Quotes: F

When I read that smoking was bad for me I gave up reading.

fat fellow worker, 1961

The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.

William Faulkner

You can say anything you want in Act I so long as you make it clear by the end of Act III that you didn’t mean it.

Jules Feiffer

It is more reasonable to believe that UFOs are the result of the known, irrational behavior of terrestrials than the unknown, rational behavior of extraterrestrials.

Richard Feynman

Anyone who claims to understand quantum theory is either lying or crazy.

Richard Feynman

Science is like sex: Sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.

Richard Feynman

It’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.

Richard Feynman

I think nature’s imagination is so much greater than mans. She’s never gonna let us relax.

Richard Feynman

Patience: A virtue very apt to be fatigued by exercise.

Henry Fielding

I don’t have a problem with drugs so much as I have a problem with sobriety.

Carrie Fisher

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Gustave Flaubert

One should always take one’s work seriously, but one should never take oneself seriously.

Margot Fonteyn

You can have any color you want: so long as it’s black.

Henry Ford

Never lend a book. People never return books. All the books in my library belong to other people.

Anatole France

You may delay, but time will not.

Ben Franklin

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

Ben Franklin

The voice of truth can be shouted over, shouted down, but never altogether silenced.

Freud (paraphrase)

It is a mistake to believe that a science consists in nothing but conclusively proved propositions, and it is unjust to demand that it should. It is a demand only made by those who feel a craving for authority in some form and a need to replace the religious catechism by something else, even if it be a scientific one. Science in its catechism has but few apodictic precepts; it consists mainly of statements which it has developed to varying degrees of probability. The capacity to be content with these approximations to certainty and the ability to carry on constructive work despite the lack of final confirmation are actually a mark of the scientific habit of mind.


It is rational to be ignorant when information costs more than it is worth.

David Friedman

Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.”

Robert Frost

Do more with less.

Bucky Fuller

News: Our most polluted resource

Bucky Fuller

99% of reality is invisible.

Bucky Fuller

Politics is an accessory after the fact. It comes along after the fact of evolution.

Bucky Fuller

—And Ignorance was quarterback.
—What about Greed?
—He played center.

Bucky Fuller

They refused to learn what they had learned.

Bucky Fuller
commenting on the army’s giving money to MIT
after learning that it was small liberal arts colleges
that contributed to creativity

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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