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Offline Wandapec

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Don't know about the rest of you but I really enjoy a good quote! There are thousands of good ones out there - try this link BrainyQuote.com but one my absolute favourites is this one -
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It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion no matter how satisfying and reassuring." - Carl Sagan
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" - Carl Sagan


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Yeah, me too. Some favourites I collected over the years:

Quote from: Alexander Pope
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Quote from: John Andrew Holmes
It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
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I used to be against Mind Control Satellites, but now I don't know how we lived without them!
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I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. - Douglas Adams
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" - Carl Sagan


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"At present there is not a single credible established religion in the world."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Author
Isn't it funny that things are still the same?!  ;)
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" - Carl Sagan


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I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. - Douglas Adams

I thought that was Dilbert?

Still a good quote, though.
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Not really a quote but a good laugh ... do you think is was based on a true story?  :)

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" - Carl Sagan


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It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
Bertrand Russell
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"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers." 
Socrates

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"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899
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Another good website is http://www.memorable-quotes.com.

I am a big douglas adams fan.......so, here goes some of that:

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair





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Welcome to the forum Kien :)
Some more of my favourites from Douglas Adams

Quote from: Douglas Adams
Now it is such a bizarrely improbably coincidence that anything so mindbogglingly useful [the Babel fish] could have evolved by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
The argument goes something like this: "I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."
"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED."
"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
Quote from: Douglas Adams
"So what do we do if we get bitten by something deadly, then?"
He blinked at me as if I was stupid.
"Well what do you think you do?" he said. "You die of course. That's what deadly means."
Quote from: Douglas Adams
A man didn’t understand how televisions work, and was convinced that there must be lots of little men inside the box, manipulating images at high speed.
An engineer explained to him about high frequency modulations of the electromagnetic spectrum, about transmitters and receivers, about amplifiers and cathode ray tubes, about scan lines moving across and down a phosphorescent screen.
The man listened to the engineer with careful attention, nodding his head at every step of the argument. At the end he pronounced himself satisfied. He really did now understand how televisions work.
"But I expect there are just a few little men in there, aren’t there?"
@Tweefo
Really enjoyed your Socrates quote ;)
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Some advice about investing on the stock exchange...

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October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. Other dangerous months are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.
- Mark Twain
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" - Carl Sagan


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Yesterday when I was running some analytics on quite a big database, a colleague was sitting next me waiting for the results. We were working with lots of records and it was taking some time to process the necessary queries etc. The discussion started to go around how much data there is and what a mess it was etc. when one of my colleagues said to me (Unaware of my outlook on life etc.) - "Can you imagine what god's database looks like?"
Needless to say I nearly choked on my tea!
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" - Carl Sagan


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Okay, so what's the speed of dark? - Steven Wright

Scientists are rarely  to be counted among the fun people. Awkward at parties, shy with strangers, deficient in irony - they have no choice but to turn their attention to the close study of everyday objects. - Fran Lebowitz

Hey, I have no sense of decency. That way, my other senses are enhanced. - Bulldog Bricoe

If the universe is expanding, why can't I find a parking space? - Woody Allen

The Chinese just put a man in space. They didn't use a rocket: they stood on each others shoulders and passed him up. - Al Murray

Scientists have discovered a noise made just prior to the big bang that sounds something like 'oops'. - Cully Abrell

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn is composed entirely of lost airline luggage. - Mark Russell



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This one will have to be in Afrikaans.

Wat is die eerste ding wat twee Afrikaners doen as hulle op 'n verlate eiland land? Hulle stig drie politieke partye en vyf kerke.
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Saw a good bumper sticker today. "Instead of getting reborn why not just GROW UP??"
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