An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Imagine being able to sit at your desk and with a few keystrokes on your computer -- being able to access almost any information you need from a storehouse of the world's published knowledge.


Dialog Brochure


Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don't even arise.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.


Clarence Day (1874-1935, American essayist)


There's a compelling reason to master information and news. Clearly there will be better job and financial opportunities. Other high stakes will be missed by people if they don't master and connect information.


Everette Dennis


Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


Among all the world's races, some obscure Bedouin tribes possibly apart, Americans are the most prone to misinformation. This is not the consequence of any special preference for mendacity, although at the higher levels of their public administration that tendency is impressive. It is rather that so much of what they themselves believe is wrong.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


With so much information now online, it is exceptionally easy to simply dive in and drown.


Alfred Glossbrenner


Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in.


Gunther Grass (1927-, German author)


Information is the currency of democracy.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


Not having the information you need when you need it leaves you wanting. Not knowing where to look for that information leaves you powerless. In a society where information is king, none of us can afford that.


Lois Horowitz


Information is a negotiator's greatest weapon.


Victor Kiam (1926-2001, American businessman, former CEO of Remington)


Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.


Christopher Lasch (1932-, American historian)


Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major -- perhaps the major -- stake in the worldwide competition for power. It is conceivable that the nation -- states will one day fight for control of information, just as they battled in the past for control over territory, and afterwards for control over access to and exploitation of raw materials and cheap labor.


Jean Francois Lyotard (1924-, French philosopher)


The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


Even though these technological advances originally sought to control information and bring order to the office, in many instances they have done just the opposite. The electronic office promised to reduce paper work and lessen work loads, but it has, in fact, generated more information that must sill be printed and -- even more challenging -- be assimilated. Since computers entered office systems, paper utilization has increased six-fold.


Peter D. Moore


We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource information that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.


John Naisbitt (American trend analyst, futurist, author)


Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


We aren't in an information age, we are in an entertainment age.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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The original root of the word "information" is the Latin word informare, which means to fashion, shape, or create, to give form to. Information is an idea that has been given a form, such as the spoken or written word. It is a means of representing an image or thought so that it can be communicated from one mind to another rather than worrying about all the information afloat in the world, we must ask ourselves what matters to us, what do we want to know. It's having ideas and learning to deal with issues that is important, not accumulating lots and lots of data.


Theordore Roszak


Information is recorded in vast interconnecting networks. Each idea or image has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of associations and is connected to numerous other points in the mental network.


Peter Russell


What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.


Herbert Simon


If only the true and useful things were recorded, our huge historical libraries would be reduced to very narrow dimensions -- but we would know more, and know it better.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


If you were designing the sort of information-processing system a brain is, it would be extremely impractical to store memories permanently in their original form. You need mechanisms for transforming and recording them; for "chunking" information into categories. Is your memory a phonograph record on which the information is stored in localized grooves to be replayed on demand? If so, it's a very bizarre record, for the songs are different every time they're played. Human memory is more like the village storyteller; it doesn't passively store facts but weaves them into a good (coherent, plausible) story, which is recreated with each telling.


Judith Hooper Teresi


Information storage has to take place at the unconscious level.


Paul G. Thomas


The stone age was marked by man's clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man's crude use of clever tools.


Author Unknown


The idea that information can be stored in a changing world without an overwhelming depreciation of its value is false. It is scarcely less false than the more plausible claim that after a war we may take our existing weapons, fill their barrels with information.


Norbert Wiener (1894-1964, American mathematician, educator, founder of Cybernetics)


Private information is practically the source of every large modern fortune.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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