The Core Dump

Lower your shields and surrender your ships

The Core Dump quotes.

What some smart people said.

The innocent feel guilty, the guilty feel nothing.

Estonian Movie 1944

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.

—George Jean Nathan

Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.

—Benjamin Jowett

A wet man does not fear rain.

—Russian Proverb

It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.

—Malcolm Forbes

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.

—Bertolt Brecht

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

—Carl Jung

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

—H. L. Mencken

Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.

—Bill Watterson

Just because nobody complains doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect.

—Benny Hill

Hell is truth seen too late.

―Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.

—Francis Bacon

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.

—Daniel Webster

Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.

-Voltaire

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

—Thomas Henry Huxley

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

—Jerome K. Jerome

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

—Eric Hoffer

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.

—Herman Melville

In this day and age, when the increasing complexity of modern life leaves one barely any time for reading …

—Proust (1919) (via James Gleick)

Fervor is the weapon of choice for the impotent.

—Franz Fanon

The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

It is the folly of too many, to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of a kingdom.

—Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) via The QI Elves on Twitter

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.

—Emo Phillips

Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion.

—Voltaire

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.

—Eugene McCarthy

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

—Winston Churchill

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.

—Jewish Proverb

The higher the buildings, the lower the morals.

—Noël Coward

At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.

—H. L. Mencken

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

—Epictetus

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.

—Sartre

If one man says to thee ‘Thou art a donkey’, pay no heed. If two speak thus, purchase a saddle.

—The Talmud

Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.

—Cicero

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

—Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

—William James

It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.

—Virgil

History is the autobiography of a madman.

—Alexander Herzen

Never confuse movement with action.

—Ernest Hemingway

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

—Aldous Huxley

A cult is a religion with no political power.

—Tom Wolfe

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

—Seneca

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

—H. G. Wells

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Lillian Hellman

I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.

Groucho Marx

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.

Mark Twain