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Articles of InterestEdit

Nikola Tesla | Hannes Alfven | Albert Einstein

Random QuotesEdit

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." — Buckminster Fuller

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." — Xenocrates

"While we are postponing, life speeds by." — Seneca the Younger

"I'll sleep when I'm dead." — Warren Zevon

"People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people." — Charles Kettering

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." — Carl Jung

"Why should I refuse a good dinner simply because I don't understand the digestive processes involved" — Oliver Heaviside

"#3 pencils and quadrille pads." — Seymour Cray (when asked what w:CAD w:tools he used to design the w:Cray I w:supercomputer; he also recommended using the back side of the pages so that the lines were not so dominant.)

"w:Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate." — Thomas Jones

"Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action." — Auric Goldfinger (in w:Goldfinger by Ian Fleming)

"Every w:day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work." — Robert Orben

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." — Henry Ford

"I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right" — Frederick (II) the Great

"Sanity is a madness put to good uses." — George Santayana

"The w:average w:person thinks he isn't." — Father Larry Lorenzoni

"Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a fury,like a woman scorn'd." — William Congreve

"Whatever is begun in w:anger, ends in w:shame." — Benjamin Franklin

"Few men speak humbly of w:humility, chastely of w:chastity, skeptically of skepticism" — Blaise Pascal

"Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies." — Voltaire (on his deathbed in response to a w:priest asking that he renounce w:Satan)


"Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down." — w:Jimmy Durante

"Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes." — w:Henry David Thoreau

"If a man does his best, what else is there" — General George S. Patton

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." — Archimedes

"The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad." — Salvador Dalí

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." — Mahatma Gandhi

"His ignorance is encyclopedic." — Abba Eban

"I am not young enough to know Everything" — Oscar Wilde

"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience w:rightly considered." — G. K. Chesterton

"You may always depend on it that algebra, which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra." — William Kingdon Clifford

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." — Sir Winston Churchill

"The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting." — Gloria Leonard

"Love is friendship set on fire." — Jeremy Taylor

"It is not a dream, it is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering, only expensive — blind, faint-hearted, doubting world! [...] Humanity is not yet sufficiently advanced to be willingly led by the discoverer's keen searching sense. But who knows? Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted, be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence — by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the strife of commercial existence. So do we get our light. So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle." - Nikola Tesla (at the end of his dream for Wardenclyffe Tower)

"I get my marching orders from dead men. Maxwell wanted the laws of electromagnetism expressed in terms of quaternions. Einstein wanted the field theories of gravity and electromagnetism united." — Douglas Sweetser

"Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: 'Ye must have faith.'" — Max Planck

"Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many." — Spinoza

"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong." — Oscar Wilde

"Unnamed Law: If it happens, it must be possible." — Anonymous

"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler." — Albert Einstein

"A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." — Max Planck

"It is really quite amazing by what margins competent but conservative scientists and engineers can miss the mark, when they start with the preconceived idea that what they are investigating is impossible. When this happens, the most well-informed men become blinded by their prejudices and are unable to see what lies directly ahead of them." — Arthur C. Clarke

"Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible." — M. C. Escher

"If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it." — Murphy's law

"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on." — Winston Churchill

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." — Hanlon's razor

"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are IMPOSSIBLE." — William James

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." — Albert Einstein

"Belief in the truth commences with the doubting of all those “truths” we once believed." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones." — John Cage

"Facts are the enemy of truth." — Don Quixote (in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes)

"Nothing is true, everything is permitted." — William Burroughs, a poem on "The Last Words of Hassan Sabbah"

"In physics, you don't have to go around making trouble for yourself — nature does it for you." — Frank Wilczek

"The universe isn't as strange as you think, it's stranger" — Robert Heinlein

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." — Mark Twain

"There ain't no rules around here! We're trying to accomplish something!" — Thomas Edison

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." — Will Durant

"There is only one nature — the division into science and engineering is a human imposition, not a natural one. Indeed, the division is a human failure; it reflects our limited capacity to comprehend the whole." — Bill Wulf

"A mathematician may say anything he pleases, but a physicist must be at least partially sane." — Willard Gibbs

"There are three kinds of lies, damned lies, and statistics." — Benjamin Disraeli [popularized by Mark Twain]

"All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike—and yet it is the most precious thing we have." — Albert Einstein

"Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena." — Wilhelm Reich

"Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin." — John von Neumann

"There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact." — Mark Twain

"It is not as uncommon ... [some to] accept the reality of phenomena that are not yet understood, as it is very common for physicists to disbelieve the reality of phenomena that seem to contradict contemporary beliefs of physics" — Bruno Bauer

"A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective." — Edward Teller

"The science of today is the technology of tomorrow." — Edward Teller

"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." - Oscar Wilde

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible." - Yale University management professor (response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corporation))

"Carcasses swinging in the breeze." - Australian Parliamentary Question Time

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