Quotes

Inspired by Paul Graham, I decided to put together a page of quotes I really like.

“It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.”

-A.N. Whitehead

“That’s like asking me ‘if a frog was a number, would it be divisible?'”

-Tyler Burge

“To get an education, you’re probably going to have to fight against the institution that you find yourself in — no matter how prestigious it may be. (in fact, the more prestigious the school, the more you’ll probably have to push).”

-Mark Edmundson

“You should bleed [when you’re writing your thesis]”

-Mark Halpern

“One of the paradoxes of advice seems to be that those most likely to be asked for it are least likely to have taken anyone else’s”

-Agnes Callard

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

-A. Smith

“[She’s] not so pretty so as to be morally deformed by it”

-Jonathan Franzen