John Kilian Houston Brunner Quotes

If the evidence says youre wrong, you dont have the right theory. You change the theory, not the evidence.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

We have always cared more about property rights than human rights in this country. You should know that.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

What in Gods name is it worth to be human, if we have to be saved from ourselves by a machine?

John Kilian Houston Brunner

If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil, it consists in treating another human being as a thing.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

One might as well claim that the tide which rubs pebbles smooth on a beach is doing the pebbles a service because being round is prettier than being jagged. It's of no concern to a pebble what shape it is. But it's very important to a person.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

It's not because my mind is made up that I don't want you to confuse me with any more facts. It's because my mind isn't made up. I already have more facts than I can cope with.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

First we had the legs race. Then we had the arms race. Now we're going to have the brain race. And, if we're lucky, the final stage will be the human race.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

I never thought of asking anyone to do it for me. Somethings wrong with me. In a time of trouble should people not be able to ask help without feeling demeaned?

John Kilian Houston Brunner

He had decided it was better to be a volcano than a man; at least one set no store by what ones acts destroyed.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

LOGIC The principle governing human intellection. Its nature may be deduced from examining the following propositions, both of which are held by human beings to be true and often by the same people: I cant so you musnt, and I can but you musnt.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

I just havent been conditioned into thinking that the right answer cant be a simple one. When I told you youd been contaminated I meant by that attitude, which is wider-spread than the common cold and just as undermining. Did nobody ever point out to you that the only liberty implied by free will is the opportunity to be wrong?

John Kilian Houston Brunner

I can at least comfort myself with the idea that whatever Ive done Ive helped to nail a lie, and Im coming to think that lying is among the worst of all human failings. Next to actual killing. And experience has made us almost equally good at both of them. I have killed many people and seen many more killed on my orders, Jogajong said. It is what must be paid to buy what we want. What weve been told we want, by liars more skilled than ourselves.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

It would have been a longer and slower job, Im sure, and probably there would have been a high price to pay. But what is the price of freedom? Whats the price of life? Donald countered bitterly.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

You have many years to livedo things you will be proud to remember when you're old.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

UNFAIR Term applied to advantages enjoyed by other people which we tried to cheat them out of and didnt manage.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

SHALMANESER That real cool piece of hardware up at the GT tower. They say he's apt to evolve to true consciousness one day. Also they say he's as intelligent as a thousand of us put together, which isn't really saying much, because when you put a thousand of us together look how stupidly we behave.

John Kilian Houston Brunner

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