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"This was not done by blaculas, but I'm not willing to rule out Caucasian vampires."
Jefferson Twilight, Blacula Hunter, The Venture Bros.

The Spy: Haw Haw! What are you going to do, run five miles away and shoot me?
The Sniper: Ye- No... (How did he know?)

"An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less."
Nicholas Murray Butler

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

"Let no way be my way."

"I built a comp-sci major and the game locked me in a room with a robo-bully and his fully automatic arm cannon."
Penny Arcade, on the boss battles in Deus Ex: Human Revolution

"He who is skilled with a hammer thinks everything is a nail."
Abraham Maslow

Jeremy Clarkson: Unlike James', mine is white. It's also absolutely excellent. The tiller on the front is used for mine-clearance, but it can also be used for pulling down houses... in my mind. [looks away] What?
Richard Hammond: It's a bit focused on one thing, isn't it? Mine clearance. That's what it is: a mine clearing machine.
Jeremy: Yes.
Richard: But we're not clearing mines, we're knocking a house down. You've focused on one thing, and we're not doing that thing.
James May: It's a very specialized piece of equipment, this.
Jeremy: Incredibly specialized. The cab is on hydraulic rams. It senses your weight and raises it to the correct height so if there is a blast underneath, you're cushioned from that blast.
Richard: Again. Amazing, but it won't be. Because we're not clearing a minefield, we're knocking houses down.
"You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over−familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well."
Miyamoto Musashi, The Book Of Five Rings

Disgust: Riley is acting so weird. Why is she acting so weird?
Anger: What do you expect? All the islands are down!
Disgust: Joy would know what to do.
Fear: That's it! Until she gets back, we just do what Joy would do!
Disgust: Great idea! Anger, Fear, Disgust... how are we supposed to be happy!? Hmm?
Jill: Hey, Riley, I've got good news! I found a junior hockey league right here in San Francisco, and get this: tryouts are tomorrow after school. What luck, right?
Anger: Hockey?
Disgust: Uh-oh, what do we do?
Fear: Guys... uh... [stammers incoherently] Here! [shoves Disgust to the controls] You-you pretend to be Joy!
Jill: Won't it be great to be back out on the ice?
Riley: [Disgust presses a button, resulting in a sarcastic response] Oh, yeah. That sounds fantastic.
Fear: What was THAT!? That wasn't anything like Joy!
Disgust: Uh, because I'm not Joy?
Fear: Yeah! No kidding!

Shaolin Abbot: What is the highest technique you hope to achieve?
Lee: To have no technique.

"Why the fuck would anyone specialize in shotguns when a shotgun is a situational weapon? What are you gonna do if there's an enemy more than ten feet away, throw your shoes at him?"

"For years I have railed against the use and manufacture of what I call "unitaskers" in the kitchen — that is, devices that are basically created for one job and one job only. You buy these items, you use them, and then they simply pile up until you have to tear down your house and build another one."

"I wouldn't last five minutes out of the library ecosystem. It would be like one of those deep-sea fish that explode when you bring them to the surface."


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