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Quotations 7-18-1

I don't have any solution but I certainly admire the problem.
Ashleigh Brilliant: Brilliant Thoughts 
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My sources are unreliable, but their information is fascinating.
Ashleigh Brilliant: Brilliant Thoughts
 
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less 
until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.
Nicholas Murray Butler

The truth is out there.
Chris Carter: The X Files

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Michael Crichton

I think, therefore I am.
René Descartes

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Philip K. Dick

There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.
Benjamin Disraeli
  
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Michael Crichton

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Philip K. Dick

There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.
Benjamin Disraeli

I predict that exact reproduction through cloning will not become popular. 
Too many people already find it difficult to live with themselves.
Jeanne Dixon

Math is like love -- a simple idea but it can get complicated.
R. Drabek

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, 
they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, 
they do not refer to reality.
Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition 
from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

I want to know the thoughts of God. Everything else is just details.
Albert Einstein

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time.
Merrick Furst

Disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which disorder increases.
Stephen Hawking

This sentence contradicts itself -- no actually it doesn't.
Doug Hofstadter

Strong words are required for weak principles.
Doug Horton

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
Aldous Huxley

Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence.
Charles F. Kettering

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from 
a rigged demo.
James Klass

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
Wilson Mizner (Alva Johnston: The Legendary Mizners, 1953

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.
Christopher Morley

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes 
but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen 
and thinking what no one else has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgi

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
Lily Tomlin

Facts, or what a man believes to be facts, are delightful... 
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Mark Twain

I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
Oscar Wilde

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper 
when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
Oscar Wilde

The truth is more important than the facts.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, 
and it holds the universe together.
Carl Zwanzig

A single fact can spoil a good argument.
Unknown

All probabilities are 50%. Either a thing will happen or it won't.
Unknown

Harrisberger's Fourth Law of the Lab: 
Experience is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined.
Unknown

Modern man is the missing link between apes and human beings.
Unknown

My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts!
Unknown

The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; 
the population is growing.
Unknown

Theft from a single author is plagiarism. Theft from two is comparative study. Theft from three or more is research.
Unknown

Time is God's way of keeping everything from happening at once.
Unknown

Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson): "The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."
 
Carl Sagan, Cosmos: "In order to make an apple pie from scratch, 
you must first create the universe."
 
unknown: May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always 
at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
the rains fall soft upon your fields and, 
until we meet again may god hold you in the palm of his hand.
 
Oscar Wilde: "My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself,
 is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality."
 
William Van Horne: "The biggest things are always the easiest to do 
because there is no competition

Bertrand Russell: "In all things it is a good idea to hang a question mark now and then on the things we have taken for granted." 

James Price Salsman: "In an optimal world, I would not be necessary."
 
Dr. Seuss (as quoted in his obit in Time): "...adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them." 
Bertrand Russell: "Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." 

Oscar Wilde: "Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow." 

Norbert Wiener: "What most experimenters take for granted 
before they begin their experiments is infinitely more interesting 
than any results to which their experiments lead."
 
Oscar Wilde: Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.
 
George Washington: "Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; 
it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.

"Cradle Song": May you never know hunger May you love with a full heart 
The light burn in your eyes May the fire be your friend 
And the sea rock you gently May the moon light your way 
Till the wind sets you free -- Shriekback
 
Harry S. Truman: "If you can't convince them, confuse them."
 
William Clinton: It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.
 
Hunter S. Thompson: 
"A cap of good acid costs five dollars and for that 
you can hear the Universal Symphony with God singing solo 
and the Holy Ghost on drums."
 
Wernher von Braun: 
"Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... 
and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor."
 
Nature 1975, _257_, 362: God not only plays dice. 
He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen. --     
Steven Hawkins 

Not many people know this ... but I happen to be famous. -- Sam Malone, Cheers

Carl Sagan: 
"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet 
of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in 
some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are 
far more galaxies than people."
 
Woodrow Wilson: "I not only use all the brains that I have, 
but all that I can borrow." 

Stanislaw J. Lec: People find life entirely too time-consuming.
 
"De Profundis": 
... Nature, whose sweet rains fall of just and unjust alike, 
will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys 
in whose silence I may weep undetected. 
She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad 
in the darknesswithout stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints 
so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters,
 and with bitter herbs make me whole. -- Oscar Wilde,
 
Richard Nixon: Solutions are not the answer.
 
Alexis de Toucqueville: "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money"
 
Oscar Wilde: Oscar Wilde: "I wish I had said that." Whistler: "You will, Oscar; you will." 
Ray Simard: "Fortunately, the second-to-last bug has just been fixed." 

Mark Twain: Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. 

Weisert: "As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error."
 
Woody Allen: I don't want to become immortal through my work, 
I want to become immortal through not dying.
 
Archbishop William Temple, 1955: It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion.
 
R.Buckminster Fuller: I am the only guinea pig I have.
 
- Albert Einstein: 
Each of us visits this Earth involuntarily, and without an invitation. 
For me, it is enough to wonder at the secrets.
 
Jean Sibelius: "Pay no attention to what the critics say; 
there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic."
 
A Mathematician's Apology: 
Beauty is the first test; there is no permanent place in the world 
for ugly mathematics. -- G.H. Hardy
 
"All's Well That Ends Well": All's well that ends well.... -- William Shakespeare 
Will Rogers: "Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches." 
Dave Weinstein (dweinste@isis.cs.du.edu): 
"In the beginning, there was nothing. And God said, 'Let there be Light.' And there was still nothing. But, you could see it." 
Carl Sagan: 
"All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value." 
Carl Sagan: 
"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese." 
Mary Shafer, NASA Ames Dryden: 
"Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don't have the balls to live in the real world." 
Dave Storer: 
"Don't get suckered in by the comments -- they can be terribly misleading. Debug only code." 
Goldwyn's Law of Contracts: 
"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." -- Samuel Goldwyn 
Buckaroo Banzai (the film): 
"Home is where you wear your hat." 
Buckaroo Banzai:    "You guys are making fun of me, aren't you?" -

Walt West: 
"The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was
George Bernard Shaw: "Success covers a multitude of blunders." 
Cato the Censor (?):  "Keep to the subject, and the words will follow" 
(mary Tyler moore show): 
"I'm an experienced woman; I've been around... well, alright, I might not've been around, but I've been... nearby." -- Mary Richards
 
"Unkempt Thoughts": 
If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he entitled to happiness? -- Stanislaw Lec
 
"A Random Walk in Science" compiled by R. L. Weber, edited by E. Mendoza: 
The farther the experiment is from theory the closer it is to the Nobel Prize. -- Frederic Joliot-Curie, quoted by M.A. Markov 

Artemus Ward: "Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness?"
 
George Bernard Shaw, "St. Joan": The Churches must learn humility as well as teach it.
 
S. Weinstein: "The chalk marks are transient, the formulas eternal." 
Henry David Thoreau: It takes two to speak the truth--one to speak and the other to hear.
 
Blackadder Goes Forth: 
"I, on the other hand, have a degree from the University of Life, 
a diploma from the School of Hard Knocks, 
and three gold stars from the Kindergarten of 
Getting the Shit Kicked Out of Me." -- Captain Edmund Blackadder
 
William Shatner as Kirk, in "Star Trek IV:The Voyage: "I'm from Iowa, 
I only work in space." 

Tao te Ching: 
Learning builds daily accumulation, but the practice of Tao builds daily
 simplification. Simplify and simplify, until all contamination 
from relative, contridictory thinking is eliminated. 
Then one does nothing, yet nothing is left undone. 
One who wins the world does so by not meddling with it. 
One who meddles with the world loses it. -- Lao-Tzu 

B. B. King: Nobody loves me but my mother, And she could be jivin' too.
 
Time Enough For Love: 
That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed. -- Robert Heinlein
 
Time Bandits: "Benson, you are so free of the ravages of intelligence"
 
Helmut Vogel, when asked to explain a physics: "It's simple. It's just things with chalk on a board."
 
Buckaroo Banzai (the film): "Attention, attention, there are monkey-boys in the complex."
 
P.J. O'Rourke: 
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
 
Woodrow Wilson: "The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it."
 
Voltaire: "A witty saying proves nothing." 

Voltaire: 
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 
"O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it."
 
Friedrich Nietzsche: Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true

Charles Schultz, as "Charlie Brown", Peanuts, cartoon strip: 
Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.
 
Darryl F. Zanuck: "Don't say yes until I finish talking." 

Steve Martin: 
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, 
wholesome things that money can buy.
 
Samuel Butler: An honest god's the noblest work of man.
 
Donald Knuth: The three dots '...' 
here suppress a lot of detail -- maybe I should have used four dots.
 
Oscar Wilde: Experience...is simply the name we give our mistakes.
 
Buckaroo Banzai (the film): "Don't tug on that...you never know what it might be attatched to." 
"Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writer's Manual": 
Novelty is not necessarily a virtue. -- Rita Mae Brown 
Prof. Larry Wasserman: "Now let me explain why this makes intuitive sense." 
Doctor Who, The Androids of Tara: Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell. -- Doctor Who 
Ray Simard: "Fortunately, the second-to-last bug has just been fixed." 
Walter Bagehot: The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. 
Damon Runyon: 
"The race may not always be to the swift nor the victory to the strong, but that's how you bet." 
Winston Churchill (1874-1965): 
MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts. 
Robert Byrne: There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on. 
Winston Churchill (1874-1965): There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result. 
Buckaroo Banzai, played by Peter Weller: 
It's not my Goddamn planet! Understand, Monkey-Boy? 
Adlai Stevenson: "A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular." 
Lily Tomlin: "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." 
John Sladek: "The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive." 
Oscar Wilde: To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. 
John Simon: "In the beginning was the word. But by the time the second word was added to it, there was trouble. For with it came syntax..." 
Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle": "Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before," Bokonon tells us. "He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way." 
Lewis Grizzard: Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. 
Elvin Stackman: "Science cannot stop while ethics catches up -- and nobody should expect scientists to do all the thinking for the country." 
Colonel Flagg, M*A*S*H:  Don't play dumb. You're not as good at it as I am.
Hugh Young: 
"So, this doesn't mean anything, but at least it's not obvious nonsense." 
Will Rogers: "There is not a man in the country that can't make a living for himself and family. But he can't make a living for them *and* his government, too, the way his government is living. What the government has got to do is live as cheap as the people." 
Samuel Goldwyn: "I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs." 
William Wordsworth: Winston Churchill (1874-1965): It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. 
 William Wordsworth:  A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.
sendmail ruleset 3 comment from DEC.: "One form to rule them all, one form to find them, one form to bring them all and in the darkness rewrite the hell out of them" 
Groucho Marx: 
I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it. 
James Thurber: 
"Its better to know some of the questions, than all of the answers." 
John von Neumann: "Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin."