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Old 06-05-2016, 03:52 PM   #1
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The Greatest Science Fiction Quotes of all Time

(one is probably already in trouble by claiming 'the greatest of all time' but)

"Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage."
- Ray Bradbury

"..science fiction is something that could happen - but usually you wouldn't want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn't happen - though often you only wish that it could."
- Arthur C. Clarke

"If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others."
- Philip K. Dick

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
- Robert A. Heinlein (Time Enough for Love)



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Old 06-05-2016, 10:05 PM   #2
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:02 PM   #4
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:42 AM   #5
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"I am not defeated I am merely detained on the way to victory."
- Elizabeth Moon, "Rules of Engagement."

"Live long and prosper." - Spock (Star Trek)

“Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. - Babylon 5

"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." - Arthur C Clarke

"I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical." - Arthur C Clarke

*"If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others." Philip K. Dick
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Old 06-27-2016, 03:56 AM   #6
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“Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
That is _so_ tempting to believe. If only things were so simple. Still, it's a great quote.
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Old 06-27-2016, 01:31 PM   #7
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Old 06-27-2016, 01:32 PM   #8
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Every impossible rule has its loopholes; every general prohibition creates its bootleggers.
—Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Love those "Notebooks of Lazarus Long!"

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That is _so_ tempting to believe. If only things were so simple. Still, it's a great quote.
You don't believe it?
"That is why you fail."
--same character, same movie.

Seriously, what's not to believe? It's not a promise you'll always succeed, it a statement that you need to have the right attitude, and that self doubt makes you less effective.
Be fully committed and do your best.
But remember, even Yoda had backup plans. It's not like he thought "do" would always work, just that a half-hearted "try" will often fail.

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