"There is nothing I can say about myself as a whole simply and completely, without intermingling and admixture. The most universal article of my own Logic is Distinguo. I always mean to speak well of what is good..."
-Michel de Montaigne, "Of the inconstancy of our actions", tr. M.A. Screech
I'd quite forgotten that Long John Silver's promised America free giant shrimp if the Exploration rovers found conclusive evidence of water on Mars. Well, their standards of proof are reasonable enough to follow through, on May 10th. When I will probably not be anywhere in the United States. Still, I will look southward and contemplate our neighbours eating free crustaceans on account of Science, and this will please me no end.
".. if you have the desire for knowledge, and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man you will do nothing: if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say 'What is the use?' For we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg." -Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910-13, final paragraph
"I don't know why anyone would ever steal a movie. Unless of course it's to avoid this commercial which we now play in front of every single movie you could possibly go to, telling you you're bad for stealing even though you just spent $11 to see some movie and instead you have to sit there and listen to me whine at you and accuse you of being a thief." RealVideo stream; thanks, BoingBoing!
"Very soon, one of your deadbeat buds is going to walk down the aisle herself. Maybe she’ll even wed someone in your circle. The guest list for their reception will be similar to yours, and all your friends, older and wiser now, will happily take their seats around the ballroom, testing the fire marshal’s occupancy limits. The drinks will be strong, the decorations bright, the bride beautiful, the bonfires ablaze. And just when the guests are at their most vulnerable – drunk and giddy and lined up in rows for the Electric Slide, you and your husband can kick in the door and go Grendel on their asses."