"Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future," Niels Bohr
"Intelligence is the ability to perceive patterns. Genius is the ability
to perceive patterns where almost nobody else would. Being an academic
is the ability to perceive patterns where there are none," Hal Galper
"If you can't do it, teach it. If you can't understand it, manage
"Life has to be lived forwards, but can only be understood backwards,"
"The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise
and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation," Lew Mammel, Jr.
"If it is provably secure, it is probably not," Lars Knudsen on block
"Theory is important, at least in theory," Keith Martin (mathematician)
"Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught," Paul
"Sign in Sandia National Lab's Physics Department: "Do not look directly
into laser beam with remaining eye."," Eddie Harris
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research,
would it? ," Albert Einstein
"The protection provided by encryption is based on the fact that most
people would rather eat liver than do mathematics," Bill Neugent
"Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate."
"Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it."
"Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Brilliant
is when you know which half to believe."
"A hard problem is one that nobody works on," James L. Massey
"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
"Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's
whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is
the process of setting man free from men," Ayn Rand, 1943
"Television is called a medium because it is neither rare nor
well done," Ernie Kovacs
"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit,"
W. Somerset Maugham
"While differing widely in the various little bits we know, in
our infinite ignorance we are all equal," Karl Popper
"Oh, that would be a great idea!" Mahatma Gandhi (when asked what he thought of Western civilization)
"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage," Mark Russell