Eugene Fink's collection of quotes: Quotes from scientific articles

Eugene Fink

Here are some quotes from textbooks and scientific articles, most of which are in Computer Science.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler. (Albert Einstein)

The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating, even awe-inspiring -- but impersonal. It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it. (Herbert Simon)

One finds limits by pushing them. (Herbert Simon)

Experience does by no means automatically leads to wisdom and understanding. (Edsger W. Dijkstra)

Sexual intercourse is really a pretty simple activity. Most animals execute the act with a minimum of difficulty. However, humans manage to make sexual relations terribly complicated. (Wayne Weiten)

Reality is what resists. (B. Latour)

Children often have been likened to scientists. Both ask fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Both also ask innumerable questions that seem utterly trivial to others. Finally, both are granted by society the time to pursue their musings. (R. Seigler)

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. (Andrew S. Tanenbaum)

The road to ruin is lined with easy ways out. (Ron Wodaski)

Mistakes are the tuition in the school of life. (Ron Wodaski)

A book is never finished, it is only published. (Derick Wood)

Compared to Nature we suffer a poverty of imagination; it is thus much easier for us to uncover than to invent. (Douglas B. Lenat and Edward A. Feigenbaum)

Research questions and theories will inevitably contain ill-defined terms if they are to have any generality. (Paul R. Cohen)

Anyone who says things cannot get any worse is a fool. Things can always get worse. (Richard Gosse)

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