My Page of Quotes 

 These quotes are from my gmail sig. Not all of them could fit. 

"I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone." - Bjarne Stroustrup

Never memorize what you can look up in books. -Albert Einstein 

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If it's original, you'll have to ram it down their throats."
--Howard Aiken, creator of the IBM/Harvard Mark 1 Computer

"Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter."

-- Eric Raymond

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
--  Leonardo da Vinci

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.  ~Albert Einstein

 In a world without truth, freedom loses its foundation.
—Pope John Paul II

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is
strong enough to take everything you have.
—Thomas Jefferson

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
 George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)


I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
  - Thomas Jefferson

"Research is to see what everybody else has seen,
and to think what nobody else has thought."
- Albert Szent-Gyoergi

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.  

C.S. Lewis

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

C.S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

C.S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival

C.S. Lewis

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. 
Abraham Lincoln
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
  - Dorothy Nevill
Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.
  - Franklin P. Adams
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
  - Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.
 Al Franken
The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover.
Al Franken
I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

Mark Twain


What we do is less than a drop in the ocean. But if it were missing, the ocean would lack something.

Mother Teresa


It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.

Mother Teresa


If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa


We can do no great things; only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

Mother Teresa


Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Mother Teresa 

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. 

Mark Twain


When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

Mark Twain 

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts inside your head. 

-Sally Kempton  

Rule your mind  or it will rule you.


Four Rules to Understand Yourself

1. Listen to others. Learn.

2. Make an effort to understand the actions of others before you rush to judgement.

3. Look at yourself. (Is that what I would have done? Do I really look angry/tired/wary/sad?)

4. Accept who you are. Improve if you must!

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury (1920 - )


The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
Herbert Agar

"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction

Douglas MacArthur


I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. 

-Robert McCloskey

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. -Kurt Vonnegut  

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
Albert Schweitzer

When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
Maurice Maeterlinck

Live up to your potential instead of imitating someone else's.
Martha Burgess

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg

"Why do we fall, sir? So that we might better learn to pick ourselves up."- Alfred Pennyworth

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
  - Kurt Vonnegut


"The best defense against the atom bomb is not to be there when it goes off."

- Anonymous

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

-Ernest Hemingway 

 " I know that believe that you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant"


Gandalf said: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us"

"Windows 95/NT - 32 bit extensions and a graphical shell for a 16 bit patch to an 8 bit operating system originally coded for a 4 bit microprocessor, written by a 2 bit company that can't stand 1 bit of competition."

- http://www.mslinux.org/support.html


"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of __expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from Every sin and set us free.

Amen! "

- Joe Wright

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. 

-Benjamin Franklin

It's a mistake to use Microsoft as a model, because their whole culture derives from that one lucky break. Microsoft is a bad data point. If you throw them out, you find that good products do tend to win in the market. What VCs should be looking for is the next Apple, or the next Google.

I think Bill Gates knows this. What worries him about Google is not the power of their brand, but the fact that they have better hackers. 


"Computers, inof themselves, don't crash. Just the interface to the object between the keyboard and chair crashes." 

-Someone you might know

"Google’s threat to Microsoft isn’t just creating superior products; it’s Google’s ability to change the paradigm in which those products are made, distributed, and used."

- Drew McChesney(http://37signals.com/svn/archives2/what_googles_acquisition_of_writely_means.php)

I'm having problems with my Windows software. Will you help me?
Yes. Go to a DOS prompt and type "format c:". Any problems you are experiencing will cease within a few minutes."

-How To Become a Hacker

I do know everything, just not all at once. It's a virtual memory problem. 


I found one bug in Vista and it is called VISTA, odd Microsoft ignored my report.


The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience. ~ W.E.B. DuBois

But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
-Benjamin Franklin

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

- Benjamin Franklin


Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.
-Robertson Davies