Reason; as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct

“Aaron is dead. Wanderers in this crazy world, we have lost a mentor, a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down, we have lost one of our own. Nurturers, carers, listeners, feeders, parents all, we have lost a child. Let us all weep.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee soon after Aaron Swartz’s suicide.


“An army marches on its stomach. He – or that – who controls our stomachs controls it all.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.” – George Eliot, from Middlemarch

“that which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence” – Christopher Hitchens

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm” – African Proverb

“What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice. When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘ I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” – George Orwell, ‘Essays: Why I write’

“One can begin so many things with a new person! – even begin to be a better man.” George Eliot, from Middlemarch.

“Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth on a planet with finite resources is either a madman or an economist.” – David Attenborough

“Biggest obstacle to [drug policy] reform – prejudice, ignorance and irrational fear fuelled by parts of media.” – Professor David Nutt

“The human mind has at no period accepted a moral chaos; and so preposterous a result was not strictly conceivable. But we are frightened at much that is not strictly conceivable.” – George Eliot, from Middlemarch