- “The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.”
― Bertrand Russell
- “A 99th percentile performance artist will struggle to make a living wage whereas a 25th percentile engineer will do just fine.”
– E.P. Fox (2018)
- Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
– Ambrose Bierce
- People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
– Thomas Sowell
- If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
– George Orwell
- “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
― attributed to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
– George Orwell
- There are about ten thousand trillion ants on the planet at this moment. The secret of their world-wide success is their highly social existence: “It would appear that socialism really works under some circumstances. Karl Marx just had the wrong species.”
– Edward O. Wilson (1929 – )
- Better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
-attributed to many
- If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.
- I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
– Martin Luther King Jr., 1963
- ”Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything”
– J.K. Galbraith
- Populism: Supporting the concerns of ordinary people. When people vote the way we want them to, it’s Democracy. When they don’t, it’s Populism.
– Johnathan Pie (Tom Walker, British actor and comedian).
- If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
– Simon Kuper
- Men test ideas; women test men.
- Whatever doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had been more effective.
– Mark Schulte
- The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
– George Orwell
- The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
– John Maynard Keynes
- Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate.
- Morality is about what’s good and what isn’t.
– Prof. Jordan Peterson
- Goodhart’s law, named after British economist Charles Goodhart (b. 1937): “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”
- “In the beginning of the dynasty, great tax revenues were gained from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, small tax revenues were were gained from large assessments”
– Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) Tunisian-born thinker
- Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
– Edmund Burke
- Criticism in the universities, I’ll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It’s Stalinism without Stalin.
– Harold Bloom
- Do not ask whether a statement is true until you know what it means.
– Errett Bishop (1928 – 1983)
- “Statisitcs is a science, not a branch of mathematics, but uses mathematical models as essential tools”
– John Tukey (1915 – 2000) He developed the Fast Forier Transform and other essential algorithms. Tukey introduced the word “bit” as a contraction of “binary digit”.