Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation... tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.
Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation.
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.
~Henry David Thoreau
To err is human, to really foul things up requires a computer. ~Bill Vaughan, 1969 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole!)
Computers have lots of memory but no imagination.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
~Suzie Wagner, 1998
It's not computer literacy that we should be working on, but sort of human-literacy. Computers have to become human-literate.
~Nicholas P. Negroponte
Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.
One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.
~Vincent Van Gogh
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Ferdinand Foch
What is soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.