Revolver Maps

понедельник, 14 июля 2014 г.

Из записных книжек.

В них много мусора, но иногда попадается интересное. Вдруг, кому-то понравится.

It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take
advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work. Take care of what
you are doing. Take care.
      -- George Bernard Shaw, “Candida”


The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a
lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
      -- Douglas Adams, “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
      -- T.H. Huxley

To hate is to study, to study is to understand, to understand is to appreciate, to appreciate is to love. So maybe I'll end up loving your theory.
      -- John A. Wheeler

Government, today, is growing too strong to be safe. There are no longer any
citizens in the world; there are only subjects. They work day in and day out
for their masters; they are bound to die for their masters at call. Out of this
working and dying they tend to get less and less.
      -- H.L. Mencken

It is ordinary for us to poison rivers also; yea and the very elements whereof the world doth stand, are by us infected: for even the air itself, wherein and whereby all things should live, we corrupt to their mischief and destruction.
      -- Pliny the Elder, the Natural History, tr. Philemon Holland

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
      -- Edward Teller

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for
instance; let us ask, "Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning
quantity or number?" No. "Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?" No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
      -- David Hume


The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
      -- Niels Bohr

Yes, Agassiz *does* recommend authors to eat fish, because the phosphorus in it makes brain. So far you are correct. But I cannot help you to a decision about the amount you need to eat -- at least, not with certainty. If the specimen composition you send is about your fair usual average, I should judge that a couple of whales would be all you would want for the present. Not the largest kind, but simply good middling-sized whales.
      -- Mark Twain

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
      -- Albert Einstein

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
      -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be
able to correct them.
      -- Kimon Nicolaides

I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.
      -- Isaac Newton
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
      -- Oscar Wilde

My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when I had to
choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.
      -- Hermann Weyl

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
      -- Wernher Von Braun

Should I not have changed either the day for carrying out my scheme, or the
scheme itself -- but preferably only the day?
      -- Ovid, “The Metamorphoses”

The idea of an incarnation of God is absurd: why should the human race think
itself so superior to bees, ants, and elephants as to be put in this unique
relation to its maker?... Christians are like a council of frogs in a marsh or a synod of worms on a dung-hill croaking and squeaking "for our sakes was the world created."
      -- Julian the Apostate

Until we become the architects of a society that is truly free and ecological, it will always seem that when the human brain is not adaptive, it is more often destructive than creative.
      -- Murray Bookchin

A person who lacks the means, within himself, to live a good and happy life
will find any period of his existence wearisome.

      -- Cicero, "On Old Age"

Mission Impossible.