My Favorite Quotes

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  • "The sting in any rebuke is the truth." - Benjamin Franklin
  • “I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” -Isaac Newton
  • "Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica veritas." -Isaac Newton
  • "Pretending is the first step." - Kate Willemin, about getting over an ex. (UPDATE: "not just in getting over someone... lots of things" -KW, 22 Jan 09)
  • "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Ghandi
  • "All models are wrong, but some are useful." - George Box
  • "If I had asked the people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." -Henry Ford
  • "Risk can be balanced by skill and knowledge." - Diane Selkirk, Raising a Child Dangerously
  • "Well, I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent." - Don Draper
  • "Nothing can be known, not even this." -Carneades
  • “Not every execution needs to be in public,” he told reporters. “If they did something dastardly, yeah. But this was an accumulated loss of confidence.” -Deval Patrick, on firing two officials in the MA state government.
  • "If it is to be, it's up to me."
  • "I think there has to be a mind-set that you’re not afraid to fail. I’m not afraid to fail. I’ve done it quite a bit. The calmer you are, the more the game slows down for you, and I think part of that is controlling your emotions.” -Derek Jeter
  • "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -Frederick Douglass
  • "Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people." -William Blackstone
  • "When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, to stand up, to speak up and speak out, and get in the way, get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble." -Congressman John Lewis, civil rights icon
  • "It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute." -Will Rogers
  • "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." - H. L. Mencken
  • "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." - Michaelangelo