If at first an idea does not seem completely crazy, there is no hope for it.

– Albert Einstein

 

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.

- Carl Sagan

 

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

- Stephen Jay Gould

 

The First Clarke Law states, "If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong."

- Arthur C. Clarke

 

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

-Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

 

One's first step in widsom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

-Georg Chirstoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

 

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

- Immanuel Kant

 

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.

- Thomas Jefferson

 

The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason.

- Thomas Paine

 

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.

- William Drummond

 

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

- Anais Nin

 

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

-Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

 

Common sense is the collection of prejudices by the age of eighteen.

-(attributed to) Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare.

- Harriet Martineau

 

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.

- John Naisbitt

 

The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.

- Richard Cecil

 

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

-Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990)

 

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athelete earns in one week. (* decades ago)

-Evan Esar (1899-1995)

 

Science can only determine what is, but not what shall be, and beyond its realm, value judgements remain indispensable. Religion, on the other hand, is concerned only with evaluating human thought and actions; it is not qualified to speak of real facts and the relationships between them.

- Albert Einstein

 

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been like a child playing on the seashore, finding new and then a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.

- Isaac Newton

 

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.

-Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

 

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.

- Albert Einstein

 

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.

-Daniel J. Boorstin (1914- )

 

I'm a bit of an abstract figure that people can project their fantasies on; it's pretty much what we all are, otherwise we wouldn't be stars, and people wouldn't be interested. But people project things on you that have nothing to do with what you really are, or they see a little something and then exaggerate it.

- Salma Hayek

 

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.

- Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

 

Life is a sexually transmitted disease.

-R.D. Laing

 

Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.

-Tom Head

 

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. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

 

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.

- Eddie Cantor (1892 - 1964)

 

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.

- Storm Jameson

 

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)

 

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. (* Most recent report: The disease has continued into the twenth-first century and spread to all commercial media.)

-Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-?)

 

We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful, and childhood more happy and bright.

- Samuel Gompers

 

Equality ...is the result of human organization. We are not born equal.

-Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

-Martin L. King (1929-1968)

 

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

-Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

 

I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.

-E. M. Forster (1879 - 1970), as a small child

 

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

-Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)

 

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

- Arthur Ashe

 

The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. . . . The ordinary objects of human endeavour -- property, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.

- Albert Einstein