|QUOTES OF THE DAY|
Since becoming a central banker, I have learnt to mumble with great incoherence. If I seem unduly clear to you, you must have misunderstood what I said.
- Alan Greenspan
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
- Paul Dirac
In the end, America is not ruled by ethics. It is ruled by law.
- Steen Willadsen (quoted in New York Times, 12/2/97)
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agress with your own reason and your own common sense.
I have a weakness for grandiose, meaningless projects.
- John Sulston, 1983 (quoted in Nature, 12/17/98, after completion of the C. elegans genome)
The first casualty of any war is the truth.
- Mark Twain
It always takes longer than you expect, even if you take Hofstadter's Law into account.
- Douglas Hofstadter
'Now take a sheep', the Sergeant said.
'What is a sheep [but] millions of little bits of sheepness whirling around and doing intricate convolutions inside the sheep? What else is it but that?'
- from The Third Policeman, Flann O'Brien
In navigating the world and deciding what is rewarding, humans are closer to zombies than sentient beings much of the time.
- Sandra Blakeslee (Science writer for the NY Times)
... more difficult to understand than Bob Dylan reading Finnegan's Wake in a wind tunnel.
- Dennis Miller
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Just because its a model doesn't mean its necessarily wrong.
- Robert ("Bob") Weinberg
Even with railways it is better to keep a two-wheeled cart.
- Koz'ma Prutkov
Throwing stones in water, watch the ripples produced by them; otherwise such stone throwing will be a meaningless pastime.
- Koz'ma Prutkov