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Science progresses one funeral at a time. - Max Planck

What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. - Dwight Eisenhower

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

One of the greatest commandments of science is, ‘Mistrust arguments from authority.’ … Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else. - Carl Sagan

The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed. - William Gibson

Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. - Louis Brandeis (on transparency)

All models are wrong, but some are useful. - George E. P. Box

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. -Henry Ford

E pur si muove (And yet it moves) - Galileo Galilei

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion - Francis Bacon

What we need are notions, not notations. - Gauss

If I want the door to turn, the hinges must stay put. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

We don’t know who discovered water, but we are certain it wasn’t a fish. - John Culkin

Good mathematicians see analogies between theorems; great mathematicians see analogies between analogies. - Stefan Banach

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain they do not refer to reality. - Albert Einstein

Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. - John Godfrey Saxe

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

Measures are more than a creation of society, they create society - Ken Adler

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well. And if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them. - George Orwell

volatility is sonly downside deviation. Upside deviation is called performance - Paul Isaac, Arbiter Partners

The worst scientist is he who is not an artist; the worst artist is he who is no scientist. - Armand Trousseau

The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. - Lily Tomlin

Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. - Alan Turing

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, the wise as false, and the rulers as useful. - Seneca

Far better an approximate answer to the right question,… than an exact answer to the wrong question - John Tukey

The best explanation for the good old days is a bad memory - Franklin Pierce Adams.


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