Thud, by Terry Pratchett
Sergeant Fred Colon: War, Nobby. Huh! What is it good for?
Corporal Nobby Nobs: Dunno, Sarge. Freeing slaves, maybe?
S. Fred Colon: Absol -- well, okay.
C. Nobby Nobs: Defending yourself against a totalitarian aggressor?
S. Fred Colon: All right, I'll grant you that, but --
C. Nobby Nobs: Saving civilization from a horde of --
S. Fred Colon: It doesn't do any good in the long run is what I'm saying Nobby, if you'd listen for five seconds together.
C. Nobby Nobs: Yeah, but in the long run, what does Sarge?
Marvin's Prayer from Life, the Universe and Everything, by Douglas Adams
Now the world has gone to bed
Darkenss won't engulf my head
I can see by infrared,
How I hate the night
Now I lay me down to sleep
Try to count electric sheep
Sweet dreams wishes you can keep
How I hate the night
Teleporter Song The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams
(a good reason not to get into a teleporter, if you ask me):
I teleported home one night
With Ron and Sid and Meg
Ron stole Meggie's heart away
And I got Sidney's leg
A piece of advice from Anon:
It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.
Dune Frank Herbert
Lady Jessica Atreides: When strangers meet, great allowance should be made for differences of custom and training.
Duke Leto Atreides: Here I am and here I remain!
Lady Jessica: Motivating people, forcing them to your will, gives you a cynical attitude toward humanity. It degrades everything it touches.
Gurney Halleck: Parting with people is a sadness; a place is only a place.
Lady Fenring: Each day, some time each hour, brings change.
Lady Fenring: Do not count a human dead until you've seen the body. And even then you can make a mistake.
Federation, by Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens
Zefram Cochran's (inventor of the warp drive) haunting thoughts on a future he would not share:
What books would he never read that were still to be written on those different distant worlds? What poetry would he never understand? What music? What paintings, what sculpture, what histories unimagined would play out without him now that the human stage had been expanded to ...
"Infinity" said his friend, Micah Brack. (pg. 23)
Micah Brack: There has never been a simpler time. Never. In all of human history, everything has always been as complex as it is right now. The people change. The technology changes. But the ... the forces at work, whatever it is that drives us to be human, that's always the same. (pg. 31)