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Quotes

A colllection of quotes I like. As you read them, please keep in mind that:

A witty saying proves nothing — Voltaire.


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.

— Albert Einstein

Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

— Robert Heinlein

Science is a lot like sex. Sometimes something useful comes of it, but that’s not the reason we’re doing it.

— Richard Feynman

You can’t publish a paper on physics without the full experimental data and results; that should be the standard in journalism.

— Julian Assange

It’s OK to stand on the shoulders of giants, just don’t shit on their heads.

— unknown

Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

— unknown

Considerate la vostra semenza
fatti non foste a viver come bruti
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza

— Ulysses, La Divina Commedia (Dante Alighieri)

We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather: we get educated out of it.

— Ken Robinson

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

— Bertrand Russell

Of course I believe in free will. I have no choice.

— Christopher Hitchens

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked for forgiveness.

— Emo Philips

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.

— Frank Zappa

Science is the organized skepticism in the reliability of expert opinion.

— Richard Feynman

One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.

— James D. Watson

Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.

— Kurt Vonnegut

Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.

— Max Radin

When stupidity is a sufficient explanation, there is no need to have recourse to any other.

— Mitchell Ulmann

War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.

— Ambrose Bierce

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

— Benjamin Franklin

If you continue to do what you do, you will continue to get what you get.

— unknown, Chinese proverb

Numbers talk, bullshit walks.

— Linus Torvalds

The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.

— Wilson Mizner

Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

— Scott Adams

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.

— Jean Paul Sartre

My vision of economic morality is more or less Rawlsian: we should try to create the society each of us would want if we didn’t know in advance who we’d be.

— Paul Krugman, Paraphrasing John Rawls’ Veil of Ignorance (Theory of Justice)

No battle plan ever survives contact first contact with the enemy.

— Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

Contrary to the ultra-Darwinist view, reverse engineering doesn’t always work in biology for the simple reason that God is not an engineer; God is a hacker.

— Francis Crick

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.

— Howard Zinn

Nobody looks back on their life and remembers the nights where they got plenty of sleep.

— Anonymous

If you want to make important discoveries, choose an important problem.

— Peter Medawar

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.

— David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

Love consists in overestimating the differences between one woman and another.

— George B. Shaw

There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.

— Banksy

Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.

— Frank Sinatra

The suppression of the authorial “I” in academic writing, is, ultimately, a rhetorical ploy [designed to create] the appearance of objectivity.

— James C. Raymond

With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.

There is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse

— Chris Hadfield