Quotes and other assorted aphorisms

Nothing in excess. Μηδὲν ἄγαν.

One of the Delphic maxims inscribed on the forecourt of the temple of Apollon in Delphi

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Robert J. Hanlon, as quoted in Murphy’s Law Book Two: More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong (11980)

ANDY (Considine): You do know there are more guns in the country than there are in the city. Everyone and their mums is packin’ round here!

NICHOLAS (Pegg): Like who?

ANDY: Farmers.

NICHOLAS: Who else?

ANDY: Farmers’ mums.

Hot Fuzz (12007), written by Edgar Wright, performed by Paddy Considine and Simon Pegg

No (×42)

Thom Yorke of Radiohead, “A Punchup at a Wedding”, Hail to the Thief (2003)

The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it’s to post the wrong answer.

Steven McGeady, paraphrasing Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki

A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.

אַ שפּראַך איז אַ דיאַלעקט מיט אַן אַרמיי און פֿלאָט

Max Weinreich

‘I have this plan,’ Merlin says, ‘that for each formal scientific paper I ever publish, I will also write its dark twin, its underground mirror-piece — the true story of how the data for that cool, tidy hypothesis-evidence-proof paper actually got acquired. I want to write about the happenstance and the shaved bumblebees and the pissing monkeys and the drunken conversations and the fuck-ups that actually bring science into being. This is the frothy, mad network that underlies and interconnects all scientific knowledge — but about which we so rarely say anything.’

Robert Macfarlane, Underland (12019), pg. 108