Random Quotes

Salman Khan, fully Salman Amin "Sal" Khan

I firmly believe the gaps in learning can be repaired, and moreover that they must be repaired if future, more advanced concepts are to be mastered. Subjects evolve one from another; one subject?s climax is the starting point for the next. A gap or misconception in a previous subject therefore becomes a stumbling block in the one the follows.

Lord Byron, formally George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

While stands the Coliseum, Rome shall stand; When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; And when Rome falls - the World.

John Brockman

In 1900, Lord Kelvin, the great British physicist, put it clearly: There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.

Paul Collier, fully Sir Paul Collier

It is time to redefine the development problem as being about the countries of the bottom billion, the ones that are stuck in poverty. When I give this message to audiences in aid agencies people shuffle uncomfortably in their seats. Some of them may be thinking, ?But what about my career?? for it would no longer be in Rio but in Bangui. And when I give the message to an NGO audience they get uneasy for a different reason. Many of them do not want to believe that for the majority of the developing world global capitalism is working. They hate capitalism and do not want it to work. The news that it is not working for the billion at the bottom is not good enough: they want to believe that it does not work anywhere. But we cannot go on sacrificing the bottom billion to either of these self-serving aspirations.

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.

William Shakespeare

His nature is too noble for the world: He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Or Jove for 's power to thunder. -Coriolanus. Act iii. Scene 1.

Marcel Proust, fully Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust

There was a time when my ancestors were proud of the title of chamberlain or butler to the King, said the Baron. There was also a time, replied Morel haughtily, when my ancestors cut off your ancestors' heads.

Oliver Sacks

When the brain is released from the constraints of reality, it can generate any sound, image, or smell in its repertoire, sometimes in complex and 'impossible' combinations.

William Shakespeare

In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. Much Ado About Nothing, Act i, Scene1

Japanese Proverbs

By seeing one spot you know the entire leopard.

Douglas Adams, fully Douglas Noel Adams

Marvin trudged on down the corridor, still moaning. ...and then of course I've got this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left hand side... No? said Arthur grimly as he walked along beside him. Really? Oh yes, said Marvin, I mean I've asked for them to be replaced but no one ever listens. I can imagine.

William Shakespeare

I will redeem all this on Percy's head, and in the closing of some glorious day, be bold to tell you that I am your son. Henry IV, Act iii, Scene 2

William Wordsworth

In ourselves our safety must be sought. By our own right hand it must be wrought.

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo

If we conceive of some point of time which cannot be divided into even the minutes parts of moments, that is the only point that can be called present: and that point flees at such lightning speed from being future to being past, that it has no extent of duration at all.

Spanish Proverbs

He who has no head wants no hat.

Martin Buber

Success is not one of the names of God.

Diana Robertson

We may explore the universe and find ourselves, or we may explore ourselves and find the universe. It matters not which of these paths we choose.


For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.

Croatian Proverbs

Distrust is the mother of safety.

Ronald Reagan, fully Ronald Wilson Reagan

If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are.

Thomas Carlyle

Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns.

Dave Barry, fully David McAlister "Dave" Barry

American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it.

Mexican Proverbs

It is in our work that we discover love and faith.

Richard M. Hare, fully Richard Mervyn Hare

Practical issues are issues over which people are prepared to fight and kill one another; and it may be that unless some way is found of talking about them rationally and with hope of agreement, violence will finally engulf the world.

Seneca the Younger, aka Seneca or Lucius Annaeus Seneca

He who boasts of his pedigree praises that which does not belong to him.