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Jan 26, 2013
Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
— Benjamin Disraeli, Lothair, 1870 (via)

Jul 30, 2008


"Ninety percent of everything is crap."

From the OED:

A humorous aphorism which maintains that most of any body of published material, knowledge, etc., or (more generally) of everything is worthless: based on a statement by Sturgeon (see quot. 1958), usually later cited as ‘90 per cent of everything is crap’.

"It is in this vein that I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against the attacks of people..whose conclusion was that ninety percent of s f is crud. The Revelation: Ninety percent of everything is crud."

- TH Sturgeon in Venture Science Fiction, 1958

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