Fortunately, I keep a quotefile for just such an occasion. Here are some of the pithier entries:

Peace if possible, truth at all costs. -- Martin Luther

Trust, but verify -- Russian saying

Live forever or die trying

I intend to live forever. So far, so good. -- Rick Potvin

Give me immortality or death. -- Nick de Jongh

"I'm not a psychopath, I'm just very creative"

TANSTAAFL -- Heinlein

What you don't know will kill you. -- The Cynic's Book of Wisdom

Half of knowledge is knowing the questions. -- The Cynic's Book of Wisdom

Look behind the curtain. -- The Cynic's Book of Wisdom

Plus a couple of my personal favorites:

Why should I believe that?

Then again, I could be wrong.

Peace if possible, truth at all costs. -- Martin Luther

The fact that he started some really bloody wars over something that didn't even turn out to be true should maybe give us some pause before we endorse virtues like this.

0[anonymous]7yI've always favored the quote: "Ignorance is never better than knowledge." --Enrico Fermi (This is supposed to be sourced in the book "Atoms in the Family: My life with Enrico Fermi", but I can't find the quote via Google Books, and it's a fair drive to the nearest library that has it.)
12Qiaochu_Yuan7yFor the love of God, don't put this on a shirt, especially if a male is going to wear it at some point.

Rationality witticisms suitable for t-shirts or bumper stickers

by evand 1 min read15th Jun 201385 comments


What are your best short witticisms, suitable for use on a t-shirt, bumper sticker, or similar location? Ideally something that might make someone reading it think, or get curious enough to ask about it. Simple in-group identification is fine too, though.

For context, therufs is spending today at the NC Maker Faire making t-shirts, and asked me for suggestions this morning. As I was still mostly asleep, I wasn't very helpful.