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