Good Quotes

“The greater number of landscapes I explored, the more it seemed that they had traits in common and that the essence of each was not its uniqueness but its similarity to others.” – J.B. Jackson

“To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” -Xenophon, Oeconomicus

“What I stand for is what I stand on.” -Wendell Berry

“Science is not a body of facts. Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.” -Marcia McNutt (former head of USGS, editor for the journal Science)

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.” -George E.P. Box

“The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.” -Willard Gibbs

“Physics is mathematics, not because we know too much about the physical world, but because we know too little. The only things we can discover are the mathematical properties of the physical system.” -Bertrand Russell

“Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.”

“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
-Bertrand Russell

“I write to discover what I know.” -Flannery O’Connor

“Consistency in opinion is the slow poison of intellectual life, the destroyer of its vividness and energy.” -Humphrey Davy

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” -Albert Einstein

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

“Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth.” -Peter Medawar

“The expectations of theory colour perception to such a degree that new notions seldom arise from facts collected under the influence of old pictures of the world. New pictures cast their influence before facts can be seen in a different perspective.” -Niles Eldridge & Stephen Gould

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” -Henry Ford

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.” -Anonymous

“You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.” -Anonymous

“The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Science does not know its debt to imagination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” -Vince Lombardi

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” -Samuel Johnson

“Never mistake motion for action.” -Ernest Hemingway

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” -Carl Sagan

“A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.” -H. H. Munro (Saki)

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” -Jimi Hendrix

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.” -Xenocrates

“A witty saying proves nothing.” -Voltaire