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Reality <- Dick


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

Philip K. DickHow To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later (1978)

Each little blurry light in this picture is a galaxy, full of billions of stars. This is just from one tiny square of the sky. It goes on endlessly, even if we don't know about it.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in education, Science, sentience

 

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Life Is What You Make of It <- Fosdick


Fosdick is one of our favorite quote-makers.

Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick, On Being a Real Person (1943)

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Philosophy, sentience

 

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Thomas Jefferson, on God


Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr (1787)

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2010 in Philosophy, sentience

 

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Compulsory Education is Sickening


My Homeschooler is learning more than your Honor StudentJust as eating against one’s will is injurious to health, so studying without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.
— Leonardo da Vinci, Writings of Leonardo da Vinci (1833)

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2010 in education, sentience

 

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Be Ashamed of Achievement <- Nietzsche


Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All too Human

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Humor, Philosophy, sentience

 

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Never Be Offended


Never be offended by an honest opinion:
  • If the person is correct, then you have no room to complain,
  • and if they’re wrong, then it’s irrelevant, no threat anyway.
 
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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Politics, sentience

 

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Humor is the Best Defense <- Horace


Quintus Horatius FlaccusWhat stops a man who can laugh from speaking the truth?

Horace, cited in P.J. O’Rourke’s book Parliament of Whores

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2009 in Humor, Politics, sentience

 

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