This used to be “Some of my favorite quotes”. But the list is becoming longer and longer, and “some” is no longer the right word for it. Hence: a collection of my favorite quotes, in no particular order.
(Several quotes about religion and atheism were taken from the Positive Atheism's Big List of Quotations.)


When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation.

Jorge Luis Borges

There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books.

Martin Luther

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.

A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

I never make mistakes. Once I thought I did, but I was wrong.

On a mug

If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Albert Einstein

Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.

Albert Einstein

The English are not a very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.

George Bernard Shaw

You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.

Abraham Lincoln

Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, except insofar as it doesn't.

Sir Arthur Eddington

You don't trust me?

Richard Feynman, after seeing a 37 million dollar device to test one of his theories

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.

Audrey Hepburn

I yell because I care

On a T-shirt. Was mentioned in Bob Pease's column in Electronic Design

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Steven Wright

Oh, there's so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I'd read that book by that wheelchair guy.

The Simpsons, “Treehouse of horror VI”

Kites rise highest against the wind — not with it.

Sir Winston Churchill

If I get married, I want to be very married.

Audrey Hepburn

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Sir Winston Churchill

Lady at a White House dinner: “Mr. Coolidge, I've made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you.”
President Coolidge: “You lose.”

Calvin Coolidge

Which outlets in the library are appropriate for my hairdryer?

Unknown. More library absurdities here

Foreign diplomat: “Mr. President! You black your own boots?”
Lincoln: “Yes. Whose boots do you black?”

Abraham Lincoln, after the diplomat found him polishing his boots in his office

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don't.

Robert Benchley

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams