Favorite quotes

Mieux vaut mourir incompris que de passer sa vie à s’expliquer.

For all who work to make tomorrow better than today.
Source: What’s the future and why it’s up to us (by Tim O’Reilly)

%%% The world’s problems %%%

« GNU does not eliminate all the world’s problems, only some of them. »
Source: The GNU Manifesto

« UNIX is user friendly, it’s just picky about who its friends are »
Tollef Fog Heen

%%% A non-free program %%%
« A non-free program is a predatory social system that keeps people in a state of domination and division, and uses the spoils to dominate more. »
Source: RMS http://www.stallman.org

%%% Hayek on Patents %%%

« The problem of the prevention of monopoly and the prevention of competition is raised much more acutely in certain other fields to which the concept of property has been extended only in recent times. I am thinking here of the extension of the concept of property to such rights and privileges as patents for inventions, copyright, trademarks, and the like. It seems to me beyond doubt that in these fields a slavish application of the concept of property as it has been developed for material things has done a great deal to foster the growth of monopoly and that here drastic reforms may be required if competition is to be made to work…. Patents, in particular, are specially interesting from our point of view because they provide so clear an illustration of how it is necessary in all such instances not to apply a ready-made formula but to go back to the rationale of the market system and to decide for each class what the precise rights are to be which the government ought to protect. »

Source: F. A. von Hayek, « ‘Free’ Enterprise and Competitive Order ». In Individualism and Economic Order, Chicago: U. of Chicago Press. 1948. 113-114.

%%% Bill Gates on Patents %%%

“If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.”

Source: Bill Gates, Microsoft Challenges and Strategy Memo (16 May 1991).


%%% Albert Einstein on the creation of supranational government %%%

The growing interest in the creation of a supranational government is, as I believe, the best hope of mankind. I am convinced that humanity will only find its way out from the darkness of despair once the people of the world will be meeting each other on common ground – that is, as allies in the quest for a universal law. With all my heart I believe that the world’s present system of sovereign nations can only lead only to barbarism, war and inhumanity and that only a global law will lead to a civilised, peaceful humanity.

Source: ALBERT EINSTEIN, Speech given on May 12, 1947

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