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If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that
we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.
We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which
obeys its own special laws.
I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural
part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting
and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers
of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling
second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.
My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral
fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was
and whether they were enjoying it.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed
to do the job.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of
others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
The hotel shop only had two decent books, and I'd written both of them.
It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else's point of view without the proper
What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you
can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to
you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current
circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you