"I wish I'd said that" (by Oscar Wilde, to a witty remark by James McNeill Whistler), to which Whistler riposted: "You will, Oscar, you will!"
Some quotes I'm planning to use someday
The only part of college not mired in tradition is the price.
Neoclassical economic theory models "smart people in unbelievably simple situations," while the
real world is populated by "simple people [coping] with incredibly complex situations."
[Axel Leijonhufvud, quoted by Herbert Gintis]
Neal Stephenson is the Homer of geek mythology.
[review in San Diego Union-Tribune]
Quotes I've already used
Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality,
they are not certain; and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality. [Einstein]
All models are wrong, but some are useful. [Box and Draper]
The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of "Ten Best".
[H. Allen Smith]
Action speaks louder than words -- but not nearly as often. [Mark Twain]
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such
wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment
of fact. [Mark Twain]
In my experience most mathematicians are intellectually lazy and especially
dislike reading experimental papers. [Francis Crick]