Some of my favourite quotes
Orville Wright didn't have a pilot's licensefrom 'Orbiting the Giant Hairball' by Gordon MacKenzie
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
known as Hanlon's Razor
You know you have reached perfection in design, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to be taken away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
An apostrophe is the difference between a business that knows its shit and a business that knows it's shit.Kathryn Williams See also here.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.Dr Seuss
Art without engineering is dreaming. Engineering without art is calculating.
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish.Hume's Maxim
If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?Albert Einstein
There's a set of rules that anything that was in the world when you were born is normal and natural. Anything invented between when you were 15 and 35 is new and revolutionary and exciting, and you'll probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're 35 is against the natural order of things.Douglas Adams
I'd always supposed ... that curiosity was simply the first derivative of knowledge.Paul Graham
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.Usually attributed (but probably incorrectly) to Abraham Lincoln.
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.Voltaire. Actually, he said 'Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde est en droit de vous rendre injuste.', which is not quite the same thing, but the above version is the better known.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.This is the most famous and pleasing version of the quotation, and is generally attributed to Harry Truman. However, Benjamin Jowett, about a century earlier, had said, "The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them". I suppose this rather nicely illustrates the point.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.George Bernard Shaw
The elementary rules of logic...[are] that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and that what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.Christopher Hitchens
The public interest is not necessarily the same as what interests the public.
If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
Never pay any attention to what critics say. Remember that a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic.
When the facts change, I change my mind.
What do you do, sir?
John Maynard Keynes