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the future is the indefinite time period after the present. its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics. due to the apparent nature of reality and the unavoidability of the future, everything that currently exists and will exist can be categorized as either permanent, meaning that it will exist for the whole of the future, or temporary, meaning that it will not and thus will come to an end

never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance

the future is already here, it is just not evenly distributed

if you do not get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you do not want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can not hold on to it forever. your mind is your predicament. it wants to be free of change. free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. but change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality

only those who think will become something, those who only think of becoming something will become nothing

evolution holds culture by the leash

any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complicated, and more violent

live every new day with open eyes like it is your first, with the awe like it is your last and the mind like it is forever

omnis mundi creatura, quasi liber et pictura, nobis est et speculum. (all the worlds creatures, as a book and a picture, are to us as a mirror)

all my life i wanted to be someone. i guess i should have been more specific

if you do not ask the right questions then you do not get the right answers

never wrestle with a pig, you both get all dirty and the pig likes it

everybody might be a genius. but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it may spend its whole life believing that it is stupid

everybody said it was impossible, then someone that did not know this came along and did it

you do not get harmony when everybody sings the same note

fools ignore complexity, pragmatists suffer it, some can avoid it, geniuses remove it

the early bird catches the worm. but look what happened to the early worm

a shadow in life, in death a failure

the great thing about being stupid is how easy it makes you life. for example, you can go down to a car dealership and get a car for free. all you have to do is sign some papers

if you cannot change your mind, are you sure you have one?

do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead alike

work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion

if i have to steal and rob banks to just not live that ordinary life, that is what i will do

there is nothing stable in human affairs; avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity

if you just do what most of the people are doing, wear what most of the people are wearing, and say what most of the people are saying youll survive. and youll find some other dimwitted person to breed with and make dimwitted children

no pains will be spared to make the simple seem complicated

defenders of the government will point out that lying to the people is a normal part of the leaders job and we should all get used to it. and because "everybody does it", that we should not single out the present administration

jewelry and designer clothes are notorious for being poor value by any measure other than fashion, art, and decoration

in order to go to sleep, you must pretend to go to sleep for at least 5 minutes

i still believe in abstraction, but now i know that one ends with abstraction, not starts with it

sometimes we needed no words at all, but merely shared the flow of imagery in our two minds

war: easy to get in, hell to get out

a compromise was reached to make unhappy both parties

most people do very efficiently what needs not to be done at all

all that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing

if there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it is another nonconformist who does not conform to the prevailing standards of nonconformity

those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it

most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions

things are more like they are today than they ever have been before

the cigarette does the smoking, you are just the sucker

so much complexity in software comes from trying to make one thing do two things

it is by logic that we prove but by intuition that we discover

the proper use of comments is to compensate for our failure to express ourself in code

what they do, is get an empty barrel filled with loose puzzle pieces and blow them all over you

hard work may have a future payoff, laziness pays off now

alternative medicines have either not been scientifically tested or have failed the tests

is it impossible or do you just can not do it?

life is the shit that happens while you are waiting for moments that never come

first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win

insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs

here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you are alive, it is not

the only possible interpretation of any research whatsoever in the social sciences is: some do, some do not

scientists do not believe in evolution, they accept the evidence

errors are like landmarks helping you to get out of the area

people who think it could be worse and are looking forward for it to become so

i will not just stand here in the crowd while having a fantastic chance at totally embarassing myself

you can never dig half of a hole

youth has excess courage, age has excess wisdom

listen morty, i hate to break it to you, but what people call love is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed. it hits hard, morty, then it slowly fades, leaving you stranded in a failing marriage. i did it, your parents are gonna do it. break the cycle, morty. rise above. focus on science

never give the other guy a chance he does not have

why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?

in programming, the hard part is not solving problems but deciding what problems to solve

she sells seashells

he who knows little quickly tells it

the only thing i learned from group work is that you can never depend on anyone but yourself

adaptation to a very different ancestral environment may be maladaptive in the current one

last night i spent 90 minutes reading negative reviews about a 90 minute movie. so glad i didnt waste my time with that flop

i cant afford to hate people. i dont have that kind of time

the opposite of love is apathy, not hate. when you hate someone, you might as well be in love with them because youre thinking about them for the same amount of time

ethics or lack thereof is not somehow mutually exclusive of intelligence. we already know that people can be charming and psychotic all at the same time

there is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves

there are countries in the world right now where millions of people experience the old days every single day of the year

is there a life after birth?

but what people will really want to do with these things is make worlds as strange as we can stand

is the person this parrot is mimicking telling the truth by proxy?

wearing guns to protect yourself from people who are doing the same

faith is another word for non-thinking

recognize and embrace lifes absurdity; suicide, though, remains an option if the absurdity becomes too much

strings are really 1-dimensional slices of a 2-dimensional membrane vibrating in 11-dimensional space

another year closer to the void

fool me once - your fault, fool me twice - my fault

fish-out-of-water story

that is about as likely as a dog pissing the mona lisa into a snow bank

the flat earth society has members all around the globe

i do not think i would flourish in a prison environment

time is natures way of keeping everything from happening at once

we have all heard that a million monkeys sitting at a million typewriters for a million years will eventually write all the great novels of all time. but now with the internet we know this is not true

i can genuinely see us eventually reminiscing about this

people who have a lot of prejudice live in a world of unnecessary anxiety and stress

ecologies in which physical aggressiveness is more adaptive than cooperation

sensory information is transformed into symbolic inputs, which produce symbolic outputs that get transformed into motor outputs

loss of youthful idealism and the inability to resist social pressures for intellectual conformity

ruthless, massively parallel trial-and-error with a feedback cycle

delayed reciprocal altruism

how dare you be in love with her. there are already too many in love with her. she is full

god will save you - from all the things he will do to you if you do not believe in him

god works in mysterious ways. mysteriously similar to random chance

the inspiration of the bible depends on the ignorance of the person who reads it

why should i allow that same god to tell me how to raise my kids who had to drown his own

if we lost all current knowledge, how long would it take until they reinvent the bible? on the other hand, scientific knowledge will be rediscovered as it was

there is only one god and it is death. and what do we say to death? not today

blasphemy is a victimless crime

when inventing a god, the most important thing is to claim it is invisible, inaudible and imperceptible in every way. otherwise, people will become skeptical when it appears to no one, is silent and does nothing

people accept that religion is especially vulnerable and has therefore to be protected by an abnormal thick wall of respect

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