Chris R. Johnson:
There are three phases of life:
- A phase when you have more time than money, so you trade time for money.
- A phase when you have more money than time, so you trade money for time.
- A phase when you trade your money for new body parts.
Larry McMurtry: If
you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
Ken Robinson: If
you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything
Ken Robinson: The
real role of leadership in education ... is not and should not be
command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control,
creating a climate of possibility.
Bruno de Finetti:
The only relevant thing is uncertainty - the extent of our knowledge
and ignorance. The actual fact of whether or not the events considered
are in some sense determined, or known by other people, and so on, is
of no consequence.
Robert Browning: The
best is yet to be.
John Lennon: When I
was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key
to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when
I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the
assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.
George Bernard Shaw:
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you
are the easiest person to fool.
Jean Giraudoux: Only
the mediocre are always at their best.
Benjamin Disraeli: As a
general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Henry David Thoreau:
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Anonymous: The Art of
Living - I'd explain it, but there's a lot of math.
Robert H. Schller: You are
what you think about all day long.
Abraham Joshua Heschel: When
I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire
Marshall McLuhan: If it
works, it's obsolete.
David Wolpert: To purchase insight
you must pay beforehand, in confusion.
Less advice and more hands.
is so firmly believed as what we least know.
a new finding is reported to the world people say: It is probably not
true. Later on, when the reliability of a new finding has been fully
confirmed, people say: OK, it may be true but it has no real
significance. At last, when even the significance of the finding is
obvious to everybody, people say: Well, it might have some
significance, but the idea is not new.
Leroy Hood: New ideas
require new structures.
R.W. Hamming: Mathematicians
stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's
The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.
Ernest Newman: The
great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but
becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and
Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't
waste time waiting for inspiration.
Mozart: People err who think
my art comes easily to me. I assure you, dear friend, nobody has devoted so
much time and thought to compositions as I. There is not a famous master whose
music I have not industriously studied through many times.
You have given me great joy with the little book about Faraday. This man
loved mysterious Nature as a lover loves his distant beloved. In his day,
there did not yet exist the dull specialization that stares with
self-conceit through hornrimmed glasses and destroys poetry.
Norbert Wiener: There
are fields of scientific work...which have been explored from the different
sides of pure mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, and
neurophysiology...in which every single notion receives a separate and
different name from each group, and in which important work has been
triplicated or quadruplicated, while still other important work is delayed
by the unavailability in one field of results that may have already become
classical in the next field.
John Hope Francis: I
have always subscribed to the expression: Thank God it's Friday' because to
me, Friday means I can work for the next two days without
Walter Annenberg: I
want to remind you that success in life is based on hard
slogging. There will be periods when discouragement is great and
upsetting, and the antidote for this is calmness and fortitude and a
modest yet firm belief in your competence. Be sure that your
priorities are in order so that you can proceed in a logical manner,
and be ever mindful that nothing will take the place of persistence.
Delmore Schwartz: Time
is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.
Congenital naysayers are among the greatest stumbling blocks to thinking
free. Rather than imagining how a new idea might possibly work, they
instinctively think of all the reasons why it won't. They sincerely
believe that they are doing everyone a favor by reducing the amount of time
spent on bad or foolish ideas. But what they really do is undermine the
creativity that can be harvested from thinking free.
John W. Gardner:
When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could
do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out
of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten
creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative
men and women is to stand out of their light.
Voltaire: Judge a man
by his questions rather than his answers.
James Baldwin: The
world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was
when you came in.
Goethe: Whatever you can
do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in
Anonymous: Patience will
come to him who waits for it.
Alan Kay: It's not what
the vision is, it's what the vision does.
Marcel Proust: The real
act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but seeing with new
Learning science and thinking about science or reading a paper in
science is not about learning what a person did. You have to do that,
but to really absorb it, you have to turn it around and cast it in a
form as if you invented it yourself. You have to look and be able to
see things that other people looked at and didn't see before. How do
you do that? There are two ways. Either you make a new instrument,
and it gives you better eyes, like Galileo's telescope. And that's a
great way to do it, make such a nice instrument that you don't have to
be so smart, you just look and there it is. Or you try to internalize
it in such a way that it really becomes intuititive. Working on the
right problem is only part of what it takes to succeed. Perseverance
is another essential ingredient.
Edith Wharton: There are
two ways of spreading light... to be the candle, or the mirror that
Archimedes: Give me a
lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the
...for better or worse, our future will be determined in large part by our
dreams and by the struggle to make them real.
Problems are solved only when we devote a great deal of attention to them
and in a creative way...to have a good life, it is not enough to remove
what is wrong with it. We also need a positive goal, otherwise why keep
going? Creativity is one answer to that question: It provides one of the
most exciting models for living.
greater danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss
it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Michelangelo: If people
knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful
Isaac Newton: If others
would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.
Linus Pauling: The best
way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there
were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell
Leonardo Da Vinci: Study
the science of art and the art of science
Leonardo Da Vinci: Those
who become enamoured of the art, without having previously applied to the
diligent study of the scientific part of it, may be compared to mariners
who put to the sea in a ship without rudder or compass and therefore cannot
be certain of arriving at the wished for port.
Strange! I don't understand how it is that we can write mathematical
expressions and calculate what the thing is going to do without being able
to picture it.
Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut:
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in
practice, there is.
Anonymous: In theory,
there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is
no relationship between theory and practice.
von Karmon: A scientist
discovers what exists. An engineer creates what never was.
Harper's Index, October
1989: Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each
day, expressed in M&Ms: 250.
John Lennon: Reality
leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon: You can
only breathe out if you breathe in.
George Bernard Shaw:
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you
will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and
clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
Buddhist Saying: Act
always as if the future of the Universe depended on what you did, while
laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any
Michel de Montaigne:
Upon the highest throne in the world, we are seated, still, upon our
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
As soon as anybody belongs to a certain narrow creed in science, every
unprejudiced and true perception is gone.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive
element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my
daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life
miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of
inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it
is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,
and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are,
we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them
become what they are capable of becoming.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
David M. Burns Aim
for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong,
because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move
forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind
perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right
to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more
Inverse problems are a field in which one is called upon to reconstruct
the cow from the hamburger meat, so to speak
John W. Tukey:
Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which
is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong quesiton, which
can always be made precise.
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain,
hazardous, and conflicting information.
George Box: All models
are wrong. Some models are useful.
Goethe: Oh, happy he who
still hopes he can emerge from Error's boundless sea! - Faust.
Richard Feynman: What is not
surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth.
Richard Feynman: If you
thought that science was certain, well, that is just an error on your part.
M.L. Minsky (1979): Computer
science has such intimate relations with so many other subjects that it is
hard to see it as a thing in itself.
J. Hartmanis (1994):
Computer science differs from the known sciences so deeply that it has to
be viewed as a new species among the sciences.
J. Ousterhout: There are
two types of computer languages; those that people hate and those that
Albert Einstein: The
secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Richard Feynman: We now
realize that the phenomena of chemical interactions, and, ultimately life
itself, are to be understood in terms of electromagnetism.
Wilhem Einthoven from his
Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1925: A new chapter has been opened in the
study of heart diesease, not by the work of a single investigator, but by
that of many talented men, who have not been influenced in their work by
political boundaries and, distributed over the whole surface of the heart,
have devoted their powers to an ideal purpose, the advance of knowledge by
which, finally, suffering mankind is helped.
J. C. Maxwell: The true
logic of this world is in the calculus of probabilities.
H. Helmholtz: What we
see is the solution to a computational problem, our brains compute the most
likely causes from the photon absorptions within our eyes.
Anonymous: Time is that
quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it
doesn't seem to be working.
Thomas Edison: Opportunity
is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like
Calvin Coolidge: Nothing
in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is
more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of
educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are
Oscar Wilde: Success is
a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Willa A. Foster:
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high
intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful
execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the
cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship. Quality also
marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and
mere usefulness achieved.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to
unlocking our potential.
Irving Berlin: The
toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a
Voltaire: What most
persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of
Philip Caldwell: The
important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to
get credit for the wins and the losses. Successes have many fathers,
failures have none.
Alan Kay: The best way to
predict the future is to invent it.
Voltaire: To succeed in the
world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Richard Powers: [G]eneral
imbecility might be reduced if people had to renew their diplomas the way
they do their driver's licenses. It wouldn't make anybody smarter. But it
might slow the nonsense glut.
Winston Churchill: Men
occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
Harry S. Truman: It's
amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit.
Brilliant: Sometimes I need what only you can provide - Your absence.
Blore's Razor: Given a
choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.
Douglas Adams: I love
deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Herm Albright: A
positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough
people to make it worth the effort.
Frank Zappa: Some
scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentyful, is the basic
building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more
stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the
Woody Allen: More than any
other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to
despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray
we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Oscar Wilde: I am not
young enough to know everything.
Konrad Lorenz: It is a good
morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every
day before breakfast. It keeps him young.
Henry David Thoreau:
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
Richard Feynman: I was born
not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and
Will Durant: Education is a
progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Charles Darwin: It's
not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
(1777-1855), while working, when informed that his wife is dying: Ask
her to wait a moment - I am almost done.
Douglas Adams: I may not
have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I
intended to be.
Anonymous: OK, so you've
got a Ph.D. Now, don't touch anything.
Richard Russo (Straight
Man): They believe Finny? I say. It's a silly question, of
course. My colleagues are academics. They indulge paranoid fantasies
for the same reason dogs lick their own testicles.
Thomas Jefferson: I find
that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Steven Wright: I have an
existential map; it has `you are here' written all over it.
I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn
how to do it.
Rich Cook: Programming
today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and
better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better
idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
Thomas Henderson: Ah,
but what's in your mind may not be what is.
M. Cartmill: As an
adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I
thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a
scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
Steven Pearl: I can't
believe that out of 100,000 sperm, you were the quickest.
Phillip Lopate: The
prospect of a long day at the beach makes me panic. There is no harder work
I can think of than taking myself off to somewhere pleasant, where I am
forced to stay for hours and 'have fun'.
Werner von Braun: Basic
research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
Samuel Butler: Man is
the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he
intends to eat until he eats them.
Nietzsche: It is hard
enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for
Seymoure Cray: #3
pencils and quadrille pads. - when asked what CAD tools he used to
design the Cray I; he also recommended using the back side of the pages so
that the lines were not so dominant.
Seymoure Cray: I just
bought a Mac to help me design the next Cray. When Cray was informed
that Apple Inc. had recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them
design the next Mac.
Bill Wulf: There is only
one nature - the division into science and engineering is a human
imposition, not a natural one. Indeed, the division is a human failure; it
reflects our limited capacity to comprehend the whole.
Bjarne Stroustrup: C
makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when
you do, it blows away your whole leg.
Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
Tolstoy: Everyone thinks
of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
T.H. Huxley: Try to
learn something about everything and everything about something.
Chinese proverb: The
person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing
Popular Mechanics, March
1949: Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equpped with 18,000 vaccuum
tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000
vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 1/2 tons.
Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we
can find information upon it.
Magritte: I need to see
the original paintings just as little as I have to read the original
manuscripts of books.
Cicero: A room without
books is like a body without a soul.
Dr. Loren Miller of Goodyear
Tire at an ASCI site visit: Well, that may be good enough for nuclear
weapons, but it's not good enough for tires.
Romain Gary: He who
smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by
little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
Helen Keller: One
can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to
During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of
technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the
need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
Pilosophie Positive, 1830: Every attempt to employ mathematical
methods in the study of biological questions must be considered
profoundly irrational and contrary to the spirit of biology.
If mathematical analysis should ever hold a prominent place in biology
- an aberration which is happily almost impossible - it would occasion
a rapid and widespread degeneration of that science.
Henry J. Tillman:
The saying "Getting there is half the fun" became obsolete with the
advent of commercial airlines.
Stories are flight simulators for our brains.
Gustave Flaubert: Be steady
and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.
4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip
Dormer Stanhope: Idleness is the holiday of fools.
Will Rogers: There
are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who
learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric
fence for themselves.
Dirac: Scientific progress is measured in units of courage, not
Gabriel Zaid and Jose
Gaos: The freedom and happiness experienced in reading are
addictive... Reading liberates the reader and transports him from his
book to a reading of himself and all of life... Those who aspire to
the status of cultured individuals visit bookstores with trepidation,
overwhelmed by the immensity of all they have not read. They buy
something they've been told is good, make an unsuccessful attempt to
read it, and when they have accumulated half a dozen unread books,
feel so bad that they are afraid to buy more. In contrast, the truly
cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without
losing their composure or their desire for more. Every private
library is a reading plan.
Tennyson 'Tis not too
late to seek a newer world.
Alert von Szent-Gyorgy
: Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and
thinking what nobody has thought.
In times of stress, the three best things to have are an old dog, an
old wife and ready money.
Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life
has a beginning as well as an end. There was time when we were not:
this gives us no concern -- why then should it trouble us that a time
will come when we shall cease to be.
Hugh Roe O'Donnell:
Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him
have his way.
Harvey Mackay: Ideas
without action are worthless.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Kurt Vonnegut: Those
who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.