Archive for the 'Quotes' Category

Quote of the Day

[link] Sunday, July 20th, 2014

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong”.

Bertrand Russell

I think he also wrote somewhere that the slogan “My country, right or wrong” is as absurd as “My mother, drunk or sober”.

Quote of the day

[link] Friday, July 11th, 2014

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned”

Richard Feynman

Quote of the day

[link] Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

Quote of the day

[link] Thursday, June 5th, 2014

“Calling a developer a coder is like a tourist calling San Francisco Frisco.

It’s one sure way to tell they’re a tourist.”

Dave Winer

Knowingness and knowledge

[link] Monday, May 19th, 2014

“There is a difference between knowingness and knowledge, but what is it? Knowingness comes after knowledge; it is only the echo of its source, and it is proud to be the echo. One of the liberties of our connected age is that we can be almost infinitely knowing, consoling our lack of true knowledge with an easy cynicism of acquisition. It is cheaply glorious to be able to discover almost any fact about the world on the machine I am using to write this review: I experience that liberty as the reward it is, and also as a punishment; as both a gift of the digital world and a judgement on my scant acquaintance with the actual world.”

James Wood, reviewing Zia Haider Rahman’s dazzling first novel, In the Light of What We Know, in the New Yorker, May 19,2014.

Quote of the Day

[link] Thursday, May 1st, 2014

“No opinion should be held with fervour. No one holds with fervour that 7 × 8 = 56 because it can be shown to be the case. Fervour is only necessary in commending an opinion which is doubtful or demonstrably false.”


Quote of the Day

[link] Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“In politics, promises are binding only on those to whom they are made.”

Alan Clark, in his final diary.

Quote of the Day

[link] Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

“Many of history’s great inventions are really great appropriations — middling ideas if used as intended, brilliant when reoriented or co-opted.”

Kathryn Schultz, The New Yorker, April 7, 2014.

Quote of the Day

[link] Thursday, February 13th, 2014

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.”

H.L. Mencken

Quote of the Day

[link] Saturday, March 16th, 2013

“If you’re the most intelligent person in the room, you’re in the wrong room”

James Watson

Luckily, I spend a lot of my time in the right rooms.