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  • " If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them” Henry David Thoreau...
  • Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.”.... Jean de La Fontaine"
  • "There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.".... Pythagorus
  • "To be an Error and to be Cast out is a part of God's design"...Poet William Blake
  • "One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention."... Clifton Fadiman
  • "When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before."... Clifton Fadiman
  • "I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation.".. Clifton Fadiman
  • " You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind?"... Freeman Dyson
  • "A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial."... Clifton Fadiman
  • "By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one.".. Clifton Fadiman
  • "To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.".. Clifton Fadiman
  • "The great ruler of heaven looked down and, seeing these artists's attempts resolved to send to Earth a genious. He further endowed him with true moral philosophy and a sweet, poetic spirit so the world would marvel"... student of Michelangelo
  • "Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open. " Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • "Ars longa, vita brevis: Art is long, life is short"
  • "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent". Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • S.A. Goudsmit: Then I want to say one more thing: even if you make a minor contribution, if it is not important, then this gives an enormous satisfaction. Therefore I do believe that one should not always aspire to tackle what is most important, but try to have fun working in physics and obtain results.
  • " I would rather give up than give in to this, So promise me only one thing, would you ?, Just don't ever make me promises, No promises", "Promises, Promises, by Incubus
  • "I often have more sympathy for carpenters, shoemakers, etc., than for the whole flock of stupid so-called civilized talkers they call cultivated people", Frida Kahlo
  • Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest. In raiding and plundering be like fire, is immovability like a mountain. Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. - Sun Tzu
  • Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine. And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others. And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about. ― Haruki Murakami
  • Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness. ― Andre Gide
  • In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. ― Leonardo da Vinci A slick way to outfigure a person is to get him figuring you figure he's figuring you're figuring he'll figure you aren't really figuring what you want him to figure you figure. ― Whitey Herzog
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. ― Mark Twain
  • To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world
  • The dignity with which people deal with adversity is most revealing.
  • It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that. G.H. Hardy
  • Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun
  • Oppenheimer: "When ordinary people give a talk it is to tell you how to do it. However, when Julian Schwinger gives a talk, it is to tell you that only he can do it"
  • Bernard Shaw : "There are two types of people, those who adjust to the world and those who do not. It is the later type that change the world."
  • Einstein:"I would have been sorry for the dear Lord, because "the theory is correct" ", was what Einstein replied when a student asked him what he would have done if his predictions were refuted in the experiment that confirmed defection of light by the sun.
  • I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitment and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quite lefe, ... Leo Tolstoy
  • "I hope it will not shock experimental physicists too much if I say that we do not accept their observation unless they are confirmed by theory"----Sir Arthur Eddinton, 11 September 1933
  • Dirac: "Principle of Mathematical Beauty" we do not really know what the basic equations of physics are, but they have to have a great mathematical beauty. We must insist on that.
  • On QED: " I might have thought that new ideas were correct, if they had not been so ugly"
  • Freeman Dyson: " My mother used to say that life begins at fourty. That was her age when she had her first baby. I say , that the life begins at fifty-five, the age at which I published my first book".
  • Dyson: " At its worst, work is slavery. At its best, work is a sustained and lifelong conversation".
  • Feynman: " When we do scientific research, when we publish our results", we should try to think of every possible way we could be wrong".
  • Poet Stanley Kunitz: " A poet cannot concern himself with being fair to the reader. Time will tell. All poems contain a degree of mystry, as poetary is a discovery of one's hidden self. .... Poetary is not concerned with communication; it has roots in magic, incantation, and spell-casting"
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. ... Confucius
  • I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.--- Ayn Rand
  • "There are men who fight one day and are good. There are men who fight one year and are better. There are some who fight many years and they are better still. But there are some that fight their whole lives, these are the ones that are indispensable", ....Berthold Brecht
  • The artist has to transcend a subject, or he loses the battle. The subject wins.--- Fritz Scholder
  • The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. Ben Stein
  • I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein
  • Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein
  • Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. Albert Einstein
  • I consider myself a natural optimist. I like the dark side of things.--- Fritz Scholder
  • " You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the tree, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there", --- Cesare Pavese
  • The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.' -- Sir William Bragg
  • "There isn't a clear task," Ed Witten told CNN. "If you are a researcher you are trying to figure out what the question is as well as what the answer is. You want to find the question that is sufficiently easy that you might be able to answer it, and sufficiently hard that the answer is interesting. You spend a lot of time thinking and you spend a lot of time floundering around." -- 6/30/05
  • "All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions."--Da Vinci
  • "The great moments, when the world cheers are not the moments that count. The ones that count are when it is just you and the people have stopped believing in you. That are the moments that define you."
  • To be an artist, you don't have to compose music or paint or write books. It is just a way of living.
  • "Things that are countable do not count and things that are not countable are the ones that count"
  • "The job of a theoretical physicist is to make mistakes as fast as possible". -- John A. Wheeler
  • " The best way to predict the future is to invent it" Alan Kay
  • " Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" Albert Einstein
  • " You can only go halfway into the deepest forest.. then you are coming out on the other side. ( Chinese proverb)
  • " We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin
  • " I know God will not give me anything I cannot handle. I just wish He did not trust me so much", Mother Teresa
  • " If you are ready, you say you are going home. If you are not ready, you say you are going to the office", Art Buchwald
  • Whatever can be said, can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot speak , thereof one should keep silent: L. Wittgenstein
  • Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions
  • The Universe speaks its truth to us in the language of LOVE, and its laws in the language of MATHEMATICS (December 9, 2001)
  • (Prince, to Cinderella): "You are not tempted by grandeur and riches?"
    (Cinderella): "My grandeur is virtue, my wealth is love"
    -From "La Cenerentola", Act II, Scene 2
  • You give me space to belong to myself yet without separating me from your own life. May it all turn out to your happiness. -- Goethe
  • "Through many years
    At great expense
    Journeying through many countries
    I went to see high mountains
    I went to see oceans
    Only I had not seen
    At my very doorstep
    The dew drop glistering
    On the ear of the corn" ------ Tagore
  • Death is not putting out the lights. It is extinguishing the lamps because the dawn has come. Tagore
  • "Not all those who wander are lost"---J.R.R. Tolkien
  • "Assumptions are termites of relationships"---- Ben Stein
  • Teachers open the doors, but you must enter yourself
  • You are what you make yourself. You are not free because you do not free yourself
  • The work is not done for the sake of application. It is done for the excitement of what is found. Feynman
  • The prize is the pleasure of finding the things out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it- those are the real things, the honors are unreal to me. --Feynman
  • I am sorry, after many years of trying to teach and trying all different methods, I really do not know how to do it. Feynman
  • When the kids learn from one another, the class is not teacherless, it is teacherful
  • Doubt is clearly a value in science. It is important to doubt and that the doubt is not a fearful thing, but a thing of great value. R.Feynman
  • Fearlessness is the king of virtues
  • Death is not putting out the lights. It is extinguishing the lamps because the dawn has come. Tagore
  • To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.
  • There is no greater loss to a man than the loss of his self-respect.
  • "You have got to be original, because if you are like everyone else, what do they need you for?" ----Bernadette Peters"
  • `[Alice] generally gave herself very good advice,(though she very seldom followed it)' -- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  • I don't mind you thinking slowly. I mind you writing papers faster than you think -- W. Pauli
  • Knowledge is free. But you have to bring your own tin cans.
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world -- Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • To err is human. To really screw things up takes a human and a computer. -- Murphy's Law of Computing
  • Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. -- R. Niebuhr
  • Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.' -- A.Gide
  • The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.' -- Benjamin Disraeli
  • The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.-- Goethe.
  • The irony of life is that it is lived forward but understood backward. -- Soren Kierkegaard
  • 'Happiness isn't good enough for me. I demand euphoria!'-- Calvin (+Hobbes)
  • Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable. -- Bergan Evans
  • Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Gustave Flaubert
  • The mind is the limit. As long as mind can envision something, you can do it. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Happiness hides in life's small details. If you are not looking, it becomes invisible.
  • Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency
  • The key is the acceptance- not to flight ones disability but to learn to work within it, not to transcend it but to understand what one is capable of achieving within it; not to pretend but to build systems that allow you to excel without it
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