Richard Stallman Quotes


17 Richard Stallman quotes:



"There is nothing wrong with wanting pay for work, or seeking to maximize one's income, as long as one does not use means that are destructive."
"I could have made money this way, and perhaps amused myself writing code. But I knew that at the end of my career, I would look back on years of building walls to divide people, and feel I had spent my life making the world a worse place."
"All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights."
Author: Stallman Quotes Category: American Musician Quotes Human Rights Quotes
"Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can."
"If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough - you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal."
"I partly agree with the underlying message that people should take charge and solve problems, rather than just cast blame on others."
"The desire to be rewarded for one's creativity does not justify depriving the world in general of all or part of that creativity."
"Control over the use of one's ideas really constitutes control over other people's lives; and it is usually used to make their lives more difficult."
"The reason that a good citizen does not use such destructive means to become wealthier is that, if everyone did so, we would all become poorer from the mutual destructiveness."
"Accusations against innocent people happen with terrible regularity, and the danger of false convictions is immense."
Author: Stallman Quotes Category: Danger Quotes
"The idea of copyright did not exist in ancient times, when authors frequently copied other authors at length in works of non-fiction. This practice was useful, and is the only way many authors' works have survived even in part."
"Anything that prevents you from being friendly, a good neighbour, is a terror tactic."
Author: Stallman Quotes Category: American Musician Quotes Friendly Quotes
"If programmers deserve to be rewarded for creating innovative programs, by the same token they deserve to be punished if they restrict the use of these programs."
"Fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the danger of software patents, any more than swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria."
"[UCITA] applies to any sort of computer-readable information. Even if you use only free software, you are likely to read articles on your computer, and access databases. UCITA will allow the publishers to impose the most outrageous restrictions on you. They could change the license retroactively at any time, and force you to delete the material if you don't accept the change. They could even prohibit you from describing what you see as flaws in the material."
"I founded the free software movement, a movement for freedom to cooperate. Open source was a reaction against our idealism. We are still here and the open-source people have not wiped us out."
Author: Stallman Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"One basis for society is that of helping your neighbor -- but in the software world this is piracy. To prevent this, the U.S. is putting in place practices which are like those in the former Soviet Union -- computerized guards, propaganda in favor of licensing, rewards for informing on co-workers, and penalties which make distributing software as serious a crime as armed robbery."
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