A common man marvels at uncommon things; a wise man marvels at the commonplace. – Confucius

Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who steers a ship without a helm or compass, and who can never be certain whither he is going – Leonardo DaVinci

The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. All progress depends on the unreasonable man – George Bernard Shaw

The only noble thing a man can do with money is to build a schooner. – Robert Louis Stevenson

To invent a flying machine is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything. – Otto Lilienthal (1848 – 1896)

Man’s task is simple. He should cease letting his existence be a thoughtless accident. – Fredrich Nietzsche

We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine. – H. L. Mencken

A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world. – John Locke

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithfull to himself. – Thomas Paine

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. – John Muir

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. – Budda

Problems can not be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. – Albert Einstein

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Soren Kierkegaard

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. – Mark Twain

Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admires then. – Samual Johnson

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin

Real generosity toward the future consist in giving all to what is present. – Albert Camus

It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. Winston Churchill

“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. Thomas Edison

Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself. John-Paul Sarte

They may call me a rube and a hick, but I’d a lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it. – Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Everybody is ignorant. Only on different subjects. – Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead. – Will Rogers (1879-1935)

My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat. – Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt. H. L. Mencken

We come from a dark abyss, we end in a dark abyss, and we call the luminous interval life. Nikos Kazantzakis

If there is a sin against life, it consist perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. – Albert Camus

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. – Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. – Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. – Galileo Galilei

I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. – e e cummings (1894-1962)

Give me a museum and I’ll fill it. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Assassins! – Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) to his orchestra

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. – Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right. – Henry Ford (1863-1947)

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense. – Edsgar Dijkstra

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into thereoms. – Paul Erdos

We didn’t loose the game; we just ran out of time. – Vince Lombardi

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. – Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

I’ll sleep when I’m dead. – Warren Zevon

My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher. – Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows. – Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. – Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

The mistakes are all waiting to be made. – chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956) on the game’s opening position

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. – Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do. – Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. – Yogi Berra

Few things are harder to put up with than a good example. – Mark Twain (1835-1910)

You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. – Al Capone (1899-1947)

There is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. – Kenneth Grahame [1859-1932]

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. – George Orwell

The further backward you look, the further forward you can see. – Winston Churchill

The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. – Charles Dubois

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. – Mark Twain

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. – Sinclair Lewis