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Philip José Farmer

A baby is a potential criminal.
--Arszenti, Dayworld Rebel

As science pushes forward, ignorance and superstition gallop around the flanks and bite science in the rear with big dark teeth.
--The Purple Book, p. 84

William Faulkner

A man. All men. He will pass up a hundred chances to do good for one chance to meddle where meddling is not wanted. He will overlook and fail to see chances, opportunities, for riches and fame and welldoing, and even sometimes for evil. But he won't fail to see a chance to meddle.
--Light in August

Tom Fawcett (fawcett@nynexst.com)

In theory, Consumer Reports could devote an issue to organized religions and put an end to a lot of fighting.
--on the Usenet newsgroup talk.bizarre

Bonnie Fitchett

Most felines inhabit their own bodies.

Tim Flanery

Jet airplanes are the ultimate sports car - you can't drive a sports car upside down.

The only women I really love are ones I've never met.

E.M. Forster

"I want to see you not through the Machine," said Kuno. "I want to speak with you not through the wearisome Machine." "Oh, hush!" said his mother, vaguely shocked. "You mustn't say anything against the Machine."
--"The Machine Stops"

Kevin Lee Forster

The Spacific Ocean

Surfing on the whales' wind.

Alan Dean Foster

Society floats on a sea of sarcasm and hypocrisy.

Karen Joy Fowler

And that was how she moved up in the world, by putting her foot in the stirrup.
--Sister Noon

Now, the world may be chock-full of magical happenings, but I am never in the right place at the right time to see them. I know people who've seen UFOs, been brought to their knees by feats of mind control, remembered past lives and received extra sensory messages. I know people who've felt the presence of the dead and I know people who've talked to Jesus personally. I know these people and in some cases I trust these people, but in my whole life I have never had one experience myself or actually seen anyone else have one experience that demanded supernatural explanation. I have seen irrationality at work in the universe and luck, too, but no magic. The miracles I have witnessed have all been the ordinary ones - birth, springtime, the red tide, the grunion run, mountains, trees.
How am I to deal with this? I could believe that the world has a magical subtext from which I am for some reason excluded. Or I could believe that these people have lied to me or, more charitably, that they were mistaken. There is simply no overestimating the gullibility of human beings and I ought to know, because I am one. But neither option appeals to me.
I try instead to maintain a position I will call belieflessness. If I tell you that I don't believe in God, this is not the same as telling you I believe there is no God. Nor is this a fine distinction.
--"Once More, With Meaning," Paragons, ed. by Robin Scott Wilson

Benjamin Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
--epigram in Charles Oberndorf's Sheltered Lives

Sigmund Freud

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Often repeated, the attribution to Freud is apparently apocryphal - but it ought to be true.

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