Damn Quotes (12 quotes)
A theory that you cant explain to a bartender is probably no damn good.
For if those who hold that there must be a physical basis for everything hold that these mystical views are nonsense, we may askWhat then is the physical basis of nonsense? ... In a world of ether and electrons we might perhaps encounter nonsense; we could not encounter damned nonsense.
I do not claim that intelligence, however defined, has no genetic basisI regard it as trivially true, uninteresting, and unimportant that it does. The expression of any trait represents a complex interaction of heredity and environment ... a specific claim purporting to demonstrate a mean genetic deficiency in the intelligence of American blacks rests upon no new facts whatever and can cite no valid data in its support. It is just as likely that blacks have a genetic advantage over whites. And, either way, it doesnt matter a damn. An individual cant be judged by his group mean.
I never could make out what those damned dots meant.
It doesnt matter whether youre talking about bombs or the intelligence quotients of one race as against another; if a man is a scientist, like me, hell always say Publish and be damned.
Im addicted to the entire planet. I dont want to leave it. I want to get down into it. I want to say hello. On the beach, I could have stopped all day long and looked at those damned shells, looked for all the messages that come not in bottles but in shells...
Medicine is a noble profession but a damn bad business.
The robot is going to lose. Not by much. But when the final score is tallied, flesh and blood is going to beat the damn monster.
There is a curious illusion today that nature is both wise and good. The awful truth is that nature is a bitch from the human point of view I care about the whooping crane a little. I would even give $10 to save the whooping crane. The whooping crane doesnt give a damn about me.
To be in a world which is a hell, to be of that world and neither to believe in or guess at anything but that world is not merely hell but the only possible damnation: the act of a man damning himself. It may beI hope it isredemption to guess and perhaps perceive that the universe, the hell which we see for all its beauty, vastness, majesty, is only part of a whole which is quite unimaginable.
We cannot cheat on DNA. We cannot get round photosynthesis. We cannot say I am not going to give a damn about phytoplankton. All these tiny mechanisms provide the preconditions of our planetary life. To say we do not care is to say in the most literal sense that “we choose death.”
You damn sadist, said Mr Cummings, you try to make people think.