Some favourite quotes. Really favourable, worth memorizing. They are in mixed order. Comment on them, select the best or submit some.
Even many of them seems non-technical or doesn't make sense on the first look, but
I really can have a connection for all of them wıth my professional life, Orace,
CSE or beyond:
• The strongest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look.
• The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
• Judge people less on their mistakes than on how they handle their mistakes.
• There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That's perfectly all right; they're the aperture to finding out what's right.
• Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
• People fear what they do not understand.
• Lift your face towards the sun - then you will not see the shadows.
• Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.
• Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
• Wise men don't need advice. Fools don't take it.
• Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open.
• The best way to speed something up is not to do it at all.
• If your happiness depends on what others do you really have got a problem.
• Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not easy.
• Nothing is more dangerous than an opinion if that is the only one you got.
• If you get upset about small things, you are probably not much larger than them.
• All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
Alexandre Dumas fils
• Never tear down a fence until you know why it was raised.
• Good timber does not grow under comfortable circumstances, the stronger the wind, the stronger the tree.
J. Willard Marriott
• Formal Education will make you a living; Self education will make you a fortune.
• Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
• Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
• A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
• I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
• If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
• If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
• It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
• No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
• Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
• Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.
• The environment is everything that isn't me.
• The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
• The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
• The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.
• The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
• The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
• The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
• There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
• Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
• We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
• When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
Questioning is an important thing. Asking a lot of questions means one of the folloving:
1- You really understand or about to understand. 2- You understand nothing. Both
cases are good, first case is OK, second case is also OK because you will have an
additional chance to understand with asking questions or just telling that you understand
Some quotes about questioning:
• The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
• It is better to ask and appear ignorant than to remain ignorant.
• It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
James Thurber (1894 - 1961)
• The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.
Stephen Jay Gould (1941 - 2002)
• The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.
Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929)
• Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
Predicting future is important, especially on database design. Even the most professional
people cannot predict the developement on technology. It is really hard.
Some example quotes from past:
• Well informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value.
Editorial in the Boston Post (1865)
• There is no need for any individual to have a computer in their home.
Ken Olson, 1977, President, Digital Equipment Corp.
• Atomic energy might be as good as our present-day explosives, but it is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous.
Winston Churchill (1939)
• I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
• Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 19,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps only weigh 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics, March 1949
• There are risks and costs to a programme of action but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John. F. Kennedy
• 640Kb ought to be enough for anyone.
Bill Gates - 1981