Quote Archive

Profits are not made by differential cleverness, but by differential stupidity.

— David Ricardo

The way it works is, you do the thing you’re scared shitless of, and you get the courage after you do it, not before you do it.

— Three Kings

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

— Isaac Asimov

The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.

— Adam Smith

The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.

— Milton Friedman

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.

— Epicurus

Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security

— Benjamin Franklin

At the end of reasons comes persuasion.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, reason

We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure

— Karl Popper

All political theories assume, of course, that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ from the rest in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest.

— F.A. Hayek

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’.

— Issac Asimov

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

— Albert Camus

Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.

— Albert Einstein

Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.

— John Dewey

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you only have one.

— Alain Chartier

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

— Oscar Wilde

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.

— Rene Descartes

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.

— Andy Warhol

Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.

— John Maynard Keynes

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.

— Susan Sontag

The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

— Margaret Thatcher

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

— Robert J. Hanlon

Aesthetics are meaningless unless they are accompanied by innovation.

— James Dyson

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.

— Henry Peter Brougham

It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.

— John Maynard Keynes

Great people talk about ideas Average people talk about things Small people talk about other people.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

A man always has two reasons for doing anything; a good reason and the real reason

— J.P. Morgan

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

— Howard Aiken

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologise than it is to get permission

— Grace Hopper

A goal without a plan is just a wish

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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