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Date written Jul 5, 2020
Date updated Last updated: Jan 17, 2021
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Science progresses one funeral at a time. - Max Planck

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 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

Good mathematicians see analogies between theorems; great mathematicians see analogies between analogies. - Stefan Banach

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain they do not refer to reality. - Albert Einstein

Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. - John Godfrey Saxe

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. - John Kenneth Galbraith


  • 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.
  • If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
  • If it can't be measured, it becomes politics.
  • Everybody's business is nobody's business.