Interesting Quotes

Here are some quotes, lyrics, sayings, proverbs and the like. There are a good few, but they mean something to me. They are in no specific order – I really should get around to grouping them.

“Early to bed and early to rise; no bloody good unless you advertise”

— Unknown

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

— C. S. Lewis

“Something always comes out of nothing, pay attention to the details.”

Source Unknown

“We’re all just apes with broadband”

— Jeremy Hardy

“I Started Out With Nothin’ And I Still Got Most Of It Left”

— Seasick Steve

“Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.”

— Carl Sagan

“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”


“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”

–Mark Twain

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

–Chinese Proverb

“One who makes no mistakes, never makes anything.”

–English proverb

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.”

— G.K. Chesterton

“A wise man once told me don’t argue with fools. From a distance, people can’t tell who is who.”

Source Unknown

“Quality is doing the right thing, even when no one else is looking.”

— Henry Ford

“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. Specialisation is for insects.”

— Robert Heinlein

“Unattended children with be given 2 free espressos and a free kitten”

— Coffee Shop by UCL

“If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.”

— Newton

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”

— Dale Carnegie

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

— Dr. Seuss

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read.”

— Caesar Chaevez

“Chuck Norris can restore a system from sudo rm -rf /. You can’t.”

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“I always tell my co-workers: ‘Comments don’t run'”

-€“- Oscar Reyes Mar 27 at 0:43, from here.

“You’re a problem creator. Me, I’m a solution provider!”

-€“- Aaron Brown

“Remember pressure makes diamonds”

— Emma T.

“Pressure may make diamonds, but it also bursts balloons!”

Source Unknown

—Protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.”

— Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

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

— Douglas Adams.

Six stages of a project:

o Enthusiasm
o Disillusionment
o Panic
o Search for the guilty
o Punishment of the innocent
o Praise and honor for the non-participants

— Office poster in Research Lab

“If you can’€™t explain what you are doing to a nine-year-old, then either you still don’€™t understand it very well, or it’s not all that worthwhile in the first place.”

— Albert Einstein

“Physics is much too hard for physicists.”

— David Hilbert

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants. –Isaac Newton
If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. –Hal Abelson
Mathematicians stand on each other’€™s shoulders. –Gauss
Computer scientists stand on each other’€™s feet. –Richard Hamming
Software engineers dig each other’s graves. –Unknown

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

— Oscar Wilde

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow”

— James Dean

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.”

— Jesse Jackson

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

— Dr. Seuss

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

— Nils Bohr

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia!”

— Charles Schultz

“Those folks who try to impose analogue rules on digital content will find themselves on the wrong side of the tidal wave.”

— Mark Shuttleworth

“There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.”

— Bill Bryson

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

— Donald Rumsfeld

“At 300dpi you can tell she’s wearing a swimsuit.
At 600dpi you can tell that it’s wet.
At 1200dpi you can tell it’s painted on,
I suppose at 2400dpi you can tell if the paint is giving her a rash.”

— Joshua Poulson

When man invented fire, he didn’t say, ‘hey, let’s cook’, he said,
‘great, now we can see naked bottoms in the dark.’

— Coupling

“Go that extra mile. There’s always plenty of room there!”

U2XS Ubuntu Forums

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”

— Nils Bohr

“There are things you just can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he’s ready to see you, and you can’t go home again.”

— Bill Bryson

“If you are good enough to make a hobby your work, then it’s probably more than a hobby.”

Lorenzo Levrini

“Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get.”

— Jerry Avins, here.

“Engineering is doing with one dollar, what another man does with two after a fashion!”

— Arthur Mellen Wellington (adapted slightly)

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

— Winston Churchill

“Giving something away for free doesn’t impose it has no value”

LowSky Ubuntu Forums

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Paramesh on GIDForums, here

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