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Favorite Quotations

  • Oppenheimer: "When ordinary people give a talk it is to tell you how to do it. However, when Julian Schwinger gives a talk, it is to tell you that only he can do it"
  • Bernard Shaw : "There are two types of people, those who adjust to the world and those who do not. It is the later type that change the world."
  • Einstein:"I would have been sorry for the dear Lord, because "the theory is correct" ", was what Einstein replied when a student asked him what he would have done if his predictions were refuted in the experiment that confirmed defection of light by the sun.
  • "I hope it will not shock experimental physicists too much if I say that we do not accept their observation unless they are confirmed by theory"----Sir Arthur Eddinton, 11 September 1933
  • Dirac: "Principle of Mathematical Beauty" we do not really know what the basic equations of physics are, but they have to have a great mathematical beauty. We must insist on that.
  • On QED: " I might have thought that new ideas were correct, if they had not been so ugly"
  • Freeman Dyson: " My mother used to say that life begins at fourty. That was her age when she had her first baby. I say , that the life begins at fifty-five, the age at which I published my first book".
  • Dyson: " At its worst, work is slavery. At its best, work is a sustained and lifelong conversation".
  • Feynman: " When we do scientific research, when we publish our results", we should try to think of every possible way we could be wrong".
  • Poet Stanley Kunitz: " A poet cannot concern himself with being fair to the reader. Time will tell. All poems contain a degree of mystry, as poetary is a discovery of one's hidden self. .... Poetary is not concerned with communication; it has roots in magic, incantation, and spell-casting"
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. ... Confucius
  • I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity for its failure to live up to these possibilities.--- Ayn Rand
  • "There are men who fight one day and are good. There are men who fight one year and are better. There are some who fight many years and they are better still. But there are some that fight their whole lives, these are the ones that are indispensable", ....Berthold Brecht
  • The artist has to transcend a subject, or he loses the battle. The subject wins.--- Fritz Scholder
  • The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. Ben Stein
  • I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein
  • Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein
  • Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. Albert Einstein
  • I consider myself a natural optimist. I like the dark side of things.--- Fritz Scholder
  • " You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the tree, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there", --- Cesare Pavese
  • The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.' -- Sir William Bragg
  • "There isn't a clear task," Ed Witten told CNN. "If you are a researcher you are trying to figure out what the question is as well as what the answer is. You want to find the question that is sufficiently easy that you might be able to answer it, and sufficiently hard that the answer is interesting. You spend a lot of time thinking and you spend a lot of time floundering around." -- 6/30/05
  • "All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions."--Da Vinci
  • "The great moments, when the world cheers are not the moments that count. The ones that count are when it is just you and the people have stopped believing in you. That are the moments that define you."
  • To be an artist, you don't have to compose music or paint or write books. It is just a way of living.
  • "Things that are countable do not count and things that are not countable are the ones that count"
  • "The job of a theoretical physicist is to make mistakes as fast as possible". -- John A. Wheeler
  • " The best way to predict the future is to invent it" Alan Kay
  • " Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" Albert Einstein
  • " You can only go halfway into the deepest forest.. then you are coming out on the other side. ( Chinese proverb)
  • " We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin
  • " I know God will not give me anything I cannot handle. I just wish He did not trust me so much", Mother Teresa
  • " If you are ready, you say you are going home. If you are not ready, you say you are going to the office", Art Buchwald
  • Whatever can be said, can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot speak , thereof one should keep silent: L. Wittgenstein
  • Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions
  • The Universe speaks its truth to us in the language of LOVE, and its laws in the language of MATHEMATICS (December 9, 2001)
  • (Prince, to Cinderella): "You are not tempted by grandeur and riches?"
    (Cinderella): "My grandeur is virtue, my wealth is love"
    -From "La Cenerentola", Act II, Scene 2
  • You give me space to belong to myself yet without separating me from your own life. May it all turn out to your happiness. -- Goethe
  • "Through many years
    At great expense
    Journeying through many countries
    I went to see high mountains
    I went to see oceans
    Only I had not seen
    At my very doorstep
    The dew drop glistering
    On the ear of the corn" ------ Tagore
  • Death is not putting out the lights. It is extinguishing the lamps because the dawn has come. Tagore
  • "Not all those who wander are lost"---J.R.R. Tolkien
  • "Assumptions are termites of relationships"---- Ben Stein
  • Teachers open the doors, but you must enter yourself
  • You are what you make yourself. You are not free because you do not free yourself
  • The work is not done for the sake of application. It is done for the excitement of what is found. Feynman
  • The prize is the pleasure of finding the things out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it- those are the real things, the honors are unreal to me. --Feynman
  • I am sorry, after many years of trying to teach and trying all different methods, I really do not know how to do it. Feynman
  • When the kids learn from one another, the class is not teacherless, it is teacherful
  • Doubt is clearly a value in science. It is important to doubt and that the doubt is not a fearful thing, but a thing of great value. R.Feynman
  • Fearlessness is the king of virtues
  • Death is not putting out the lights. It is extinguishing the lamps because the dawn has come. Tagore
  • To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.
  • There is no greater loss to a man than the loss of his self-respect.
  • "You have got to be original, because if you are like everyone else, what do they need you for?" ----Bernadette Peters"
  • `[Alice] generally gave herself very good advice,(though she very seldom followed it)' -- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  • I don't mind you thinking slowly. I mind you writing papers faster than you think -- W. Pauli
  • Knowledge is free. But you have to bring your own tin cans.
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world -- Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • To err is human. To really screw things up takes a human and a computer. -- Murphy's Law of Computing
  • Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. -- R. Niebuhr
  • Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.' -- A.Gide
  • The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.' -- Benjamin Disraeli
  • The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.-- Goethe.
  • The irony of life is that it is lived forward but understood backward. -- Soren Kierkegaard
  • 'Happiness isn't good enough for me. I demand euphoria!'-- Calvin (+Hobbes)
  • Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable. -- Bergan Evans
  • Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Gustave Flaubert
  • The mind is the limit. As long as mind can envision something, you can do it. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Happiness hides in life's small details. If you are not looking, it becomes invisible.
  • Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency
  • The key is the acceptance- not to flight ones disability but to learn to work within it, not to transcend it but to understand what one is capable of achieving within it; not to pretend but to build systems that allow you to excel without it

  • Collection of Dr. Satija