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R.A. MacAvoy

But engineers can be really naive about themselves; they think because they can design a pc board and it's right and it works, that everything they do or believe is going to be just that right.
--Tea with the Black Dragon

Bob MacDonald

It costs NASA less to send a probe to Mars than it would cost Hollywood to make a movie about it.
--Via BoingBoing 6/7/2003

Michael Malone

[...] as if my happiness [...] were some great bird shut into a cage so small that its wings crushed beat against the bars.
--Uncivil Seasons

Barry Malzberg

He has always trusted his senses although he has not precisely enjoyed them.
--The Men Inside

Insanity is merely another way of coming to terms with the environment in a healthy fashion.
--The Men Inside

It is amazing, simply amazing, how neutrally one can approach a disgusting task if one has cultivated simple resignation.
--The Men Inside

Barry Manilow

I considered myself and still consider myself the hippest man on the planet.
--quoted in the Portland Oregonian, 11/6/1995, p. C1

Manfred Mann

Son I know the world is full of freaks and geeks and simple zanies.
--Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Charles Manson

If I had a desire, it would be to be free from desire.
--Rolling Stone interview

Renee Margocce

Make me wet where it counts.

Warm is In.

Jack Marshall

Earth's not cherry anymore.
--"How Do You Say Goodbye to the Twentieth Century?" in Andrei Codrescu's The Devil Never Sleeps, p. 56

Don McLean

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died...
--"American Pie"

Michael McNeilly (mmichael@chinook.halcyon.com)

I've found if you throw pearls before swine, they actually fucking eat them, which is both wasteful and disgusting to watch.
--on the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.poems

Archibald McPhee

May 23: Had a meeting [with the cook] but didn't accomplish anything. If a man can't cook, a meeting won't improve his cooking.
--Tango Around the Horn
See also: the website of Archie McPhee

Paul D. Mena

Poetry = textual harassment
--on the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.poems

Dennis Miller

Bottom line: being a teacher today is more challenging than doing bikini waxes on Russian women. You enter your place of employment by passing through a metal detector that's beeping like the Roadrunner with Tourette's syndrome, and then spend six hours a day trying to drill even a subatomic-sized kernel of knowledge into the Dawson's Creek-and-Sony-Playstation-addled noggins of two dozen eye-rolling, world-weary, body-pierced felons-in-training who regard you with all the respect they would a stewardess on a spring-break charter flight to Cancun. And you know something? When you're not teaching kindergarten, it's even worse.
--The Rant Zone

Walter M. Miller, Jr.

I have given myself to the devil, because the devil is the only god in whom all the tribes believe. But he never answers my prayers, and I think I'll spit on his name.
--Falon, "The Soul-Empty Ones"

Linda Mingo

I bet the American Indians didn't have that color.

Marvin Minsky

The brain of Homo sapiens is mainly composed of cabling.
--The Society of Mind, 1986 illustrated edition, Appendix, p. 317

{A concise indictment of libertarianism}:
It makes no difference whether a single car drives on the left or on the right. But it makes all the difference when there are many cars! Societies need rules that make no sense for individuals.
--The Society of Mind, 1986 illustrated edition, p. 52 (emphasis mine)

No possible inheritance of built-in genes can tell us what is good for us - because, unlike all other animals, we humans make for ourselves most of the problems we face.
--The Society of Mind, 1986 illustrated edition, p. 164

One can acquire certainty only by amputating inquiry.
--The Society of Mind, 1986 illustrated edition, p. 65

Jay Mitchell

Nothing that's innocent is perfect.

Ander Monson

Dear, some distances are accidental.
--Other Electricities
SEE ALSO: Brian Aldiss

J.P. Morgan

A man always has two reasons for the things he does - a good one and the real one.
--quoted in Margaret Cheney's Tesla: Man Out Of Time

Chris Moriarty

I love my country enough to believe that she will outgrow her infatuation with the men of God and violence.
--Didi Halevy, Spin Control, p. 175 (trade paperback)

Bob Mould

Chicken understands the fox so well.
--"Dreaming, I Am," Workbook

John Muir

God cannot save them from fools.
--Muir was talking about trees, but it's more generally relevant

Martin Mull

What's the point of cleaning up your act if you don't have an act?
--on The Late Show with David Letterman, regarding the "decaffeinization of America"

Jim Munroe

There hasn't been a spontaneous youth subculture on Earth for almost a thousand years. They were hunted to extinction long ago. But we did the next best thing.
--Angry Young Spaceman

Lyle Myhr

When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs. When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent. When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don't own a gun. Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet.
--from a post by moh2@quads.uchicago.edu [Kateri/Mary Anne at The University of Chicago] on the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written

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