Quotes

Qs are an amazing way to memorialize thoughts, opinions, and emotions, and share those across generations and geographies. Below are some of my favorites.

Quotes by Others

  • “Sometimes nature guards her secrets with the unbreakable grip of physical law. Sometimes the true nature of reality beckons from just beyond the horizon.” – Brian Greene
  • “Luck is the residue of good planning.” – David Ignatius
  • “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” – John Mason
  • “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” – Niels Bohr
  • “Patience is bitter, but its reward is sweet.” – Anonymous
  • “Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.” -Pythagoras
  • “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.” – Chinese Proverb
  • “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” – Thomas Henry Huxley
  • “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” – General George Washington
  • “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
  • “We are human beings, beings whose fundamental food is the experience of truth.” – Jacob Needleman
  • “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” – Carl Jung
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
  • “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  • “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” – Donald Rumsfeld
  • “A mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimension.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “Mathematics is transforming the social sciences. In the same way that physicists can predict the movement of atoms in space, we can use mathematics to model how individuals and groups will make decisions and interact in a society.” – Viridiana Rios
  • “Love your work and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Bob Zysk, my father’s high school tennis coach
  • “Some great minds become great by turning the rubble of an exploded paradigm into something consistent and meaningful. Others become great by laying the gunpowder, grain by grain. Every important revolution needs both kinds of minds to complete itself.” – Steven Johnson (The Invention of Air)
  • “History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.” – Etienne Gilson
  • “The higher up you get on the flagpole, the more your butt shows.” – Roger Clemens
  • “We cant change the cards we are dealt; just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch
  • “Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day.” – Polish Proverb
  • “A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.”
  • “Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein
  • “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore
  • “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim
  • “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand
  • “The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”  -Nelson Henderson
  • “Without true memory we leave the fate of the world to chance.” – Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • “Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock.” – Mary Parrish
  • “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard
  • “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” – Erich Fromm
  • “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.” – Thomas Disch
  • “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook
  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pierce
  • “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” – Goethe
  • “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho
  • “We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other’s people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” – Shakti Gawain
  • “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” – Einstein
  • “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” – Aristotle
  • “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
  • “Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” – Maxim Gorky
  • “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” – Joel Barker
  • “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift
  • “Vision looks inward and becomes duty. Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upward and becomes faith.” – Stephen Wise
  • “Knowledge grows exponentially. The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base.” – Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol (pg 314)
  • “Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.” – Albert Einstein
  • “If the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems look like nails.” – Anonymous
  • “If you’re stupid, surround yourself with smart people. If you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.”
  • “It’s not what you’re looking at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Through embracing the diversity of humans beings, we will find a sure way to true happiness.” – Malcolm Gladwell
  • “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton
  • “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”  – Lao Tzu

Quotes by Me

  • Two and two together, four chambers of a heart; some math is poetry, but all math is art.
  • Always give to, and never give up on, the ones you love most in this world.
  • Don’t guide your next move but let your next move guide you.
  • No book is a bad book, and everyone is an author. We all have something to say, and everything said is worth a read.
  • To inspire greatness, you must aspire to be great. Aspire to be great, and you will inspire greatness.
  • Love writes itself. To control it is a fool’s desire.
  • A dollar can go a long way if it goes away for a long time.
  • Find faith in fear, friendship in foes, and freedom in fantasy.
  • You haven’t fully learned until you’ve taught.
  • Sometimes a step away is the best step forward.
  • Yes they contribute to conflict, but without science and technology, life would be a short, dark hallway.
  • You can’t see the future when you’re blinded by the past.
  • Spend your days not in anonymity, but rather in the societal sharing of culture, intelligence, and imagination.
  • Good grades show you’ve done your work; great deeds show you’ve learned your lessons.
  • The execution of one’s doubts will, in a sense, remove all possibility of failure.
  • The warmth inside comes not from within, but from the smiles of those on the outside looking in.
  • Taking shots builds stronger armor.
  • Breathe in not to breathe but as a reminder of a need by which we are all bound.
  • Every step taken, every word spoken, and every feeling had is a decision made.
  • Walk with purpose, even if your destination is unknown.
  • Pass on an opportunity and a window may shorten; pass on a friend and a door will close.
  • Death is an end to decision-making, but not to decisions made.
  • Selfishness is vision impaired, consciousness is vision repaired, and graciousness is vision shared.
  • A vacation is not a time to get away from your thoughts but a time to collect, organize, and build them into steps toward the future.
  • Sleep with your eyes closed and your mind open.
  • You should be able to reflect on one thing in your day that makes you a better person. Something that intrigues you, motivates you, and satisfies your quest for knowledge and understanding.
  • It’s one thing to speak the same language, but another to foster understanding.
  • As much as you make sure you can get deep in the weeds, make sure you can easily get out.
  • Let your mind wander through time and space, and follow its trail with curious grace.
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