"If there's any object in human experience that's a precedent for what a computer should be like, it's a musical instrument: a device where you can explore a huge range of possibilities through an interface that connects your mind and your body, allowing you to be emotionally authentic and expressive."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Jaron Lanier on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Jaron Lanier on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Jaron Lanier on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Jaron Lanier on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Jaron Lanier on Mark Twain
"Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone."
"What does it mean to not be alone? I've approached that question through music, technology, writing and other means."
"My parents were kind of like me in that they had tons and tons of weird, amazing stuff."
"Anonymous blog comments, vapid video pranks and lightweight mash-ups may seem trivial and harmless, but as a whole, this widespread practice of fragmentary, impersonal communication has demeaned personal interaction."
"Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions."