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In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
live as if your were to die tomorrow. learn as if you were to live forever.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well.
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become Golems, they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
When science discovers the center of the universe a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
Love is the delusion that one man or woman differs from another.
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
It is impossible to underrate human intelligence -- beginning with one's own.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.
We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.
If you don't program yourself, life will program you!
One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
Take your work seriously, but never yourself.
If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
The greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong.
Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
When I hear somebody sigh that Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history -- with the possible exceptions of hand guns and tequila.
As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error.
The real world is not user-friendly

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