The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date.
– Charles Caleb Colton, 1780 – 1832

The rule on staying alive as a forcaster is to give ’em a number or give ’em a date, but never give ’em both at once.
– Jane Bryant Quinn

There’ll be two dates on your tombstone
And all your friends will read ’em
But all that’s gonna matter
is that little dash between ’em.
– Kevin Welch

Never mind about 1066 William the Conqueror, 1087 William the Second. Such things are not going to affect one’s life … but 1932 the Mars Bar and 1936 Maltesers and 1937 the Kit Kat – these dates are milestones in history and should be seared into the memory of every child in the country.
– Roald Dahl, 1916 – 1990

In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
– Edith Wharton, 1862 – 1937

Optimists and pessimists differ only on the date of the end of the world.
– Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1909 – 1966


If you don’t like babies don’t watch. 🙂 She doesn’t do anything special in this …. just cute overload. I like messy baby eating.
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Theory and practice

Talent and genius operate outside the rules, and theory conflicts with practice.
– Carl von Clausewitz, 1780 – 1831

One of the most difficult features of direct experience is that it is unfiltered by any theories or expectations. It’s hard to observe without imposing a theory to explain what we’re seeing, but the trouble with theories, as Einstein said, is that they explain not only what is observed, but what can be observed. We start to build expectations based on our theories.
– Michael Crichton, 1942 – 2008

Modern psychology teaches that experience is not merely the best teacher, but the only possible teacher.. There is no war between theory and practice. The most valuable experience demands both, and the theory should supplement the practice and not precede it.
– Charles F. Kettering, 1876 – 1958

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
– Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut, 1953 – 1994

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
– Niels Bohr, 1885 – 1962

Happy Birthday, Al

It’s Pi day! And Albert Einstein’s birthday.


All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.

As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.

The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being.

The Lord God is subtle, but malicious He is not.

Why is it that nobody understands me and everybody likes me?
All from Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955

Happy Valentines Day

In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.
– Elizabeth Ashley

Story writers say that love is concerned only with young people, and the excitement and glamour of romance end at the altar. How blind they are. The best romance is inside marriage; the finest love stories come after the wedding, not before.
– Irving Stone, 1903 – 1989

The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conducted will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803–1882

Medicine, law, business, engineering. These are noble pursuits. And necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love. These are what we stay alive for.
– Tom Schulman, Dead Poets Society (1989)

You need not attempt to shake off or to banter off Romance. It is an evil you will never get rid of to the end of your days. It is a part of yourself … of your soul. Age will only mellow it a little, and give it a holier tone.
– Edgar Allan Poe, 1809 – 1849

Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.
– John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807 – 1892

These are all from Van the Quotemaster, aka :
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Quote of the Day, Week and Month

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair.  We’d never have a friendship.  We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical.  Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

–Annie Dillard

Quote O’ The Day

“When you’re single again, at the beginning you’re very optimistic and you say, ‘I want to meet someone who’s really smart, really sweet, really sensitive.’ And six months later you’re like, ‘Lord, any mammal with a day job.'”

–Carol Leifer


I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

–Kahlil Gibran

via Lorena at Snarkland 

Quote O’ The Day

Two of ’em.  I think I’ve posted the first one before but I like it enough to do it twice.

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
– Howard Aiken


The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
– David Friedman