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"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space - each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision."

-Randall Munroe

Also: "It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... let's go exploring!"

-Calvin

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Teach a man to fish, and he will never be hungry again. Teach mankind to fish, and the oceans will die.
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There is a joke of a German tank commander who was captured and was talking to a GI captor.

GI: So I heard a German tank could kill 5 American tanks for each German tank

German: No, a German tank could kill 10 American tanks for each German tank.

GI: So how did we capture you then.

German: the Americans always brought 11 tanks for 1 of ours.

-From: Quora Digest

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12 minutes ago, DarkOwl57 said:

There is a joke of a German tank commander who was captured and was talking to a GI captor.

GI: So I heard a German tank could kill 5 American tanks for each German tank

German: No, a German tank could kill 10 American tanks for each German tank.

GI: So how did we capture you then.

German: the Americans always brought 11 tanks for 1 of ours.

-From: Quora Digest

Yeah, that was only half a joke. My father was a tanker in WWII, he had some stories. Obligatory quote:

"Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you'll get ten different answers. But there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and all of this…all of this…was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars." - J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5

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Another Quora thing:
 

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Peter Wentworth
Peter Wentworth, 10 years in the USN
 

Yes - I was on the Eisenhower in the Indian Ocean and we stopped the ship for a day. The airdales created a hook out of metal, baited it, and promptly caught a large size shark.

Turned out that in addition to throwing the hook overboard, they had thrown all sorts of meat in the water to chum.

Unbeknownst to them, the reason we had stopped was to send divers over the side to clear out water intakes.

Needless to say, the divers were not all that excited to hear that people had been chumming for sharks while they were in the water!

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Dr. Jackson: Well, I guess we'll have to hold up here awhile till things calm down.
Teal'c: Things will not calm down, Daniel Jackson. They will in fact calm up.

-Stargate SG1 Season 2 Episode 6

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Col. O'Neill: You know, I can navigate my way across the galaxy, but I get lost every time I come to Washington.

Stargate SG1 Season 2 Episode 9

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Col. O'Neill: This where you're keepin' the little green men?
Area 51 officer: There are no alien life forms at Area 51.
Col. O'Neill: [to Teal'c] Present company excluded, of course.

-Stargate SG1 Season 2 Episode 14

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[A guard comes to get the SG-1 team.]
Guard: [in Russian] Вы советские шпионы? [Are you Soviet spies?]
Dr. Jackson: [in Russian] Нет. [No.]
Col. O'Neill: Daniel?
Dr. Jackson: He just asked if we were Soviet spies… oh.
Jack O'Neill: Nyet?!

-Stargate SG1 Season 2 Episode 21

Stargate SG1 is just awesome. I would post more, but I think I've already posted too many.

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"Human nature will obviously never change if all everyone does is complain about how bad it is. Change doesn't come until you stop complaining and start trying."

- Earthlinger, AKA me, in a sci fi book I'm writing.

(Technically, it was one of the characters, but....)

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Some gems from Hermann Oberth

"Our educational system is like an automobile which has strong rear lights, brightly illuminating the past. But looking forward things are barely discernible."

"This is the goal: To make available for life every place where life is possible. To make inhabitable all worlds as yet uninhabitable, and all life purposeful."

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That poem that appears in a lot of KSR's books


I died as mineral and came back as plant,
Died as plant and came back as animal,
Died as animal and came back a man.
Why should I fear? When have I ever lost by dying?
Yet once more I shall die human,
To soar with angels blessed above.
And when I sacrifice my angel soul
I shall become what no mind ever conceived.

Quote originally by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī

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