"True freedom is not that which is ungoverned, for such inevitably infringes on the freedom of others."
"You can choose to not believe in gravity, but that's not going to change the reality... or the consequence of that decision."
Related: "People have defied gravity and we do have airplanes... but gravity still exists and sooner or later, one way or another, that plane is coming down."
"If necessity is the mother of invention, cash-strapped is the father of ingenuity."
"Policy should be directed by common sense. If you leave a cookie on the table when a dwagon is nearby, it ceases being your cookie."
"This is the way it is, the way it's always been and the way it has to be, are great deterrents to progress. These are not the beliefs of innovators, visionaries, or creators of new technology. They are not the sources of growth and improvement. Heavy-conformists build solid foundations; they are seldom architects of the future."
"Hatred never encourages tolerance. Labeling someone a homophobe is just another form of bigotry."
"Censorship is not of itself a bad thing. It's the glue that keeps society from degrading into chaos. Lack of censorship begets anarchy. Those who refuse all censorship will eventually face the consequences of lack of moderation."
"If everyone on earth has a twin somewhere... is it identical or fraternal?"
"Sex is a wonderful thing, a bond between mates and the method by which we procreate. Unfortunately our species seems capable of thinking with only one organ at a time."
"Don't worry about the money. Put your customers first, make them happy, and the money will follow."
"When the record player replaced family musicians, society lost a bit of its humanity."
"Never put visionaries in charge of a company. Let them come up with the ideas. Never put techs in charge of a company. Let them accomplish the ideas. Put a businessman in charge of business... and put the customer in charge of the businessman."
"Once you remove greed and ego as factors, what remains is progress."
"There is nothing more irritating than a person who doesn't know what he's talking about-- except of course a person who does."
"Avoid letting things in life upset you. It's useless to curse at a rock. The rock doesn't care and it's not gonna move."
"It's the little things that count. The difference between functional and non-functional code is one byte."
"If people act like sheep, they will surely be fleeced."
"People don't like thinking beyond the immediate. It causes stress, and often results in the undeniable need for further action."
"There are always consequences for actions. Sometimes they are slow in coming... but they do eventually come. It is better to change one's own path and have no regrets, than to continue on a wrong course and have such change forced upon us. The methods of consequence are not as gentle as our own. The lessons of consequence are not so kind as self-moderation."
"Many people believe that a profitable business is a successful business. I say it's how you earn the profit that makes you successful, not the profit itself. The Mafia is profitable. Only the lowest of people would consider them successful."
"Some people claim that Jesus Christ and Muhatma Ghandi died as financially poor, misguided fools. Consider: people die, both rich and poor. I seriously doubt today's richest men will be remembered 2,000 years from now, or that billions of people will still follow their every word."
"No matter how fancy the decor in your restaurant... it's the food that will keep people coming back."
"Success is significantly determined by who you know. Thanks for nuthin', you bums."
"There is a vast difference between pursuing technology for solar and wind energy... and creating highly radioactive nuclear furnaces. Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should."
"Humankind is the only creature on earth that is endangering the planet itself. Intelligence would seem the seed of stupidity."
"THANKSGIVING: When people celebrate our forefathers coming to a new world... where they slaughtered the inhabitants, stole their land, decimated the buffalo herds and became the turkey's greatest predator. Of course that was over 200 years ago. We'd never do that today. Today we bomb oil-rich countries, punch huge holes in the ozone layer, raid the Social Security fund into near bankruptcy, dump mercury into the oceans and ravage the Amazon rain forests. Thus we can be grateful and give thanks that we haven't yet nuked ourselves off the planet."
"Naivety is a wonderful and peaceful thing... until someone steals it from us."
Wayfinder's Notes on Virtual Reality
"I do not support real life pimps or pedophiles; I will not tolerate virtual ones."
"The way people act in virtual reality where no one knows who they really are, is likely who they really are."
"No company is bulletproof, nor magically immune to the danger of competition. That competition isn't just coming... it's already here. And it's already costing Linden Lab hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. Right here. Right now. And it hasn't even got up a head of steam yet."
"The last time I checked, World of Warcraft had 11.5 million customers... each paying some $15 a month to play the game. Quick math: 11.5 million x $15 = $172.5 million per month. Linden Lab: appx $5 million per month. $5 million isn't chump change, but it's not WoW."
"If someone came to you in RL and offered you a car that was rust eaten, clunky and with no guarantees for $1000 down and $295 a month... would you buy it? We might pay that for a new car that purred like a kitten, but surely not for a backfiring rustbucket. Make wise investments."
"I've done business with companies that would fall all over themselves to retain a $50 a year subscriber. Linden Lab doesn't seem to care about someone spending over $13,000 annually. What does that say for the future of this company?"
Favorite quotes from other folks:
"Some people are so open-minded their brains fall out."
-- Rick Warren
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
-- Thomas Jefferson.
"The very definition of insanity is to follow the same destructive course, expecting the outcome to somehow be different."
-- paraphrase from popular ancient folk wisdom
"The way things are going in fashion, there will soon be nothing left for prostitutes to wear."
-- Bill Maher
"We should always respect our elders. I don't have to respect anyone."
"The ignorant man simply doesn't know. There is no shame in that. The stupid man knows, and does so anyway. There is no excuse for that."
-- my father
"I can afford to buy the biggest steak I can eat. How much more does a man need?"
-- Richard (an old friend)
"You want to be profitable in the restaurant business? Charge customers a reasonable amount, and give them more food than they can eat."
-- Robert (another friend)
"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard', I am always tempted to ask: Compared to what?"
-- Sydney Harris
"When you choose to seek revenge, dig two graves."
-- ancient Chinese proverb
"Always deal honestly with others, then you won't have to worry about lies coming back to haunt you."
-- my father
"Life is too important to be taken seriously."
-- Oscar Wilde
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
-- Bill Cosby
"I like cats. I just can't eat a whole one by myself."
-- Author wisely unknown
"Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?"
"When you die life becomes simpler on so many levels."
-- Eli, a friend of mine making a satirical comment on the human condition
"Bad behavior gets noticed far more than good behavior, because it triggers parts of the brain responsible for threat assessment."
"Whatever a man is sowing, this he shall also reap."
-- Jesus Christ