Quotes

“Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
– Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.

“Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.”
– Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

“He would make a lovely corpse.”
– Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.”
– Irvin S. Cobb

“I worship the quicksand he walks in.”
– Art Buchwald

“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.”
– Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”
– Paul Valery (1871-1945)

“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another Direction.”
– General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

“With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil, that takes religion.”
– Steven Weinberg (1933-)

“If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use? Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?”
– Seymour Cray (1925-1996), father of supercomputing

“#3 pencils and quadrille pads.”
– Seymoure Cray (1925-1996) when asked what CAD tools he used to design the Cray I supercomputer; he also recommended using the back side of the pages so that the grid lines were not so dominant.

“Interesting – I use a Mac to help me design the next Cray.”
– Seymoure Cray (1925-1996) when he was told that Apple Inc. had recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them design the next Mac.

“Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis.”
– Pierre Laplace (1749-1827), to Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.

“I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.”
– Francois-Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”
– Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“The truth is more important than the facts.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”
– Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)

“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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