# Quotes

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett Worstward Ho (1983)

“Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto” “I am human, and I think nothing of which is human is alien to me.” from play Heauton Timorumenos - Publius Terentius Afer (/təˈrɛnʃiəs, -ʃəs/; c. 195/185 – c. 159? BC), better known in English as Terence

“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to break” warren buffett quoting someone else…

“These things that have been hidden from you will be brought into the light” Mathemitician Cantor quoting Corrnintians - bible

“The media is a businesses which sells audiences to advertisers” - Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky

'He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.' Nietzsche (references in Frankl's “Man's search for meaning”)

“I've got an embarrassment of cancer, the full English. There is barely a morsel of offal not included. I have a trucker's gut-buster, gimpy, malevolent, meaty malignancy.” A.A. Gill - English restaurant critic announcing his illness to the press

“Wer aufhört besser zu werden, hat aufgehört gut zu sein” - Philip Rosenthal Indestrielller und Politiker 1916 - 2001

“If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” — Cardinal Richelieu in 1641

“That woman should be lashed till she drops.” -Ignatius J. Reilly : confederacy of dunces- Toole

“Real programmers don't document. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.”

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is the inability to understand the exponential function” - Stephan Batlett Univ Colorado - meaning constant growth is not possible - includes economic reality…..

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” - Oscar Wilde

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.” - Mark Twain (1835-1910).

Diplomacy: The art of agreeing with somebody, while contradicting them completely.

Math is to physics, what masturbation is to sex - Richard Feynmann

The process not the goal is what is important Der Weg ist das Ziel

Everybody is responsible for their own happiness d.

“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: It seemed a good idea at the time.”' - Dame Rebecca West, Irish-born author and journalist (1892-1983).

“In this house we obey the laws of Thermodynamics” -Simpson, Homer J. 20th century icon.

I read somewhere that 77 percent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 percent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.“ –Jerry Garcia

<X.corp>is taking immediate actions to align the business with this new market reality..(Nortel Networks lays off 10,000)

Coffee, mescaline, strychnine, - all alkaloids.

“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away” Henry Thoreau - Walden

“The government is best that governs least” Henry thoreau - Essay on civil disobedience

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. - Henry D. Thoreau, Walden

starting off with a “God said this - ” line K. White

“Calling something nonlinear is as vague as saying that most of the animals in the zoo are non-elephants” mathematician Stanislaw Ulam

“You can fit an elephant with five parameters” Enrico Fermi with six I can make it shake it's tail

Cowards die many times before their deaths -W. Shakespeare

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Mind is like a glass of muddy water - just leave it for a while to let it settle and it will become clear. Mind is like the sky, limitless and boundless, with the clouds as thoughts that are just passing by.

“I feel the bad craziness coming on” - Hunter S. Thompson

“The things you own end up owning you” - fight club.

“Computers get everything done faster - it just takes longer..” T. B.

“Computers have now added one more thing that allow you to make mistakes faster than ever before - after Tequila and handguns” - L. L

“Revenge is a dish best served cold”

“God never closes a door without opening a window”

“You cannot change the things that happen to you, only your reactions to them…” Buddhist teaching

“I'm paranoid of people and it starting to show” Offspring

“He didn't believe in the essential decency of the white man's culture” Hunter S. Thompson

“He who lives by the sword must be prepared to die by the sword”

“Arriving half drunk in a foreign place can be hard on the nerves” Hunter S. Thompson

“and you had no idea of the demon fear, and what a lonely heart feels..” David Gray

He talked about luck and fate and numbers coming up yet he never ventured a nickel in the casinos because he knew the house had all the percentages. And beneath his pessimism, his bleak conviction that all the machinery was against him, at the bottom of his soul was a faith that he was going to outwit it, that by carefully watching the signs, he was going to know when to dodge and be spared. It was fatalism with a loophole, and all you had to do to make it work was never miss a sign. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside” Hunter S. Thompson (rum diaries)

“People have a need for structured time” Eric Berne - Games people play

“Shit or get off the potty”

“You can't make an omellete without breaking a few eggs”

If I was your wife I would poison your drink If you were my wife, I'd drink it.

you're drunk! well you're ugly - tomorrow, I'll be sober, but you'll still be ugly Churchill

very smart - how is that working out for you..? Tyler Durden - Fightclub

“When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.” -Abraham Maslow

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. ” -Albert Einstein

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Winston Churchill

psychosis

     n : any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is
lost or highly distorted 

dementia

     n : mental deterioration of organic or functional origin [syn: dementedness]

insanity

     n : relatively permanent disorder of the mind [ant: sanity]

mania

     n 1: an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
[syn: passion, cacoethes]
2: a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim
tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently [syn:
manic disorder]

depression

     n 1: a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of
inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity [ant: elation]
4: sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
7: a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require
clinical intervention [syn: depressive disorder, clinical
depression]

anhedonia

     n : an inability to experience pleasure

hedonist

     n : someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures [syn: pleasure
seeker]

If I do what the voices in my head tell me, they promise to fill my brain with colors and the happy music …

Nihil sub sole novum Any action in the fullness of time sinks to nothingness

I do not know myself, I know my appetites.

A camel is a horse designed by a committee

Deanta in Eireann

and another thing… (people arguing) m

“A man who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man” Dr. HST

The days of wine and roses - film

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is harder than to understand him - Dostoevsky

I have never been on my way anywhere, but simply on my way - Samuel Becket

B'fheidir

feed me weird things - Apex twin

Just because you stick a feather up your ass does not make you a chicken. FightClub

He treats objects like women man… Big Lebowski (the dude…)

dyslexic I am. - Yoda speak…

quid pro qou equal exchange - something for something.

“The great appear great because we are on our knees: let us rise.” Jim Larkin

Compassion \Com*pas“sion\, n. [F., fr. L. compassio, fr. compati

   to have compassion; com- + pati to bear, suffer. See
{Patient}.]
Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow
excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity;
commiseration.

“you're strong enough to take a life, are you strong enough to take care of one…” - Tricky.

smug

    adj : marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction; "a
smug glow of self-congratulation" [syn: {self-satisfied}]

self-deprecating

     adj : conscious of your own shortcomings

walking contradiction partly truth and partly fiction…

“possibly maybe, probably not” - Bjork

Teddy bear with a pulse.

“What's the difference between me and you? About 5 bank accounts, 3 Ounces and 2 vehicles” Dr. Dre

reference points - structured thought : guide to sanity…

geezers need excitement, if their lives don't provide them this they incite violence. The Streets

we first met through a shared view, she loved me and I did too The Streets

badness 10000 latex error

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they want to fight you, then you win Gandhi

She doesn't need a lover, she needs a case worker…

pay the nerds, let them do what they want - never know they might even do something useful, else they will start thinking about other silly stuff like politics,revolution etc…

this is not nam, this is bowling, there are rules.. big lebowski

it is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of them by the sense of achievement you get from getting it to do anything at all.. hitchhikers guide - so long and thanks for all the fish p167

half finished anecdotes + half finished mathematical masturbation.

Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective

Don't let your mind wander - its too little to be let out alone…

KISS - Keep it simple, stupid RTFM - Read the F###ing manual

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a narrow field Neils Bohr

Rage Against the machine

tharlaion Rudai

To teach is to learn twice Joseph Joubert.

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them. Joseph Joubert.

Logic works, metaphysics contemplates. Joseph Joubert.

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously On Language - Chomsky

Trim He-he-heat in your skin pull up a chair and unwind dog we don't share the taxi left us behind silhouette of a psychic reader in the market and the straw wrapped around a bottle to take home barbeque chicken oil in a drum, double strong wrong here comes the horn you call for woman in a box with her head in her box speaks french when spoken like a tourist french hey classic coca-cola in a can when you wanna cool down heat, she move up the street in waves sugar, sugar, clear your mind leave it all behind get in the boat and float join in on a high spot and ride, ride put on some smile stay for a while Underworld lyrics”

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.- Oscar Wilde A Picture of Dorian Gray

May all your dreams come true - Old Chinese Curse

Applying a static statement to a dynamic situation, guarantees you will contradict yourself.

The first marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence, the second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

Mi casa es tu casa.

I'll listen to reason when it comes out on CD.

Veni Vedi Velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around… Veni Vedi Visa - I came, I saw, I purchased…

Go sell crazy somewhere else, we're all stocked up here…

audiophile : someone who listens to the equipment rather than the music.

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. Goethe

“I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion.” Darren Aronofsky

“Closer to Boston than Berlin” Mary Harney

Unstructured learning…

The big print giveth, the small taketh away…

You want a friend, buy a dog.

all the hairy men of thermodynamics…

WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION

I'm still Jenny from the block… Jennifer Lopez

I'm just a teenage dirtbag baby. Wheetus

super pinky mandy beth orthon.

I do not know what I appear to the world: but to myself I seem to have to been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay out before me. Issac Newton - shortly before death.

accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.

I do not like it, and I am sorry I ever had anything to do with it.

      Erwin Schrödinger, speaking of quantum mechanics 

Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum mechanics cannot possibly have understood it.

      Niels Bohr 

Albert Einstein : God does not play dice with the cosmos. Niels Bohr's response : Einstein, don't tell God what to do.

I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics.

      Richard Feynman 

It's always fun to learn something new about quantum mechanics.

      Benjamin Schumacher 

If that turns out to be true, I'll quit physics.

      Max von Laue, Nobel Laureate 1914, of de Broglie's thesis on electrons having wave properties. 

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. Bertrand Russell

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. John Von Neumann

All the sexual sophistication of a donkey. Tommy Tiernan

Incremental suicide

Don't ever commit yourself, let someone else commit you.

A specialist is someone who learn more and more about less and less, until he knows everything about nothing…

Being incomprehensible offers incomparable protections against having nothing to say Montaigne

Feed me weird things Aphex Twin

Look at her body language - all verbs Anything Else (Woody Allen)

You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. - Al Capone (1899-1947)

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. - H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

We have art to save ourselves from the truth. - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end - Igor Stavinsky

I have great faith in fools - self confidence my friends call it - Edgar Allen Poe

She said she worked for the ABC news, it was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use.. Elvis Costello - Brilliant Mistake

Don't take life too seriously; you won't get out of it alive.

management : 'the art of getting results through other people'. consultant : 'a person qualified to give professional advice or service'.

Buy land, they have stopped making it - Mark Twain.

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh - Voltaire

Okay. Let's not get too alarmist here. There are risks involved with setting foot outdoors. In my house, there can be risks involved with not going outdoors. Worrying about the security of your data should not keep you up at night–if it does, I highly recommend you stop reading right now, unplug your computer, run it over with your car, hack it up with an axe, and move to a teepee in Manitoba. I hear there's plenty of deer running around up there, and when our climate changes, there should be some good farming up there soon. - linux security documentation..

Do you mind if I smoke? I don't mind if you burst into flames!

Blessed are the cracked: For it is they who let in the light

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

physicists have strange attractions. (Mathematicians, contrariwise, have “strange attractors”.)

THE FRUITS OF WAR Victory breeds hatred, for the vanquished are stricken with suffering. On the contrary, the tranquil live in happiness, disregarding both victory and defeat : THE BUDDHA

“Paris is always Paris and Berlin is NEVER Berlin!” (Jack Lang, French former culture minister, talking about how fast Berlin is changing, 2001)

“It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.” - Dune

“We will not negotiate through fear, but we will never fear to negotiate.” JFK

“We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

  #1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility."

- sudo warning in Mandrake

Software is like sex, it is better when it is free - Linus Torvalds.

An alternative to throwing computers out of windows is to throw windows out of computers.

'Each man kills the thing he loves.' - Oscar Wilde

“You all laugh because I'm different. I laugh because you're all the same. ” – Confucius

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius

“In Science, there is only Physics; all the rest is stamp collecting.” – Ernest Rutherford - Nobel Laureate 1908

“A grad student in procrastination tends to stay in procrastination unless an external force is applied to it.”

“I am as honest as the day is long, the longer the daylight the less I do wrong” - Band Madness

“Champagne for my real friend, and real pain from my sham friends” - 25th hour

primus inter pares (first among equals)

The first laser, based on a ruby rod, was invented in 1960 by Theodore Maiman at Hughes Aircraft Company. His scientific paper describing the invention was rejected by the leading physics publication at the time (Physical Review Letters).

“XXX are not science because they cannot be tested by experiment, do not generate any predictions and propose no new hypotheses of their own” against Intelligent Design.

I define clarity as being people that bring clarity to unclear situations

The law of conservation of misery : if something helps you one way it hurts you another way…

“Suppose I write something saying that teleportation is possible by merely converting matter to energy, beaming the energy to a distant location and reconverting energy back to matter,” he said. “Does this mean that my statements compromise the patents of the first person to actually make such a system work? No patent attorney would argue such a thing.” -G. Goodfellow - no patent for wireless email (1982)

Security through obscurity

“Technology can do little for people who have nothing say to Eric Auchard, “Blog Publishers Stealing Web Limelight”

The internet has shown that a infinite number of monkeys typing for an infinite amount of time does not reproduce the works of Shakespeare…

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false and by rulers - as useful Seneca

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion, subjects are less afraid of illegal treatment from a ruler who they regard as God fearing and pious,on the other hand they do less easily move against him believing he has the gods on his side Aristotle

Why should I fear death. If I am then death is not, if death is then I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do Epicurus

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able - then he is not omnipotent is he able but not willing - then he is malevolent is he both able and willing - then whence cometh evil is he neither able nor willing - then why call him God? Epicurus

Civilization will not attain perfection until the last stone, form the last church, falls on the last priest - Emile Zola

The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. George Bernard Shaw.

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

ENRON VENTURE CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public buys your bull.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

A FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.

A GERMAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

A BRITISH CORPORATION You have two cows. Both are mad.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A SWISS CORPORATION You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.

A HINDU CORPORATION You have two cows. You worship them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported the numbers.

A WELSH CORPORATION You have two cows. That one on the left is kinda cute

Socialism You have two cows. The State takes one to give to a poorer neighbor.

Communism You have two cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.

Fascism You have two cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.

Nazism You have two cows. The State takes both and shoots you.

Bureaucratism You have two cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.

Genius? Nothing…Sticking to it is genius. I've failed my way to success.” – Thomas Edison

“Intuition pumps” Thought experiments on unfamiliar situations that lead you to a false

	     conclusion based on an intuition gained from a familiar situation.`

a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow…

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep - Shakespeare (Tempest)

All great truths begin as blasphemies - George Bernard Shaw.

I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. John Adams 2nd US president

Happiness is a warm gun - Beatles

I have benefited greatly from criticism, and at no time have I suffered a lack thereof - Churchil;

He got that ambition baby look in his eyes This week he moppin floorz next week it's the fries - Kayne West

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. There's no use in being a damn fool about it. –W.C. Fields

The walked the lanes together, the sky was covered in stars, They reached the gate in silence, for her he lifted the bars, she neither smiled nor thanked him, for she did not know how, for he was but a farmers boy, and she - a Jersey cow. MOB

Ask Why? Asshole Enron ;)

We have always found the Irish to be a bit odd. They refused to be English. –Winston Churchill

Thats what he is doing when he is not picking peanuts out of poo…

Das ist ein Brotloss Kunst.

A man must find what he want to do, then do it.

I saw two shooting stars last night I wished on them but they were only satellites Is it wrong to wish on space hardware I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care - Billy Bragg New England

Ultima Ratio Regum Last argument of kings - Louie on canons

Happy - maybe that is not the most interesting state of being.

Übung macht den Meister : Practice makes the master

Jedes Problem hat eine Lösung : Every problem has a solution

“When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn't believe in nothing. He believes in anything.” G.K. Chesterton

“What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?” Joyce - Portrait of an Artist as a young man. on religion

“Duirt me eat go raibh me breoite”, Irish for “I told you I was ill” - epitaph on Spike Milligan's headstone.

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it Albert Einstein

Es gibt keine Feministinnen, wenn die Rettungsboote herunter gelassen werden.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs painting.

Is this a private fight, or can anyone join in?

“a reasonable man gets nowhere in negotiations” Willie Walsh CEO BA

“This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.” - Sigmund Freud on the Irish – possibly misatribute…

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Shakespeare - Hamlet

“That thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun.” Eccles. 1:9

I’m just a slow emotion replay of somebody I used to be. The The

Maslow divided human motivation into five: • Physiological needs: hunger, thirst, sex and sleep. Food and drinks manufacturers operate to satisfy needs in this area, as do prostitutes and tobacco growers. • Safety needs: job security, protection from harm and the avoidance of risk. At this level an individual’s thoughts turn to insurance, burglar alarms and savings deposits. • Social needs: the affection of family and friendship. These are satisfied by such things as weddings, sophisticated restaurants and telecommunications. • Esteem needs (also called ego needs), divided into internal needs, such as self-respect and sense of achievement, and external needs, such as status and recognition. Industries focused on this level include the sports industry and activity holidays. • Self-actualisation, famously described by Maslow: “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately happy. What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualisation.” This involves doing things such as going to art galleries, climbing mountains and writing novels. The theatre, cinema and music industries are all focused on this level. Self-actualisation is different from the other levels of need in at least one important respect. It is never finished, never fully satisfied. It is, as Shakespeare put it, “as if increase of appetite grows by what it feeds on”.

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get less than you settled for.

Most men would rather die than think. Many do. Berthrand Russell

People tend to complicate something in direct proportion to its importance Micheal O'Higgins on approach to managing money

Can the average manager of institutional funds obtain better results than the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Standard & Poor's Index over the years? No. In effect, that would mean that the stock market experts as a whole could beat themselves–a logical contradiction. - Benjamin Graham.

NÍL AON tinteán, mar do thinteán féin.

Hoffnungslos versklavt ist der, der fälschlich glaubt frei zu sein. - Goethe

Blaming the finacial crisis on greed, is like blaming plane crashes on gravity - Woods, Meltdown. 2008

Accusing somebody of murder here is like giving out speeding tickets in the Indianapolis 500 - Apocalypse Now

If you think it is lonely at the top, you should try the bottom…

“In God we trust; all others pay cash.”

“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket” - Kin Hubbard

“afraid I've never known fear” - Kurt Cobain - Lounge Act

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

Set a fire for a man and he is warm for a night, set fire to the man and he is warm for the rest of his life. j.O'C

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. — Arthur Schopenhauer

when asked by Napoleon where God fitted into his theory of the world, he replied 'Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothèse-là.' -'I have no need of that hypothesis'. Laplace

Only Ponzi schemes should depend on confidence.

lions and tigers used to be kings of the jungle & then one day they wound up in zoos - i suspect we're on the same track - John Harris

Never ascribe to conspiracy that which is adequately explained by incompetence - Napoleon

We privatize profits and socialize loss. financial crisis comment

If mathematics is the Queen of Sciences, as the great mathematician Karl Friedrich Gauss christened it in the nineteenth century, then physics is king. Emanuel Derman- 1st line - my life as a quant

We can have a clear idea of the consequences of an event, even if we do not know how likely it is to occur. I will never get to know the unknown since, by definition, it is unknown. However, I can always guess how it might affect me, and I should base my decisions around that. Nassim Nicholas Taleb - The Black Swan

I do not know whether God exists, but I know that I have nothing to gain from being an atheist if he does not exist, whereas I have plenty to lose if he does. Hence, this justifies my belief in God. - Blaise Pascal - Pascal's Wager

Make sure that you have plenty of these small bets; avoid being blinded by the vividness of one single Black Swan. Have as many of these small bets as you can conceivably have. Even venture capital firms fall for the narrative fallacy with a few stories that “make sense” to them; they do not have as many bets as they should. If venture capital firms are profitable, it is not because of the stories they have in their heads, but because they are exposed to unplanned rare events.

5 to 90 percent, in extremely safe instruments, like Treasury bills—as safe a class of instruments as you can manage to find on this planet. The remaining 10 to 15 percent you put in extremely speculative bets, as leveraged as possible (like options), preferably venture capital–style portfolios.* That way you do not depend on errors of risk management; no Black Swan can hurt you at all, beyond your “floor,” the nest egg that you have in maximally safe investments. Or, equivalently, you can have a speculative portfolio and insure it (if possible) against losses of more than, say, 15 percent. You are “clipping” your incomputable risk, the one that is harmful to you. Instead of having medium risk, you have high risk on one side and no risk on the other. The average will be medium risk but constitutes a positive exposure to the Black Swan

Of the five hundred largest U.S. companies in 1957, only seventy-four were still part of that select group, the Standard and Poor’s 500, forty years later.

“For onto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” Matthew (Matthew 25:29, King James Version).

Invictus William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

“The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.” John Maynard Keynes

“On my last day on earth, I would pay a high price, to have no regrets and be done with my life” - Noah and tbe whale

“The first rule of investing is don’t lose money; the second rule is don’t forget Rule No. 1.” - Warren Buffet

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” Benjamin Franklin - paraphsrased? from Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. All progress depends on the unreasonable man”. George Bernard Shaw

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