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Quotes 2001

"Einstein said that God does not play dice with the universe. He was right, but not in the way he meant. God doesn't play dice with the universe because the universe doesn't need him. The craps table is set up and running, Whether or not God put it there is beside the point."
Mark Coggins, The Immortal Game


"I'll tell you something I learned a long time ago about the Washington gang. The good news is, away from the cameras, they're just like the people back home who sent them here. The bad news is, away from the cameras, they're just like the people back home who sent them here. No better, no worse -- just a great deal more visible, and their mistakes have a longer reach."
Arthur C. Clarke / Michael Kube-McDowell, The Trigger


"The Good War means that only strangers with funny names were blown to bits."
Arthur C. Clarke / Michael Kube-McDowell, The Trigger


"The optimist only sees the upside, just like the pessimist only sees the downside. I'm a meliorist. I see the possibilities."
Arthur C. Clarke / Michael Kube-McDowell, The Trigger


"...the whole point of a soldier's training and loyalty is to defy human nature. That's the only way you get men to run toward where the bullets are coming from -- when any rational person can see that sensible thing to do is run away."
Arthur C. Clarke / Michael Kube-McDowell, The Trigger


"Being President used to be kind of like trying to steer a rickety minibus down an unfamiliar mountain road at high speed while three aunts and a mother-in-law are simultaneously giving you advice about your driving."
Arthur C. Clarke / Michael Kube-McDowell, The Trigger


"You can never argue with a redhead."
Agatha Christie, The Pale Horse


"The best any human can do is to pick a delusion that helps them get through the day. This is why people of different religions can generally live in peace. At some level, we all suspect that other people don't believe their own religion any more than we believe ours."
Scott Adams, God's Debris


"At some level of consciousness, everyone knows that the odds of picking the true religion -- if such a thing exists -- is nil."
Scott Adams, God's Debris


"There are two types of people in the world... One type is people-oriented. When they make conversation, it is about people -- what people are doing, what someone said, how someone feels. The other group is idea-oriented. When they make conversation, they talk about ideas and concepts and objects."
Scott Adams, God's Debris


"Women believe that men are, in a sense, defective versions of women," he said. "Men believe that women are defective versions of men. Both genders are trapped in a delusion that their personal viewpoints are universal. That viewpoint -- that each gender is a defective version of the other -- is the root of all misunderstandings.
Scott Adams, God's Debris


"People don't change to meet the objectives of other people. Men can be molded in small ways -- clothing and haircuts and manners -- because those things are not important to most men. Women can't be changed at all."
Scott Adams, God's Debris


"The best you can hope for in a relationship is to find someone whose flaws are the sort you don't mind. It is futile to look for someone who has no flaws, or someone who is capable of significant change; that sort of person exists only in our imaginations."
Scott Adams, God's Debris


"You don't often see math geniuses or logic professors become great leaders. Logic is a detriment to leadership."
Scott Adams, God's Debris


"Then he rang off. Slammed the phone down, presumably. Except that I think it was a mobile phone. How do you slam down a mobile phone? Angrily pressing the off button isn't as expressive, really."
Iain Pears, The Immaculate Deception


"Men fall in love with their eyes, women with their ears."
Rita Mae Brown, Claws and Effect


"Don't waste your time on a pretty man. They're always trouble. Find a guy who works hard and who loves you for you. Okay, maybe he won't be the best-looking guy in the world or the most exciting but you know, for the long run you want a doer, not a looker."
Rita Mae Brown, Claws and Effect


"...lawyers are convenced that no quarrel involving a substantial sum of money should ever be pursued except by lawyers."
Rex Stout, Prisoner's Base


"You should know that your only safe secrets are those you have yourself forgotten."
Rex Stout, Death Of A Doxy