I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borges
If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed. If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.
Kuan Tzu (circa 500 B.C.)
Sine labore nihil. (Nothing without work.)
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere
ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
The natural desire of good men is knowledge.
Leonardo da Vinci
Every difficulty can be overcome by effort.
Leonardo da Vinci
The half of knowledge is knowing where to find knowledge.
Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
Scientific research consists in seeing what everyone else has seen, but thinking what no one else has thought.
He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.
I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool then to open you mouth and remove all doubt.
Don't take yourself too seriously. And don't be too serious about not taking yourself too seriously.
A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool.
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
Socrates (420 BC)
Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
J. Willard Marriott
I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
How much one actually achieves depends largely on: (1) desire, (2) faith, (3) persistent effort and (4) ability. But if you are lacking in the first three factors, your ability will not balance out the lack. So concentrate on the first three and the results will amaze you.
Norman Vincent Peale
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Hell is other people.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Accept the challenge, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Ralph Walso Emerson
Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.
Everything has been thought of before; the challenge is to rethink it. [Alles Gescheite ist schon gedacht worden, man muss nur versuchen, es noch einmal zu denken.]
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Knowledge without sense is two-fold folly.
It's not the things you don't know what gets you into trouble. It's the things you do know that just ain't so.
The primary duty of the University to a student is to provide him with such instructors as will make him realise that the
responsibility for progress is his own and no one else's.
S.E. Whitnall, 1933
Anyone 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. It is a quality which the scientist cannot dispense with.
The easy path leads to the hard life. The hard path leads to the easy life.
Rainer Maria Rilke
To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
When I was 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
Before enlightenment, you chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, you chop wood and carry water.
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
Winston Churchill; May 13, 1940
If you're going through hell, keep going.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
The world has enough for man's need, but not for man's greed.
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice there is.
Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut
There aren't enough hours of daylight to practice all the shots you need.
Every day you don't practice means you're a day farther from getting good.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth.
The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
Convictions are more dangerous than lies.
Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen, dass ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären, sondern vielmehr dadurch, dass die Gegner allmählich aussterben und dass die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein mit der Wahrheit vertraut gemacht ist.
[A new scientific truth does not, generally speaking, succeed because the opponents are convinced or declare themselves educated, however because they die and the new generations from the beginning learn about it as the truth.]
It is the attitude of mind developed in the student as he proceeds with his studies, and not primarily the information he acquires, which determine the character and extent of his education.
Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
Sir William Lawrence Bragg
A natural law regulates the advance of science. Where only observation can be made, the growth of knowledge creeps; where laboratory experiments can be carried on, knowledge leaps forward.
When one assesses a teacher one should not ask so much what did he teach me, but did he teach me how to learn.
R. S. Nyholm
No one can become really educated without having pursued some study in which he took no interest--for it is a part of education to learn to interest ourselves in subjects for which we have no aptitude.
T. S. Eliot
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. Unfortunately poetry cannot celebrate them because their deeds are concerned with things, not persons, and are, therefore, speechless....When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.
W. H. Auden
In his youth, the born poet often wavers between science and literature; and his choice is determined by the chance attraction of one or other of the alternative modes of expressing his imaginative joy in nature. It is essential to keep in mind that science and poetry have the same root in human nature.
Alfred North Whitehead
I should be sorry if I only entertained them; I wished to make them better.
George Frideric Handel
When you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.
Learn the ABC of science before you try to ascend to its summit.
Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
To teach is to learn twice.
My chief trouble was that the idea was so elementary, so simple in logic that is seemed difficult to believe no one else has thought of putting it into practice.
True science teaches, above all, to doubt and be ignorant
Miguel De Unamuno
Learn, compare, collect the facts!
Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
Nature works by means of bodies unseen.
I do not know any reading more easy, more fascinating, more delightful than a catalogue.
Science increases our power in proportion as it lowers our pride.
Scientific thought is not an accompaniment of human progress, but human progress itself.
William Kingdon Clifford
Life is not easy for any of us. What of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.
The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use ones eye.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
Physics is experience, arranged in economical order.
Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.
Numerical precision is the very soul of science.
Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson
Knowledge is power.
After all, what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn?
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams
If I have seen further it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.
Sir Isaac Newton
Occam's Razor - Entities ought not to be multiplied, except from necessity.
William of Occam, 14th century Franciscan scholar
Truth comes out of error more easily than out of confusion.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Sir Issac Newton
All our dignity lies in thought. By thought we must elevate ourselves, not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor then to think well; therein lies the principle of morality.
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
Johann von Schiller
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
A good teacher is one who can understand those who are not very good at explaining, and explain to those who are not very good at understanding.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
It's amazing how long it takes to complete something you are not working on.
McGee's First Law
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
You must collect things for reasons you don't yet understand.
Daniel J. Boorstin
Not only does science begin in wonder, it ends in wonder.
Man's mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
Be patient with all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then, gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Letters to a Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke
...there would seem to be almost no limit to what people can and will misunderstand when they are not doing their utmost to get at a writer's meaning.
Don't solve problems; pursue opportunities.
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person to the right degree at the right time for the right purpose and in the right way-that is not easy.
One must have the right of choice, even to choose wrong, if he is ever to learn to choose right.
Josiah C. Wedgewood
Understanding means seeing that the same thing said different ways is the same thing.
If you cannot, in the long run, tell everyone what you have been doing, your doing has been worthless.
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher.
For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.
Henry David Thoreau
It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.
Cecil B. deMille
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only which gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods.
Men occasionally stumble over truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.
Aldo Gucci, 1938
Chemistry creates its subject. This creative ability, similar to that of art, essentially distinguishes Chemistry among the natural sciences.
It is foolish to give the impression that Chemistry is some sort of sub-branch of Physics. It is not. Chemistry has a totally different philosophy and has a strongly creative potential. It can create substances and materials never dreamt of before.
Jack E. Baldwin (Professor of Organic Chemistry at Oxford)
If universities and liberal arts colleges would demand as many courses in science as MIT and Caltech require in the humanities, we could lead our students up a gentle slope to a considerable level of learning.
It is almost as presumptuous to think you can do nothing as to think you can do everything.
Every worthwhile accomplishment has a price tag in terms of hard work, patience, faith, and endurance.
Criticism is something you can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
That which you persist in doing becomes easy to do - not that the nature of the thing has changed, but your power and ability to do has increased.
We must remember that a habit is not learned - it develops from a repetition of similar actions over a period of time.
Some say if only my fears and doubts will leave then I will get to work. But instead you should get to work and then your fears and doubts will leave.
Dwight L. Moody
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone
has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
English Professor, Ohio University
Brain, n.: The apparatus with which we think that we think.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Or, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, Never have so many fought for so little.
The best lesson life has taught me is that the idiots in many cases are right.
There's always an easy solution to every problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.
H. L. Mencken
The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everything that is faced will not change, but nothing will change unless it is faced.
The meaning of a word is its use.
Sometimes it much more important to be reasonable than to be precisely correct.
An education is what comes to persons who have lots of curiosity.
It's not a matter of life and death, it's more important than that.
Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Your mere presence is depriving some village of its idiot.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.
A good safeguard against insanity is to never let yourself be driven up the wall by a chaotic conception of the screwed up thinking that drove you bananas in the first place.
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.
Better problem solvers don't necessarily have better hardware, they have better software.
Success comes before work only in the dictionary.
Doubt is the darkroom where negatives are developed.
If you don't see what you want, make it.
You don't have to better than everyone else, just better than the day before.
Opportunity is like a bald man. You have to confront it head on because there is nothing to grab on to as it goes by.
We learn 83% by sight
We retain 90% of what we say as we do a thing
70% of what we say as we talk
50% of what we see and hear
30% of what we see
20% of what we hear
10% of what we read
Man who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt man doing it.
Chinese proverb - outside noisy, inside empty
If you can do something about it, why worry? If you can't do something about it, why worry?
Old Indian Proverb
African proverb - Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse
Average person has 150 teachers in lifetime and only 3 touch that person's life
Learning is readily retrieved from memory by the learner on the basis of:
3. emotional impact
Well, uh...I don't know. Aha! An auspicious beginning.
The Way of the Samurai: Meet every second in life as challenge; respond fully to whatever happens without anxiety. Or complaint. Or clinging.
One reason people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.