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    The first casualty of any battle is the plan of attack.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: battle 
     
    Everyone wants a definition of creativity that makes what they do into something special and what everyone else does into nothing special. But the fact is, we're all creative. We come up with weird and interesting ideas all the time. The biggest difference between 'creators' isn't their imagination - it's how hard they work. Ideas are easy. Doing stuff is hard.
    — Cory Doctorow
    Giant letters march across the dome of the sky: HOME NOT FOUND. Huw, who knows Comic Sans when she sees it, winces in mild disgust.
    — Cory Doctorow
    The important thing about security systems isn't how they work, it's how they fail.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: work  fail 
     
    Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
    — Cory Doctorow
    Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    Skipping school isn't a crime. It's an infraction. They're totally different.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: crimes  school 
     
    It is a mistake to let aesthetics drive your rational decision making.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: mistakes  decision 
     
    Any time someone puts a lock on something you own against your wishes, and doesn't give you the key, they're not doing it for your benefit.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: time  key  wishes 
     
    Like all security, privacy is hard.
    — Cory Doctorow
    If this prinicpal thinks blogging isn't educational, he needs his head examined: he should be seeking out every student blogger in the school and giving them special time to blog more - and giving them extra credit besides.
    — Cory Doctorow
    We're going to fight this battle with everything we have, and we will probably lose. But then we will fight it again, and we will lose a little less, for this battle will win us many supporters. And then we'll lose *again*. And *again*. And we will fight on. Because as hard as it is to win by fighting, it's impossible to win by doing nothing.
    — Cory Doctorow
    The real damage from terrorist attacks doesn't come from the explosion. The real damage is done after the explosion, by the victims, who repeatedly and determinedly attack themselves, giving over reason in favor of terror... Terrorism is about magnifying one mediagenic act of violence into one hundred billion acts of terrorized authoritarian idiocy.
    — Cory Doctorow
    ... the Kindle is a "roach motel" device: its license terms and DRM ensure that books can check in, but they can't check out.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: book 
     
    Put simply, I want to treat my readers as partners and not crooks. There is no future in calling your most active promoters crooks.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: future 
     
    It's our goddamed city! It's our goddamed country. No terrorist can take it from us for so long as we're free. Once we're not free, the terrorists win! Take it back! You're young enough and stupid enough not to know that you can't possibly win, so you're the only ones who can lead us to victory! Take it back!
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: young 
     
    I'd never been a tall guy, and the girls I'd dated had all been my height-teenaged girls grow faster than guys, which is a cruel trick of nature.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: nature  girls 
     
    The fact is, almost everything you do is collaborative. Somewhere out there, someone else had a hand it it.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: facts 
     
    We don't care about what you did yesterday-we care about what you're going to do tomorrow.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: care  tomorrow 
     
    When you teach your students that it's "economically rational" to commit crimes where the fines for misconduct are lower than the expected return on the crime, you instill a professional ethic that has no room for morals.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: crimes  ethics  morals 
     
    Universal access to human knowledge is in our grasp, for the first time in the history of the world. This is not a bad thing.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: time  world  human  bad 
     
    Write even when the world is chaotic. You don't need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair, or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: peace  world  silence  music  writing  write 
     
    Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time-rich and cash-poor.
    — Cory Doctorow
    We have a name for things that don't copy themselves: dead.
    — Cory Doctorow
    Stop in the middle of a sentence, leaving a rough edge for you to start from the nest day - that way, you can write three or five words without being "creative" and before you know it, you're writing.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: writing  write 
     
    Carlton Mellick III is one of bizarro fiction's most talented practitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictional tale.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: fiction 
     
    Technology giveth and technology taketh away.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: technology 
     
    Most of the books, music and movies ever released are not available for sale, anywhere in the world. In the brief time that P2P nets have flourished, the ad-hoc masses of the Internet have managed to put just about everything online. What's more, they've done it far cheaper than any other archiving/revival effort ever.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: time  world  movie  music  book  internet 
     
    I think that Utopia is a theory of human action...
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: action  human 
     
    If the best way to learn to succeed is to fail as fast as possible, then the second-best way is to watch someone else fail as fast as possible. Watching someone else screw up is a kind of rehearsal for your own eventual downfall. A close observation of someone else's attempt to resolve a difficulty is a great way to acquire real-world insight into whether and when to deploy their method in your own times of trouble.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: time  insight  learn  fail 
     
    The idea that bigger haystacks have more needles in them is dumb on its face
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: ideas 
     
    It is not gender, nor age, nor race, but your ability to work hard at what you love.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: work  age  gender  race 
     
    [O]pen platforms and experimental amateurs ... eventually beat out the spendy, slick pros. ... Relying on incumbents to produce your revolutions is not a good strategy. They're apt to take all the stuff that makes their products great and try to use technology to charge you extra for it, or prohibit it altogether.
    — Cory Doctorow
    I'm not a lawyer I'm a kind of mouthpiece/activist type, though occasionally they shave me and stuff me into my Bar Mitzvah suit and send me to a standards body or the UN to stir up trouble. I spend about three weeks a month on the road doing completely weird stuff like going to Microsoft to talk about DRM.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: body  microsoft  standard 
     
    It may be hard to monetize fame, but it is impossible to monetize obscurity.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: impossible  fame 
     
    Terrorism is about magnifying one mediagenic act of violence into one hundred billion acts of terrorized authoritarian idiocy.
    — Cory Doctorow
    Any outfit that can't figure out clean toilets and decent theming on its own can't benefit from my advice.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: advice  decent  toilet 
     
    ... I think that I was too self-centered to ever develop good skills as a peacemaker. In my younger days, I assumed that it was because I was smarter than everyone else, with no patience for explaining things in short words for mouthbreathers who just didn't get it.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: patience 
     
    Novels for me are how I find out what's going on in my own head. And so that's a really useful and indeed critical thing to do when you do as many of these other things as I do.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: novel 
     
    For decades, computers have been helping us to remember, but now it's time for them to help us to ignore.
    — Cory Doctorow
    tags: time  help  computer 
     
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