If you're not thinking outside the box — well there you've just said it — you're not thinking.


Why dance when you can Walken? [link]

Be the trouble you wish to see in the world

Don't ever confuse monogamy with commitment. They aren't the same, and they aren't even mutually inclusive.


A clever man has all the answers; A wise man has all the questions.


A smart man knows what to say, a wise man when to say it.

Prayer. Because God's plans are so fucking unimportant, he will probably change them if you ask him to.

some girl on twitter

I use the C4 mixed with peppermint verty to give you a blast of minty fresh breath!

I think the thing that makes you such a powerful person is that you aren't afraid to be an asshole.
you just ARE. Your personality and your nature are in harmony.

Kevin @me

The woman does not exist whose beauty all men shall agree upon.

G. Leopardi

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

Oscar Wilde

I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.

Mark Twain

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.


When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.

Edward R. Murrow

Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Howard Aiken

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.

Katharine Whitehorn

The mightiest of weapons is truth. And everyone knows you're not permitted to bring a weapon into a Government building.

John Alejandro King

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde

As you may have heard, the U.S. is putting together a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? Think about it — it was written by very smart people, it's served us well for over two hundred years, and besides, we're not using it any more.

Jay Leno

The authority of government ... can have no pure right over my person and my property but what I concede to it.

Henry David Thoreau

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ... God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion; what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.

Thomas Jefferson

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

Milton Berle

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Dr. Seuss

Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

Aaron Levenstein

If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room.

Jayne Howard

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

Elbert Hubbard

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

We've gotten to the point where everybody's got a right and nobody's got a responsibility.

Newton Minow

Education is what you get when you read the fine print;
Experience is what you get when you don't.

Pete Seeger

Science attempts to merely describe reality; theism, on the other hand, attempts to claim it, and take credit for its entirety. It's rather easy to spot which side is the arrogant one.

Johnny O'Coileain

Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

My opinion is that there would never have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest. The artificial structures they have built on the purest of all moral systems, for the purpose of deriving from it pence and power, revolts those who think for themselves, and who read in that system only what is really there.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Mrs. Samuel H. Smith, August, 6, 1816

You are never dedicated to something you have
complete confidence in. No one is fanatically
shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow.
They know it is going to rise tomorrow. When
people are fanatically dedicated to political
or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas
or goals, it's always because these dogmas or
goals are in doubt.

Robert M. Pirsig
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.

Pope John Paul II

I don't think we're here for anything, we're just products of evolution. You can say 'Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose,' but I'm anticipating a good lunch.

Dr. James Watson (codiscoverer of the structure of DNA)

Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

George Orwell

Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

George Orwell in 1984, Page 47

He who knows best knows how little he knows.

Thomas Jefferson

Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people.

To whom do I pray? I pray to myself, for only I shall make my dreams become reality.


A cynic would call me a walking advertisement. I call myself a concierge.


I'm going to be an honest person. Bitches love honest people.


People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about, and that's what these clues help us to find within ourselves.

Joseph Campbell

Trying to make bits not copyable is like trying to make water not wet.

Bruce Schneier

When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don't know,
people can find their own way.

Lao Tzu in the `Tao Te Ching`

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.

Bertrand Russell

Institutions fight to preserve the problems to which they are the answer.

Clay Shirky

Five-fold dynamics : the tea-house sequence ::

Gather: Meet around a concern, topic, theme, issue.
Diverge: Use differences to expand and extend the solution space.
Deliberate: Perceive, listen, notice, wisdom happens, be sufficiently co-present to be there when it does.
Converge: Realign around the smallest necessary change, as outlined by rhizome, concept map, capture, visualization, annotations, recordings, murals, design artifacts etc...
Hack: Create value together with others, share the new insights, innovate, market, (re)organize.

These five steps are not always in a linear sequence. That said, there are usually quite a few tea house sequences that makes sense, given the context.

+John Kellden

There's a unique thing the universe wants each one of us to do. When we rediscover what that unique thing is, we feel it in every fiber of our being, and the rest of the world comes rushing to witness. The outward ramifications of this "act of truth" is of no importance, the relative size, shape or form of it, as judged by earthly yardsticks. Each and every physical atom in our physical being is made of old supernovas, and they know what we're made of - nothing else will do.

+John Kellden

The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round; it has thrills and chills and it's very brightly colored and it's very loud and it's fun... for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: "Is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, and they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid -EVER- because, this is just a ride." And we... KILL those people HAHAHA! "Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride - SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry! Look at my big bank account, and my family! This just HAS to be real!"... But it's just a ride. And we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok? But it doesn't matter because: It's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride: Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, NOT ONE HUMAN BEING EXCLUDED, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.

Bill Hicks

There is no separation between inner and outer. To change one's environment is to change oneself.


We are not our thoughts.

Given enough time, hydrogen starts to wonder where it came from, and where it is going.

Edward R. Harrison

We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres. [link]

Any sufficiently advanced civilization is indistinguishable from nature. [link]
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. [link]
Any sufficiently advanced algorithm is indistinguishable from human intelligence.
Any sufficiently advanced artificial intelligence is indistinguishable from a human.
Any sufficiently sophisticated advertisement is indistinguishable from actual culture.
Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook.
Any sufficiently advanced information is indistinguishable from dynamic narrative alignment. [link]
Sufficiently advanced disaster recovery is indistinguishable from security

Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

— Neil Girling (@carnivillain) June 21, 2013

The end of the world only happens once; it's very unlikely to be Monday morning.

Sam Altman

If you can articulate your problem, you're half way to solving it.

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.

Tom Cargill, Bell Labs

The future is already here — it's just not evenly distributed.

William Gibson, quoted in The Economist, December 4, 2003

Je ne suis pas d'accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu'au bout pour que vous puissiez le dire.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Dismantling government will create a new age of free-market prosperity. How do we do it? Fling spiders at them. I'm an arachno-catapultist.

— Wesley (@thitherward) April 9, 2013

For every complex problem, there is a simple solution.
Simple, clean, and wrong.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge".

Isaac Asimov

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb

It is the greatest test of a democracy to calmly and coolly apply its legal system in a transparent and even-handed way, even to those it finds reprehensible. Let us, in the coming days, inspire the world with how pure our system is and how willingly our patriots uphold it.


If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second.

Johnny Depp

Bitcoin = gothic hi-tech; M-PESA = favela chic. #ireality

— Paul Graham Raven (@PaulGrahamRaven) September 5, 2013

Becoming hard to tell difference between credible news organizations like 4chan and troll sites like New York Post.

— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) April 19, 2013

A 160 baud modem hooked up to a 23-watt transmitter told us that a machine we built left our solar system last August 25th. So, so great.

— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 12, 2013

There are people making tech who are positive, ambitious, thoughtful, inclusive, curious, empathetic and self-aware. They're going to win.

— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 12, 2013

My retweets ARE endorsements and my Tweets DO represent official company policy. Drink all the booze, hack all the things.

— Mikko Hypponen ‹␊␍› (@mikko) October 11, 2013

Let's enforce an international norm against drones, nuclear weapons and capitalism. You may say "I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one".

— Rinaldo Walcott (@blacklikewho) September 11, 2013

today's forefront frameworks are the future's present; the future is but a bridge unto itself.

"What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave the company?"
"What happens if we don't, and they stay?"

Uzbek proverb: "Don't choose a house -- choose neighbors. Don't choose a path -- choose traveling companions."

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 21, 2014

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Thing I learned from a family member this weekend: When tools are available, uses will be found for them.

— Jacob Taylor (@Aranjedeath) October 15, 2014


— Wu-Tang Financial (@Wu_Tang_Finance) August 15, 2014

The devil is in the defaults.

— Dave Morin (@davemorin) March 8, 2010

A state of exception isn't. It's a new state.

— Aranje (@Aranjedeath) January 23, 2015

That moment when you realize that most Americans learn the metric system by buying drugs

— Aranje (@Aranjedeath) February 1, 2015

"Culture Fit" pic.twitter.com/u3Q3vt1Zsf

— Aranje (@Aranjedeath) February 10, 2015


— Wu-Tang Financial (@Wu_Tang_Finance) March 7, 2015

An unlimited black budget, thousands of dedicated people, and decades of effort, is indistinguishable from magic.

— the grugq (@thegrugq) April 17, 2015

Not merely corporations now, they're Brands, with fully developed identity politics to sell you

— Jacob Taylor (@Aranjedeath) September 23, 2015

If you want somebody to follow something that you are telling them which is a good advice, the best way to make them follow it is to be the best example of the advice you're giving them.

Kwame Ture