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About life

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.

~Benjamin Franklin

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful…that’s what matters to me.

– Steve Jobs, on Gates and Microsoft, Wall Street Journal, summer 1993

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

-Theodore Roosevelt, Labor Day address, 1903

I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space.

— Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don”t let the noise of others” opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They some how already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

– Steve Jobs, “Stay hungry , Stay foolish”, Graduation Ceremony of Stanford University, 2005

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again; the never-satisfied man is so strange if he has completed a structure, then it is not in order to dwell in it peacefully, but in order to begin another.

— Gauss, Letter to Bolyai, 1808

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

— Albert Einstein

As long as I have the opportunity I will reside in a country ruled by political
freedom, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law. Political
freedom consists of the freedom to articulate one’s political opinion, in
speech as well as writing. Tolerance means respect towards all forms of opinion of the individual. At present these conditions are not met in
Germany.

–A.Einstein 1933.3.10

About Research

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.

– Socrates, ancient Greek philosopher

Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen, daß ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären, sondern vielmehr dadurch, daß ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben und daß die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein mit der Wahrheit vertraut geworden ist.

* A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

— Max Planck

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

– Albert Einstein

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.

–Captain Kirk, Star Trek

About Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Computer Science is not more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

— Dijkstra

Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Anything else is art.

–D. E. Knuth

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