- The effort the writer does not put into writing, the reader has to put
- Stephen Toulmin
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and
- H.L. Mencken
A theory should not attempt to explain all the facts, because some of
the facts are wrong.
- Francis Crick
Science is not about certainty. Science is about finding the most
reliable way of thinking, at the present level of knowledge.
- Carlo Rovelli
The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
- Gloria Steinem
The covers of this book are too far apart.
- Ambrose Bierce
The basic activity of science is confronting ignorance, and often
producing more of it.
- Stuart Firestein
The object of mathematics is not certainty. It is explanation.
- David Deutsch
Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is
supposed to be doing at the moment.
- Robert Benchley
Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation
- Robert Hughes
Mathematics is the only subject where, once you have proved something,
it is true for ever.
- Marcus du Sautoy
Enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do you think of me?
- Bette Midler
Opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good
- Bertrand Russell
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvellously.
- Henry Kissinger
A man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge
"Leadership is the ability to engender a following without a means to
- C. Annis
An ounce of algebra is worth of a ton of verbal argument.
- J.B.S. Haldane
All my life, I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should
have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin
An ethicist is someone who sees something wrong with whatever you have
- Marvin Minsky
There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the
- Dick Cavett
If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them
out of meat?
- John Cleese
Love isn't love 'til you've given it away.
- Oscar Hammerstein
To explode a myth is not to deny the facts, but to re-allocate them.
- Gilbert Ryle
Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones
- Brian Eno
"Taleb Distribution:" Many small gains punctuated by occasional huge
- John Kay, 16 January, 2003 Financial Times
Humans have always found it hard to cope with the idea that every
individual has a lifespan even as life itself goes on. The idea of a
natural live cycle of a business or industrial centre, is even more
difficult to accept.
- John Kay, 21 August 2013 Financial Times
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most
important of all the lessons of history.
- Aldous Huxley
Unless you are writing one, a self-help book is an oxymoron.
- Mohsin Hamid
If any past civilization had succeeded in protecting its values, we’d be
stuck with values that we would find horrible.
- Robin Hanson
Inevitabilities in history never work out. It’s always something else.
- Orhan Pamuk
The present enables us to understand the past, not the other way round.
- A.J.P. Taylor
Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an impostor.
- Emil Cioran
At the heart of market thinking is the idea that if two consenting
adults have a deal, there is no need for others to figure out whether
they valued that exchange properly.
- Michael Sandel
Most of what they call humility is successfully disguised arrogance.
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Don't be so humble - you are not that great.
- Golda Meir (1898-1978) to
a visiting diplomat