The Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®
Life Extension NewsTM
Volume 11 No.
7 • December 2008
Happy New Year! Live Long & Prosper!!
The best definition of an immortal is someone who hasn’t died yet.
— Tom Holt, Ye Gods! (1992)
It sounded logical—but I could not forget Kettering’s Law: ‘Logic is an organized way of going wrong with confidence.’
— Robert A. Heinlein, The Number of the Beast (1980)
On its world the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people. Odd, said Arthur. I thought you said it was a democracy. I did, said Ford. [. . .] You mean they actually vote for the lizards? Oh, yes, said Ford with a shrug, of course. But, said Arthur, going for the big one again, why? Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard, said Ford, the wrong lizard might get in.
— Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1985)
Above quotes from Science Fiction Quotations edited by Gary Westfahl, Yale University Press (2005)
At the establishment of our Constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the Constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to Monsieur A. Corray,
Oct. 31, 1823 Quote from The Quotable Founding Fathers,
edited by Buckner F. Melton, Jr. (Potomac Books, 2004)