Favorite Quotes

o Kenny Rogers: If someone asks you to run the 100 yard dash as fast as you can, you'll run the 100 dash as fast as you think you can. But if you put someone along side you who runs a little faster, you are going to run faster - whoa - I better step it up a little bit. I do things even I didn't know I was capable of.

o 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.

o Larry McMurtry: If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

o Ken Robinson: If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.

o 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.

o 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.

o Robert Browning: The best is yet to be.

o 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.

o George Bernard Shaw: Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

o Richard Feynman: The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

o Jean Giraudoux: Only the mediocre are always at their best.

o Benjamin Disraeli: As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

o Henry David Thoreau: Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

o Anonymous: The Art of Living - I'd explain it, but there's a lot of math.

o Robert H. Schller: You are what you think about all day long.

o Abraham Joshua Heschel: When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.

o Marshall McLuhan: If it works, it's obsolete.

o David Wolpert: To purchase insight you must pay beforehand, in confusion.

o Shakespeare: Action is eloquence.

o German Proverb: Less advice and more hands.

o Montaigne: Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.

o Montaigne: Whenever 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.

o Leroy Hood: New ideas require new structures.

o R.W. Hamming: Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes.

oR.W. Hamming: The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.

o 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.

o 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.

o Albert Einstein: 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.

o 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.

o 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 interruptions.

o 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.

o Delmore Schwartz: Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.

o Steven Sample: 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.

o 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.

o Voltaire: Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

o James Baldwin: The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.

o Goethe: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

o Anonymous: Patience will come to him who waits for it.

o Alan Kay: It's not what the vision is, it's what the vision does.

o Marcel Proust: The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but seeing with new eyes.

o Steven Chu: 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.

o Edith Wharton: There are two ways of spreading light... to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.

o Archimedes: Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

o Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: ...for better or worse, our future will be determined in large part by our dreams and by the struggle to make them real.

o Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: 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.

o Michelangelo: The 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.

o Michelangelo: If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.

o Isaac Newton: If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.

o Linus Pauling: The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

o Willa Cather: Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement.

o Leonardo Da Vinci: Study the science of art and the art of science

o 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.

o Richard Feynman: 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.

o Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut: In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

o Anonymous: In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is no relationship between theory and practice.

o von Karmon: A scientist discovers what exists. An engineer creates what never was.

o Harper's Index, October 1989: Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250.

o John Lennon: Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

o John Lennon: You can only breathe out if you breathe in.

o 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.

o Blaise Pascal: Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.

o 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 difference.

o Michel de Montaigne: Upon the highest throne in the world, we are seated, still, upon our arses.

o Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

o Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

o Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: As soon as anybody belongs to a certain narrow creed in science, every unprejudiced and true perception is gone.

o 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.

o Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.

o 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 productive person.

o Andreas Mandelis Inverse problems are a field in which one is called upon to reconstruct the cow from the hamburger meat, so to speak

o 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.

o Winston Churchill: True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.

o George Box: All models are wrong. Some models are useful.

o Goethe: Oh, happy he who still hopes he can emerge from Error's boundless sea! - Faust.

o Richard Feynman: What is not surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth.

o Richard Feynman: If you thought that science was certain, well, that is just an error on your part.

o 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.

o 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.

o J. Ousterhout: There are two types of computer languages; those that people hate and those that nobody uses.

o Albert Einstein: The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

o Richard Feynman: We now realize that the phenomena of chemical interactions, and, ultimately life itself, are to be understood in terms of electromagnetism.

o 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.

o J. C. Maxwell: The true logic of this world is in the calculus of probabilities.

o 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.

o Anonymous: Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.

o Thomas Edison: Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

o 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 omnipotent.

o Oscar Wilde: Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.

o 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.

o Winston Churchill: Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.

o Irving Berlin: The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.

o Voltaire: What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

o 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.

o Alan Kay: The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

o Voltaire: To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

o 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.

o Winston Churchill: Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

o Harry S. Truman: It's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit.

o Ashleigh Brilliant: Sometimes I need what only you can provide - Your absence.

o Blore's Razor: Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.

o Douglas Adams: I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

o Herm Albright: A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

o 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 universe.

o 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.

o Oscar Wilde: I am not young enough to know everything.

o 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.

o Henry David Thoreau: Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

o Richard Feynman: I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.

o Will Durant: Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

o Charles Darwin: It's not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

o Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), while working, when informed that his wife is dying: Ask her to wait a moment - I am almost done.

o Douglas Adams: I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

o Anonymous: OK, so you've got a Ph.D. Now, don't touch anything.

o 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.

o Thomas Jefferson: I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

o Steven Wright: I have an existential map; it has `you are here' written all over it.

o Pablo Picasso: I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

o 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.

o Thomas Henderson: Ah, but what's in your mind may not be what is.

o 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.

o Steven Pearl: I can't believe that out of 100,000 sperm, you were the quickest.

o 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'.

o Werner von Braun: Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.

o Samuel Butler: Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

o Nietzsche: It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

o 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.

o 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.

o 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.

o 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.

o Ashleigh Brilliant: Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.

o Tolstoy: Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

o T.H. Huxley: Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

o Chinese proverb: The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

o 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.

o Samual Johnson: Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

o Magritte: I need to see the original paintings just as little as I have to read the original manuscripts of books.

o Cicero: A room without books is like a body without a soul.

o 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.

o Romain Gary: He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.

o Unknown: Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

o Ralph Waldo Emerson: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

o Helen Keller: One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

o Bertrand Russell: The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

o Bernard Baruch: 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.

o Auguste Comte, 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.

o Henry J. Tillman: The saying "Getting there is half the fun" became obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines.

o Chip Heath: Stories are flight simulators for our brains.

o Gustave Flaubert: Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.

o 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope: Idleness is the holiday of fools.

o 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.

o Paul Dirac: Scientific progress is measured in units of courage, not intelligence.

o 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.

o Tennyson 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

o Alert von Szent-Gyorgy : Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

o Benjamin Franklin: In times of stress, the three best things to have are an old dog, an old wife and ready money.

o William Hazlitt: 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.

o Hugh Roe O'Donnell: Sometimes the best way to convince someone he is wrong is to let him have his way.

o Harvey Mackay: Ideas without action are worthless.

o Abraham Lincoln: Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

o Kurt Vonnegut: Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.