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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

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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

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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

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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

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The adults were completely wrong. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives. — Aaron Swartz

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Think deeply about things. Don't just go along because that's the way things are or that's what your friends say. Consider the effects, consider the alternatives, but most importantly, just think. — Aaron Swartz

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Real education is about genuine understanding and the ability to figure things out on your own; not about making sure every 7th grader has memorized all the facts some bureaucrats have put in the 7th grade curriculum. — Aaron Swartz

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What is "this drive"? It's the tendency to not simply accept things as they are but to want to think about them, to understand them. To not be content to simply feel sad but to ask what sadness means. To not just get a bus pass but to think about the economic reasons getting a bus pass makes sense. I call this tendency the intellectual. — Aaron Swartz

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People shouldn't be forced to categorize themselves as "gay," "straight," or "bi." People are just people. Maybe you're mostly attracted to men. Maybe you're mostly attracted to women. Maybe you're attracted to everyone. These are historical claims - not future predictions. If we truly want to expand the scope of human freedom, we should encourage people to date who they want; not just provide more categorical boxes for them to slot themselves into. A man who has mostly dated men should be just as welcome to date women as a woman who's mostly dated men.
So that's why I'm not gay. I hook up with people. I enjoy it. Sometimes they're men, sometimes they're women. I don't see why it needs to be any more complicated than that. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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Assume nobody else has any idea what they're doing, either. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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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

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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

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Say yes to everything. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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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

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There is no justice in following unjust laws. — Aaron Swartz

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But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. 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. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You'll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier. — Aaron Swartz

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Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity. — Aaron Swartz

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No, you can't force other people to change. You can, however, change just about everything else. And usually, that's enough. — Aaron Swartz

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There's all sorts of stuff people want to publish anonymously. — Aaron Swartz

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I first met Jimbo Wales, the face of Wikipedia, when he came to speak at Stanford. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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Books are totally useless unless you take their advice. If you just keep reading them, thinking "that's so insightful! that changes everything," but never actually doing anything different, then pretty quickly the feeling will wear off and you'll start searching for another book to fill the void. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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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

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I think deeply about things and want others to do likewise. I work for ideas and learn from people. I don't like excluding people. I'm a perfectionist, but I won't let that get in the way of publication. Except for education and entertainment, I'm not going to waste my time on things that won't have an impact. I try to be friends with everyone, but I hate it when you don't take me seriously. I don't hold grudges, it's not productive, but I learn from my experience. I want to make the world a better place. — Aaron Swartz

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Senator Wyden continues to be the Senate's truest champion of an open Internet. — Aaron Swartz

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I don't want to be happy. I just want to change the world. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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What is the most important thing you could be working on in the world right now? ... And if you're not working on that, why aren't you? — Aaron Swartz

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With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge - we'll make it a thing of the past. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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Life is short ... so why waste it doing something dumb? — Aaron Swartz

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Now everyone has a license to speak, it's a question of who gets heard. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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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

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We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks ... With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge - we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us? — Aaron Swartz

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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

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Growing up, I slowly had this process of realizing that all the things around me that people had told me were just the natural way things were, the way things always would be, they weren't natural at all. They were things that could be changed, and they were things that, more importantly, were wrong and should change, and once I realized that, there was really no going back. — Aaron Swartz

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But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It's called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn't immoral - it's a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy. — Aaron Swartz

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Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. — Aaron Swartz

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We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file-sharing networks. — Aaron Swartz

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Creativity comes from applying things you learn in other fields to the field you work in. — Aaron Swartz

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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

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Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility, it becomes rashness, or obstinacy. — Aaron Swartz

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Nearly 75,000 Demand Progress members have urged Congress to fix the Patriot Act. — Aaron Swartz