"Science is woefully underfunded compared to the scale of the problems it’s trying to solve."
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."
"Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard."
(All Our Patent Are Belong To You by Elon Musk)
"You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down – up to a man's age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course."
(A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan)
"An empire replacing the republic. Slavery sold as liberty. Excellence and virtue traded for mediocrity. Socalism to save capitalism. A government out of control, unstrained by the constitution, the rule of law or morality. Bickering over petty politics as we descend into chaos. The philosophy that destroys us is not even defined. We have broken from reality a psychotic nation. Ignorance with a pretense of knowledge replacing wisdom. Money does not grow on trees, nor does prosperity come from a government printing press or escalating deficits. We are now in the midst of unlimited spending of the people’s money. Exorbitant taxation, deficits of trillions of dollars spent on a failed welfare-warfare system. An epidemic of cronyism. Unlimited supplies of paper money equated with wealth. A central bank that deliberately destroys the value of the currency in secrecy, without restraint, without nary a whimper, yet cheered on by the pseudo-capitalists of Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, and Detroit."
(Current Conditions or Just a Bad Dream? by Ron Paul)
"You send your kids off to college. They love you. You walk away with a Cornell mom T-shirt. You are walking away going this is great, and come Thanksgiving, your kid tells you that you are an imperialist and a racist and a homophobe. That is not worth $120,000."
(Andrew Breitbart speaking at Council for National Policy)
"Technology revolutionaries succeeded not because of some collectivist vision that seeks to regulate “fairness”, “neutrality”, “privacy” or “competition” through coercive state actions, or that views the Internet and technology as a vast commons that must be freely available to all, but rather because of the same belief as America’s Founders who understood that private property is the foundation of prosperity and freedom itself. Technology revolutionaries succeed because of the decentralized nature of the Internet, which defies government control. As a consequence, decentralization has unlocked individual self-empowerment, entrepreneurialism, creativity, innovation and the creation of new markets in ways never before imagined in human history... Around the world, the real threat to Internet freedom comes not from bad people or inefficient markets – we can and will always route around them – but from governments' foolish attempts to manage and control innovation. And it is not just the tyrannies we must fear. The road away from freedom is paved with good intentions."
"I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use – silence, exile and cunning."
(A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce)
"The human race is but a monotonous affair. Most of them labor the greater part of their time for mere subsistence; and the scanty portion of freedom which remains to them so troubles them that they use every exertion to get rid of it."
(The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
"The world you're looking at only exists from the outside. The only reason I survive in it is that I always knew it was empty."
(Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar)
"Svršeni su računi ove godine. Bila je crna po nas Hrvate. Dobrote ne doživismo nikakove, zla i premnogo. Kiša i tuča, poplava poharala zemlju... 9. studenoga ošinu nas strahoviti potres te uništi u našem liepom Zagrebu mnogo liepih nada. Ne samo ljudi, ne samo Madjari i Austrijanci, i narav se proti nama urotila, sve zlo je navalilo na nas biedne Hrvate. Hoće li bolje biti? Mora jedan put, ta gore ne može biti nego što je sada. Da se ta crna godina i ljuto završi, padala je danas u Zagrebu tuča. Vrieme je toplo, vlažno kao u proljeće, sniegu ni traga. Mi stojimo moralno i materijalno u blatu. Hoće li Bog tome biednome narodu ikada pomoći? – upitah se često za ovih zadnjih dana godine. Čovjek gotovo da sdvoji, toliko se pojavilo kod nas kukavica, toliko ništarija i propalica, toliko ima lopovštine, da te groza hvata. Poštenje, dosljednost, karakter dan-danas su kod nas gotovo suvišni pojavi."
(August Šenoa wrote this down on December 31st, 1880.)
"Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind and when the same thought occurs in another man, it is the key to that era."
(History from Essays: First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson)