old quotes

Quotes that used to be on my front page. The unattributed ones are by me.

“Some people prefer not to commingle the functional, lambda-calculus part of a language with the parts that do side effects. It seems they believe in the separation of Church and state.”
Guy Steele

“In England today, Indian restaurants employ more people than the steel, coal, and shipbuilding industries combined. (Many are the ways in which the Empire can strike back.)”
Shashi Tharoor

“Once you have a multiplication, the war is won and lock-in amplification nirvana is within your reach.”
— Chris Lee of Ars Technica demonstrates how to mix metaphors

“A sentence is equivalent to the assertion that it is disprovable-if-provable if and only if it is equivalent to the assertion that arithmetic is inconsistent if the inconsistency of arithmetic is provable.”
— George Boolos

“Flamingos on the grass, my ass.”
— what we’d get if we crossed Gertrude Stein with Donna Jo Napoli

Every time you hear of the greater metropolitan area, remember, the city itself is the lesser metropolitan area.

“You are the DJ of your fate.” — Vikram Seth, The Golden Gate 1.24

Truth is stranger than fiction, but not as strange as fashion.

Being President is like being under arrest: anything you say can and will be used against you.

“I have never once found myself in a position where such scientific knowledge as I possess, outside pure mathematics, has brought me the slightest advantage.”
— G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology, p117

“The number of men who can do two things well is negligible.”
— G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology, p68

“There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain.”
— G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology, p1

When cryptography is outlawed, everyone will need cryptography.

Humans value creativity because they don’t have much.

The great thing about history is that it’s over.

IBM has always known that you should not fold, spindle, or mutilate, but Apple Computer is only now learning about Spindler.

“Argue with smart man, can’t win. Argue with stupid man, can’t stop.”
— Vietnamese proverb, translated by Linh Dinh

“Today one is hard-pressed to find anyone who believes that the world ended on the morning of 30 June 1908.”
— Keven Zahnle, Nature

When a room and an anteroom come together, they annihilate and create knick-knacks.

“You aren’t helped by the fact that there are electrons out there because most of them are horrible.”
— overheard conversation

“Mammalian Sin3 is also a co-repressor for the Mad/Max complex.”
— from an article about molecular biology in Nature, 1 May 1997, page 17

If there’s anything as safe as medieval armor, it’s philosophy. Try to find the hermeneutically-sealed kind so you don’t have to see out.

Sense random practices and act kind of beautiful.

“In the last ten years we have come to realize humans are more like worms than we ever imagined.” — Bruce Alberts, quoted on the front page of the New York Times, 11 December 1998

“I can triumph over my environment, i just don’t feel like it.” — Chaos Golubitsky

updated 17 June 2013