I can't make any real claims that many of these are valid since I was not there when most of them were writen or spoken, but I have tried to valadate them as much as I can...
...we kiss. And it feels like we have shrugged off the world.
"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
"The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep."
"Why don't you write books people can read?"
"Always do right- this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest
people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his
clients to plant vines."
"Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits
is, of course, in a state of sin."
"I would have made a good Pope."
"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think
about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution
is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that
counts can be counted."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and
I'm not sure about the former."
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But,
in practice, there is."
Common sence is so rare, as to often be mistaken for genius."
We have too many men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped
the mystery of the atom and rejected
the Sermon on the Mount . . . . The world has achieved brilliance without
wisdom, power without conscience.
Language exists to communicate whatever it can communicate. Some things
it communicates so badly that we never attempt to communicate them by words if any other medium
Language is a hack.
"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific
"There is no likehood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with
the best people, and I can assure you that data processing
is a fad that won't last out the year."
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction
and the need to have something better than a vacuum
against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled
out daily in high schools."
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil?
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction".
"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the
intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon".
"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosive."
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
"But what ... is it good for?"
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered
as a means of communication. The device is inherently of
no value to us."
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would
pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better
than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not
"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports
say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make."
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The
literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."
"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even
built with some of your parts, and what do you think about
funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our
salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we
went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You
haven't got through college yet.'"
"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all
of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that
is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits
down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid
again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a
cold one anymore."
"When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl."
"Her kisses left something to be desired -- the rest of her."
"Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."
"Calvin: People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they
don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.
God does not play dice. - Albert Einstein
Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one. - A.J. Liebling
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." -Abraham Lincoln
Happiness is a selfish pursuit, whereas, joy is a gift from God! - Gary Barnum
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt." -Abraham Lincoln
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." -Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." -Douglas Adams
Immature love says:"I love you because I need you." Mature love says:"I need you because I love you." -Erich Fromm, psychologist. The Art of Loving, ch2
On a tombstone: "I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK"
The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they're going to be when you kill them. William Clayton
The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words,
there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of
Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." -- Mark Twain
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute." -- Albert Einstein
"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Bite the wax tadpole!" -- "Coca-Cola" as originally translated into Chinese
"Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave." -- ad slogan "Pepsi Comes Alive" as originally translated into Chinese"
"Beware programmers that carry hammers. Beware programmers that carry
"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody,
you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
You only live once, but if you do it right... Once is enough.
If God didn't want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?
"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world." (C.S. Lewis)
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -- Robert A. Heinlein
Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings. -George Will
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
Love at the lips was touch
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was
inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic
pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the
purity of the sound achieved by the pig.