Sir Richard Wharton: In stage one we say nothing is going to happen.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Stage two, we say something may be about to happen, but we should do nothing about it.
Sir Richard Wharton: In stage three, we say that maybe we should do something about it, but there’s nothing we *can* do.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Stage four, we say maybe there was something we could have done, but it’s too late now.

(Yes Minister) ― Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn


Hagar 6

Ah, you’ve no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself, and how little I deserve it.

(Robin Oakapple, Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse)

W. S. Gilbert

Hagar 10



Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.

Mike Tyson



Never believe anything until it’s been officially denied.  (Sir Humphrey Appleby, Yes Minister)

Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn

It cannot too often be pointed out that women are people.

Myles na gCopaleen


Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

Charles Darwin



Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.

― (sometimes attributed to Oscar Wilde)


I had, also, during many years, followed a golden rule, namely, that whenever a published fact, a new observation or thought came across me, which was opposed to my general results, to make a memorandum of it without fail and at once; for I had found by experience that such facts and thoughts were far more apt to escape from memory than favorable ones. Owing to this habit, very few objections were raised against my views which I had not at least noticed and attempted to answer.

Charles Darwin


I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself.

Winston Churchill

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Quand on voit ce qu’on voit, que l’on entend ce qu’on entend et que l’on sait ce que qu’on sait, on a raison de penser ce qu’on pense…..

Pierre Dac


The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.

 Samuel Johnson



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Certains hommes parlent pendant leur sommeil. Il n’y a guère que les conférenciers pour parler pendant le sommeil des autres. 

Alfred Capus






De tous ceux qui n’ont rien à dire, les plus agréables sont ceux qui se taisent.

― Coluche


Il vaut mieux se taire et passer pour un con plutôt que de parler et de ne laisser aucun doute sur le sujet.

― Pierre Desproges


La foi soulève des montagnes mais les laisse joyeusement retomber sur la tête de ceux qui ne l’ont pas.
―  Boris Vian


Paresse : habitude prise de se reposer avant la fatigue.
―  Jules Renard

Shel Silverstein

― Shel Silverstein 

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.

― Lyall Watson

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A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air.

A psychotic is the man who lives in it.

A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.

― Jerome Lawrence

Quantum Fluctuation (cartoon-talklikeaphysicist.com)

 A Little Fable

“Alas,” said the mouse, “the world is growing narrower every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last room already, and there in the corner lies the trap into which I’ll fall.”

“You only need to change your direction,” said the cat, and ate it up.

― Franz Kafka


Many people feel better off with old problems than with new solutions. ― Anonymous



Les promesses n’engagent que ceux qui les écoutent. ― Henri Queuille



“When a paradigm-shattering discovery is made in science, it goes through three stages before gaining acceptance. First, people don’t believe it; second, they claim it is of no interest; and third, they say that they have always known it.”

―Vilayanur S. Ramachandran


In memoriam dr. h.g.k.

Hölderlin ist ihnen unbekannt?” Dr. H.G.K. asked as he dug the pit for the horse’s carcass.
“Who is that?” the German guard growled.
“The author of Hyperion,” said Dr. H.G.K., who had a positive passion for explanations. “The greatest figure of German Romanticism. How about Heine?” he tried again.
“Who’re them guys?” the guard growled, louder than before.
“Poets,” Dr. H.G.K. said. “But Schiller. Surely you have heard of Schiller?”
“That goes without saying,” the German guard nodded.
“And Rilke?” Dr. H.G.K. insisted.
“Him, too,” the German guard said and, turning the color of paprika, shot Dr. H.G.K. in the back of the head.

― István Örkény (One minute stories)


A truth is a statement whose negation is false. A profound truth is a truth whose negation is also a profound truth.

― Marc Kac

Musical carrer Shel Silverstein

― Shel Silverstein 

2 is not equal to 3 – not even for large values of 2. ― Grabel’s Law 



Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Györgyi 


If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? ― Albert Einstein 

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L’inferno, che l’italiano si ostina a immaginare come un luogo dove, bene o male, si sta con le donne nude e dove con i diavoli ci si mette d’accordo.

― Ennio Flaiano


Mi spezzo ma non m’impiego. ― Ennio Flaiano


Nous avons tous assez de force pour supporter les maux d’autrui. ― François De La Rochefoucauld


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