Transistors did not magically stop working when William Shockley became a crank....
— Sticherbeast @ MeFi
http://www.metafilter.com/143752/I-also-check-my-skeletons-twice-You-can-never-be-too-careful#5782112

Dorothy Parker on terribility

This wasn't just plain terrible. This was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.
— Dorothy Parker
http://www.notable-quotes.com/p/parker_dorothy.html

Fred Pohl on inventing the future

You can't really predict the future. All you can do is invent it.
— Frederick Pohl

Terry Carr on the Bible

Terry Carr, the Ace paperback editor, used to joke that if the Bible had been published as science fiction, it would have had to be cut down to two volumes of twenty thousand words each; the Old Testament would have been re-titled "Master of Chaos,", and the New Testament "The Thing With Three Souls."

— Emmanuel Carrere
I Am Alive And You Are Dead; A Journey Into The Mind Of Phillip K. Dick

Adam Greenfield, on a weakness of systems theory for problem solving.

[H]history suggests that one is not well advised to bring a spreadsheet to a gun fight.
— Adam Greenfield
http://speedbird.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/on-systems-and-what-they-do/

"The future is already here. It's just not well distributed yet."

— Bruce Sterling

"One of the advantages to being in a new field of business is that if you show up every day and don't screw up too badly, you stand a good chance of setting a record, every month."

— Ed Passarella

"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation."

— Saki

"Reality is that which, when we stop believing in it, does not go away."

— Phillip K. Dick

"Danger lies not in what we don't know but in what we think we know that just ain't so."

— Mark Twain

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