Chris Williams: Favourite Quotations
"The actual science of logic is conversant at present only with things
either certain, impossible, or entirely doubtful, none of which (fortunately)
we have to reason on. Therefore the true logic for this world is the calculus
of Probabilities, which takes account of the magnitude of the probability
which is, or ought to be, in a reasonable man's mind."
Letter to Lewis Campbell; reproduced in L. Campbell
and W. Garrett, The Life of James Clerk Maxwell, Macmillan, 1881
"I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look
for its thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes where
drilling is easy."
"Anything you can do, I can do meta"
this discussion re origins of the quotation
- "Wir müssen wissen -- wir werden wissen!" [We must know -- we
Address to the Society of German Scientists and
Physicians, in Königsberg, 1930
"All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust, Part 1, 1808)
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways;
the point is to change it."
Karl Marx (Theses On Feuerbach, 1845)
- "My grandfather placed a great burden on me when he said: if the
other fellow can do it, let him. I knew I had to find out what only
I could do -- me and no one else."
Quote from an interview with Nicci Gerard in the
Observer Review, 26 May 1996
"Theory may inform, but practice convinces"
From frontspiece of
"Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction" (Constable, 1996)
"Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation"
I first heard something similar in the Oysterband
track "Early days of a better nation".