Practical Wisdom II

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”
— Joseph Campbell

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
— Chinese Proverb

“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.”
— Ronald Coase

“The young always have the same problem — how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.”
— Quentin Crisp

“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”
— Albert Einstein

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
— Albert Einstein

“Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won’t stand up either.”
— Evan Esar

“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.”
— Khalil Gibran

“The world has always been betrayed, not by scoundrels, but by decent men with bad ideas.”
— Sydney Harris

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots — but you have to play the ball where it lies.”
— Bobby Jones

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
— Immanuel Kant

“To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.”
— Georg Lichtenberg

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
— James Madison in Federalist No. 51, written in 1788

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism, the way you play it is free will.”
— Jawaharlal Nehru

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
— Anaïs Nin

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
— Bertrand Russell

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”
— Carl Sandburg

“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else does and thinking something different.”
— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
— Margaret Thatcher

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
— Sun Tzu

“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.”
— Voltaire