Quotable #72: We Can’t Know Everything

“A person who thinks that he knows everything is not well informed.” — Chinese Proverb “As the island of knowledge grows, the surface that makes contact with mystery expands. When major theories are overturned, what we thought was certain knowledge gives way, and knowledge touches upon mystery differently. This newly uncovered mystery may be humbling […]

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Quotable #71: Sleight of Hand

As lookers-on feel most delight, That least perceive the Juggler’s Slight, And still the less they understand, The more th’ admire his Slight of Hand. — Samuel Butler, Hudibras, 1684

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Pun of the Weak: A Few Pebbles of Wisdom

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.” — George Carlin, Doin’ It Again, 1990 “There are four dimensions to most things we buy these days: length, width, height, and debt.” — Anon., The Fifth Wheel, Vol. 33, January 1977 “There’s nothing wrong with being shallow as long […]

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Quotable #70: Indifference

“Indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars.” […]

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Quotable #69: Luggage

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” — Erma Bombeck “I went to the airport. I had three pieces of luggage. I said that I want this piece to go to Cleveland, this piece to Toronto and this piece to Florida. The airline agent said, ‘We […]

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Gleanings from the Past #68

Spectrum Newton was probably responsible for the concept that there are seven primary colours in the spectrum—he had a strong interest in musical harmonies and, since there are seven distinct notes in the musical scale, he divided up the spectrum into spectral bands with widths corresponding to the ratios of the small whole numbers found […]

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Quotable #68: Computers

“The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.” — Ted Nelson. “Any fool can use a computer. Many do.” — Ibid. “They say that computers can’t think, but I have one that does. It thinks […]

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Quotable #67: Book Borrowers

“He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.” — Arab Proverb “I can lend you my money not my books.” — Amit Kalantri “Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks […]

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Quotable #66: Secrets

Image: The New Daily “[…] When two know it, how can it be a secret? And indeed with what justice can you expect secresy in me, that cannot be private to yourself?” — John, Marston, Parasitaster: Or, The Fawn, Act 3, Scene 1, 1604, quoted in Charles Wentworth Dilke, Old English Plays: Being a Selection […]

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Quotable #65: Ideas

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.” — George Orwell

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