- The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences by Eugene Wigner
- The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics by Richard Wesley Hamming
- Galilei und die neue Wissenschaft: Experiment und Mathematik von Josef Honerkamp
- When the solution is the problem (Youtube) by Paul Watzlawick
- Can a biologist fix a radio? by Yuri Lazebnik
- Master Foo and the Recruiter by Eric Steven Raymond
Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Nature uses as little as possible of anything.
The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
Everybody calls "clear" those ideas which have the same degree of confusion as his own.
With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.
We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
To establish oneself in the world, one does all one can to seem established there already.
—François de La Rochefoucauld
Nothing is enough to the man for whom enough is too little.
He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great.
The fox condemns the trap, not himself.
When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.
It is a false dichotomy to think of nature and man. Mankind is that factor in nature which exhibits in its most intense form the plasticity of nature.
— Alfred North Whitehead
Civilized man's brain is a museum of contradictory truths.
— Remy de Gourmont
Good sense is the concierge of the mind: its business is not to let suspicious-looking ideas enter or leave.
The public buys its opinions as it buys its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.
— Samuel Butler (II)
To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it.
— William Hazlitt
Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear.
— Joseph Joubert
Viel Denken, nicht viel Wissen ist zu pflegen.
Einfachheit ist der Mut zum Wesentlichen.