Quotes Collected During Spring 2009 Semester

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

Knowledge is learning something new every day.
Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

-- Zen proverb {Wikiquote.org}

Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (01803-01882) {American essayist, philosopher and poet; more...} [life]

Man's heart away from nature grows hard.
-- Standing Bear (01834?-01908) {Ponca Native American chief; more...} [nature]

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
-- Benjamin Franklin (01706-01790) {polymath/Founding Father of the U.S.; more...} [happiness/life]

I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
-- Benjamin Franklin (01706-01790) {polymath/Founding Father of the U.S.; more...} [failure]

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
-- Benjamin Franklin (01706-01790) {polymath/Founding Father of the U.S.; more...} [knowledge]

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being
more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence,
is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.

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

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
-- Bertrand Russell (01872-01970) {British philosopher/mathematician; more...} [knowledge]

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
-- Bertrand Russell (01872-01970) {British philosopher/mathematician; more...} [knowledge]

When thoughts arise, then do all things arise.
When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish.

-- Huang Po (9th century) {Chinese Zen master; more...} [life]

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think;
the wise reject what they think, not what they see.

-- Huang Po (9th century) {Chinese Zen master; more...} [life]

The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and
and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a
time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival.

-- Norbert Wiener (01894-01964) {The Human Use of Human Beings; more...} [progress]

I'm more shocked than any time in my life except
maybe when I got served with divorce papers.

-- Steve Wozniak (01950-) {on not being voted off Dancing With The Stars; more...} [computing]

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey,
at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.

-- James Madison (01751-01836) {U.S. President #4; a Founding Father; more... [travel]

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

-- Thomas Jefferson (01743-01826) {U.S. President #3; a Founding Father; more...} [democracy]

It takes real optimism and courage to go forth when the
inevitable course for the universe is downhill and knowing
that all humanity has done or is likely to do will probably
have less impact than a footprint on sand after a few dozen
or thousand waves pass over it.

-- George Smoot (01945-) {American astrophysicist; Physics Nobel Prize; more...} [optimism]

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work.
I want to achieve it through not dying.

-- Woody Allen (01935-) {American hollywoodite; more...} [immortality]

A user interface should be so simple that a beginner
in an emergency can understand it within ten seconds.

-- Ted Nelson (01937-) {pioneer of information technology (IT); more...} [computing]

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
-- James Thurber (01894-01961) {American author/cartoonist/wit; more...} [life]

If we evolved a race of Isaac Newtons, that would not be progress.
For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was
that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other
desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb.

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

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
-- Albert Einstein (01879-01955) {German-born theoretical physicist; more...} [life]

Technical skill is mastery of complexity; creativity is mastery of simplicity.
-- Christopher Zeeman (01925-) {Japanese-born British mathematician; more...} [life]

Anyone that runs around and says that this can be done without
raising taxes, I think, has not really looked at it carefully,
or has a math problem and has to go back and take Math 101.

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger (01947-) {California gov. on CA's $42B deficit; more...} [math]

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
-- E. B. White (01899-01985) {American writer (Charlotte's Web/Stuart Little); more...} [genius]

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is
delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.

-- Denis Waitley (01933-) {American motivational speaker/author; more...} [life]

Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look
foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we
are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our
heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum.

-- John Updike (01932-02009) {American novelist; more...} [life]

School is where you go between when your parents
can't take you, and industry can't take you.

-- John Updike (01932-02009) {American novelist; more...} [education]

We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and
digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.
We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield
technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and
lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and
the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will
transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet
the demands of a new age.

-- Barack Obama (01961-) {2009 inauguration speech; more...} [future]

Only the mediocre are always at their best.
-- Jean Giraudoux (01882-01944) {French novelist; more...} [life]

It is not to say that verbal taboos have disappeared, but merely
that they have shifted somewhat. In my youth, for example, there
were certain words you couldn't say in front of a girl; now you
can say them, but you can't say "girl".

-- Tom Lehrer (01928-) {musician/mathematician; more...} [political correctness]

October is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate
in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November,
May, March, June, December, August and February.

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

As a general rule, wherever you find a large group of people who
are baffled by complexity, you will find a smaller group of people
making a good living screwing them. It's true with all complex things:
insurance, cell phone plans, legal stuff, technology, you name it.

-- Scott Adams (01957-) {creator of the Dilbert comic strip; more...} [opportunity]

To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.
-- Bill Orban (01922-02003) {Canadian athlete, scientist and academic; more...} [responsibility]

A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than
a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

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

Learn to be an actor. You have to learn to be confident
when you are not. You have to learn to be calm when you
are not and brave when you are not. Learn to be a cobra
and act until you really have that confidence.

-- Carol Bartz (01948-) {became Yahoo! CEO on 2009.01.13; more...} [life]

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively
and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is
the goal of true education.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; more...} [education]

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked
solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; more...} [society]

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (01929-01968) {American clergyman; more...} [society]

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 11 January 2009
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