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Schrödinger's Douchebag: When you make sexist or racist statements then decide whether or not it was "just a joke" based on people's reaction.

Adlai Stevenson II (1900 - 1965)

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Where it’s safe to say what’s on your mind, especially when everyone disagrees.

Hippie bumper sticker, South Park S09E02

My karma ran over your dogma.

xkcd: Free Speech

Someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.

Hover text for xkcd's Free Speech cartoon

elcore on LinuxQuestions.org

As the old saying goes "If you give a man a fish he can eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish he can eat for a lifetime".

Very noble thing to do, only these days there are fishing companies profiting on fishing contracts. So I guess if you look at it from their perspective, diluting a fishing forum until it's nothing more than an advert for canned fish would be your top priority.

elcore about systematic trolling on LQ (not saying there's a conspiracy, but always good to question long-standing and much-repeated phrases)

KGIII on LinuxQuestions.org

I think the polite way to say this is, "The Internet was a lot different when it required a degree of skill to access it."

ewaller

I resist attempts to pare down language. 1984 was meant as a warning, not a guide.

ewaller in a thread about (not) using the term "master" in git.

Jean-Luc Picard

I refuse to let arithmetic decide questions like that.

Cpt. Picard in Star Trek TNG S01E08

Isaac Asimov

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

Isaac Asimov, Column in Newsweek (21 January 1980)