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."
Kenneth Goldberg

5. "Philosophers say that perfection is unattainable. Lithographers redefine perfection according to SEMI standards."
Kenneth Goldberg

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

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

22. "This sentence is worth 0.006 pictures. " — Kenneth Goldberg

23. "If x-ray optics fails, they will call it, 'maladaptive optics.'" — Kenneth Goldberg

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

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

26. "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

27. "No experiment plan survives contact with the beam." — Kenneth Goldberg via Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

28. "Each brick / mortared into place / assumes its role / as the highest point / then spends eternity / supporting others." — Kenneth Goldberg

29. "Bendable, all mirrors are." — Yoda via Kenneth Goldberg

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

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

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

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

34. "Rule: People push buttons." — Kathryn K. Goldberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

48. "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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

62. "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

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

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

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

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

67. "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

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

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

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

71. "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

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

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

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

75. "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

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

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

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

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

80. "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

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

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

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

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

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

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

87. "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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

101. "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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

109. "(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

116. "Action Expresses Priorities. " — Ghandi

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

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

119. "If it is to be, it is up to me. " — Cory Booker

120. "He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war." — Spartan Warrior Creed

121. "The secret of life is this: When you hear the sound of the cannons, walk toward them." — Marcel France

122. "The stronger you become, the gentler you will be." — Thich Nhat Hanh

123. "The meaning of life is to give life meaning." — Viktor Frankl

124. "What is to give light must endure burning." — Viktor Frankl

125. "He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war." — Spartan Warrior Creed

126. "The secret of life is this: When you hear the sound of the cannons, walk toward them." — Marcel France

127. "The stronger you become, the gentler you will be." — Unkown

128. "The obstacle is the way." — Ryan Holiday, via Marcus Aurelius

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

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