Civics & Social Justice
- To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice. ... We have a system of justice in [the US] that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent. Wealth, not culpability, shapes outcomes.
- If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; But if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
- Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
- The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.
- Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.
- I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
- Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed; it's the only thing that ever has.
- I believe that the place for all of us to start in the schools is with a deeper understanding of the nature of pluralism. I think of tolerance as a minimal moral duty calling for simple noninterference. It is the obligation to bear, or to put up with, different points of views and beliefs. I think of diversity as an empirical term that carries with it no moral obligation. It merely describes a state of difference or variety. It does not enjoin us even to respect this difference, let alone celebrate it, as so many educators think. Pluralism, however, is a thicker term than those two, containing significant moral meaning and implications for us as educators.
-Robert J. Nash
- There is a demand in these days for men who can make wrong appear right.
- Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have... the course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Communication & Creativity
- Drama is life with the dull bits left out.
- If there is any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know: it's almost impossible to succeed. But... who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.
-Celine in Before Sunrise
- Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
-Edgar Allan Poe
- The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
- One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- If the eye cannot see it, The hand cannot make it, If the tongs will not hold it, The hammer cannot hit it, If you cannot remember it, Forget it.
- Rigor is not a substitute for imagination.
- The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that is has taken place.
-George Bernard Shaw
- I don't need luck. I've got imagination.
-Jim Kelley, Junk Brothers
- Don't confuse the quality of an idea with the ability to express it.
- Chance favors only the prepared mind.
- You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
- Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
- You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
-Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
- Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.
-Rita Mae Brown
- For there are only two worlds--your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. These worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. Provide a dream, and power, provide refuge, and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist; and thus they are all that matters.
-Titania in The Books of Magic
- Freedom from judgment is the essence of creativity.
- Creativity is all about how many rules you can forget about.
- There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
-W. Somerset Maugham
- The game designer's principal goal is to create entertaining gameplay. The purpose of the interface is to make that entertainment accessible.
-Bruce Shelly, Ensemble Studio
- ...[M]anaging a cyberspace world is not like managing the world inside a single-user application or even a conventional online service. Instead, it is more like governing an actual nation. Cyberspace architects will benefit from study of the principles of sociology and economics as much as from the principles of computer science.
-Chip Morningstar and F. Randall Farmer
- As a game designer you are an absolute god. One kind of god says, "O.K., now this leaf will fall a little bit here, and then this wind will blow a bit over there." The other kind of god says, "Here are the laws of physics. Go for it."
- Any system that must regulate its discourse by social pressure and convention rather than by clearly defined regulations is more than a game--both more real and more perilous.
- It's never just a game when you're winning.
- Indeed, what is a 'career' or a 'vocation' except a role-playing game extended over an adult lifetime?
- If the space of possibility of a game is large enough, players will find ways to create their own roles and styles of play.
-Salen and Zimmerman (2004)
Groups & Leadership
- The wrong job betrays you.
- If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
- People will rise or sink to your expectations.
- You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long.
- Wearing the same shirts doesn't make a team.
-Buchholz and Roth
- It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear.
- Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.
-H. Ross Perot
- The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
- If you don't know where you are going, you're likely to end up somewhere else. (Peter's Principle states that employees within a hierarchical organization will advance to their highest level of competence, be promoted to a level at which they are incompetent, and then stay in that position.)
-Lawrence J. Peter
- Customer experience is the best form of marketing possible.
- Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I dream of things that never were and say, Why not?
- It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
- When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
- If we had no faults ourselves, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
- By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, 'There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.' But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.
-AA Milne, The House At Pooh Corner
- We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
-Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator
- Candy doesn't have to have a point. That's why it's candy.
-Charlie in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (2005)
- The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
- You need an intuitive sense for answering the question that needs to be answered, not just the question that's being asked. This same intuitive sense should also tell you where to invest your energies. When you have so many balls in the air, the trick is to drop the ones that are rubber and not the ones that are glass.
- The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the relevation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
- You are not truly alive until you have found something that you are willing to die for.
- The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. Just as in life, the aim is not to conquer but to struggle well.
-Pierre De Coubertin
- A longing for the dance stirs in the buried life.
- You are not the car you drive.
-Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) in Fight Club
- To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
- To go... from a small here, to a greater. That is to be living. But to go from the great to the small? ...that is death.
-Wobbly in The Books of Magic: Reckonings
Media, Technology, & Culture
- If your culture doesn't like geeks, you are in real trouble.
- Culture and technology exist in a dynamic reciprocal relationship. Culture comprehends technology through the means of narratives or myths, and those narratives influence the future shape and purposes of technology. The culture-technology circuit is at the heart of cultural evolution.
-Brenda Laurel in Utopian Entrepreneur (p. 102)
- When artists and philosophers talk only amongst themselves, they ignore the potential of popular culture to become a variety of dialogues with and between everyday people. Its discourse may be productive of desire and pleasure, but popular culture is also a language in which people discuss politics, religion, ethics, and action.
-Brenda Laurel in Utopian Entrepreneur (p. 11)
- Some will say The New Circus is not a real circus.
- In a world that daily disconnects further from truth, more and more people accept the virtual in place of the real, and all things virtual are also malleable.
-Dean Koontz (The Good Guy, p. 147)
- Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
- Don't hate the media, become the media.
- But does the app have a lap?
- A brand is no longer what we tell the customer it is--it is what customers tell each other it is.
- Nothing could be more absurd than an experiment in which computers are placed in a classroom where nothing else is changed.
- What's the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we're willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?
Research & Science
Systems Thinking & Cognitive Flexibility
- 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.
- Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts.
- The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.
-David M. Ogilvy
- There is always a well-known solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong.
-H. L. Mencken
- We create our systems, and our systems create us.
- Dividing an elephant in half does not produce two small elephants.
- Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean.
Teaching & Learning