I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things I have explained, but also as to those which I have intentionally omitted, so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
We cannot confuse what to us appears unnatural with the absolutely impossible.
The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.
Depend upon it,
there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace.
in A Case of Identity by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it, namely, that, in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Folks that throw dirt on you aren’t always trying to hurt you, and folks that pull you out of a jam aren’t always trying to help you. But the main point is when you’re up to your nose in shit, keep your mouth shut.
A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.
Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.
We’re all pretty bizarre.
Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.
…for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.
Answers are easy. It’s asking the right questions [that’s] hard.
The last thing one knows when writing a book is what to put first.