We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home." "...
She presented great clumps of uncapitalized, misspelled, and unpunctuated words, and demanded the clumps be put into proper sentences, meticulously punctuated and correctly spelled.
She then corrected the corrections; the final document - she employed a system of different colored inks - resembled a much revised treaty between two semiliterate countries at war." "I do not know what I seem to the world, but to myself I appear to have been like a boy playing upon the seashore and diverting myself by now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay before me all undiscovered." "The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a vice heretofore little known in the American Army, is growing into fashion.
Added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without temptation, that every man of sense and character detests and/or despises it." "Mr.
President, the American people vote for the sizzle, not for the steak.
We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of Galactic Civilizations.
This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe." "Sometimes science is just doing a really good job of measuring something that nobody has ever measured before." "...
It was a blessing to feel so tired in a such a place.
They had made the effort it took to regather, and here they were again, in a place so sublime no one could truly remember what it was like when they were away, so that every return had a sense of surprise, as if re-entering a miracle. It was the California that could never be taken away." "Of the millions who watch sports events, a vanishingly small percentage can play any of the games they watch with anything approaching professional skill, yet virtually all understand the rules well enough to appreciate what they see.
"Owen Meany, who rarely wasted words and had the conversation stopping habit of dropping remarks like coins into a deep pool of water.....
remarks that sank, like truth, to the bottom of the pool where they would remain, untouchable...." "A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment.
The public must then, in the same way, understand science if it is to react intelligently.