Adages, Quotes

Date written Jul 5, 2020
Date updated Last updated: Nov 22, 2020
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  • The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
  • No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
  • Science progresses one funeral at a time. - Max Planck
  • If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
  • What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. - Dwight Eisenhower
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin
  • One of the greatest commandments of science is, 'Mistrust arguments from authority.' ... Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else. - Carl Sagan
  • The future is already here -- it's just not evenly distributed. - William Gibson
  • Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. - Louis Brandeis (on transparency)
  • All models are wrong, but some are useful. - George E. P. Box
  • If it can't be measured, it becomes politics.
  • If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. -Henry Ford
  • E pur si muove (And yet it moves) - Galileo Galilei
  • Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion - Francis Bacon
  • What we need are notions, not notations. - Gauss
  • If I want the door to turn, the hinges must stay put. - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • We don't know who discovered water, but we are certain it wasn't a fish. - John Culkin