As this blog is produced in a facility that processes sarcasm, individual posts may contain traces of sarcasm.

ACB — The Null Device

What we used to call liberty and freedom we now call privacy. And now people are saying privacy is dead.

Jacob Appelbaum

For the things we have to learn before we can do, we learn by doing.


Les virtuts les obindrem exercitant-les primer, com també ocorre en el cas de les arts. Puix que les coses que hem d'aprendre abans de poder fer-les, les aprenem fent-les.


Una xarxa no és social sense una bona paella.

Arròs Movie

Sorry. The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.


The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.

Pablo Picasso Banksy

'A mistake,' Jennifer said, disgusted. 'You dumb shit, why do you think anybody wants you to sign a contract without reading it? Because it's bad, Hack, it's a bad contract.'

Max Barry — Jennifer Government

Nell'affresco sono una delle figure di sfondo.

Luther Blisset — Q

Non si prosegua l'azione secondo un piano.

Luther Blisset — Q

Nach dem Aufstand des 17. Juni
Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands
In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen
Auf denen zu lesen war, daß das Volk
Das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt habe
Und es nur durch verdoppelte Arbeit
zurückerobern könne. Wäre es da
Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung
Löste das Volk auf und
Wählte ein anderes?

Bertolt Brecht — Die Lösung

Sense cap particular al qual referir-se des d'aquí, l'autor saluda afectuosament el(s) seu(s) lector(s).

Pere Calders — Ronda naval sota la boira

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.

Calvin and Hobbes

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

George Carlin

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate.

Dante Alighieri

Qualcosa sta andando male, qualcos'altro gli si oppone: questa è una crisi.

Girolamo De Michele — La scuola è di tutti

Cal protestar fins i tot quan no serveix de res.

Manuel de Pedrolo

A l'oprimit no se li pot demanar paciència.

Manuel de Pedrolo

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

Philip K. Dick

Stupidity is like nuclear fuel: it can be used for good or evil. But in either case, you don't want to be too close to it.


If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Albert Einstein

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

Albert Einstein

Bisogna al tempo stesso ridere e filosofare.

Epicuro — Lettera a Meneceo

Ací em pariren i ací estic.

Vicent Andrés Estellés

Perquè hi haurà un dia que no podrem més i llavors ho podrem tot.

Vicent Andrés Estellés

Tot el que ens agrada és il·legal o engreixa.

David Fernàndez

Being wrong isn't a bad thing like they teach you in school. It is an opportunity to learn something.

Richard Feynman

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

Richard Feynman

I have no responsibility to live up to what others expect of me. That's their mistake, not my failing.

Richard Feynman

The more you teach, the better you learn. Teaching is a powerful tool to learning.

Richard Feynman

I don't believe in the idea that there are a few peculiar people capable of understanding math and the rest of the world is normal. Math is a human discovery, and it's no more complicated than humans can understand. I had a calculus book once that said, "What one fool can do, another fool can." What we've been able to work out about nature may look abstract and threatening to someone who hasn't studied it, but it was fools who did it, and in the next generation, all the fools will understand it. There's a tendency to pomposity in all this, to make it all deep and profound.

Richard Feynman

Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.

Richard Feynman?

Protesten sin causar molestias y en su tiempo libre.

Manel Fontdevila

¿Qui paga mana? La història i l'experiència de cada dia demostren, almenys, que qui mana cobra. Manar és cobrar —entre altres coses.

Joan Fuster

Reivindiqueu sempre el dret a canviar d'opinió: és el primer que us negaran els vostres enemics.

Joan Fuster

Forma part d'una bona educació saber en quines ocasions cal ser mal educat.

Joan Fuster

Cal no oblidar que tota política que no fem nosaltres, serà feta contra nosaltres.

Joan Fuster — Diccionari per a ociosos

"política" no és sinó l'art o la ciència de convèncer el nostre veí que deu ser conseqüent amb ell mateix i amb la seva dignitat d'home.

Joan Fuster — Diccionari per a ociosos

Ben sovint, gairebé sempre, callar també és mentir.

Joan Fuster — Diccionari per a ociosos

Només hi ha una manera seriosa de llegir, que és rellegir.

Joan Fuster

Qualsevol poder és abús de poder. Això va en la mateixa naturalesa de les coses.

Joan Fuster

La teoria dels homes se superposa a la realitat com una xarxa: no arriba a més. Per fortuna, la seva 'pesca' acostuma a ser fructuosa...

Joan Fuster

Creieu-me, que és una recomanació feta de tot cor. Llegiu Bertrand Russell. No és un filòsof, és un desinfectant.

Joan Fuster

Les lleis les fan els qui estan en condicions de respectar-les —i només perquè hi estan.

Joan Fuster

Tota coincidència entre les teves i les meves és això: pura coincidència.

Joan Fuster — Dicconari per a ociosos

Mentre dormiu us creix la barba: això és el temps.

Joan Fuster — Dicconari per a ociosos

La división internacional del trabajo consiste en que unos países se especializan en ganar y otros en perder.

Eduardo Galeano — Las venas abiertas de América Latina

Sister, time, it be time, ya know wa mean?

William Gibson — Neuromancer

The future is already here — it's just not evenly distributed.

William Gibson — The Economist, December 4, 2003

Time moves in one direction, memory another. We are that strange species that constructs artifacts intended to counter the natural flow of forgetting.

William Gibson — Distrust That Particular Flavor

they were headed into androgenic, systemic, multiplex, serioulsy bad shit

William Gibson — The Peripheral

"West's oeuvre obliquely propels the viewer through an elaborately finite set of iterations, skeins of carnal memory manifesting an exquisite tenderness, but delimited by our mythologies of the real, of body. It isn't about who we are now, but about who we would be, the other." She blinked. "Fucking hell."

William Gibson — The Peripheral

When one teaches, two learn.

Robert A. Heinlein

Special knowledge can be a terrible disadvantage if it leads you too far along a path you cannot explain anymore.

Brian Herbert — Dune: House Harkonnen

You can't install complexity. The only way to implement a large new system is to grow it. Every successful large system was once a successful small system.

Kevin Kelly

Beware of fake quotes on the Internet.

Abraham Lincoln

En cuestiones de cultura y de saber, sólo se pierde lo que se guarda, sólo se gana lo que se da.

Antonio Machado

La libertà che vogliamo noi non è il diritto astratto di fare il proprio volere, ma il potere di farlo.

Errico Malatesta

La llibertat és quan comença l'alba en un dia de vaga general.

Joan Margarit

[La llibertat és] un rei sortint en tren cap a l'exili.

Joan Margarit

You talk of times of peace for all, and then prepare for war.

Midnight Oil

Hi ha gent a qui no li agrada que es parle, s'escriga o es pense en català. És la mateixa gent a qui no li agrada que es parle, s'escriga o es pense.

Ovidi Montllor

Everybody has an opinion on something. I have an opinion on everything. The other day, one of my coworkers asked me where I wanted to go for lunch and I told him I didn't care. That was my opinion. I have an opinion on everything.

Chip Morningstar

Academics get paid for being clever, not for being right.

Donald Norman

As this blog is produced in a facility that processes sarcasm, individual posts may contain traces of sarcasm.

The Null Device

BANG: Bang do invent.
OLUFSEN: Show me.
BANG: Bang fed up lose remote so Bang glue remote to TV look.
OLUFSEN: Brilliant.

Olufsen & Bang

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

George Orwell

Looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery.

George Orwell

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

George Orwell

The above proposition is occasionally useful. [After the proof of 1+1=2]

Bertrand Russell — Principia Mathematica

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.

Bertrand Russell — On the Nature of Acquaintance: Neutral Monism

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

Bertrand Russell — Freedom in Society

To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.

Bertrand Russell — A History of Western Philosophy

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

Bertrand Russell

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Bertrand Russell

We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.

Bertrand Russell

When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.

Bertrand Russell

Education consists in the cultivation of instincts, not in their suppression.

Bertrand Russell — On Education

The more a man has learnt, the easier it is for him to learn still more. (...) No doubt the word 'intelligence' properly signifies rather an aptitude for acquiring knowledge than knowledge already acquired.

Bertrand Russell — On Education

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

Bertrand Russell

Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

Bertrand Russell

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw — Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.

Homer Simpson

But the simplest assumption is that they ignore each other, not unlike scientists working in similar fields.

Dietrich Stauffer and Amnon Aharony — Introduction to percolation theory

Physicists call such an array a square lattice, mathematicians denote it by Z2; common sense identifies it with a big sheet of ruled paper.

Dietrich Stauffer and Amnon Aharony — Introduction to percolation theory

It is not enough to be a good player; you must also play well.

Siegbert Tarrasch

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Marthe Troly-Curtin — Phrynette Married

Ich freue mich, wenn es regnet. Denn wenn ich mich nicht freue, regnet es auch.

Karl Valentin

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

John von Neumann

It is only the attempt to write down your ideas that enables them to develop.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Lluitarem contra el fort mentre siguem febles i contra nosaltres mateixos quan siguem forts.

Lluís Maria Xirinachs

La connerie, contrairement à la richesse, est très bien distribuée.

Les Zapartistes

As vad di can caghèr di viulèn.

Five syllabes here,
seven more syllabes there.
Are you happy now?

Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg?

Madurar és entendre que si estens bé, planxes menys.

Piove, governo ladro!

Sempre he cregut que correlació implica causalitat i tota la vida m'ha anat molt bé.

When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl.

Cites - Martí Cuquet