What Da Vinci wrote in his notebooks is considerably less ... simple than that: "Though human ingenuity may make various inventions which, by the help of various machines answering the same end, it will never devise any inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than Nature does; because in her inventions nothing is wanting, and nothing is superfluous, and she needs no counterpoise when she makes limbs proper for motion in the bodies of animals." Really hard to put that sucker on a meme, though.
Leonardo da VinciAlso kind of a weird thought from the inventor of the 22-barreled omni-cannon.
Voltaire: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."
Most people sharing this quote are talking about minorities they don't like, and in case there were any doubts, its real author is proud to confirm that's exactly what he meant. Those words are from Kevin Alfred Strom, an American white supremacist and editor of a far-right magazine. That's where the quote first appeared, in his 1993 essay "All America Must Know the Terror That Is Upon Us." Sounds like a fun guy, right? Oh, also he was convicted of possessing child pornography in 2008. Truly, a hero of rational thinking.
Kevin Alfred Strom"To learn who is a flaming shit dumpster, simply find out who you are not allowed to attribute."
Though it's been misattributed for years, the whole thing came to a head in 2015, when a conservative Australian politician shared a tweet referencing the maxim, only to be informed of his embarrassing gaffe. Needless to say, he deleted his tweet, but Strom himself soon claimed authorship for the phrase, and shared some of his hypotheses concerning why it was being attributed to Voltaire instead. It's not like Voltaire would have necessarily disagreed, but Strom said, "Whoever hijacked my quote and put it over Voltaire's signature liked what I was saying, [but] he didn't dare make his point with a quote from a known 'racist' or 'anti-Semite,' no matter how good the quote was." We hate to say it, but the child pornographer is probably right. Please don't quote us on that.
Basically, just scribble your quotes on the inside of a binder and see where they go. It'll be an adventure.
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