Archive for September, 2004

A Whitney Brown

« 30 September 2004 | 7:51 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There’s a lot we should be able to learn from history. And yet history proves that we never do. In fact, the main lesson of history is that we never learn the lessons of history. This makes us look so stupid that few people care to read it. They’d rather not be reminded. Any good […]

A Tree in the Quad

« 29 September 2004 | 1:01 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Idealism: There once was a man who said, ‘God Must think it exceedingly odd If He finds that this tree Continues to be When there’s no one about in the Quad.’ A reply: Dear Sir, Your astonishment’s odd: I am always about in the Quad; And that’s why this tree Will continue to be, Since […]

Neils Bohr

« 27 September 2004 | 9:44 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.

C P Snow

« 26 September 2004 | 20:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

1st Law You cannot win (that is, you cannot get something for nothing, because matter and energy are conserved). 2nd Law You cannot break even (you cannot return to the same energy state, because there is always an increase in disorder; entropy always increases). 3rd Law You cannot get out of the game (because absolute […]

The Laws of Thermodynamics

« 25 September 2004 | 22:24 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

1st Law The energy of a closed system is conserved (DU = DQ – DW) 2nd Law The entropy of a closed system can never decrease (DU=T.DS – W) 3rd Law The entropy of a perfect crystal is zero when the temperature of the crystal is equal to absolute zero (0 K).

G K Chesterton

« 24 September 2004 | 9:37 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Rolling English Road Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire, And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire; A merry road, a mazy road, and such as […]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

« 23 September 2004 | 7:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.

Ashanti Proverb

« 22 September 2004 | 8:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Only when you have crossed the river can you say that the crocodile has a lump on his nose.

George Macdonald

« 21 September 2004 | 7:20 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

She was rather melancholoy, but hoped as much as she could, and when she could not hope did not stand still, but walked on in the dark. I think that when the sun rises upon them, some people will be astonished to find how far they have come in the dark.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

« 20 September 2004 | 7:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

John Milton

« 19 September 2004 | 9:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Paradise Lost (book IV) – Gabriel to Satan Satan, I know thy strength, and thou knowest mine; Neither our own, but given: What folly then To boast what arms can do? since thine no more Than Heaven permits, nor mine, though doubled now To trample thee as mire: For proof look up, And read thy […]

C S. Lewis

« 18 September 2004 | 20:24 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.

G K Chesterton

« 17 September 2004 | 13:20 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly.

Richard Feynman

« 16 September 2004 | 13:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.

Robert Frost

« 15 September 2004 | 19:38 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, […]

Antoine de Saint Exupery

« 14 September 2004 | 23:56 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Albert Einstein

« 13 September 2004 | 13:16 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, Of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

R W Emerson

« 12 September 2004 | 13:12 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons.

Lewis Carol

« 11 September 2004 | 11:47 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.””The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.””The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.”

William Shakespeare

« 10 September 2004 | 10:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.

Albert Einstein

« 9 September 2004 | 23:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

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.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

« 8 September 2004 | 13:10 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Ozymandias I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said — “two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert … near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lips, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet […]

Morris Bishop

« 7 September 2004 | 13:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I lately lost a preposition: It is, I thought, beneath my chair. And angrily I cried: ‘Perdition! Up from out of in under there!’ Correctness is my vade mecum, And straggling phrases I abhor; And yet I wondered: ‘What should he come Up from out of in under for?’

Eleanor Roosevelt

« 6 September 2004 | 19:03 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. also attributed No one can make me feel like a doormat without my permission.

Peter Abelard

« 5 September 2004 | 9:14 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

By doubting we come to inquiry, by inquiry we come to truth.

John Bunyan

« 4 September 2004 | 14:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said and however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a slave.

William Wordsworth

« 3 September 2004 | 19:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Lines Written Upon Westminster Bridge Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth like a garment wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the […]

G K Chesterton

« 2 September 2004 | 19:00 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We grow taller when we bow.

Tom Stoppard

« 1 September 2004 | 7:39 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Why are you bothering to lie to me? You are like a man on a desert island, refusing to admit to his only other companion the he ate the last coconut.