1. "The lyfe so short; the craft so long to lerne." — Chaucer

2. "If the wind will not serve, take to the oars." — Latin proverb

3. "Art and science have their meeting point in method." — Edward Bulwer-Lytton
"Art and science have their real meeting point in trying to make the printer work." — Kenneth Goldberg

4. "Interferometry, like surfing, is a search for the perfect wave. But physicists don't have to paddle around and wait."
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5. "Philosophers say that perfection is unattainable. Lithographers redefine perfection according to SEMI standards."
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6. "Reach(man) > Grasp" — Kenneth Goldberg, à la Browning

7. "If you got everything you wanted, you wouldn't have everything you need." — Kenneth Goldberg

8. "To the capable goes the work." — Kenneth Goldberg

9. "The flexible bend." — Kenneth Goldberg

10. "The idea that the universe is a giant hologram is interfering with my weekend." — Kenneth Goldberg

11. "CCD Background exposure: it's the new black." — Kenneth Goldberg

12. "If all you have is a microscope, everything looks like a defect." — Kenneth Goldberg via Maslow

13. "To err is human, ⌘-Z sublime." — Kenneth Goldberg

14. "Possession is 9/10ths of the tantrum." — Kenneth Goldberg

15. "There's no sense aging bad wine." — Kenneth Goldberg

16. "Nobody expects a metastable equilibrium." — Kenneth Goldberg

17. "Aberrations cannot hide from the knife." — Kenneth Goldberg, a Foucault

18. "At 10-7 Torr, no one can hear you scream." — Kenneth Goldberg

19. "I've got 1e99 problems and floating-point roundoff error is 1." — Kenneth Goldberg

20. "One man's defect is another man's feature." — Kenneth Goldberg

21. "The longest journey begins with a single schlep." — Kenneth Goldberg

22. "When two flexible cords, of lengths L1 and L2, rest on a surface for time T, the probability that they will become intertwined is 1. At the molecular scale, I posit this as the origin of life." — Kenneth Goldberg

23. "All mirrors are bendable mirrors." — Kenneth Goldberg

24. "To my toddler son: All good swings must come to an end." — Kenneth Goldberg

25. "'No experiment plan survives contact with the beamline. " — Kenneth Goldberg via Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

26. "There's a fine line between physics and crazy-talk." — K. K. Goldberg

27. "My female intuition trumps your science every day." — K. K. Goldberg

28. "Sometimes the best thing you can do for something is nothing." — K. K. Goldberg

29. "Remember, before the internet, you had to just sit there and wonder." — K. K. Goldberg

30. "Rule: People push buttons." — K. K. Goldberg

31. "Everything is linear, to first order." — A physicist maxim

32. "Life is too important to take seriously." — Hector Medecki (and maybe Oscar Wilde?)

33. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." — Aristotle

34. "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." — Albert Szent-Gyrgyi

35. "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." — Abraham Lincoln

36. "One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done." — Buddha (also Marie Curie)

37. "There's a new security update for Windows users: It's called Macintosh." — Ta-dum

38. "Faced with a choice, do both." — Dieter Rot (Roth)

39. "...We are further removed from a deeper insight into elementary processes than most of our contemporaries believe...." — Albert Einstein

40. "...Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep on moving." — Albert Einstein

41. "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein

42. "You do not really understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother." — Albert Einstein

43. "If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?" — Albert Einstein

44. "Three rules of work: 1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." —Albert Einstein

45. "If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." —Albert Einstein

46. "Adventure is hardship aesthetically considered." — Barry Targan

47. "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." — Groucho Marx

48. "If you think good architecture is expensive, try bad architecture." — Brian Foote and Joseph Yoder

49. "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." — Gandhi

50. "The seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them." — Joseph Henry

51. "Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right." — Henry Ford

52. "Start with a style and you are in chains, start with an idea and you are free." — Richard Avedon

53. "Quod Natura Munimento Inviderat Industria Adiecit
(What nature guards jealously, hard work has addressed)."— Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (Orvieto)

54. "I am proud to be a heretic.... If I could persuade everyone to agree with me, I would not be a heretic. — Freeman Dyson

55. "New truths become evident when new tools become available." — Rosalyn Yalow

56. "Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." — Henry Ward Beecher

57. "Given enough coffee, I could rule the world." — Author Unknown

58. "The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year." — John Foster Dulles

59. "Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again." — F. P. Jones

60. "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." — Samuel Johnson

61. "Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible." — M. C. Escher

62. "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." — Dennis Gabor

63. "If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists—to protect them and to promote their common welfare—all else is lost." — Barack Obama

64. "It's not where you take things from—It's where you take them to." — Jean-Luc Godard

65. "Maxwell mnemonic
del dot E is rho
del dot B equals zero
No source for confusion." — Paul Tandy

66. "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." — Jim Rohn

67. "Every program has at least one bug and can be shortened by at least one instruction—from which, by induction, one can deduce that every program can be reduced to one instruction which doesn't work." — Vince Lipsio

68. "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." — Alexander of Macedon

69. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." — Henry David Thoreau

70. "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." — Henry David Thoreau

71. "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" — Mary Anne Radmacher

72. "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it; and Virtue is doing it.'" — David Starr Jordan

73. "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." — Pablo Picasso

74. "Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun." — Pablo Picasso

75. "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." — Pablo Picasso

76. "I don’t think of my life as a career. I do stuff. I respond to stuff. That’s not a career – it’s a life!" — Steve Jobs

77. "Nobody's safe around a writer" — Lanford Wilson

78. "Well done is better than well said." — Benjamin Franklin

79. "We're always one minus sign away from disaster." — Farhad Salmassi

80. "Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about." — Lachlan McLachlan

81. "The only free cheese is in the mousetrap." — Russian Proverb via Valeriy Yashchuk

82. "But what do you do? Fall down nine times, get up ten." — Roz Savage via Proverbs 24:16

83. "Fall down seven times, get up eight 七転び八起き "Nana korobi ya oki" (literally: seven falls, eight getting up)" — Japanese proverb via Presentation Zen

84. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." — Samuel Beckett

85. "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." — Samuel Johnson

86. "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." — Carl Sagan

87. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." — Thomas A. Edison

88. "All glory comes from daring to begin." — Eugene F. Ware

89. "You can do anything, but not everything." — David Allen

90. "Of course it is exhausting, having to reason all the time in a universe which wasn't meant to be reasonable." — Kurt Vonnegut

91. "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men—true nobility is being superior to your former self." — Ernest Hemmingway

92. "No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy." — Carl Von Clausewitz

93. "Newton's 3rd law corollary: For every shortcut, there is an equal and opposite disaster." — Anonymous

94. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." — William Shakespeare, Hamlet 1-V

95. "Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." — Bill Bradley

96. "I work on the motto that if something's not impossible, there must be a way of doing it." — Sir Nicholas Winton

97. "Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

98. "Action is the foundational key to all success." — Pablo Picasso

99. "Physics is much too hard for physicists." — David Hilbert

100. "Clem (Clementa Pinckney) understood that justice grows out of recognition of ourselves, in each other." — Barack Obama

101. "Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time." — Theloneous Monk to Steve Lacey

102. "When you're swinging, swing some more!" — Theloneous Monk to Steve Lacey

103. "We are always searching. I think that now, we're on the point of finding." — John Coltrane

104. "Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see." — Rene Magritte

105. "(On Physics) It's not like a 9-to-5 thing. When you're tired you sleep, and when you're not, you do physics." — Sabrina Pasterski

106. "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination." — Tommy Lasorda

107. "We will find a way, or make one." — Hannibal

108. "Throw deep, always." – Tom Hanks

109. "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." – Thomas Alva Edison

110. "You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." – Rabindranath Tagore

111. "It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved. " — Galileo Galilei

112. "Action Expresses Priorities. " — Ghandi

113. "You can see a lot by just observing. " — Yogi Berra

114. "'It can't happen here' is number one on the list of famous last words. " — David Crosby

115. "It's easy to make things complex; the complexity is in making things easy." — Fortune Cookie

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