Philosophical Thread - Favorite Quotes

A thread to post your favorite quotes, please stay on topic...:

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci

Apr 28, 10 12:19 pm

“Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.” - Lao Tzu

Apr 28, 10 12:38 pm

“I do not care if it is a white cat or a black cat as long as it catches mice.” - Deng Xiaoping

Apr 28, 10 12:41 pm

“Study the past if you would define the future.” - Confucious

Apr 28, 10 12:48 pm

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein

Apr 28, 10 12:56 pm
'Mission Accomplished'

- Eight years ago.

Apr 28, 10 12:56 pm

“Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.” - Yogi Berra

Apr 28, 10 12:57 pm

"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, "Make me feel important."" - Mary Kay Ash

Apr 28, 10 1:03 pm

“I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.” - Derek Zoolander

Apr 28, 10 1:41 pm
go do it

"it is not a problem it is an opportunity"

old biker guy i hired once

Apr 28, 10 3:14 pm

"you are what you eat"

Apr 28, 10 3:20 pm
Distant Unicorn

"malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium"

"I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery"

Apr 28, 10 3:24 pm

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” - 18th century British dude

Apr 28, 10 3:37 pm

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they are going to feel all day."


Apr 28, 10 4:12 pm
go do it

Opportunity is missed by most people because
it is dressed in overalls and looks like work

thomas a. edison

Apr 28, 10 4:25 pm

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know."

—United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

Apr 28, 10 4:31 pm

“A boat is safe in the harbor, but that is not what boats are made for.” – Chinese Fortune Cookie

Apr 28, 10 5:40 pm

“Thirty spokes joined at one hub;
emptiness makes the cart useful.
Clay cast into a pot;
the emptiness inside makes it useful.
Doors and windows cut to make a room;
emptiness make the room useful.
Thus being is beneficial
but usefulness comes from the void.”
-Lao Tzu

Apr 28, 10 6:03 pm

“It's been a hard day's night!” - Ringo Starr

Apr 28, 10 6:05 pm

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."

-Winston Churchill

Apr 28, 10 6:39 pm

"early in life i had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility; i chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change" - FLW

Apr 28, 10 6:42 pm

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.” - Winston Churchill

Apr 28, 10 6:47 pm

The Bears are who we thought they were. They're who we thought they were. We played them in preseason — who the hell takes a third game of the preseason like it's bullshit? Bullshit! We played them in the third game — everybody played three quarters — the Bears are who we thought they were! That's why we took the damn field. Now if you want to crown them, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were! And we let 'em off the hook!
-Dennis Green, Former Arizona Cardinals Head Coach

Apr 28, 10 9:17 pm
de Architectura

Rumsfeld + Dennis Green never get old.

De omnibus est dubitandum (Everything should be questioned.)


Apr 28, 10 9:28 pm

"There is no changes or revisions in architecture only improvements" , regarding design.

-Project Architect in the office

Apr 28, 10 9:43 pm

"amateurs worry about inspiration. The rest of us get to work."

-Chuck Close

Apr 28, 10 11:37 pm

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

Apr 28, 10 11:41 pm


- Glenn Beck

Apr 29, 10 11:40 am

"omg, this is the lightest cheese ever!"

-gwyneth paltrow

Apr 29, 10 12:16 pm

"The path to hell is paved with good intentions."

Apr 29, 10 1:05 pm

“If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd.” - Edward De Bono

Apr 29, 10 1:12 pm

"Women marry men believing they'll change, and then are disappointed when they don't.

Men marrry women believing they'll never change, and then are disappointed when they do."

- unknown

Apr 29, 10 1:13 pm
go do it

today is yesterday in the future


Apr 29, 10 5:01 pm

Repetition is the only form of perfection that nature can achieve
c.s holling [ecologist]

Which I interpret: in lieu of being perfect, be tenacious

Apr 29, 10 7:15 pm

"You will lose a lot of money chasing women, but you will never lose women chasing money." - From the Chris Rock movie, I Think I love my Wife

Apr 30, 10 5:45 am
de Architectura

"You know, the stupidest guy in my fraternity became an architect – after he flunked out of dental school!"


Apr 30, 10 12:06 pm
go do it

Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

Apr 30, 10 9:11 pm

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gough

Apr 30, 10 9:35 pm

"'tis safer to be that which we destroy, then by destruction dwell in doubtful joy"

that's my thoughts on the licensure debate

May 1, 10 8:38 am

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

-Lewis Carroll

May 1, 10 12:09 pm

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — [pauses] -shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled" - George W. Bush

May 1, 10 6:31 pm

Always do what you are afraid to do.

May 1, 10 7:51 pm

It is better to be beautiful than good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
Oscar Wilde

May 2, 10 12:07 am

“Trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.” – Daniel Boorstin

May 2, 10 12:15 am
Queen Monkey

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Albert Einstein

"Criticism per se does not worry me. I've always solicited it as part of the design process."
Rem Koolhaas

"Solitude. Only in intimate communion with solitude may man find himself. Solitude is good company and my architecture is not for those who fear or shun it".
Luis Barragán

May 2, 10 7:07 am

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

May 3, 10 8:57 am

Ok I'll give a real one.

We are like the spider. We weave our life and then move along in it. We are like the dreamer who dreams, and then lives in the dream. This is true for the entire universe.

~The Upanishads

May 3, 10 9:43 am

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” - Norman Vincent Peale

May 3, 10 9:45 am
On the fence

"Change you can Xerox." Hillary Clinton

May 3, 10 2:34 pm
On the fence

"I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad."

Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf

May 3, 10 2:39 pm

"the creative architect should not read too much or be too aware of the work of others, but certainly he should be aware of his own derivations and sources. I am interested in the conditions and the environment of primitive forms of life, human and sub-human, and also in more primitive and prehistoric structures....I am interested in the process by which the product evolved rather than the finally perfected form...It seems to me that when a building has been perfected, the architect has killed it. And I am more interested in life."
John M. Johansen

May 3, 10 4:02 pm

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