Sunday, February 26, 2006

Saving the World, One Trigonometric Ratio at a Time

*note* Nick has good poetry on his blog. Most poetry is pretty lame, but Nick has some cool stuff, so go check it out.

I have a plan to change the world. I've got a humanities side, and a science side. I started to write about them, and it wouldn't come out. So, I guess I've got to wait for another day. But, Here are alot of quotes I've amassed through the past year or so, enjoy.

Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
- GK Chesterton

Furious activity is no substitue for understanding.
- H.H. Williams

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
- Ronald Reagan

I am certain there is too much certainy in the world.
- Michael Crichton

Once when President Brigham Young was asked why we are sometimes left alone and often sad, his response was that man has to learn to "act as an independent being . . . to see what he will do . . . and try his independency—to be righteous in the dark."

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.
- Edith Wharton

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
- Marquis de la Grange

When I meet a man I ask myself, 'Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?'
-Rita Rudner

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
- Solomon Short

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
- Richard Feynman

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
Isaac Asimov

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
- Sidney J. Harris

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.
- Elias Schwartz

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
- Sir Francis Bacon

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
- Edith Sitwell

it is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
- David Brin

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
- Aldous Huxley

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
- Benjamin Disraeli

"Those who stand firm, steadfast, and immovable are given great inner hidden powers and unseen strengths."
—President James E. Faust

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
- Walter Lippmann

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
- William H. Borah

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.
- Kin Hubbard

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
- Rich Cook

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
- Horace Walpole

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.
- George Jackson

"Your calling is to bless lives. . . . Just the way you smile or the way you offer to help someone can build their faith."
—Elder Henry B. Eyring

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

"We don't negotiate with terrorists, we put them out of business."
- Scott McClellan (white house spokesman)

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter Drucker

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.
- Bill Vaughan

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

6 comments:

*Courtney* said...

Haha! I love your picture. It's amazing. Snoman thinks it's cool too. ;)

Anonymous said...

Cute picture! I liked the quote about the fence.

nick, I like the mountain poem.

Holy_Roman_Nick said...

Hey, thanks. That makes me feel good. I was kind of just messing around, it's not even good (that's what I think).

Jason Hotstuff said...

Man, you were ugly. :D

Anonymous said...

I came here through the "Matt's Day Out" video on Google Video. Anyway, neat blog, keep it up.

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