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Those who invented the law of supply and demand have no right to complain when this law works against their interest.
- Anwar Sadat

Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.
- William Safire

Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
- William Safire

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

In science it often happens that scientists say, ’You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time someting like that happened in politics or religion.
- Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP Keynote Address

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
- Carl Sagan, "Contact"

In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
- Carl Sagan, Cosmos

All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don’t practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us- and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.
- Carl Sagan

[...] For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner [...] on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. [...] That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.
- Carl Sagan

I believe that part of what propels science is the thirst for wonder. It’s a very powerful emotion. All children feel it. In a first grade classroom everybody feels it; in a twelfth grade classroom almost nobody feels it, or at least acknowledges it. Something happens between first and twelfth grade, and it’s not just puberty. Not only do the schools and the media not teach much skepticism, there is also little encouragement of this stirring sense of wonder. Science and pseudoscience both arouse that feeling. Poor popularizations of science establish an ecological niche for pseudoscience.
- Carl Sagan

If science were explained to the average person in a way that is accessible and exciting, there would be no room for pseudoscience. But there is a kind of Gresham’s Law by which in popular culture the bad science drives out the good. And for this I think we have to blame, first, the scientific community ourselves for not doing a better job of popularizing science, and second, the media, which are in this respect almost uniformly dreadful. Every newspaper in America has a daily astrology column. How many have even a weekly astronomy column? And I believe it is also the fault of the educational system. We do not teach how to think. This is a very serious failure that may even, in a world rigged with 60,000 nuclear weapons, compromise the human future.
- Carl Sagan

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.
- Carl Sagan

I’m often asked the question, "Do you think there is extraterrestrial intelligence?" I give the standard arguments- there are a lot of places out there, and use the word "billions," and so on. And then I say it would be astonishing to me if there weren’t extraterrestrial intelligence, but of course there is as yet no compelling evidence for it. And then I’m asked, "Yeah, but what do you really think?" I say, I just told you what I really think. "Yeah, but what’s your gut feeling?" "But I try not to think with my gut." Really, it’s okay to reserve judgment until the evidence is in.
- Carl Sagan

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
- Carl Sagan

My deeply held belief is that if a god of anything like the traditional sort exists, our curiosity and intelligence is provided by such a God. We would be unappreciative of that gift . . . if we suppressed our passion to explore the universe and ourselves.
- Carl Sagan

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge- even to ourselves- that we’ve been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)
- Carl Sagan

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
- Carl Sagan

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
- Carl Sagan

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.
- Carl Sagan

We would have broken up except for the children. Who were the children? Well, she and I were.
- Mort Sahl

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Some men become proud and insolent because they ride a fine horse, wear a feather in their hat or are dressed in a fine suit of clothes. Who does not see the folly of this? If there be any glory in such things, the glory belongs to the horse, the bird and the tailor.
- St. Frances de Sales

Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly.
- St. Francis De Sales

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
- J. D. Salinger

You don’t have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.
- J. D. Salinger

Quit when you’re still behind.
- Pierre Salinger

I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
- Jonas Salk

Advise well before you begin, and when you have maturely considered, then act with promptitude.
- Sallus

In an optimal world, I would not be necessary.
- James Price Salsman

Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.
- Sir Herbert Samuel

Remember folks. Street lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph.
- Jim Samuels

The United States is like the guy at the party who gives cocaine to everybody and still nobody likes him.
- Jim Samuels

I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be.
- Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

I’m an idealist: I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.
- Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

It is the business of little minds to shrink.
- Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come
- Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), "The People, Yes"

Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored.
- George Sanders’ dying words

This is no time to act like a gentleman. I am a cad and shall react like one.
- George Sanders

Am I lightheaded because I’m not dead or because I’m still alive?
- Heidi Sandige

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness... Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana (1863-1952), "Life of Reason", vol 1 ch 12

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Culture is on the horns of a dilemma: if profound and noble it must remain rare; if common it must become mean.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Each religion, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabline it to make its peace with its destiny.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

It takes a wonderful brain and exquisite senses to produce a few stupid ideas.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Men have fiendishly conceived a heaven only to find it insipid, and a hell only to find it ridiculous.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Miracles are so called because they excite wonder. In unphilosophical minds, any rare or unexpected thing excites wonder, while in philosophical minds the familiar excites wonder also.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Music is essentially useless, as life is.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Our dignity is not in what we do, but in what we understand.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Science is nothing but developed perception, integrated intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

Why shouldn’t things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.
- George Santayana (1863-1952)

If A = B and B = C, then A = C, except where void or prohibited by law.
- Roy Santoro

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
- Alan Saporta

I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we’ve been voting for boobs long enough.
- Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate

Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
- Robert W. Sarnoff

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.
- William Saroyan

For several years more I maintained public relations with the Almighty. But privately, I ceased to associate with him.
- Jean Paul Sartre

Hell is... other people.
- Jean Paul Sartre

There are 32 points to the compass, meaning that there are 32 directions in which a spoon can squirt grapefruit; yet, the juice almost invariably flies straight into the human eye.
- Louis Sattler

Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored.
- George Saunders’ dying words

A man who can’t mind his own business is not to be trusted with the king’s.
- Saville

Women have more strength in their looks than we have in our laws, and more power by their tears than we have by our arguments.
- Saville

If you travel to the States . . . they have a lot of different words than like what we use. For instance: they say "elevator", we say "lift"; they say "drapes", we say "curtains"; they say "president", we say "seriously deranged git".
- Alexi Sayle

Recently, my personal advisors have beeen telling me to go to America. Actually, people have been walking up to me in the street and telling me to sod off, but that’s the same thing, isn’t it?
- Alexi Sayle

I don’t actually have a clue... but that’s never stopped me before. 
...Although that’s never helped me succeed.
- Josh Schachter

That which does not kill me is clearly defective and should be returned to the manufacturer.
- Josh Schachter

Someone once said that the two most important things in developing taste were sensitivity and intelligence. I don’t think this is so; I’d rather call them curiosity and courage. Curiosity to look for the new and the hidden; courage to develop your own tastes regardless of what others might say or think.
- R. Murray Schafer

Bill Gates says Open Source is riding on the coat-tails of Windows’ success. That’s like saying Osama has done his part to increase airport security.
- Carl Schelin, in the Monastery

Any theory can be made to fit any facts by means of appropriate additional assumptions.
- Robert E. Schenk

Good salesmen and good repairmen will never go hungry.
- Robert E. Schenk

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.
- Elsa Schiaparelli

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
- Else Schiaparelli

Any dramatic series the producers want us to take seriously as a representation of contemporary reality cannot be taken seriously as a representation of anything except a show to be ignored by anyone capable of sitting upright in a chair and chewing gum simultaneously.
- Richard Schickel

The only programs a grown-up can possibly stand are those that cater to those pre-adolescent fantasies that most have never abandoned.
- Richard Schickel

The universe is one of God’s thoughts.
- Friedrich Schiller

With stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

For manipulation to be most effective, evidence of its presence should be nonexistent... It is essential, therefore, that people who are manipulated believe in the neutrality of their key social institutions.
- Herbert Schiller

Women’s liberationists operate as Typhoid Marys carrying a germ.
- Phyllis Schlafly

It is [the] belief in absolutes, I would hazard, that is the great enemy today of the life of the mind. This may seem a rash proposition. The fashion of the time is to denounce relativism as the root of all evil. But history suggests that the damage done to humanity by the relativist is far less than the damage done by the absolutist - by the fellow who, as Mr. Dooley once put it, "does what he thinks th’ Lord wud do if He only knew th’ facts in th’ case.
- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

I paint paintings because I can’t get the experience in any other way but there are many more experiences that are equally satisfying to me and equally inept at answering all my questions, but hover in exactitude in describing themselves and defying me to define their logic".
- Julian Schnabel

Once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can. Old worms never die, they just worm their way into larger cans.
- Zymurgy (Conrad Schnieker)

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

If we weren’g all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting we couldn’t endure it.
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity.
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party when the masks are dropped.
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake.
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.
- J.W. Schopf

Grapenut is working, but it is working as Chestnut. The cables have been switched, so Chestnut printing continues even though Chestnut the printer is in bed with a cold. Grapenut printing has been halted, even though Grapenut the printer is printing under an assumed name (Chestnut).
- Jason Schreibeis, from an Operations ser

If we are going to stick to this damned quantum-jumping, then I regret that I ever had anything to do with quantum theory.
- Erwin Schrodinger

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong.
- Norm Schryer

Living with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on.
- Budd Schulberg

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.
- Charles Schultz

If you can’t measure output, then you can’t measure input.
- Charles Schultz

I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.
- Charles Schultz

Try not to have a good time...this is supposed to be educational.
- Charles Schultz

No problem is so formidable that you can’t walk away from it.
- Charles Schutlz

And remember - if there ain’t four of ’em to suck on, you’re probably gonna make a bull happy.
- Jeff Shultz

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
- E. F. Schumacher

Remember, when it comes to commercial TV, the program is not the product. YOU are the product, and the advertiser is the customer.
- Mark W. Schumann in the Monastery

Make this evens most issues are seldom black or white, so are most good solutions seldom black or white. Beware of the solution that requires one side to be totally the loser and the other side to be totally the winner. The reason there are two sides to begin with usually is because neither side has all the facts. Therefore, when the wise mediator effects a compromise, he is not acting from political motivation. Rather, he is acting from a deep sense of respect for the whole truth.
- Stephen R. Schwambach

Even paranoids have real enemies.
- Delmore Schwartz

As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he as a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man, I want you to know that.
- General Norman Schwarzkopf, 2/27/91

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
- Albert Schweitzer

The fundamental idea of good is that it consists in preserving life, in favoring it, in wanting to bring it to its highest value, and evil consists in destroying life, doing it injury, hindering its development.
- Albert Schweitzer

We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
- Albert Schweitzer

Only in time of peace can the wastes of capitalism be tolerated.
- F. R. Scott

His back against a rock he bore. And firmly placed his foot before; "Come one, come all! This rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I."
- Scott

His face was of the doubtful kind; That wins the eye and not the mind.
- Scott

In lover’s quarrels, the party that loves most is always most willing to acknowledge the greater fault.
- Scott

To all, to each, a fair good night, And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.
- Scott

He experienced that nervous agitation to which brave men as well as cowards are subject; with this difference, that the one sinks under it, like the vine under the hailstorm, and the other collects his energies to shake it off, as the cedar of Lebanon is said to elevate its boughs to disperse the show which accumulates upon them.
- Sir Walter Scott

Oh, what tangled webs we weave, When we first practice to deceive.
- Sir Walter Scott

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
- Sir Walter Scott

When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.
- Sir Walter Scott

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
- Florida Scott-Maxwell

A Democratic nation, at least when organized to secure the political rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, can be a large and populous nation.
- Michael Scully

Can there be a republic that does not slump under the weight of so much human desire?
- Michael Scully

For specialization is a process that begins as an attempt to develop experts who will then inform the whole body. It can end, however, and sometimes does, in the removal of any inclination to question the supposed "experts"- who themselves are sometimes not all that expert.
- Michael Scully

Innovations in law, whether good or bad, spin an entangling weave far more often than they sew a straight stitch. Division of labor can make for great efficiency; too great a division of labor in lawmaking can instead create a crazy quilt.
- Michael Scully

It has been said that there are two theories of history: conspiracy and blunder. If there is some truth to that, it is surely equally true that blunder seldom receives all the credit due it as an explanation of complex events.
- Michael Scully

The greatness of kings is made at the margin; the greatness of legislatures, at the mean. That is to say, a monarch is judged by individual virtues and performance, but no legislature can be called great because it contained one or a few impressive individuals, to whom it paid no heed. The standard of judgement for monarchs and legislatures is always the same: the happiness and well-being of the people.
- Michael Scully

It is regrettable for the education of the young that war stories are always told by those who survived.
- Louis Scutenaire

If someone tells you that the fully armored man of the Middle Ages was so encumbered by his armor that he could not rise if he fell, you may well ask yourself, first, if it is reasonable to assume that professional soldiers would go on wearing armor that kept them from fighting and second, if this theory is in line with what you know of the heavily armored men of your personal acquaintance.
- Niccola Sebastiani

They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist-----
- General John Sedgewick, Union Army, Last Words, at the Battle of Spotsylvania, 1864 [The officer in question is (Union) GEN John Sedgewick, KIA on the siegeworks at Petersburg, VA by a Confederate sniper at approx. 1/2 mile.]

Example is a living law, whose sway Men more than all the written laws obey.
- Sedley

Not everybody has to sing the melody.
- Pete Seeger

Oh, how do I know my youth is all spent? 
My get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went. 
But in spite of it all, I’m able to grin, 
And think of the places my get-up has been.
- Pete Seeger

I’m a walking economy - my hairline’s in a recession, my waistline is a victim of inflation, both of which is putting me in a deep depression.
- M. Segal

He that will keep a monkey should pay for the glasses he breaks.
- John Seldon

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.
- John Seldon

Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest to his feet.
- John Seldon

They that govern most make the least noise. You see, when they row in a barge, they do that drudgery work, slash and puff, and sweat, but he that governs sits quietly at the stern, and is scarce seen to stir.
- John Seldon

Oh, what is so rare as a full day’s work in June?
- Baldwin Sells

My advice to any young man at the beginning of his career is to try to look for the mere outlines of big things with his fresh, untrained, and unprejudiced mind.
- H. Selye

To be enslaved to oneself is the heaviest of all servitudes.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A great fortune is a great slavery.
- Seneca

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
- Seneca

Bow to no patron’s insolence. Rely on no frail hopes; in freedom live and die.
- Seneca

Enjoy your present pleasures so as not to injure those that are to follow.
- Seneca

Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation.
- Seneca

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
- Seneca

It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
- Seneca

Let no man presume to give advice to others that has not first given good counsel to himself.
- Seneca

One crime is concealed by the commission of another.
- Seneca

Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one.
- Seneca

Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.
- Seneca

The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.
- Seneca

There are none more abusive to others than they that lie most open to it themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.
- Seneca

There is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
- Seneca

There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness.
- Seneca

There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals.
- Seneca

What must be, shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles is little more than choice to him that is willing.
- Seneca

What once were vices are manners now.
- Seneca

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
- Rod Serling

...adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.
- Dr. Seuss (as quoted in his obit in Time)

Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.
- Eric Sevareid

The chief cause of problems is solutions.
- Eric Sevareid

Fear is the tax that the conscience pays to guilt.
- Sewell

This is my death ... and it will profit me to understand it.
- Anne Sexton

Windows, and especially Windows/ 386, feels like iteration number 3 on a list where the product becomes useful and important around iteration number 7.
- Jim Seymour

Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don’t have the balls to live in the real world.
- Mary Shafer, NASA Ames Dryden

The effectiveness of a politician varies in inverse proportion to his commitment to principle.
- Sam Shaffer

The greatest of fools is he who imposes on himself, and in greatest concern thinks certainly he knows that which he has least studied, and of which he is profoundly ignorant.
- Shaftesbury

A certain person may have, as you say, a wonderful presence: I do not know. What I do know is that he has a perfectly delightful absence.
- Idries Shah

After twelve years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, ’No hablo ingles.’
- Ronnie Shakes

I was going to buy a copy of "The Power of Positive Thinking", and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?
- Ronnie Shakes

Move, move you slut.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "Hamlet"

To thine own self be true - 
And it must follow as the night the day 
Thou canst not be false to any man
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "Hamlet"

We are but warriers for the working day; 
Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirch’d 
With rainy marching in the painful field; 
There’s not a piece of feather in our host--- 
Good argument (I hope) we will not fly--- 
And time hath worn us into slovenry. 
But, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Henry V, IV.iii.

I can call spirts from the vasty deep. Why so can I, or so can any man; but will they come when you do call for them?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "King Henry IV, Part I"

The only thing more reliable than Magik is one’s friends.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "Macbeth"

All that glisters is not gold. Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Ambition’s like a circle on the water, which never ceases to enlarge itself, ’till by broad spreading it disperse to naught.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

And here I stand; judge, my masters.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

An eye like Mars, to threaten and command.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

A scar nobly got is a good livery of honor.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

As you are old and reverend, you should be wise.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Be just and fear not: Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s, thy God’s, and truth’s.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Best men are often moulded out of faults.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Beware of entrance to a quarrel; but being in, bear it that the opposer may beware of thee.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

But love is blind and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Care keeps his watch in every old man’s eye.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy; for the apparel oft proclaims the man.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Damnable, both sides rogue.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Divines and dying men may talk of Hell But in my heart her several torments dwell.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. And I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow’s shadow.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Farewell a long farewell, to all my greatness! This is the state of man. Today he puts forth The tender leaves of hope; tomorrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honors thick upon him; The third day comes a frost, a killing frost.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Fie! What a spendthrift he is of his tongue!
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Fire that’s closest kept burns most of all.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Flowers are like the pleasures of the world.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

For they say, if money go before, all ways do lie open.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot he is all mirth; he has twice or thrice cut Cupid’s bowstring, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him; he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks his tongue speaks.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive; They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academies, That show, contain, and nourish all the world, Else, none at all in aught proves excellent.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Give me to drink, Mandragora, That I may sleep away this gap of time.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

God made man, and therefore let him pass for man.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in Venice; but his reasons are as two grains of wheat in two bushels of chaff; you seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge that no king can corrupt.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He doth bestrice the narrow world, Like a Colossus; and we patty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He doth nothing but talk of his horse; and he makes it a great appropriation to his own good parts, that he can shoe himself.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He hath out-villained villainy so far, that the rarity redeems him.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He jests at scars who never felt a wound.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He that hath a beard is more than a youth; And he that hath none is less than a man.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He that wants money, means and content, is without three good friends.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

He that would have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Honesty coupled to beauty is to have honey a sauce to sugar.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Hope is a flatterer, but the most upright of parasites; for she frequents the poor man’s hut, as well as the palace of his superior.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

How many cowards, whose hearts are all false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules, and frowning Mars; Who inward search’d have livers white as milk?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

How much better it is to weep at joy than joy a weeping.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

How sharper then a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

How slow this old moon wanes! she lingers my desires, like to a stepdame, or a dowager, long withering out a young man’s revenue.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

How still the evening is as hush’d on purpose to grace harmony!
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; that plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I cannot draw a cart, nor eat wild oats; if it be a man’s work I will do it.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I do desire we may be better strangers.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I earn what I eat, get what I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man’s happiness, glad of other men’s good, content with my harm.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

If a man do not erect in this age his own tomb ere he dies, he shall live no longer in monument than the bell rings, and the widow weeps.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

If I can catch him once upon the hip I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I had rather a fool to make me merry, than experience to make me sad.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I hourly learn a doctrine of obedience.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I’ll speak to it through hell itself should gape, and bid me hold my peace.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I must go seek some dew-drops here, And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I see that fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

It is a good divine that follows his own instructions.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

It is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it tyrannous to use it like a giant.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I understand a fury in your words, but not your words.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I’ve touch’d the highest point of all my greatness; And from that full meridian of my glory I haste now to my setting. I shall fall, Like a bright exhalation in the evening And no man see me more.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I will aggravate my voice so, that I will roar you as gently as any suckling dove; I will roar you an ’twere any nightingale.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

I will roar, that it will do any man’s heart good to hear me.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Last scene of all that ends this strange, eventful history, is second childishness, and mere oblivion; sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Lend thy serious hearing to what I shall unfold.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Let me have men about me that are fat; Sleck-headed men and such as sleep o’nights. Yond’ Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Let them obey that know not how to rule.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Life’s but a walking shadow- a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by idiots, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Like a man made after supper of a cheese-paring; when he was naked, he was, for all the world, like a forked radish, with a head fantastically carved upon it with a knife.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life’s key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Love is merely madness; and I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip, as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punished and cured, is that the lunacy is so ordinary, that the whippers are in love too.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed, and maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Murmur at nothing: it our ills are reparable, it is ungrateful; it remediless, it is in vain.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

No reckoning made, but sent to my account With all my imperfections on my head.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Not Hercules could have knock’d out his brains, for he had none.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Now good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Omittance is no quittance.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more!
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

O that my tongue were in the thunder’s mouth! Then with a passion would I shake the world.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

O thou who dost inhabit in my breast, Leave not the mansion, so long tenantless; Lest growing ruinous the building fall, Ane leave no memory of what it was.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Rose at an instant, learn’d, play’d, eat together; And wheresoe’er we went, like Juno’s swans, Still we went coupled, and inseparable.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

So we grew together, like to a double cherry, seeming parted but yet a union in partition, two lovely berries moulded on one stem; so, with two seeming bodies, but one heart.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Spirits of peace, where are ye? Are ye all gone? And leave me here in wretchedness behind ye?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Strong reasons make strong actions.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Such a house broke! So noble a master fallen! All gone and not One friend to take his fortune by the arm And go along with him.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, And good in everything.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgement.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Take thy correction mildly. Kiss the rod.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Talkers are no good doers.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

That’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The better part of valor is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The chameleon may change its color, but it is the chameleon still.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The devil can quote scripture for his purpose.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The devil knew not what he did when he made man politic.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The earth, that’s nature’s mother, is her tomb.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interr’d with their bones.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The evil you teach us, we will execute, and it shall go hard but we will better the instruction.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The eye sees not itself but by reflection, by some other things.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves that we are underlings.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel; but do not dull thy palm with entertainment of each new hatched, unfledged comrade.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Then happy low, lie down! Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, rough hew them how we will.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

There’s a small choice in rotten apples.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

There’s no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

There’s nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

There’s not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The soul of this man is in his clothes.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The venom clamors of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Things sweet to the taste, prove in digestion sour.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

This fellow is wise enough to play the fool; and, to do that well, craves a kind of wit.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculed in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard than thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes; what eye but such an eye, would spy out such a quarrel? Thy head is full of quarrels, as an egg is full of meat.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Time is the old Justice, that examines all offenders.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

’Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smoothe the ice, or add another hue To the rainbow, or, with taper-light, To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

To what base uses may we return! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till it find it stopping a bunghole? As thus: Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust; the dust is earth: of earth we make loam. And why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop a beer barrel?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

True hope is swift and flies with swallow’s wings; Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Unbidden guests are often welcomest when they are gone.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Vice repeated like the wandering wind, blows dust in others’ eyes.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Villian, thou know’st no law of God or man; No beast so fierce, but knows some touch of pity.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason; how infinite in faculties; in form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel; in apprenhension, how like a god; the beauty of the world- the paragon of animals! And yet to me what is this quintessence of dust?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

What! canst thou say all this and never blush?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

What’s gone, and what’s past help, should be past grief.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

What! shall this speech be spoke for our excuse? Or shall we on without apology?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

What’s more miserable than discontent?
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

When he is best, he is little worse than a man; and when he is worst, he is little worse than a beast.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Whilst thou livest keep a good tongue in thy head.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Who soars too near the sun, with golden wings, melts them; to ruin his own fortune brings.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Win her with gifts, if she respect not words; Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind, More quick than words do move a woman’s mind.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

You are not worth the dust which the rude wind blows in your face.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The intensity of movie publicity is in inverse ratio to the quality of the movie.
- Gene Shalit

The length of a meeting rises with the square of the number of people present.
- Eileen Shanahan

I’m dating a woman now who, evidently, is unaware of it.
- Gary Shandling

I said to my girl, ’Was it good for you too?’ And she said, ’I don’t think this was good for anybody.
- Gary Shandling

Wretched woman to both assault my genetailia and deny me the chance to lie about it later! (You know, that is one whopper of an out-of-context quote.)
- Mike Shapiro

Passengers on elevators constantly rearrange their positions as people get on and off so there is at all times an equal distance between all bodies.
- John Sharkey

It is generally agreed that "Hello" is an appropriate greeting because if you entered a room and said "Goodbye," it could confuse a lot of people.
- Dolph Sharp, "I’m O.K., You’re Not So Hot"

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache.
- Dolph Sharp, "I’m O.K., You’re Not So Hot

One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.
- William Shatner as Kirk, in "Dagger of the Mind"

I’m from Iowa, I only work in space.
- William Shatner as Kirk, in "Star Trek IV:The Voyage Home"

It constantly confounds me that not only the young, but also many certified intellectuals accept uncritically the superiority of spontaneous or unconscious products of mind over those subjected to conscious, rational control.
- Roger Shattuck

Perhaps the reader may ask, of what consequence is it whether the author’s exact language is preserved or not, provided we have his thought? The answer is, that inaccurate quotation is a sin against truth. It may appear in any particular instance to be a trifle, but perfection consists in small things, and perfection is no trifle.
- Robert W. Shaunon

Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
- Christopher J. Shaw

You see things; and you say, Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say, Why not?
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), "Back to Methuselah"

It is easy-- terribly easy-- to shake a man’s faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man’s spirit is devil’s work. Take care of what you are doing. Take care.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), "Candida"

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), in a letter to H.G. Wells

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Man and Superman, 1903, Maxims for Revolutionists: Democracy

A doctor’s reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A dramatic critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

All my life, affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A man ought to be able to be fond of his wife without making a fool of himself about her.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

An institution which is populare because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A pessimist thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Their tastes may differ.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

England and America are two countries seperated by the same language.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Fashions are the only induced epidemics, proving that epidemics can be induced by tradesmen.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

He who can, does. He who cannot teaches.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

He who has never hoped can never despair.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

If all the economists in the world were laid end to end, they wouldn’t reach any conclusion.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

If more than ten percent of the population likes a painting it should be burned, for it must be bad.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I often quote myself, it adds spice to my conversation.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

It is most unwise for people in love to marry
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

It is the quality rather than the quas brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

It took me twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

I’ve posed nude for a photographer in the manner of Rodin’s Thinker, but I merely looked constipated.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Let a short Act of Parliament be passed, placing all street musicians outside the protection of the law, so that any citizen may assail them with stones, sticks, knives, pistols, or bombs without incurring any penalties.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Life is a disease; and the only diference between one another is the stage of the disease at which he lives.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Make money and the whole nation will conspire to call you a gentleman.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Nobel prize money is a lifebelt thrown to a swimmer who has already reached the shore in safety.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Nothing ever is done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Reviewing has one advantage over suicide: in suicide you take it out on yourself; in reviewing you take it out on other people.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"She had lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech."
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict without a single amiable trait.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Success covers a multitude of blunders.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The 100% American is 99% an idiot.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The chief objection of playing wind instruments is that it prolongs the life of the player.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The Golden Rule is that there are no Golden Rules.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The liar’s punishment ... is that he cannot believe anyone else.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The love of money is the root of all virtue.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

There are scores of thousands of human insects who are ready at a moment’s notice to reval the will of God on every possible subject.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The seven deadly sins ... Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man’s neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The thought of 2000 thousand people munching celery at the same time horrifies me.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege - my *privilege* to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Virtue is insufficient temptation.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years, and justify our existence, on pain of liquidation.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

We should have had socialism already, but for the socialists.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

What God hath joined together no man shall put asunder: God will take care of that.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

What is virtue but the trades unionism of the married.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

You cannot believe in honor unless you have achieved it. Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

NAPOLEON: What shall we do with this soldier, Guiseppe? Everything he says is wrong. GUISEPPE: Make him a general, Excellency, and then everything he says will be right.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), The Man of Destiny

Also--anyone ever noticed how much handing out disks can resemble a fast-food service? "Yeah, get me a System, MacWrite, Excel and a scratch disk." I consistently have to stifle the impulse to ask "Yew want fries wit’ dat?"
- Michael Shea

A ship in harbor is safe--- but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers.
- Wilfrid Sheed

Just as there are three R’s there are also three A’s of business life. They are: Ability, Ambition, and Attitude. Ability establishes what a worker does and will bring him a paycheck. Ambition determines how much he does and will get him a raise. Attitude guarantees how well he does.
- Wilbert E. Sheer

Airy ambition, soaring high.
- Sheffield

To those accustomed to the precise, structured methods of conventional system development, exploratory development techniques may seem messy, inelegant, and unsatisfying. But it’s a question of congruence: precision and flexibility may be just as disfunctional in novel, uncertain situations as sloppiness and vacillation are in familiar, well-defined ones. Those who admire the massive, rigid bone structures of dinosaurs should remember that jellyfish still enjoy their very secure ecological niche.
- Beau Sheil, Power Tools for Programmers

On curing the depression that comes with having to work for a living: Stay home for a day and watch daytime TV.
- Sheldon

Rechargable batteries die at the most critical time of the most complex problem.
- John L. Shelton

There are not enough storage registers to solve the problem.
- John L. Shelton

Thermal paper will run out before the calculation is complete.
- John L. Shelton

The tire is only flat on the bottom.
- John L. Shelton

The user will forget mathematics in proportion to the complexity of the calculator.
- John L. Shelton

When a rechargable battery starts to die in the middle of a complex calculation, and the user attempts to connect house current, the calculator will clear itself.
- John L. Shelton

Why You Can’t Run When There’s Trouble in the Office: No matter where you stand, no matter how far or fast you flee, when it hits the fan, as much as possible will be propelled in your direction, and almost none will be returned to the source.
- John L. Shelton

They begin with making falsehood appear like truth, and end with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
- Shensione

A poet that fails in writing, becomes often a morose critic. The weak insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.
- Shenstone

I consider your very testy and quarrelsome people in the same light as I do a loaded gun, which may, by accident, go off and kill one.
- Shenstone

The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox hunters.
- Shenstone

It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.
- Alan Shepherd

"He should be most proud that the PMRC wants to put their obscene lyrics sticker on his ’Jazz From Hell’ -- which is an instrumental album."
- Tony Shepps

If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.
- General Philip Sheridan

The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
- Richard Sheridan (1751-1816), Speech in reply to Mr. Dundas T. Moore

For in religion as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere.
- Sheridan

Vox populi, vox humbug
- William Tecumseh Sherman

There is no problem a good miracle can’t solve.
- Shick

Alas, reason is not effective against faith, or against searches for miracles by the desperate.
- Dr. Michael B. Shimkin

I like having a machine called ’elvis’ on the network because that way, I can say ’ping elvis’ and have it come back with ’elvis is alive’.
- Carl Shipley (carl@jpl-devvax.jpl.nasa.gov)

Do you have to be a god-damned tenured professor to get teflon rounds at this place?
- Olin Shivers

Immortality - a fate worse than death.
- Edgar A. Shoaff

Americans will buy anything, as long as it doesn’t cross the thin line between cute and demonic.
- Ian Shoales

Favorite color: I hate colors.
- Ian Shoales

I know what love is: Tracy and Hepburn, Bogart and Bacall, Romeo and Juliet, Jackie and John and Marilyn....
- Ian Shoales

Sigmund Freud was a half baked Viennese quack. Our literature, culture, and the the films of Woody Allen would be better today if Freud had never written a word.
- Ian Shoales

Why are we importing all these highbrow plays like ’Amadeus’? I could have told you Mozart was a jerk for nothing.
- Ian Shoales

Making music should not be left to the professionals.
- Michelle Shocked

Creative people all come in and want their stuff printed on gold leaf.
- Jim Shooter

A little ignorance can go a long way.
- Solomon Short

Any great truth can, and eventually will, be expressed as a cliche. A cliche is a sure and certain way to dilute an idea. For instance, my grandmother used to say, "The black cat is always the last one off the fence." I have no idea what she meant, but at one time, it was undoubtedly true.
- Solomon Short

Entropy has us outnumbered.
- Solomon Short

Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at.
- Solomon Short

Hell hath no fury like a pacifist.
- Solomon Short

I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.
- Solomon Short

Malpractice makes malperfect.
- Solomon Short

Nature abhors a hero. For one thing, he violates the law of conservation of energy. For another, how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be creamed?
- Solomon Short

Neurosis is a communicable disease.
- Solomon Short

The human race never solves any of its problems- it only outlives them.
- Solomon Short

The only winner in the war of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
- Solomon Short

There is no such thing as an absolute truth- that is absolutely true.
- Solomon Short

There is no such thing as free love.
- Solomon Short

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean we are free from obeying them.
- Solomon Short

The longer the title, the less important the job.
- Robert Shrum

A woman, like a good piece of music, should have a solid end.
- F. Shuber

For that matter, compare your pocket computer with the massive jobs of a thousand years ago. Why not, then, the last step of doing away with computers altogether?
- Jehan Shuman

Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.
- Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

I’d probably be famous now if I wasn’t such a good waitress
- Jane Siberry

The truly valiant dare everything but doing an anybody an injury.
- Sir Philiy Sidney

Life is too important to take seriously.
- Corky Siegel

Of course they can’t trust the users. That’s part of the Prime Directive.
- Chuck Silvers, about the powers-that-be

I beseech John Byrne that when The Star Brand obliterates Pittsburgh, that he spare the Captain’s Table in the Pittsburgh airport, which serves a steak on toasted garlic bread with bearnaise sauce that is second to none...
- Dave Sim

C is a programming language that is sort of like Pascal except more like assembly except that it isn’t very much like either one, or anything else. It is either the best language available to the art today, or it isn’t.
- Ray Simard

Fortunately, the second-to-last bug has just been fixed.
- Ray Simard

Goto, n.: A programming tool that exists to allow structured programmers to complain about unstructured programmers.
- Ray Simard

Manual: A unit of documentation. There are always three or more on a given item. One is on the shelf; someone has the others. The information you need in in the others.
- Ray Simard

Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
- Charles Simmons

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.
- Edward Simmons

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.
- John Simon

Dinner theater is anti-culture.
- John Simon

For the difference between art and entertainment is, finally, one not so much of direction as of degree: though all entertainment is not art, all art must include entertainment. "Entertaining" means interest-holding, and what bores and fails to involve has no real artistic value. Granted, art makes demands; it entertains those who are willing and able to feel, perceive, and think more deeply and arduously-- more courageously if you will-- rather than those who always want to leave their thoughts behind, most likely because thought has abandoned them.
- John Simon

In the beginning was the word. But by the time the second word was added to it, there was trouble. For with it came syntax...
- John Simon

The ultimate evil is the weakness, cowardice, that is one of the constituents of so much human nature. When, rarely, unalloyed nobility does occur, its chances of prevailing are slim. Yet it exists, and its mere existence is reason enough for not wiping the name of mankind off the slate.
- John Simon

Since we have to speak well of the dead, let’s knock them while they’re alive.
- John Sloan

In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait.
- Jose Simon

When it’s 105 in NYC, it’s 78 in LA. When it’s 20 below in NYC, it’s 78 in LA. Of course, there are 4 million interesting people to talk to in NYC, and 78 in LA.
- Neil Simon, who will probably move back to NYC

Everything put together sooner or later falls apart.
- Paul Simon

BIOS = Bugs Inherited from Older Systems
- simon@otago.ac.nz

People who are funny and smart and return phone calls get much better press than people who are just funny and smart.
- Howard Simons, _The Washington Post_

Any event, once it has occurered, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.
- Lee Simonson

What are politicians going to tell people when the Constitution is gone and we still have a drug problem?
- William Simpson, A.C.L.U.

I can name you five thousand times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even _one_ time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble?
- Gordon Sinclair

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon him not understanding it.
- Upton Sinclair

If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a chance of being a prophet.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Sometimes love is stronger than a man’s convictions.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
- Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
- Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

[Jupiter’s] satellites are invisible to the naked eye and therefore can have no influence on the Earth and therefore would be useless and therefore do not exist.
- Francesco Sizi, quoted by T. Cox

Motorola spends more on scrap than MIPS Computer Systems spends on its RISC development.
- Ron Skates

By a careful cultural design, we control not the final behavior, but the inclination to behave- the motives, the desires, the wishes... we increase the feeling of freedom.
- B. F. Skinner

Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
- B. F. Skinner

Women’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner

Never simply say, "Sorry, we don’t have what you are looking for." Always say, "Too bad, I just sold one the other day."
- Robert Skole

The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
- John Sladek

A person in a uniform is merely an extension of another person’s will.
- Philip Slater

OS X: Because making Unix user-friendly was easier than debugging Windows
- Simon Slavin, in alt.folklore.computers

You have to work years in hit shows to make people sick and tired of you, but you can accomplish this in a few weeks on television.
- Walter Slezak

We have given away far too many freedoms in order to be free. Now it’s time to take some back.
- George Smiley

I found out that when you get married the man becomes the head of the house. And the woman becomes the neck, and she turns the head any way she wants to.
- Yakov Smirnoff

Human industry, if left to itself, will naturally find its way to the most useful and profitable employment.
- Adam Smith (1723-1790)

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages.
- Adam Smith (1723-1790)

The man scarce lives who is not more credulous than he ought to be... The natural disposition is always to believe. It is acquired wisdom and experience only that teach incredulity, and they very seldom teach it enough.
- Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
- Alexander Smith

To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.
- Alexander Smith

No matter how thin you slice it, it’s still baloney.
- Alfred E. Smith

Reality is just a convenient measure of complexity.
- Alvy Ray Smith

The main beneficiaries of federal aid are those states that most oppose the principle.
- Bob Smith

Genuine status is a rare and precious jewel, and also rather easy to simulate.
- Charles Merrill Smith

If at first you don’t succeed, you must be doing something wrong.
- Charles Merrill Smith

In a democracy you can be respected though poor, but don’t count on it.
- Charles Merrill Smith

It is nice to be content in a little house by the side of the road, but a split-level in suburbia is a lot more comfortable.
- Charles Merrill Smith

Money is not the measure of a man, but it will do quite nicely if you don’t have any other yardstick handy.
- Charles Merrill Smith

Society heaps honors on the unique, creative personality, but not until he has been dead for fifty years.
- Charles Merrill Smith

The early bird catches the worm as a rule, but the guy who comes along later may be having lobster Newburg and crepes suzette.
- Charles Merrill Smith

To those who doubt the importance of careful mate selection, remember how Adam wrecked a promising career.
- Charles Merrill Smith

When God created two sexes, he may have been overdoing it.
- Charles Merrill Smith

Above all nations is humanity.
- Goldwin Smith

The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of "Ten Best".
- H. Allen Smith (1906-1976)

When there are two conflicting versions of a story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst.
- H. Allen Smith (1906-1976)

On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.
- H. Allen Smith, "Let the Crabgrass Grow"

There’s such a thing as too much point on a pencil.
- H. Allen Smith, "Let the Crabgrass Grow"

And what is fame, that flutt’ring noisy sound, but the cold lie of universal vogue?
- H. Allen Smith

The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of Ten Best.
- H. Allen Smith

Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.
- Horace Smith

All these black people are screwing up my democracy.
- Ian Smith

Almost all reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Thank heavens the sun has gone in, and I don’t have to go out and enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

There are few sorrows in which a good income is of no avail.
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

What is more enchanting than the voices of young people when you can’t hear what they say?
- Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

All things being equal, all things are never equal.
- Marshall L. Smith

Bureaucratic Cop-Out Number 1: You should have seen it when I got it!
- Marshall L. Smith

To beat the bureaucracy, make your problem their problem.
- Marshall L. Smith

I’m against group sex because I wouldn’t know where to put my elbows.
- Martin Cruz Smith

Whatever creates the greatest inconvenience for the largest number must happen.
- Red Smith

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.
- Roy L. Smith

Each morning puts a man on trial and each evening passes judgment.
- Roy L. Smith

The author should gaze at Noah, and learn, as they did in the Ark, to crowd a great deal of matter into a very small compass.
- Sydney Smith (1771-1845), Edinburgh Review

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
- Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.
- Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

My idea of heaven is eating foie gras to the sound of trumpets.
- Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
- Sydney Smith (1771-1845), referring to Macaulay

..never write device drivers while on acid!
- Tim Smith

There is no such thing as a short beer. (As in, "I’m going to stop off at Joe’s for a short beer before I meet you.")
- Virginia W. Smith

DEC achieved this by an aggresive design that uses a lower-than-usual voltage (3.5V), unusually thick metal layers in a three-layer design, and very high power consumption (30 watts---one DEC engineer, in response to a question about whether this chip would be suitable for palmtops, replied that it might be more suited for building a toaster oven).
- Matthew Smosna and Robert B. K. Dewar, "Analyzing Alpha’s Architecture", _Open_Systems_Today_

Music is sound’s cognitive apologist.
- Stephen Smoliar

I see your point. And raise you a line
- Elliot Smorodinsky

Red meat is NOT bad for you. Now blue-green meat, THAT’S bad for you!
- Tommy Smothers

Andy and Flo live in the past, and when faced with something they don’t like or understand, they do the sensible thing-- ignore it.
- Reg Smythe

Forget your opponents. Always play against par.
- Sam Snead

I’m applying for the Network Security Sysadmin post you are going to advertise next week according to the confidential memo you sent to the head of HR yesterday. My CV can be accessed at http://192.168.3.24/~leetdood/resume.ogg and yes, I know, you think there isn’t a webserver at that address. That was true yesterday. It’s not true today.
- Robert Sneddon, in alt.sysadmin.recovery, 2004-06-09

Science is the refusal to believe on the basis of hope.
- Carrie P. Snow

No one is fit to be trusted with power. No one. Any man who has lived at all knows the follies and wickedness he’s capabe of. And if he does know it, he knows also that neither he nor any man ought to be allowed to decide a single human fate.
- Carrie P. Snow, The Light and the Dark

Sell it, and buy a really nice stereo.
- Don Snow, when asked what he would do with the universe once he got it.

If you can do an experiment in one day, then in 10 days you can test 10 ideas, and maybe one of the 10 will be right. Then you’ve got it made.
- Solomon H. Snyder

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
- Senator Soaper

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
- Ralph W. Sockman

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

They who provide much wealth for their children, but neglect to improve them in virtue, do like those who feed their horses high, but never train them to the manage.
- Socrates (470-399 BC)

The intelligence of the driver is inversely proportional to the height of his tires.
- Sokol’s Law

And if the orbit were a flow line, we would go right into the sun. Luckily, Newton put in a second prime.
- Prof. J. P. Solovej, Princeton math department.

Chide a friend in private and praise him in public.
- Solon

If no one uses something, it isn’t needed.
- Robert Sommer

Key to Status: S=D/K. S is the status of a person in an organization, D is the number of doors he must open to perform his job and K is the number of keys he carries. A higher number denotes a higher status. Examples: The janitor needs to open 20 doors and has twenty keys (S = 1), a secretary has to open two doors with one key (S = 2), but the president never has to carry around any keys since there is always someone around to open doors for him (with K = 0 and a high D, his S reaches infinity).
- Robert Sommer

Make it sufficiently difficult for people to do something, and most people will stop doing it.
- Robert Sommer

Let cavillers deny that brutes have reason; sure tis something more, ’tis heaven directs, and stratagems inspires beyond the short extent of human thought.
- Somerville

One of the busiest areas of feminist research today is the gender critique of the sciences. ... Students are taught ... that Newton’s Law of Mechanics and Einstein’s relativity are gender-laden. Regarding the latter, Sandra Harding says that the only remedy is "to reinvent science and theorizing itself to make sense of women’s social experience."
- Christina Hoff Sommers

10:30 is a popular time for class, so we can’t get another room to take our tests in. That means we all have to be in here, so it will be very crowded, but if I catch any of you cheating I’ll personally break your kneecaps.
- Dr. Mete Soner.

None love the bearer of bad news.
- Sophocles

The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest.
- Sophocles

The man the state has put in place must have obedient hearing to his least command when it is right, and even when it’s not.
- Sophocles

There is a move in the Texas legislature to put the words ’The Lone Star State’ in our plain looking car plates. One representative unsuccessfully tried to ammend it to ’The Savings and Lone Star State.’
- Martin Soques

USENET: Post to exotic, distant machines. Meet exciting, unusual people. And flame them.
- Dan Sorenson

A Multitasking Timex Sinclair
- Matt Sorrels in reference to Andrew running X-Windows

The number one reason UNIX is better than VMS is it has the world’s worst Fortran compiler, so you know no one’s running Chaos studies while you’re playing UMoria.
- Matt Sorrels

Well, C is like BASIC with Pascal laid over it.
- Matt Sorrels

Personally, I wouldn’t say that using exit() in an asynchronous signal handler is an "appaling perversion," but the only thing that stops me from doing so is that I know how to spell "appalling."
- Eric Sosman in comp.unix.internals

An oath is a recognizance to heaven, binding us over in the courts above, to plead to the indictment of our crimes, that those who ’scape this should suffer there.
- Sothern

He who fights the devil with his own weapons, must not wonder if he finds him an overmatch.
- South

He who has no mind to trade with the devil, should be so wise as to keep from his shop.
- South

Mammon has enriched his thousands, and has damned his ten thousands.
- South

What are most of the histories of the world, but lies? Lies immortalized and consigned ofer as a perpetual abuse and a flaw upon prosperity.
- South

When once infidelity can persuade men that they shall die like beasts, they will soon be brought to live like beasts also.
- South

There is no courage, but in innocence, No constancy, but in an honest cause.
- Southern

A house is never perfectly furnished for enjoyment, unless there is a child in it rising three years old, and a kitten rising six weeks.
- Southey

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; To be sublimely great or to be nothing.
- Southey

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams- the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.
- Southey

Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the state. As the beams to a house, as the bones to the microcosm of man, so is order to all things.
- Southey

The three indispensibles of genius are understanding, feeling, and perseverance. The three things that enrich genius, are contentment of mind, the cherishing of good thoughts, and exercising the memory.
- Southey

This is the curse of every evil deed That, propagating still, it brings forth evil.
- Southey

My to me an empire is.
- Southwell

The reason the sun never sets on the British Empire is because God won’t trust an Englishman in the dark.
- Duncan Spaeth

Don’t sweat it -- it’s not real life. It’s only ones and zeroes.
- Eugene H. Spafford, 1988?

Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea -- massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind- boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it."
- Eugene H. Spafford, 1992

Luckily, most people aren’t so stupid as to believe that copying a letter will bring them good luck.
- Eugene H. Spafford

The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards -- and even then I have my doubts.
- Eugene H. Spafford

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads.
- Bryan Sparrowhawk

We Americans want peace, and it is now evident that we must be prepared to demand it. For other peoples have wanted peace, and the peace they received was the peace of death.
- the Most Rev. Francis J. Spellman, Archbishop of New York. 22 September, 1940

If you lie to the compiler, it will get its revenge.
- Henry Spencer

If you reinvent the square wheel, you will not benefit when someone else rounds off the corners.
- Henry Spencer

Programming graphics in X is like finding sqrt(pi) using Roman numerals.
- Henry Spencer

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it - poorly.
- Henry Spencer

We’re thinking about upgrading from SunOS 4.1.1 to SunOS 3.5.
- Henry Spencer

A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.
- Herbert Spencer

Evolution...is--a change from an indefinite homogeneity, to a definite coherent heterogeneity.
- Herbert Spencer

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.
- Herbert Spencer

Science is organized knowledge.
- Herbert Spencer

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
- Herbert Spencer

. . .those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded . . . Sad, indeed, is it to see how men occupy themselves with trivialities, and are indifferent to the grandest phenomena-- care not to understand the architecture of the heavens, but are deeply interested in some contemptible controversy about the intrigues of Mary Queen of Scots!
- Herbert Spencer

If a political candidate chooses to go into specifics on a program that affects a voter’s self-interest, the voter get interested. If the proposal involves money, he gets very interested.
- Stuart Spencer

Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes.
- Oswald Spengler

Don’t underestimate the vikings. They’d have gotten longships out to the moon if they thought there was something worth killing, raping, or stealing when they got there.
- Mike Sphar

If you see a long line of rats streaming off of a ship, the correct assumption is *not* "gosh, I bet that’s a real nice boat now that those rats are gone.
- Mike Sphar

I’m a Darwinian carnivore. I only eat things that weren’t fit enough to prevent their being killed.
- Mike Sphar

One of the problems I’ve always had with propaganda pamphlets is that they’re really boring to look at. They’re just badly designed. People from the left often are very well-intended, but they never had time to take basic design classes, you know?
- Art Spiegelman

I saw that all things I feared, and which feared me, had nothing good or bad in them save insofar as the mind was affected by them.
- Spinoza, Dutch Philosopher

Like my parents, I have never been a regular church member or churchgoer. It doesn’t seem plausible to me that there is the kind of God who watches over human affairs, listens to prayers, and tries to guide people to follow His precepts- there is just too much misery and cruelty for that. On the other hand, I respect and envy the people who get inspiration from their religions.
- Benjamin Spock

Satisfaction derived from a trip goes down as Expectation goes up if Reality is unchanged. S = R/E As Reality becomes more favorable, the chance for Satisfaction goes up IF Expectation is unchanged.
- Hall T. Sprague

Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked.
- Robert D. Sprecht (Rand Corp)

You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Start slow and taper off.
- Walt Stack

Science cannot stop while ethics catches up -- and nobody should expect scientists to do all the thinking for the country.
- Elvin Stackman

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
- Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)

Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.
- Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
- Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)

Use the Source, Luke!
- Obi-Wan Stallman

Copying all or parts of a program is as natural to a programmer as breathing, and as productive. It ought to be as free.
- Richard Stallman

The government is extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays. What must be kept ever in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases.
- Sir Josiah Stamp

If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a fix of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that netnews is far more addictive than cocaine.
- Rob Stampfli

An educator should consider that he has failed in his job if he has not succeeded in instilling some trace of a divine dissatisfaction with our miserable social environment.
- Anthony Standen

Our advanced and fashionable thinkers are, naturally, out on a wide swing of the pendulum, away from the previous swing of the pendulum. If you want to reach dead center, you will do well to avoid the most advanced thinkers.
- Anthony Standen

There’s only one me, and I’m stuck with him.
- Robert L. Stanfield

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.
- Dan Stanford

Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness its poison.
- Stanislaus

It is hardly possible to suspect another without having in one’s self the seeds of the baseness the other party is accused of.
- Stanislaus

To believe with certainty we must begin to doubt.
- Stanislaus

The reason ESP, for example, is not considered a viable topic in contemporary psychology is simply that its investigation has not proven fruitful... After more than 70 years of study, there still does not exist one example of an ESP phenomenon that is replicable under controlled conditions. This simple but basic scientific criterion has not been met despite dozens of studies conducted over many decades... It is for this reason alone that the topic is now of little interest to psychology... In short, there is no demonstrated phenomenon that needs explanation.
- Keith E. Stanovich, How to Think Straight About Psychology

Conjugation of the verb "firm" I am firm. You are stubborn. He is pig-headed.
- Dr. K. J. Stavrinides

An efficient organization is one in which the accounting department knows the exact cost of every useless administrative procedure which they themselves have initiated.
- E.W.R. Steacie

Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.
- G. B. Stearn

A raccoon tangled with a 23,000 volt line today. The results blacked out 1400 homes and, of course, one raccoon.
- Steel City News

If the programmer can simulate a construct faster then the compiler can implement the construct itself, then the compiler writer has blown it badly.
- Guy L. Steele, Jr., Tartan Laboratories

Methusalem might be half an hour in telling what o’clock it was: but as for us postdiluvians, we ought to do everything in haste; and in our speeches, as well as actions, remember that our time is short.
- Sir Richard Steele

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
- Sir Richard Steele

Allow no man to be so free with as you as to praise you to your face. Your vanity by this means will want its food. At the same time your passion for esteem will be more fully gratified; men will praise you in their actions: where you now receive one compliment, you will then receive twenty civilities.
- Steele

As ceremony is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance, so good breeding is an expedient to make fools and wise men equal.
- Steele

Inquisitive people are the funnels of conversation; they do not take in anything for their own use, but merely to pass it to another.
- Steele

It is a secret known to but a few, yet no small use in the conduct of life, that if you fall into a man’s conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.
- Steele

The philosophers of the Middle Ages demonstrated both that the Earth did not exist and also that it was flat. Today they are still arguing about whether the world exists, but they no longer dispute about whether it is flat.
- Vilhjalmur Stefansson

What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.
- Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Logic is the soul of wit, not of wisdom; that’s why wit is funny.
- Lincoln Steffens

Boss to employer: No, Baxter, you’re not being replaced by a computer- only a silicon chip.
- Eli Stein

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
- Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Money is always there, but the pockets change.
- Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone.
- Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

The trouble with Oakland is that when you get there, there isn’t any there there.
- Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan - a Mount Rushmore of incompetence.
- David Steinberg

I think, therefore Descartes exists.
- Saul Steinberg

Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing.
- Gloria Steinem

A sine curve goes off to infinity or at least the end of the blackboard
- Prof. Steiner

I am a firm believer in socialism and I know that the quicker you have monopoly in this country the quicker you will have socialism.
- Charles P. Steinmetz

The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
- William Stekel

Yeah, Black and Decker came out with a toaster oven and a microwave that run under X. Also, Samsung has a dishwasher, refridgerator and vacuum cleaner, but the larger appliances really eat up resources.
- Andrew Stellman

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
- Stendhal

The only excuse for God is that he doesn’t exist.
- Stendhal

If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind in which God is identified with the unknowable, and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless words about unintelligible chimeras, then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt, that atheists are as plentiful as blackberries.
- Leslie Stephen

Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it.
- James Stephens

In a way, staring into a computer screen is like staring into an eclipse. It’s brilliant and you don’t realize the damage until its too late.
- Bruce Sterling

People are very flexible and learn to adjust to strange surroundings- they can become accustomed to read Lisp and Fortran programs, for example.
- Leon Sterling and Ehud Shapiro, Art of Prolog

Our elections are free --- it’s in the results where eventually we pay.
- Bill Stern

There are more bad musicians than there is bad music.
- Isaac Stern

Distributed file systems are a cruel hoax.
- Zalman Stern, former ITC hacker diety

IBM has a policy of no layoffs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t just shoot some people.
- Zalman Stern

If you can’t explain it, you damn well shouldn’t have written the code.
- Zalman Stern

The problem with the cutting edge is that someone has to bleed.
- Zalman Stern

The world is full of bozos. Some of them have Phd’s in Computer Science.
- Zalman Stern

When faced with a problem, some people say ’Let’s use AWK.’ Now they have two problems.
- Zalman Stern

The only way to succeed is to make people hate you.
- Josef von Sternberg (1894-1969)

Walter Shandy attributed most of his son’s misfortunes to the fact that at a highly critical moment his wife had asked him if he had wound the clock, a question so irrelevant that he despaired of the child’s ever being able to pursue a logical train of thought.
- Lawrence Sterne

Courtship consists of a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
- Sterne

Death opens the gate of fame, and shuts the gate of envy after it; it unlooses the chain of the captive, and puts the bondsman’s task into another man’s hand.
- Sterne

People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.
- Sterne

The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
- Sterne

While today’s digital hardware is extremely impressive, it is clear that the human retina’s real time performance goes unchallenged. Actually to simulate 10 milliseconds of the complete processing of even a single nerve cell from the retina would require the solution of about 500 simultaneous nonlinear differential equations 100 times and would take at least several minutes of time on a Cray supercomputer. Keeping in mind that there are 10 million or more such cells interacting with each other in complex ways, it would take a minimum of 100 years of Cray time to simulate what takes place in your eye many times each second.
- John K. Stevens, "Reverse Engineering the Brain", Byte

The stature of a science is commonly measured by the degree to which it makes use of mathematics.
- S. S. Stevens

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

Eggheads unite! You have nothing to lose but your yolks.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

Flattery is all right- if you don’t inhale.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

I don’t mind a little praise - as long as it’s fulsome.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that he sometimes has to eat them.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

The best reason I can think of for not running for President of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

There’s something else I dislike just as much as creeping socialism, and that’s galloping reaction.
- Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

Many people have the ambition to succeed in their work; they may even have special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.
- John Stevenson

Moderately parallel architecture is like pulling a wagon with five oxen. Massively parallel architecture is giving the job to ten thousand chikens.
- Robert J. Stevenson

A friend is a present you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

An aspiration is a joy forever, a possession as solid as a landed estate, a fortune in which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year a revenue of pleasurable activity.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your fears to yourself; share your courage with others.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that is behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Sometimes, a lost cause is the only one worth fighting for.
- Jimmy Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

Men have become fools with their tools
- Thomas Elisha Stewart (1963-)

There are very few original thinkers in the world; the greatest part of those who are called philosophers have adopted the opinions of some who went before them.
- Dugald Stewert

The fawning, sneaking, and flattering hypocrite, that will do, or be anything, for his own advantage.
- Stillingfleet

I wish these damn scientists would leave intelligence to the experts.
- General Richard Stillwell (ret.) of the CIA, 1983

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind.
- Gen. Joe Stilwell

Where true love has found a home, every new hear forms one more ring around the hearts of those who love each other, so that in the end they cannot live apart.
- Julius Stinde

Due to the new requirement for 24-hour access to the PTW/STS VOBS by engineers working at all hours, backups will now be run between the newly created hours of bleen and dorch.
- Mike Stoddard

There is no hope- the future will but turn the old sand in the falling glass of time.
- R. H. Stoddard

The world is proof that God is a committee.
- Bob Stokes

Each of nature’s organisms, when frightened or confused, reacts in a characteristic way: Deer flee, blowfish swell up, and government emits pieces of paper.
- Bill Stone

Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
- I.F. Stone

Dying is not romantic, and death is not a game which will soon be over... Death is not anything...death is not...It’s the absence of presence, nothing more...the endless time of never coming back...a gap you can’t see, and when the wind blows through it, it makes no sound...
- Tom Stoppard

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.
- Tom Stoppard

If you cannot hope for order, withdraw with style from the chaos.
- Tom Stoppard

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
- Tom Stoppard

James Joyce- an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.
- Tom Stoppard

Junk journalism is the evidence of a society that has at least one thing right, that there should be nobody with the power to dictate where responsible journalism begins.
- Tom Stoppard

Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
- Tom Stoppard

Ros: Do you think death could possibly be a boat? Guil: No, no, no...Death is...not. Death isn’t. You take my meaning. Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can’t not-be on a boat. Ros: I’ve frequently not been on boats. Guil: No, no, no--what you’ve been is not on boats.
- Tom Stoppard

Don’t get suckered in by the comments -- they can be terribly misleading. Debug only code.
- Dave Storer

If you destroy delicacy and a sense of shame in a young girl, you deprave her very fast.
- Mrs. Stowe

In the gates of Eternity, the black hand and the white hand hold each other with an equal clasp.
- Mrs. Stowe

Rather, she [ Death ] simply is the Ultimate Hostess who tells you when your table’s ready. It’s up to other powers what section you’re seated in (smoking or non-smoking).
- John C. Straffin

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven’t got the guts to bite people themselves.
- August Strindberg

Dictatorship is without a doubt the most satisfying form of government...as long as I’m the dictator.
- Phil Stromer 11/9/90

Everyone should support the ERA. Without Earned Run Average, we won’t know which pitchers are the best. :)
- Phil Stromer

Personally, I think a fetus is about as much a life as a fish on a hook. Maybe less. The fish doesn’t need to feed off an umbrellical cord. It’s cordless, like my telephone.
- Phil Stromer

So be careful out there folx, Sun is watching. If you say anything that even remotely resembles political incorrectness, you are taking a chance with your livelihood. I’d recommend that any employees of Sun do NOT use the USENET for anything other than informational purposes, such as to mention a conference or something along the lines.
- Phil Stromer

The connection between the language in which we think/program and the problems and solutions we can imagine is very close. For this reason restricting language features with the intent of eliminating programmer errors is at best dangerous.
- Bjarne Stroustrup in The C++ Programming Language

I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.
- Simeon Strunsky

All the evils of publishing can be traced to one source-- copyright.
- Stefan Stykolt

Abruptness is eloquence in parting, when spinning out the time is but the weaving of new sorrow.
- Sir John Suckling

I hope when you know the owrst you will at once leap into the river and swim through handsomely, and not, weather-beaten by the divers blasts of irresolution, stand shivering on the bank.
- Sir John Suckling

Your gift is princely, but it comes too late, And falls like sunbeams on a blasted blossom.
- Sir John Suckling

... Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.
- Dr. Seuss a.k.a. Theodore Giesel

You make ’em, I amuse ’em. [children]
- Dr. Seuss a.k.a. Theodore Giesel

The universe is intractably squiggly.
- Charles Suhor

For every living creature that succeeds in getting a footing in life there are thousands or millions that perish. There is an enormous random scattering for every seed that comes to life. This does not remind us of intelligent human design. "If a man in order to shoot a hare, were to discharge thousands of guns on a great moor in all possible directions; if in order to get into a locked room, he were to buy ten thousand casual keys, and try them all; if, in order to have a house, he were to build a town, and leave all the other houses to wind and weather - assuredly no one would call such proceedings purposeful and still less would anyone conjecture behind these proceedings a higher wisdom, unrevealed reasons, and superior prudence.
- John W. N. Sullivan

...it is certain that the real function of art is to increase our self-consciousness; to make us more aware of what we are, and therefore of what the universe in which we live really is. And since mathematics, in its own way, also performs this function, it is not only aesthetically charming but profoundly significant. It is an art, and a great art.
- John W. N. Sullivan

Obviously, a man’s judgement cannot be better than the information on which he has based it. Give him the truth and he may still go wrong when he has the chance to be right, but give him no news or present him only with distorted and incomplete data, with ignorant, sloppy or biased reporting, with propaganda and deliberate falsehoods, and you destroy his whole reasoning processes, and make him something less than a man.
- Arthur Hays Sulzberger

Sometimes I get bored riding down the beautiful streets of L.A. I know it sounds crazy, but I just want to go to New York and see people suffer.
- Donna Summer

If you live in a country run by committee, be on the committee.
- Graham Summer

... it is important to realize that any lock can be picked with a big enough hammer.
- Sun System & Network Admin manual

A Jewish friend once, as he termed it, "summarised" Jewish holidays to me: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat."
- Bjorn Tore Sund

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
- Billy Sunday

Practice is a process of incremental compilation.
- G. J. Sussman, "A computer Model of Skill Acquisition", Elsevier Computer Science Library, 1975

Hey Man, I’m drinking wine, eating cheese and catching some rays.
- Donald Sutherland as Oddball, in "Kelly’s Heros"

A technique succeeds in mathematical physics, not by a clever trick, or a happy accident, but because it expresses some aspect of a physical truth.
- O.G. Sutton

We can’t schedule an orgy, it might be construed as fighting.
- Stanley Sutton

It is a rather pleasent experience to be alone in a bank at night.
- Willie Sutton

Once is not enough.
- Jacqueline Suzzane

There are three things I always forget. Names, faces- the third I can’t remember.
- Italo Svevo

Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.
- Jimmy Swaggart

Sex education classes in our public schools are promoting incest.
- Jimmy Swaggart

This was the ultimate form of ostentation among technology freaks- to have a system so complete and sophisticated that nothing showed; no machines, no wires, no controls.
- Michael Swanwick, Vacuum Flowers

Dialogue: opposing factions discussing relevant issues. Formerly called an argument.
- Paul Sweeney

The difference between a chef and a cook seems to be in who cleans up the kitchen.
- Paul Sweeney

Justice, like lightning, ever should appear To few men’s ruin, but to all men’s fear.
- Swetnam

I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.
- Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal"

And he gave it as his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
- Jonathan Swift

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
- Jonathan Swift

Every dog must have its day.
- Jonathan Swift

Every man desires to live long, but no man desires to be old.
- Jonathan Swift

Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.
- Jonathan Swift

He has more goodness in his little finger Than you have in your whole body.
- Jonathan Swift

If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, and learning, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last!
- Jonathan Swift

It is a miserable thing to live in suspense, it is the life of the spider.
- Jonathan Swift

Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company you please none; if you flatter only one or two, you affront all the rest.
- Jonathan Swift

One principle object of good-breeding is to suit our behavior to the three several degrees of men- our superiors, our equals, and those below us.
- Jonathan Swift

Praise was originally a pension, paid by the world.
- Jonathan Swift

There is nothing in this world constant, but inconstancy.
- Jonathan Swift

The various opinions of philosophers have scattered through the world as many plagues of the mind as Pandora’s box did those of the body, only with this difference, that they have not left hope at the bottom.
- Jonathan Swift

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love, one another.
- Jonathan Swift

When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift

When men grow virtuous in their old age, they are merely making a sacrifice to God of the Devil’s leavings.
- Jonathan Swift

When the world has once begun to use us ill, it afterwards continues the same treatment with less scruple or ceremony, as men do to a whore.
- Jonathan Swift

From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving, Whatever gods may be, That no life lives forever, That dead men rise up never, That even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea.
- Swinburne

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.
- Herbert Bayard Swope

All is but lip wisdom which wants experience.
- Sir Philip Sydney

Dubito ergo sum - I doubt therefore I am
- Kayvan Sylvan

The mathematician lives long and lives young; the wings of his soul do not early drop off, nor do its pores become clogged with the earthy particles blown from the dusty highways of vulgar life.
- James Joseph Sylvester

Never find your delight in another’s misfortune.
- Publilius Syrus, Maxim 467

To do two things at once is to do neither.
- Publilius Syrus, Maxim 7

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
- Publilius Syrus

From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own.
- Publilius Syrus

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
- Publilius Syrus

The things which belong to others please us more, and that which is ours is more pleasing to other.
- Publilius Syrus

To lose a friend is the greatest of all losses.
- Publilius Syrus

Those who have never tried electronic communication may not be aware of what a "social skill" really is. One social skill that must be learned, is that other people have points of view that are not only different, but *threatening*, to your own. In turn, your opinions may be threatening to others. There is nothing wrong with this. Your beliefs need not be hidden behind a facade, as happens with face-to-face conversation. Not everybody in the world is a bosom buddy, but you can still have a meaningful conversation with them. The person who cannot do this lacks in social skills.
- Nick Szabo

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
- Thomas Szasz

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
- Thomas Szasz

If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
- Thomas Szasz

Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi



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