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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

All attempts to adapt our ethical code to our situation in the technological age have failed.

—Max Born, 1968

Great inventors and discoverers seem to have made their discoveries and inventions, as it were, by the way, in the course of their everyday life.

—Elizabeth Charles, 1862

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

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

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841

Technology is so much fun, but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.

—Daniel Boorstin, 1978

The art of invention grows young with the things invented.

—Francis Bacon, 1605

As usual, what we call “progress” is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.

—Havelock Ellis, 1914

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

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

—Arthur C. Clarke, 1973

All technologies should be assumed guilty until proven innocent.

—David Brower, 1992

Industrialism is the religion with “the machine” as the god going to answer all the prayers. Communism and capitalism were just competing sects.

—Dora Russell, 1983

Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

—Ecclesiastes, c. 250 BC