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About America

"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." -- ACLU founder Roger Baldwin

That is an immigrant's dream! It's the American dream. ... You know, someone once wrote: "There are those who say that freedom is nothing but a dream." They are right. It's the American dream.

- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2004 Republican Convention

About life

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.

~Benjamin Franklin

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful...that's what matters to me.

- Steve Jobs, on Gates and Microsoft, Wall Street Journal, summer 1993

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

-Theodore Roosevelt, Labor Day address, 1903

I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space.

-- Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don''t let the noise of others'' opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They some how already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

- Steve Jobs, ``Stay hungry , Stay foolish", Graduation Ceremony of Stanford University, 2005

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again; the never-satisfied man is so strange if he has completed a structure, then it is not in order to dwell in it peacefully, but in order to begin another.

-- Gauss, Letter to Bolyai, 1808

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

-- Albert Einstein

As long as I have the opportunity I will reside in a country ruled by political freedom, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law. Political freedom consists of the freedom to articulate one's political opinion, in speech as well as writing. Tolerance means respect towards all forms of opinion of the individual. At present these conditions are not met in Germany.

--Albert Einstein, 1933-03-10

I touch God in my song
as the hill touched the far-away sea
with its waterfall. -- Tagore

About Research

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it. - Albert Einstein

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all. -- Socrates, ancient Greek philosopher

Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen, daß ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären, sondern vielmehr dadurch, daß ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben und daß die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein mit der Wahrheit vertraut geworden ist.
* A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. -- Max Planck

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? - Albert Einstein

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before. --Captain Kirk, Star Trek

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought. -- Albert Szent-Györgyi, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. -- Albert Szent-Györgyi, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine

About Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Computer Science is not more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. -- Edsger W. Dijkstra

Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Anything else is art. --Donald E. Knuth

The question of whether Machines Can Think... is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim. - Edsger W. Dijkstra

About Open Source (GNU, Linux, TeX, etc.)

Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don’t know any better.

--Steve Jobs, Interview in Rolling Stone magazine, no. 684 (1994-06-16)

I tend to stay away from Microsoft [software] because it tends to be so toxic. I''m not exactly an expert on the state of Vista. But it sure seems boring.

-- James A. Gosling (in response to the question: What''s your take on Vista?), Silicon.com, Mar. 2007

A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. ... All the computer people use Macs or Linux now. Windows is for grandmas, like Macs used to be in the 90s.

-- Paul Graham, "Microsoft is dead", http://www.paulgraham.com/microsoft.html

Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. -- Eric S. Raymond

The tool philosophy was to have small programs to accomplish a particular task instead of trying to develop monolithic programs do a large number of tasks.

-- Gareth Anderson, "GNU/Linux Command-Line Tools Summary"

It’s is easy to use - if you’re one of the 2 percent of the population who thinks logically and can read an instruction manual. The other 98 percent of the population would find it very hard to use.

-- Leslie Lamport (in response to the question: Is LaTeX hard to use?)

Unix is user-friendly-it''s just choosy about who its friends are.  --Anonymous

Unix is not so much an operating system as an oral history.  -- Neal Stephenson

Linux has succeeded not because the original goal was to make it widely portable and widely available, but because it was based on good design principles and a good development model.

-- Linus Torvalds, "The Linux edge", Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, O''Reilly, 1999

I hope to die before I have to use Microsoft Word.

--D.E. Knuth

About China

Chinese culture is a political culture. An emperor functions as its head and plays god to the people. It is also a bureaucratic culture. And this bureaucratic culture is a culture of flattery, a culture of submission and a culture of slavery.

- (柏杨) Bo Yang, a renounced writer in Taiwan

About study (in Chinese)

“三更灯火五更鸡,正是男儿读书时。黑发不知勤学早,白首方悔读书迟。” -- 颜真卿《劝学》

男兒欲遂平生志,五更勤向窗前讀。-- 宋真宗《勸學詩》