Alex's Abode
Ah, yet another list of mine. This time of interesting quotes.
Lewis Carroll's Rabbit
  • "Discovery consists of seeingd what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought."
    -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  • "Don't force it... get a bigger hammer."
    -Unknown, but Grandpa Kuhl said it all the time
  • "I spent an interesting evening recently with a grain of salt."
    - Mark V. Shaney, Scientific American
  • "You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance."
    -Ray Bradbury
  • "I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am."
    -Joseph Baretti
  • "If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?"
    -Scott Adams
  • "A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."
    -Robert Bach
  • "Mathematics is the language of definiteness, the necessary vocabulary of those who know."
    -William Frank White
  • "Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler."
    -Albert Einstein
  • "What we know is much. What we do now know is immense."
    -Pierre-Simon de Laplace
  • "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colors or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics."
    -G.H. Hardy
  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
    -Albert Einstein
  • "Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on.
    "I do," Alice replied; "at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know."
    "Not the same thing a bit!" said the Hatter. "Why you might just as well say that 'I see what I eat' is the same thing as 'I eat what I see'!"
    -Lewis Carroll
  • "In my opinion, a mathematician, in so far as he is a mathematician, need not preoccupy himself with philosophy--an opinion, moreover, which has been expressed by many philosophers."
    -Henri Lebesgue
  • "Mathematics consists of proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way."
    -G. Polya
  • "Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."
    -Laurence J. Peter
  • "None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear."
    -Ferdinand Foch
  • "No one can be that attractive and this skilled at a videogame!"
    -Sheldon, of Penny, on Big Bang Theory
  • "Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch."
    -Orson Welles
  • "Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none."
    -William Shakespeare, "All's Well That Ends Well", Act 1 Scene 1
  • "Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them."
    -Franklin P. Adams
  • "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves[, that we are underlings]."
    -Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, spoken by Cassius
  • "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more."
    -Shakespeare, Henry V
  • "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. [...] The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... and then you see it... [...] White shores... and beyond... a far green country under a swift sunrise."
    -J.R.R. Tolkien, Return of the King, spoken by Gandalf in the film
  • "I can't stand to wait in line long so I built a new machine. It just measures up the distance, and then eliminates the folks between."
    -Barenaked Ladies, "Some Fantastic"
  • "Praise up the humanities, my boy. That will make them think you are broad-minded."
    -Winston Churchill
  • "When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'"
    -Theodore Roosevelt
  • "The purpose of life is to fight maturity"
    -Dick Werthimer
  • "Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself"
    -A. H. Weiler
  • "But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?"
    -Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • "Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself"
    -James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
  • "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."
    -Douglas Adams
  • "We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered."
    -Tom Stoppard
  • "Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren't distracted by the total lack of content in your writing."
    -Randy K. Milholland
  • "What's on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement?"
    -Fred Allen
  • "One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar."
    -Oscar Wilde
  • "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
    -Anais Nin
  • "A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children."
    -John James Audubon
  • "And remember, no matter where you go, there you are."
    -Earl Mac Rauch
  • "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."
    -Thomas Edison
  • "Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise."
    -Bertrand Russell
  • "People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news."
    -AJ Liebling
  • "To be great is to be misunderstood."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
    Robert Benchley
  • "Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen."
    Bob Edwards
  • "If we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominos will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate"
    Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)
  • "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."
    John Adams
  • "'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."
    Mark Twain (Abraham Lincoln is also sometimes attributed with this quote, no one really knows where it came from apparently)
  • "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
    Sir Richard Steele
  • "We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us."
    -Maurice Maeterlinck
  • "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for -- in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."
    -Ellen Goodman
  • "Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions."
    -Even Esar
  • "Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won't stand up either."
    -Evan Esar
  • "What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to."
    -Hansell B. Duckett
  • "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
    -Herm Albright
  • "Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!"
    -Jean Sibelius
  • "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered."
    -G.K. Chesterton
  • "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
    -Mark Twain
  • "A grip of the hand, the tightening of an arm over the shoulder, a sob in unison, are expressions of sympathy dear to a man's heart."
    -Dr. Steward, Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • "[...] it is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles; and yet when King Laugh come he make them all dance to the tune he play."
    -Van Helsing, Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • "Is it possible that love is all subjective, or all objective?"
    -Dr. Seward, Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
    -Benjamin Disraeli
  • "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
    -Samuel Johnson
  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
    -Arthur C. Clarke
  • "He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave."
    -Sir William Drummond
  • "Language is the source of misunderstandings."
    -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
    -Dr. Seuss
  • "It's AMAZING how EVERY time you open your mouth you PROVE you're an IDIOT" (said with appropriately annoyed and gruffy voice)
    -Vegeta, Dragonball Z
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
    -Oscar Wilde
  • Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.
    -Robert Benchley
  • The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
    -Horace Walpole
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
    -Leo Tolstoy
  • The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
    -Paul Fix
  • It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
    -Harry S. Truman
  • Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
    -Robert Heinlein
  • Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.
    -John Andrew Holmes
  • After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
    -Cato the Elder
  • If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day.
    -John A. Wheeler
  • A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
    -Sake
  • ... they liked to sit awhile in his unobrusive company, practising for solitude, sobering their minds in the man's rich silence after the expense and strain of gaiety.
    -Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Chapter "Dr. Jekyll was quite at Ease"
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. < br />-Mark Twain
  • Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
    -Harlan Ellison
  • Whenever you find you are on the sdie of the majority, it is time to reform.
    -Mark Twain
  • There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.
    -Doctor Who
  • Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
    -B.F. Skinner
  • I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
    -Galileo Galilei
  • The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that herals new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
    -Isaac Asimov
  • Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.
    -Abraham Lincoln
  • Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
    -Isaac Asimov
  • I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said I don't know.
    -Mark Twain
  • Oh, the restless energy of the hunted mind.
    -Seneca
  • An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.
    -Jef Mallett
  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
    -Dr. Seuss
  • Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
    -Edgar Bergen
  • There are too many people, and too few human beings.
    -Robert Zend
  • Buddha... Zeus... God... One of you guys DO something! ... Satan, you owe me!
    -Professor Farnsworth from Futurama
  • Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.
    -Bill Nye
  • Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
    -Isaac Asimov
  • A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interst in students.
    -John Ciardi
  • No opera [and I will add musicals -Alex] plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
    -W. H. Auden
  • Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
    -Sir William Osler
  • The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
    -Lily Tomlin
  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
    -Leo Tolstoy
  • A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
    -Robertson Davies
  • I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
    -Michael Jordan
  • Into each life some rain must fall
      Some days must be dark and dreary.
    -"Rainy Day" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
    -Mark Twain
  • Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
    -Dr. Seuss
  • I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
    -Dr. Seuss
  • In the beginning the Univese was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
    -Douglas Adams
  • After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
    -Philip Pullman
  • In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it does on.
    -Robert Frost
  • Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
    Than when we soar.
    -William Wordsworth
  • Life speeds by those who travel in haste.
    -Sean Russel, The One Kingdom
  • If there is no wind, row.
    -Latin proverb
  • The real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
    -G. K. Chesterton
  • Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.
    -Glen Cook
  • Ah good taste! What a dreadful thing! taste is the enemy of creativeness.
    -Pablo Picasso
  • Only those who attemp the absurd can achieve the impossible.
    -M.C. Escher
  • A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.
    John le Carre
  • Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.
    Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors.
    Charles de Lint
  • Sic itur ad astra ("thus one goes to the stars").
    Virgil's Aeneid
  • Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
    Euripides