Archive for December, 2004

Ogden Nash

« 31 December 2004 | 9:49 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Cow The cow is of the bovine ilk; One end is moo, the other, milk.

Thomas A Edison

« 30 December 2004 | 7:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Results! Why man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.

Norman Moss

« 29 December 2004 | 11:12 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

“Life is strange” said Jeremy”. “Compared with what?” replied the spider.

Laurence Van Der Post

« 28 December 2004 | 10:14 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am sure that one cannot love life enough; but I believe, too, one mustn’t confuse love of life with love of certain things in it. One cannot pick the moment and the place as one pleases and say “Enough! This is all I want. This is how it is henceforth to be.”

Japanese proverb

« 27 December 2004 | 1:55 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

Albert Einstein

« 26 December 2004 | 11:42 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.

C S Lewis

« 25 December 2004 | 10:53 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Nativity Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at length Give me an ox’s strength. Among the asses (stubborn I as they) I see my Saviour where I looked for hay; So may my beastlike folly learn at least […]

Malcolm Muggeridge

« 24 December 2004 | 7:56 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The first thing I remember about the world…is that I was a stranger in it. This feeling, which is at once the glory and desolation of homo sapiens, provides the only thread of consistency that I can detect in my life.

Arthur Eddington

« 23 December 2004 | 8:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell’s equations, then so much the worse for Maxwell’s equations. And if your theory contradicts the facts, well, sometimes these experimentalists make mistakes. But if your theory is found to be against the Second Law of Thermodynamics, I […]

George Wald

« 22 December 2004 | 10:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.

Joyce Kilmer

« 21 December 2004 | 7:31 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Trees I think that I shall never see A poem as lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in Summer wear A nest of robins in […]

Robert Heinlein

« 20 December 2004 | 7:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

G K Chesterton

« 19 December 2004 | 9:48 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.

Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem

« 18 December 2004 | 8:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Any defineable sytem of mathematics or logic is either inconsitent or incomplete; that is for any finite or infintely enumerable set of axioms, sufficient to encompass arithemtic there is either a statement “X” and a statement “not X” that can both be proved (inconsitent) or there is a meaningful statement X that can neither be […]

George Spencer Brown

« 17 December 2004 | 7:24 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practiced, requires years of contemplation. Not activity Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behaviour of any kind. Not reading. Not talking. Not making an effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know. And yet those with the courage to […]

Lao Tzu

« 16 December 2004 | 7:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A wise traveller has no fixed rules and is not intent upon arrival.

Spike Milligan

« 15 December 2004 | 7:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Herring is a lucky fish From all disease inured. Should he be ill when caught at sea; Immediately – he’s cured!

T S Eliot

« 14 December 2004 | 7:37 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

John Ruskin

« 13 December 2004 | 8:47 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is nothing in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and he who considers price only is that man’s lawful prey.

On sharing a confidence

« 12 December 2004 | 8:53 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Why do you think your best friend can keep a secret if you can’t.

Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

« 11 December 2004 | 15:11 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.

W C Fields

« 8 December 2004 | 8:50 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I always keep a supply of stimulant handy in case I see a snake–which I also keep handy.

Rudyard Kipling

« 7 December 2004 | 23:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.


« 6 December 2004 | 7:55 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Abou Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.. Prompting a thesis, quite hypothethetical, That even recording angels find it best, To keep us alphabetical.

James Leigh Hunt

« 5 December 2004 | 9:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Abou Ben Adhem Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An Angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the Presence […]

M J Shields (or M J Yilz by the end of the paragraph)

« 4 December 2004 | 13:01 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which “c” would be retained would be the “ch” formation, which will […]

Thomas A. Edison

« 4 December 2004 | 1:01 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

« 3 December 2004 | 23:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.

Benjamin Franklin

« 2 December 2004 | 20:31 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy.

John von Neumann

« 1 December 2004 | 23:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.