John Fisher
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MIT CSAIL


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-R.C. Johnson...as told to me by Marion Bartlett

Measure with micrometer. Mark with Chalk. Cut with axe.

-Andrew Mitchell

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

-Thomas Jefferson

You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.

-General Charles James Napier, in response to complaints on the prohibition of the practice of Sati.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

-variously attributed to Maritin Luther (1483-1546), Martin Luther King, Jr., and St. Francis of Assisi

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong, it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

-Douglas Adams

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal".

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate - we cannot consecrate - we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


-Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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