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Never judge a book by its movie.
- J. W. Eagan

Rob: I need another [CMU Ate My Brain] shirt. 
Faye: Why? 
Rob: Well, mine’s blue. 
Faye: What? 
Rob: Well, I got these new blue shirts, and I forgot to sort my darks and lights when I did the wash, so now my t-shirt is blue. My underwear, too. 
Faye: Well...who cares if your underwear is blue? 
Rob: I do! I might actually have a date some time this year!
- Rob Earhart and Faye Levine

Ok, so just what is a bessel function?
- Rob Earhart, as Intermediate Optics goes flying over his head

And the best part of C++ is, when you change the guts of a class in a header file, everything needs to be recompiled, even things that don’t care about the guts of the class! Oh, wait.
- Rob Earhart

Coming up with a Cool Name is the hardest part of writing a new program.
- Rob Earhart

I have strong feelings about gun control. If there’s a gun around, I want to be controlling it.
- Clint Eastwood in "Pink Cadillac"

I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
- Clint Eastwood

People who meet me are always surprised that I’m congenial. I guess they expect me to pull out a .44. Well, I can’t. I don’t even own a gun.
- Clint Eastwood

There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.
- Clint Eastwood

Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don’t worship it. Feed it.
- Aubrey Eben

It is better to be a live dog than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die - the dead know nothing.
- Ecclessiastes

Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, except insofar as it doesn’t.
- Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944)

In Einstein’s theory of relativity the observer is a man who sets out in quest of truth armed with a measuring-rod. In quantum theory he sets out with a sieve.
- Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944)

We often think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two, because ’two’ is ’one and one.’ We forget that we have still to make of a study of ’and.’
- Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944)

The scientist is at the moving edge of what’s happening.
- Dr. Gerald M. Edelman

Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
- Murray Edelman, _Politics as Symbolic Action_, p. 1

That’s the nature of research--you don’t know what in hell you’re doing.
- ’Doc’ Edgerton

You think it is a want of judgment that he changes his opinion. Do you think it a proof that your scales are bad because they vibrate with every additional weight that is added to either side?
- Edgeworth

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.
- Arnold Edinborough

The radio craze ... will die out in time
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), 1922

....I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I’ll show you a failure.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine.
- Irwin Edman (1896-1954)

About the only people who don’t quarrel over religion are the people who don’t have any.
- Bob Edwards

A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.
- Bob Edwards

Now I know what a statesman is; he’s a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
- Bob Edwards

One trouble with being efficient is that it makes everybody hate you so.
- Bob Edwards

Somehow the people who do as they please seem to get along just about as well as those who are always trying to please others.
- Bob Edwards

I *really* hate average people. All of their interests come from their insecurities...
- Corey Edwards

My heart is heavy at the rememberance of all the miles that lie between us; and I can scarcely believe that you are so distant from me. We are parted; and every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
- Edwards

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts: The sight of the deep-blue sky, and the clustering stars above, seems to impart a quiet to the mind.
- Edwards

The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.
- Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards

Hell is truth seen too late - duty neglected in its season.
- Tryon Edwards (1809-1894), "A Dictionary of Thoughts", 1891, p. 225

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.
- Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.
- Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.
- Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

Facts are God’s arguments, we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.
- Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

Even when uttered by Democrats, "middle class" often sounds like a mealymouthed way of saying, "Us, and not them," where them includes poor people, snake handlers and those with pierced tongues.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

Let him turn and twist slowly in the wind.
- John Ehrlichman

Things will get worse before they get better. Who said things would get better?
- John Ehrman

Who said things would get better.
- John Ehrman

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered by considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), 1921

We scientists, whose tragic destiny it has been to make the methods of annihilation ever more gruesome and more effective, must consider it our solemn and transcendent duty to do all in our power in preventing these weapons from being used for the brutal purpose for which they were invented.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, September 1948

Theories should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955) (paraphrase)

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear and punshiment and hope of reward after death.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

But the creative principle resides in mathematis. In a certain sense, therefore, I hold it true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Common sense is that collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

God does not play dice with the universe.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

God may be subtle, but He isn’t plain mean.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Great men talk about ideas. Mediocre men talk about things. Small men talk about people.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Heisenberg was wrong, I know exactly where I am and where I’m going.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

If A equals success, then the formula is A = X + Y + Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

If one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry. This little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to rack and ruin without fail.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else - unless it is an enemy.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted counts.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Politics is for the moment. An equation is for eternity.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes, and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind union of the two will preserve an independent reality.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking. The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The right to search for the truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be the truth.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings, admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Who can imagine Moses, Jesus, or Ghandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Why socks? They only make holes!
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), "What I Believe", 1930

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.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), when asked to describe radio

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.
- Larry Eisenberg

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969), April 16, 1953

Do not needlessly endanger your lives until ordered to do so.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

The rights we have today we may consider natural rights, but they were won by blood, sweat, sacrifice, and death.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation more than its wealth.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
- Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him.
- Paul Eldridge

Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning. Even Science, the strict measurer, is obliged to start with a make-believe unit, and must fix on a point in the stars’ unceasing journey when his sidereal clock shall pretend that time is Nought. His less accurate grandmother Poetry has always been understood to start in the middle; but on reflection it appears that her proceeding is not very different from his; since Science, too, reckons backward as well as forward, divides his unit into billions, and with his clock-finger at Nought really sets off _in medias res_. No retrospect will take us to the true beginning; and whether our prologue be in heaven or on earth, it is but a fraction of that all-presupposing fact with which our story sets out.
- George Eliot (1819-1880), "Daniel Deronda"

A dull mind, once arriving at an inference that flatters a desire, is rarely able to retain the impression that the notion from which the inference started was purely problematic.
- George Eliot (1819-1880)

Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing. That’s my way; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
- George Eliot (1819-1880)

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot (1819-1880)

No man can be wise on an empty stomach.
- George Eliot (1819-1880)

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
- George Eliot (1819-1880)

We are all apt to believe what the world believes about us.
- George Eliot (1819-1880)

Rule Number 1 is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule Number 2 is, it’s all small stuff.
- Robert Eliot

Do I dare disturb the universe?
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Henry James had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it.
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Philosophy- the purple bullfinch in the lilac tree.
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Why do men go to war? Because women are watching.
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

They pass best over the world who trip over it quickly; for it is but a bog- if we stop we sink.
- Queen Elizabeth

We call them Twinkies. You’ve seen them on television acting the news, modeling and fracturing the news while you wonder whether they’ve read the news or if they’ve blow-dried their brains, too.
- Linda Ellerbee

Vacillating people seldom succeed. They seldom win the solid respect of their fellow men. Successful men and women are very careful in reaching decisions and very persistent and determined in action thereafter.
- L. G. Elliott

Fourth Law of Thermodymanics: If the probability of success is not almost one, then it is damn near zero.
- David Ellis

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
- Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago, had they happened to be within reach of predatory human hands.
- Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
- Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

But the Machine God... Ah, He is a special God. He loves his gears and his pumps, his springs and his transistors, his printed circuits and his boilers. He is not a jealous God, like some, but he is an attentive God. He tends to business, and keeps his world of machines functioning. But every now and then, every once in a while, every few centuries in a mind that is Machine and not Man, the Machine God finds one He can care about more than the others.
- Harlan Ellison, "Ernest and the Machine God"

K is for Kenghis Khan. _He_ was a very _nice_ person. History has no record of him. There is a moral in that, somewhere.
- Harlan Ellison, "From A to Z in the Chocolate Alphabet"

I don’t mind you *thinking* I’m stupid, but don’t *talk* to me like I’m stupid.
- Harlan Ellison

Love ain’t nothing but sex misspelled.
- Harlan Ellison

My philosophy of life is that the meek shall inherit nothing but debasement, frustration, and ignoble deaths. . .
- Harlan Ellison

People who can’t get laid watch _Star Trek_ and eat Twinkies!
- Harlan Ellison

The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
- Harlan Ellison

Time is like a river, flowing endlessly through the universe. And if you poled your flatboat in that river, you might fight your way against the current and travel upstream into the past. Or go with the flow and rush into the future. This was in a less cynical time before toxic waste dumping and pollution filled the waterway of Chronus with the detritus of empty hours, wasted minutes, years of repetition and time that has been killed.
- Harlan Ellison

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Experience"

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Fortune of the Republic", 1878

His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) on Abraham Lincoln

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

A hero is no braver than anyone else; he is only brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Always do what you are afraid to do.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Give me health and a day, and I will make ridiculous the pomp of emperors.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

He is the encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn; and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho’ he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should be a place of delightful labor, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

I wish to say what I think and feel today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict it all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Make yourself necessary to somebody.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Money often costs too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

No one ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Stay at home in your mind. Don’t recite other people’s opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Tennyson is a beautiful half of a poet.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The less government we have the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The people are to be taken in very small doses.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

There is no knowledge that is not power.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The religion that is afraid of science dishoners God and commits suicide.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The secret of education is respecting the pupil.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Thought is the seed of action.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

To be great, is to be misunderstood.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for youin your private heart is true for all men- that is genius.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of tranquility that religion is powerless to bestow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), quoting a friend

We become what we think about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Self Reliance"

Don’t SAY things. What you ARE stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Social Aims

If while you are in school, there is a shortage of qualified personnel in a particular field, then by the time you graduate with the necessary qualifications, that field’s employment market is glutted.
- Marguerite Emmons

There is a difference between art and life and that difference is readability.
- Marian Engel

Mass times momentum? What the *hell* is that?
- Dr. Engler to Dale Newfield

Vodka is the best way to cook potatoes. You get all the flavor of the potato and don’t even have to put in your false teeth.
- Albert Engstrom

Quem metuunt, oderunt. (They hate whom they fear.)
- Ennius (239-169 BC)

Government action and inaction both gravely impair business confidence.
- Mark Epernay

Reassurance of business by a President has an unfavorable effect on confidence.
- Mark Epernay

That politics has a bearing on business confidence is unproven.
- Mark Epernay

The confidence of the business executive in a President is inversely related to the state of business.
- Mark Epernay

Unkind words do not enhance business confidence.
- Mark Epernay

Women are being considered as candidates for Vice President of the United States because it is the worst job in America. It’s amazing that men will take it. A job with real power is First Lady. I’d be willing to run for that. As far as the men who are running for President are concerned, they aren’t even people I would date.
- Nora Ephron, from her San Francisco lecture, November 4, 1983

The major concrete achievement of the women’s movement of the 1970’s was the Dutch treat.
- Nora Ephron

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
- Epictetus

Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you, for their censures are not in your power, and consequently should not be any part of your concern.
- Epictetus

Common and vulgar people ascribe all ill that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wisdom, to no one.
- Epictetus

Everything has two handles; the one soft and manageable, the other such as will not endure to be touched. If then your brother do you an injury, do not take it by the hot hard handle, by representing to yourself all the aggravating circumstances of the fact; but look rather on the soft side, and extenuate it as much as is possible, by considering the nearness of the relation, and the long friendship and familiarity between you- obligations to kindness which a single provocation ought not to dissolve. And thus you will take the accident by the manageable handle.
- Epictetus

Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature.
- Epictetus

Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion, and the discovery of a standard of judgment.
- Epictetus

Nothing is enough for the man for whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

Dulce bellum inexpertis. (War is sweet to those who do not fight.)
- Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1465-1536)

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
- Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1465-1536)

Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short lived, and apt to have ague fits.
- Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1465-1536)

Scitum est inter caecos luscum regnare posse. (It is well known, that among the blind the one-eyed man is king.)
- Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1465-1536)

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.
- Paul Erlich

America is the only country left where we teach languages so that no pupil can speak them.
- John Erskine

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
- John Erskine

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- Susan Ertz

Someone has somewhere commented on the fact that millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- Susan Ertz

After wisdom comes wit.
- Evan Esar

A signature always reveals a man’s character--and sometimes even his name.
- Evan Esar

Whether he is his brother’s keeper or his keeper’s brother.
- Evan Esar

Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings.
- Evan Esar

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
- M. C. Escher

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
- M.C. Escher

I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.
- M. C. Escher

The other line moves faster. This applies to all lines- bank, supermarket, tollbooth, customs, and so on. And don’t try to change lines. The Other Line- the one you were in originally- will then move faster.
- Barbara Ettorre

Do we, holding that the gods exist, deceive ourselves with insubstantial dreams and lies, while random careless chance and change alone control the world?
- Euripedes, "Hecuba"

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.
- Euripedes

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
- Euripides

Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom.
- Bergen Evans

Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning, and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.
- Bergen Evans

When a woman behaves like a man, why can’t she behave like a nice man?
- Dame Edith Evans

Boy, when you go to vote, make sure not to flip your coin up so high that the other people see it, and make sure you catch it and don’t have to go crawling around on the floor looking for it while hundreds of waiting voters snicker or you’ll be really embarassed.
- Elliott "Eeyore" Evans

Here’s a hint. When you think your code to exec a shell function is just not working, never, repeat NEVER send it "/etc/reboot" just to see what happens.
- Elliott "Eeyore" Evans

Hey! This is *my* cluster. *I* get to beat the users.
- Ethan Evans, former Head Andrew Consultant

After long thought, I and several of my friends came to the conclusion that this was designed to prevent cheating. I won’t comment on that: The idea that a CMU student could not cheat if they wanted to is more insulting than the implication that they would.
- Ethan Evans on academic.cs.15-211.announce.

I don’t mind being called ’fat’ by someone I *know* I can break in half.
- Ethbo

Nothing worth a damn is ever done as a matter of principle. If it is worth doing, it is done because it is worth doing. If it is not, it’s done as a matter of principle.
- James T. Evans

When our friends get into power, they aren’t our friends anymore.
- M. Stanton Evans

The longer ahead you plan a special event, and the more special it is, the more likely it is to go wrong.
- David and Jane Evelyn

A bureaucrat’s castle is his desk ... and parking place. Proceed cautiously when changing either.
- Douglas Evelyn

Always distrust offices not under your jurisdiction which say that they are there to serve you. "Support" offices in a bureaucracy tend to grow in size and make demands on you out of proportion to their service and in the end require more effort on your part than their service is worth.
- Douglas Evelyn

Incompetents often hire able assistants.
- Douglas Evelyn

Never say without qualification that your activity has sufficient space, money, staff, etc.
- Douglas Evelyn

On the theory that one should never take anything for granted, follow up on everything, but especially those items varying from the norm. The greater the divergence from normal routine and/or the greater the number of offices potentially involved, the better the chance a never-to-be-discovered person will file the problem away in a drawer specifically designed for items requiring a decision.
- Douglas Evelyn

Support organizations can always prove success by showing service to someone- not necessarily you.
- Douglas Evelyn

Confusion (entropy) is always increasing in society. Only if someone or something works extremely hard can this confusion be reduced to order in a limited region. Nevertheless, this effort will still result in an increase in the total confusion of society at large.
- Dr. W. L. Everett

Nathaniel should never have written the message server code.
- Craig Everhart, about NSB

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
- Eykis



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