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David Brin Quotes

What point was there in pursuing an ever-elusive popularity?
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Creative people see Prometheus in a mirror, never Pandora.

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Prison for the crime of puberty
that was how secondary school had seemed.

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Reciprocal accountability, or criticism [is] the only known antidote to error.

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In the end, the work of diplomats continues even while others fight. So, it's not necessarily true that everyone needs to march.

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I would normally never set out to write a trilogy.

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Other generations perceived a plethora of swords hanging over their heads. But generally what they feared were shadows, for neither they nor their gods could actually end the world. Fate might reap an individual, a family, or even a whole nation, but not the entire world. Not then.
We, in the mid-twenty-first century, are the first to look up at a sword we ourselves forged, and know, with absolute certainty, it is real ...

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It may be that the best time for Otherness has already passed. Clearly part of the basis for this renaissance has been wealth, especially the unprecedented comfort enjoyed by the vast majority of Westerners since World War II, in which very few of us can even conceive of starving

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Would we be tormenting ourselves over the Kennedy assassination today if fifty cameras had been rolling, instead of just poor Abraham Zapruder's?

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Socrates, Plato, Jesus, Buddha and countless other mystics, in countless cultures, have preached the same thing
that we all exist amid a blur of uncertainty. That one can never know complete truth about physical reality via our senses alone. Much is made of the differences between their systems ... Socrates teaching reason, Buddha urging meditation, and Jesus prescribing faith. But what they all had in common was far more important. Each of those sage-prophets worried that the power of human egotism tends to make us lie to ourselves, leading to error, hypocrisy, and all too often, the rationalization of evil actions.

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It takes great wisdom, maturity, and force of will to overcome ingrained human egotism and say
"Hey, I can fool myself! I might even be wrong, from time to time."

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Obviously they thought their Lord was giving the haughty tirbeswoman

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Patience is fine, but I'm not going to stop asking the Universe to make sense!

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Science has learned recently that contempt and indignation are addictive mental states. I mean physically and chemically addictive. Literally! People who are self-righteous a lot are apparently doping themselves rhythmically with auto-secreted surges of dopamine, endorphins and enkephalins. Didn't you ever ask yourself why indignation feels so good?

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Beware of assumptions that seem "obvious" in one decade. They may become quaint in the next.

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Alas, criticism has always been what human beings, especially leaders, most hate to hear.

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