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Quotes

Doing research on the web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.

—Roger Ebert, 1998

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

—Elbert Hubbard, 1911

The ability to store our data externally helps us imagine that our time is limitless, our space infinite.

—Carina Chocano, 2012

The mere existence of nuclear weapons by the thousands is an incontrovertible sign of human insanity.

—Isaac Asimov, 1988

A machine is a slave that neither brings nor bears degradation.

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1844

What can you conceive more silly and extravagant than to suppose a man racking his brains and studying night and day how to fly?

—William Law, 1728

If there is a technological advance without a social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery.

—Michael Harrington, 1962

The belly is the teacher of the arts and bestower of invention.

—Persius, c. 55

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

—Richard Feynman, 1986

When poets don’t know what to say and have completely given up on the play, just like a finger, they lift the machine and the spectators are satisfied.

—Antiphanes, c. 350 BC

The civilized man has built a coach but has lost the use of his feet.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.

—B.F. Skinner, 1969

Machines do not run in order to enable men to live, but we resign ourselves to feeding men in order that they may serve the machines.

—Simone Weil, 1934