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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. John Adams

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. Philip K. Dick

Measuring software productivity by lines of code is like measuring progress on an airplane by how much it weighs. Bill Gates

I would believe that one who preserved … any trifle of my bestowing, loved me, though no show was made of it; while all the protestations in the world would not win my confidence in one who set no value on such little things. Washington Irving

Software is always invented rather than manufactured: as soon as we reduce the production of some category of software to a set of rules that guarantees a good result we automate it and those rules become redundant. Paul Johnson

For a program to retain its quality it is mandatory that each modification is firmly grounded in the theory of it. Peter Naur

The justest man in the world is not allowed to be judge in his own cause. Blaise Pascal

The ultimate result of shielding man from the effects of folly is to populate the world with fools. Herbert Spencer

Yeh bor fun, de bor skoordish de doo, um bor de, um bor de, um bork! bork! bork! Swedish Chef

That government is best which governs least. Henry David Thoreau

In the United States the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own. Alexis de Tocqueville


Written by catena

4 April 2009 at 1759

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