A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
— Douglas Adams
On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
— Charles Babbage
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
— Winston Churchill
One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is to escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
— Albert Einstein
Every man has two deaths, when he is buried in the ground and the last time someone says his name. In some ways men can be immortal.
— Ernest Hemingway
Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.
— G. Michael Hopf
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
— John Stuart Mill
Give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other.
— Reinhold Niebuhr
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labour passes quickly, but the good endures; if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures.
— Musonius Rufus
Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
— Edward Snowden
It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
I like offending people, because I think people who get offended should be offended.
— Linus Torvalds
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
— Oscar Wilde