Onward, Fools, into the Future — a short story

Posted on 2014 April 24


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The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn. — H.G. Wells

We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. — The Wizard of Oz

Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised. — Dan in Real Life

We should reward people, not ridicule them, for thinking the impossible. — N.N. Taleb

All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so. — Cloud Atlas

How far can we anticipate the habitations and ways, the usages and adventures, the mighty employments, the ever increasing knowledge and power of the days to come? No more than a child with its scribbling paper and its box of bricks can picture or model the undertakings of its adult years. — H.G. Wells

One shall be born from small beginnings which will rapidly become vast. This will respect no created thing, rather will it, by its power, transform almost every thing from its own nature into another. — Leonardo da Vinci

Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension. — Albert Einstein

You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. — Lord of the Rings

We can’t predict what that will be or when we will find it because if we knew that, we would have found it already! — Stephen Hawking

Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds, terrifying monsters, impossible things. — Doctor Who

Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. — Frankenstein

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. — Nikola Tesla

Whoever concerns himself with big technology, either to push it forward or to stop it, is gambling in human lives. — Freeman Dyson

We scientists are clever, too clever. Are you not satisfied? Is four square miles in one bomb not enough? Men are still thinking. Just tell us how big you want it! — Richard Feynman

It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever. — This Is Spinal Tap

Avoid studies of which the result dies with the worker. — Leonardo da Vinci

Never solve a puzzle that opens the gates of Hell. — anonymous

Back off, man. I’m a scientist. — Ghostbusters

Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop. — Carl Sagan

You need people of intelligence on this sort of… mission… quest… thing. — Lord of the Rings

Life will find a way. — Jurassic Park

Sometimes ya just gotta roll the dice. — Paul

To infinity, and beyond! — Toy Story

I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. — Arthur C. Clarke

I am a machine. — Terminator 3

Resistance is futile! — Star Trek

Houston, we’ve had a problem. — John Swigert

What are you gonna do, talk the alien to death? — James Cameron

This is one of those disasters waiting to happen. You know, one of the big ones that only cockroaches survive? — Sweet Home Alabama

. . . even the stars will fade out . . . — Jack Kerouac

So, the year 5 billion. The Sun expands, the Earth gets roasted. — Doctor Who