quote by Anna Quindlen

There is a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control. Both are good things. But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons are a solution to world hunger.

— Anna Quindlen

Belligerent Detector quotations

Never go to clubs with metal detectors.

Sure it feels safe inside. But what about all those niggas waiting outside with guns? They know you ain't got one.

Develop a built-in bullshit detector.

Successful cult memes induce intense social interaction behaviour between cult members. This trips the attention detectors.

Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition.

Let Othello subject Desdemona to a lie-detector test; his jealousy will still blind him to the evidence. Let Oedipus triumph over gravity; he won't triumph over his fate.


In this era of world leadership, the metal detector is the altar and the minicam may be god.

Equipped with our five senses - along with telescopes and microscopes and mass spectrometers and seismographs and magnetometers and particle accelerators and detectors sensitive to the entire electromagnetic spectrum - we explore the universe around us and call the adventure science.

Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector.

It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.

Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector.

Like my father, I am very impatient. I have a strong bullshit detector. I may finish one book in twenty that I have started.


The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.

I had a dream that Britney Spears rubbed her breasts in my face and Jennifer Lopez gave me head while Salma Hayek sucked my toes and the Olsen twins videotaped everything. I would have kept dreaming it, too, if I hadn't set off the smoke detector.

Most of my scientific work has been basic research.

There were no immediate uses for my discoveries, but today the radioisotopes are the workhorses of nuclear medicine, an isotope of plutonium is a major energy source in the space program, and the element americium is critical to the smoke detectors in every house in the country.

All the pins stuck in my head from the wig.

I would set off a metal detector. And you know when your head gets really itchy? So when the wig gets put on at like 5:30, 6 A.M., and you can't take it off until 7 P.M. - I won't miss all the pins scratching against my scalp.

Whether you function as welders or inspectors, the laws of physics are implacable lie-detectors. You may fool men. You will never fool the metal.


My own view is that if you filled every member of the parliamentary Labour party with a truth drug and lashed them to a polygraph lie detector, very, very few of them would support foundation hospitals.

The bottom line is how do we best provide for the security of the traveling public in light of a determined enemy who is adept at constructing well-designed, well-concealed devices which would not show up in a walk-through metal detector? We're trying to employ the best technology to identify any possible threat.

So efficient are the available instruments of slavery;

fingerprints, lie detectors, brain washings, gas chambers; that we shiver at the thought of political change which might put these instruments in the hands of men of hate.

When you are famous, you never can be sure why somebody's being nice.

You just have to develop a very good sixth sense. I call it my bullshit detector.

It's disgraceful and embarrassing that the highest technology in a typical city high school in this country is the metal detector the students pass through at the front door.


The TSA's airport body scanners have been shown to be so ineffective, the Homeland Security chairman suggested using traditional metal detectors. While LaGuardia will continue to just have a scarecrow dressed as a cop.

I have metal in my body, so every time I go to an airport ,the metal detector goes off.

Yet, instead of loving our children more, we install metal detectors in our schools.

One of my pet theories is that readers have built-in BS detectors that enable them to recognize insincerity in writers. David [Halberstam] was sincerity to the core. He believed in what he wrote, and that conviction conveyed itself to readers.

If she is given full immunity ... in order to verify that she's telling the truth, which I'm sure she is, I would be happy to submit her to a polygraph examination. Lie detector's not a good word because they can't detect lies.


In order to be a great writer a person must have a built-in, shockproof crap detector.

A death-bed's a detector of the heart.

To invent out of knowledge means to produce inventions that are true.

Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him. It also should have a manual drill and a crank handle in case the machine breaks down. If you're going to write, you have to find out what's bad for you. Part of that you learn fast, and then you learn what's good for you.

Gough never pretended to perfection or to sainthood - well, hardly ever.

Although when he set off the metal detector at airport security, he would blame his aura.

The bottom line is how do we best provide for the security of the traveling public in light of a determined enemy who is adept at constructing well-designed, well-concealed devices which would not show up in a walk-through metal detector? We're trying to employ the best technology to identify any possible threat.


I told the truth, and I did it on national TV in a lie-detector test.

The postdoc explained to me how to distinguish different sorts of particles on the basis of the amounts of energy they deposited in various sorts of detectors, spark chambers, calorimeters, what have you.

When the National Security Agency recruited me, they put me through a day of lie detector tests. They found out all my weaknesses and immediately seduced me. They used the strongest drugs in our culture, sex, power and money, to win me over.

As Daniel Levitin writes, our brain is a "giant pattern detector.

" If we read something that coincides with what we already believe we're more likely to give it credence, while the opposite is not true.

That way when we pick people up there they don't really have an excuse.

They weren't out there picking mushrooms. They were illegally in the United States. It will simplify the adjudication and will expedite the voluntary return, and it will allow our border patrol officers to patrol both sides of that wall. And we can put surveillance devices on top of the wall, vibration detectors and other devices.

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