The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.
I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.
I am stronger than words and I am bigger than the box I’m in, and then I see her in the crowd and I fall apart.
We accept the love we think we deserve.