Mottos Collected by fervvac


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Tranquility

The best way to lose tranquility is to get close to a computer with an
internet connection. True peacefulness comes from within yourself.

    -- AcuteChaos

请想想,你不过就在这里呆了几个月啊?一个陌生的环境里呆几个月你想能有什么
好的结果呢?困难重重!但是1年2年以后呢?当你适应了这里,学会了如何生活的时
候,你就会觉得在这里的好啦! 

每当遇到困难,偶都对自己说,想想大学刚毕业的时候,不时也决的事事都很难啊,
可是5年以后呢?事事都很EASY啦!! 

    -- spirit1@FreeOZ

Happiness

If You Are Unhappy

Once upon a time, there was a nonconforming sparrow who decided not to
fly south for winter. However, soon the weather turned so cold that he
reluctantly started to fly south.

In a short time ice hagan to form on his wings and he fell to earth
in a barnyard, almost frozen. A cow passed by and crapped on the
little sparrow. The sparrow thought it was the end, but the manure
warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy, able to breathe,
he started to sing. Just then a large cat came by and hearing the
chirping, investigated the sounds. The cat cleared away the manure,
found the chirping bird and promply ate him.

The moral of the story:
1. anyone who shits on you is not necessarily your enemy.
2. anyone who gets you out of the shit is not necessarily your friend.
3. and, if you are warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your mouth
   shut.

    -- Anonymous

  快乐有两种,一类来自运动,即肉体上的快乐;一类来自静止,即精神上的
快乐。所以,快乐就是身体的不受痛苦和心灵的不受干扰。当我们说快乐是终极
的目标时,并不是指放荡的快乐和肉体的快乐。精神上的快乐胜于肉体的快乐。
后者是一时的,而前者则通过记忆和希望能与过去和将来相连。

  快乐是我们最高的和天生的善,但我们并不选取所有的快乐。如果它会带来
更大的痛哭,那就应当放弃。但如果忍受一时的痛苦将会使我们获得更大的快乐,
那我们就不应当避免。

  我们所有的行为的目的都是免除痛苦和恐惧。但我们也不反对纵欲,如果那
些纵欲者的快乐能够使他们满足,使他们解除那烦扰灵魂的恐惧,那么对他们有
什么好谴责的呢?

  对于心灵来说,要想获得宁静,就必须生活得高尚,正直,尤其要谨慎。以
谨慎为主的德行跟更愉快的生活结成一体,愉快的生活不能与之分离。


    -- 伊壁鸠鲁

Quotes from a book on Probablistic Theory

What you need is that your brain is open.

    -- Paul Erd\'{o}s

The search for truth is more precious than its procession.

    -- Albert Einstein

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for
ugly mathematics.

    -- G. H. Hardy

You don't have to believe in God but you should believe in The Book.

    -- Paul Erd\'{o}s

It's a thing that non-mathematicians don't realize. Mathematics is
actually an esthetic subject almost entirely.

    -- John Conway

You just keep right on thinking there, Butch, that's what you're good at.

    -- Robert Redford to Paul Newman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

Mathematics seems much more real to me than business - in the sense
that, well, what's the reality in a McDonald's stand? It's here today
and gone tomorrow. Now, the integers - that's reality. When you prove
a theorem, you've really done something that has substance to it, to
which no business venture can compare for reality.
    -- Jim Simons

One of the things that attracks us most when we apply ourselves to a
methematical problem is precisely that within us we always hear the
call: here is the problem, search for the solution, you can find it by
pure thought, for in mathmatics here is no "ignorabimus".

    -- David Hilbert

'A knot!', said Alice, already to make herself useful, and looking
anxiously about here. 'Oh, do let me help to undo it!'

    -- from "Alice in Wonderland", by Lewis Carroll

It is six in the morning. The house is asleep. Nice music is
playing. I prove and conjecture.

    -- Paul Erd\'{o}s, in a letter to Vera S\'{o}s

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the
act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have
clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order
to go into darkness again; the never-satisfied man is so strange - if
he has completed a structure then it is not in order to dwell in it
peacefully, but in order to begin another. I imagine that world
conqueror must feel thus, who, after one kingdom is scarely conquered,
stretches out his arm for another.

    -- Karl Friedrich Gauss

The mystery, as well as the glory, of mathematics lies not so much in
the fact that abstract theories do turn out to be useful in solving
problems but in that wonder of wonders, the fact that a theory meant
for solving one type of problems is often the only way of solving
problems of entirely different kinds, problems for which the theory
was not intended. These coincidences occur so frequently that they
must belong to the essence of mathematics.

    -- Gian-Carlo Rota

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an
international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

    -- George Bernard Shaw

Why did you come to Casablanca anyway, Rick?
        I came for the waters.
Waters, what waters? Casablanca is in the desert.
        I was misinformed.

    -- Claude Rains to Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca"

Math is natural. Nobody could have invented the mathematics
universe. It was there, waiting to be discovered, and it's crazy; it's
bizarre.

    -- John Conway

Misc.

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of
success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you
feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future
accomplishments.

    -- Gustave Flaubert, Christophers New Notes, May '85

智者的坚定是一种将焦虑深藏于心的艺术。

    -- Anonymous

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but
rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man
is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for
his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

    -- Man's Search for Meaning, p.172, Viktor Frankl

Happiness is like a kiss, you have to share it to have it.

    -- Anonymous

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still
exist, but you have ceased to live.

    -- Anonymous

To see a world in a grain of sand 
And a heaven in a wild flower 
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand 
And eternity in an hour 

    -- Anonymous

生活,也让别人生活

  在这世界上生存,具备一定的预见能力和宽恕能力合乎我们争取幸福的目的
;前者帮助我们避免受到伤害和损失,后者则为我们免除了人事纷争和吵闹。

  谁要是生活在人群当中,那就就绝对不应该摒弃任何人——只要这个人是大
自然安排和产生的作品,哪怕这个人是一个最卑劣、最可笑的人。我们应该把这
样一个人视为既成的事实和无法改变:这个人遵循一条永恒的、形而上的规律,
只能表现出他的这个样子。如果我们碰到一些糟糕透顶的人,那就要记住这一句
话:“林子里总少不了一些怪鸟。”如果我们不这样做,那我们就是不公正的,
我们也就等于向这个人发出了生死决斗的挑战。原因在于没有一个人能够改变自
己的真实个性,这包括道德气质、认识能力、长相脾气,等等。如果我们完全彻
底地谴责一个人的本质,那么,这个人除了把我们视为他的仇敌,别无其他选择,
因为我们只在这个人必须脱胎换骨、成为一个与那永远不可改变的他截然不同的
人的前提下,才肯承认这个人的生存权利。

  为此原因,要在人群当中生存,我们就必须容许别人以既定的自身个性存在,
不管这种个性是什么。我们关心的只是如何使一个人以本笥的内容和特质所允许
的方式发挥他的本性的作用,既不应该希望改变,也不可以干脆谴责别人的本性,
这就是“生活,也让别人生活”这条格言的含义。这种做法虽然合乎理性,但具
体实施却并不容易。谁要是能够一劳永逸地躲开那许许多多的人,那他就是幸福
的。

  要学会容忍别人,我们不妨先利用死物锻炼我们的耐性。物件由于机械和物
理的必然性顽固地妨碍着我们。每天我们都有这样练习的机会。在这之后,我们
就可以把在这种练习中获得的耐性应用在人的身上了。我们让自己习惯于这样的
看法:别人拂逆我们的心意,妨碍我们的行动,但他们这样做完全是出于一种严
格的发自本性的必然性,它与物体活动所根据的必然性一般无异。所以,针对别
人的行动动怒,就跟向一块横在我们前进路上的石头大发脾气同等的愚蠢。对于
许多人,我们最聪明的想法就是:我不准备改变他们,我要利用他们。

    -- [德]阿○叔本华/著 韦启昌/译

The Right Attitudes

After a while he says, "Can I have a motorcycle when I get old enough?"

"If you take care of it."

"What do you have to do?"

"Lots of things. You've been watching me."

"Will you show me all of them?"

"Sure."

"Is it hard?"

"Not if you have the right attitudes. It's having the right attitudes
that's hard."

"Oh."

After a while I see he is sitting down again. Then he says, "Dad?"

"What?"

"Will I have the right attitudes?"

"I think so," I say. "I don't think that will be any problem at all."

And so we ride on and on, down through Ukiah, and Hopland, and
Cloverdale, down into the wine country...


    -- From "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"

Voice of Love

"The Apache don't have a word for love," he said. "Know what they both
say at the marriage? The squaw-taking ceremony?"  

"Tell me."

"Varlebena. It means forever. That's all they say."  

Angie put her hand on his sleeve. "Forever," she said quietly.


    -- L'Amour - Hondo

米兰·昆德拉《生命无法承受之轻》中阐述了欲望与爱情、婚姻的区别:“爱情
无法在与人交配的欲望(一种扩展到无数女人身上的欲望)中感知,而只能在与人
同眠的愿望(一种只对一个女人产生的欲望)中体会。”

    -- Anonymous

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. 

    -- H. L. Mencken

Would you fight to the death, for that which you love?
    In a cause surely hopeless ... for that which you love?

    -- Dennis McKiernan,  Dragon Doom

 
大千万变, 人生一游. 
忆昔日夸夸读尽天下书, 叹今时倦倦恋极塌上枕. 
张生梦醒参荣辱, 自身未悟逐情欲. 
曾随性遨然自在, 现忻盼结伴同行. 
笑笑人生一纸荒唐, 悠悠时空万段风流; 
落霞晖映长河, 清水流淌苔石. 
志不比高, 踏实可也; 
情不必多, 专一足矣. 
明明此心, 缕缕清音. 

    -- "时空一游" @ DragonSurf

 
May the road rise to meet you; 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields. 
And, until we meet, may God hold your in the palm of his hands. 

    -- "If you are looking for someone special. . ." @ DragonSurf

Expressing passion

Passion is not something to be found. It is something to be
expressed. You cannot find your passion by searching for some person,
place, interest or activity outside of yourself. Rather, you express
your passion within the context of your own life and the world in
which you live.  Certain things can ignite your passion and help you
to more fully express it. Yet the passion itself exists within you and
is always there, no matter what happens on the outside.

Instead of going in search of your passion, seek to put your passion
into everything you do. Even the most mundane task can be spectacularly
fulfilling when you approach it with passion. Rather than searching to
find the right job, the right moment, the right place or circumstance,
put your passion into whatever you have right now.

You'll experience true passion the moment you stop looking for it and
start living it.

    -- Ralph Marston

Youth

There are gains for all our losses,
There are balms for all our pain;   
But when youth, the dream, departs,   
It takes something from our hearts,   
And it never comes again.
   
We are stronger, and are better,   
Under manhood's sterner reign;   
Still we feel that something sweet   
Followed youth, with flying feet,   
And will never come again.
   
Something beautiful is vanished,   
And we sigh for it in vain;
We behold it everywhere ---   
On the earth, and in the air ---   
But it never comes again. 

    -- R. H. Stoddard, 1861

Lament

I have never done anything `useful'. No discovery of mine has made, or
is likely to make, directly or indirectly, for good or ill, the least
difference to the amenity of the world. [...]  Judged by all practical
standards, the value of my mathematical life is nil.

    -- G.H. Hardy

 
Time changes both parties, that's why it is so effective, damn it. 

    -- Anonymous

Motivation



    -- Anonymous

Time and Tide

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

    -- Seneca (3BC - 65AD)

The question is not how busy we are, but what are we busy about.

    -- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

In Silicon Valley, if you stop for lunch, you will be lunch ! 

    -- Anonymous

Perseverance

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close 
they were to success when they gave up.

    -- Thomas Edison

The only way to fail, is to fail to try.

    -- Anonymous

He who aims for nothing is sure to hit his mark.

    -- Anonymous

Often we can achieve an even better result when we stumble yet are
willing to start over, when we don't give up after a mistake, when
something doesn't come easily but we throw ourselves into trying, when
we're not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished.

    -- Anonymous

Both diamond and granite are made of carbon atoms. In diamond we have
the hardest known material, in graphite we have one of the softest.
The only difference is that diamond is created deep underground under
conditions of extreme pressure and temperature. Graphite is not.

    -- fervvac

Parents

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    -- Thomas Edison