Friday, March 20, 2009

More wonderful quotations, anecdotes, and aphorisms

"Having more than one lens assures you that you'll always have the wrong lens on the camera!!" —Ted Orland

"I am always satisfied with the best." —Oscar Wilde

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants." —Sir Isaac Newton in a letter to Robert Hooke 15 February 1676

"I have altered our agreement; pray I don’t alter it further." —Darth Vader

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." —Mark Twain

"It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one." —Anon.

"I miss the days when I used to be nostalgic." —Michael Benveniste

"Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity" —Robert A. Heinlein

"By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others." —Frederic Bastiat

"The best kept secret in the investing world: Almost nothing turns out as expected." —Harry Browne

"Legal plunder has two roots: One of them is in human greed; the other is in false philanthropy." —Frederic Bastiat

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." —Thomas Jefferson

"Quantum Mechanics: the dreams stuff is made of." —William A. Arnett

"Film isn't dead. It just smells funny." —Lars Vinberg

"I am always reminded of one of the classical stories of Donald Duck: Duck is asking money from a rich foundation to discover America. The obvious reply is that America has already been discovered, and the answer by Duck is: yes, but not yet by me." —Erwin Puts

"If a camera has a soul, you will find it in the lens." —PaulC

"In terms of addiction, there is nothing more powerful than men's toys." —Sammy Davis Jr.

" ... on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." —Douglas Adams

"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." —George Eastman

"The most important thing you should know about me is that I am not an expert." —Anon.

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." —Margaret Thatcher

"I don't teach my students, I provide the circumstances in which they can learn." —Albert Einstein

"I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks." —Groucho Marx

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." —Mark Twain

"The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan." —Von Clausewitz

"Don't anthropomorphize digital cameras. They don't like it." —Carlos Echenique

"Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end." —Stephen Hawking

"You don't take a photograph – you ask to quietly borrow it." —Debbi, Texas

"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog." —Charles Doran

"Don't go for the geniuses. They never want to sleep." —First lady, Abigail Bartlett, M.D., played by Stockard Channing on "The West Wing"

"I am always learning." —Michelangelo

'The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." —Steve Jobs

"If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking." —Ben Franklin

"Seen at a coffee shop: Sleep is the primary symptom of caffeine deprivation." —Travis Saling

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." —Richard Avedon

"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." —Kirk Tuck

"I am less interested in the return on my money than the return of my money." —Will Rogers

"Amateurs worry about sharpness; Professionals worry about sales; Photographers worry about light." —Jamie Howell

"A dog teaches a boy three things: fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." —Robert Benchley

"On top of all my other medical problems, now they tell me I have hypochondria ... " —Rick Oleson

"Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera." —Henri Cartier-Bresson

"The function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable." —John Kenneth Galbraith

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." —Albert Einstein

"If ignorance is bliss, then why aren't there more happy people?" —graffiti

"On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." —Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism." —Ronald Reagan, "A Time For Choosing"

"Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down." —Frederick Douglass

"You will never correct by logic a man's error, if that error did not get into his mind by logic" —Mark Twain

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." —North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

"Return the nation's wealth to its rightful owners ... I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." —Barack Hussein Obama, II, 44th President of the United States

"Paying more taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans ... the people who do not need a tax cut ... We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people ... It's time to be patriotic ... " —Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And by that I mean it’s an opportunity to do things you did not think you could do before." —Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff

"Under capitalism everybody provides for their own needs by serving others." —Ludwig von Mises

"Don’t gamble! Take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it ‘till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it." —Will Rogers

"The welfare state has always been judged by its good intentions, rather than its bad results." —Thomas Sowell

"A foole and his money is soone parted." —J. Bridges, 1587

"You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either." —Galen Rowell

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct." —Niels Bohr

"Macs WANT to be anthropomorphosized." —Nick May

"Washington, D.C., [has] all the charm of a northern industrial city and all the efficiency of a southern town." —John F. Kennedy

"I try to be cynical, but its hard to keep up." —Lilly Tomlin

"The only free cheese is in a mousetrap." —Gekko

"Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out." —Richard Feynman

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquent, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." —George Washington

"If you want to help the poor, help them feel uncomfortable in their poverty." —Benjamin Franklin

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." —Thomas Jefferson

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see." —Arthur Schopenhauer

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." —Arthur Schopenhauer

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

"I don't foresee any Black Swans appearing in the future." —Brad baw703916

"Complexity is easy; Simplicity is hard." —Edmund Keane

"We are spending more money that we have ever spent before and it [the 'New Deal'] does not work ... we have never made good on our promises ... I say after eight years of this [FDR] administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... and an enormous debt to boot." —Henry Morgenthau, Jr., U.S. Treasury Secretary, 1939 [when the federal government spent 4.3% of GDP vs. 26% in 2009]

"Disclaimer: I am making all of this up." —Anon.

"Don't Steal – The government hates competition." —Bumper Sticker

"At a gallery opening in New York, years ago ... Ernest Hemingway said to Irving Penn, 'I like your photographs, what kind of camera do you use?' Penn replied, 'I like your novels, what kind of typewriter do you use?'" —Steve Porte

"If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed." —Mark Twain

"I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who." —Kipling

" ... all adults should own their lives and property, and have the right to make their own choices as to how they live their lives, as long as they respect the same right of other people." Judge James P. Gray

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves." —Henry David Thoreau

"I, like most of the American people, don't begrudge people success or wealth ... That's part of the free market system." —U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, II

"I am not a crook." —U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon

"I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes." —Anon.

"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody.  Now I see that I should have been more specific." —Jane Wagner, The Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe, performed by Lily Tomlin

"Half of all published studies turn out to be incorrect, and it was found that 84.7% of statistics are entirely made up!"

"The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away." —Tom Waits, Small Change

"He who believes that the past cannot be changed has not yet written his memoirs." —Torvald Gahlin

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." —Thomas Jefferson

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety." —Benjamin Franklin

"I typically prefer buying the best since I have done so many times the most expensive route: buy cheap, buy better and buy best and you end up having 3 of each item ... " —Samuli Vahonen

"On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time." —George Orwell

"Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist." —Indiana Jones

" ... A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, but shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement." —Thomas Jefferson

"Is this the right room for an argument?" —Monty Python's Flying Circus

"I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." —Michael Dell on what he would do if he were Apple acting chief executive Steve Jobs

"We shall consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves." —Thomas Jefferson

"it is preposterous that businesses are under attack in the United States of America" Steve Wynn