But as the work proceeded I was continually reminded of the fable about the elephant and the tortoise. Having constructed an elephant upon which the mathematical world could rest, I found the elephant tottering, and proceeded to construct a tortoise to keep the elephant from falling. But the tortois
I cannot escape from the conclusion that the great ages of progress have depended upon a small number of individuals of transcendent ability.
What makes a free thinker is not his beliefs, but the way in which he holds them. If he holds them because his elders told him they were true when he was young, or if he holds them because if he did not he would be unhappy, his thought is not free; but if he holds them because, after careful thought
The finding of arguments for a conclusion given in advance is not philosophy, but special pleading
Inferences of Science and Common Sense differ from those of deductive logic and mathematics in a very important respect, namely, when the premises are true and the reasoning correct, the conclusion is only probable.
Dr. Arnold . . . the admired reformer of public schools, came across some cranks who thought it a mistake to flog boys. Anyone reading his outburst of furious indignation against this opinion will be forced to the conclusion that he enjoyed inflicting floggings.
Animal rights, taken to their logical conclusion, mean votes for oysters.
The newspapers at one time said that I was dead but after carefully examining the evidence I came to the conclusion that this statement was false.
The chicken noticed that the farmer came every day to feed it. It predicted that the farmer would continue to bring food every day. Inductivists think that the chicken had "extrapolated" its observations into a theory, and that each feeding time added justification to that theory. Then one day the f
My conclusion is that there is no reason to believe any of the dogmas of traditional theology and, further, that there is no reason to wish that they were true. Man, in so far as he is not subject to natural forces, is free to work out his own destiny. The responsibility is his, and so is the opport
The virtuous man is driven by responsibility, the non-virtuous man is driven by profit.
A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confu
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Be in harmony, yet be different.
There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute.
You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath
Seek Not Every Quality In One Individual.
Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger... Men of superior mind busy themselves first getting at the root of things; when they succeed, the right course is open to them.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of all these things.
There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth ... lust. When he is strong ... quarrelsomeness. When he is old ... covetousness.
Sincerity is the way of heaven.
These are the four abuses: desire to succeed in order to make oneself famous; taking credit for the labors of others; refusal to correct one's errors despite advice; refusal to change one's ideas despite warnings.
I'd rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent.
Transport a handful of earth everyday and you will make a mountain.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confu
Those who are firm, enduring, simple and unpretentious are the nearest to virtue.
Don't curse the darkness, light a candle.
Because the newer methods of treatment are good, it does not follow that the old ones were bad: for if our honorable and worshipful ancestors had not recovered from their ailments, you and I would not be here today.