"From such crooked timber cannot any straight thing be made"
Simon Jenkins, in The Times
(Commenting on Tony Blairs government)
"Monkeys with technology, Barely out of the trees and caves"
And then there's an opinion once offered of 'committees' by Sir Barnett Cocks, a Clerk of the House of Commons: “a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and quietly strangled”.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988) - for The Challenger inquiery.
"The saddest thing is if at the end of your life you say 'I wish I did' or 'Why didn't I?'. You have to go after it with full gusto in life, whatever it is, go after the stupidest whim, because you pass by once." - Gene Simmons
We only have room for one Yogi Berra quote, lest it get out of hand. Apparently, after he did rather badly in a test in high school somebody asked him "Don't you know anything?" to which he replied..."I don't even suspect anything!"
"People turn to poison
Quick as lager turns to piss"
from Beasley Street by John Cooper Clarke.
You can read more of JCC at this site
lo non mori, e non rimasi vivo. . . (“I did not die, yet nothing of life remained“) - Dante
To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But each person must puzzle it out for himself or herself.
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)
-= now we're getting somewhere =-
Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change... Engineers operate at the interface between science and society...
Dean Gordon Brown
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) (Sherlock Holmes) Valley of Fear, 1915
When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983)
All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
Ernest Rutherford (1871 - 1937), in J. B. Birks "Rutherford at Manchester" (1962)
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
"God it's so painful
when something that's so close
is still so far out of reach"
from "American Girl" by Tom Petty