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.)


Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien, “Lord of the Rings”

Lady Astor: “Winston, if you were my husband, I'd put poison in your coffee.”
Churchill: “Nancy, if you were my wife, I'd drink it.”

Sir Winston Churchill

To base the unexplainabilty and the immense wonder of nature onto an other miracle is unnecessary and not acceptable for any serious thinker.

Fritz Zwicky

Some people care too much, I think it's called love.

A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

Georges Clemenceau, also attributed to Oscar Wilde

Halting innovation merely to save costs is like stopping the clock to save time

Helmut Gierse, president of Siemens Automation and Drives

People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.

Stephen Hawking

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.

Lyn Yutang

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

Larry Lorenzoni

Le verbe aimer est difficile à conjuger : son passé est composé, son présent est imparfait et son futur est conditionnel.

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'Well,' said Pooh, 'what I like best -- ' and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.

A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

Money can't buy you happiness, but it calms the nerves.

Steven Van Hulle

Religion allows perfectly sane, perfectly intelligent people to believe en mass what only idiots and lunatics could believe in isolation.

Sam Harris

My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful, but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.

Hermann Weyl

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Ray Bradbury

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

Marcus Aurelius

Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.

Terry Pratchett

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.


You can not apply mathematics as long as words still becloud reality.

Hermann Weyl

The summation theoretically goes to infinity, but in practice infinity is five.

Some professor. Many other quotes here

Any fool can know, the point is to understand.

Albert Einstein

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

A house without books is like a room without windows.

Horace Mann

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.