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You clearly can be a scientist and have religious beliefs. But I don't think you can be a real scientist in the deepest sense of the word because they are such alien categories of knowledge.

-- Peter Atkins (1955-)

The quantity of meaning compressed into small space by algebraic signs, is another circumstance that facilitates the reasonings we are accustomed to carry on by their aid.

-- Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.

If you dissemble sometimes your knowledge of that you are thought to know, you shall be thought, another time, to know that you know not.

-- Bacon (1561-1626)

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.

-- Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind.

-- Edsger Wybe Dijkstra (1930-2002)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

-- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

A line is length without breadth.

-- Euclid, 300 B.C.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made up of.

-- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), 1746

If you don't work on important problems, it's not likely that you'll do important work.

-- Richard W. Hamming (1915-1998)

In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built, and what one has established another undoes. In mathematics alone each generation builds a new story to the old structure.

-- Hermann Hankel (1839-1873)

As long as a branch of science offers an abundance of problems, so long it is alive; a lack of problems foreshadows extinction or the cessation of independent development.

-- David Hilbert (1862-1943), 1900

I try to learn certain areas of computer science exhaustively; then I try to digest that knowledge into a form that is accessible to people who don't have time for such study.

I remember that mathematicians were telling me in the 1960s that they would recognize computer science as a mature discipline when it had 1,000 deep algorithms. I think we've probably reached 500.

-- Donald Knuth (1938-)

Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won't let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep. It's always in the middle of the night, or you're half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is. Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away.

-- John Lennon (1940-1980)

The science without the art is likely to be ineffective; the art without the science is certain to be inaccurate.

-- Albert H. Marckwardt (1903-1975)

Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps.

The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn.

-- Lord Macaulay (1800-1859)

You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will, but the scent of the roses will hang round it still.

-- Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

It is the simple hypotheses of which one must be most wary; because these are the ones that have the most chances of passing unnoticed.

-- Henri Poincaré (1854-1912)

The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point.

-- Claude Shannon (1916-2001)

A man of great common sense and good taste, --- meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Style is the dress of thought; a modest dress, Neat, but not gaudy, will true critics please.

-- Revd. Samuel Wesley (1662-1735)


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