Favourite Quotes

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
— Arthur C. Clarke

A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
John Augustus Shedd

Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.
— H. L. Mencken

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.
— George E. P. Box

The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is past the ocean is flat again.
— John Maynard Keynes

There is no harm in being sometimes wrong — especially if one is promptly found out.
— John Maynard Keynes

When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?
— John Maynard Keynes

Dans les champs de l’observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.
In the fields of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind.

— Lois Pasteur

On two occasions I have been asked,—”Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” In one case a member of the Upper, and in the other a member of the Lower, House put this question. I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
— Charles Babbage

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.
— Charles Babbage

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.
— Richard Feynman

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
— Richard Feynman

[The] truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.
— Winston Churchill

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
— Aldous Huxley

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
— Aldous Huxley

No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
— François de La Rochefoucauld

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
— Ernest Hemingway

Love truth, but pardon error.
— Voltaire

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
— Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

Patience is also a form of action.
— Auguste Rodin

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.
— Harlan Ellison

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
— John F. Kennedy

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a thumb.
— Anon

Never teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.
— Anon

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
— Niels Bohr

Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, after the Bhagavad Gita

We are as gods and might as well get good at it.
— Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
— Robert J. Hanlon (Hanlon’s razor)

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