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.)
Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
Honoré de Balzac
It's a simple fact of record that Mother Teresa was a fanatic, and a fundamentalist, and a fraud. I think probably the most successful trickster of the last century, and responsible for innumerable deaths, and untold suffering and proud of it.
Happiness is not the absence of problems; it's the ability to deal with them.
The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.
George Bernard Shaw in “Pygmalion”
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty
Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been.
Ceux qui peuvent vous faire croire en des absurdités pourront vous faire commettre des atrocités
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.
Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.
Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
The Dalai Lama
In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.
It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a photograph, or a telephone or any other important thing—and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite — that is all he did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that.
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
I heard that in relatively theory, space and time are the same thing. Einstein discovered this when he kept showing up three miles late for his meetings.
Relativity. Gravity. Quantum. Electrodynamics. Evolution. Each of these theories is true, whether or not you believe in them.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.
Reality is a wave function traveling both backward and forward in time.
John L. Casti
You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.
The road to wisdom?
— Well, it's plain
and simple to express:
and err again
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau