Quotes

I'm glad you asked

I'm glad you asked, son. Being popular is the most important thing in the world.

Right to consume happiness

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

Be ashamed to die

Be ashamed to die till you have won some victory for humanity.

except that which makes life worthwhile

Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets.

in an address at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968

Science becomes dangerous

Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.

If science always insists

If science always insists that a new order must be immediately fruitful, or that it has some new predictive power, then creativity will be blocked. New thoughts generally arise with a play of the mind, and the failure to appreciate this is actually one of the major blocks to creativity. Thought is generally considered to be a sober and weighty business. But here it is being suggested that creative play is an essential element in forming new hypotheses and ideas. Indeed, thought which tries to avoid play is in fact playing false with itself.

Science, Order, and Creativity

As simple as possible

Everything should be made as simple as possible -- but no simpler!

If only I had known

If only I had known, I would have been a locksmith.

The laws of mathematics

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.

Commit no mistakes

It is possible to commit no mistakes, and still lose. That is not weakness, that is life.

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