Unfamiliar Quotations

Technology (see also Internet, Science, and Television)

"The most effective mass transit technology yet devised [is] the elevator." -Paul Krugman

"I’m one of those people that still thinks the dishwasher is a miracle." - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

“A robot dog is man’s best appliance.” – Zay N. Smith

“The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.” Clifford Stoll, computer pundit, 1995.

“Someone said to me, ‘Hey, Asimov, you described a pocket computer a long, long time ago; why didn’t you patent it and become a trillionaire?’ And I said, “Did you notice, perchance, that I only described the outside?’” -Isaac Asimov

"The act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride."  - Ed Orcutt, Washington State representative (R-Kalama)

"PowerPoint was released by Microsoft in 1990 as a way to euthanize cattle."  -Roger Simon

"We would like to be rich enough to throw our venerable typewriter out the window and buy a brand new one of the same make, and throw it out of the window, too." -Arthur Perry

"Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right." -Ani DiFranco

"Computers are useless, they can only give you answers." -Pablo Picasso


"Everything that cuts wood prefers to cut flesh." -Zeke Hoskin

"How could anything so sublimely complicated not be the simple answer?" -John Diamond

"Sooner or later everything becomes a third-class lever." -Terri Weiner


"The difference between us and a computer is that, the computer is blindingly stupid, but it is capable of being stupid many, many million times a second." -Douglas Adams

“I'm quite sure the IT field was invented so that eccentric people would have somewhere warm to gather and work.” - Stephen Ross

“I'm convinced that the main reason cell phones don't have cords is so bystanders can't use them to strangle the callers.” – John M. Floyd

“Printer ink is twice as expensive as Chanel No. 5.” - John Brownlee.