Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion.
— Adams, Scott. The Dilbert Principle. New York: HarperBusiness, 1996, p. 76.
We do not do what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are — that is the fact.
— Jean Paul Sartre. Situations, II. 1939.
More and more makes a hunger for less.
— Uncle Tupelo. “Fall Down Easy”. Still Feel Gone. 1991.
This is a fundamental notion of the Web Dream: you don't really need a commodity to get rich. People will pay for... your concept!
— Quittner, Josh. “Web Dreams”. Wired 4.11. November 1996. p. 168.
The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
— Harry S. Truman according to Merle Miller in Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, ch. 23. 1974.
Cool is all about trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents.
— Alexander, Donnell. “Cool Like Me”. Shiny Adidas Tracksuits and the Death of Camp. New York: Berkley Boulevard Books, 1998. p. 49.
The secret, I don't know... I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life.
— Max Fischer, Rushmore, 1998.
Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing.
— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. City Limits. London, 11 March 1983.