On Technology:

"Now I am become Death [Shiva], the Destroyer of Worlds."

--Oppenheimer, after witnessing the detonation of the first a-bomb,

Originally from the Bhagavad Gita.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."

-- Albert Einstein

"Men have become the tools of their tools."

-- Henry David Thoreau

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child,

I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."


The Net

"Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every direction, by children being taught mathematical concepts...

A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system.

Unthinkable complexity.

Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...."

--William Gibson

"Angel headed hipsters,

Burning for the ancient heavenly connection,

To the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night"

--Allen Ginsberg

"Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket."

--Bateau, GITS

"If man realizes technology is in reach, he achieves it;

like its damned near instinctual."

--Motoko Kusanagi, GITS

"I am not an AI. I am a living, thinking entity created from the sea of information."

--Project 2501, GITS

"Overspecialize and you breed in weakness, its slow death."

--Motoko Kusanagi, GITS

"We now know from neural-net technology that when there are more connections between points in a system, and there is greater strength between these connections, there will be sudden leaps in intelligence, where intelligence is defined as success rate in performing a task."

--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, ~1950

"Research students are numbered in the hundreds of thousands-soon to be millions -and they are no longer distributed superficially and at random over the globe, but are functionally linked together in a vast organic system that will remain in the future indispensable to the life of the community."

--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Humankind is now caught up, as though in a train of gears, at the heart of a continually accelerating vortex of self-totalization."

--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


"I'll moider da bum."

-- Heavyweight boxer Tony Galento, when asked what he thought of William Shakespeare

"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."

-- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

"Wit is educated insolence."

-- Aristotle (284-322 B.C.)

"We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"

-- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

"Grove giveth and Gates taketh away."

-- Bob Metcalfe (inventor of Ethernet) on the trend of hardware speedups not being able to keep up with software demands

"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."

-- General George Patton (1885-1945)

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"

-- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting."

-- Gloria Leonard


"Attention to health is life greatest hindrance."

- Plato (427-347 B.C.)

"Plato was a bore."

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

"Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."

- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

"I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy."

- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

"Hemingway was a jerk."

- Harold Robbins



On Power:

"What is good? -- All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

"I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

"Not necessity, not desire-no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything-health, food, a place to live, entertainment- they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited:

for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied."

--Friedrich Nietzsche

"As regards the celebrated "struggle for life," it seems to me for the present to have been rather asserted than proved. It does occur, but as the exception; the general aspect of life is not hunger and distress, but rather wealth, luxury, even absurd prodigality-where there is a struggle it is a struggle for power."

--Friedrich Nietzche, Twilight of the Idols

"My idea is that every specific body strives to become master over all space and to extend its force (--its will to power:) and to thrust back all that resists its extension. But it continually encounters similar efforts on the part of other bodies and ends by coming to an arrangement ("union") with those of them that are sufficiently related to it:

thus they then conspire together for power. And the process goes on--"

--Friedrich Nietzche, The Will to Power

"[Anything which] is a living and not a dying body... will have to be an incarnate will to power, it will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant - not from any morality or immorality but because it is living and because life simply is will to power... 'Exploitation' ... belongs to the essence of what lives, as a basic organic function; it is a consequence of the will to power, which is after all the will to life."

--Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

On freedom:

"For what is freedom? That one has the will to assume responsibility for oneself. That one maintains the distance which separates us. That one becomes more indifferent to difficulties, hardships, privation, even to life itself. That one is prepared to sacrifice human beings for one's cause, not excludin oneself. Freedom means that the manly instincts which delight in war and victory dominate over other isntincts, for example, over those of "pleasure". The human being who has become free - and how much more the spirit who has become free - spits on the contemptible type of well-being dreamed of by shopkeepers, Christians, cows, females, Englishmen, and other democrats. The free man is a warrior."

-Freidrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

On Danger:

"The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything."

--Freidrich Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

"For believe me!-the secret of realizing the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment of existence is: to live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships out into uncharted seas! Live in conflict with your equals and with yourselves! Be robbers and ravagers as long as you cannot be rulers and owners, you men of knowledge! The time will soon be past when you could be content to live concealed in the woods like timid deer!"

-Freidrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

On superiority:

"The best belongs to me and mine; and if we are not given it, we take it: the best food, the purest sky, the most robust thoughts, the fairest women!"

--Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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