Rationality Quotes 22

by Eliezer Yudkowsky1 min read7th Jan 20097 comments


Rationality Quotes
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"Two roads diverged in the woods.  I took the one less traveled, and had to eat bugs until Park rangers rescued me."
        -- Jim Rosenberg

"Lying to yourself about specific actions is easier than re-defining the bounds of your imagined identity...  When I see once-ethical men devolve into moral grey, they still identify as upstanding."
       -- Ben Casnocha

"Every year buy a clean bed sheet, date it, and lay it over the previous layer of junk on your desk."
        -- Vernor Vinge, The Blabber

"Like first we tossed out the bath water, then the baby, and like finally the whole tub."
        -- John R. Andrews

"I have no wisdom.  Yet I heard a wise man - soon to be a relative of marriage - say not long ago that all is for the best.  We are but dreams, and dreams possess no life by their own right.  See, I am wounded.  (Holds out his hand.)  When my wound heals, it will be gone.  Should it with its bloody lips say it is sorry to heal?  I am only trying to explain what another said, but that is what I think he meant."
        -- Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator

"On a grand scale we simply want to save the world, so obviously we're just letting ourselves in for a lot of disappointment and we're doomed to failure since we didn't pick some cheap-ass two-bit goal like collecting all the Garbage Pail Kids cards."
        -- Nenslo

"He promised them nothing but blood, iron, and fire, and offered them only the choice of going to find it or of waiting for it to find them at home."
        -- John Barnes, One For the Morning Glory