"People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don't take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Whitfield Diffie on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Whitfield Diffie on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Whitfield Diffie on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Whitfield Diffie on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Whitfield Diffie on Joseph Stalin
"We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics. Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that they have good solutions."
"I understood the importance in principle of public key cryptography but it's all moved much faster than I expected. I did not expect it to be a mainstay of advanced communications technology."