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Some Quotes I Like

At some point in time, the quotes listed below have appeared on my O-Chem exams...

I generally find them in books I am reading, or steal them from The Simpsons...


I fully realize that I have not succeeded in answering all of your questions... Indeed, I feel I have not answered any of them completely. The answers I have found only serve to raise a whole new set of questions, which only lead to more problems, some of which we weren't even aware were problems. To sum it all up... In some ways I feel we are confused as ever, but I believe we are confused on a higher level, and about more important things.

- Unknown

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

- W H Auden

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

- Socrates

It is disconcerting to reflect on the number of students we have flunked in chemistry for not knowing what we later found to be untrue.

- Robert L Weber

A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

- Max Planck

Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet, the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.

- Bertrand Russell

Here's a warm welcome to all the intelligent life forms out there. And to the rest of you... the trick is to bang the rocks together, guys.

- Douglas Adams
Taken from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Shall in these confines, with a monarch's voice,

Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war;

That this foul deed shall smell above the earth

With carrion men, groaning for burial.

- William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar (Act III, Scene I)

Organic chemistry just now is enough to drive one mad. It gives me the impression of a primeval forest full of the most remarkable things, a monstrous and boundless thicket, with no way of escape, into which one may well dread to enter.

- Friedrich Wohler
Taken from Chasing the Molecule by John Buckingham

I can't believe it! Reading and writing actually paid off!

- Homer Simpson

People must understand that science is inherently neither a potential for good nor for evil. It is a potential to be harnessed by man to do his bidding.

- Glenn Seaborg
Winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and UCLA alumnus

Have more than though showest; speak less than thou knowest; lend less than thou owest

- William Shakespeare
King Lear (Act I, Scene IV)

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

- Douglas Adams
Taken from The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams

Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is.

- Sir Winston Churchill
One of Great Britain's greatest Statesmen - find out more here

ATTEMPTED murder, what is that!? Do they give a Nobel Prize for ATTEMPTED chemistry? Well, do they?!

- Sideshow Bob (The Simpsons)

Moe: So this was all a scam. And on Christmas.

Barney: Yeah... Jesus must be spinning in his grave!

- The Simpsons: "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace"

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

- Douglas Adams
Taken from Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams

Being eaten by a crocodile is just like going to sleep... in a giant blender

- Homer Simpson

Man should practice moderation in all things, including moderation.

- Mark Twain

And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?

- Homer Simpson

The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

- Harlan Ellison

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.

- Alec Bourne

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.

- Anatole France

Marge, don't discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals... except the weasel.

- Homer Simpson

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

- Chinese Proverb

This is not the end. It is not the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning.

- Sir Winston Churchill
One of Great Britain's greatest Statesmen - find out more here

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

- William Shakespeare
As You Like It (Act V, Scene I)

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

- Sir Winston Churchill
One of Great Britain's greatest Statesmen - find out more here

Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.

- Gandalf the Grey
Taken from The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

- Chinese Proverb

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

- Douglas Adams
Taken from The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams

There is no fear in science greater than that of being wrong. But the scientist who cannot act in the face of that fear stands little chance of changing textbooks.

- Michael Bishop
Taken from How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science by Michael Bishop
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