My Favorite Quotes

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How could a website succeed without a “Favorite Quotes” page?   🙂

Below are some quotes that I particularly like – some are very old, but I feel they are even more relevant today than when they were made.  They are good to know, good to learn from, and good to use in your public speeches and ppt presentations!


Like:

  • In God we trust.  All others must bring data!  — William Edwards Deming (1900-1993), American engineer, statistician, professor, and author
  • War is ninety percent information. — NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (1769-1821)
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it.— PETER DRUCKER (1909-2005), Management Consultant
  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  — LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519)
  • Less is more.  — LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE (1886-1969), German-American architect
  • Ease of use may be invisible, but its absence sure isn’t.  — IBM (1911-present)
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  — ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955)
  • I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. — ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930)
  • If you torture the data long enough, it will confess. — RONALD COASE (1910-2013), British economist and author.
  • If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. — ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955)
  • Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all. — CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871), British Mathematician and Inventor (1791-1871)
  • A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms. – GEORGE WALD (1906-1997)
  • Brevity is the sister of talent. – ANTON CHEKHOV (1860-1904), Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history
  • I have learned to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution – WERNHER VON BRAUN (1912-1977), German/American, aerospace engineer and space architect
  • Science does not have a moral dimension. It is like a knife. If you give it to a surgeon or a murderer, each will use it differently. – WERNHER VON BRAUN (1912-1977), (this one is scary!)
  • Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. – WERNHER VON BRAUN (1912-1977), (this is often so true)
  • For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. – RICHARD FEYNMAN (1918-1988) (written in his report on the shuttle Challenger accident)
  • It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple. – GEORG C. LICHTENBERG (1742-1799), German scientist and satirist
  • A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God. – ALAN PERLIS (1922-1990), American computer scientist and professor at Yale University known for his pioneering work in programming languages and the first recipient of the Turing Award.
  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – ARTHUR C. CLARKE (1917-2008)
  • I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reasons, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. – GALILEO GALILEI (1564-1642)
  • If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. – ISAAC NEWTON (1643-1727)
  • If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong. –ARTHUR C. CLARKE (1917-2008)
  • Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin. – IVAN PAVLOV (1849-1936), Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning.

Dislike:

  • Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler  — ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) (this makes no sense at all to me.  The second part of this sentence is unnecessary)