Quotes Page
Some of the quotes I find inspiring


"Live simply so that others may simply live."

"To become learned, each day add something.
To become enlightened, each day drop something."
Lao Tzu - Chinese Philosopher (ca. 100 BC)

"The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity"
Andre Gide (1869 - 1951, French author, Nobel Laureate)

"I've learned the dignity of being loyal to something you believe in."
Robert Downey Jr's character, Steve Lopez, in the film, The Soloist

"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, 
to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly." 
Henri-Louis Bergson (French philosopher, 1859 - 1941)

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, 
it became a butterfly."

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world 
doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar."
Edward R. Murrow

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
Albert Einstein

"Before you can change the world, you must first let the world change you."
author unknown

Architecture is 'frozen music.' Really there is something in this; 
the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"There is more to life than simply increasing its speed." 

"People have not been horrified by war to a sufficient extent.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector 
enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today"
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service." 
Albert Einstein

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither."
Benjamin Franklin (American Founding Father, 1706 - 1790)

"The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity."
Helen Rowland  (America writer, 1876 - 1950)

"I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking."
Albert Einstein (German physicist, 1879-1955)

"It remains for individual discovery so long as the
human mind retains its capacity for wonder,"
Rex Ingamells (Australian poet, 1913 - 1955)

"History is just a list of what's getting worse."
anon (overheard in a Sacramento hotel, 4.26.04)

"Freedom is the right to tell others
what they don't want to hear."
George Orwell (British writer, 1903-1950)

"All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win
in the world is for enough good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke (18th Century British Statesman, 1729-1797)

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
Samuel Johnson (English writer, 1709-1784)

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making
the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creative."
Charles Mingus (Musician, 1922 - 1979)

"You can’t teach a person anything.
You can only teach them to discover it for themselves."
Galileo Galileo (Italian astronomer, 1564-1642) (And often quoted by Dr. Discovery!)

"It has been said that the primary function of schools is to impart enough
facts to make children stop asking questions.
Some, with whom the schools do not succeed, become scientists."
Knut Schmidt-Nielsen (Animal physiologist, 1916 - )

"The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn,
when teachers themselves are taught to learn."
Bertolt Brecht (German playwright, 1898-1956)

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. 
Talent will not; nothing is more common than talent. 
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. 
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." 
Calvin Coolidge (Thirtieth US President, 1872-1933)

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder…
he needs to have the companionship of at least one adult, who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."

Rachel Carson (Environmentalist, Author, 1907-1964)

"One of the most beautiful things we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true science and art.
He who can no longer pause to wonder is as good as dead."
Albert Einstein (Thinker, Mathematician, 1879-1955)

"No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical."
Niels Bohr (Physicist, 1885-1962)

"All who wander are not lost."
JRR Tolkien (English author, 1892-1973)

"Knowledge is power." - (Francis Bacon 1561-1626)
"Understanding is wisdom." - (John Kalpus 1951 - )

Five laws of ecology:
Everything is connected to everything else.
2. Everything must go somewhere.
3. Nature knows best.
4. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
5. If you don't put something in the ecology, it's not there.
Barry Commoner (Ecologist 1917 - )

"Excellence is not an act, it is a habit."
Aristotle (Thinker, Philosopher 384 - 322BC)

"I'm never around the puck. I'm where the puck is going to be."
Wayne Gretsky (Hockey great, 1961 - )

"Nothing concentrates one's mind so much as the realization
that one is going to be hanged in the morning!"
Samuel Johnson (English writer 1709-1874)

"The world would be a better place if more adults were inside reading children's books,
and more children were outside playing."
John Kalpus (Speaker, Author)

"The most important educational goal is learning to learn."
Luis Alberto Machado (Author, First Minister for the Development of Intelligence in Venezuela)

"The world is not at a loss for people who dream.
It is at a loss for people who act on their dreams. Take a leap of faith!"
John Kalpus (Philosopher, Speaker, Author, 1951 - )

"The advancement of the art of invention from year to year seems to presage the arrival of that period when further improvement must end."
Henry Ellsworth (US Commissioner of Patents - 1844)

"Life should be lived as play."
Plato (Greek Philosopher, 427-347BC)

"It's time to stop producing stuff, and start producing fun."
John Sherman (Bouldering guru and inner-dirtbag aficionado)

"No amount of certainty makes you right."

"A man who lives, not by what he loves but by what he hates, is a sick man."
Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982 American Poet)

"To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best day and night into making you like everyone else, is to fight the hardest battle there is and never stop fighting."
e. e. cummings (Poet, 1894-1962)

"Be what you are and say what you feel, 
because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel, Author, 1904-1997)

"People succeed at just about anything they're genuinely enthusiastic about."
Charles Schwabb

"One doesn't discover new lands without losing sight of the land for a very long time."
Andre Gide (1869-1951, French Author)

"Curiosity. Discovery. Awe. Life experiences that unlock a young (or mature mind).
Converting play into purpose. Doubt into direction."

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, and a lifetime to paint like a child."
Picasso (Spanish artist, 1881-1973)

"Energy, rightly applied, can accomplish anything."
Nellie Bly (Journalist, 1864-1922)

"Everything that can be invented, has been invented."
Director, US Patent Office, 1899

"Questions are the creative acts of intelligence."
Frank Kingdon (Explorer, botanist, 1885-1958)

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olson (President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977)

"No one will ever need more than 640k of RAM."
Bill Gates (Co-founder Microsoft, 1955 - )

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Alan Kay (Inventor, Computer Wiz, 1940 - )

"You can observe a lot by just looking."
Yogi Berra (Noted Yankee Catcher and Manager, 1925 - )

"The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions."
Bishop Creighton (English historian, (1842 - 1901)

"I'm all for prosperity. It's change I object to."
Mark Twain (American author, 1835-1910)

"Heavier than air flying machines are impossible. Radio has no future. X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
Lord Kelvin (President, Royal Society, 1890-95)

"He who asks is a fool for five minutes. But he who never asks remains a fool forever."
Chinese proverb

"The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor
kind of thing. Anyone who looks for a source of power in the transformation
of the atom is talking moonshine."
Sir Earnest Rutherford (Atomic Physicist, 1871-1937)

"I think there is a world market for about five computers."
Thomas Watson (C.E.O. of IBM, 1943)

"The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground."
Buddha (Nepalese teacher, philosopher, 560-480BC)

"It has been said that the primary function of schools 
is to impart enough facts to make children asking questions.
Some, with whom the schools do not succeed, become scientists."
Knut Schmidt-Nielsen (Animal Physiologist, 1916 - )

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; 
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw (Irish author, 1856-1950)

"Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart
And try to love the questions themselves."
Rainer Maria Rilke (German poet and writer, 1875-1926)

"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."
Albert Einstein (German physicist, 1879-1955)

"We shall not cease from exploration and in the end of all 
our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time."
T. S. Eliot (American author 1888-1965)

"If I am capable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have dessert, I will be equally incapable of enjoying my dessert. With the fork in my hand, I will be thinking about what to do next, and the texture and flavor of the dessert, together with the pleasure of eating it, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment."
Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese author, philosopher, 1926 - )

"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, 
it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
Henry Miller (American author 1891-1980)

"Tell me, and I’ll forget. 
Show me, and I may not remember. 
Involve me, and I’ll understand." 
Native American saying

"Mystery is the visible, not the invisible."
Oscar Wilde (Irish playwright,1854-1900)

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Albert Einstein (German physicist, 1879-1955)

"Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are."
Jose Ortega y Gasset (The foremost Spanish thinker of the 20th century, 1883-1955)

"Our actions are the music of our lives." 
John Kalpus (Author, Speaker, 1951 - )

"In order to invent, one must think aside."
Etienne Souriau ( Aesthetician 1892- 1979)

"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."
Frank Capra (American film director, writer, 1897-1991)

"Experience is a form of paralysis."
Erik Satie (French composer, 1866-1925)

"When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before.
You see more in you than there was before."
Clifton Fadiman (American editor, essayist, anthologist, 1904-1999)

"You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination in out of focus."
Mark Twain (American author1835-1910)

"God dwells in the details."
Mies van der Rohe (German born American architect, 1886-1969)

"The shortest distance between two points is the least interesting."
Kris Ellingson (Graphic designer)

"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment."
Jalal ud-Din Rumi (Sufi poet, writer, 1207-1273


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