Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts. -- Richard Feynman
"We must not lose our faculty to dare, especially in dark days." -- Churchill in March, 1942.
"All that is complex is not useful. All that is useful is simple." -- Mikhail Kalashnikov
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
Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. -- W. Churchill
While the caravan of gem-like stars roamed through the paths of heaven, And the entire firmament rang out with the rich, unquenchable harmony of the stars. -- Avetik Isahakian
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. -- Sam Adams
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We get tired, spirit can't We surrender, spirit shan't We crawl, spirit flies Spirit lives when we die. We seem, spirit is We dream, spirit lives We are tethered, spirit free What spirit is, we can be.
"Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime: the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity." -- R. Heinlein