Category Archives: Quotations

Quotable #10: Real Advances

“The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination … Continue reading

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Ouch!

“The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it today. ‘Knife’ and ‘pain’ are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient. To this compulsory … Continue reading

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Quotable #9: The Future

“Prognostications are a notable proof of the wild curiosity of our nature, grasping at and anticipating future things, as if we had not enough to do to digest the present.” – Anon.

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He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best

Many of us are familiar with the proverb “He who laughs last, laughs best.” (which is probably from the  Italian proverb “Ride bene chi ride l’ultimo”). The following are some more thoughts about last laughs. “He who laughs last has … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #3

Alter Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else. We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by these involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying our natures. – Gerald Brenan, Thoughts in a … Continue reading

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Quotable #8: Hardship

“Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.” – William D’Avenant

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Quotable #7: Excuses

“If all the crutches in the world were laid end to end, there still wouldn’t be enough for the lame excuses.” – W. T. Rutherford

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