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This is the list of quotes that appeared on E-LIST before March, 2003. For list subscription information, go to this page.

February 23, 2003 

"With every true friendship we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests. Thought by thought and act by act, with every breath we build more firmly the kingdom of non-violence that is the true home of the spirit of humanity." -- Mohandas K. Gandhi February 14, 2003

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) February 8, 2003

"History has consequences, but it need have no permanent franchise on the future." -- Prof. John Fleming (Daily Princetonian, 10/24/02) January 31, 2003

"Just enough is more." -- Milton Glaser January 23, 2003

"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." -- Albert Einstein January 16, 2003

"The earth laughs in flowers." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson January 8, 2003

"I always say ... keep a diary, and someday it will keep you." -- Mae West December 31, 2002

"When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us." -- Alexander Graham Bell December 27, 2002

"There is no place I know that compares to pure imagination." -- Roald Dahl, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory December 21, 2002

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." -- Maya Angelou December 17, 2002

"The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed." --Sebastien Roch Nicholas Chamfort November 30, 2002

"For 45 years of the Cold War we were in an arms race with the Soviet Union. Now it appears we're in an arms race with ourselves." -- Admiral Eugene Carroll, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) November 16, 2002

"Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it." -- Lily Tomlin November 6, 2002

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something." -- Woodrow Wilson October 31, 2002

"Give a man a fish and you have given him a meal; teach him how to fish and you have given him a livelihood." -- Chinese proverb October 10, 2002

The same poem segment as last week but a preferred translation: "... and, going to school, on the sidewalk's edge along the way, I stepped on a stone, I did, so as not to recite that day - here: see this stone, from up there? try as you might, you can't; to show all this fine detail - there is no such instrument." -- Miklós Radnóti, written in 1944 a few months before his death October 4, 2002

From one of my favorite Hungarian poems, a timely quote in times of war: "and on my way to school, by the kerbside to postpone a spot-test one certain morning, I stepped upon a stone: look! there's the stone whose magic the pilot cannot see, no instrument would merge it in his topography." -- Miklós Radnóti, written in 1944 a few months before his death The full poem is here: Although no translation will capture the original: September 20, 2002

"It's hard enough to understand art. But it's almost impossible to understand critics!" -- Professor Jim Henle, Math 101: Mathematics as Art (Smith College) September 8, 2002

"It's hard enough to understand art. But it's almost impossible to understand critics!" -- Professor Jim Henle, Math 101: Mathematics as Art (Smith College) August 30, 2002

"A Friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson August 22, 2002

"Attention is the greatest form of generosity." -- Simone Weil August 9, 2002

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." -- Justice Louis Brandeis

August 4, 2002

"You don't have to like me for who I am/ but we'll see what you're made of by what you make of me." -- Ani DiFranco

July 28, 2002

"The publication of poor science is easily rejected by good periodicals. Solid and reliable, but mediocre papers may have the safest sailing through the peer review process. It is noteworthy how often people find it difficult to have their (eventually) Nobel Prize-winning papers accepted for publication in the most prestigious journals." -- for more (e.g. examples of this) see Istvan Hargittai, The Road to Stockholm" July 22, 2002

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." -- Pablo Picasso

July 12, 2002

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun." -- Pablo Picasso July 6, 2002

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something." -- Woodrow Wilson June 29, 2002

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand." -- Albert Einstein June 27, 2002

"Believing in something just because it is popular is lazy. Believing in something just because it's unpopular is lame." -- Alison Greenwald June 20, 2002

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand." -- Albert Einstein June 13, 2002 "Worry doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." -- Corrie Ten Boom June 6, 2002 "Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience." - from Dilbert quotes May 28, 2002 "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito..." African Proverb May 21, 2002 "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up." -- Pablo Picasso May 16, 2002 "A good teacher is one who can understand those who are not very good at explaining, and explain to those who are not very good at understanding." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower May 9, 2002

"Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." -- Yoda, Star Wars

May 4, 2002

"And remember, no matter where you go, there you are." -- Confucius

April 27, 20002

"Surprise is the essence of humor, and nothing is more surprising than truth." -- Bill Watterson, The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

April 24, 2002

Today's quote: "I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering." -- Steven Wright

April 15, 2002

"Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty." -- Albert Einstein

April 9, 2002 - Yom Hashoah

"Writing isn't an occupation, but a duty. I write as much to understand as to be understood." -- Elie Wiesel

April 8, 2002

"Society is like a public pool. Most people want it clean and most people piss in it." -- Unknown (I found this years ago and haven't been able to track it down since.. any thoughts?)

March 26, 2002

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." -- Toni Morrison

March 21, 2002 - Special Issue on Educational Resources

"It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks." -- Albert Einstein, 1921, on Thomas Edison's opinion that a college education is useless; quoted in Frank, Einstein: His Life and Times, p.185.

March 18, 2002

"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings." -- Helen Keller

March 7, 2002 (including good hotel rates)

"The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." -- Gloria Steinem (Smith College:) Class of '56)

March 3, 2002

"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography." -- Ambrose Bierce

February 21, 2002

"What is hateful to you, do not do to others." -- Hillel

February 17, 2002

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen." -- Albert Einstein in E. T. Bell, Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science, 1952.

February 7, 2002

"Behind every great fortune there is a crime." -- from Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac

February 3, 2002

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'. " -- Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

January 29, 2002

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -- Albert Einstein (I'd appreciate help with the origins of this quote.)

January 26, 2002

"The most successful ideological effects are those which have no need for words, and ask no more than complicitous silence." -- Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002), Outline of a Theory of Practice

January 20, 2002

"Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." -- Gustave Flaubert

January 11, 2002

"The press and politicians. A delicate relationship. Too close, and danger ensues. Too far apart and democracy itself cannot function without the essential exchange of information." -- Howard Brenton & David Hare's Pravda

January 7, 2002

The quote was: "History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives." -- Abba Eban, Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. Summit Books Simon and Schuster, NY, 1984, p. 332.

The context: "The best hope is that the principles that enabled a breakthrough to peace with Egypt will assert themselves in a wider context. Men and nations sometimes behave wisely once they have exhausted other alternatives. In the Middle East outside the Egyptian-Israeli relationship, almost every alternative has been tried; wars, sieges, blockades, cease-fires, armistices, terrorism, oil embargoes, Great Power pressures, Un resolutions. Peace is the only thing that has not been tried. The road seems open for the adventure of peace."

Above the text are two pictures. One, in color, is Sadaat and Begin clasping hands at the White House while Jimmy Carter looks on; the other, in black and white, is a young looking Yasir Arafat.

January 2, 2002

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. -- Abba Eban

December 27, 2001

"If we don't change direction, we'll end up where we're headed." -- Chinese proverb

Correction to the last issue's quote (thanks to my Mom): "Research is to see what everybody has seen and think what nobody has thought." (Szentgyörgyi, Albert, Bioenergetics, Academic Press, New York, 1957).

December 21, 2001

"Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different."

--Albert Szent-Györgyi (

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