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"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.
 It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."



"Imagination is more important than knowledge."


"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."


"I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.


"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.


"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.


"The only real valuable thing is intuition."


"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."


"I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."



"God is subtle but he is not malicious."


"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."


"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."


"The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility."


"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing."


"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."


"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."


"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."


"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."


"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."


"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."


"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.


"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."


"God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically."


"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking."


"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."


"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."


"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."


"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."


"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."


"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."


"Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity."


"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the  universe."


"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."


"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."


"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
"In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."


"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."


"Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves."


"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!"


"No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?"


"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."


"Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever."


"The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."


"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."


"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."


"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."


"The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."


"Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."


"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."


"One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year."


"...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought."


"He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."


"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."


"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

                                                        Part 2

 “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” 
 
 
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 
 
 
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” 
 
 
“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.” 
 
 
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” 

 
 
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” 
 
 
“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” 
 
 
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” 
 
 
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” 
 
 
“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” 
 
 
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” 
 
 
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” 
 
 
“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.” 
 
 
“Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.” 
 
 
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” 
 

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” 
 
 
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” 
 

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” 
 
 
“Never memorize something that you can look up.” 
 
 
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious about things.” 
 

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” 
 
 
“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” 
 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” 
 
 
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” 
 
 
“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” 
 
 
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” 
 
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” 
 

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” 
 
 
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” 
 
 
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” 
 
 
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” 
 
 
“You never fail until you stop trying.” 
 
 
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” 
 
 
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” 
 

“Black holes are where God divided by zero.” 
 

 
 
“The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.” 
 
 
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” 
 

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.” 
 
 
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” 
 
 
“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” 
 
 
“When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” 
 

It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” 
 
 
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” 
 
 
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut” 
 
 
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” 
 
 
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” 
 
 
“Love is a better master than duty.” 
 

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” 
 
 
“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” 
 
 
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” 
 

“Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.” 
 
“If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.” 
 
 
 
“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.” 
 
 
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” 
 
 
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” 
 
 
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” 
 
 
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” 
 
 
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” 
 
 
“I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.” 
 
 
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” 
 
 
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” 

 
 
“God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.” 
 
 
“It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.” 
 
 
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“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” 
 
“Nothing happens until something moves.” 
 
 
“God does not play dice with the universe.” 
 
 
“Time is an illusion.” 
 
 
“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” 
 
 
“Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work...” 
 
 
“I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.” 
 
 
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” 
 
 
 
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” 
 
 
“We all know that light travels faster than sound. That's why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.” 
 
 
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” 
 

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” 
 
 
“Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” 
 
“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.” 
 

“A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is NOT what it is built for.” 
 
 
“However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.” 
 
 
 
“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” 
 
 
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” 
 

“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.” 
 
 
“What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.” 
 
 
“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” 
 
“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” 
 
 
 
“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” 
 
 
 
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” 
 
 
“Imagination is the highest form of research.” 
 
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” 
 
 
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” 
 
 
“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.” 
 
 
 
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” 
 
 
“I want to know God's thoughts - the rest are mere details.” 
 
 
“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other - above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” 
 
 
 
“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” 
 
 
 
“When the solution is simple, God is answering.” 
 
 
“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike -- and yet it is the most precious thing we have.” 
 
 
“The only real valuable thing is intuition.” 
 
 
“A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.” 
 
 
“Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilization in high boots” 
 

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” 
 
 
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” 
 
 
“God is subtle but he is not malicious.” 
 
 
“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.” 
 
 
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” 
 
“Student: Dr. Einstein, Aren't these the same questions as last year's [physics] final exam?


Dr. Einstein: Yes; But this year the answers are different.” 

 
 
“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.” 
 
“The word 'God' is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, and religious scripture a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this.” 
 
 
“If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.” 
 
 
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” 
 
 
“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” 
 
 
“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.” 
 
“I love Humanity but I hate humans” 
 
 
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.” 
 
 
“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” 
 
“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.” 
 
 
“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.” 
 
 
“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.” 
 
 
 
“I believe in intuitions and inspirations...I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.” 
 
 
 
“The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” 

 
 
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” 
 
 
 
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions."


 
 
 a genius admits that he/she knows nothing.” 
 
 
“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.” 
 
 
 
“The search for truth is more precious than its possession.” 
 
 
“Common sense is what tells us the earth is flat.” 
 
 
“Dancers are the athletes of God.” 
 
 
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” 
 
 
“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” 
 
 
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!” 
 
 
“Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.” 
 
 
“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He as been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” 
 
“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.” 
 
 
“No, this trick won't work... How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? ” 
 
 
 
“Life isn't worth living, unless it is lived for someone else.” 
 
 
“Force always attracts men of low morality.” 
 
 
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” 
 
 
“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.” 
 
 
“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.” 
 
 
 
“It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere... Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” 
 
 
“the only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...” 
 
 
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” 
 
 
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” 
 
 
 
Sales Prospecting- “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” 
 
 
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” 
 
 
“Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.” 
 
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” 
 

“I see my life in terms of music.” 


 
“It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.” 
 
 
“Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. ” 


 
“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” 
 
“If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare me a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German, and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.” 
 
“Past is dead
Future is uncertain;
Present is all you have,
So eat, drink and live merry.” 
 
“I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.” 
 
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.” 
 
“An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.” 
 
“The only source of knowledge is experience.” 
 
“We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library, whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different languages. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend but only dimly suspects.” 
 
“Information is not knowledge.” 
 
“What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the World.” 
 
“He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” 
 
“You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.” 
 
“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a 'lone traveler' and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude… ” 
 
“At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself.” 
 

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” 
 

“One cannot alter a condition with the same mind set that created it in the first place.” 
 

“Student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you have to light up.” 
 
 
“I don't try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.” 
 

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.” 
 

“The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.” 
 

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as hard duty. Never regard study as duty but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.” 
 

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” 
 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” 
 

“The human spirit must prevail over technology.” 
 

“We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.” 
 

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” 
 

“It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” 
 

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” 
 

“We are all life trying to live, among other life trying to live.” 
 

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.” 
 

“Truth is what stands the test of experience. ” 
 

“Excellence is doing a common thing in an uncommon way.” 
 

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” 
 

“It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.” 
 

“Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” 
 

“Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.” 
 

“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.” 
 

“It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.” 
 

“If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.” 
 

“If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity.” 
 
 
“Everyone must become their own person, however frightful that may be. ” 
 
“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.” 
 
“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” 
 
“My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred.” 
 
“Older men start wars, but younger men fight them. ” 
 
“Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.” 
 
“How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.” 
 
“Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.” 
 
“If I could do it all again, I'd be a plumber.” 
 
 
“It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.” 


“Play is the highest form of research.” 
 
“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. ” 
 
“Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.” 
 
“Always do what's right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest” 
 
“To dwell on the things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them. One must knock them down alone.” 
 
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” 
 
“All generalizations are false, including this one.” 
 
 
“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. ” 
 
“Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it.” 
 
“Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein's reply was "I don't know, why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?” 
 
“Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.” 
 
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why.” 
 
“The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge. ” 
 
“The most important question a person can ask is, "Is the Universe a friendly place?” 
 
“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.” 
 

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” 
 
“There is nothing known as "Perfect". Its only those imperfections which we choose not to see!!” 
 
“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” 
 
“I do not teach anyone I only provide the environment in which they can learn” 
  
 
“A society's competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.” 
 
“To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.” 
 
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.” 
 
“One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.” 
 
“The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking ... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. (1945)” 

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” 
 
“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced” 
 
“I do not at all believe in human freedom in the philosophical sense…. Schopenhauer’s saying, ‘A man can do what he wants, but not will what he wants,’ has been a very real inspiration to me since my youth; it has been a continual consolation in the face of life’s hardships, my own and others’, and an unfailing wellspring of tolerance. This realization mercifully mitigates the easily paralyzing sense of responsibility and prevents us from taking ourselves and other people too seriously; it is conducive to a view of life which, in part, gives humour its due.” 
 
“As the area of light expands, so does the perimeter of darkness.” 
 
“I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene….No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.” 
 
“Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” 
 
“I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!” 
 
“Generations to come will find it difficult to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth” 
 
It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.” 
 
Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds” 
― 
“I believe in Spinoza's God, who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind... 

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” 
 
“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” 
 
“I asked myself childish questions and proceeded to answer them.” 
 
“The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking..” 
 
“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.” 
 
“Failing isn't bad, each time you're learn what not to do.” 
 
 
“I don't pretend to understand the universe — it's much bigger than I am.” 
 
 
“It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.” 
 
 
“We sleep 1/3 of our lives away.” 
 
  
“He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” 
 
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“Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” 
 
 

                                                                           Part 3

 My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions.... The dove is my emblem.... I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it.... I am proud of the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill....


I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others... I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent....


My principal business consists of giving commercial value to the brilliant, but misdirected, ideas of others.... Accordingly, I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it.
 
I readily absorb ideas from every source, frequently starting where the last person left off.


Because ideas have to be original only with regard to their adaptation to the problem at hand, I  am always extremely interested in how others have used them....


A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die without publicizing it, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another....


I am not overly impressed by the great names and reputations of those who might be trying to beat me to an invention.... Its their 'ideas' that appeal to me. I am quite correctly described as 'more of a sponge than an inventor....' 

"Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Accordingly, a  'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework."  

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand - without growing weary. Because such thinking is often difficult, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the effort and labor that is associated with it....

I never did anything worth doing entirely by accident.... Almost none of my inventions were derived in that manner. They were achieved by having trained myself to be analytical and to endure and tolerate hard work.

Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk. Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent something.

Personally, I enjoy working about 18 hours a day. Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.

Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking all day from one laboratory table to another.  I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.

If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves....

Our schools are not teaching students to think. It is astonishing how many young people have difficulty in putting their brains definitely and systematically to work....

The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness.....
 
I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.... 

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

Pretty much everything will come to him who hustles while he waits. I believe that restlessness is discontent, and discontent is merely the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

Unfortunately, there seems to be  far more opportunity out there than ability.... We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do in the first place doesn't mean it's useless....
  
Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward....
 
Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we're just trying to accomplish something.

As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.
 
Barring serious accidents, if you are not preoccupied with worry and you work hard, you can look forward to a reasonably lengthy existence.... Its not the hard work that kills, its the worrying that kills.

The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.
 
The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.

Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose...

From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Whatever the mind of man creates, should be controlled by man's character.

I love great music and art, but I think 'cubist' songs and paintings are hideous.

Someday, man will harness the rise and fall of the tides, imprison the power of the sun, and release atomic power. 

I am both pleased but astonished by the fact that mankind has not yet begun to use all the means and devices that are available for destruction. I hope that such weapons are never manufactured in quantity.
 
The United States, and other advanced nations, will someday be able to produce instruments of death so terrible the world will be in abject terror of itself and its ability to end civilization.... Such war-making weapons should be developed - but only for purposes of discovery and experimentation

The dove is my emblem.... I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it.... I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill...

To me, the idea and expectation that the day is slowly and surely coming when we will be able to honestly say we are our brother's keeper and not his oppressor is very beautiful .

Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge....

Its obvious that we don't know one millionth of one percent about anything

I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator. 

We have merely scratched the surface of the store of knowledge which will come to us. I believe that we are now, a-tremble on the verge of vast discoveries - discoveries so wondrously important they will upset the present trend of human thought and start it along completely new lines .

Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America  has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation.... Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward!
 
If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.... 

The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me....

Life's most soothing things are a child's goodnight and sweet music....
 

Great music and art are earthly wonders, but I think 'cubist' songs and paintings are hideous. 

Even though I am nearly deaf, I seem to be gifted with a kind of inner hearing which enables me to detect sounds and noises that the listeners do not perceive. 

Of all my inventions, I liked the phonograph best...."
 

"The electric light has caused me the greatest amount of study and has required the most elaborate experiments.... Although I was never myself discouraged or hopeless of its success, I can not say the same for my associates.... Through all of the years of experimenting with it, I never once made an associated discovery. It was deductive... The results I achieved were the consequence of invention - pure and simple. I would construct and work along various lines until I found them untenable. When one theory was discarded, I developed another at once. I realized very early that this was the only possible way for me to work out all the problems.



"The terrible thing about interest is that those people who will not be turning a shovel full of dirt on this (Muscle Shoals Dam Project) or be contributing a pound of material towards it will collect more money from the United States than will the People who supply all the material and do all the work on it." 

                                                      
  Part 4

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” 
 

“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.” 
 

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

“Five percent of the people think; 
ten percent of the people think they think; 
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
 
 

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” 
 

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.” 
 

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” 
 

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.” 
 

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” 
 

“Vision without execution is hallucination.” 


“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” 
 

“What you are will show in what you do.” 
 
“There are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something.” 
 

“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” 
 

“Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.” 
 

“i never did a day’s work in my life. it was all fun.” 
 

“Failure is really a matter of conceit. People don't work hard because, in their conceit, they imagine they'll succeed without ever making an effort. Most people believe that they'll wake up some day and find themselves rich. Actually, they've got it half right, because eventually they do wake up.” 


Thomas Edison once told a friend, " I can always hire some mathematicians, but they can't hire me."


"When opportunity comes, it's too late to prepare."


"Money never starts the idea, its the idea that starts the money."

"The secret to getting ahead is to get started; and the secret to getting started   


  is to break down the new undertaking into tiny pieces everyday."

"A lie will make it half way around the world before truth puts its pants on, but when it shows up watch out."


“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results.  It's the only way to find what works!" 


"The secret to getting ahead is to get started; and then to get started break down the new into tiny pieces everyday."



"There are no deadlines on dreams."    

  
                            Part 3
 
                
 Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
 

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
 


 Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
 
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
 
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
 
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
 
 Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
 
 A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
 
  I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places.
 
 Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
 
 A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
 
 The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
 
 If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later.
 
 It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
  
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.
 

 You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
 
 Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.


It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
   
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
 
 Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
 
 The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.

  Familiarity breeds contempt - and children

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
 
 Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
  
It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
 
 When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
 
 Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
  
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.
 
 Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
 
 I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
 
 The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.
 
 Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
 
 When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
 
 It is easier to stay out than get out.
 
 The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
 
 Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. 
  
Sales Prospecting- “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” 



"Wisdom is the reward for listening when you'd rather been talking"


"Let the past make you better not bitter."  Adversity is your friend.


That's how wars are started....people don't listen to each other.


You can get all the smart ideas here. Come stay awhile,  I have a hunch you will like what you see.


Adversity is your friend; and success once you obtain it, is your enemy.

 
"It’s easier (and more helpful) to describe what the wind does than to say what it is."


 "You can outlast those who are lucky and outwork those who are lazy."

"Write more words that people don’t see. it's the long, hard stuff 
that doesn’t get noticed or applauded that makes you great."

 "What I can do for you today determines what I can do for you tomorrow."

"F-e-a-r is false evidence appearing real."  


"Adversity is your friend; and success once you obtain it, is your enemy."


  "I'm out in the middle of nowhere, and nobody knows my name."  


"Figure out something everyone wants to do but is scared to do,
then do it, and write about it."


 "Are you a serial idea-starting person? The goal is to be an idea-shipping person."

  "Never focus on perfection; instead focus on the journey towards perfection."

   "It's better to diversify win things are good than when things are going south." 

“For every sale you miss because you’re too enthusiastic,  a hundred is missed because you’re not enthusiastic enough.” 

Great content but don't take my word, come see for yourself.   



I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something. 

"Achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."  L

"The best return on your time (ever0 willbe the time you spend setting goals."

"You are the average income of the five people you spend most of your time with."

Everything you own now will either be rust or dust or be owned by someone else in 100 years time.


"You only have one body so stay in it as long as you can...take care of it."


"The biggest mistake most people make is not trying to make a living at doing what they enjoy most."


"The Delayed Sale Autoresponder is like a conveyor belt that keeps the information flowing,
until the prospect is ready to do business.  It could be one day, one month, or one year, but it costs you nothing"


"Without promotion something terrible happens...Nothing."

"Adversity is your friend, something good always emerges."

"Without listening something terrible happens...Nothing."


"Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better." - Jim Rohn


"Pain is nothing but "Fear" that leaves the body."


"Would you rather be right or happy?


"Darkness can not get rid of Darkness, only light can."


Would you rather be right or happy?

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Moneyball Quotes:

sharp, rude, shrewd, intelligent, and electrifying.  
 

Here are some of my favorites;


Billy's is in his boss's office talking about the game Billy's team lost]Moneyball Quotes
Stephen Schott: How are the guys doing?
Billy Beane: It was a killer. It was a killer. It was a tough one to swallow. It was...
Stephen Schott: Ah, they played great. They did...
Billy Beane: Oh, they played their hearts out. They...they did, they played fantastic and it just didn't fall our way.
Stephen Schott: They'll do better next year.
Billy Beane: We were close though, weren't we? We were so close, right there.
Stephen Schott: You almost had it. You gotta feel good about that.
Billy Beane: Oh, I feel great about. I feel great about it. 


Billy Beane: Um...we're not gonna do better next year.
Stephen Schott: Why not?
Billy Beane: Well you know we're being gutted. We're losing Giambi, Damon, Isringhausen. Done deal. We're in trouble.
Stephen Schott: You'll find new guys. You found Jason, you found Damon.
Billy Beane: We need more money Steve.
Stephen Schott: Bill.
Billy Beane: I need more money!
Stephen Schott: We don't have any more money.
Billy Beane: I can't compete against a hundred and twenty million payroll with thirty eight million dollars.
Stephen Schott: We're not gonna compete with these teams that have big budgets. We're gonna work with the constraints that we have and you're gonna get out and do the best job that you can recruiting new players. We're not gonna pay seventeen million dollars a year to players.
Billy Beane: I'm not asking you for ten, twenty, thirty million dollars. I'm just asking for a little bit of help. Just get me a little bit closer and I will get you that championship team. I mean, this is why I'm here. This is why you hired me. And I gotta ask you what are we doin' here?
Stephen Schott: Billy, you know I...
Billy Beane: If it's not to win a championship?
Stephen Schott: I wanna win just as...
[Billy holds his hand up high]
Billy Beane: That's my bar. My bar is here. My bar is to take this team to the championship.




Stephen Schott: Bill we're a small market team and you're a small market GM. I'm asking you to be okay not spending money that I don't have. And I'm asking to take a deep breath, shake off the loss, get back in a room with your guys and figure out how to find replacements for the guys we lost with the money that we do have.
Billy Beane: I'm not leaving here. I'm not...I'm not...I can't leave here with that.
Stephen Schott: What else can I help you with?
[Billy looks despondent]
Billy Beane: Yep.




[talking on the phone]
Scott: Billy? Scott. Just got off the phone with Dan.
Billy Beane: No, you didn't!
Scott: I'm surprised he even called me.
Billy Beane: Scott, I got Johnny for seven point five and he doesn't play anywhere else, so that's the deal you made.
Scott: Well he just upped it to seven seven five.
[Billy doesn't answer]
Scott: You there?
Billy Beane: We had a deal, Scott.
Scott: We have a deal, if it's eight million.
Billy Beane: Oh, man! You played me.
Scott: I'm just doing my job...
Billy Beane: No, you're playing me and you're still playing me. Congratulations, asshole! You win.
[he hangs up the phone]




[at the scouts meeting discussing the players]
Grady Fuson: Artie, who do you like?
Scout Artie: I like Perez. He's got a classy swing, it's a real clean stroke.
Scout Barry: He can't hit the curve ball.
Scout Artie: Yeah, there's some work to be done, I'll admit that.
Scout Barry: Yeah, there is.
Scout Artie: But he's noticeable.
Matt Keough: And an ugly girlfriend.
Scout Barry: What does that mean?
Matt Keough: Ugly girl friend means no confidence.
Scout Barry: Okay.
John Poloni: Oh, now, you guys are full of it, Artie's right. This guy's got an attitude and an attitude is good. I mean it's the kind of guy who walks into a room his dick has already been there for two minutes.
Scout Pote: He passes the eye candy test. He's got the looks, he's great at playing the part. He just needs to get some playing time.
Matt Keough: I'm just saying his girlfriend is a six at best.




Grady Fuson: We're trying to solve a problem here.
Billy Beane: Not like this you're not. You're not even looking at the problem.
Grady Fuson: We're very aware of the problem.
Billy Beane: Okay, good. What's the problem?
Grady Fuson: Okay, Billy. We all understand what the problem is. We have to replace...
Billy Beane: Good. What's the problem?
Grady Fuson: The problem is we have to replace three key players.
Billy Beane: No. What's the problem?
John Poloni: Same as it's ever been. We've gotta replace these guys with what we have existing.
Billy Beane: No! What's the problem, Barry?
Scout Barry: We need three eight home runs, a hundred twenty R.B.I's and forty seven...
Billy Beane: Aaahhh! The problem we're trying to solve is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams, then there's fifty feet of crap, and then there's us. It's an unfair game. And now we're being gutted, organ donors for the rich. Boston has taken our kidney's, Yankees takin' our heart and you guys are sittin' around talkin' the same old good body nonsense, like we're selling deeds. Like we're looking for Fabio. We got to think differently.




Billy Beane: We are the last dog at the ball. You've seen what happens to the runt of the litter? He dies!
Grady Fuson: Billy, that's a very touching story and everything, but I think we're all very much aware of what we're facing here. You have a lot of experience and wisdom in this room, now you need to have a little bit of faith and let us do the job of replacing Giambi. 
Billy Beane: Is there another first base player like Giambi?
John Poloni: No, not really.
Billy Beane: And if there was, could we afford him?
Grady Fuson: No.
Billy Beane: Then what the fuck are you talkin' about, man? If we try to play like the Yankees in here, we will lose to the Yankees out there
Grady Fuson: Boy, that sounds like fortune cookie wisdom to me, Billy.
Billy Beane: No, that's just logic.
Scout Bob: Who's Fabio?




[at the offices of the Cleveland Indians, Billy meets their GM to see if he can procure some players]
Mark Shapiro: How's it going?
Billy Beane: It's goin' alright. How are you been? You're fillin' out that chair nicely.
Mark Shapiro: Well I got three weeks in it right now.
Billy Beane: Good. Good, man.
Mark Shapiro: How are you doin'?
Billy Beane: Fantastic!
Mark Shapiro: Awesome!
Billy Beane: I couldn't be better.
Mark Shapiro: Well, that's good to hear, Billy. I'm not gonna waste your time, man. You just tell me what you're lookin' for.
Billy Beane: Fifty million dollars in additional payroll.
Mark Shapiro: You should try Giambi.
Billy Beane: Ouch! 
Mark Shapiro: I'm sorry. It's too soon, right?




[as Billy is about to leave the Cleveland office he comes back to Peter for making Shapiro change his mind selling his players]
Peter Brand: Hello.
Billy Beane: Who are you?
Peter Brand: I'm Peter Brand.
Billy Beane: What do you do?
Peter Brand: I'm special assistant to Mark Shapiro.
Billy Beane: So what do you do?
Peter Brand: Mostly player analysis right now.
Billy Beane: Been on the job long? First job in baseball?
Peter Brand: It's my first job anywhere.
Billy Beane: Wow! Congrats. 
Peter Brand: Thank you.
Billy Beane: First job. Who's nephew are you? Why does Mark listen to you?
Peter Brand: I don't think uh...I don't think he does very often.
Billy Beane: He just did.
Peter Brand: Well, in that circumstance I think he was more listening to Bruce than myself.




Billy Beane: Who are you?
Peter Brand: I'm Peter Brand.
Billy Beane: I don't give a rats ass what you're name is. What happened in there? What happened in that room?
Peter Brand: I'm not quite sure why you're asking me, Mr. Beane.
Billy Beane: What did you tell, Bruce?
Peter Brand: I just told Bruce that I liked Garcia.
Billy Beane: You like Garcia. Why? Why?
[Peter doesn't answer so Billy gets up and leaves the office with Peter following him]




Peter Brand: There is an epidemic failure within the game to understand what is really happening and this leads people who run major league baseball teams to misjudge their players and mismanage their teams. I apologize.
Billy Beane: Go on.
Peter Brand: Okay, people who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins and in order to buy wins, you need to buy your run. You're trying to replace Johnny Damon. The Boston Red Sox see Johnny Damon and they see a star who's worth seven and a half million dollars a year. When I see Johnny Damon, what I see is...is an imperfect understanding of where runs come from. The guy's got a great glove, he's a decent league off hitter, he can steal bases. But is he worth the seven and a half million dollars a year the Boston Red Sox are paying him? No! No! Baseball thinking is medieval, they are asking all the wrong questions and if I say it to anybody I'm...I'm ostracized. I'm a rebel, so that's why I'm...I'm cagey about this with you, that's why I respect you Mr. Beane and if you want full disclosure, I think it's a good thing you got Damon off of your payroll. I think it opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities.




Billy Beane: Where you from, Pete?
Peter Brand: Maryland.
Billy Beane: Where did you go to school?
Peter Brand: Yale, I went to Yale.
Billy Beane: What did you study?
Peter Brand: Economics. I studied Economics.
Billy Beane: Yale, Economics, baseball. You're funny, Pete.
[Billy gets into the elevator and leaves]




[we see a young Billy being recruited for pro baseball]
Billy's Dad: Tell me why Billy? What is it that makes him special?
Scout #1: It's very rare that you come upon a young man like Billy. Who can run, who can field, who can throw, who can hit and who can hit with power. Those five tools, you don't see that very often.
Scout #2: Most of the youngsters in the league and have an interest in have one or two tools and we're hoping to develop and extra one. Your son has five, I mean we're looking at a guy that's a potential superstar for us in New York and the time is right now to get him started.
Scout #1: We're prepared to make a sizeable financial commitment. The Mets are gonna stand behind Billy because we expect him to be our big league center field. This check here represents the offer that the New York Mets would be making to Billy.
Billy's Mom: You do know that he's been accepted to Stanford on a full scholarship?
Scout #1: I do.
Billy's Mom: So he can do both?
Scout #1: Unfortunately he can't do Stanford and professional baseball. He would have to pick one or the other. If he wants to be the center fielder for the New York Mets, he wants to be the baseball player, he really needs to accept this as life's first occupation, a first career. We're all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children's game, we just don't... don't know when that's gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we're all told. But this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, we want you badly and we think that this amount of money expresses that desire.
Billy's Dad: Billy, this is your decision. And whatever that decision is, you know it's fine with your mother and I.




[Billy calls Peter up late at night]
Billy Beane: Hey, it's Billy Beane.
Peter Brand: What time is it?
Billy Beane: I don't know. Listen, would you have drafted me in the first round?
Peter Brand: What?
Billy Beane: After I left, you looked my up on your computer. Would you have drafted me in the first round?
Peter Brand: I did, yeah. You were a good player.
Billy Beane: Cut the crap, man! Would you have drafted me in the first round?
Peter Brand: I'd have taken you in the ninth round. Left side and bonus. I imagine you would have passed and taken the scholarship.
Billy Beane: Yeah. Pack you bags, Pete. I just bought you from the Cleveland Indians.
[he hangs up the phone]




[first day in his job]
Peter Brand: Hey, Billy. I wanted you to see these player evaluations that you asked me to do.
[he hands Billy the document]
Billy Beane: I asked you to do three.
Peter Brand: Yeah. 
Billy Beane: To evaluate three players?
Peter Brand: Yeah.
Billy Beane: How many did you do?
Peter Brand: Forty seven.
Billy Beane: Okay.
Peter Brand: Actually, fifty one. I don't know why I lied just there.




[showing Billy his equation for projecting their games]
Peter Brand: So using this equation on the upper left right here, I'm projecting that we need to win at least ninety nine games in order to make it to the pro season. We need to score at least eight hundred fourteen runs in order to win those games and allow no more than six hundred and forty five runs.




[showing Billy the results of the code his run on the computer]
Billy Beane: What's this?
Peter Brand: This is a code that I've written to run your projections. This is building in all the intelligence that we have to project players.
Billy Beane: Okay.
Peter Brand: It's about getting things down to one number. Using stats to reread them, we'll find the value of players that nobody else can see. People are over looked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and Mathematics cuts straight through that. Billy, of the twenty thousand knowable players for us to consider, I believe that there's a championship team of twenty five people that we can afford. Because everyone else in baseball under values them. Like and island of misfit toys.


Moneyball Quotes
[to Billy, from his projections]
Peter Brand: Billy, this is Chad Bradford. He's a relieve pitcher. He's one of the most under valued players in baseball. His defect is that he throws funny. Nobody in the big leagues chases that, because he looks funny. He's got to be not just the best pitcher in our ball game, but one of the most effective relieve pitchers in all of baseball.






[Art interrupts Billy as he's about to have a meeting with the scouts and Peter]
Art Howe: It's not easy doing what I do under the cloud of one year contract.
Billy Beane: Okay, I understand that. I've been there.
Art Howe: I know. I know you have. A one year contract means the same thing to a manager as it does to a player. There's not a lot of faith there. Which is strange after a hundred and two and six. 
Billy Beane: I see. If you lose the last game in the season, nobody gives a shit.
Art Howe: So it's on me now.
Billy Beane: No, Art. It's on me. And the kid is the new Assistant G.M.




[at the meeting with the scouts]
Billy Beane: Guys, you're still trying to replace Giambi. I told you we can't do it. We can't do it. Now what we might be able to do is recreate him. We create him in the adding field.
Grady Fuson: The what?
Billy Beane: Giambi's on base percentage was four seventy seven. Damon's on base, three twenty four and Almada's was two ninety one. Add that up and you get 
[he snaps his finger and points to Peter sitting across from him]
Peter Brand: Do you want me to speak?
Billy Beane: When I'm pointing at you, yeah.
Peter Brand: Ten ninety two.
Billy Beane: Divided by three.
[Billy snaps his finger again]
Peter Brand: Three sixty four.
Billy Beane: That's what we're looking for. Three ball players...three ball players who's average O.B.P is...
[he snaps his finger again and points to Peter]
Peter Brand: Three sixty four.




[at the meeting with his scouts]
Billy Beane: Okay, here's what we want. Jason's little brother, Jeremy.
Scout Barry: Billy, that's trouble.
John Poloni: Uh...Billy, look. If I...if I may, he's certainly had his problems off the field, but we know what he can't do on the field. There's reports about him on the weed and strip clubs.
Billy Beane: Well, his on base percentage is all we're lookin' at now. And Jeremy gets on base an awful lot for a guy who only cost two hundred and eighty five thousand.
Grady Fuson: Jeez, Billy...
Billy Beane: Number two, David Justice.
Ron Hopkins: Oh, no! 
Grady Fuson: Not a good idea, Billy.
Ron Hopkins: Old man Justice? 




[referring to Billy's decision to recruit David Justice]
Grady Fuson: His legs are gone. We'll be lucky to get sixty games out of him. Why do you like him?
[Billy points to Peter to answer]
Peter Brand: Because he gets on base.
Billy Beane: Okay, number three. Scott Hatteberg.
Scout Barry: Who?
John Poloni: Hatteberg.
Billy Beane: Exactly! He sounds like an Oakland A already. Yes, he's had a little problem with his elbow...
Grady Fuson: A little problem? He can't throw!
Ron Hopkins: He's a clear two sixty hitter. The best part of his career is over.
Billy Beane: I say it's just gettin' started.
John Poloni: I know Boston wants to cut him and no one wants to pick him up.
Billy Beane: That's good for us, he's cheap.
Grady Fuson: Let me get this straight. You're gonna get a guy that's been released by half the organization in professional baseball because he's got non-reparable nerve damage in his elbow and he can't throw!
Billy Beane: He can't throw and he can't field, but what can he do? Guys, check the reports or I'm gonna point at Peter.
[the scouts look at the report]
The Scouts: He gets on base.
Billy Beane: He gets on base!
John Poloni: So he walks a lot.
Billy Beane: He gets on base a lot. Do I care if it's a walk or a hit?
[looks over at Peter]
Billy Beane: Pete?
Peter Brand: You do not.
Billy Beane: I do not.




Grady Fuson: Let me get this straight. So you're not gonna bring in one, but three defective players to replace Giambi? It's what I'm hearing.


John Poloni: You're not buying into this Billy James bullshit, right?
Billy Beane: This is the new direction for the Oakland A's. We are card counters at the Black Jack table, but we're gonna turn the odds on the casino.
Grady Fuson: I don't see it.
Scout Bob: Seriously guys, I think we have to remember this is the man. He answers to no one except ownership and God. And he doesn't have to answer to us. We make suggestions, he makes decisions.
Grady Fuson: Look that's all fine and well, but we've been working our asses off for the last six and a half weeks to make this ball club better and you're shitting all over it!
Billy Beane: Hey, this is not a discussion.
Scout Barry: What are we discussing?
Billy Beane: Barry, not a discussion.




[referring to Billy's choice of Jeremy Giambi, David Justice and Scott Hatteberg]
Ron Washington: I think there's one thing you're forgetting here. None of those three guys knows how to play for a space.
Billy Beane: Well, you're gonna have to teach one of them.
Ron Washington: Teach? Which one?




[Ron and Billy visit Scott at his home]
Billy Beane: How's the elbow, Scott?
Scott Hatteberg: You know, it's good. It's really good, it's great. Uh...I can't throw the ball.
Billy Beane: Yeah, you've thrown your last ball from behind home play, it's what I'd say. Good news is, we want you in first. We want you to play first base for the Oakland A's.
Scott Hatteberg: Okay, woh! I've only ever played catcher.
Billy Beane: Scott, you're not a catcher anymore. If you were our call wouldn't have been the only one you'd gotten when your contract expired.
Scott Hatteberg: Yeah. Hey, listen. No, I...I appreciate it.
Billy Beane: You're welcome.
Scott Hatteberg: But the thing...the thing is uh...
Billy Beane: You don't know how to play first base. Scott?
Scott Hatteberg: That's right.
Billy Beane: It's not that hard, Scott. Tell him, Wash.
Ron Washington: It's incredibly hard.
Billy Beane: Hey, anything worth doing is. And we're gonna teach you.




Scott Hatteberg: You want me to take Giambi's spot in first base?
Billy Beane: Yeah.
Scott Hatteberg: What about the fans?
Ron Washington: [sarcastically] Yeah, maybe I can teach one of them.
Billy Beane: The fans don't...come on! The fans don't run my ball club.




[flashback to young Billy playing in MLB and losing game after game]
Voice of Sports Announcer: There's not an organization in baseball who would not have taken the chance on this young guy. It didn't pan out. It happens every year. Some do, some don't. Two scouts can go into the mind of a young man and determine whether he's really confident about what he can do. So he gets to sign him based on his ability, but then he's gotta be successful to be confident. And once he becomes confident that's when you got something. You make a decision on what you see and things don't pan out, you move on. That's baseball. Many are called, few are chosen.




Billy Beane: You look unhappy, Grady. Why?
Grady Fuson: Wow! May I speak candidly?
Billy Beane: Sure. Go ahead.
Grady Fuson: Major league baseball and it's fans they're gonna be more than happy to throw you and Google boy into the bus if you keep doing what you're doing here. You don't put a team together with a computer, Billy.
Billy Beane: No?
Grady Fuson: No. Baseball isn't just numbers, it's not science. If it was then anybody could do what we're doing, but they can't because they don't know what we know. They don't have our experience and they don't have our intuition.
Billy Beane: Okay.
Grady Fuson: Billy, you got a kid in there that's got a degree in Economics from Yale. You got a scout here with twenty nine years of baseball experience. You're listening to the wrong one. Now there are intangibles that only baseball people understand. You're discounting what scouts have done for a hundred and fifty years, even yourself!




Grady Fuson: This is about you and your shit, isn't it? Twenty years ago some scout got it wrong.
Billy Beane: Woh! Okay.
Grady Fuson: Now you're gonna declare war on the whole system.
Billy Beane: Okay! Okay. My turn. You don't have a crystal ball, you can't look at a kid and predict his future any more than I can. I've sat at those kitchen tables with you and listened to you tell those parents 'When I know, I know! And when it comes to your son, I know'. And you don't. You don't!
Grady Fuson: Okay, I don't give a shit about friendship, this situation or the past. Major league baseball thinks the way I think. You're not gonna win. And I'll give you a nickel's worth of free advice. You're never gonna get another job when Schott fires you after this catastrophic season you're about to set us all up for. And you're gonna have to explain to your kid why you work at a Dick's Sporting Goods.
Billy Beane: I'm not gonna fire you, Grady.
[Grady puts his hand on Billy's shoulder and Billy pushes it off]
Grady Fuson: Fuck you, Billy!
Billy Beane: Now I will.


Moneyball Quotes
Billy Beane: Tell me about Bradford.
Coach Bob: Well I like him a little bit, but he's a specialty. He's not a guy that you say the eighth inning is yours. Lefties versus righties, in my opinion.


Coach Bob: Billy I think we ought to talk about Hatteberg.
Billy Beane: Go.
Coach Bob: Now, there's just no field for this spot. I think it's got a long shot that you can have big league first base with him.
Billy Beane: It's day one of the first week. You can't judge just yet.
Art Howe: No, I think we can judge him. I like him. You know? But I can judge him. The first base is the moon to him.
Billy Beane: It wasn't to Giambi? Giambi's the worst first baseman in all of baseball.
Art Howe: You're gonna compare him to Giambi.
Billy Beane: What are we talking about here?
Art Howe: Alright.
Billy Beane: What do you think, Wash?
Ron Washington: The nice way to say it is uh...he lacks confidence.
Billy Beane: Well give him some.


Moneyball Quotes
[to Billy as they watch the new players train]
Billy Beane: [seriously] This better work.
[Peter gives him a worried look]
Billy Beane: I'm just kiddin' you.






[as the first game of the season is about to begin]
Chad Bradford: I wanted to say thank you for this opportunity.
Billy Beane: Well, we enjoy having you. It's gonna work out well for all of us.
Chad Bradford: I appreciate it, sir. Nobody's ever given me a chance like this before in the big leagues
Billy Beane: Nobody?
Chad Bradford: Well just you, sir.
Billy Beane: Well, it's a big day. One you won't forget.
Chad Bradford: I appreciate it. And sir, I just wanted to let you know that I'm gonna be praying for you and your family.
Billy Beane: No problem.





 


















 

 







 
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