- 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. (Mark Twain)
- Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive. (Harold Whitman)
- Ars longa, vita brevis (Hippocrates)
- Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness—all foes to real understanding. Likewise, tolerance or broad, wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. (Mark Twain)
- If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. (Buckminster Fuller)
- A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. (Robert Heinlein)
- True greatness is measured by how much freedom you give to others, not by how much you can coerce others to do what you want. (Larry Wall, Creator of Perl)
- Perfection is reached not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. (Antoine de Saint Exupery)
- Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo da Vinci)
- Truth is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations. (John von Neumann)
- How not to get lost in the complexities of our own making is still computing's core challenge. (Edsger Dijkstra)
- The computer can't tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what's missing is the eyebrows. (Frank Zappa)
- If the mind was so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't. (Emerson Pugh)
- Life is a mystery to be experienced, not a problem to be solved. (Unknown)
- Our actions in this world, and our ability to rise above the limits of our own self-interest, live on far beyond us and play their humble part in shaping a world of spirituality and peace. (Kent Nerburn)
- If you realized that the nurtured spiritual part of yourself would accompany you on your eternal journey and that everything else you have labored so hard to accumulate would vanish the instant you depart this world, would it alter your daily agenda? (Walter Cooper)
- God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.
Each note is a need coming through one of us,
a passion, a longing pain.
Remember the lips
where the wind-breath originated,
and let your note be clear.
Don't try to end it.
Be your note.