Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953):
"With school turning out more runners, jumpers,
racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and
swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers,
and imaginative creators, the word `intellectual,' of
course, became the swear word it deserved to be.
You always dread the unfamiliar."
Give the people contests they win by remembering
the words to more popular songs or the names of
year. Cram them full of non-combustible data,
chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel
stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information.
of motion without moving. And they'll be happy,
because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give
them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology
to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."
Star Trek Voyager Resolutions
Chakotay: I can't sacrifice the
present waiting for a future that
may never happen.
"If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works,
the first thing you have on your hands is a
non-working cat. Life is a level of complexity that
almost lies outside our vision; it is so far beyond
anything we have any means of understanding that
different class of matter; 'life', something that had a
mysterious essence about it, was god given'and
that's the only explanation we had. The bombshell
comes in 1859 when Darwin publishes 'On the
Origin of Species'. It takes a long time before we
really get to grips with this and begin to understand
it, because not only does it seem incredible and
thoroughly demeaning to us, but it's yet another
shock to our system to discover that not only are
we not the centre of the Universe and we're not
made of anything, but we started out as some kind
of slime and got to where we are via being a
monkey. It just doesn't read well."