scribblings from the original cambridge


fun quotes

"If I had a large amount of money I should found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily about our ears." --Stephen Fry

"On two occasions I have been asked [by Members of Parliament], `Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the [Difference Engine] machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question." --Charles Babbage

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. --Albert Einstein

Love is like pi: real, irrational, and very important. (c)

Apathy at the individual level translates into insanity at the mass level. --Douglas Hofstadter

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know we've been put on this earth to help others. What I haven't figured out is what the others are for.

"Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." --Robert A. Heinlein

"Inflammable means flammable? What a country." --Dr. Nick Riviera

BELLADONNA, n. In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

BEAUTY, n. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

"Will the REAL Laplace Transform please stand up?" --Prof. Arthur Mattuck

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.

"Pooh!" he whispered.

"Yes, Piglet?"

"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."