Albert Einstein:

  • The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
  • You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
  • Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
  • Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
  • Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
  • A table, a chair, a bowl of fruits and a violin. What else does a man need to be happy ?
  • Force always attracts men of low morality.
  • God always takes the simplest ways.
  • Great spirits have always encountered a violent opposition from mediocre minds.
  • Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them.
  • I do not believe in the god of theology who rewards good and punishes the evil.
  • I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
  • Imagination is everything. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.
  • Look deep into nature, and than you will understand everything better.
  • My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
  • Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
  • Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
  • The deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
  • The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative minds.
  • The only source of knowledge is experience.
  • The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
  • We still don’t know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
  • The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.
  • If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
  • The example of great and pure characters is the only thing that can produce fine ideas and noble deeds.
  • If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
  • In the matter of physics, the first lessons should contain nothing but what is experimental and interesting to see.
  • A pretty experiment is in itself often more valuable than twenty formula extracted from our minds.
  • It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
  • Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
  • Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
  • No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.

Isaac Newton:

  • If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
  • We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
  • Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.
  • What goes up must come down.
  • Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
  • Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.
  • This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
  • Nature is pleased with simplicity.

Mark Twain:

  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
  • A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
  • Of all the animals, man is the only one that lies.
  • Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
  • Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience – this is the ideal life.
  • You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
  • Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
  • Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
  • Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
  • Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
  • Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
  • When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.
  • The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
  • Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired.
  • Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.
  • The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
  • Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
  • If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat.
  • Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
  • If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.
  • What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.

Plato:

  • Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
  • How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?
  • A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
  • Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
  • All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
  • One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
  • Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
  • The beginning is the most important part of the work.
  • Courage is knowing what not to fear.
  • Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
  • Science is nothing but perception.
  • Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
  • Knowledge is true opinion.
  • Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.

Aristotle:

  • There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
  • At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
  • It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
  • The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
  • A friend to all is a friend to none.
  • Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
  • Hope is a waking dream.
  • Wit is educated insolence.
  • Well begun is half done.
  • Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
  • The secret to humor is surprise.
  • Change in all things is sweet.
  • All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

Aesop:

  • Adventure is worthwhile.
  • Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
  • United we stand, divided we fall.
  • The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
  • Please all, and you will please none.
  • Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
  • Familiarity breeds contempt.

Albert Camus:

  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
  • You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
  • Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
  • Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
  • Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
  • To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
  • An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
  • The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
  • Integrity has no need of rules.
  • Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
  • Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship – never.
  • Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
  • It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
  • Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

[French – Writer June 29, 1900 – July 31, 1944]

  • Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
  • The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.
  • The one thing that matters is the effort.
  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

J. R. R. Tolkien:

  • Not all those who wander are lost.
  • All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
  • All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
  • The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
  • Short cuts make long delays.
  • Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favorite haunt.
  • Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.

Helen Keller:

  • Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
  • The highest result of education is tolerance.
  • One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
  • What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.

Ayn Rand:

[Russian – Writer February 2, 1905 – March 6, 1982]

  • So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
  • Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.
  • The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
  • Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
  • Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.

Albert Schweitzer:

[German Theologian January 14, 1875 – September 4, 1965]

  • There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
  • Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
  • The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
  • Example is leadership.
  • Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.
  • Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
  • Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.

Baruch Spinoza:

[Dutch – Philosopher November 24, 1632 – February 21, 1677]

  • The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
  • Desire is the essence of a man.
  • Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts.

Aldous Huxley:

  • After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
  • Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.
  • The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
  • Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
  • Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
  • All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
  • Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
  • Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

Abraham Lincoln:

  • You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
  • Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
  • How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
  • Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
  • I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
  • Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
  • Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
  • The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.
  • Knavery and flattery are blood relations.
  • I am rather inclined to silence.

Benjamin Franklin:

American – Politician January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790

  • Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
  • Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
  • Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
  • One today is worth two tomorrows.
  • Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
  • Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
  • Well done is better than well said.
  • It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
  • Lost time is never found again.
  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
  • Energy and persistence conquer all things.
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.
  • Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
  • Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
  • Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
  • By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
  • Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
  • You may delay, but time will not.
  • When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
  • To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
  • The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
  • An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow.
  • I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • The doors of wisdom are never shut.
  • When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.
  • The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
  • A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.
  • He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
  • Where there’s marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
  • Creditors have better memories than debtors.
  • It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
  • Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
  • Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
  • The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
  • He that sows thorns should never go barefoot.
  • Fatigue is the best pillow.
  • He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.

Bertrand Russell:

British – Philosopher May 18, 1872 – February 2, 1970

  • The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
  • The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
  • Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
  • The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
  • Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
  • Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.
  • One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
  • A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
  • Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
  • The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
  • To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
  • Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
  • I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
  • It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
  • The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
  • There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
  • Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
  • Boredom is… a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
  • Drunkenness is temporary suicide.

Jimi Hendrix:

  • When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
  • Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
  • Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
  • I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.
  • Music is my religion.
  • If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.
  • Music is a safe kind of high.
  • When I die, just keep playing the records.
  • Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.

John Lennon:

  • Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
  • Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
  • I believe time wounds all heels.
  • Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
  • God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

Henny Youngman:

  • The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.
  • When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
  • Why do Jewish men die before their wives? They want to.
  • I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.
  • I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.
  • Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
  • Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? They’re worth it.
  • My other brother-in-law died. He was a karate expert, then joined the army. The first time he saluted, he killed himself.
  • My son complains about headaches. I tell him all the time, when you get out of bed, it’s feet first!
  • My brother was a lifeguard in a car wash.

Others:

  • If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. [Napoleon]
  • Humor is just another defense against the universe. [Mel Brooks]
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. [Mahatma Gandhi]
  • Without music, life would be a mistake. [Friedrich Nietzsche]
  • Hell is full of musical amateurs. [George Bernard Shaw]
  • Trying is the first step towards failure. [Homer Simpson]
  • God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. [Voltaire]
  • Wisdom begins in wonder. [Socrates – Greek Philosopher 469 BC – 399 BC]
  • When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. [Walt Disney]
  • All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. [Walt Disney]
  • Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset. [Ann Landers]
  • Big results require big ambitions. [Heraclitus – Greek Philosopher 544 BC – 483 BC]
  • Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. [Euripides – Greek Poet 480 BC – 406 BC]
  • Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. [Robert Louis Stevenson]
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. [Confucius]
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going. [Winston Churchill]
  • There is always room at the top. [Daniel Webster]
  • No one has ever become poor by giving. [Anna Frank]
  • To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. [Isaac Asimov]
  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. [Leonardo da Vinci]

Yogi Berra Explains Jazz:

Can you explain jazz?

I can’t, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it’s wrong.

I don’t understand.

Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.

Do you understand it?

No. That’s why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn’t know anything about it.

Are there any great jazz players alive today?

No. All the great jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead. Some would kill for it.

What is syncopation?

That’s when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz, you don’t hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz, but only if they’re the same as something different from those other kinds.

Now I really don’t understand.

I haven’t taught you enough for you to not understand jazz that well.