Wise words

I love quotations so here, as an act of whimsy, are a few of my favourites I enjoy sharing.  Sharing things is easy and inexpensive when you don’t own them!

“Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature; and in such things as these experiment is the best test of such consistency. “  (Michael Faraday)

“If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can’t understand it, take it from me: it’s all balls.”  (R J Mitchell  – chief designer of the Spitfire “he didn’t live to see what he’d done for his country”) And so it is with boilers.

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don’t want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment.” (Woody Allen)

“Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends.” (Woody Allen)

“I’m not the heroic type. Really, I was beaten up by Quakers.” (Woody Allen)

“There but for the grace of God, goes God.”  (Winston Churchill)

“The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honour.” (Winston Churchill)

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  (Mark Twain)

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”  (Mark Twain)

“Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.”  (Mark Twain)

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” (William Shakespeare)

“Imperious Caesar, dead and turn’d to clay, might stop a hole to keep the wind away. “ (William Shakespeare)

Do the gods give men their wild ambitions, or does each man’s own untamed ambition become, for him, a god?”  (Virgil, Aeneid)

“Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all. “ (Adam Smith)

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”  (Adam Smith)

“No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. “ (Adam Smith)

“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?”  (Adam Smith)

“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”  (Adam Smith)

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whisky and car keys to teenage boys.”  (P J O’Rourke)

“It pays to listen, but people only listen when they pay.”  (GFE, a good friend)

“In science, truth always wins.” (Max Perutz)

“Life is the purpose of life.”  (JS, a good friend)