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There is nothing certain but uncertainty.

posted Jan 27, 2016, 6:24 AM by berzal@acm.org

-- Pliny

There is nothing so practical as a good theory.

posted Jan 6, 2016, 9:59 AM by Fernando Berzal   [ updated Jan 6, 2016, 9:59 AM ]

-- Kurt Lewin, "Field Theory in Social Science," Harper & Row, 1951

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.

posted Oct 27, 2013, 10:20 AM by Fernando Berzal

-- Donald E. Knuth, "Notes on the van Emde Boas construction of priority deques: An instructive use of recursion" (five-page memo sent to Peter van Emde Boas, Robert Tarjan, and John Hopcroft), March 22, 1977

There is no art which one government sooner learns from another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.

posted Jan 9, 2012, 9:23 AM by Fernando Berzal

-- Adam Smith, "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" (1776)

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

posted Sep 27, 2011, 5:38 AM by Fernando Berzal   [ updated Sep 27, 2011, 5:49 AM ]

 -- George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903), "Maxims for Revolutionists"

I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

posted Sep 15, 2011, 3:05 PM by Fernando Berzal   [ updated Oct 1, 2011, 9:50 AM ]

-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892), "A Scandal in Bohemia"

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