Man studied birds for centuries, trying to learn how to make a machine to fly like them. He never did do the trick; his final success came when he broke away entirely and tried new methods.
History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, 'Can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club.
We presuppose two things: that there is yet to be learned infinitely more than is now known, and that man can learn it.
Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely.
Write me a creature that thinks as well as a man or better than a man, but not like a man.
Never accept the initial premise of the opposition.
That's the trouble with languages. They have to be learned.
No literature is sound, no philosophy of action workable, if it doesn't take a hard look at itself.
Generally, a desirable, practically attainable idea, suggested in prophecy, has a chance of forcing itself into reality by its very existence.
Science is not a sacred cow-but there are a large number of would-be sacred cowherds busily devoting quantities of time, energy and effort to the task of making it one, so they can be sacred cowherds.
Pioneering basically amounts to finding new and more horrible ways to die
There's nothing quite so stultifying as having someone around who has all the answers-and gives them to you.
It was the law that if a white man was caught trying to educate a Negro slave, he was liable to prosecution entailing a fine of fifty dollars and a jail sentence. . . Our ignorance was the greatest hold the South had on us. We knew we could run away, but what then?
Too darned good a machine can be a menace, not a help.
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