Quotes to Savor

In paying tribute to Steve Jobs (1955-2011) who urged us to “think different”, I wish to assemble some inspiring quotes for you to think about in your spare time:

Winston Churchill:
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, and hope.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

Thomas Edison:
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Albert Einstein:
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Stephen Hawking:
The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.

John F. Kennedy:
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

Nelson Mandela:
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Mark Twain:
If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head.
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.

(October 2011)

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