Quote of the Day 2010-6-24

An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question.

-John Tukey

Bonus trivia: Tukey invented the term “bit”, as a contraction of “binary digit”.

Quote of the Day 2010-6-22

When a man’s vision is fixed on one thing, he might as well be blind.

-Charles Ponzi

Keep in mind that both Argus and Sauron were tricked and defeated.

Quote of the Day 2010-6-21

There is nothing as disturbing to one’s well-being and judgment as to see a friend get rich.

-Charles Kindleberger, Manias, Panics, and Crashes

Quotes of the Day 2010-6-3

It’s OK, you’re a Goonie and Goonies always make mistakes…just don’t make any more!

-Mikey, The Goonies

Goonies never say die!

Bonus second quote, best line of the movie:

Francis Fratelli: Tell us everything! Everything!
Chunk: OK! I’ll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog… When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out… But the worst thing I ever done – I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa – and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.
Jake Fratelli: I’m beginning to like this kid, Ma.

Quote of the Day 2010-6-2

Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bonus trivia: von Goethe was a German polymath whose work spanned poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, natural science, and mineralogy.

Quote of the Day 2010-6-1

Most people, if you describe a train of events to them, will tell you what the result would be. They can put those events together in their minds, and argue from them that something will come to pass. There are few people, however, who, if you told them a result, would be able to evolve from their own inner consciousness what the steps were which led up to that result. This power is what I mean when I talk of reasoning backward, or analytically.

-Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet