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  • #1
    Albert Camus
    “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.”
    Albert Camus, Neither Victims Nor Executioners

  • #2
    John von Neumann
    “If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.”
    John von Neumann

  • #3
    Blaise Pascal
    “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter."

    (Letter 16, 1657)”
    Blaise Pascal, The Provincial Letters

  • #4
    Saul Bellow
    “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
    Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back

  • #5
    Isaac Asimov
    “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #6
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #7
    Terry Pratchett
    “I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”
    Terry Pratchett

  • #8
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions--as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #9
    Cormac McCarthy
    “I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.”
    Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

  • #10
    Andrew  Jackson
    “It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.”
    Andrew Jackson

  • #11
    Kevin Smith
    “Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.”
    Kevin Smith

  • #12
    Shannon L. Alder
    “The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn't know about yourself.”
    Shannon L. Alder

  • #13
    G.K. Chesterton
    “I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.”
    G.K. Chesterton

  • #14
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #15
    Paul Erdős
    “[When asked why are numbers beautiful?]

    It’s like asking why is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is.”
    Paul Erdos

  • #16
    Paul Erdős
    “In a way, mathematics is the only infinite human activity. It is conceivable that humanity could eventually learn everything in physics or biology. But humanity certainly won't ever be able to find out everything in mathematics, because the subject is infinite. Numbers themselves are infinite. That's why mathematics is really my only interest.”
    Paul Erdős

  • #17
    Paul Erdős
    “It is not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You should also have an open mind at the right time.”
    Paul Erdős

  • #18
    Bertrand Russell
    “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #19
    Bertrand Russell
    “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #20
    Bertrand Russell
    “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
    Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

  • #21
    Bertrand Russell
    “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
    Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

  • #22
    Bertrand Russell
    “No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”
    Bertrand Russell, On Education

  • #23
    Bertrand Russell
    “It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #24
    Bertrand Russell
    “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”
    Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals

  • #25
    Bertrand Russell
    “[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.”
    Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays

  • #26
    Bertrand Russell
    “I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #27
    Winston S. Churchill
    “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

    [On British Labour politician Stafford Cripps.]
    Winston S. Churchill, Wealth, War, and Wisdom

  • #28
    Napoléon Bonaparte
    “Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.”
    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • #29
    Tallulah Bankhead
    “Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.”
    Tallulah Bankhead

  • #30
    Oscar Wilde
    “He hadn’t a single redeeming vice.”
    Oscar Wilde
    tags: vice



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