Expect the output of every program to become the input to another, as yet unknown, program.

''Unix Philosophy, Bell System Technical Journal, Jul-Aug 1978

True greatness is measured by how much freedom you give to others, not by how much you can coerce others to do what you want.

''Larry Wall, Creator of Perl

A drunk person's words are a sober person's thoughts.


Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.

Morihei Ueshiba

The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

Philip K. Dick, "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later", 1978

The painter has only to create one masterpiece, himself, constantly.

Yves Klein

The man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man who is trying to do it.


The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.

Baba Ram Dass
Discovered through Backtrack (cf the quote alongside the logo)

L'art est ce qui rend la vie plus interessante que l'art.

Robert Filliou

No, it's not a record, not really. It's working.
You have to work on paper, and this is the paper. Okay?

Richard Feynman in his discussion with Charles Weiner (Gleick, 1992)
Discovered in Supersizing the Mind by Andy Clark

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

White Racism and Black Consciousness by Steve Biko

Nous sommes les seuls chez qui la réflexion n'inhibe pas l'action.

discours aux Athéniens de Périclès

To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands,
but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.


It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

Anatole France

When I suggest that working hours should be reduced to four,
I am not meaning to imply that all the remaining time should necessarily be spent in pure frivolity.

In Praise of Idleness By Bertrand Russell

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

Albert Einstein

Virtue is the root;
wealth is the result.

The Great Learning by Confucius

Nothing is so dangerous to the progress of the human mind than
to assume our views of science are ultimate,
that there no mysteries in nature,
that our triumphs are complete
and that there are no new worlds to conquer.

Humphry Davy

The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker

Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen,
and thinking what no one else has thought

Albert Szent-Grorgyi

Trees swingin' free
Buses float and buildings dangle:
Now and then it's nice to see
The world - from a different angle.

Shel Silverstein, New World


No matter how far down the wrong road you've gone, turn back.

Turkish proverb

Le bon ouvrier a toujour le bons outils

Gilbert Benetou

Politics have common threads wherever you go.

Travell from Stargate SG1 Season 5 episode 9 (screenplay)

Le tableau est fini quand il a effacé l'idée.

Georges Braque

On ne s'appuie que sur ce qui résiste.

André Malraux

Ceux qui ne bougent pas ne sentent pas leurs chaînes.

Rosa Luxembourg

Comfort comes first as a guest,
Then becomes your host,
And eventually your master.
It is best to keep comfort as a guest.


Je ne suis pas d'accord avec ce que vous dites mais je me battrai jusqu'à la mort pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire.

François-Marie Arouet alias Voltaire

Soyez résolus de ne servir plus, et vous serez libres.

Etienne de La Boétie extrait du Discours de la servitude volontaire

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's.

William Blake

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.


As the births of living creatures are at first ill-shapen,
so are all innovations, which are the births of time.

Francis Bacon

L'intelligence, ça n'est pas ce que l'on sait mais ce que l'on fait quand on ne sait pas.

Jean Piaget

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.

Vernon Cooper

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

Rita Mae Brown

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.

Martin Luther King, jr. in The Trumpet of Conscience

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.

Samuel Johnson

If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

One faces the future with one's past.

Pearl S. Buck

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.

Rita Mae Brown

Facts, or what a man believes to be facts, are delightful... Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Mark Twain

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

Mark Twain

Les ordinateurs sont inutiles : ils ne donnent que les reponses.

Pablo Picasso

Believe those who are seeking the truth;
doubt those who find it.

Andre Gide

Truth is the first casualty of war.


A little note to point out Identify a Quote by Quoteland.com in order to respectfully give credit to the author and to his original idea. Quotegasm is also an excellent repository of wisdom.

You can also have a look at Surfacing wisdom, my own aphorisms.