i. “A topologist is someone who can’t tell the difference between his ass and a hole in the ground, but who can tell the difference between his ass and two holes in the ground.” (Source unknown, quote from the book Mathematically Speaking)

ii. “If you’re trying to choose between two theories and one gives you an excuse for being lazy, the other one is probably right.” (Paul Graham)

iii. “Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.” (Marston Bates)

iv. “Common sense is not really so common.” (Antoine Arnauld)

v. “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” (Albert von Szent-Györgyi)

vi. “All screening programmes do harm; some do good as well, and, of these, some do more good than harm at reasonable cost” (Sir Muir Gray, as quoted in the book Simply Rational: Decisionmaking in the Real World, by Gerd Gigerenzer).

vii. “according to rationality norms requiring only internal coherence, one can be perfectly consistent, and yet wrong about everything” (Gerd Gigerenzer, ibid.)

viii. “The rightness of a thing isn’t determined by the amount of courage it takes.” (Mary Renault)

ix. “Boredom on social occasions is an inescapable hazard for the over-educated”. (Susan Howatch)

x. “Life deserves laughter, hence people laugh at it.” (Henryk Sienkiewicz)

xi. “A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you’d think misfortune would get tired, but then time is your misfortune.” (William Faulkner)

xii. “Man knows so little about his fellows. In his eyes all men or women act upon what he believes would motivate him if he were mad enough to do what the other man or woman is doing.” (-ll-)

xiii. “True opinions can prevail only if the facts to which they refer are known; if they are not known, false ideas are just as effective as true ones, if not a little more effective.” (Walter Lippmann)

xiv. “Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something which you have to be all the time. Which isn’t easy.” (Luigi Pirandello)

xv. “Our lies reveal as much about us as our truths.” (J. M. Coetzee)

xvi. “An honorable man will not be bullied by a hypothesis.” (Bergen Evans)

xvii. “Error is a hardy plant; it flourisheth in every soil”. (Martin Tupper)

xviii. “Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” (-ll-)

xix. “If a mistake is not a stepping stone, it is a mistake.” (Eli Siegel)

xx. “Mathematicians are a kind of Frenchman. They translate into their own language whatever is said to them and forthwith the thing is utterly changed.” (Goethe)


October 15, 2015 - Posted by | quotes/aphorisms

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