“The best kind of exercise is the kind you actually do.” — Unknown.
“That which does not kill you gives you a lot of unhealthy coping mechanisms and a really dark sense of humor.” — Unknown.
“I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, that when looked at in the right way didn’t become still more complicated.” — Poul Anderson
‘“That,” replied Hardin, “is the interesting thing. The analysis was the most difficult of the three by all odds. When Houk, after two days of steady work, succeeded in eliminating meaningless statements, vague gibberish, useless qualifications—in short all the goo and dribble—he found he had nothing left. Everything canceled out. Lord Dorwin, gentlemen, in five days of discussion didn’t say one damn thing, and said it so that you never noticed. There are the assurances you had from your precious Empire.”’ — Salvor Hardin, a character in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation
“Hell must be isothermal; for otherwise the resident engineers and physical chemists (of which there must be some) could set up a heat engine to run a refrigerator to cool off a portion of their surroundings to any desired temperature.” — Henry Albert Ben. Quoted in When the Universe was twice as hot.
“The universe is simmering down, like a giant stew left to cook for four billion years. Sooner or later we won’t be able to tell the carrots from the onions.” — Arthur Bloch
“The Universe will decline from here on in, sliding gently into old age. The Universe has basically sat down on the sofa, pulled up a blanket and is about to nod off for an eternal doze.” — Simon Driver. Quoted in Charting the Slow Death of the Universe.
“Blind faith is no faith; it is blindness.” — David Frangquist, 1966
“Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.” — W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado, 1885
“Waking a person unnecessarily should not be considered a capital crime. For a first offense, that is.” — Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
“Gentlemen, You Can’t Fight In Here! This is The War Room.” — Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove
“When correctly viewed, everything is lewd” — Tom Lehrer, “Smut,” 1965. Counterexample (!)
“For there is surely nothing more beautiful in this world
Than the sight of a lone man facing single-handedly
A half a ton of angry pot roast!” — Tom Lehrer, “In Old Mexico,” 1959.
“There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Korilian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable planet. The only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they “do not know about it!” — Kay, Men in Black, 1997.
“There is no such thing as too much garlic.” — Dr. Robert Passovoy.
“Eat food. not too much. mostly plants.” — Michael Pollan.
“There is a dangerous temptation to link destruction levels together in the interests of tidiness and economy, but history is seldom tidy or notably economical, however it may be with philosophy. This is one of the reasons why history should not be written by philosophers or sociologists.” — N.K Sandars, The Sea Peoples. Also Writing history
“Atreus: ‘Who would reject the flood of fortune’s gifts?’
Thyestes: ‘Anyone who has experienced how easily they flow back.’” — Seneca, Thyestes, 536, quoted in The Daily Stoic
“Glendower: ‘I can call on spirits from the vasty deep!’
Hotspur: ‘Why so can I, and so can any man,
but do they come when you do call them?'” — Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1.
“If you haven’t found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day.” — John Archibald Wheeler
“A language is a dialect with an army and a navy” — Max Weinreich