quotations

A Few Favourite Quotations

  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    — Mahatma Gandhi
  • Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.
    — William Butler Yeats
  • All cruelty springs from weakness.
    — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • It is the duty of a newspaper to afflict the comforted and comfort the afflicted.
    — Finley Peter Dunne
  • Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
    -― Isaac Asimov
  • The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
    — Albert Einstein
  • A man of true science uses but few hard words, and those only when none other will answer his purposes; whereas the smatterer in science thinks that by mouthing hard words he proves that he understands hard things.
  • — Herman Melville
  • An expert is a man [sic] who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
    — Niels Bohr
  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
    — Aristotle
  • A goal without a plan is just a wish.
    — Antoine de Saint Exupery
  • The root of all heartache is expectation.
    — William Shakespeare
  • There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
    — Aristotle
  • The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
    — George Bernard Shaw
  • Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
    — Erica Jong
  • The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
    — Steven Biko
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
    — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The only real prison is fear; and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
    — Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.
    — Albert Schweitzer
  • Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
    — Herbert George Wells
  • Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.
    — Susan Brownell Anthony
  • Duct tape is like the force: it has a dark side and a light side and it holds the universe together.
    — Carl Zwanzi
  • Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.
    — Richard Feynman
  • Programming is a lot like sex. One mistake and you could have to support it the rest of your life.
    — unknown
  • The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
    — Lily Tomlin
  • A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
    — Nancy Reagan
  • Don’t worry if you’re making waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.
    — Scott Stabile
  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
    — Richard Bach
  • Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.
    — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
    — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
    — Maya Angelou
  • Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
    — Judy Garland
  • Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.
    — David Augsburger
  • Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.
    — Oscar Wilde
  • The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
    — Erica Jong
  • Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.
    — Whoopi Goldberg
  • When the use of the word racism stops a conversation it is because racism stops it.
    — Adrian Jacobs (@Ganosono on twitter)
  • I know of no one who has participated actively in the advance of physics in the postwar period whose research has been significantly helped by the work of philosophers.
    — Steven Weinberg, Physics Nobel Laureate
  • If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
    — Albert Einstein

P.S.: I am aware that this selection is pretty overwhelmingly White. I am working on remedying the narrowness of my reading thus far in life.