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R.A. (Raphael Aloysius) Lafferty

It is an awful and sickening thing to see a good man grow rich and respected.
--"The Man Underneath," Does Anyone Else Have Something to Add?

Jaron Lanier

Evolution is nothing more than the victor's word for genocide.
--"The Future." Topspin, Spin magazine, November 1995, p. 24


The enemy of art is the enemy of nature; art is nothing but the highest sagacity and exertion of human nature; and what nature will he honour who honours not the human?
--Aphorisms on Man

Dr. Timothy Leary

[Who is it who is...] loose, floppy, foolish, tenacious, private, at times joyous, at times paranoid. Protected by its camouflage, conspiratorial laughter, the knowing glance, the facade of poverty, long hair, out-of-fashion dress, the covert subtle gesture, the double meaning, sustained by its access to inner power - touch, taste, sensual connections, laughter, smell, moist contact, ecstasy.
--"Drop Out or Cop Out," in The Politics of Ecstasy, p. 160

Mike Lee

Rap - more's the pity.

Sharon Lee (rolanni@mint.net)

[...] joy dies quickly under the scrutiny of scholars.
--on the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written

Ursula K. LeGuin

As a kitten does what all other kittens do, so a child wants to do what other children do, with a wanting that is as powerful as it is mindless. Since we human beings have to learn what we do, we have to start out that way, but human mindfulness begins where that wish to be the same leaves off.
--Always Coming Home (emphasis added)

Fritz Leiber

[...] for some men life is an unceasing beauty contest.
--"Horrible Imaginings"

Stanislaw Lem

Are we not threatened with a flood of information? And is this not the monstrousness of it, that it crushes beauty by means of beauty, and annihilates truth by means of truth? For the sound of a million Shakespeares would produce the very same furious din and hubbub as the sound of a herd of prairie buffalo or sea billows.
--Imaginary Magnitude

John Lennon

There's only one way to go out...
[How's that?]
--His penultimate words in the film Yellow Submarine. And he did, didn't he?

Phil Lepley

You've got to keep your finger on the thing to make things happen.
--Said about Macs, but more generally applicable...

C.S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--"The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment," Res Judicatae (June 1953). Prompted by Matt Marchese

Andrew Lias (anrwlias@netcom.com)

Christian Fundamentalism: The doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life.
--on the Usenet newsgroup comp.ai.philosophy

Limp Bizkit

Life is overwhelming
Heavy is the head that wears the crown
I'd love to be the one to disappoint you when I don't fall down.

Jamie Loughner

Severe normality.

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