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I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.
Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
When the impossibility has been eliminated, whatever remains, no matter how improbable... is possible.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.
I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
Write that down, the King said to the jury, and the jury eagerly wrote down all three dates on their slates, and then added them up, and reduced the answer to shillings and pence.
I think I could, if I only knew how to begin. For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.
Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.
I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache.
After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth.
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.
Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.
What reinforcement we may gain from hope; If not, what resolution from despair.
To me -- old age is always ten years older than I am.
Public instruction should be the first object of government.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
There are only two forces that unite men -- fear and interest.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.
Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.
Our prejudices are our mistresses; reason is at best our wife, very often heard indeed, but seldom minded.
For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.
Scientific research consists in seeing what everyone else has seen, but thinking what no one else has thought.
What is research, but a blind date with knowledge.
Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much.
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
Clenched Soul

We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.

I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.
Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.

I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?

The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.

Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.
Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
The original is unfaithful to the translation.
Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
A shocking occurrence ceases to be shocking when it occurs daily.
Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.
Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go.
The whole world is about three drinks behind.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Formal symbolic representation of qualitative entities is doomed to its rightful place of minor significance in a world where flowers and beautiful women abound.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought.
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.
Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule...
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
After reading all that has been written, and after thinking all that can be thought, on the topics of God and the soul, the man who has a right to say that he thinks at all, will find himself face to face with the conclusion that, on these topics, the most profound thought is that which can be the least easily distinguished from the most superficial sentiment.
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.
Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.
If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question.

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