Neal Stephenson Quotes

Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker’s game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous-sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.

For a Westerner to trash Western culture is like criticizing our nitrogen/oxygen atmosphere on the grounds that it sometimes gets windy, and besides, Jupiter’s is much prettier. You may not realize its advantages until you’re trying to breathe liquid methane.

Once again he was struck by the national media coverage – reporters from the coasts announcing, with some bewilderment, that there had been no looting. The Los Angeles riots of the previous year provided a vivid counterexample. Finkle-McGraw began to develop an opinion that was to shape his political views in later years, namely, that […]

The franchise and the virus work on the same principle: what thrives in one place will thrive in another. You just have to find a sufficiently virulent business plan, condense it into a three-ring binder – its DNA – xerox it, and embed it on the fertile lining of a well-travelled highway, preferably one with […]

There’s only four things we (Americans) do better than anyone else: music, movies, microcode, and high-speed pizza delivery.