I like to collect occasional quotes. Just looking up the names can often be fascinating in itself. Here are a few favourites:
To have a great idea, have a lot of them. - Thomas Edison
The most exciting phrase to hear in Science, the one that heralds new discoveries is not Eureka, but That's funny. - Isaac Asimov
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe. - Carl Sagan.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein.
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself. - Galileo
One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn't fall. - Paul Valery
How long is a piece of string? Cut the ends off, and it's endless. - Micheal Cattarin.
You can't make anything idiot-proof because idiots are so ingenious. - Ron Burns
The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any. - Katherine Whitehorn.
If we could sell our experiences for they cost us we’d be millionaires. – Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things. - Elbert Green Hubbard.
The are 10 types of people in this world. Those who understand binary and those who don’t. - Author Unknown.
Three percent exceeds 2 percent by 50 percent, not by 1 percent. - Edward Denison
I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible. - Oscar Wilde
Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. - WashPost Humour 2012
Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. - Science fiction fan Carl Zwanzig
So few people admit to a belief in Astrology, but I'm yet to meet anyone who doesn't know their Star Sign. - P.K. Shaw
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration – Thomas Edison
Education is something you must acquire without any interference from your schooling – Mark Twain
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars – Oscar Wilde
We are rich only through what we give, an poor through what we refuse - Anne-Sophie Swetchine
Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realising that life is made up of little things - Frank A Clark
We are all human. We all make mistakes. That’s why there are rubbers on the end of our pencils. - Billy Brownless, Footy Show, about Umpires
The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away. - Monsignor J. Fulton Sheen
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. - Will Rogers
These next two quotes encapsulate the basic philosophy of the New Astronomers’ Group.
Try to learn something about everything, and everything about something. - THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. - DOROTHY PARKER
My Dad was an aeronautical engineer. Always designing or making something. One of his favourite quotes was:
In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it. - Elbert Green Hubbard