Best Internet Quotations

AOL is like the cockroach left after the nuclear bomb hits. They know how to survive.   -- Jan Horsfall, VP of Marketing for Lycos

It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. After all, it was designed to withstand nuclear war, not just the puny huffs and puffs of politicians and religious fanatics.   -- Denise Caruso, digital commerce columnist, New York Times

I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she's too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 years from now, she will come to me and say 'Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet?'   -- Mike Godwin, the first staff counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and now the senior technology counsel of Public Knowledge

My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.   -- Penn Jillette, in a 1995 Compuserve chat

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.   -- Peter Steiner, cartoon in The New Yorker, July 1993

The Internet is like a vault with a screen door on the back. I don't need jackhammers and atom bomb to get in when I can walk through the door.   -- unknown

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.   -- , freelance journalist

The Internet is the Viagra of big business.   -- Jack Welch, Chairman and CEO, General Electric

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.   -- John Perry Barlow, retired Wyoming cattle rancher, former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

The net is watching you.   -- Andrew Brown

The network is the computer.   -- Scott McNealy, Co-founder and President of Sun Microsystems

The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.   -- Tim Berners-Lee, funder of the World Wide Web

URLs are the 800 numbers of the 1990's.   -- Chris Clark (?)

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.   -- Tim Berners-Lee

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.   -- Robert Wilensky, professor of computer science at UC Berkeley, in a speech at a 1996 conference

When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web.... Now even my cat has its own page.   -- President Bill Clinton, in his 1996 announcement of the Next Generation Internet initiative

With the development of the Internet...we are in the middle of the most transforming technological event since the capture of fire. I used to think that it was just the biggest thing since Gutenberg, but now I think you have to go back farther.   -- John Perry Barlow

Created June 30, 2004. Updated July 2, 2005.
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