Over time, I have been updating the Quotes section on my Facebook page. It’s something very lowkey and yet deeply satisfying to revisit.
Today I post the most current collection, on here.
Hope you all will enjoy it.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf
“We need both focused frogs and visionary birds.” – Freeman Dyson
“I must decline, for secret reasons.” – EB White
“The most difficult thing for and inventor is to design something simple. Structures that are complex and complicated are very easy to design. “ – Michail Kalashnikov
“To gain knowledge of nature means to create nature.” – FWJ Schelling
“Your love for our kingdom joins us to humans. You see, there are no individual egos within us; when you love one beech tree, for example, you love all beech trees, you are connected with the whole genus of beech. Even though it may be one particular specimen that brings out the love in you, taking your regard to itself, and thus you are automatically linked up with the spirit of that species. If the human kingdom could learn this quality, it would mean the end of war and rivalry, competition and strife.” – Angel Landscape to Findhorn Gardener.
“Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” – Joi Ito
“The best protection is always to be working on hard problems. Writing novels is hard. Reading novels isn’t. Hard means worry: if you’re not worrying that something you’re making will come out badly, or that you won’t be able to understand something you’re studying, then it isn’t hard enough. There has to be suspense.” – PG
“In an artificial world, only extremists live naturally.” – PG
“What you call passion is not spiritual force, but friction between the soul and the outside world. Where passion dominates, that does not signify the presence of greater desire and ambition, but rather the misdirection of these qualities toward an isolated and false goal, with a consequent tension and sultriness in the atmosphere. Those who direct the maximum force of their desires toward the center, toward true being, toward perfection, seem quieter than the passionate souls because the flame of their fervor cannot always be seen.” Hermann Hesse- The Glass Bead Game
“To be, in a word, unborable…. It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.” DFW- The Pale King
“desire to seek, patience to doubt, fondness to meditate, slowness to assert, readiness to reconsider, carefulness to dispose and set in order.” – Francis Bacon, on scientific temperament
“Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion”. – Francis Bacon
“Education makes the wise slightly wiser, but it makes the fool vastly more dangerous.” — Nassim N. Taleb
“Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.”- Benoit Mandelbrot
“Associate with noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone.”
“Don’t just read it; fight it! Ask your own questions, look for your own examples, discover your own proofs. Is the hypothesis necessary? Is the converse true? What happens in the classical special case? What
about the degenerate cases? Where does the proof use the hypothesis?” – Paul R. Halmos on doing math
“It’s not even wrong!” – W.P.
“Young man, in mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.” – JvN
“Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity; but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless connection of things to prop it up: our name, our “biography”, our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are?” – Sogyal Rinpoche
“Mens sana in corpore sano”
“The internet is everything we can access with a browser.
Discourse is everything we can access with our minds.” – M. Foucault
“Past the flannel plains and blacktop graphs and skylines of canted rust, and past the tobacco-brown river overhung with weeping trees an coins of sunlight through them on the water downriver, to the place beyond the windbreak, where untilled fields simmer shrilly in the A.M. heat: shattercane, lamb’s-quarter, cutgrass, sawbrier, nutgrass, jimsonweed, wild mint, dandelion, foxtain, muscadine, spine-cabbage, goldenrod, creeping charlie, butter-print, nightshade, ragweed, wild oat, vetch, butcher grass, invaginate volunteer beans, all heads gently nodding in a morning breeze like a mother’s soft hand on your cheek. An arrow of starlings fired from the windbreak’s thatch. The glitter of dew that stays where it is and steams all day. A sunflower, four more, one bowed, and horses in the distance standing rigid and still as toys. All nodding. Electric sounds of insects at their business. Ale-colored sunshine and pale sky and whorls of cirrus so high they cast no shadow. Insects all business all the time. Quartz and chert and schist and chondrite iron scabs in granite. Very old land. Look around you. The horizon trembling, shaplesss. We are all of us brothers.” – DFW