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Vasant Honavar: Favorite Quotes

Buddhist Proverb: Everyone is given the key to the gates of Heaven; The same key opens the gates of Hell.

J. W. von Goethe: Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.

J. W. von Goethe: What you can do, or think you can, begin it - Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Ancient American Indian Proverb: Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.

Albert Einstein: Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.

Friedrich Nietzsche: The thirst for equality can express itself either as a desire to draw everyone down to one's level, or to raise oneself and everyone else up.

Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator: What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Friedrich Nietzsche: There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.

Albert Einstein: I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.

Henri Poincare': The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.

Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee: All things in the world are two. In our minds we are two, good and evil. With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly.... We have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and we have the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two.

Anonymous: In the beginning, there was Chaos. Chaos nurtures Progress. Progress enhances Order. Order tries to defy Chaos at all cost. But my friend, if and when Order wins the final battle against Chaos, I will mourn. 'Cause Progress will be dead.

Anonymous: The most terrible thing about death is that a life-time's reading is laid to waste.

Mourning Dove Salish: Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

Edgar Allen Poe: I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.

Elbert Hubbard: Genius may have its limitations but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

Chief Aupumut, Mohican: When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

Paula Poundstone: I was born in Iowa (or was it Indiana? or Idaho?). I lived there for almost a month before I had seen everything there was to see and done everything there was to do.

Anonymous: Stop the world! I want to get off!!

B. C. Forbes: The most profitless things to manufacture are excuses.

Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation: We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.

Anonymous: It takes courage to attempt the impossible. What would we think of Moses today if when it was time to part the red sea, he had said "Why don't you guys go build a bridge?"

Zitkala-Sa: A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan.

Anonymous: A goal is a dream with a deadline.

B. F. Skinner: The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do.

Arthur Clarke: The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

James Clerk Maxwell: The only laws of matter are those that our minds must fabricate and the only laws of mind are fabricated for it by matter.

George Bernard Shaw: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

James Joyce: History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.

Ambrose Bierce: All are lunatics; but one who can analyze one's delusions is called a philosopher.

Alfred North Whitehead: Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. Operations of thought are cavalry charges in a battle - they are limited in number, they require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.

G. K. Chesterton: You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

Leo Rosten: Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.

Christopher Morley: My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.

Bertrand Russel: The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as to seem not worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Gottfried Leibnitz: It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labor of calculation which could safely be relegated to machines.

Errett Bishop: Mathematics belongs to man, not to God. When a man proves a positive integer to exist, he should show how to find it. If God has mathematics of His own that needs to be done, let Him do it Himself.

Anonymous: Science probes; it does not prove. Imagine Newton's reaction to an objector of his law of gravity who argued that he could not establish a universal law because he had not observed every falling apple, much less proved the law of gravity - there might, after all, be an apple that levitates!

Anonymous: Brother, can you spare a paradigm?

Friedrich Nietzsche: That which does not kill you only makes you stronger.

R. S. Thomas: The old men ask for more time; the young waste it. And the philosopher simply smiles, knowing there is none there.

Henri Poincare' A reality completely independent of the spirit that conceives it, sees it, or feels it, is an impossibility. A world so external as that, even if it existed, would be forever inaccessible to us.

William Mace: Ask not what's inside your head but what your head's inside of.

Joseph E. Chesterton: The foundation of teaching is research, and the object of research is certainly teaching, that is, the diffusion of knowledge.

Robert Pirsig: Why should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organize themselves into a professor of chemistry?

Mother Teresa: We can do no great things; only small things with great love.