Quotes Collected During Spring 2007 Semester

The following quotes were added to GDT::Quotes during Spring 2007 semester. Most recently added quotes are displayed first.

All I need is time, maybe a thousand years
Maybe a million tears, but I need time.

-- Roy Orbison (01936-01988) { American singer-songwriter and rock'n roll pioneer; more... } [time]

Google built one very good business. They only have
one thing they do. Everything else is sort of cute.

-- Steve Ballmer (01956-?????) { CEO of Microsoft speaking about Google; more... } [competition]

A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it
could deceive a human into believing that it was human.

-- Alan Turing (01912-01954) {"father" of modern computer science; more...} [thinking machines]

Conventional languages are basically high-level,
complex versions of the von Neumann computer.

-- John Backus (01924-02007) { creator of FORTRAN; 1977 ACM Turing Award Winner; more... } [programming languages]

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
-- Johann von Neumann (01903-01957) {Hungarian-born American mathematician and polymath; more...} [math]

[When asked about his age.] I was x years old in the year x^2.
-- Augustus De Morgan (01806-01871) { Indian-born British mathematician and logician; more... } [age]

Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (01749-01832) {German poet/polymath; more...} [ignorance]

The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it this way."
-- Grace Hopper (01906-01992) {U.S. Naval Officer; mathematician; computer programmer; more...} [failure]

A professor is one who can speak on any subject--for precisely fifty minutes.
-- Norbert Wiener (01894-01964) {mathematician and founder of cybernetics; more...} [teaching]

Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.
-- Charles Darwin (01809-01882) {English naturalist/evolutionist; more...} [math]

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability
to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable
for their apparent disinclination to do so.

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

Don't buy a house, a car, or have children. The problem is
they're expensive and you have to spend all your time making
money to pay for them."

-- Richard Stallman (01953-?????) { speaking at Lehigh U.; creator of GNU and Free Software; more... } [life]

Increasingly, scientists and researchers rely on computer
science to enable them to sift through massive amounts of
data and find breakthroughs that could provide new insights
into the human body, the earth we live on and even the universe.

-- Rick Rashid { Microsoft Research senior vice president and former Carnegie Mellon professor } [computing]

The less routine the more life.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott (01799-01888) { American teacher and writer; more... } [life]

How many seconds are there in a year? If I tell you there are
3.155 x 10^7, you won't even try to remember it. On the other
hand, who could forget that, to within half a percent, Pi
seconds is a nanocentury.

-- Tom Duff (01952-?????) { computer programmer and 99% nerd; more... } [Pi]

Independent thinking, emotional stability and a keen understanding of both
human and institutional behavior is vital to long-term investment success.

-- Warren Buffett (01930-?????) {about Yahoo!'s Susan Decker joining his board; more...} [success]

Meritocracy. Train people. Everyone teaches.
-- Ning.com { some beliefs at Ning.com; jobs @ Ning } [learning/teaching]

I intend to live forever, or die trying.
-- Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx (01890-01977) {American comedian; more...} [life]

Two divided by love
Can only be one
And one is a lonely number

-- Grass Roots {song from 01971; "one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do [Three Dog Night]"} [life]

The ideas in computing, the abstractions we bring from CS,
will pervade all other disciplines -- not just other sciences
and engineering -- but also humanities, arts, social sciences,
entertainment and everything.

-- Jennette Wing { Head of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University; more... } [computational thinking]

The difference between school and life?
In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

-- Tom Bodett (01955-?????) { author and actor; more... } [education]

I'm not sure we would survive as a democracy if only the
wealthy have access to memory pills and designer kids.

-- Richard Clarke (01951-?????) { author; terrorism czar in Clinton and Bush administrations; more... } [future]

My method is to look at something that seems like a good idea and assume it's true.
-- Bill Joy (01954-?????) { co-founded Sun Microsystems; BSD; venture capitalist; more... } [success]

I live the life I love and I love the life I live.
-- Willie Dixon (01915-01992) { blues bassist/singer/songwriter/producer; more... } [life]

If you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught.
-- Oscar Hammerstein II (01895-01960) { writer-producer-director of musicals; more... } [teaching]

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
-- Michelangelo (01475-01564) { Italian Renaissance painter; more... } [life]

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
-- Henry David Thoreau (01817-01862) { from the CRNano.Typepad.com blog; more... } [life]

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
-- John Wooden (01910-02010) {Hall of Fame college basketball coach; more...} [character]

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of
self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become
the best that you are capable of becoming.

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

We are reminded that there is no mathematically satisfying way to
measure the life of Saddam Hussein against all the lives he destroyed.

-- William F. Buckley (01925-?????) { American author/conservative journalista; more... } [math of war]

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Author: Gerald D.Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 06 January 2007
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