All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Youth is wasted on the young.

It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.


The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

People fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.

Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.

I've dealt with numbers all my life, of course, and after a while you begin to feel that each number has a personality of its own. A twelve is very different from a thirteen, for example. Twelve is upright, conscientious, intelligent, whereas thirteen is a loner, a shady character who won't think twice about breaking the law to get what he wants. Eleven is tough, an outdoorsman who likes tramping through woods and scaling mountains; ten is rather simpleminded, a bland figure who always does what he's told; nine is deep and mystical, a Buddha of contemplation....

Wine is proof that God wants us to be happy.

It is not enough to be busy ... The question is: what are we busy about?

We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate.

One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.


Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.


When people are frightened they look to God; when they have no help from him they turn to the Devil.

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

I met the Buddha on the road once. She was five, and I was in a hurry.

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.

Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.

Either war is obsolete or we are.

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.

Philosophy will play a part in cultural life again only when, instead of going back to Kant, it immerses itself in the scientific conception of Goethe and Schiller.

For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.

When the iron bird flies the Dharma [Buddhism] will travel to the land of the red man [the Americas].

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

Even stranger things have happened; and perhaps the strangest of all is the marvel that mathematics should be possible to a race akin to the apes.

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.

Contrary to what the norm might be, it is not my goal to make math easy. Perhaps, at times, math will become easy, hopefully after some effort. But if I have to choose between two approaches, where one approach is easy but the students don't really understand what they are doing, and the other approach is more complicated but builds an understanding of the concepts better - then I will usually take the latter approach.

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties; He integrates empirically.

No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level – I mean the wages of decent living.

The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

As long as armies exist, any serious conflict will lead to war.

Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings.

We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.

It's better to do what you think is right and be wrong, than to do what you think is wrong and be right.

This world does need your help so badly. So on behalf of this world I would like to ask you to come in and do something about it.