Rationality Quotes 19

by Eliezer Yudkowsky1 min read12th Oct 20088 comments


Rationality Quotes
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"I don't know that I ever wanted greatness, on its own.  It seems rather like wanting to be an engineer, rather than wanting to design something - or wanting to be a writer, rather than wanting to write.  It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself.  Otherwise, it's just an ego trip."
        -- Roger Zelazny, Prince of Chaos

"Many assumptions that we have long been comfortable with are lined up like dominoes."
        -- Omega

"I know of no law of logic demanding that every event have a cause."
        -- John K. Clark

"It's perfectly accurate, the accuracy only possessable by subjunctive syllogisms."
        -- Damien R. Sullivan

"Money makes the world go round.  Love just barely keeps it from blowing up."
        -- Unknown

"Soon things got out of hand, where they have remained ever since."
        -- Larry Gonick, The Cartoon History of the Universe

"Finally, ask yourself this: Are you sure you've really been abducted by aliens? Do you really want to know? For peace of mind and serenity of spirit, you may only need to remember the following: Ignorance is bliss, Prozac is cheap."
        -- Pat Krass

"So it was that on the ninety-fifth day of false winter in the year 2929 since the founding of Neverness, we vowed above all else to seek wisdom and truth, even though our seeking should lead to our death and to the ruin of all that we loved and held dear."
        -- David Zindell, Neverness