QUOTEoftheDay

Sunday
Jul172011

Haruki Murikami

"First, about the mind. You tell me there is no fighting or hatred or desire in the Town. That this is a beautiful dream, and I do want your happiness. But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope."
--Hard-Boiled Wonderland & The End of The World

"But who can say what's best? That's why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives."
--Norwegian Wood

"Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit."
--A Wild Sheep Chase

"Mediocrity is like a spot on your shirt, it never comes off."
--Dance, Dance, Dance

 

Friday
Jul152011

Carl Sagan

"The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key."

--"Wonder and Skepticism", Skeptical Enquirer Volume 19, Issue 1, (January-February 1995)

"The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky."

--Cosmos, 1980

Thursday
Jul142011

Richard Dawkins

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.

Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that.

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.

Tuesday
Jul122011

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

There are no facts, only interpretations.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

 

 

Monday
Jul112011

Linus Pauling

  • I realized that more and more I was saying, "It seems to me that we have come to the time war ought to be given up. It no longer makes sense to kill 20 million or 40 million people because of a dispute between two nations who are running things, or decisions made by the people who really are running things. It no longer makes sense. Nobody wins. Nobody benefits from destructive war of this sort and there is all of this human suffering. And Einstein was saying the same thing of course. So that is when we decided — my wife and I — that first, I was pretty effective as a speaker. Second, I better start boning up, studying these other fields so that nobody could stand up and say, "Well, the authorities say such and such "
Saturday
Jul092011

"History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there."

"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests."


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

George Santayana

Friday
Jul082011

“If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.”

“Things on a very small scale [like electrons] behave like nothing that you have any direct experience about. They do not behave like waves, they do not behave like particles, they do not behave like clouds, or billiard balls, or weights on springs, or like anything that you have ever seen.”

 Richard Feynman quotes

 


Feynman Physics Lectures: Ode on a Flower by FeynmanPhysicsLectures

Thursday
Jul072011

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.--
Albert Einstein

Wednesday
Jul062011

"We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning. "
Werner Heisenberg

Tuesday
Jul052011

"Life is unfair. And it's not fair that life is unfair." --Edward Abbey