Favorite Quotations

"The ideas you love are a lighted window onto your soul." Bob Warfield

I guess these things say something about me--at least I'm in good company when I read the attributions!

"In God we trust; all others must bring data."
W. Edwards Deming

"As government expands, liberty contracts."
Ronald Reagan

"Progress? We can no longer put men on the moon or get through an airport with our shoes on. What progress?"
Bob Warfield

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probably reason why so few engage in it."
Henry Ford

"The only thing more shamelessly egocentric than blogging, is creating a vanity web site, like this one. If it is expressed as a blog, it isn't content, it's drivel."
Bob Warfield

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built Noah's Ark, professionals built the Titanic"

"I believe that forgiving them (the 9/11 terrorists) is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting."
Stormin' Norman Schwartzkof

"The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." 
Carl Gustav Jung

"Whatever their other contributions to our society, lawyers could be an important source of protein." 
Guindon cartoon caption

"When people ask me how I was able to make so much money in the market during a 20-year period, I would always say I did it off the misunderstandings of others." 
James J. Cramer

"Never assume a Southerner thinks as slowly as he talks." 
Rob Dickerson

"Deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was." 
Cisco's John Chambers

"I like to watch." 
Peter Sellers as Chauncy Gardener in Being There.  This quote works more often than you'd think!

"All those moments, lost--like tears in the rain. Time to die" 
Rutger Hauer, the Replicant, in Bladerunner

"Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit."  Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street

"Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Ben Franklin

"You can observe a lot just by watching."
Yogi Berra

"I will prepare, and some day my chance will come. "
Abraham Lincoln

"Moderation is the last refuge for the unimaginative." Oscar Wilde

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds"
Albert Einstein

"I have yet not been able to answer ... the great question that has never been answered : What does a woman want ?"
Sigmund Freud

"If you make it idiotproof someone will just make a better idiot."
A random thought submitted by a random Quake player...

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at
the right time and the instrument will play itself."
J.S. Bach

"A man needs a little madness or else . . . he never dares to cut the rope and be free."
Anthony Quinn to Alan Bates in Zorba the Greek, 1964

"Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot."
Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force, 1973

"I have to go now. I'm having a friend for dinner."
Anthony Hopkins to Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs, 1991

"Hasta la Vista . . . baby!"
Arnold Swarzenegger in The Terminator, T2: Judgement Day, 1991

"Give me your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle."
Arnold Swarzenegger, The Terminator, T2: Judgement Day, 1991

"The waiting is the hardest part..." 
Tom Petty

"Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth.
Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty."

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges, even where there are no rivers."
Nikita Khrushchev

"It's the responsibility of the media to look at the president with a microscope, but they go too far when they use a proctoscope."
Richard M. Nixon

"Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time outs. Sometimes it's now or never."
Joe Montana

"In politics stupidity is not a handicap."
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

"The most important thing is to get on the right horse."
Marc Andreeson

"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason."

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
George B. Shaw (1856-1950)

"I think it would be a great idea."
Mohandas Ghandi's answer when asked what he thought of Western Civilization

"I don't like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it."
Erwin Schrodinger talking about quantum mechanics.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke

"If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants."
Sir Isaac Newton

"The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the 'social sciences' is: some do, some don't."
Ernest (1st Baron) Rutherford (1871-1937)

"Floggings will continue until morale improves."
A sign in Marv Levy's office while he coached the Ottawa Rough Riders

"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell."
Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."
General G.C. Patton (1885-1945)

"There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity."
Douglas MacArthur

"It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose."
Darrin Weinberg

"You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone."
Al Capone

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
Albert Einstein

"There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating."
Alfred Hitchcock

"We're all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don't make any big ones."
Andrew A. Rooney

"You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely."

"Research is the act of going up alleys to see if they are blind."

"Pizza is a lot like sex. When it's good, it's really good. When it's bad, it's still pretty good."

"Happiness is just an illusion caused by the temporary absence of reality."

"The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it."

"The confidence of ignorance will always overcome indecision of knowledge."

"The good die young - because they see it's no use living if you've got to be good."

"In place of infinity we usually put some really big number, like 15."
Anonymous Computer Science professor

"If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly."
Ashleigh Brilliant

"Our elections are free, it's in the results where eventually we pay."
Bill Stern

"No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."
H. L. Mencken

"The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it unfriendly. It is simply indifferent."
John H. Holmes

"Religion... is the opium of the masses."
Karl Marx

"If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion."
Lazarus Long

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."
Niels Bohr

"What does not destroy me, makes me stronger."

"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
Oscar Wilde

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
Oscar Wilde

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated."
Poul Anderson

"I wouldn't mind dying -- it's the business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me."
R. Geis

"The will to win is worthless if you don't get paid for it."
Reggie Jackson

"The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship."
Robert Heinlein

"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
Ronald Reagan

"The hen is an egg's way of producing another egg."
Samuel Butler

"Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it."
Tallulah Bankhead

"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature."
Tom Robbins

"By and large the world is filled with fools and knaves."
Obscure English Nobleman of the Middle Ages

"Winning is not everything. It's the only thing."
Vince Lombardi

"I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies."
William F. Buckley

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
Winston Churchill

"There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."
Winston Churchill

It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Woody Allen

The future is not to be forecast, but created.
Arthur C. Clarke

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
Woody Allen

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well. 
Earl of Chesterfeild

There's no free lunch. Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for.  
Marian Wright Edelman

Each day should be passed as though it were our last. 
Publilius Syrus

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. 
George Bernard Shaw

If you want something done, ask a busy person. 
Benjamin Franklin

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. 
Samuel Johnson

The time to win a fight is before it starts. 
Frederick W. Lewis

I'm not happy.  I'm cheerful.  There's a difference.  A happy woman has no cares at all.  A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them. 
Beverly Sills

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. 
Mark Twain

There is no education like adversity. 
Benjamin Disraeli

One remains young as long as one can still learn, can still take on new habits, can bear contradictions. 
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. 
Albert Einstein

Experience is a good school, but the fees are high. 
Heinrich Heine

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.
Theodore Roosevelt

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.
Sir Francis Bacon

I have no trouble with my enemies. But my goddam friends,...they are the ones that keep me walking the floor nights. 
Oscar Levant

Buy well run monopolies in markets that are growing faster than the S&P 500. 
Bob Warfield on investing.

At any point in time, you should be doing one of these things:

  1. Having a good time.

  2. Making money.

  3. Sleeping.

  4. Teaching your offspring about 1-3.

If you find yourself doing anything else, stop at once and do one of those 4 things. 
Bob Warfield.

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J Boorstin

A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts.
Herbert V. Prochnow

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
Eric Hoffer

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. 
Benjamin Franklin

As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities.

I base my calculation on the expectation that luck will be against me. 

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away. 
John Strider Coleman

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. 
Mark Russell

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. 
Howard Aiken, IBM engineer

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. 
Winston Churchill

When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it. 
Margaret Chase Smith

We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges. 
Winston Churchill

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Any clever person can make plans for winning a war if he has no responsibility for carrying them out. 
Winston Churchill

Science Fiction is a branch of children's literature. 
Tom Disch

Nothing is more dangerous in war-time than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll, always feeling one’s pulse and taking one’s temperature. 
Winston Churchill

The American Constitution declares ‘All men are born equal.’ The British Socialist Party add: ‘All men must be kept equal’.
Winston Churchill

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
Winston Churchill

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
Napoleon Bonaparte

It's because they're stupid, that's why. That's why everybody does everything.
Homer Simpson

"In crowds it is stupidity and not mother wit that is accumulated."
Gustave Le Bon writing in The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

"History teaches us that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."
Ronald Reagan


All material 2001-2006, Robert W. Warfield.