Felder, Richard, "Speaking of Everything."
Chem. Engr. Education, 30(2), 130-131 (Spring 1996).
SPEAKING OF EVERYTHING
Richard M. Felder
Department of Chemical Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
- A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single
man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
(Antoine de Saint Exupèry)
- Whenever things get really bad, there is always some one
to assure us amid great applause that nothing has happened and
everything is in order. (Carl Jung)
- Children have never been very good at listening to their
elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. (James
- We get the best results in education and research if we
leave their management to people who know something about them.
- Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every
day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. (Elbert
- Law of Probable Dispersal: Whatever hits the fan will
not be evenly distributed. (Tim Kemp)
- A man's hatred is always concentrated on the thing that
makes him conscious of his bad qualities. (Carl Jung)
- There is something that is much more scarce, something
rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
- Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields.
But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge
the more likely they are to think so. (Robert Heinlein)
- Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by
stupidity. ("Hanlon's Razor," possibly originated by Robert Heinlein)
- Many men stumble over discoveries, but most of them pick
themselves up and walk away. (Winston Churchill)
- Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test
first, the lesson afterwards. (Vernon Law)
- The only reason I would take up jogging is to hear heavy
breathing again. (Erma Bombeck)
- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common
denominator, but among those I love I can: all of them make me
laugh. (W.H. Auden)
- I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent.
Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism,
have brought me to my ideas. (Albert Einstein)
- La causa de lo que hacemos es lo que creemos y tambièn
lo que buscamos. (Armando Rugarcia)
- Creativity always dies a quick death in rooms that house
conference tables. (Bruce Herschensohn)
- I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired
at nine o'clock every morning. (Peter DeVries)
- I believe in miracles in every area of life except writing.
Experience has shown me that there are no miracles in writing.
The only thing that produces good writing is hard work.
(Isaac Bashevis Singer)
- We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible
things, and once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him
that would endeavor to erase them. (Goethe)
- Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes
from bad judgment. (Anonymous)
- Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to
keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts.
We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts,
and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the
end result of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties
as signs of decline and decay. (Eric Hoffer)
- More than any other time in history, mankind faces the
crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness,
the other to total extinction. I pray we have the wisdom to choose
wisely. (Woody Allen)
- I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.
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