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Quotes

“Every breath is an opportunity. Dedicate it well.” ~me

“Failure has no meaning, as I am not attempting to succeed.” ~Divayth_Fyr, reddit

“It’s all really there!” – Richard Feynman on electromagnetic waves

“Daydream, which is to thought as the nebula is to the star, borders on sleep, and is concerned with it as its frontier. An atmosphere inhabited by living transparencies: there’s a beginning of the unknown. But beyond it the Possible opens out, immense. Other beings, other facts, are there. No supernaturalism, on the occult continuation of infinite nature….Sleep is in contact with the Possible, which we also call the improbable. The world of the night is a world. Night, as night, is a universe….The dark things of the unknown world become neighbors of man, whether by true communication or by a visionary enlargement of the distances of the abyss…and the sleeper, not quite seeing, not quite unconscious, glimpses the strange animalities, weird vegetations, terrible or radiant pallors, ghosts, masks, figures, hydras, confusions, moonless moonlights obscure unmakings of miracle, growths and vanishings within a murky depth, shapes floating in shadow, the whole mystery which we call Dreaming, and which is nothing other than the approach of an invisible reality. The dream is the aquarium of Night.” -Victor Hugo, Travailleurs de la Mer (Toilers of the Sea)

“You have to look at where you actually want to go, not where you’re frightened you might end up.” -Douglas Adams 2001

The number you have dialed is imaginary. Please rotate your phone 90 degrees and try again.” ~anomymous

“Not a whit, we defy augury. There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not tocome, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—thereadiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is’t to leave betimes, let be.” ~Shakespeare, Hamlet

 

People are afraid of change until they realize that it means that they get even more awesome things to replace the cool stuff they are afraid of losing.” ~me

“What I cannot create, I do not understand.” ~Richard Feynman

“I don’t know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough.” ~Richard Feynman

“As a parent, one of the worst things you can do for your child’s self-esteem is to let them give up. On the flip side, there’s nothing better for building confidence than learning you can do something you thought you couldn’t.”
~”Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior – WSJ.com” <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_lifeStyle>
Similar to Harvie idea

“It is not pain, but fear of pain that we are afraid of; that is what shapes our actions and impact our lives.” ~Me

 

“I slowed still more, my shadow pacing me, dragging its head through the weeds that hid the fence.” ~William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

“Something did happen. Let’s just hope it’s the right something.” ~Mark Liu

“Don’t hope for a miracle, fight for it.” ~Jin Choi

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth, without caring two pence how often it has been told before, you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” – C.S Lewis

“But your reading will be even better then, after a lifetime of thought and effort, because it will come from conscious understanding. Grace attained like that is deeper and fully than grace that comes freely, and furthermore, once you’ve gained it, it will never leave you.” ~Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

“Slow and steady wins some races. But not all of them.” ~me

“When those we love have passed away; when from our lives something has
gone out; when with each successive day we miss the presence that has
become a part of ourselves and struggle against the realization that
it is with us no more we begin to live in the past and thank God for
the gracious boon of memory. Few of us there are who having advanced
to middle life have not come to look back on the travelled road of
human existence in thought of those who journeyed awhile with us a
part of all our hopes and joyousness the sharers of all our ambitions
and our pleasures whose mission has been fulfilled and who have left
us with the mile-stones of years still seeming to stretch out on the
path ahead.”
~”A Memory”, Eugene Field

“THE fire upon the hearth is low, And there is stillness everywhere, And, like wing’d spirits everywhere, The firelight shadows fluttering go. And as the shadows round me creep, A childish trebble breaks the gloom, And softly from a further room Comes: “Now I lay me down to sleep.
And, somehow with that little pray’r And that sweet trebble in my ears, My thought goes back to distant years, And lingers with a dear one there; And as I hear my child’s amen, My mother’s faith comes back to me– Crouched at her side I seem to be, And mother holds my hands again.
Oh, for an hour in that dear place– Oh, for that childish trust sublime– Oh, for a glimpse of mother’s face! Yet, as the shadows round me creep, I do not seem to be alone– Sweet magic of that treble tone And “Now I lay me down to sleep!” “By the Fireside” ~Eugene Field

“There’s nothing as permanent as a temporary solution.” ~anonymous

“if you want something done, ask a busy person.” ~Lucille Ball
Comment: when I have a lot of stuff to do, I either succeed in all of it or fail all of it. ~Anu Relates to fact that body gets into high-energy activation state

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~C. S. Lewis. True for any central philosophy or paradigm, like Tai Chi

“I’m not a hard worker. I’m just good at making things easy.” ~me

“A wedding is for daughters and fathers. The mothers all dress up, trying to look like young women. But a wedding is for a father and a daughter. They stop being married to each other on that day.” ~Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice

“through all the flaming years” ~me

“Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe, and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of color in a room or a morning sky… a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play… it is on things like these that our lives depend.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I’m not obsessive, just compulsive!” ~Me

“Sometimes the only way to win the game is to change it.” ~Me

“Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife, their sober wishes never learn’d to stray; along the cool sequester’d vale of life, they kept the noiseless tenor of their way” ~Thomas Gray – Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

“Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories; they’re all that’s left you” ~Paul Simon, “Bookends”

“The red rim of the sun rose over the shoulders of the dark land. Before them in the West the world lay still, formless and grey; but even as they looked, the shadows of night melted, the colours of the waking earth returned: green flowed over the wide meads of Rohan; the white mists shimmered in the water-vales; and far off to the left, thirty leagues or more, blue and purple stood the White Mountains, rising into peaks of jet, tipped with glimmering snows, flushed with the rose of morning.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“How to Start a Startup” famous essay: <http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html> ~Paul Graham, deca-millionaire Web entrepreneur

“Money does not buy you experiential happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.” ~Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate Economist

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, “Man in the Arena” Speech

“I must not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.” ~Frank Herbert, Dune

“Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and withwhom you do it. I call this the ‘freedom multiplier.'” ~Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” ~Herbert Bayard Swope

“26 April: I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.” ~James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man

“You got rid of them. Yes, that’s just like you. Getting rid of everything unpleasant instead of learning to put up with it. Whether ’tis better in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them … But you don’t do either. Neither suffer nor oppose. You just abolish the slings and arrows. It’s too easy.” ~Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“His spirit was as light as his backpack.” ~Rafael Cosman

“The misty lights curving gently like the movement of a million lightning bugs, breathing in the summer night, remind me of you, but there is a sadness to this halcyon sight, for in three hours when dawn breaks the cold rays of the bright sun will burn away this ephemeral memory. So even if our meeting was a beautiful mistake, don’t leave me yet, for as long as the night shines dreams can take flight.” ~Carrie Cao

“And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect.” ~Shakespeare, Hamlet

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” ~Mohandas Gandhi

“What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.” ~Mohandas Gandhi

“When interviewing people who play Russian Roulette successfully, the one thing missing from the picture is the conversations with those who didnt win. Hardly an accurate view of what’s really going on…is it?” ~ehunter2, comment on YouTube video “Futures Trading.” Relates to fact that commencement speakers at graduations frequently advise students to take risks: those who took the risks and failed aren’t speaking — anthropic principle.

“The purpose of walking is to find your reason to run.” or “By all means walk, but only until you have found your reason to run.” ~me”

“If you cross your eyes, you’ll end up dotting your T’s.” ~me

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.”
~Mary Elizabeth Frye

“Radiance, consonance, integrity.” -the qualities that comprise beautiful and meaningful art (paraphrased), James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man

“They went across divides in summer blizzards, shivered under the midnight sun on naked mountains between the timberline and the eternal snows, dropped into summer valleys amid swarming gnats and flies, and in the shadows of glaciers picked strawberries and flowers… ripe and fair.” ~Jack London, Call of the Wild

“A reasonable man adapts himself to his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~George Bernard Shaw. Relates to Shakespeare’s “Whether ’tis better in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.”

“Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?'” ~Seneca

“There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, ‘Oh it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,’ and an optimist who says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.’ Either way, nothing happens.” ~Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

“As nightfall in winter
that comes without a star.
Here you will dwell, bound to your grief,
under the fading trees, until all the
world is changed and the long years
of your life are utterly spent.” ~Elrond, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King (movie)

“I can think of several heuristics for generating ideas for startups, but most reduce to this: look at something people are trying to do, and figure out how to do it in a way that doesn’t suck.” ~Paul Graham

“The timing is never right…the stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up all the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it eventually, just do it and correct course along the way.” ~Tim Ferriss

“Many a false step was made by standing still.” ~Fortune Cookie

“To say that something was ‘no problem’ at all to a computer scientist in chat speak, say ‘np-complete'” ~me

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” ~William Shakespeare

“Happles :3” ~Joanne Li

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” ~Douglas Noel Adams

“me:
ergo
I depart to the nether world
Nimish: ah i do hope that you do not etiolate in its withering flame
me: I concur.
Nimish: well… into the crepuscular realm ventures thee, to return with the prize gleaming triumphantly from upraised fist
go forth” ~Nimish Pratha and me

“I’m young and happy. I’ll never die. I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story.” ~Timothy O’Brien, The Things They Carried

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” ~Stewart Brand, The Whole Earth Catalog

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~Steve Jobs

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life” ~Steve Jobs

“Mathematics is axioms’ shadows cast in the light of logic.” ~Jimmy Hanson

“Like needlepoint, the meticulous art, I am pulled through and through, looping back upon myself in an embroidery of endless thread; I spin outward in expanding patterns, amplified as my parts reflect from one another. I write to answer the soft hiss and clack of spinning wool, to keep the wheel rolling, to keep the skein smooth. I write because I am the cloth woven of its own unravelings, circling through the loom to create a changing whole.” ~Ben LaBreche, “Why I Write”

“Not all who wander are lost.” ~J. R. R. Tolkien

“History is a force.” ~Calvin and Hobbes

“On the wings of a dream…” ~John Denver. Also in Dragonforce’s “Through Fire and Flames.”

“I am only what I remember…” ~Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

“The quiet between the flash of light
and the roaring of the thunder
is like the time it takes a couple of words
to tear your whole world down.
You take a breath and it’s passed you by,
but the moment lasts forever.
How mighty is the silence;
hearts break without a sound.” ~Lowen and Navarro, “How Mighty is the Silence”

“It’s no matter if you’re born to play the king or pawn for the line is thinly drawn ‘tween joy and sorrow.” ~Simon and Garfunkel, “Flowers Never Bend”

“When I was your age, there were NINE planets!” ~Anonymous

“I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.” ~William Ernest Henley, “Invictus”

“Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.”
~1624 Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, John Donne

“No man is an island.”
~1624 Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, John Donne

“Everything is backwards now, like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream.” ~Jake Sully, Avatar (2009 Film)

“Sometimes your whole life comes down to one insane move…” – Jake, Avatar (2009 Film). This feels like taking the SAT to me…

“Since its founding in 1930, the Institute has remained, in the words of its founding Director Abraham Flexner, ‘small and plastic.'” ~Institute for Advanced Study website

“Colgate toothpaste didn’t sell well in Spanish-speaking countries because ‘colgate’ means ‘go hang yourself’ in Spanish.'” ~The Encyclopedia of Useless Information

“[They] are easily startled but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers.” ~Obi Wan Kenobi; Star Wars Episode IV

“Person A: ‘I’m ready if you’re ready.’ Person B: ‘I’m ready if you’re ready. This is how a J-K flip-flop memory circuit works.” ~me

“Laurels make a fragile perch upon which to rest.” ~me

“This isn’t ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.” ~The Big Lebowski

“Don’t believe in yourself! Believe in me who believes in you!” ~Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime

“Homeland security blanket” – used to describe ineffective, symbolic policies that are simply propaganda to make the nation feel safe ~Dad

“Overall, how would you rate the learning experience in this course?
Answer: If I had an hour to live, I would spend in this class because it feels like an eternity”
~Anonymous

“The idea hovered and shimmered delicately, like a soap bubble, and she dared not even look at it directly in case it burst. But she was familiar with the way of the ideas, and she let it shimmer, looking away, thinking about something else.” ~Philip Pullman

“The late worm gets eaten” (or “The late worm gets eaten by the early bird,” or “The early bird catches the late worm”) ~me

“Programming, like poetry, is the art of writing words that are worth a thousand pictures”, “Poetry is making words show a thousand pictures,” “Poetry is making words that have the value of a thousand pictures,” “Poetry is making words that are worth a thousand pictures” ~me

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~Brian Littrell

“Rumor has it that if you play Microsoft CDs backwards you will hear Satanic messages. Worse still, is that if you play them forwards, they will install Windows.” ~Anonymous

“When I said ‘death’ before ‘dishonor’, I meant alphabetically.” ~Unknown

“Do you lick every doorknob you encounter?” ~Anu Sinha (hypothesis as to why I’m so frequently sick)

“There are no acronyms to express the laughter I am feeling at the moment.” ~Xinting Li, status message

“Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” ~unknown (reminds me of Ms. Brown’s book: The Mathematics of Humor)

“[Violence and crime in the world] were axioms to him [the urchin], who had never heard of any world were promises were kept or one could weep because another wept” ~James Auden: “The Shield of Achilles”

“Take a narcissist to an art museum and he will see not Renoir but only his only reflection in the glass of the frames” ~me

“These new regulations will fundamentally change the way we get around them.” ~(New Yorker? comic)

“The sheeple got fleeced” ~me

“Persistence is putting off giving up until tomorrow” ~me

“Maturity is holding all the cards but having the guts not to play them” ~me

“Everyone says that love hurts, but that’s not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Everyone confuses these with love, but in reality Love is the only thing in this world that covers up all the pain, and makes us feel wonderful again.” ~Unknown

“Listen, hear the voice in the wind, the splash of the water, and the stillness of the what never came to be” ~Jin Choi
“I can staunch their blood, mend their flesh, and knit their bones. But I cannot grant them hope.” ~Jin Choi
“He whispered pleasures in your ear, thrust gifts in your hand, put dreams in your head, then stuck a knife in your back. His name is Death.” ~Jin Choi
“Time slips through your fingers like water and glides across space like the wind.” ~Jin Choi
“Every day, I fight for my life and win. Every night, I fight to remember my name and lose.” ~Jin Choi
“Show weakness to hide your strength” ~Jin Choi
“Rest now. You’ve neither won nor lost, but this battle is over for you just the same.” ~Jin Choi
“Like a child with fire, so was I with time” ~Jin Choi
“Let memories be the past, your mind, the present, and your goals, the future.” ~Jin Choi
“Listen and you will hear, speak and you will say, believe and you will live.” ~Jin Choi

“The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” ~Chris Choi

“I am not the summation of my experience; I am the totality of my essence.” ~Chris Choi

-“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that gives value to survival.” ~C. S. Lewis

-good line for a book: “The lights were off, but apparently somebody was home.” could end the chapter of a book on a cliffhanger when people sneaking into somewhere realize they are not alone. ~me

“If I could find the spot where truth echoes I would stand there and whisper memories of my children’s future I would let their future dwell in my past so that I might live a brighter now.” ~Saul Williams (actor who said lines; unsure of originator)

“I am the dance step of the paintbrush singing I am the sculpture of the song the flame breath of words giving new life to paper. Yes, I am the creativity that never dies I am the creativity keeping my people alive.”
~Alexis De Veaux

“It isn’t society’s job to define what is morally best to do in situations where some necessarily must die. Rather, its responsibility is to prevent those situations from happening.” ~me (9/15/08). (In response to remembering reading an article about a hospital (toward the East Coast?) getting in legal trouble for specifying too clearly who should be pulled off of life support first in the case of an emergency (people over 80 (or was it 85) were high on that list for example))

-not all things that are fantastic must forever be fantasies ~me

“Never trust anything that can think for itself, if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” (Harry Potter’s Law, in reference to Tom Riddle’s Diary (In Book 2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling). Also in Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle). Good analogy to downloading “free” (non open source) software: unless you can see why they are giving it to you for free, be wary when downloading it (may contain adware/spyware). Also, relates to idea in investment: don’t invest in a company or fund unless you understand how it makes its money.

“You always find things in the last place you look because when you find them, you stop looking.” ~me

“If you die in Canada, you die in real life!” ~Randall Munroe (http://xkcd.com/180/)

“It moved more slowly than vitrified phlegm.” ~me

“Those who do not stand together fall apart.” ~me

“Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything” ~Alexander Hamilton

“Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to aery thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fix’d foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if th’ other do.

And though it in the centre sit,
Yet, when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like th’ other foot, obliquely run ;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun.”
~ John Donne, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

A Few Sites:
http://www.os390-mvs.freesurf.fr/murphy.htm – Murphy’s Laws
http://goodquotes.com/
http://xkcd.com/

This I was told by the silent voice of the setting sun.
This I pondered to the silent sound of the setting sun.
~me

I am that which those who judge me project me to be, no more, no less.
Man is that which those who judge him project him to be, no more, no less.
~me

“If everybody simultaneously decided to confront moral and societal issues head on, if they simply decided not to lie, fight, and discriminate, those problems could vanish in an instant. Those people who say it can’t be done? They’re wrong, and it’s just because of that attitude that injustice still exists.” ~Mr. Craig Williams (9th and 10th grade math teacher). Quote approximated.

“Though an eloquent writer, he was apt to draw his quarterstaff on those rare occasions when his pen did not avail him.” ~me

“You high schoolers and your “sleep[.]” eecs [Electrical Engineering and Computer Science] students enter a vegetative state of half-awareness and half-restfulness kind of like a dolphin[,] albeit a very caffeinated one[.]” ~Victor Fan

“The Dow goes up, the Dow goes down. That is its nature.” ~Lao Tzu on the Stock Market (Punning on the Tao or the Dao as discussed in Daoism and the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu) ~Me

“…and the memories melted away like handprints on an icy window of a moonlit winter’s night.” ~me

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Martin Luther King

“For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I’m suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I’m not leaving… maybe I’m going home.” ~Gattaca

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

“That…such giant shadows are cast by such pygmies only shows how late in the day it has become” ~Edwin Chargaff on Watson and Crick

“Withered ends of a severed cauterized rope…
Heart beating against scleroid arteries that refuse to budge or change, robbed by age and pain of all elasticity” ~me

“If the final digit of SAT scores is always 0, why do they even have it? Is it to make them bigger and more exciting like in pinball?” ~me

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” ~Nietzche

“Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” ~(not me)

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“Bunny is :Y” ~Henry Tung

-“Improvise, adapt, overcome!” ~Mr. Brinn Belyea to Chris Wu when Chris said he didn’t have a football to bring to the academic team party

-Good idea for college essay intro: “If, in fact, luck is where preparation meets opportunity, I could validly say that going to your college will give me luck, luck so that I will be able to function independently of the luck others wish me. It will prepare me, and it will give me opportunities.” ~me

-“When Nemmerle looked up through the leaves of the tree, those with him did not know if he watched the stars of summer fading in daybreak, or those other stars, which never set above the hills that see no dawn” ~Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea

-if you fix a problem the moment you notice it, you can almost always resolve it. This is one principle that has held true again and again. It’s one of those general truisms. RELATES TO principle on October 27 08: “The best way to go about finding a solution is to know what the problem is.” ~me

-“When the immanent becomes emanant, eminence is imminent” ~me

-“Why do people say the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon?” ~Brandt Paul. Need to tell this to Mr. Harvie

-“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ~Robert A. Heinlein

-Prabhav: “Argh, I can’t stand typing on your ThinkPad T60 laptop, Fn is where Ctrl key is supposed to be and I keep hitting the wrong one!” Me: “That’s why they call it the effin’ key!” ~me

-“He was bending the person’s ear, twisting his arm and pulling his leg all at the same time” ~Anu, Dad, Jacob

-“Someone once told me that if I tried,
I could do all in the world so wide.
I think that the someone planted a seed,
That first grew in me and now you as you read.
When the seed grows it will start to spread,
And all possibilities will grow in your head.”
~me (7th grade)

“flawed diamond in the rough” ~me

“In the warped/distorted lens of hindsight” ~me
“As a kid, I was given the impression that should I type my name into any form on the Internet anywhere, a horde of ravenous Internet bogeyman would promptly show that my doorstep to devour me. Throughout my teenage years, I discovered that there was a poignant lack of such bogeyman, this made me a bit complacent. Perhaps too complacent”

“We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave… So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave broke and rolled back.” ~Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.Dune

Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.Only I will remain.” ~Frank Herbert, Dune

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