Worldly phrases for all occasions

Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.

Always remember you're unique - just like everyone else.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

I just got lost in thought. It was an unfamiliar territory.

In order to understand recursivity you must first understand recursivity.

For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.

Strong words are required for weak principles.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -and a lot of courage- to move in the opposite direction.

The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.

Math is like love -- a simple idea but it can get complicated.

It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of leading causes of statistics.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.

Never forget what you need to remember.

It is bad luck to be superstitious.

I was educated once, and it took me years to get over it.

In order to keep an open mind, I am trying to avoid learning anything.

If we are the only intelligent life in the universe, at least there's a finite number of idiots.

Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

A great teacher never strives to explain his vision. He/She simply invites you to stand beside him/her and see for yourself.

Two things I cannot understand: myself and others.

Women like silent men, they think they're listening.

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

A honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.

The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought - particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things.

Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

Accept that some days you are the pidgeon and some days the statue.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.

The ultimate in computer security is when the user cannot use the computer anymore.

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.

Wise men make proverbs; fools repeat them.

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

No one is listening until you make a mistake.

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

If you had everything, where would you keep it?

Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it.

Remember half the people you know are below average.

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance (Socrates).

I am not young enough to know everything (Oscar Wilde).

I wondered why someone didn't do something about the situation -- then I remembered that I am someone.

People are DNA's way of making more DNA.

It is not impossible if it happens.

The way to do things is to begin.

Life is far too important to be taken seriously.

Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.

Today there is no safer place to hide an object of value than between the covers of a book.

Some pursue happiness. Others create it.

The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. It is the essence of his/her being.

In life as in GO, forethought wins.

When right becomes wrong, what's left?

It's a widely accepted fact that if your parents didn't have any children, you won't either.

The difference between intelligence and education is this: Intelligence will make you a good living.

Errant thoughts always find a receptive mind.

When the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers.

I don't mind that you think slowly but I do mind that you are publishing faster than you think.

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

The future will be better tomorrow.

Dios mio dame paciencia... pero damela YA!!

God is alive but he just doesn't want to be involved.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there is great deal of difference.

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Minds that accomodate contradiction are seldom troubled by truth.

e-business, e-commerce, e-government, e-procurement, e-nough (?).

Inform all the troops that communications have completely broken down.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and whatever you hit, call it target.

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.

Believe it or not, 1022003330004444000055555000005555500004444000333002201 is prime.

Man is a rational animal who always looses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

God is real, unless declared integer.

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when whe was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the hell she is.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.

The heresies we should fear are those which can be confused with orthodoxy.

An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

It is better to be defeated on principles than to win on lies.

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

There are no professionals in the game of life, only rank amateurs.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up.

In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

All models are wrong. Some are useful.

A good executive is a person who will share the credit with the person who did all the work.

The advantage of exercising everyday is that you die healthier.

I don't have any solution but I certainly admire the problem.

It will take a larger voice than yours to silence mine.

Today's children are required to know what most people in former times were forbidden to know.

A proberb is a short sentence based on long experience.

Funny, I don't remember being absent minded.

Logic is a systematic method for getting the wrong conclusion... with confidence.

I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.

Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.

The major role of the teacher is to light fires of interest, not deliver a certain amount of material. Students are co-producers in their education.

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people tries to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore depends on unreasonable people.

The best of prophets of the future is the past.

One truly understands only what one can create.

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.

Sadly, all men are created equal.

Truth is not always agreeable or intuitifely obvious, but it usually prevails in spite of our opinions.

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

We are not satisfied to be right, unless we can prove others to be quite wrong.

Used properly, facts can ruin any good idea.

Lost time is never found again.

There are two days about which nobody should ever worry, and these are yesterday and tomorrow.

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.

I strongly doubt that I am skeptical.

The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't say much.

All power corrupts, but we need the electricity.

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

So far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error.

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Life is something everyone should try at least once.

The beginning of success is to be different. The beginning of failure is to be the same.

I've been trying for some time to develope a life style that doesn't require my presence.

``Doing something: making peace and seeking justice''.

We abhor terrorism - unless we're the ones doing the terrorizing.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.

Theorem: The greatest natural integer is 1. Proof: Let N be the greatest natural integer. Assume, by contradiction, that N > 1. By multiplying both sides by N, we obtain N^2 > N. So N is not the greatest. Contradiction. So N = 1.

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

The Romans would never have found time to conquer the world if they had been obliged first to learn latin.

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

A committee is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing else can be done.

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be.

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. (Albert Einstein).

School isn't the place to go for ideas.

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

The basis for optimism is sheer terror.

I am impressed by humankind: I consider that mathematics is a sort of mirror which shows to us the internal mechanism of our brain.

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

After all is said and done, a lot more is usually said than done.

A budget is just a method of worrying before you spend money, as well as afterwards.

A single fact can spoil a good argument.

A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

All extremists should be taken out and shot.

Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.

A day for firm decisions! Or is it?

Never have children, only grandchildren.

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything.

Absurdity: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Where facts are few, experts are many.

Just try harder ... I don't know if you will reach your goals but you'll surely be more tired.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Those guys following me all day long believe that I am paranoic.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice, there is.

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.

It is against US Department of Agriculture regulations to advertise or sell as "Prime Rib" any cut of meat containing a non-prime number of ribs.

I must confess, I was born at a very early age.

You are not searching for the door, but what is beyond it.

If truth is knowledge, knowledge is power, and power corrupts, then aren't all the liars in the world really the good guys?

The ultimate measure of a person is not where he/she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he/she stands at times of challenge and controversy.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.

It is frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.


Thanks Alejandra!


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