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Quotes

You should decide whether something makes sense by its content, not by the letters after the name of the person who says it. And the idea that you're supposed to have special qualifications to talk about things that are common sense, that's just another scam.

—Noam Chomsky (not to steal authority from him)

Wisdom isn’t correlated with knowledge, it’s correlated with being in touch with reality.

—Wait But Why

Adults don't ask for permission, they do whatever they have to do.

—(Don't remember who)

Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

—Seneca, On Shortness of Life

All models are wrong, but some are harmful.

—Nassim N. Taleb

When we believe that we will be judged by silly criteria we will adapt and behave in silly ways.

—Reinhard Werner, The focus on bibliometrics makes papers less useful

Technology is indeed neither good nor evil in itself but must be analyzed in the context of its specific functioning. Technology is power, and power cannot be neutral.

—Ippolita, In the Facebook Aquarium

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.

—Clay Shirky

Not everything a feminist does is a feminist act.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

—Upton Sinclair

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

—Anatole France

Their power was not given to them; it cannot be taken away.

—Jo Freeman, Tyranny of the Structureless

History doesn't go in a straight line.

—Noam Chomsky

If you want to go fast, go alone, if want to go far, go together.

—African Proverb