Random Quotes

Nick Bostrom

Knowledge about limitations of your data collection process affects what inferences you can draw from the data.

Maurice Sendak, fully Maurice Bernard Sendak

You don't want to do something that's all terrifying.

William Shakespeare

Feed arrogance and are the proud man's fees. Cressida and Troilus, Act iii, Scene 3

Mason Cooley

Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.

Michio Kaku

It?s humbling to realize that the developmental gulf between a miniscule ant colony and our modern human civilization is only a tiny fraction of the distance between a Type 0 and a Type III civilization ? a factor of 100 billion billion, in fact. Yet we have such a highly regarded view of ourselves, we believe a Type III civilization would find us irresistible and would rush to make contact with us. The truth is, however, they may be as interested in communicating with humans as we are keen to communicate with ants.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

The poor little thing, she'd saved this student's letter as a treasure and had run to fetch this precious treasure of hers, not wanting me to leave without knowing that she too was the object of sincere, honest love, and that someone exists who had spoken to her respectfully. Probably that letter was fated to lie in her box without results. But that didn't matter; I'm sure that she'll guard it as a treasure her whole life, as her pride and vindication; and now, at a moment like this, she remembered it and brought it out to exult naively before me, to raise herself in my eyes, so that I could see it for myself and could also think well of her." Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

Randy Pausch, fully Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch

If you?re going to have childhood dreams you should have great parents who let you pursue them and express your creativity

Shirley Temple, later Shirley Temple Black, born Shirley Jane Temple

I ran for Congress, just once.

P. J. O'Rourke

No industry in living memory has collapsed faster than daily print journalism.

Henri Matisse, birth name Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse

Suppose I want to paint a woman's body: first of all I imbue it with grace and charm, but I know that I must give something more. I will condense the meaning of this body by seeking its essential lines. The charm will be less apparent at first glance, but it must eventually emerge from the new image which will have a broader meaning, one more fully human.

Wilhelm Röepke

By paralyzing the price mechanism . . . creates a situation which immediately calls for further and even greater intervention, transferring the regulating function so far carried out by the market to a government agency. If the government introduces rent ceilings, the divergence between supply and demand in the housing market grows ever greater as rents remain below the level which is necessary to promote construction and lessen demand. Consequently, the state is forced to go further and ration housing, as at the same time building activity collapses under these conditions, it must finally take over housing construction under its own management. In addition, this tends to lead to a "freezing" of the housing situation--everyone clinging to the home which he was lucky enough to get hold of, without making any adjustments if his family should decrease--and to a progressive diminution of mobility. This should teach us that the price mechanism is an essential part of the mechanism of our whole economic system and that one cannot do away with it without in the end being forced down a path leading to pure collectivism.

Vladimir Lenin, fully Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

They will furnish credits which will serve us for the support of the Communist Party in their countries and, by supplying us materials and technical equipment which we lack, will restore our military industry necessary for our future attacks against our suppliers. To put it in other words, they will work on the preparation of their own suicide.

Robert Burton

Hannibal, as he had mighty virtues, so head he many vices. . . he had two distinct persons in him.

John Steinbeck

It occurs to me that just as the Carthaginians hired mercenaries to do their fighting for them, we Americans being in mercenaries to do our hard and humble work. I hope we may not be overwhelmed one day by peoples not too proud or too lazy or too soft to bend to the earth and pick up the things we eat.

Persian Proverbs

Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser; but doing well is the wisest and best of all.

Yann Martel

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William Whewell

And so no force however great can stretch a cord however fine into an horizontal line which is accurately straight.

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Cowards can never be moral.

Welsh Proverbs

The memory of a child is good.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Fish begin to stink from the head, not the tail. Think of the heads of state and governments who make bad decisions based on faulty policies as the heads of the fish, but remember, it is the tail that propels one through the water.

George Eliot, pen name of Mary Ann or Marian Evans

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.

Dave Eggers

Having lost people when they were young, you feel intimately acquainted with mortality, I guess. Though I procrastinate worse than anybody.

Bob Wells, born Robert Wells, aka Hoolihan

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

Morrie Schwartz, fully Morris "Morrie" S. Schwartz

That?s what we?re all looking for. A certain peace with the idea of dying. If we know, in the end, that we can ultimately have that peace with dying, then we can finally do the really hard thing. Which is? Make peace with living.

Italian Proverbs

Water, smoke, and a vicious woman, drive men out of the house.