Quotes Collected During Fall 02011 Semester

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Fall 02011 semester. Most recently added quotes are displayed first. Note: The Fall 02011 semester started on 15 August 02011 with 1106 quotes.

Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied.
-- Robert Noyce (01927-01990) {co-inventor of the integrated circuit; more...} [knowledge]

No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
-- Plato (00428?bc-00348?bc) {Greek philosopher; more...} [education]

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
-- Linus Pauling (01901-01994) {American chemist (quantum chemistry/molecular biology; more...} [ideas]

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion,
in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

-- Thomas Jefferson (01743-01826) {3rd U.S. President (01801-1809); more...} [life]

You cannot be at your best without enthusiasm.
-- John Wooden (01910-02010) {Hall of Fame college basketball coach; more...} [life]

I became insane with long periods of horrible sanity.
-- Edgar Alan Poe (01809-01849) {American poet & writer; more...} [life]

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
-- Aldous Huxley (01894-01963) {writer and "leader of modern thought"; more...} [life]

A posting--whether it's to Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,
Blogspot, Wordpress, etc.--doesn't seem complete if it doesn't
contain a hyperlink.

-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [WWW]

In 1936 the notion of a computable function was clarified by Turing, and
he showed the existence of universal computers that, with an appropriate
program, could compute anything computed by any other computer.

-- John McCarthy (01927-02011) {American computer scientist/AI guru; more...} [human factors]

Program designers have a tendency to think of the users as idiots
who need to be controlled. They should rather think of their program
as a servant, whose master, the user, should be able to control it.
If designers and programmers think about the apparent mental qualities
that their programs will have, they'll create programs that are easier
and pleasanter -- more humane -- to deal with.

-- John McCarthy (01927-02011) {American computer scientist/AI guru; more...} [human factors]

I invite every American to do their own math.
-- Herman Cain (01945-) {American businessman; more...} [math]

My American Dream was to make money because I was broke.
-- Herman Cain (01945-) {American businessman; more...} [life]

In common with all other scientists, the economist's jurisdiction
is over means and not ultimate ends. He can tell you which means
seem most likely to serve your ends, but he cannot speak to the
quality of those ends.

-- Benjamin Rogge (01920-01980) {economist/professor; more...} [economics]

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.
-- Marcel Proust (01871-01922) {French novelist; In Search of Lost Time; more...} [math]

A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.
-- Evan Esar (01899-01995) {American humorist; more...} [humor]

I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion
dollars in one year... It's very character-building.

-- Steve Jobs (01955-02011) {visionary and creative guru; more...} [money]

We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and
you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.

-- Steve Jobs (01955-02011) {visionary and creative guru; more...} [life]

Your enthusiasm and energy - bubbling over - transform
work into a joyous and irresistible endeavor.

-- John Wooden (01910-02010) {Hall of Fame college basketball coach; more...} [life]

Scientists aren't always right, but when they talk, they
deserve at least the initial presumption of wisdom.

-- Jeffrey Kluger (?????-) {author/journalist; more...} [scientists]

It's not class warfare. It's math.
-- Barack Obama (01961-) {44th U.S. President; "fair share" era; more...} [proofiness]

I don't have enough imagination to imagine what
nano-warfare is going to be like.

-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [future]

Tell them what you're going to tell them.
Tell them.
Tell them what you told them.

-- Paul Halmos (01916-02006) {Hungarian-born American mathematician; more | interview} [communication]

You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect
them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will
somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something:
your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never
let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

-- Steve Jobs (01955-02011) {Stanford commencement speech, June 02005; more...} [life]

Done is the engine of more.
-- Bre Pettis (?????-) {#13 in The Cult of Done Manifesto; more...} [life]

The end of labor is to gain leisure.
-- Aristotle (00384bc-00332bc) {Greek philosopher; more...} [life/labor]

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer,
a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and
explode once a year, killing everyone inside

-- Robert X. Cringely (01953-) {technology journalist Mark Stephens; more...} [computing]

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create
superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.

-- Vernor Vinge (01944-) {from an essay written in 01993; more...} [singularity]

I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science
isn't even taught as standard in UK schools. Your IT curriculum
focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight
into how it's made.

-- Eric Schmidt (01955-) {Chairman/CEO of Google; more...} [education]

The Internet isn't making inevitable change faster;
it has become an engine of change.

-- Eric Schmidt (01955-) {Chairman/CEO of Google; more...} [Internet]

The use of the word "always" almost always bothers me.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [school]

Time forks perpetually toward innumerable futures.
-- Jorge Luis Borges (01899-01986) {Argentine writer; more...} [future/time]

Roadkill on the information highway will be the billions who
will forget there are offramps to destinations other than
Hollywood, Las Vegas, the local bingo parlor, or shiny beads
from a shopping network.

-- Alan Kay (01940-) {computing guru; from Wired 2.05, May 1994, p. 77 via Kevin Kelly; more...} [Internet]

Money is just a type of information, a pattern that,
once digitized, becomes subject to persistent programmatic
hacking by the mathematically skilled.

-- Kevin Kelly (01952-) {digital culture guru/writer; more...} [math]

Do as I say, not as I do example... Politician A tells politician B to stop playing politics.
-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [politics]

As we move into the era of an information-based world,
the value of mathematics as a former of our culture is
going to become greater and greater.

-- Kevin Kelly (01952-) {digital culture guru/writer; more...} [math]

I am finding it increasly difficult to disagree without being
disagreeable, but at least I don't resort to name calling.

-- Gerald Thurman (01957-) {an American currently living in Arizona; more...} [life]

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that
person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for days.

-- Eric Schmidt (01955-) {Chairman/CEO of Google; more...} [Internet]

Term limits aren't enough. We need jail.
-- P.J. O'Rourke (01947-) {American political satirist; more...} [government]

It goes into the meta of mathematics itself.
-- Twain Twain on Google+ (?????-) {"we need to innovate new forms of mathematics"; more...} [math]

If they [politicians] want votes they shouldn't campaign to make
abortion illegal or legal. They should campaign to make it retroactive.
If a kid reaches 25 and he or she is still jobless, feckless, and sitting
around Starbucks acting like a -- no offense -- European, then whack.

-- P.J. O'Rourke (01947-) {American political satirist; more...} [life]

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
-- Jean-Paul Sartre (01905-01980) {French philosopher; more...} [time]

Drugs have taught an entire generation of Americans the metric system.
-- P.J. O'Rourke (01947-) {American political satirist; more...} [measurement]

It's impracticable to halt the exponential advancement of technology.
-- Ben Goertzel (01966-) {AI (Artificial Intelligence) guru; more...} [future]

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.
I'm frightened of the old ones.

-- John Gage (01942-) {Computer Scientist; more...} [ideas]

Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche,
resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience
so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can
say that the response is ill advised.

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

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Created: 15 August 2011
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