Rationality Quotes 5

by Eliezer Yudkowsky1 min read23rd Jan 200815 comments


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"Perfection is our goal. Excellence will be tolerated."
        -- J. Yahl

"Morality is objective within a given frame of reference."
        -- Gordon Worley

"If there were a verb meaning "to believe falsely," it would not have any significant first person, present indicative."
        -- Ludwig Wittgenstein

"It takes 50 years for your parents to mature enough that they see you as an independent person."
        -- Ralph Lewis

"Impatience is a flaw. There's always just enough time when you do something right, no more, no less. Your sword has no blade. It has only your intention. When that goes astray you have no weapon."
        -- C.J. Cherryh, The Paladin

"They're space cannibals. They only eat other space cannibals. Q.E.D."
        -- Nikolai Kingsley

"My father said whoever tells the longest story is always the liar. The truth isn't that complicated."
        -- Bill Joy, cofounder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems

"My experience tells me that in this complicated world the simplest explanation is usually dead wrong. But I've noticed that the simplest explanation usually sounds right and is far more convincing than any complicated explanation could hope to be."
        -- Scott Adams, cartoonist

"There are really good and thoroughly bad people on each side in all wars."
"Nothing is more truly horrifying than the limits of human behavior."

"Determined efforts are better than a miracle."
"Things only get weirder the longer they go on."
"People will love you for who you are ... as long as you're secretly a super-hero."
"Lack of communication leads to 90% of all problems. The other causes being 5% magic and 5% giant robots."
        -- Tonbo, Things I've Learned From Anime

"And I heard a voice saying "Give up! Give up!" And that really scared me 'cause it sounded like Ben Kenobi."
        -- Rebel Pilot's Lament

"If you're a literary critic, keep in mind that I hate you, too, and I said it first."
        -- Scott Adams

"In any war there are always more of the enemy than you think, and there are always allies you never knew you had."
        -- John M. Ford, Web of Angels

"He told her about the Afterglow: that brief, brilliant period after the Big Bang, when matter gathered briefly in clumps and burned by fusion light."
        -- Stephen Baxter, The Gravity Mine

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