Quotes Collected During Fall 2010 Semester

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Fall 2010 semester. Most recently added quotes are displayed first. Note: The Fall 2010 semester started on 18 August 2010 with 952 quotes.

The more is given the less the people will work for themselves,
and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.

-- Leo Tolstoy (01828-01910) {Russian writer; more...} [poverty]

The strongest of all warriors are these two -- Time and Patience.
-- Leo Tolstoy (01828-01910) {Russian writer; more...} [life]

The oppression of a majority by a minority, and the demoralization
inevitably resulting from it, is a phenomenon that has always occupied
me and has done so most particularly of late.

-- Leo Tolstoy (01828-01910) {Russian writer; more...} [life]

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
-- Christopher Lasch (01932-01994) {American historian/moralist; more...} [life]

As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise
that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought.
Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant
when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was
going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.

-- Maurice Wilkes (01913-02010) {British computer scientist; more...} [computing]

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
-- Albert Schweitzer (01875-01965) {German-French theologian/physician.; more...} [life]

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that
my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.

-- Albert Schweitzer (01875-01965) {German-French theologian/physician.; more...} [life]

We picked our own teams and made our own rules and argued
a lot and played until it was so dark that while trying to
catch a football that you could not see you might run
face-first into a tree that you also could not see.

-- Dave Barry (01947-) {American author; "nobody watched us play these sports" more...} [sports]

Thanksgiving is not an anachronism whose time is past. It is much
more than a holiday to celebrate a meal shared between the Pilgrims
and Native Americans. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for
what we have--not for what we cherish, desire or envy.

-- Ted Nugent (01948-) {American rock'n roller; more...} [Thanksgiving]

The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment...
-- Alfred North Whitehead (01861-01947) {English mathematician; more...} [life]

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations we can perform without thinking.

-- Alfred North Whitehead (01861-01947) {English mathematician; more...} [life]

The problem is, when we try to calculate all the way down
to zero distance, the equation blows up in our face and
gives us meaningless answers--things like infinity. This
caused a lot of trouble when the theory of quantum
electrodynamics first came out. People were getting
infinity for every problem they tried to calculate!

-- Richard Feynman (01918-01988) {American physicist; more...} [numbers]

Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.
-- Arthur Stringer (01874-01050) {Canadian writer; more...} [life]

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands
of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then
discover once a year is way too often.

-- Johnny Carson (01925-02005) {American TV host/comedian; more...} [Thanksgiving]

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
-- Irv Kupcinet (01912-02003) {American newspaper columnist (Chicago); more...} [Thanksgiving]

The only problem with having nothing to do is you can't stop and rest.
-- Franklin P. Jones (01908-01980) {American reporter/humorist; more...} [life]

The most efficient labor-saving device is still money.
-- Franklin P. Jones (01908-01980) {American reporter/humorist; more...} [money/labor]

The easiest way to solve a problem is to pick an easy one.
-- Franklin P. Jones (01908-01980) {American reporter/humorist; more...} [life]

One advantage of talking to yourself is that you
know at least somebody's listening.

-- Franklin P. Jones (01908-01980) {American reporter/humorist; more...} [life]

Statistics can be used to support anything--especially statisticians.
-- Franklin P. Jones (01908-01980) {American reporter/humorist; more...} [math]

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
-- Franklin P. Jones (01908-01980) {American reporter/humorist; more...} [time]

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful.
It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He
accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically,
but almost with pleasure.

-- Aldous Huxley (01894-01963) {writer and "leader of modern thought"; more...} [travel]

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
-- Thomas Carlyle (1795-01881) {Scottish writer; more...} [life]

A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.
-- Bert Leston Taylor (01866-01921) {American writer; more...} [boring]

That is my great trouble in taking tests and examinations
of any kind. I always want to argue with the examiner,
because the examiner is always so obviously wrong.

-- Robert Benchley (01889-01945) {American humorist; more...} [education]

The psychological principle is this: anyone can do any amount of work,
provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.

-- Robert Benchley (01889-01945) {American humorist; How to Get Things Done; more...} [procrastination]

I would die happy if I knew that on my tombstone could be written
these words, "This man was an absolute fool. None of the disastrous
things that he reluctantly predicted ever came to pass!"

-- Lewis Mumford (01895-01990) {American historian/writer; more...} [life]

I'm a pessimist about probabilities; I'm an optimist about possibilities.
-- Lewis Mumford (01895-01990) {American historian/writer; more...} [life]

We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinian physics
ruled by Frankenstein logic.

-- David Russell (01958-) {American film director/writer; more...} [life]

What most people today are doing is saying, first, let's get the robot
so that it can do the simple things, and then we will make it do the
harder ones. I think we should just turn it opposite.

-- Marvin Minsky (01927-) {Artificial intelligence guru; Minsky's homepage at MIT.edu} [robotics]

Anything important is never left to the vote of the people.
We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on
what he is to do.

-- Will Rogers (01879-01935) {American cowboy/actor/humorist; more...} [voting]

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
-- George Jean Nathan (01882-01958) {American drama critic; more...} [voting]

The people who cast the votes decide nothing.
The people who count the votes decide everything.

-- Joseph Stalin (01879-01953) {1st General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party; more...} [government]

When human beings acquired language, we learned not just how
to listen but how to speak. When we gained literacy, we learned
not just how to read but how to write. And as we move into an
increasingly digital reality, we must learn not just how to use
programs but how to make them.

-- Douglas Rushkoff (01961-) {American media theorist; more...} [life]

You teach kids how to succeed when they successfully
foil the educational system.

-- Arlo Guthrie (01947-) {American folk singer; more...} [education]

But in the end, we took the money, and for a
very sound professional reason: We are whores.

-- Dave Barry (01947-) {American author/columnist/humorist; more...} [life]

Humankind cannot stand very much reality.
-- T. S. Eliot (01888-01965) {American born English poet; more...} [reality]

I turn on the programmable coffeemaker, which I hope that
someday, perhaps by attending community college, I will
learn to program.

-- Dave Barry (01947-) {American author/columnist/humorist; more...} [education]

It should be noted that the games of children are not games,
and must be considered as their most serious actions.

-- Michel de Montaigne (01533-01592) {father of Modern Skepticism; more...} [life]

Live as long as you please, you will strike nothing
off the time you will have to spend dead.

-- Michel de Montaigne (01533-01592) {father of Modern Skepticism; more...} [death]

I consider myself an average man, except in the fact
that I consider myself an average man.

-- Michel de Montaigne (01533-01592) {father of Modern Skepticism; more...} [life]

I think his behavior is under control when he can control it.
-- Dennis Erickson (?????-) {head football coach at ASU talking about one of his players} [control]

One of my guiding principles is don't do anything that other people are doing.
-- Seymour Cray (01925-01996) {"father" of supercomputing & its related industry; more...} [life]

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
-- Havelock Ellis (01859-01939) {British sexologist/physician/social reformer; more...} [life]

You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got
for $1.50 in late fees at the public library.

-- Will Hunting (01997-) {fictional character in the movie Good Will Hunting; more...} [education]

"I can't do math" has become an iconic excuse in our society.
-- Linda Rosen (?????-) {Chief Executive Officer of CTEq (Change The Equation); more...} [education]

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not.
We have plenty of messenger boys.

-- Sir William Preece (01834-01913) {Welsh electrical engineer and inventor; more...} [future]

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

-- Elbert Hubbard (01856-01915) {American author; more...} [life]

It's fairly easy to get things sort of right. Hard to get them right.
-- Stephen Wolfram (01959-) {British physicist/programmer/mathematician; more...} [life]

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its
way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the
false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just
as good as your knowledge.'

-- Isaac Asimov (01920-01992) {born in Russia; American author/biochemistry professor; more...} [democracy]

I'm not an optimist, neither am I a pessimist.
I'm a very serious "possibilist."

-- Hans Rosling (01948-) {Professor Global Health & Director of Gapminder Foundation; more...} [life]

Enthusiasm is contagious, and so is boredom.
-- Paul Graham (01965-) {programmer/VC/essayist; more...} [life]

The less confident you are, the more serious you have to act.
-- Tara Ploughman (?????-?????) {Who is Tara Ploughman? Quote found at PaulGraham.com} [confidence]

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you
feel that you, too, can become great.

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

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may
become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.

Mary Wilson Little (-) {American writer; more...} [fun]

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun
is in having lots to do and not doing it.

Mary Wilson Little (-) {American writer; more...} [fun]

For example, Charlie Munger of Berkshire Hathaway once gave a speech
called "The Psychology of Human Misjudgment." He and others list our
natural weaknesses: We have confirmation bias; we pick out evidence
that supports our views. We are cognitive misers; we try to think as
little as possible. We are herd thinkers and conform our perceptions
to fit in with the group.

-- David Brooks (01961-) {American political and cultural commentator; more...} [culture]

I read and write. I talk to people. I think about things. I write code.
I travel. I cook and eat. I hang out with family and friends.

-- Ed Felten (01963-) {from his Twitter profile; Princeton CS professor; more...} [life]

A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely,
however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.

-- Albert Camus (01913-01960) {French Algerian author/philosopher/journalist; more...} [life]

[I am] an anonymous institutional employee who drove to work
each morning in a long line of commuter cars and drove home
each night and drank martinis...like several million middle-class,
liberal, intellectual robots.

-- Timothy Leary (01920-01996) {American psychologist decribing himself at age 35; more...} [life]

We have statisticians who systematize the static: How about ecstatisticians who systematize the ecstatic?
-- Timothy Leary (01920-01996) {American psychologist; more...} [life]

If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
-- Jean-Paul Sartre (01905-01980) {French philosopher; more...} [life]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 18 August 2010
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