QUOTATIONS I LIVE BY

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QUOTATIONS I LIVE BY

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“Life… may well be compared with these public Games for in the vast crowd assembled here some are attracted by the acquisition of gain, others are led on by the hopes and ambitions of fame and glory. But among them there are a few who have come to observe and to understand all that passes here.

It is the same with life. Some are influenced by the love of wealth while others are blindly led on by the mad fever for power and domination, but the finest type of man gives himself up to discovering the meaning and purpose of life itself. He seeks to uncover the secrets of nature. This is the man I call a philosopher for although no man is completely wise in all respects, he can love wisdom as the key to nature’s secrets.”

Pythagoras

in reply to a question posed in 518 BC by Prince Leon on why he lived as a “philosopher”

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“A line in space is to the observations of that line as time is to the clocks that measure it.

Joel Levinson

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“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted”

Albert Einstein

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“Mathematics will always produce reliable results BUT ONLY if the predicates are correct.”

Joel Levinson

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“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Roman statesman born 5 BC

 

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“As far as the laws of Mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain,

and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”

Albert Einstein

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“It is the mark of an educated mind

to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. “

Aristotle

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“Authority gone to one’s head is the greatest enemy of truth.” 


Albert Einstein

(in a letter to Mileva Marić 1901 following a rejection by Paul Drude of Einstein’s electron theory)

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“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 other’s 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.” 


Steve Jobs

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“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”

Groucho

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“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

Often attributed to Albert Einstein but more likely a quote distilled from the writings of Bob Sample in which he presented his interpretation of Einstein’s beliefs.

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“New Scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.”

Max Planck

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“Machines will follow a path that mirrors the evolution of humans. Ultimately, however, self-aware, self-improving machines will evolve beyond humans’ ability to control or even understand them.”

Ray Kurzweil

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“I am convinced that theoretical physics is actual philosophy. It has revolutionized fundamental concepts, e.g., about space and time (relativity), about causality (quantum theory), and about substance and matter (atomistics), and it has taught us new methods of thinking (complementarity) which are applicable far beyond physics.”

Max Born

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If you would not be forgotten,   As soon as you are dead and rotten,

Either write things worthy reading,   Or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin

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“Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority

is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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“A good example is the best sermon.”

Benjamin Franklin

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“We only see what we know.”

Johannn Wolfgang von Goethe

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“True knowledge progresses not toward simplifying our answers

but toward improving our questions.”

Frank Wilczek

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“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

  1. H. L. Mencken

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“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”

Isaac Newton

 

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