Monday, August 15, 2011

Time Travel


“Interview with Rumsfeld
On Quantum Time Travel”

"Time travel has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of everything."

"Time's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. Stuff happens."

"As you know, you time travel with what you know, not what you might want to know or wish you had known at a later time."

"I am not going to give you the time because it's not my business to do intelligence work." — asked to estimate what time it actually was while testifying before Congress about multiple timelines.

"I believe in time yesterday. I don't know what time it is now, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it's the right time now or at least I hope so."

"Needless to say, the time is correct. Whatever time it was or is or will be.”

"Reports that say that time hasn't happened yet are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are temporal known knowns; there is time we know we know. We also know there are temporal known unknowns; that is to say we know sometimes there are some things we do not know. But there are also temporal unknown unknowns — the time we don't know we don't know."

"If I said yes, that would then suggest that that time might be the only time where it might be done which would not be accurate, necessarily accurate. It might also not be inaccurate, but I'm disinclined to mislead anyone."

"There's another way to time travel and that is that the absence of time is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different time. Simply because you do not have evidence that time does exist does not mean that you have evidence that time doesn't exist."

"It is unknowable how long time will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six more months."

"Well, um, you know, time's neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so, I suppose, as Shakespeare said."

"Washington DC and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before me except for those instances where the Beltway’s still learning."

"Learn to say 'I don't know what time it is.' If used when appropriate, it will often be the case."

"I don't know what time it is — but somebody's certainly going to sit down with me and try to find out what time it is and try to know if that’s the right time. They may not know what time it is either, and I make sure they don’t know what I know or may not know about time."

"I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty."

"I don't do temporal quagmires."

"I don't do temporal diplomacy."

"I don't do temporal foreign policy."

"I don't do temporal politics."

"I don't do the horses."

"I don't do book reviews."

"Now, settle down, settle down. Hell, I've been time traveling all morning, it's early in the day and I'm still getting my quantum ass back together again.”

"If I know what time it is, I'll tell you the answer, and if I don't, I'll just try to be clever."

“Don’t quote me. I’m not here right now.”

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