Date: Tue, 11 Apr 95 20:26:07 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Forwarded-by: bostic@CS.Berkeley.EDU (Keith Bostic)
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get
"Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every
day, like those of a baseball player."
"In ecology, as in economics, TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free
Lunch) is intended to warn that every gain is won at some cost. Failure to
recognize the "no free linch" law causes the buffalo-hunter mentality
syndrome--the unthinking assumption that there will always be plenty because
there alwayss has been plenty."
--Dr. Robert W. Prehoda
"Only a mediocre person is always at his best."
--W. Somerset Maugham
"Perhaps the best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a
"Evolution is what it is. The upper classes have always died out; it's one of
the most charming things about them."
"Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything,
except over technology."
"New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the
humiliating question arises, 'Why then are you not taking part in them?'"
--H. G. Wells
"We all worry about the population explosion--but we don't worry about it at
the right time."
"Remember when atmospheric contaminants were romantically called stardust?"
"The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at
children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end,
which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games
which it is most attached is called, "Keep tomorrow dark," and which is
also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) "Cheat the
Prophet." The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that
the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation.
The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them
nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of
simple tastes, however, it is great fun."
© 1995 Peter Langston