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This collection of quotes started life in the early nineties for an After Dark™ screen saver module. The quotes had to be short enough to fit on a 9" Macintosh screen and pithy enough to warrant the trouble of typing them in. People requested copies but, at that time, there was no After Dark for Windows and only Macintosh users enjoyed the collection.

To allow a wider distribution, a slow conversion to a text file was started (there was no easy way of exporting the quotes from After Dark) which in 1997 became this website. It was created using plain HTML which made updating a laborious process. It had a quite a bit of success but interest tapered off as there were no new additions. In 2009 it was revamped to use a MySQL database to provide flexibility, a search option, and to slowly include new quotes found over the previous twelve years.

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Men live as if they were never going to die, and die as if they had never lived.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (1935- )

Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
Tim Berners-Lee (1955- )

Putt's Law: Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.
Archibald Putt

Segal's Law: A man with a watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never sure.
Anonymous

Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Edward A. Murphy Jr. (1918-1990)

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