"Web 2.0 ideas have a chirpy, cheerful rhetoric to them, but I think they consistently express a profound pessimism about humans, human nature and the human future."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Jaron Lanier on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Jaron Lanier on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Jaron Lanier on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Jaron Lanier on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Jaron Lanier on William Shakespeare
"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."