Ken Larsen's web site - My favorite quotes


"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."  -Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
"I'm not a member of any organized political party.  I'm a Democrat." -Will Rogers 1879-1935

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and then throw the bad ones away." Linus Pauling 1901-1994  (won two Nobel prizes)

This is the best way to deal with a complicated situation.  [details]

"Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for me."
"Getting an education at MIT is like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose."  -fellow student to me when I attended MIT

This aptly describes the world we currently live in.  Every day we're bombarded with countless emails, tweets, and other demands on our time.  Trying to keep up is like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose.
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." -Socrates 469 BC -399 BC
"If a child can do advanced math, speak 3 languages, or receive top grades, but can't manage their emotions, practice conflict resolution, or handle stress, none of that other stuff is really going to matter." -Facebook post by Appelbaum Training Institute  November 6, 2018
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."  -John F. Kennedy 1917-1963  (a quote from his 1961 inaugural address)
"If all else fails, read the instruction manual."
"Brevity is the soul of wit." -William Shakespeare 1564-1616

"There is no virtue to doing things the hard way."

"Religion is the opium of the masses." -Karl Marx 1818-1883
"Discretion is the better part of valor." -proverb  [Be careful and avoid taking unnecessary risks.]
"Act in haste, repent at leisure." -aphorism

"The world is my country, science is my religion." Christiaan Huygens 1629-1695

"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it." -Samuel Clemens 1835-1910 (aka Mark Twain)

"If you're in a hole, stop digging."  -Will Rogers 1879-1935
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - aphorism
"You're confusing possibilities with probabilities."  -9 year old Sheldon to his pastor in an episode of Young Sheldon aired on November 9, 2017
"Correlation does not imply causation."  [details]

"If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else." Yogi Berra 1925-2015

"I'd rather light a candle (science) than worship the darkness (religion)."  -Ken Larsen June 1, 2011

"When you get to the fork in the road, take it." -Yogi Berra 1925-2015

"I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member." -Groucho Marx 1890-1977
"I intend to live forever, or die trying." -Groucho Marx 1890-1977
"He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you.  He really is an idiot." -Groucho Marx 1890-1977
"The problem with doing nothing is that you never know when you're finished." -Groucho Marx 1890-1977
"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.  If you can fake that, you've got it made." -Groucho Marx 1890-1977
"I'd like to buy him for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth."  -my dad 1907-1995
"Exercise is the best medicine."
"Don't over-egg the pudding."  -If someone "over-eggs a pudding" they spoil it by trying too hard to improve it.
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." -Charles Caleb Colton 1780-1832


I've tried to place the most interesting/profound/currently-relevant quotes higher in the table. 



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