Friday, June 1, 2007

I Love The Quotations Page

There's a lot of wisdom at The Quotations Page.

You can pick almost any page, at random, and find a doozy.

One good place to start is with Einstein.

I found this there:

"Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity."

And this:

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

But these two, taken together, are my favorites:

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."


"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

Whaddya think?


Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

good quotes.. I found one.. I think I will link the site over at my blog.. thanks..

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein

Rachel said...

These are great. Now I know where to go next time I need to find a good quote.

laughing said...

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" ---Isaac Asimov

I found that on a site after I Googled Murphy's Law.

Churlita said...

Loved the quotes. That Einstein really was a genius.

mielikki said...

"Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word."-Shakespeare.
This has always been one of my favorites. Great site.

Moonbeam said...

Enjoyed your doozies.

laura b. said...

Good site. I like Einstein's quotes...and check out Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a hip chick.

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
---Eleanor Roosevelt

David in DC said...

babybull: glad to show it to you. I agree, it's a great site.

Rachel: ditto.

laughing: I've heard that Asimov quote before. I think it's in a short story, but I can't put my finger on which one.

Wanna read a Heinlien book I'll bet you never read? Try "Grumbles from the Grave." He always threatened to publish all his unpublished, angry correspondence with that title after he died. Virginia Heinlein did just that. It's hilarious.

She also published the proper ending to "Podkayne of Mars" in the book. His editor insisted on a happier ending and, at that time in his career, he didn't have the clout to over-rule her.

The widow Heinlien's work since then has been less noble. She's authorized editions of a couple of his most important works (including the exquisite-just-as- it-was "Stranger in a Strange Land") with thousands of previously edited passages reinserted. She should have stopped with Poddy.

All she's proved with her literary grave-robbing is that even Heinlien generally benefitted from a good editor. Poddy turns out to be the exception that proves the rule.

And don't get me started on the things Janet Asimov has permitted since Isaac Asimov's death. The alleged Second Foundation Trilogy, written by three writers who should have known better (Benford, Baer and Brin) is damn near unreadable.

Churl: He sure was. About mankind as much as about physics.

Mielikki: Playtah once listed a huge number of spectacular Shakespeare insults here. Your quote is just as good.

BTW, since this started with Einstein, didja ever see his statue when you were here?

moonbeam: And I enjoy yours.

l.b. Smart lady that Eleanor.

sybil law said...

I am reading "Einstein " right now. How funny to come across your page! Another Einstein: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

David in DC said...

sybil: A fortunate coincidence. Another good Einstein quote.

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