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Last update: 27th of August, 2002

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Death
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SOMETHING ABOUT THE HISTORY...
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Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well.
Frank Herbert "Heretics of Dune"

These are the illusions of popular history which a successful religion must promote:
Evil man never prosper;
Only the brave deserve the fair;
Honesty is the best policy;
Actions speak louder than words;
Virtue always triumphs;
A good deed is its own reward;
Any bad human can be reformed;
Religious talismans protect one from demon possession;
Only females understand the ancient mysteries;
The rich are doomed to unhappiness.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"
The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

History is not just the evolution of technology; it is the evolution of thought. By understanding the reality of the people who came before us, we can see why we look at the world the way we do, and what our contribution is toward future progress.
James Redfield "The Celestine Prophecy"

The historian, now witness, stumbling in the illusion that he will survive long enough to set  the details down on parchment in the frail belief that truth is a worthwhile cause. That the tale will become a lesson heeded. Frail belief? Outright lie, a delusion of the worst sort. The lesson of history is that no one learns.
Steven Erikson "Deadhouse Gates"
SOMETHING ABOUT IMAGINATION...
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Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier
SOMETHING ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE...
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Educational bureaucracies dull a child's questing sensitivity. The young must be dampened down. Never let them know how good they can be. That brings change. Spend lots of committee time talking about how to deal with exceptional students. Don't spend any time dealing with how the conventional teacher feels threatened by emerging talents and squelches them because of a deep-seated desire to feel superior and safe in a safe environment.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that you become totally ignorant.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Education is no substitute for intelligence.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Those who know the least obey the best.
George Farquhar

The important thing is not to stop questioning
Albert Einstein

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.
Thomas Sowell

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Galileo Galilei

The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.
Ed Parker
If you think knowledge is expensive, try ignorance.
Derek Bog, president of Harvard University

Definition of intellectual:
"Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence."
Arthur C. Clarke "3001.The Final Odyssea"

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Knowledge increases ignorance.

Opinion ends reception.

Those who never change their opinion  - never correct their mistakes.

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
Nicholas Murray Buttler

The day I was born I made my first mistake, and by that path have I sought wisdom ever since.
The Mahabharata

He learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. He knew that every experience carries its lesson.
Frank Herbert "Dune"

Too much knowledge never makes for simple decisions.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"
SOMETHING ABOUT THE LIFE...
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Law of the Minimum: "The worst potential competition for any organism can come from its own kind. The species consumes necessities. Growth is limited by that necessity which is present in the least amount. The least favourable condition controls the rate of growth.
Frank Herbert "Heretics of Dune"

We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.
Persius

May you live all the days of your life.
Jonathan Swift

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Lou Holtz

It is a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.
W. Somerset Maugham

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present!

Because if God doesn't exist we are the creatures of highest consciousness in the universe. We alone understand the passage of time and the value of every minute of human life. And what constitutes evil, real evil, is the taking of a single human life. Whether a man would have died tomorrow or the day after or eventually...it doesn't matter. Because if God doesn't exist, this life...every second of it...is all we have.
Anne Rice "Interview with the Vampire"

We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.
Seneca (BC 3-65 AD)

Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week's value out of a year, while another gets a full year's value out of a week.
Charles Richards
Life is problems. Living is solving problems.
Raymond E. Feist "Silverthorn"

Never take anything in your life for granted. Always be prepared for radical change.

Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.
Arab proverb

There is the curse. They say, "May you live in the interesting times."

All that we were has led us to where we are, but tells us little of where we're going.
Steven Erikson "Deadhouse Gates"

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
Benjamin E. Mayes

Life is like a mirror. We get the best results when we smile at it.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Charles Darwin

If you're planning for a year, plant a garden. If you're planning for a decade, plant trees. If you're planning for a lifetime, educate a child.

Life is not so much a problem to be solved, as a mystery to be lived.

There's no point living if you can't, at least occasionally, live.
Robert Charles Wilson "The Chronoliths"

The joy of living, its beauty is all bound up in the fact that life can surprise you.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Bertrand Russell
SOMETHING ABOUT THE LOVE...
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We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

Gravity can not be held responsible for people falling in love
Albert Einstein

The things that we love tell us what we are.
St. Thomas Aquinas

The entire sweep of human history from the dark ages into the unknown future was considerably less important at the moment than the question of a certain girl and her feelings toward him.
Arthur C. Clarke
When one has to ask, "Am I really in love?" the answer is always "No".
Arthur C. Clarke

- But we can't help falling in love.
- We can't help defecating either. But we can choose where and when we are going to do it.
Alexander Jablokov "Carve the Sky"

Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.

The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.
O. A. Battista
SOMETHING ABOUT MIND...
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The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Edwin H. Land

We only think when we are confronted with a problem.
John Dewey

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
Rene Descartes

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Aldous Huxley

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.
William Penn

Intellectuals solve problems. Geniuses prevent them.
Albert Einstein

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
Elbert Hubbard

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
Charles Mingus
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you.
Don Marquis

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
Robert Ingersoll

There is no man so blind as one who has made up his mind.
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson "Prelude to Dune: House Corrino"

The most terrifying things in the universe came from human minds.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

Memory never recaptures reality. Memory reconstructs. All reconstructions change the original, becoming external frames of reference which inevitably fall short.
Frank Herbert "Heretics of Dune"

The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.
St. Augustine

The mountains of madness have many little plateau of sanity.
Terry Pratchett "The Truth"
SOMETHING ABOUT ORIGINALITY AND STANDARDS...
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Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own.
Jean Toomer

Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.
William Penn

Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Les Brown

People would rather be wrong than be different.
Henry Jacobsen

Quoting one is plagiarism. Quoting many is research.

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.  
Andrew S. Tanenbaum

When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
Walter Lippman
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
Arthur Koestler

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.
Alan Ashley-Pitt

You were born an original. Don't die a copy.
John Mason

Always be first-rate version of yourself, instead of second-rate version of somebody else.
Judy Garland
SOMETHING ABOUT OURSELVES...
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Most of us choose our companions and surroundings to reflect ourselves.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

People can be divided into three classes, the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no idea what has happened.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but rising every time we fall.
Confucius

All people have three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Alphonse Karr (adapted)

We form our habits, then habits form us.

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Warren Buffett

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Anais Nin

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
William James

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare "Hamlet"

Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.
Abraham Lincoln

Pain is the basic mechanism built into us by millions of years of evolution which safeguards us by warning when something threatens our survival.
Robert A. Heinlein "Starship Troopers"

Humans were eventually irrational creatures gifted with the power of rationality.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored.
Eric Hoffer
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
John Barrymore

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
Benjamin Franklin

There are hardly any excesses of the most crazed psychopath that cannot easily be duplicated by a normal, kindly family man who just comes in to work every day and has a job to do.
A man, who knew that, knew everything he needed to know about people.
Terry Pratchett "Small Gods"

-          The sign, which says: "Do not, under any circumstances, open this door!"
-          Of course, I've read it. Why do you think I want it opened?.. To see why they wanted it shut, of course.
This exchange contains almost all you need to know about human civilization. At least, those bits of it that are now under the sea, fenced off or still smoking.
Terry Pratchett "Hogfather"

It is a common trait of primates to become submissive and even worshipful toward one who has the power to kill them.
O.S. Card "Shadow of the Hegemon"

You will only be remembered  for two things: the problems you solve or the ones you create.
Mike Murdock

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Aldous Huxley

Oh, they never lie. They dissemble, evade, prevaricate, confound, confuse, distract, obscure, subtly misrepresent and willfully misunderstand with what often appears to be a positively gleeful relish and are generally perfectly capable of contriving to give one an utterly unambiguous impression of their future course of action while in fact intending to do exactly the opposite, but they never lie.
Iain M. Banks "Look to Windward"

Man has no moral instinct. He is not born with moral sense. We acquire moral sense, when we do, through training, experience, and hard sweat of the mind.
Robert A. Heinlein "Starship Troopers"
SOMETHING ABOUT THE POLITICS...
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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Plato

Politics: the art of appearing candid and completely open while concealing as much as possible.
Frank Herbert "Chapterhouse: Dune"

No wonder this man was a diplomat. You couldn't trust him an inch, he thought in loops, and you couldn't help liking him despite it.
Terry Pratchett "Jingo"
-          From what I hear he mostly doesn't do a thing!
-          Yeah, one of the hardest things to do properly, in politics.
Terry Pratchett "The Truth"

You can't build politics on love. People aren't concerned with love; it's too disordered. They prefer despotism. Too much freedom breeds chaos.
Frank Herbert "Dune Messiah"
SOME PRAYERS...
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The oldest known sailor's prayer is:
"The Sea is great,
and my boat is small;
Have mercy on me."
Raymond E. Feist "Magician"
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Quite naturally, holders of power wish to suppress "wild" research. Unrestricted questing after knowledge has a long history of producing unwanted competition. The powerful want a "safe line of investigations" which will develop only those products and ideas that can be controlled and, most important, that will allow the larger part of the benefits to be captured by inside investors.
Frank Herbert "Heretics of Dune"

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clark

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one the heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I've found it!), but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov

In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Galileo Galilei
SOMETHING ABOUT THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY...
Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve.
Charles Caleb Colton

I doubt if there is a single field of study so theoretical, so remote from what is laughingly called everyday life, that it may not one day produce something that will shake the world.
Arthur C. Clark

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
Bertrand Russell

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Gregory Benford
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It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson "Prelude to Dune: House Corrino"

It is astonishing how foolish humans can be in groups, especially when they follow their leader without question.
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson "Prelude to Dune: House Corrino"

The more tightly packed the group, the greater the need for strict social ranks and orders.
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson "Prelude to Dune: House Corrino"

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
Bertrand Russell

There is a loftier ambition that merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
Henry Van Dyke

The basic of all morality is duty, a concept with the same relation to group that self-interest has to individual.
Robert A. Heinlein "Starship Troopers"

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything except what is worth knowing.
Oscar Wilde

No matter how exotic human civilization becomes, no matter the developments of life and society nor the complexity of the machine/human interface, there always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, the very future of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individual.
Frank Herbert "Dune Messiah"
SOMETHING ABOUT THE SOCIETY...
Liberty is never unalienable, it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes.
Robert A. Heinlein "Starship Troopers"

All societies are evil, sorrowful, and inequitable, and always will be. Therefore, if you wish to help the world, you must first learn to live in it and then teach others the same.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

No society that places the individual above itself will survive; but neither will any society that places the individual below itself.
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

The nations that offer to arbitrate are the ones that think they should rule the world.
O.S. Card "Shadow of the Hegemon"

One defining symptom of decadence is a fondness for vast and nonsensical extravagance.
Robert Silverberg "Getting to Know the Dragon"

EVOLUTION OF NATIONS: Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, from spiritual truth to great courage, from great courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, and from dependence back again to bondage!
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Men must want to do things out of their own innermost drives. People, not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces.
Frank Herbert "Children of Dune"
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