about ambition, humility, comprehension, failure, evidence, critique and wisdom

Horst Hintze-Bruening, natural scientist and photographer

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food for thought:

“The scientist believes in proof without certainty, the bigot in certainty without proof.”
Ashley Montagu, Science and Creationism

“It is not so much that I have confidence in scientists being right, but that I have so much in nonscientists being wrong.”
Isaac Asimov

“...and when is enough proof enough?”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“Laughter is a tangible evidence of hope.”
Michael Jr.

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
Albert Einstein

“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”
Albert Einstein

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
Albert Einstein

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
Mark Twain

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”
Paulo Coelho

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Truman Capote

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
Leo Buscaglia

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Whether you live to be 50 or 100 makes no difference, if you made no difference in the world.”
Jarod Kintz, Great Listener Series Mute Women

“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
Karl Lagerfeld

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”
Anselm Adams