"Tradition ist die Weitergabe des Feuers und nicht die
Anbetung der Asche" (attributed to several sources)
may throw a dice, their minds as cold as ice" (B.
Ulvaeus commenting on A.E.)
"No man is an island" (J. Donne commenting on the Social
"A raging bull; castrated, as an ox, it can feed the world"
Page, what is this? We do not pay you to do basic research!"
(on industrial research)
"Bad talks make you want to die and good talks mess up your
brain" (why one should avoid talks)
"Where a third guest bathroom is more important than good
schools" (on strange places)
"No it ain't necessarily so" (Sportin'Life)
She asked: “Who Do you like better: the French or the
British?” He replied: “I don’t like my fellow countrymen, I
don’t like the people in my quarter, I don’t like my family and
I don’t like myself. Why should I like the French or the
British?” (on wrong questions)
"Not in cold blood; enjoying it, with a cup of tea" (the
"All I told you is true and the opposite is also true"
"I mean, how do you dance to it?" (Referring to Chet Baker's
music) (Cool and the Crazy)
"Well, I'm not a building" (after he explained that the camera
was a three-dimensional camera (?) ... meant for photographing
three-dimensional subjects and she responded that, as a matter
of fact, she was three-dimensional, to what he replied that the
camera was basically for buildungs) (Two for the Road)
"You don't mess with the Zohan" (You don't mess with the
"Es wird bös enden!" (Zur Sache Schätzchen)
"Awesome, 40 years ago they only played music for old people,
but now there is really good music on the radio" (things change
"Maybe we should look at The Shire not in terms of average
wage, corruption and democracy indices, or tax load, but
in terms of the humanoids that live there and their stories"
Contradicting his own paradigm, Guy Berkeley "Berke"
Breathed's Bloom County is more eternal than a ripe melon
If you only know Deep Learning, you're pretty shallow! (on
"How old are you?"---"Ten!"--- "Cool! When I was your age, I
was also ten!" (on coincidences)
Sometimes, if you push against a wall, and it seems that the
harder you push, the more resistance you feel, it might be
wiser to look for the door (on pushing really hard)
Mother Nature shouldn't worry too much: humans are a transient
life form (on one less worry)
Classical Physics: I don't know where my marbles are but
Mother Nature does; Quantum Physics: we both lost our marbles
(on the interpretation of quantum mechanics)
On less flexible researchers: Well in the age of Block Chain
Cognitive Scalable Quantum AI, even the fastest researcher
(I mean the real ones) cannot keep up with the lightning speed
of PowerPoint: Is it research? Is it technology? No it is
In a recent interview Peter Wohlleben (Wood Wide Web) made a
very interesting point: we do not have to take care of nature
for the sake of nature's survival: There will be some very rich
form of nature in the far future, pretty much whatever we do.
After all, nature survived past disasters quite well, such as
several mass extinctions. We need to take care of nature only
for the sake of our own survival!
My team members' and students' job is it to do all the hard
work in the office. My job is it to make them believe that it is
all worth it (on different roles)
The philosophers in Ancient Greece did not complain too
much that their slaves stole their jobs. We will all be
philosophers (on a future with AI)
Maybe statistics is just counting peas --- but counting peas
let us understand the secrets of life