Quotes Collected During Fall 2009 Semester

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Fall 2009 semester. Most recently added quotes are displayed first.

Read, every day, something no one else is reading.
Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.
It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.

-- Christopher Morley (01890-01957) {U.S. author/journalist; more...} [life]

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
-- Horace Walpole (01717-01797) {4th Earl of Orford; more...} [life]

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
-- Don Marquis (01878-01937) {American humorist/journalist; more...} [life]

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the
things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

-- Laurence J. Peter (01919-01990) {; more...} [economics]

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages;
so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.

-- Benjamin Franklin (01706-01790) {polymath/Founding Father of the U.S.; more...} [life]

Adults are obsolete children.
-- Theodor Geisel (01904-01991) {Dr. Seuss; American writer/cartoonist; more...} [life]

I have always liked the concept of universities as they were
in Ancient Greece, where folks who had something cool to say
would just come and say it. It wasn't about recognition; the
impetus was the thought that you were resonating with ideas.

-- Donald Knuth (01938-) {computer scientist at Stanford University; more...} [education]

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
-- Helen Keller (01880-01968) {American author; more...} [education]

[...] tranquilizing effect of not knowing.
-- Jacob Soll (?????-) {Rutger's history professor; more...} [ignorance]

Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?
-- Gary Hamel (01954-) {American management expert; more...} [life]

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
-- Aristotle (00384 BCE-00322 BCE) {Greek philosopher; more...} [education]

[My mom] wouldn't let me come home with no F.
-- Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg) (01971-) {American rapper; more...} [education]

If you stop at general math, you're only going to make general math money.
-- Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg) (01971-) {American rapper; more...} [education]

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in
a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving,
regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

-- Ronald Reagan (01911-02004) {40th President of the U.S.; more...} [government]

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jill a rich widow.
-- Evan Esar (01899-01995) {American humorist; more...} [humor]

I think that we are necessarily moving toward a geek culture.
The health of our society is going to rely on information
technology. It's going to rely on a familiarity with
math and science and technology.

-- John Hodgman (01971-) {American voice actor/author/humorist; more...} [geekdom]

I'm not saying nerds must have their revenge; I'm
just saying the time for wedgies is at an end.

-- John Hodgman (01971-) {American voice actor/author/humorist; more...} [geekdom]

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true
you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given
such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [life]

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.
In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [life]

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of
ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [teaching]

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it,
and when you do not know a thing, to allow that
you do not know it - this is knowledge.

-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [knowledge]

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who
thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [life]

He who will not economize will have to agonize.
-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [life]

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [life]

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [life]

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
-- Confucius (00551 BCE-00479 BCE) {Chinese thinker/social philosopher; more...} [life]

I P on (under) everything. [IP is Internet Protocol]
-- Vinton Cerf (01943-) {Internet co-creator; Google's Internet evangelist; more...} [Internet]

Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope.
-- Delta, CO {seen on a car dealership sign; Twitpic} [hope]

Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector
operating inside him.

-- Ernest Hemingway (01899-01961) {American writer/journalist; more...} [life]

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
-- Voltaire (01694-01778) {French writer/philosopher; more...} [life]

I aspire to be an intellectual polygamist.
-- Carl Djerassi (01923-) {American chemist (oral contraceptive pill); more...} [polymath]

I think it's a myth that American public or any other public
is so stupid that they need to be constantly pricked.

-- Brian Eno (01948-) {English producer/musician polymath; more...} [life]

Action expresses priorities.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political/spiritual leader of India; more...} [life]

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.
Capital in some form or other will always be needed.

-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [capitalism]

Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [inspiration]

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.

-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [truth]

Freedom is not worth having if it does not
include the freedom to make mistakes.

-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [freedom]

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [life]

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a
few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [humanity]

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the worship of the creator.

-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [life]

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [life]

Those who know how to think need no teachers.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (01869-01948) {political and spiritual leader of India; more...} [learning]

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.
-- H. Jackson Browne (?????-) {American author; more...} [life]

Only the shallow know themselves.
-- Oscar Wilde (01854-01900) {Irish playwright, novelist, poet; more...} [dream/life]

If you want to "get in touch with your feelings," fine, talk to yourself.
We all do. But if you want to communicate with another thinking human
being, get in touch with your thoughts.

-- William Safire (01929-02009) {American political writer; more...} [communication]

Universities will be forced to decide what they are. You know,
are they going to be football teams with libraries attached?
That's what a lot of them are now.

-- Scott McNealy (01954-) {Chairman and Co-Founder, Sun Microsystems; more...} [education]

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves
the seriousness of a child at play.

-- Napoleon Bonaparte (01769-01821) {Emperor of the French; more...} [hope/leader]

There can be no question, however, that prolonged commitment
to mathematical exercises in economics can be damaging. It
leads to the atrophy of judgement and intuition...

-- John Kenneth Galbraith (01908-02006) {Canadian-American economist; more...} [economics]

Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial
effect when taken in too large quantities.

-- Edward Plunkett (01878-01957) {18th Baron of Dunsany; more...} [logic]

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
-- Benjamin Disraeli (01804-01881) {British Prime Minister/parliamentarian; more...} [statistics]

I continued to do arithmetic with my father, passing proudly
through fractions to decimals. I eventually arrived at the
point where so many cows ate so much grass, and tanks filled
with water in so many hoursI found it quite enthralling.

-- Agatha Christie (01890-01976) {English crime writer; more...} [arithmetic]

In the company of friends, writers can discuss their books,
economists the state of the economy, lawyers their latest
cases, and businessmen their latest acquisitions, but mathematicians
cannot discuss their mathematics at all. And the more profound
their work, the less understandable it is.

-- Alfred Adler (01870-01937) {Austrian medical doctor/psychologist; more...} [professions]

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty
to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study
mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval
architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order
to give their children a right to study painting, poetry,
music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

-- John Adams (01735-01826) {2nd President of the United States; more...} [generations]

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are
always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

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

It is true that a mathematician who is not also something
of a poet will never be a perfect mathematician.

-- Karl Weierstrass (01815-01897) {German mathematician; father of modern analysis?; more... [mathematics]

Education is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge.
-- Alfred North Whitehead (01861-01947) {English mathematician/philosopher; more... [education]

Nobody likes to pay fines, but because I'm a public official, I do.
-- Tom Horne {Arizona's superintendent of schools} [humor]

Think of blogging vs. re-tweeting as digestion vs. bulemia.
-- Doc Searls (01947-) {American journalist/columnist/author/blogger; more...} [communications]

All I want to know is where I'm going to die so I'll never go there.
-- Warren Buffett (01930-) {Buffett quoting an unknown wise man; more...} [life]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 17 August 2009
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