Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness on sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
~ John of Salisbury, in Metalogicon, (1159)
I say with Didacus Stella, a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
~ Robert Burton (1621-1651), in The Anatomy of Melancholy
A dwarf on a giant’s shoulders sees farther of the two.
~ George Herbert, in Jacula Prudentum (1651)
What Des-Cartes did was a good step. You have added much several ways, and especially in taking the colours of thin plates into philosophical consideration. If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
~ Isaac Newton, in a letter to Robert Hooke dated February 5, 1676
The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant’s shoulder to mount on.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in The Friend (1828)
Today the kids are standing on the shoulders of midgets.
~ Stanley Elkin
While many things are too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.
~ Thomas Hardy
A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells himself about himself.
~ George Bernard Shaw
I am an aristocrat. I love justice and hate equality.
~ Congressman John Randolph
One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
~ Samuel Johnson
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[HT: Rick Walston for the following quotes]
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
~ Albert Einstein
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
~ Elbert Hubbard
It’s almost impossible for liberals to brainwash people who can read.
~ Ann Coulter
I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science.
~ Charles Darwin (cited by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin, New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1991) p. 456.
It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.
~ Tom Hanks, as the character Jimmy Dugan speaking to a player in the movie “A League of Their Own.”