Miscellaneous Quotations

"It is better to be thought an imbecile than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." - Samuel L. Clemens

"That is exactly the kind nonsense up with which I will not put!" - Samuel L. Clemens after being criticized for using a preposition at the end of a sentence.

"One reason why mathematics enjoys special esteem, above all other sciences is that its laws are absolutely certain and indisputable, while those of other sciences are to some extent debatable and in constant danger of being overthrown by newly discovered facts." - Albert Einstein

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds." - Albert Einstein

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater." - Albert Einstein

"Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity." - Albert Einstein

"Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?" - Unknown

"There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who finish what they start, and ..." - Brad Ramsey

"Graduation speeches were invented largely in the belief that college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated." - Garry Trudeau

"It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow blower or vacuum cleaner." - Ben Bergor

"Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

"Not all chemicals are bad. Without hydrogen or oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer." - Dave Berr

"Nothing in the world is friendlier than a wet dog." - Unknown

"He who laughs last probably didn't get the joke." - Unknown

"Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done." - Sam Ewing

"Pro and con are opposites, that fact is clearly seen. If progress means to move forward, then what does congress mean?" - Nipsey Russell

"Any astronomer can predict with absolute accuracy just where every star in the universe will be at 11:30 tonight. He can make no such prediction about his teenage daughter." - James T. Adams

"I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours." - Jerome K. Jerome

"You can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you better know something." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"There never was a good war or a bad peace." - Benjamin Franklin

"Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarreled with him?" - Blaise Pascal

"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations." - David Friedman

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes." - General Douglas Macarthur

"I've been to war; I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war." - George W. Bush

"Idol of idiot-worshippers!" - Taken from Act V Scene I of Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin