To think about
The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of life or his art
If its the later he must refuse
A heavenly mansion raging in the dark.
-- Andre Beteille
A great many things can be done with your life if you decide to die poor. -- Prof. Dinesh K. Sharma
The more "successful" your education, the more likely you are to feel alone, because the process of segregation has been more complete. Just a few of you are academics like myself. 11+, O level, A Level, College Entrance, Degree class, Ph.D.... at every stage you proved how much cleverer you are than all those other fellows, until in the end you stand quite alone and afraid.
-- Edmucd Leach, A Runaway World?, BBC 1968, p73
The mind of a man is far from the nature of a clear and equal glass, wherein the beam of things should reflect according to their true incidence: nay, it is rather like a enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture.
-- Francis Beacon
My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel, or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world.
-- J B S Haldane
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
-- Sigmund Freud
The wise man reads both books and life itself.
All women's dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.
-- Lin Yutang
When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
I am compelled to conclude
That man is the superior animal.
When I consider the curious habits of man
I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.
-- An old Chinese poem