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    I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford.
    — Aaron Swartz
    I have developed my most meaningful relationships online. None of them live within driving distance. None of them are about my own age.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: live  age  relationship 
     
    Say yes to everything.
    — Aaron Swartz
    I'm not such a nuisance to the world, and the kick I get out of living can, I suppose, justify the impositions I make on it. But when life isn't so fun, well, then I start to wonder. What's the point of going on if it's just trouble for us both? My friends will miss me, I am told.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: living  world  friends  wonder  fun 
     
    Normally, I just sit in my quiet little room and do the small things that bring me pleasures. I read my books, I answer email, I write a little bit.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: pleasure  book  write  read 
     
    When I go to a library and I see the librarian at her desk reading, I'm afraid to interrupt her, even though she sits there specifically so that she may be interrupted, even though being interrupted for reasons like this by people like me is her very job.
    — Aaron Swartz
    We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks.
    — Aaron Swartz
    Without the ability to talk about government power, there's no way for citizens to make sure this power isn't being misused.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: power  government 
     
    Through the Internet, I've developed a strong social network - something I could never do if I had to keep my choice of peers within school grounds.
    — Aaron Swartz
    What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book - a key part of our planet's cultural legacy.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: key  book  library 
     
    Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it - their shareholders would revolt at anything less.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: law  greed 
     
    Assume nobody else has any idea what they're doing, either.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: ideas 
     
    The library world is set up on this model where the library is a physical building and has a number of books and serves a geographical community.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: world  community  book  library 
     
    Writing an encyclopedia is hard. To do anywhere near a decent job, you have to know a great deal of information about an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Writing so much text is difficult, but doing all the background research seems impossible.
    — Aaron Swartz
    Even among those who I would not count as 'friends,' I have met many people online who have simply commented on my work or are interested by what I do.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: people  work  friends 
     
    Most people, it seems, stretch the truth to make themselves seem more impressive. I, it seems, stretch the truth to make myself look worse.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: truth  people 
     
    At the end of the day, we have an economy that works for the rich by cheating the poor, and unequal schools are the result of that, not the cause.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: work  poor  school 
     
    Big stories need human stakes.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: human  stories 
     
    I was around computers from birth; we had one of the first Macs, which came out shortly before I was born, and my dad ran a company that wrote computer operating systems. I don't think I have any particular technical skills; I just got a really large head start.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: computer  company 
     
    The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: work  internet  scientist 
     
    Now, as far as I know, nobody has ever put up the U.S.'s nuclear missiles on the Internet. I mean, it's not something I've heard about.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: internet  nuclear 
     
    The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: world  book 
     
    Seriously, who really cares how long the Nile river is, or who was the first to discover cheese? How is memorizing that ever going to help anyone? Instead, we need to give kids projects that allow them to exercise their minds and discover things for themselves.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: help  care  mind  kids  exercise 
     
    Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: internet 
     
    There's all sorts of stuff people want to publish anonymously.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: people 
     
    Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: live  computer 
     
    Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act.
    — Aaron Swartz
    We must erase bin Laden's ugly legacy, not extend it: by ending the Patriot Act's erosion of our civil liberties, we can protect the freedoms that make America worth fighting for.
    — Aaron Swartz
    With the death of bin Laden, it's finally time for Congress to bring back the pre-9-11 legal norm, before we decided it was okay to toss out our civil liberties if the 'bad guys' were scary enough.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: death  time  bad  liberty  congress 
     
    Social Security got passed because John D. Rockefeller was sick of having to take money out of his profits to pay for his workers' pension funds. Why do that, when you can just let the government take money from the workers?
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: government  money 
     
    Now, the typical way you make good things happen in Washington is you find a bunch of wealthy companies who agree with you.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: company 
     
    Most people's major life changes don't come from reading an article in the newspaper; they come from reading longer-form essays or thoughtful books, which are much more convincing and detailed.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: reading  book 
     
    The adults were completely wrong.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: adult  wrong 
     
    Being around some of the bright lights of the technology world and having them expect great things helps you sit down and do it seriously.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: world  help  technology 
     
    Now everyone has a license to speak, it's a question of who gets heard.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: questions 
     
    Creativity comes from applying things you learn in other fields to the field you work in.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: work  learn  creativity 
     
    Reality is painful - it's so much easier to keep doing stuff you know you're good at or else to pick something so hard there's no point at which it's obvious you're failing - but it's impossible to get better without confronting it.
    — Aaron Swartz
    Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility, it becomes rashness, or obstinacy.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: humility  quality  noble 
     
    I don't want to be happy. I just want to change the world.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: world 
     
    As the Internet breaks down the last justifications for a professional class of politicians, it also builds up the tools for replacing them.
    — Aaron Swartz
    tags: internet 
     
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