The whole aim of politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
- H. L. Mencken
There is a story about a wily bandit who was finally captured by the king's troopers. The king, a man fond of games and riddles, made the bandit a proposition. He told the bandit that he was allowed to make one statement. If that statement contained the truth he would be shot, if it contained a lie, hanged. The bandit, after some thought, said: 'I am going to be hanged'.
- Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, Organizational Paradoxes
The hacker culture is a culture of loners who are never alone.
- Sherry Turkle, The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit