Selected Quotes

"I don't have the slightest interest in gold. I like understanding what works and what doesn't in human systems. To me that's not optional; that's a moral obligation. If you're capable of understanding the world, you have a moral obligation to become rational. And I don't see how you become rational hoarding gold. Even if it works, you're a jerk. "
   --Charlie Munger, 2010 Shareholder Meeting

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. "
   --Philip K. Dick

"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read "President Can't Swim". "
   --Lyndon B. Johnson

"You haven't yet patented graphene. Why is that? We considered patenting; we prepared a patent and it was nearly filed. Then I had an interaction with a big, multinational electronics company. I approached a guy at a conference and said, "We've got this patent coming up, would you be interested in sponsoring it over the years?" It's quite expensive to keep a patent alive for 20 years. The guy told me, "We are looking at graphene, and it might have a future in the long term. If after ten years we find it's really as good as it promises, we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a day, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us." That's a direct quote. "
   --Andre Geim, Nobel Laureate, 7 October 2010 | Nature, http://

"Adams, irreverent to the end, declared that, if it could ever be demonstrated conclusively that no future state existed (no afterlife), his advice to every man, woman, and child was to “take opium.” "
   --John Adams

"A teacher that can be replaced by a computer, should be. "
   --Arthur C. Clarke

"It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. "
   --Arthur C. Clarke, spoken by the fictional anthropologist Anna Brailsford in “The Lost Worlds of 2001”

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. "
   --Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future, 1961

"Like a woman, the work of the police is never done. "
   --Intro Announcer, He Walked By Night, 1948

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines "
   --Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays. First Series. Self-Reliance.

"You could take all the gold that's ever been mined, and it would fill a cube 67 feet in each direction. For what that's worth at current gold prices, you could buy all -- not some -- all of the farmland in the United States. Plus, you could buy 10 ExxonMobils, plus have $1 trillion of walking-around money. Or you could have a big cube of metal. Which would you take? Which is going to produce more value? "
   --Warren Buffett, told to Ben Stein, 1998

"It restores my faith in human nature to think that there are people who have been around Washington all this time and are not yet so cynical as to think that [the deficit] can‘t be solved by voluntary contributions. "
   --Warren Buffett, Time, 20120111

"That is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out. "
   --Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Preface, last line)

"The follies which a man regrets most, in his life, are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity. "
   --Helen Rowland

"Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long. "
   --Leonard Bernstein

"Pilon lingered around after buying two dollars of wine from Torrelli. Once Torrelli left, Pilon managed to separate Mrs. Torrelli from some food, love and firewood. "It is seldom that one finds all things at one market," observed Pilon philosophically. "
   --John Steinbeck, based on "Tortilla Flat" (1935)

"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand "
   --Kurt Vonnegut

"Everything is going to become unimaginably worse and never get better again. "
   --Kurt Vonnegut, Commencement message to the graduating class of Bennington College, June 1970

"2 is not equal to 3, even for very large values of 2. "
   --Grabel's Law

"The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is long past the ocean is flat again. "
   --John Maynard Keynes, The Theory of Money and the Foreign Exchanges, 1924

"I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal. "
   --John Maynard Keynes, Letter to Duncan Grant (15 December 1917)

"I should have drunk more champagne. "
   --John Maynard Keynes, Probably apocryphal that these were his dying words, but very likely he did say something like this.

"It will be the kiss by which all others in your life will be judged... and found wanting. "
   --Ted, Hearts in Atlantis

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not to his own facts. "
   --Daniel Patrick Moynihan - US Senator D-NY 1977-2001, Column in January 18, 1983 Washington Post. Based on an earlier quote by James R. Schlesinger.

"Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood "
   --Newt Gingrich, Fox News, 20110518