"The cost of rewrite is staggering, but the cost of perfect foresight is infinite." -- Lawrence Curcio, 04/04/2005

"Human subtelty will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous." -- Leonardo da Vinci

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence." -- Leonardo da Vinci

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death." -- Leonardo da Vinci

"A very rich person would leave his kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing" -- Warren Buffet

"The soul never thinks without a picture." -- Aristotle

"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." -- Aristotle

"As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet. In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart sustaineth him; and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out." -- Aristotle

"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." -- Aristotle

"Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular." -- Aristotle

"Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities." -- Aristotle

"Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms." -- Aristotle

"The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold." -- Aristotle

"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage." -- H. L. Mencken

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." -- Helen Keller

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My heart is in the work." -- Andrew Carnegie

"Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." -- Ronald Reagan

"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." -- Ronald Reagan

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." -- Barry Goldwater

"In the Soviet Union, the future is known; it's the past that is always changing." -- old Soviet dissident joke

"A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"No man is a failure who is enjoying life." -- William Feather

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." -- Abraham Lincoln

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." -- Abraham Lincoln

"I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me." -- Abraham Lincoln

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- Abraham Lincoln

"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." -- Thomas Jefferson

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be sacred or liberty cannot exist." -- John Adams

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." -- John Adams

"Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable." -- Mark Twain

"And computer simulations set out to prove any convenient hypothesis are a sure bet." -- Douglas A. Bauman

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics." -- (Mark Twain or Benjamin Disraeli)

"And then there are damned computer models/simulations." -- Douglas Bauman

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out" -- Ronald Reagan

"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, simply to swell its ranks." -- Ronald Reagan, 1975

"There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion." -- Winston Churchill

"There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain." -- Plato

"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people." -- Theodore Roosevelt

George Washington, in his farewell address to the American people as he was leaving the presidency, spoke about the amending of the Constitution:
"If in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional power be in any particular [manner] wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way in which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation, for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. "

It was about the same time that a British professor named Alexander Fraser Tyler wrote:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse (defined as a liberal gift) out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship."

Alexander Hamilton [first Secretary of the Treasury] was aware of this tendency of a democratic form of government to be torn apart by itself, and he has been quoted as writing:
"We are now forming a republican form of government. Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon turn into a monarchy (or some other form of dictatorship)."

"Jim (Henson) had a sense of humor that just sorted out life. And, you know, too much of life for most people is involved in picking what are fairly petty things and turning them into deep tragedies and horrible melodramas. And Jim always cut through that." -- Jerry Juhl

"It's okay to be different, to embrace what makes you special, and to be proud of it." -- from the book "It's Not Easy Being Green" about Jim Henson

"What of architectural beauty I now see, I know has gradually grown from within outward, out of the necessities and character of the indweller, who is the only builder -- out of some unconscious truthfulness, and nobleness, without ever a thought for the appearance and whatever additional beauty of this kind is destined to be produced will be preceded by a like unconscious beauty of life." -- Henry David Thoreau
If you think about it, even though Thoreau was speaking about architecture; if you transpose this quote, it just about describes evolution. And when I look at nature, I see beauty, yet all that beauty was invented, not with any style or artificial facade in mind, but for function alone; yet there it all is, and it is -- beautiful. -- Douglas A. Bauman

"If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life, as from that dry and parching wind of the African deserts called the simoom, which fills the mouth and nose and ears and eyes with dust till you are suffocated, for fear that I should get some of his good done to me -- some of its virus mingled with my blood. No -- in this case I would rather suffer evil the natural way. A man is not a good man to me because he will feed me if I should be starving, or warm me if I should be freezing, or pull me out of a ditch if I should ever fall into one. I can find you a Newfoundland dog that will do as much." -- Henry David Thoreau

   "To men of sensibility
   The lesson here is plain to see:
   Arrays are used by clods like me,
   But only LISP can make a tree."
       -- The Great Quux

"Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer." -- Ludwig von Mises

"If we get into war it will be in this country, too. A bureaucracy would take over right off. Everything we hold dear would be gone. They tell me that after 1918 we got it all back again. But this is different. There's a different patter in the world." -- Joseph Kennedy in 1940; he was right, the bureaucracy today is huge, WWII was the excuse, but politicians and bureaucracies desire to wield power is the real reason.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world. Among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are. The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength. It is war-worn Hotspur, spent with hard fighting, he of the many errors and valiant end, over whose memory we love to linger, not over the memory of the young lord who 'but for the vile guns would have been a valiant soldier.'" -- Theodore Roosevelt

"To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy." -- Thomas Jefferson; in an 1820 letter to William C. Jarvis

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river." -- Nikita Khrushchev

"An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can't nail them to a wall." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism... but only through the direct responsibility of the individual." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"'Think simple' as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"To simplify: it's a methodology that applies to every discipline or field." -- Douglas A. Bauman

"The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity." -- Doug Horton

"Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant." -- Doug Horton

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing." -- Robert Benchley

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." -- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." -- William Shakespeare

"Art made tongue-tied by authority." -- William Shakespeare

"How now, wit! Whither wander you?" -- William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark -- William Shakespeare
SCENE II. A hall in the castle. HAMLET
Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to
you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it,
as many of your players do, I had as lief the
town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air
too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently;
for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say,
the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget
a temperance that may give it smoothness. O, it
offends me to the soul to hear a robustious
periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to
very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who
for the most part are capable of nothing but
inexplicable dumbshows and noise: I would have such
a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it
out-herods Herod: pray you, avoid it.
First Player
I warrant your honour.
Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion
be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the
word to the action; with this special o'erstep not
the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is
from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the
first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the
mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature,
scorn her own image, and the very age and body of
the time his form and pressure. Now this overdone,
or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful
laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the
censure of the which one must in your allowance
o'erweigh a whole theatre of others. O, there be
players that I have seen play, and heard others
praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely,
that, neither having the accent of Christians nor
the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so
strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of
nature's journeymen had made men and not made them
well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
First Player
I hope we have reformed that indifferently with us,
O, reform it altogether. And let those that play
your clowns speak no more than is set down for them;
for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to
set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh
too; though, in the mean time, some necessary
question of the play be then to be considered:
that's villanous, and shows a most pitiful ambition
in the fool that uses it. Go, make you ready.
Exeunt Players

"Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." -- Mark Twain

"A fool and his money are soon elected." -- Will Rogers

"Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality." -- Nikola Tesla (1857 - 1943), Modern Mechanics and Inventions, July, 1934

"Too many of today's scientists are bent on their bias, that global warming is accelerating, due primarily to man's industrial and technological advances. They build computer models based on their hypothesis, extrapolating from too little real world data in hypothetical manners that break down again and again. When the data starts to deviate from their model, they simply adjust the model. When the deviation is substantial enough to be ridiculous, they invent a new model: an impending ice age that is caused by global warming. And worst of all, the media gives them a pass by advancing every circumstantial claim that the slightest little thing is further proof of global warming. Give me a break." -- Douglas A. Bauman

"The best way to hide something is to put it out in plain sight; like a signature text for email :)" -- Douglas A. Bauman

"Pictures, music and words are man's greatest enduring legacy." -- Douglas A. Bauman

"A reunion brings together an eclectic mix of old friends for an ad-hock Breakfast Club." -- Douglas A. Bauman

"A child's curiosity often leads to a parent's introspection." -- Douglas A. Bauman

A wise man once said: "Don't ever try to figure out why something that is broken does not work, the proper thing is to fix it and be reassured that it follows it's designed function in the proper manner." -- Douglas A. Bauman

"Still stuck on NGF" -- Douglas A. Bauman

Listen to the dawn chorus,
as early birds sing their song,
sung perhaps not just for us,
yet believed as we belong.

And I perceive not randomness,
but music to my ears,
I hear an oral symphony,
methinks pure thought appears.

Nature enchants with her delightful qualities
Those particular characteristics that attract
A breezy inexplicable magical charm
Mischieviously woven yet inexact.
-- Douglas A. Bauman

"Enigmatic beauty requiring adroitness neither gainsaid nor assailed" (describing pictures) -- Douglas A. Bauman

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