Man seems to be a rickety poor sort of a thing, any way you take him; a kind of British Museum of infirmities and inferiorities. He is always undergoing repairs. A machine that was as unreliable as he is would have no market.
- "The Lowest Animal"
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...man starts in as a child and lives on diseases to the end
as a regular diet.
- Mark Twain, a Biography
|I was born with an incurable disease, so was everybody--the same one that
every machine has--and the knowledge of the fact frightens nobody, damages
nobody; but the moment a name is given the disease, the whole thing is changed:
fright ensues, and horrible depression, and the life that has learned its
sentence is not worth the living.
- Letter to Dr. William Wilberforce Baldwin, 15 May 1904
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