Saturday, September 8

Civ IV quotes

Have I mentioned how much I get a kick out of the fact that 'iv' is redoubled in 'Civ IV'; and that Wil noticed it, too, on his own; and that 'Civ V' and 'Civ(i) VI' will also redouble? Normally I'm not real into Roman numerals, but I'm making an exception in this case ;-)

More Civ geekery: I really like the tech quotes in Civ IV, even more than the fact that they're read by Leonard Nimoy. So, I came up with a list of my favorites (the complete list ):

"Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it."
- Publius Syrius

"The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy."
- Unknown

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public."
- Adam Smith

"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."
- Thomas Jefferson

"You can get more of what you want with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word."
- Al Capone

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
- Benjamin Franklin

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
- Winston Churchill

"Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe."
- Albert Einstein

"Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual responsibility."
- Ambrose Bierce

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
- Dom Helder Camara

"You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bon-fire under her deck? I have no time for such nonsense."
- Napoleon, on Robert Fulton's Steamship

"People can have the Model T in any color - so long as it's black."
- Henry Ford

"The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."
- Adolf Hitler

"Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl."
- Frederick the Great

"Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in car."
- E.B. White

"We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles."
- Thomas Edison

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."
- Oscar Wilde

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."
- Steve Wozniak

"Soon it will be a sin for parents to have a child which carries the heavy burden of genetic disease."
- Bob Edwards

"The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do."
- B.F. Skinner

"The future will be better tomorrow."
- Dan Quayle
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