Quotes I find lying around. They have a good home here.

Word of Wisdom
You can't keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, and move on. - Homer Simpson
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of  punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. - Charles Dickens

     My big problem is that I jump from subject to subject and rarely completely master or finish things.  Be Like Charles. (Dec 2005)
Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

     Success would be a nice side effect, though...
     "Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful -- just stupid.)"
-- Robert Heinlein, from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long.

     It's great; it's pretty much how I've always felt, but never been able to state so simply.
     "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
-- Albert Einstein

     This reflects my beef with the current education system so well. I can't help but feel dumber for having gone to high school. Yes, I know more, but knowledge is the lowest form of intelligence. We need a course designed solely to challenge the mind to be creative in a problem solving way. It bothered me so much to hear people in high school saying 'I hate word problems!' in math courses. Word problems are the only ones worth doing; they're real world applications of what you've learned. I hated getting an equation with the word 'solve' next to it. I'm finding this an issue in university, as well. There are next to NO real-world problems. I'm in engineering. What do engineers do? They solve real-world problems.
     "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restraned by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
-- Albert Einstein

     No man your lesser can insult you, no man your greater would.
-- unknown
     It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
-- Albert Einstein
     I hate quotations.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
     If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should be a place of delightful labor, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
     Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine: as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
     He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
-- Buddha
     In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Except when it comes to me and the MagLev train; it was a cherished thought. I thought that up one day walking home from school when I was about 12. Then I told my dad about my brilliant idea of a train that runs on a track of magnets to reduce friction and attain tremendous speeds while being extremely energy effiecient! Then he told me my idea already existed and it was called Maglev, and they'd had one in Germany for like 20 years. NOOOOO!
     "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
-- Albert Einstein