The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first.
                -- Blaise Pascal

"Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved" Alfred Tennyson

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we pratice to decieve" W.Shakespeare

"How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened" Thomas Jefferson

Worry is interest paid in advance for a debt you many never owe.

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

“it’s the puzzle that matters, not the individual pieces”  jeff zucker (paraphrased) NBC ceo

"...moods are translated by the poet into words, by me into tones that sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes."  LvBeethoven

The ideas of the few are the ideas that affect the future of many.  AlEinstein

"The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation
of the mystical.  It is the sower of all true science.  He to whom this
emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder, and stand rapt in awe, is as
good as dead."
            Albert Einstein

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."
"if music be the food of love, play on!"- Shakespeare

"art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."  bertolt brecht

Each day is better than the next…

"I wrote that book on COFFEE. . . . Benny, tea, anything I KNOW none as good as coffee for real mental power kicks."  Kerouac writing to cassady about on the road.

PROCRASTINATION. Hard Work Often Pays Off After Time, but Laziness Always pays Off Now.

Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: Many people will walk in and out of your
life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

It is through Art and through Art only that we can realize our perfection; through Art and Art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.   Oscar Wilde, Art.

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

No language can express every thought unambiguously, least of all this one.       -D.R.Hofstadte

No one grows up. Time just shows up and
Makes you fake it. -Protein

"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew." (Marshall McLuhan)

"Procrastination is like masturbation.  It's great until you realize you've just fucked yourself."

In his Notebook M, Charles Darwin sketched an evolutionary approach to
 cognitive neuroscience: 'He who understands baboon would do more toward
 metaphysics than Locke.'

He who has health has hope, he who has hope has everything.
                            ~ARABIAN PROVERB

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Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill

I can't understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I'm frightened of the
old ones. - John Cage

“The only thing new in the world is history you don’t know” Harry S. Truman

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
 Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
- Nelson Mandela

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.” Jacques Cousteau

“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”  Thoreau

“A true friend stabs you in the front” Oscar Wilde

“While you reason about love,
  You will lose your reason.”  Old French Proverb

“I’m only laughing
     on the outside
 My smile is just
     skin deep
 If you could see inside,
     I’m really crying
 You might join me for a weep.”     The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in Tim Burton’s Batman

“The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.”  Thomas Wolfe “God’s Lonely Man”

“Your’re only as healthy as you feel.” Travis Bickle (a taxi driver)

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back...

When a violinist complained that Beethoven’s music was very hard to play, he reportedly replied, “Do you believe that I think of a wretched fiddle when the spirit talks to me?”

“Woke up this morning and got myself a beer!
 Woke up this morning and got myself a beer!
  Future’s uncertain
  and the end is always near.”  The late Jim Morrison

"The whole thinking process is still rather mysterious to us, but I believe that a thinking
machine will help us greatly in finding out how we think ourselves ..."
                                                                                       -- Alan Turing, 1951

"It is no accident that bacteria were first understood by a canal engineer, that oxygen was
isolated by a Unitarian minister, that the theory of infection was established by a chemist,
the theory of heredity by a monastic schoolteacher, and the theory of evolution by a man who was unfit to be a university instructor in either botany or zoology."
                                                                                              -- John Dewey

“Well!  I’ve often seen a cat without a grin.” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat!  It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!”  Lewis Carrol (1872)

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
                        ~RALPH WALDO EMERSON

“If I never loved, I never would have cried.” Simon or Garfunkel

“When I look at my life and its secret colors, I feel like bursting into tears." (Mersault in A Happy Death)

“As long as when philosophers make a mistake, they back off quickly, they are stil in good shape.” Meredith Michaels

"It's not the repression by the bad people that hurts,
it's the silence of the good." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“One man writes a novel.  One man writes a symphony.  It is essential for one man to make a film.”  Stanley Kubrick

I have a BMW. But only because BMW stands for Bob Marley and the Wailers,
and not because I need an expensive car.
-Bob Marley, 1977

(I drive) a jeep. An old jeep, so nobody will say I'm driving a BMW anymore.
I couldn't stand that BMW, ha ha ha! BMW make pure trouble.- Bob Marley,

“I tore my mind on a jagged sky” Mickey Newbury, sung by Kenny Rogers in Just dropped in...(to see what condition my condition was in).

"The light dove, cleaving the air in her free flight, and feeling
its resistance, might imagine that its flight would be still easier in
empty space."                 -Immanuel Kant

“Man you’ve been a naughty boy, you’ve let your face grow long” John Lennon I am the Walrus

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” Galileo Gallilei

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind percieves a different beauty.” David Hume (1711-1776)

“Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.” David Hume (1711-1776)

“You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do.”   Henry Ford

“I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details.” Albert Einstein

“Do not worry about your problems in mathematics; I can assure you mine are greater still” Albert Einstein

"Our Bible reveals to us the character of our God with minute and remorseless
exactness.  The portrait is substantially that of a man - if one can imagine
a man charged and overcharged with evil impulses far beyond the human limit;
a personage whom no one, perhaps, would desire to associate with, now that
Nero and Caligula are dead."   Mark Twain

“It is the theory which decides what we can observe” A.Einstein

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co.
rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

“One thing alone I charge you.  As you live, believe in Life!  Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.  The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.  W.E.B. Du Bois (1963, his last words)

“The virgin mind [is] empty” I. Kant

“We are born originals and die copies” Young

“I demand of you, and of the whole world, that you show me a generic which to distinguish between Man and Ape.  I myself most assuredly know of none.  I wish somebody would indicate one to me.”  Carl Linneaus, 1788, founder of taxonomy

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the stormy present” Abraham Lincoln

“The silent hours steal on...” Shakespeare: King Richard III

“Why learn to play the lyre, Socrates,
since you are going to die?
-So that I can learn to play the lyre before I die.”

“No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience “    John Locke

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. “    Edgar Allen Poe

“I know no disease of the soul but ignorance:... a pernicious evil, the darkener of man's life,
the disturber of his reason and common confounder of truth. “    Ben Jonson

When I look at my life and its secret colors, I feel like bursting into tears." (Mersault in A Happy Death By Albert Camus)

Drink “provokes the desire but takes away the performance”-William Shakespeare   (amherst spoof on Absolut)

“You are what you know.” CNN ad.

Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear.  It annoys
them very much.       -G.K. Chesterton

"Only the most intelligent and the most stupid do not change" Kung Fu Tse

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein

“Don’t look at the hole in my pants, I’m not wearing any underwear” Rashi Kaslow

“We are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of our own minds.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Democracy requires an enlightened citizen” Thomas Jefferson (Attributed)
“Intelligence is the greatest aphrodisiac” Timothy Leary

“To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be forever a child.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BC)

“When experience is not retained...infancy is perpetual.  Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana (1863-1952)

“Philosophy is written in that great book, the universe, which is always open, right before our eyes.  But one cannot understand this book without first learning to understand the language and to know the characters in which it is written.  It is written in the language of mathematics, and these characters are triangles, circles, and other figures.  Without these, one cannot understand a single word of it, and just wanders in a dark labyrinth.”  Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) (emphasis added)

“History is not what happened, but what historians say happened.” ?

“I believe in God, I only spell it Nature.”  Frank Lloyd Wright

“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.” Albert Einstein (?-1952)

“What you are speaks louder than what you say.” Plato

“Teach us to sit still Even among these rocks” ?

“man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” Rousseau

"Everything should be made as simple as possible,  but not simpler" A.Einstein

"Knowledge is power" F.Bacon

"Getting tired of being human is a very human habit." - R.Dubois

"...thought; this alone is inseperable from me.  I am, I exist."  Rene Descartes

"What is the mind? No matter.
  What is matter? Never mind." Homer S.

'Out, out, brief candle!
 Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
 That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
 And then is heard no more; it is a tale
 Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
 Signifying nothing.' Shakesphere

“ If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.”
Lord Ernest Rutherford, 1871-1937

“First listen, my friend, and then you may shriek and bluster.”
                         [from Ecclesiazousae 588f]
Aristophanes, ca. 444 - ca. 380 B.C.

“I don't mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.”
[Attributed] Wolfgang Pauli, 1900-1958

"A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy - or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
          - James Madison

An informed electorate "must stand ready to sound the alarm when necessary to point out
          the actions in any pernicious project."
          - Alexander Hamilton

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. [Diogenes Laertius IX]Democritus, ca. 460 - ca. 370 B.C.

"The technical meaning of humanitarian crisis is a problem somewhere that
threatens the interest of rich and powerful people."       - Noam Chomsky

"A tale told by an
 idiot, full of sound of fury, signifying nothing." shakespeare

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
                -- Wernher von Braun

“Religion is the opium of the masses.” Karl Marx

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more
important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” Albert Einstein

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be
counted.” Albet Einstein

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful
muscles, but no personality.” Albert Einstein

“The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.”   Edward de Bono

“From year to year my hopes of being cured have gradually been
shattered . . . . I must live like an outcast; if I appear in company, I am overcome by a burning anxiety, a fear that I am running the risk of letting people notice my condition. . . How humiliated I have felt if somebody standing beside me heard the sound of a flute in the distance and I heard nothing. . . . If not for my music, little more of this and I would have ended my life.” Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

'To be, or not to be - that is the question;
 Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
 The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
 Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
 And by opposing end them?'

"The purpose is not to understand the world but to change it." -- Karl Marx

"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." -- Voltaire

"Never trust someone who can bleed for five days and not die."

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you."

"The devices of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages.
It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public hatred, to conceal its own
abuses and encroachments." -- Senator Henry Clay, 1834.

"My education was interupted between 6 and 16 while I attended school." -- George
Bernard Shaw

"I never let schooling interfere with my education." -- Samuel L. Clemens (aka Mark

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that
nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." -- Oscar Wilde

"You can not teach a man anything. You can only help him to find it within himself."
-- Galileo Galilei

"When we have nothing left to lose you will have nothing left to use." -- Fugazi:
Merchandise (From the album Repeater)

"I may not believe a word you say; but I will defend 'til the death your right to say
it." -- Voltaire

"If you gaze for long into the abyss, The abyss also gazes into you." --Nietzsche

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of
men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than
outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." --Helen Keller

"Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this." -- Friedrich von Goethe

"Only fools are positive." -- Moe Howard

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into
the other room and read a book."

"It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."

"It is not worth your trouble to interfere with the Government. We'll just make your
life a nightmare." -- J. Edgar Hoover

"The meek will inherit the earth... the rest of us will go to the stars."

"The meek won't inherit the earth if the mighty leave nothing to inherit." -- Joan

"Listen to the young people: after all, they will inherit our mess." -- Raif Mair

"Damn them all to their own disparities!" -- Aurthur Clarke

"Love is all I have between me and insanity." -- May West

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is interred with their bones" --
Mark Antony in Julius Ceasar by William Shakespeare

"There is an old illusion - it is called good and evil." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Nothing is easier than to denounce the evil-doer; nothing is more difficult than to
understand him." -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man." -- Albert

"The digital revolution is over. The digits won." -- Bruce Sterling

"I recall one candidate's promise that I heard during the presidential campaign of
1976, a campaign promise that seems to me to illustrate how American rationality
has skidded.
'We shall drive ever forward along this line until all our citizens have
above-average incomes!'
Nobody laughed." -- To Sail Beyond the Sunset, Robert A. Heinlein

"We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs." -- Eric Berne

"Honesty and Frankness make you vulnerable... Be Honest and Frank Anyway."

“Just be happy, Bartlett” Mawma ~1998