i. “A friend in power is a friend lost.” (Henry Brooks Adams)

ii. “He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” (George Bernard Shaw)

iii. “Those have most power to hurt us that we love.” (Francis BeaumontJohn Fletcher)

iv. “It doesn’t much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else.” (Samuel Rogers)

v. “Teaching physics without calculus or research psychology without statistics is teaching about science rather than teaching science.” (Victoria Hart)

vi. The problem with separating science and math is that science NEEDS math. Math, however, does not need science.” (-ll-)

vii. “Seek not to know who said this or that, but take note of what has been said.” (Thomas á Kempis)

viii. “What time he can spare from the adornment of his person he devotes to the neglect of his duties.” (William Hepworth Thompson)

ix. “Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.” (Dion Boucicault)

x. “No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.” (Mandell Creighton)

xi. “To find a friend one must close one eye. To keep him—two.” (Norman Douglas)

xii. “Science is special because there is no ancient wisdom. The ancients were fools, by and large. I mean no disrespect, but if you wish to design a rifle by Aristotelian principles, or treat an illness via the Galenic system, you are a fool, following foolishness. Science is the true ladder to heaven, anyone who has practiced it can not be help be amazed by its miraculous powers of prediction. […] Knowledge is hard. We, as individual humans are stupid. Science is sloppy and noisy. But science got us to the moon, and science gave is antibiotics.” (Razib Khan)

xiii. All political persuasions are a mix of norms and assumptions about the way the world is arranged. When you make false assertion about the nature of things, you will make worthless inferences. […] Note that any assumption of what is does not here necessarily entail what ought to be. But it is much easier to achieve an ought if you accurately characterize the is.” (-ll-)

xiv. “In every adversity of fortune, to have been happy is the most unhappy kind of misfortune.” (Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius)

xv. “Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.” (Jean de La Fontaine)

xvi. “Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it.” (-ll-)

xvii. “It is the common vice of all, in old age, to be too intent upon our interests.” (Terence)


December 13, 2012 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms


  1. JOHN Bernard Shaw?

    Comment by info2 | December 13, 2012 | Reply

    • Yeah, the not-quite-so-well-known nephew of the other guy.

      ( 🙂 No, of course that was a mistake. Thanks for correcting…)

      Comment by US | December 14, 2012 | Reply

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