Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
- William James
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
I don't see any god up here.
- Yuri Gagarin (in orbit, 1961)
The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.
- Vannevar Bush (1945)
Power corrupts, and obsolete power corrupts obsoletely.
- Ted Nelson, on the Microsoft DOS operating system
He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
- John McCarthy
Belief is no substitute for arithmetic.
- Henry Spencer
Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.
- Charles Babbage
In the future, search engines should be as useful as HAL in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey--but hopefully they won't kill people.
- Sergey Brin
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
I have often thought that if there had been a good rap group in those days, I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics.
- Richard Nixon
If I have made myself clear, you must have misunderstood me.
- Alan Greenspan
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
The end of coal - I have a piece in The Conversation, looking at the continued fall in Chinese demand for coal, and a highly relevant IMF study confirming previous findings ...
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