Selected Quotes

"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, Said to Wolfgang Pauli after his presentation of Heisenberg's and Pauli's nonlinear field theory of elementary particles, at Columbia University (1958), as reported by F. J. Dyson in his paper "Innovation in Physics"

"An expert is a person who has found out by his own painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field. "
   --Niels Bohr, As quoted by Edward Teller, in Dr. Edward Teller's Magnificent Obsession by Robert Coughlan, in LIFE magazine (6 September 1954), p. 62

"The Puritan ethic is the constant fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time. "
   --Theron Marcus Vining

"Be excellent to each other, and party on! "
   --Rufus, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning: another instance of the fact that the future lies with the youth. [Often paraphrased as "Science progresses one funeral at a time".] "
   --Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers. New York: Philosophical library, 1950, p. 33, 97

"There is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong. "
   --H. L. Mencken, 1920, Prejudices: Second Series by H. L. Mencken (Henry Louis Mencken), Chapter 4: The Divine Afflatus, Start Page 155, Borzoi: Alfred A. Knopf, New York.(but often attributed to othere as well)

"When the president does it … that means that it is not illegal "
   --Richard Nixon, 1977 interview with David Frost

"...In addition to these changes, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer Stan Deal will retire from the company and Stephanie Pope will lead our BCA business, effective today. I want to thank Stan for his many contributions and dedication since first joining our ranks 38 years ago, and for his tireless service as our BCA leader during an uncommonly difficult period for our company and for our industry. "
   --Dave Calhoun, Boeing President, In a message shared with all Boeing today 20240325,

"When I played Keokuk one night they were so packed in they couldn't laugh ha ha ha, they had to laugh ho, ho ho "
   --W.C. Fields

"Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It's 1183 and we're barbarians! How clear we make it. Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war: not history's forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can't we love one another just a little - that's how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children. We could change the world.   "
   --Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lion in Winter (1968),