Ronnie's Favorite Quotes

"Life is short but Baseball is shorter"

- Sadaharu Oh, World's all-time home run champion

"Baseball science isn't rocket science, it's a lot harder."
- Robert K. Adair, professor emeritus at Yale and author of "The Physics of Baseball"

"I'll sleep when I'm dead"
- Warren Zevon

"Make no appointments and you'll have no disappointments"
- Swami Satchitananda, that funny little guy that was at Woodstock

"A man that ain't willin' to cheat for a poke don't want it bad enough"
- Augustus McRae in "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry

"You know why I call him Ozone Man ?" the president said. "This guy is so far out in the environmental extreme, we'll be up to our neck in owls and outta work for every American. He is way out, far out, man."
- George Herbert Walker Bush at a midday campaign rally in Michigan, October 29, 1992

"Before Gutenberg, language was freeze-stored in huge, expensive immovable-type manuscripts. These Iluminated Main Frames were located in the palaces of Pope, Bishop, King or Duke and guarded by socially-alienated nerds with security clearances who understood the arcane programmer language called Latin."
- From "The New Literacy : Electronic Language" by Dr. Timothy Leary

"Wish I knew everyone's nickname, all their slang and all their sayings. Every way to show affection, how to dress to fit the occasion .. Wish we all waved .. All waved .. All waved .. I wish we all! Wish we all! Wish we all waved .. "
- Jane's Addiction

"Verum est ... quod superius est sicut quod inferius et quod inferius est sicut quod superius, ad perpetrando miracula rei unius."
The truth is that what is above is like what is below and what is below is like what is above, to accomplish the miracles of the one thing.
- Hermes Trismegistus*

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
- Robert Heinlein

Everything Q ever said.

"Some Silicon Valley high-tech companies are like the Soviet Union under Brezhnev - still working on the centralized heavy industry model. With little concern for the individual home consumer. In many ways, Silicon Valley reminds me of a digital Detroit."

- From "The Virtual Realities of Timothy Leary", Upside April 1990

"Don't fool around with the masks of reality until you can handle the reality of masks."
- Robert Anton Wilson from "Cosmic Trigger Volume III"

"Evidently he mainly liked to preach, fuck and play the guitar, preferences that are hardly unique in the annals of dipshit gurus."
- Larry McMurtry writing on David Koresh in "The New Republic" 7 Jun 1993

"By 2000, every human being over the age of five will be wearing cybergear and will require a constant flow of info-realities, digital data stored and accessed in hyper-text, open-architected repositories. Think of these as mountain ranges of archives, oceans of digital libraries, jungles of digitized images."
- From "The Virtual Realities of Timothy Leary", Upside April 1990

"So we bleed her just enough to try and provide for the less fortunate, but not enough to kill her. She's also a ravenous, myopic, and messy bird who would gobble up all the resources and crap all over the environment if left to her own devices. So we try and pen her up and limit her plate. And she responds by giving us smaller eggs. Now the goose is anemic. What to do, what to do?"
- Tim Ruckle on Capitalism as the goose that lays the golden egg

"It is dangerous to understand new things too quickly."
- Josiah Warren, the father of linguistic analysis

"And no matter how spacey and hallucinatory it may sound, we come to two unquestionable facts: the average American now spends seven hours a day peering through the window into the electronosphere, and 600,000 kids used their power gloves to stick their hands through that window last Christmas."
- From "The Virtual Realities of Timothy Leary", Upside April 1990

"We can't afford as a society to protect pedophiles and criminals today just to keep alive the far-fetched notion that some future tyrant will be brought down by guerrillas wearing bandoleers and pocket protectors and sending PGP-encrypted messages to each other across cyberspace."
- Stewart A. Baker, Chief Counsel for the National Security Agency

"[Music is] a hard game to enter at my age . . . I'd like to have it like it used to be, but there's censorship going on . . . California music was born from the people that came out here in the Depression, the _Grapes_of_Wrath_ people that Steinbeck wrote about. They wound up out here and built houses and beer joints. So what you got here is barroom music from a bunch of sincere, hardworking old boys like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens and Wynn Stewart and Skeets McDonald and people like that who were appreciated by those knock-down, drag-out dancing, oil-field working, cotton-picking people. They've never seen people like that in Nashville. They only hear about them in songs."

- Country music legend Merle Haggard, quoted in the Edmonton Alberta Journal, April 27, 2001.

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