QUOTEoftheDay

Friday
Oct142011

Pythagoras

A thought is an idea in transit.

There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.

As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

Virtue is harmony.

Educate the children and it won't be necessary to punish the men.

Number is the ruler of forms and ideas, and the cause of gods and daemons.

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

Reason is immortal, all else mortal.


Thursday
Oct132011

Frederick Soddy

Chemistry has been termed by the physicist as the messy part of physics, but that is no reason why the physicists should be permitted to make a mess of chemistry when they invade it.

In the first place, the preparation of the Nobel lecture which I am to give has shown me, even more clearly than I knew before, how many others share with me, often, indeed, have anticipated me, in the discoveries for which you have awarded me the prize.

Man cannot influence in this respect the atomic forces of Nature.

Nature is in austere mood, even terrifying, withal majestically beautiful.

Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilisation.

With all our mastery over the powers of Nature we have adhered to the view that the struggle for existence is a permanent and necessary condition of life.

The pure air and dazzling snow belong to things beyond the reach of all personal feeling, almost beyond the reach of life. Yet such things are a part of our life, neither the least noble nor the most terrible.

Wednesday
Oct122011

Alexis de Tocqueville

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

Laws are always unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation; and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people.

We are sleeping on a volcano... A wind of revolution blows, the storm is on the horizon.

Tuesday
Oct112011

Tennessee Williams

We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.

I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.



Monday
Oct102011

Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.

Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.



Sunday
Oct092011

Arthur Eddington

The law that entropy always increases, holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations — then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation — well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

Physics has in the main contented itself with studying the abridged edition of the book of nature.

The stuff of the world is mind-stuff.

We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown.

The idealistic tinge in my conception of the physical world arose out of mathematical researches on the relativity theory. In so far as I had any earlier philosophical views, they were of an entirely different complexion.

From the beginning I have been doubtful whether it was desirable for a scientist to venture so far into extra-scientific territory. The primary justification for such an expedition is that it may afford a better view of his own scientific domain.

 

Saturday
Oct082011

W. Somerset Maugham

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.

I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.

It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

Friday
Oct072011

Umberto Eco

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry.

But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.

When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.

 

Thursday
Oct062011

Steve Jobs

What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.

I want to put a ding in the universe.

You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'l want something new.

I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct052011

Robert Frost

What we live by we die by.

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.