Quotes Collected During Fall 2008 Semester

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Fall 2008 semester. Most recently added quotes are displayed first.

Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible
for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them. By
old buildings I mean...plain, ordinary, low-value old buildings,
including some rundown old buildings.... Old ideas sometimes use
old buildings. New ideas must use old buildings

-- Jane Jacobs (01916-02006) {Canadian urbanist; more...} [cities]

Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics,
I assure you that mine are greater.

-- Albert Einstein (01879-01955) {German-born theoretical physicist; more...} [math]

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day
is the one day that is purely American.

-- O. Henry (01862-01910) {American writer William Potter; more...} [Thanksgiving]

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party.
-- Dennis Ritchie (01941-02011) {net.unix-wizards posting 12 March 01984; more...} [life]

A man is rich in proportion to the number
of things which he can afford to let alone.

-- Henry David Thoreau (01817-01862) {American author; more...} [life]

It is known that there are an infinte number of worlds,
simply because there is an infinite amount of space for
them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited.
Any finite number divided by infinity is as near nothing as
makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets
in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows
that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and
that any people you may meet from time to time are merely
products of a deranged imagination.

-- Douglas Adams (01952-02001) {"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"; more...} [imagination]

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by
the number of times I succeed: and the number of times
I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times
I fail and keep trying.

-- Tom Hopkins (?????-?????) {don't know who this guy is} [success]

The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd,
is the square root of the number of people in it.

-- Terry Pratchett (01948-) {English sci-fi writer; more...} [intelligence]

Civilization is a race between disaster and education.
-- H.G. Wells (01866-01946) {English writer; more...} [civilization]

We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be
learned about our own world and the thousands of nations that
have arisen and flourished and vanished from it. Mathematics
alone would occupy me eight million years.

-- Mark Twain (01835-01910) {American humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer; more...} [learning]

The most savage controversies are those about matters as to
which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is
used in theology politics, not in arithmetic.

-- Bertrand Russell (01872-01970) {British philosopher/mathematician; more...} [life]

Although he may not always recognize his bondage,
modern man lives under a tyranny of numbers.

-- Nicholas Eberstadt (?????-) {political scientist/economist; more...} [numbers]

The best argument against democracy is a five
minute conversation with the average voter.

-- Winston Churchill (01874-01965) {British politician; more...} [democracy]

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly
to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when
all persons alike share in government to the utmost.

-- Aristotle (00384bc-00332bc) {Greek philosopher; more...} [government]

A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy,
and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is
now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors.

-- Warren Buffett (01930-) {American investor, businessman, philanthropist; more... } [investing]

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people
who have the habit of making excuses.

-- George Washington Carver (01864-01943) {American botanist; more...} [excuses]

There's nothing wrong with failing fast.
-- Brian Singerman (?????-) {an angel investor and a VC at Founders Fund; more...} [entrepreneurs]

Life is already too short to waste on speed.
-- Edward Abbey (01927-01989) {author and defender of wilderness; AbbeyWeb.net } [nature]

Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens
the conscience like individual responsibilty.

-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton (01815-01902) {American feminist; Declaration of Sentiments; more...} [responsibility]

Two men can keep a secret if one of them is dead.
-- Mark Twain (01835-01910) {American humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer; more...} [life]

To be able to investigate details a billion times smaller,
we need to use particles that have energies a billion times
higher. This means that the smaller the details you want to
look at, the larger the machine you will have to build!

-- CERN.ch {the world's largest particle physics laboratory; more...} [science]

The depth with which we understand anything is in direct
proportion to the degree with which we have engaged in
intellectual labor to figure it out for ourselves.

-- Richard Paul (?????-) {authority on critical thinking; more...} [learning/intellectual labor]

As long as no one asks me, it seems to me that I know it;
but if someone asks me and I have to explain it,
it seems to me that I do not know it.

-- St. Augustine (00354-00430) {philosopher and theologian; more...} [knowledge]

When students do not engage in intellectual labor, they
do not meaningfully learn, their learning is falsified.

-- Richard Paul (?????-) {authority on critical thinking; more...} [learning/intellectual labor]

In the flat new world, educational opportunities are limitless,
even without help from school, government, churches or business.
Much of what you need to know about pretty much everything is out
there on the Web somewhere--especially if you're a technologist.

-- Doc Searls (01947-) {blogger and columnist; Open Source advocate; more...} [education]

CQ + PQ > IQ    (Curiosity, Passion, Intelligence Quotients)
-- Thomas Friedman (01953-) {American journalist; "The World is Flat"; more...} [future]

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent
than the one that went before it, and wiser than the
one that comes after it.

-- George Orwell (01903-01950) {English writer Eric Blair; more...} [generations]

We are what we believe we are.
-- C.S. Lewis (01898-01963) {Irish writer; more...} [life]

Thought precedes action as lightning does thunder.
-- Heinrich Heine (01797-01856) {German romantic poet; more...} [thinking]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 11 August 2008
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