Quotes Collected by Ken Knowlton
An error is the more dangerous the more
truth it contains.
Mere power and mere knowledge exalt human nature but do not bless it.
We must gather from the whole store of things such as make most for
the uses of life.
One of the favorite maxims of my father [Niels Bohr] was the distinction
between the two sorts of truths, profound truths recognized by the fact
that the opposite is also a profound truth, in contrast to trivialities
where opposites are obviously absurd.
Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient
There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.
"Words are like sheepdogs herding ideas."
One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it
has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under
Mankind needs the existence of mysteries, not their solutions.
The Lord is subtle, but he isn't simply mean.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is
the source of all true art and science.
The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness.
He who wonders discovers that this is in itself a wonder.
The greatest happiness for the thinking man is to fathom the fathomable,
and to quietly revere the unfathomable.
Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
I'd like to know what this whole show / is all about before it's out.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Each mind is unique.
One life is not enough.
Not how long you live, but how much you have lived, how much meaning
your life has absorbed and passed on, is what matters.
If we are to create balanced human beings, capable of entering into
world-wide cooperation with other [people] of good will ... we must
give as much weight to the arousal of the emotions and to the expression
of moral and esthetic values as we now give to science, to invention,
to practical organization.
[V]alues do not come ready-made: they are achieved by a resolute attempt
to square the facts of one's own experience with the historic patterns
formed in the past by those who devoted their whole lives to achieving
and expressing values.
[The] historic manifestations of love are not recorded in today's newspaper
or the current radio program: they are hidden to people who possess
only fashionable minds. Virtue is not a chemical product, as Taine once
described it: it is a historic product, like language and literature;
and this means that if we cease to care about it, cease to cultivate
it, cease to transmit its funded values, a large part of it will become
meaningless, like a dead language to which we have lost the key. That,
I submit, is what has happened in our own lifetime.
The universe is the language of God.
All Life is Problem Solving (book title).
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere
in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.