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Quotes About Business

"A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form
a corporation."
-- Howard Scott.

" I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons."
-- Douglas Adams.

"I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early."
-- Charles Lamb.

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and
bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance.

In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy
and peace and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock."
-- Orson Welles.

"Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the
-- Mark Twain.

"The definition of a consultant: Someone who borrows, your watch, tells you the
time and then charges you for the privilege."
-- letter in the Times newspaper.

"In the business world an executive knows something about everything, a technician
knows everything about something and the switchboard operator knows everything."
--Harold Coffin.

"The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you."
-- Charles Dickens.

"Few great men would have got past personnel."
-- Paul Goodman.

"When I asked my accountant if anything could get me out of this mess I am in now
he thought for a long time and said, 'Yes, death would help'."
-- Robert Morley.

"If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving their products as they
do on advertising then they wouldn't have to advertise them."
-- Will Rogers.

"If you think your boss is stupid remember; you wouldn't have a job if he was
-- Albert Grant.

"A lot of people become pessimists from financing optimists."
-- CT Jones.

"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."
-- Samuel Goldwyn.

"We didn't actually overspend our budget. The allocation simply fell short of our
-- Keith Davis.

"Any organisation is like a septic tank. The really big chunks rise to the top."
-- John Imhoff.

"His insomnia was so bad, he couldn't sleep during office hours."
-- Arthur Baer.

"I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth--even if
it costs him his job."
-- Samuel Goldwyn.

"Today's payslip has more deductions than a Sherlock Holmes novel."
-- Raymond Cvikota.

"To make a long story short, there's nothing like having a boss walk in."
-- Doris Lilly.

Funny Lawyer Quotes

"Only Lawyers and mental defectives are automatically exempt for jury duty."
-- George Bernard Shaw.

"A Lawyer will do anything to win a case, sometimes he will even tell the truth."
-- Patrick Murray.

"The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself."
-- Charles Dickens.

"A man may as well open an oyster without a knife, as a lawyer's mouth without a
-- Barton Holyday.

"The only way you can beat the lawyers is to die with nothing."
-- Will Rogers.

"A group of white South Africans recently killed a black lawyer because he was black.

That was wrong; they should have killed him because he was a lawyer."
-- Whitney Brown.

"No brilliance is required in law, just common sense and relatively clean fingernails."
-- John Mortimer.

"Under the English legal system you are innocent until you are shown to be Irish."
-- Ted Whitehead.

"An incompetent lawyer can delay a trial for months or years. A competent lawyer
can delay one even longer."
-- Evelle Younger.

"A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats."
-- Benjamin Franklin.

"Make crime pay. Become a Lawyer."
-- Will Rogers.

"I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of
falling coal."
-- Peter Cook.

"The only difference between a dead skunk lying in the road and a dead lawyer lying
in the road is that there are skid marks around the skunk."
-- Patrick Murray.

"A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns."
-- Mario Puzo.

"A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and
keeps it to himself."
-- Henry Bougham.

"The most beautiful words in the English langauge are 'not guilty'."
-- Maxim Gorky.

"To escape jury duty in England, wear a bowler hat and carry a copy of the Daily
-- John Mortimer.

"There are three reasons why lawyers are replacing rats as laboratory research
animals. One is that they are plentiful, another is that lab assistants don't get so
attached to them and the third is that they will do things that you just can't get rats
to do."
-- Blanche Knott.

"The Scottish verdict 'not proven' means 'guilty, but don't do it again'."
-- Winifred Duke.

"I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to
be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is, if they don't know
who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?"
-- Paul Merton.

"The only reason I made a commercial for American Express was to pay for my
American Express bill."
-- Peter Ustinov.

"More and more these days I find myself pondering how to reconcile my net income
with my gross habits."
-- John Nelson.

"Gentlemen prefer bonds."
-- Andrew Mellon.

"I told the Inland Revenue I didn't owe them a penny because I lived near the
-- Ken Dodd.

"We didn't actually overspend our budget. The allocation simply fell short of our
-- Keith Davis.

"If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million,
that's the bank's problem."
-- JP Getty.

"I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by four o'clock this afternoon."
-- Henny Youngman.

"To make a million, start with $900,000."
-- Morton Shulman.

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."
-- Oscar Wilde.

"A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist."
-- Franklin Jones.

"Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in
America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
-- Robert Orben.

"Money is something you have to make in case you don't die."
-- Max Asnas.

"Part of the $10 million I spent on gambling, part on booze and part on women. The
rest I spent foolishly."
-- George Raft.

"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go
-- Bo Derek.

"Money is just the poor man's credit card."
-- Marshall McLuhan.

"It's morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money."
-- WC Fields.

"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."
-- Spike Milligan.

"If God only gave me a clear sign; like making a large deposit in my name at a swiss
-- Woody Allen.

"It's better to give than to lend and it costs about the same."
-- Philip Gibbs.

"The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money
costs less."
-- Brendon Francis.

"I'm not a paranoid derranged millionaire. Goddamit, I'm a billionaire."
-- Howard Hughes.

"I rob banks because that's where the money is."
-- Willie Sutton.

"When you've got them by their wallets, their hearts and minds will follow."
-- Fern Naito.

"Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of
-- Spike Milligan.

"Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure."
-- Errol Flynn.

"My formula for success is rise early, work late and strike oil."
-- JP Getty.

"I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons."
-- Douglas Adams.

"Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons."
-- Woody Allen.

"I have never been in a situation where having money made it worse."
-- Clinton Jones.

"They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by
working for it."
-- Joseph Addison.

"Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate."
-- Ambrose Bierce.

"My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me
six months more."
-- Walter Matthau.

" Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined."
-- Samuel Goldwyn.

" A woman went to a plastic surgeon and asked him to make her like Bo Derek. He
gave her a labotomy."
-- Joan Rivers.

" She got her looks from her father: He's a plastic surgeon."
-- Groucho Marx.

" No-one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish."
-- Kin Hubbard.

"If you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in there every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way!"
-- Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

" First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after
-- Steve Martin.

" Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down."
-- Dick Sharples.

" I have the body of an eighteen year old. I keep it in the fridge."
-- Spike Milligan.

" A psychiatrist is a man who goes to a strip club and watches the audience."
-- Merv Stockwood.

Funny Computer Quotes

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."
-- Pablo Picasso.

" Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger
and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and
better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."
-- Rich Cook.

" Computer dating is fine, if you're a computer."
-- Rita May Brown.

" All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the
number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men."
-- Isaac Asimov.

" To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer."
-- Paul Ehrlich.

" The trouble with the Internet is that it's replacing masturbation as a leisure activity."
-- Patrick Murray.

" Beware of computer programmers that carry screwdrivers."
-- Leonard Brandwein.

" UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to
understand the simplicity."
-- Dennis Ritchie.

" The perfect computer has been developed. You just feed in your problems and they
never come out again."
-- Al Goodman.

" The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there's
no law against whacking them around a bit."
-- Eric Porterfield.

"Descended from the apes? Let us hope that it is not true. But if it is, let us pray
that it may not become generally known."
-- FA Montagu.

" There are lies, damned lies and statistics."
-- Mark Twain.

" I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the
state prison."
-- WC Fields.

" My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll
become a philosopher."
-- Socrates.

" An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex."
-- Edgar Wallace.

" You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I've only ever had one."
-- Albert Einstein.

" Only one man ever understood me, and he didn't understand me."
-- GW Hegel.

" Everything that can be invented has been invented."
-- Charles Duell.

" Chaos Theory is a new theory invented by scientists panicked by the thought that
the public were beginning to understand the old ones."
-- Mike Barfield.

" The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
-- Albert Einstein.

Science & Technology Quotes

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
-- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872 .

" The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a
message sent to nobody in particular?"
-- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urging for investment in the radio in
the 1920s.

" Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in
the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between
the two but can't remember what they are."
-- Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show .

" If it weren't for electricity we'd all be watching television by candlelight."
-- George Gobol.

" USA Today has come out with a new survey: Apparently three out of four people
make up 75 percent of the population."
-- David Letterman.

" In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies."
-- Stephen Leacock.

" Ketchup left overnight on dinner plates has a longer half-life than radioactive waste."
-- Wes Smith.

" Biologically speaking, if something bites you it's more likely to be female."
-- Desmond Morris.

" When I die I'm going to leave my body to science fiction."
-- Steven Wright.

" Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those
that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost."
-- Russell Baker.


If you have any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to show you how it's done

-- Scott Adams

There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network

-- Guy Almes

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence

-- Jeremy S. Anderson

If you don't double-click me, I can't do anything

-- John Aniston, on how computers have taken over his life

Guide to understanding a net.addict's day:
Slow day: didn't have much to do, so spent three hours on usenet.
Busy day: managed to work in three hours of usenet.
Bad day: barely squeezed in three hours of usenet.

-- Anonymous

If you put garbage in a computer nothing comes out but garbage. But this garbage, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and none dare criticize it

-- Anonymous

Multimedia? As far as I'm concerned, it's reading with the radio on!

-- Rory Bremner

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life

-- Andrew Brown

Usenet is like Tetris for people who still remember how to read

-- Button from the Computer Museum, Boston, MA

By the time (the Leaning Tower of Pisa) was 10% built, everyone knew it would be a total disaster. But the investment was so big they felt compelled to go on. Since its completion, it cost a fortune to maintain and is still in danger of collapsing. There are no plans to replace it, since it was never needed in the first place. I expect every installation has its own pet software which is analogous to the above

-- Ken Iverson

Saying that Windows95 is equal to Macintosh is like finding a potato that looks like Jesus and believing you've witnessed the second coming

-- Guy Kawasaki

I'd wipe the machines off the face of the earth again, and end the industrial epoch absolutely, like a black mistake

-- D. H. Lawrence

Live TV died in the late 1950s, electronic bulletin boards came along in the mid-1980s, meaning there was about a 25-year gap when it was difficult to put your foot in your mouth and have people all across the country know about it

-- Mark Leeper

Considering the flames and intolerance, shouldn't USENET be spelled ABUSENET?

-- Michael Meissner

In view of all the deadly computer viruses that have been spreading lately, Weekend Update would like to remind you: when you link up to another computer, you're linking up to every computer that that computer has ever linked up to

-- Dennis Miller, "Saturday Night Live," U.S. television show

The last good thing written in C++ was the Pachelbel Canon

-- Jerry Olson

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home

-- Kenneth H. Olson, President of DEC, Convention of the World Future Society, 1977

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining

-- Jeff Raskin

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-- Seen in a .signature file

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do

-- B. F. Skinner

If unix is the face of the future I wanna go back to quill pens

-- Joseph Snipp

Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea -- massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it

-- Gene Spafford

If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a 'fix' of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that netnews is far more addictive than cocaine

-- Rob Stampfli

Men have become the tools of their tools

-- Henry David Thoreau

Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology

-- John Tudor

Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised) are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse at are called software

-- Unknown author,


A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer

-- Dean Acheson

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by

-- Douglas Adams

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done

-- Fred Allen

We trained hard - but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization

-- Petronius Arbiter, 210 B.C.

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate

-- Dave Barry

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned

-- Milton Friedman

If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't

-- Hyman Rickover

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, you can't take part. And you've got to put your body upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop

-- Mario Savio, (1943-1996)


This is a test. It is only a test. Had it been an actual job, you would have received raises, promotions, and other signs of appreciation

-- Anonymous

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he's supposed to be doing at the moment

-- Robert Benchley

When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home

-- Betty Bender

There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job

-- George Crane

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith

-- Albert Einstein

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office

-- Robert Frost

Good hours, excellent pay, fun place to work, paid training, mean boss. Oh well, four out of five isn't bad

-- Help Wanted Ad, PA newspaper, 1994

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it

-- Abraham Lincoln

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting someone else to do the work

-- John G. Pollard

Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact

-- Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business

-- Tom Robbins

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "Certainly, I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it

-- Theodore Roosevelt

In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. Therefore:

  • In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties.
  • Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence
    -- The Peter Principle

    Work is a four-letter word

    -- The Smiths (Morrissey)

    Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do

    -- Oscar Wilde
  • Finance/Money

    The IRS spends God knows how much of your tax money on these toll-free information hot lines staffed by IRS employees, whose idea of a dynamite tax tip is that you should print neatly. If you ask them a real tax question, such as how you can cheat, they're useless. So, for guidance, you want to look to big business. Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes..

    -- Dave Barry

    The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it

    -- G. K. Chesterton

    A dollar saved is a quarter earned

    -- John Ciardi

    I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart

    -- ee cummings

    The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax

    -- Albert Einstein

    If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability

    -- Henry Ford

    The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life

    -- Henry Ford

    I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is - I could be just as proud for half the money

    -- Arthur Godfrey

    Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Only the little people pay taxes

    -- Leona Helmsley, hotel owner and prison inmate, 1989

    I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not

    -- Fran Lebowitz

    I owe the government $3400 in taxes. So I sent them two hammers and a toilet seat

    -- Michael McShane

    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

    -- Robert Orben

    We haven't the money, so we've got to think

    -- Lord Rutherford

    It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating

    -- Oscar Wilde

    Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you

    -- Oscar Wilde


    In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls

    -- Lenny Bruce

    Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too

    -- Anton Chekhov

    A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer

    -- Robert Frost

    These people have served a longer sentence than some people who have committed murder

    -- Jeff Greenfield, news analyst, describing the jury in the OJ Simpson murder trial, 1995

    Laywers, I suppose, were children once

    -- Charles Lamb

    Lawyers are... operators of the toll bridge which anyone in search of justice must pass

    -- Jane Bryant Quinn

    If law school is so hard to get through... how come there are so many lawyers?

    -- Calvin Trillin


    As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality

    -- Albert Einstein

    Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater

    -- Albert Einstein

    You can pay attention to the fact, in which case you'll probably become a mathematician, or you can ignore it, in which case you'll probably become a physicist

    -- Len Evans, professor, Northwestern University, teaching an honors calculus course

    Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Sex is the mathematics urge sublimated

    -- M. C. Reed

    Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty -- a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture

    -- Bertrand Russell

    Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math

    -- Seen on a bumper sticker

    There are three types of people in this world: Those who can count, and those who can't

    -- Seen on a bumper sticker

    ... it is certain that the real function of art is to increase our self-consciousness; to make us more aware of what we are, and therefore of what the universe in which we live really is. And since mathematics, in its own way, also performs this function, it is not only aesthetically charming but profoundly significant. It is an art, and a great art

    -- John W. N. Sullivan

    The mathematician lives long and lives young; the wings of his soul do not early drop off, nor do its pores become clogged with the earthy particles blown from the dusty highways of vulgar life

    -- James Joseph Sylvester

    Mathematics transfigures the fortuitous concourse of atoms into the tracery of the finger of God

    -- Herbert Westren Turnbull


    Unfortunately, the media have trouble distinguishing between real science and propaganda cross-dressed as science

    -- Linda Bowles, political columnist

    [You reporters] should have printed what he meant, not what he said

    -- Earl Bush, press aide to Richard Daley

    Journalism consists largely in saying "Lord Jones died" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive

    -- G. K. Chesterton

    I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers

    -- Gandhi

    Whoever controls the media--the images--controls the culture

    -- Allen Ginsberg

    Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock

    -- Ben Hecht

    Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it

    -- Stephen Leacock

    Radio news is bearable. This is due to the fact that while the news is being broadcast the disc jockey is not allowed to talk

    -- Fran Lebowitz

    Hark, the Herald Tribune sings,
    Advertising wondrous things!

    -- Tom Lehrer

    The telephone company is urging people to *please* not use the telephone unless it is absolutely necessary in order to keep the lines open for emergency personnel. We'll be right back after this break to give away a pair of Phil Collins tickets to caller number 95

    -- Los Angeles disc jockey, right after the February 1990 earthquake

    I think that I shall never see
    A billboard lovely as a tree.
    Indeed, unless the billboards fall,
    I'll never see a tree at all

    -- Ogden Nash, Song of the Open Road, 1945

    Journalism is merely history's first draft

    -- Geoffrey C. Ward

    Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community

    -- Oscar Wilde

    The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read

    -- Oscar Wilde

    The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands

    -- Oscar Wilde


    An economic forecaster is like a cross-eyed javelin thrower: they don't win many accuracy contests, but they keep the crowd's attention

    -- Anonymous

    Teach a parrot the terms "supply and demand" and you've got an economist

    -- Thomas Carlyle

    In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the NEXT meal would come from

    -- Peter F. Drucker

    An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible

    -- Alfred A. Knopf

    If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion

    -- George Bernard Shaw


    Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl

    -- Mike Adams

    A behaviorist is someone who pulls habits out of rats

    -- Anonymous

    The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!", but "That's funny..."

    -- Isaac Asimov

    Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three categories-- those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost

    -- Russell Baker

    An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field

    -- Niels Bohr

    The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants

    -- General Omar Bradley

    Art and science have their meeting point in method

    -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

    In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite

    -- Paul Dirac

    That's the nature of research--you don't know what in hell you're doing

    -- 'Doc' Edgerton

    A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. He sits on a hot stove for a minute, it's longer than any hour. That is relativity

    -- Albert Einstein

    A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it

    -- Albert Einstein, attributed

    Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler

    -- Albert Einstein

    If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts

    -- Albert Einstein

    If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?

    -- Albert Einstein

    Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs

    -- Albert Einstein

    The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms

    -- Albert Einstein

    The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science

    -- Albert Einstein

    When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity

    -- Albert Einstein

    We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea at first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work

    -- Richard Feynman

    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

    -- Buckminster Fuller

    Hardly a year passes that fails to find a new, oft-times exotic, research method or technique added to the armamentarium of political inquiry. Anyone who cannot negotiate Chi squares, assess randomization, statistical significance, and standard deviations is less than illiterate; he is preconscious

    -- A. James Gregor, An Introduction to Metapolitics, 1971

    An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions

    -- Robert A. Humphrey

    It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions

    -- Aldous Huxley

    The great tragedy of science, the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact

    -- Thomas Henry Huxley

    When you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research

    -- Wilson Mizner

    All science is concerned with the relationship of cause and effect. Each scientific discovery increases man's ability to predict the consequences of his actions and thus his ability to control future events

    -- Lawrence J. Peter

    Research is the act of going up alleys to see if they are blind

    -- Plutarch

    The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage

    -- Mark Russell

    The only thing you will ever be able to say in the so-called 'social' sciences is: "some do, some don't."

    -- Ernest Rutherford

    Celestial navigation is based on the premise that the Earth is the center of the universe. The premise is wrong, but the navigation works. An incorrect model can be a useful tool

    -- Kelvin Throop III

    . . . the social sciences were for all those who had not yet decided what to do with their lives, and for all those whose premature frustrations led them into the sterile alleys of confrontation

    -- Peter Ustinov, Dear Me

    Science is a collection of successful recipes

    -- Paul Valery

    Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing

    -- Wernher Von Braun

    Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin

    -- John Von Neuman

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate

    -- Steven Wright


    Statistics have shown that mortality increases perceptibly in the military during wartime

    -- Alphonse Allais

    One survey found that ten percent of Americans thought Joan of Arc was Noah's wife...

    -- Robert Boynton

    The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you

    -- Rita Mae Brown

    There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics

    -- Benjamin Disraeli

    Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted

    -- Albert Einstein

    I could prove God statistically

    -- George Gallup

    Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital

    -- Aaron Levenstein

    Ninety percent of everything is crap

    -- Theodore Sturgeon


    In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move

    -- Douglas Adams

    There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened

    -- Douglas Adams

    I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown

    -- Woody Allen

    The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you

    -- Woody Allen

    What do I dislike about death? Must be the hours

    -- Woody Allen

    I'm worried that the universe will soon need replacing. It's not holding a charge

    -- Edward Chilton

    Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning

    -- Rich Cook

    A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty

    -- Albert Einstein

    Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it

    -- Max Frisch

    There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for

    -- Fred Hoyle

    Maybe this world is another planet's hell

    -- Aldous Huxley

    My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed

    -- Christopher Morley

    The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. But not in that order

    -- Brian Pickrell

    In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time

    -- Edward P. Tryon

    The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us

    -- Bill Watterson, in his comic strip Calvin and Hobbes

    Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together...

    -- Carl Zwanzig

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