A man can do what he wants. But he can’t want what he wants.
Choose only one master -- Nature.
--Rembrandt, painter and etcher (1606-1669)
In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
--Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)
I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won.
What I stand for is what I stand on.
--Wendell Berry, farmer, author (b. 1934)
The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime.
— Pink Floyd, "Free Four"
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
--Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, biologist, author (1941-2002)
No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.
-Alexis de Tocqueville, (1805-1859)
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
When the flag is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet.
Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
--James Harvey Robinson
No two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is – in other words, not a thing, but a think.
--Penelope Fitzgerald, British author
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
--Mohandas K. Gandhi
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
"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."
--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, English author
Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
--Sir Claus Moser
Knowledge tells us that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom prevents us from putting it into a fruit salad.
Chance favors only the prepared mind.
--Louis Pasteur, French scientist