase people’s ability to analyze and evaluate for themselves, not force ideas on them. I want to work toward enlightenment, not push my propaganda. This is how society will change. — Chen Hongguo, One Seed Can Make an Impact
  • Don't doubt your desire because it comes to you as a whisper. — Po Bronson, What Should I Do With My Life
  • All virtue is a form of acting. — William Butler Yeats
  • It is also their general practice to deliberate upon affairs of weight when they are drunk; and then on the morrow, when they are sober, the decision […] is put before them by the master of the house in which it was made; and if it is then approved of, they act on it … — Herodotus, Histories (Book 1, Chapter 133), via @TomChatfield
  • Everyone appreciates your honesty until you are honest with them. Then, you're an asshole. — George Carlin
  • The plural of anecdote is data. — Raymond Wolfinger, via danwin.com
  • We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins. — Ellen Ullman
  • If you automate a mess, you get an automated mess. — Rod Michael
  • The more I know the more I respect and distrust science. — @WardCunningham
  • Human life is gradually turning from a struggle against suffering into a struggle against pleasure. — @gurwinder
  • In permaculture I am always thinking about energy and the laws of entropy and renewal. I realise I have ignored one very important form of energy - love. It is abundant and renewable. It is limitless. This has been such a powerful thing. I have stopped worrying about the future. I feel more than ever before that good will prevail. It is great to know there are so many people behind me - there is an army with me, in life or death. — Joe Polaischer, Rainbow Valley Farm (shortly before his death).

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