To quote someone smarter than me…

open quote“Physicists have come to realize that mathematics, when used with sufficient care, is a proven pathway to truth.”
— Brian Greene (The Fabric of the Cosmos page 162)

‎”Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
— Dalai Lama

“You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway.”
— Ricky Gervais, Why I’m an Atheist (A Holiday Message)

“It’s taken me a lot of years, but I’ve come around to this: If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. And if you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.”
— Isaac Jaffe (Sports Night episode 1.03)

“It’s really simple, actually. Just try and make people happy.”
— Zach Sobiech, My Last Days

“I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, reddit AMA March 01, 2012

“The thing about working with time, instead of against it…is that it is not wasted. Even pain counts.”
— Taken from Chapter 10, pg 335 of The Dispossessed by Ursala K. Le Guin; Eos: New York, 2001.

“Please do not fall prey to the idea that any activity that does not measurably advance your career is somehow necessarily harming it. You have only this one beautiful life; do not avoid living it for fear that your total productive output might be less than the theoretical max.”
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie), 05.02.19

“I never let school get in the way of my education.”
— Mark Twain

“Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude and a bulldozer when necessary.”
— Leah Goeres, Facebook post, 06.07.17

“The way of mathematics is to make stuff up and see what happens; so let’s see what happens if…”
— Vi Hart, Pi Is (Still) Wrong

“Sometimes, to make the harder things simple, first you have to make the simple things harder.”
— Vi Hart, How I Feel About Logarithms

“The road to wisdom? –Well, it’s plain
and simple to express:
and err
and err again
but less
and less
and less.”
— Piet Hein, “The Road to Wisdom” from Grooks

“People who can do sums in their head aren’t doing math, they’re just calculating. No person will ever calculate as well as the dumbest computers. It’s a party trick. Arithmetic isn’t math. Knowing which arithmetic to do is math.”
— from page 154 of Walkaway by Cory Doctorow; Tom Doherty Associates: New York, 2017.

“Do not be cynical…it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you’re kind amazing things will happen…Amazing things will happen”
— Conan O’Brien, addressing his fans and viewers on his last night hosting The Tonight Show

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
— Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel acceptance speech

“I think I do overshare. It’s my way of trying to understand myself…It creates community when you talk about private things.”
— Carrie Fisher, Fresh Air interview, November 2016

“We’ve got to start to not just respect the humanity of fellow citizens, but to even revel in the humanity of fellow citizens.”
— Tavis Smiley, April 8th, 2015 interview on The Daily Show.

“Don’t misinterpret your feelings of inadequacy for the cultural, social, economic, and political oppression of an entire gender. Feeling personally maligned does not a wider prejudice make.”
— Hermione Granger, Hermione Granger and the Goddamn Patriarchy [non-canon] by Daniel Dalton

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Ch. 7, Section 3 (1992)

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
— J.K. Rowling, Harvard commencement address 2008

‎”You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose”
— Dr. Seuss

words from Ira Glass, click for source

“Good things do happen and it’s not stupid to hope for them.”
— Philip Defranco, Santa Roofies Young German Girls!

“In terms of stress relief and sensual pleasure, running is what you have in your life before you have sex. The equipment and desire come factory installed; all you have to do is let ‘er rip and hang on for the ride.”
— Christopher McDougall (Born to Run page 12)

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”
— Mario Savio, Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
— Harvey Dent (The Dark Knight)

words by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark, poster by Joshua Rothaas, click for source

“So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause…”
— Padme Amidala (Revenge of the Sith)

“There are no bad ideas, Lemon, only great ideas that go horribly wrong.”
— Jack Donaghy

“What were they fighting for?…clarity, or whatever else it was that was the opposite of religion. For Humanity. For compassion…the triple strand that did so well in describing a relationship to the world: the religion with no God, with only this world, also several other potential realms of reality, mental realms, and the void itself, but no God, no shepherd ruling with the drooling strictures of a demented old patriarch, but rather innumerable immortal spirits in a vast panoply of realms and being, including humans and many other sentient beings besides, everything living, everything holy, sacred, part of the Godhead–for yes, there was a GOD if by that you meant only a transcendent universal self-aware entity that was reality itself, the cosmos, including everything, including human ideas and mathematical forms and relationships. That idea itself was God, and evoked a kind of worship that was attention to the real world, a kind of natural study.”
— Taken from Book 8: War of the Asuras, pg 496 of The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson; Bantam Books: New York, 2002.

“When you can write elegant code, it’s awesome, and I think most of the time everyone tries to. But it’s important to realize that at the end of the day, this is all a series of epic hacks, and sometimes the most sane thing to do is just embrace it.”
— Garann Means (

“Like a Shakespearean sonnet that captures the very essence of love, or a painting that brings out the beauty of the human form that is far more than just skin deep, Euler’s Equation reaches down into the very depths of existence.”
— Dr. Keith Devlin, Stanford University

“When you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
— Patton Oswalt via Facebook, April 15th, 2013 (the day of the Boston Marathon bombings)

“Love…the beauty of it, the joy of it, and yes, even the pain of it, is a most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame, and without compromise.”
— Ellen Page, speech Time to Thrive event, Las Vegas, NV February 14th, 2014.


One thought on “To quote someone smarter than me…

  1. love the quotes :) thanks for sharing this :)

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