“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
“A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.”
“I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.”
“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”
“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
“Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
“In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.”
“No, this trick won’t work…How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?”
“Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.”
“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”
“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” (Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton)
– Albert Einstein
“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
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– Winston Churchill
“How few our real wants! and how easy it is to satisfy them! Our imaginary ones are boundless and insatiable.”
– Julius and Augustus Hare in “Guesses at Truth”
Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.
– Bill Gates
Once a new technology starts rolling, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.
– Stewart Brand
Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable.
– Ralph Johnson
If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
– Edsger Dijkstra
Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray.
Why do we never have time to do it right, but always have time to do it over?
“Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.”
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Which is just another way of saying that the way to make a friend is to be one.”
– Dale Carnegie
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
– Henry David Thoreau
“If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.”
“The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.”
– Sir Francis Bacon
“The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behaviour, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your working hours.”
– Beatrice Vincent
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Carl W. Buechner
“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vintage point.”
– Harold B. Merchant
“The pieces of green paper have value because everybody thinks they have value.”
– Miltion Friedman
“When we were young kids growing up in America,” said Friedman, “we were told to eat our vegetables at dinner and not leave them. Mothers said, ‘think of the starving children in India and finish the dinner.’ And now I tell my children: ‘Finish your maths homework. Think of the children in India who would make you starve, if you don’t.'”
– Thomas Friedman
“It is not becuase things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult”
Time is the quality of nature that keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn’t seem to be working.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
– Henry Ford
Wealth is not in making money, but in making the man while he is making money.
– John Wicker
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn’t have it and thought of other things if you did.
– James Baldwin
“The entire object of true education, is to make people not merely do the right things, but to enjoy right things; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge.”
– John Ruskin
“With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well too.”
– Yiddish Porverb
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.
This is to have succeeded.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man’s earthly task is to realize his created uniqueness. As a Hasidic rabbi called Zusya put it on his deathbed: “In the world to come they will not ask me, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?'”
– Martin Buber
Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it. There is someone who would miss if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill.
– Jacob Braude
We all have something to give. So if you know how to read, find someone who can’t. If you’ve got a hammer, find a nail. If you’re not hungry, not lonely, not in trouble-seek out someone who is.
– George H. W. Bush
No man is poor as to have nothing worth giving: as well might the mountain streamlets say they have nothing to give the sea because they are not rivers. Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.
– Henry Longfellow
“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“Money brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends:
To avoid criticism,
– Elbert Hubbard
If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”
– Dave Barry
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.”
– Earl Nightingale
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln