David's Favorite Quotes

This is a random collection of quotes that I've enjoyed over time, and thought I'd make a list of. While I call it my "Favorite Quotes" page, they're in no particular order, and so not necessarily my "favorites" per se, I just like them. Maybe someday I'll organize things differently, though, and that will change, I don't know.

Anyway, on to the quotes:

"It sort of indicates that on a twenty billion dollar program, without tape, plastic and cardboard, you're lost."

-- Jim Lovell, Apolo 13 Astronaut

(In reference to the "square peg in a round whole" procedure of using the command module's air filters in the LEM. He said this while talking on the audio commentary track of the DVD of the Apolo 13 movie.)

"I think this was the second most surreal experience of my life, right behind finding myself standing in the middle of a street outside the closed Honolulu airport at three in the morning, watching the palm trees blow in the breeze and listening to Elvis singing "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" while everybody around me smoked and chatted in German."

-- a friend of mine, let's leave it at that.

"How have they maintained that unkept yet not impossibly overgrown landscaping for 20 years? Is there some landscaping equivalent of those shavers you use to get a 3-day stubble effect?"

-- more from the same friend.

"You have the luxury of not knowing what I know."

-- from A Few Good Men

"If it's one thing I learnt in this life, it's to bite my tongue when I got to, and yell when I don't"

-- Willetta, from the book Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells

"... advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill."

-- Gildor the High Elf, from Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

"The bloody downgrade of civilization comes when we are so confident in what we think that we abandon grace"

-- Meg Fowler, on IRC channel #flychicks, 2004-04-13

"these damn computers keep doing exactly what i tell them, and missing the _point_ entirely"

-- Paul Lambert, 2005-08-17

"funny how those compliments can make you feel so full of it"

-- The Dresden Dolls, from their song Perfect Fit

"Everyone hears what you say.
Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say."

-- [Unknown origin]

"Never, no never give up what you've got 'cause you think there's something better
Chances are there ain't, nowhere...nowhere."

-- Rockapella, from the song "Nowhere"

"The generation of random numbers is too important to leave to chance."

-- a T-shirt

"money doesn't grow on trees, you know. it grows on the internet."

-- seen, of course, on the internet

That's it for now, but I fully expect there will be more in the future.