Themes 7

  • “Science is about what is true.”
    – Sean Carroll, CalTech cosmologist
  • “But, no, it’s not. Science is about describing what we observe. Science is about what is useful. Mathematics is about what is true.”
    – Sabine Hossenfelder, Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
  • “Statisticians, like artists, have a bad habit of falling in love with their models.”
    – George Edward Pelham Box
  • “I have kleptomania. But when it gets bad, I take something for it.”
    – Ken Dodd (8 November 1927-)
  • ‘Trying is the first step towards failure.”
    -Homer Simpson (age 39)
  • “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”
    – Mark Twain
  • “To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”
    – Homer Simpson
  • “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
    – Henry David Thoreau
  • “One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity there ain’t nothing can beat teamwork.”
    – Mark Twain
  • Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often
    – Mae West
  • Probability calculations become irrelevant after the event.
  • “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.”
    – President Abraham Lincoln, on one of his political opponents.
  • Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and the government when it deserves it.”
    – Mark Twain
  • “Statesmen should remember that they have been elected to persuade and lead, not just accept as fixed the prejudices of the public.”
    – Stanley Hoffmann (1928 – 2017)
  • “Love is not about who you can see spending your future with, it’s about who you can’t see spending your life without.”
    – Athena Orchard, age 12, died May 28, 2014
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
    – Mark Twain
  • “Kids, your tried your best and you failed miserably.  The lesson is Never try.”
    – Homer Simpson
  • “To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
    – Mark Twain
  • “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
    – Henry David Thoreau
  • “By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.”
    – Paul Krugman, economist, 1998.
  • “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.”
    – Friedrich Nietzsche