Perennial Quotes

“It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.”

―Loren Eiseley

“[the artist] disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it, shows there are more pages possible.”

―Robert Henri

“I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”

―Victor Frankenstein (Shelley’s Frankenstein character)

“…the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

―Steve Jobs

“I accept chaos… I’m not sure chaos accepts me.”

―Bob Dylan

“The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.”

―John Stuart Mill 

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

―George Bernard Shaw

“…no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world.”

―Anne Frank

“If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you’re playing by the rules.”

―Paul Arden

“…science depends on eccentricity…”

―Eric Lander

“A man of science may hope for what may be said of him in the future, but he cannot stop to think of the insults―or the compliments―of his own day.”

―Louis Pasteur

“The often cited ‘vast majority’ is always wrong.”

―D. Alan Eastwood

“Common sense is the quintessence of the experience and prejudices of its time. It is a most unreliable advisor when one is confronted with a perfectly new situation.”

―Gustav Naan

“The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.”

―David Bohm

“When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are: Infinite.”

―William Blake

“…rationality of thought imposes a limit on a person’s concept of his relation to the cosmos.”

―John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

―Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced cognitive abilities are indistinguishable from magic.”

―D. Alan Eastwood

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one,”

―Albert Einstein

“Few people have the imagination for reality.”

―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The resistance to a new idea increases as the square of its importance.”

―Bertrand Russell

“All evil consists of self restraint or restraint of others. All evil acts are murderous.”

―William Blake

“If fear is the mind-killer, reverance to doctrines is its back-up system.”

―D. Alan Eastwood

“It is impossible to have perfect and complete information at any given time to make a decision.”

―Herbert Simon

“I write this music for a future time.”

―Ludwig van Beethoven

“A man who is consistent his whole life must be an idiot.”


“Everything you’ve learned in school as ‘obvious’ becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.”

―R. Buckminster Fuller

“The process of discovery is very simple. An unwearied and systematic application of known laws to [of] nature causes the unknown to reveal themselves.”

―Henry David Thoreau

“Science is being done whenever anyone tests his or her idea against the ‘outside world’.”

―Carl Sagan

“…Darwin was one of many independent researchers who, not reliant on grants, did provocatively original work. That kind of freedom and independence is rare today.”

―Rupert Sheldrake

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,  his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest―a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.”

―Albert Einstein

“…the radical innovations of art embody the preverbal stages of new concepts that will eventually change a civilization.”

―Leonard Shlain

“I’m not trying to imitate Nature, I’m trying to find the principles she’s using.”

―R. Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller

“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6, and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.”

―Nikola Tesla

“There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.”

―Albert Einstein

“Einstein did not play dice.”

―D. Alan Eastwood

“Don’t tell God what to do.”

―Niels Bohr

“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.”

―Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Success is measured, though most disbelieve: by what we give, not by what we receive.”

―D. Alan Eastwood

“It’s not the language of painters, but the language of nature which one should listen to.”

―Vincent van Gogh

“The beauty of nature inspires the heart to pursue the nature of beauty.”

―Lawrence Stoller

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

―John Lennon

“There is no science without fancy and no art without facts.”

―Vladimir Nabokov

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

―Albert Einstein

“Knowledge [capital K] does not come to us by details, but in flashes of light from heaven.”

―Henry David Thoreau

“An intellectual is a person who’s found one thing that’s more interesting than sex.”

―Aldous Huxley

“…math makes it easier to explain…how the whole thing is woven together. You find a number here; you find the same number there―maybe they’re related.”

―Leon M. Lederman

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’, but ‘That’s funny…'”

—Isaac Asimov

“There are times when the line distinguishing discovery from creation can’t be drawn.”

—Joseph Chilton Pearce

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

―R. Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller

“All knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.”

―Leonardo da Vinci

“I not only use all the brains I have, I use all the brains I can borrow.”

―Calvin Coolidge

“The order that reigns in the material world indicates…a will that is filled with intelligence.”

―Isaac Newton

“I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one.”

―Nikola Tesla

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”


“[Regarding the development and use of artificial intelligence]…what’s going on with the chess is about as interesting as the fact that a front-end loader can lift more than an Olympics champion, weight lifter, or something. Probably so, but, you know, these are just not serious questions.”

―Noam Chomsky

“Problems cannot be solved within the framework in which the problems were created.”

―Albert Einstein

“Today’s technology tries to move forwards with forces that operate backwards.”

―Viktor Schauberger

“The observer changes the observed and systems change when parts align.”

―Brian T. O’Leary

“The physical universe is plastic in the face of mind.”

―Philip K. Dick

“When the fundamental requirements of any problem are established, the solution becomes apparent.”

―George W. Hoover

“Human mind has experimentally demonstrated at least limited access to the eternal design intellectually governing eternally regenerative Universe.”

―Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller

“The intelligence given to human beings is a blessed gift…[however] Many of our fellow men are not in fact even human; they are rather to be looked upon as consumers of food and producers of excretion. The majority of them leave to the world after their death a decayed body, no more.”

―Leonardo da Vinci

“By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you  get a bad one, you’ll become a  philosopher.”


“Man often complicates life because he specializes.”

―George W. Hoover

“Specialization is for insects.”

―Robert A. Heinlein

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

―Abraham Maslow

“The better the ‘eyes,’ the better the ideas.”

―D. Alan Eastwood

“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

―Albert Einstein

“People need new tools to work with rather than tools that ‘work’ for them. They need technology to make the most of the energy and imagination each has, rather than more well-programmed energy slaves (robots).”

―Ivan Illich

“The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.”

―William Gibson

“Take a look around then, and see that none of the uninitiated are listening. Now by the uninitiated I mean the people who believe in nothing but what they can grasp in their hands, and who will not allow that action or generation or anything invisible can have real existence.”


“Those who see the invisible can do the impossible.”

―D. Alan Eastwood

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

―Walt Disney

“Miracles happen, not in opposition to nature, but in opposition to what we know of nature.”

―St. Augustine

“All great things are done for their own sake.”

―Robert Frost

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

―Steve Jobs

“Never, never, never, never give up.”

―Winston Churchill


One Response to “Perennial Quotes”

  1. Valiant Says:

    I offer this quote by physicist Dr. Thomas Phipps, Jr. as a rebuttal to those who would demean kitchen sink chemists, backyard astronomers, and readers of language in tree bark and leaves:

    “Taxpayers are conditioned to think of ‘research’ as what is done in universities by people with government grants. Actually, research is what was done by the Wright Brothers with their own money.”

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