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What's with the quotes?

When I was in college, my physics text had a quote at the start of each chapter. Sometimes, they even had something to do with the contents of the chapter, although, even then, it was in some strange esoteric way, or by way of a really bad pun.

I determined at that time that, if I ever wrote a book, I would do the same thing, prefacing each chapter with a quote that had some significance to me, but was not otherwise particularly relevant. I also try to do this in my articles when possible.

Additionally, I play a game with some of my friends, where I am permitted to speak only in Rush or Fleetwood Mac quotes, and they are permitted to speak only in particular things such as quotes from the early church fathers, movies, or Star Trek episodes. But I digress.

This is an attempt to explain a few of these quotes, or at least tell you where they are from. I Hope you enjoy them.

Chapter 1: Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum viditur. [ More ]

Chapter 2: Everything that Mr. Smallweed's grandfather ever put away in his mind was a grub at first, and is a grub at last. In all his life, he has never bred a single butterfly. [ More ]

Chapter 3: There are two kinds of fool. One says, "This is old, and therefore good." And one says "This is new, and therefore better." [ More ]

Chapter 4: Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth; And danced the sky with laughter-silvered wings. [ More ]

Chapter 5: Software suppliers are trying to make their software packages more user-friendly ... Their best approach, so far, has been to take all the old brochures, and stamp the words, 'user-friendly' on the cover. [ More ]

Chapter 6: And everyone said, "If we only live, We too will go to sea in a Sieve -- To the hills of the Chankly Bore!" [ More ]

Chapter 7: Pilgrim, how you journey on the road you chose to find out where the winds die and where the stories go [ More ]

Chapter 8: Whoever we are, we will become what is said about us. [ More ]

Chapter 9: When you've only got two ducks, they're always in a row [ More ]

Chapter 10: In a defeat there would be a roundabout vindication of himself. He thought it would prove, in a manner, that he had fled earlier because of his superior powers of perception. A serious prophet upon predicting a flood should be the first man to climb a tree. This would demonstrate that he was indeed a seer. [ More ]

Chapter 11: And memories, he knew, were not glass treasures to be kept locked within a box. They were bright ribbons to be hung in the wind. [ More ]

Chapter 12: "Better run for your life!" cried the Mad Hatter "Alright," said Alice ... "I'm going back ... To the other side of the mirror" [ More ]

Chapter 13: It's hard, this far into the revolution, to remember what you're fighting for. [ More ]

Chapter 14: "His voice," thought Will, "I never noticed. It's the same color as his hair." [ More ]

Chapter 15: It seems to me, as we make our own few circles 'round the sun, we get it backwards and our seven years go by like one. [ More ]

Chapter 16: Don't clarify things I already understand. It only confuses me. [ More ]

Chapter 17: These, then, were the mountains, which the Lutherans believe they can remove with their faith. I greatly doubt it. [ More ]

Chapter 18: Programming is an art form that fights back [ More ]

Chapter 19: Probably the last man who knew how it worked has been tortured to death years before. Or as soon as it was installed. Killing the creator was a traditional method of patent protection. [ More ]

Chapter 20: Some people are heroes. And some people jot down notes. Sometimes, they're the same person. [ More ]

Chapter 21: Mr. Cruncher himself always spoke of the year of our Lord as Anna Dominoes: apparently under the impression that the Christian era dated from the invention of a popular game, by a lady who had bestowed her name upon it. [ More ]

Chapter 22: The only system which is truly secure is one which is switched off and unplugged, locked in a titanium lined safe, buried in a concrete bunker, and is surrounded by nerve gas and very highly paid armed guards. Even then, I wouldn't stake my life on it. [ More ]

Chapter 23: I got remote control and a color T.V. I don't change the channels so they must change me [ More ]

Chapter 24: Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, that I may wet my brain and say something clever [ More ]

Chapter 25: "While I'm still confused and uncertain, it's on a much higher plane, d'you see, and at least I know I'm bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe."
Treatle nodded. "I hadn't looked at it like that," he said, "But you're absolutely right. He's really pushed back the boundaries of ignorance."
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Chapter 26: We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. [ More ]

Chapter 27: My girl came to the study and said Help me; I told her I had a time problem which meant: I would die for you but I don't have ten minutes. [ More ]