Selected Favorite Quotations


"Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize."
Theodore Roosevelt


"You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit or, it is nowhere."
Shevek's speech to the workers, Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

"When fascism comes to America, it’ll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."
Widely attributed Sinclair Lewis (And while he never actually said it, it remains true.)

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
H.L. Mencken

"If you love god, burn a church"
Jello Biafra

"How about a post-Marxist theory of post-technological political economy, and a proof that the dictatorship of the hereditary peerage can only be maintained by the systematic oppression and exploitation of the workers and engineers, and cannot survive once the people acquire the self-replicating means of production?"
Charles Stross, Singularity Sky

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”
Oscar Wilde


"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
Douglas Adams

"I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally."
W. C. Fields

"A brahmin once asked The Blessed One:
"Are you a God?"
"No, brahmin" said The Blessed One.
"Are you a saint?"
"No, brahmin" said The Blessed One.
"Are you a magician?"
"No, brahmin" said The Blessed One.
"What are you then?"
"I am awake."


"It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible, this must be prevented. My people must drink beer."
Frederick the Great

Useful Maxims

"Cock-up before conspiracy."
Sir Bernard Ingham

"Sufficiently advanced cluelessness or incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. "
Grey's Law

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity"
Hanlon's Razor.

Never fire a laser at a mirror.
Larry Niven

"You often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons."
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Sir Pterry Pratchett

"Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life."

"Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness."
Men at Arms

"Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your home."
Good Omens

Many more quotes from Sir Pterry.

Ambrose Bierce

"Conservative - a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others."

"What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country."