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There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
by Niels Bohr

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Related topics: Wisdom Live-By

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

You are not thinking.
You are merely being logical.
- Niels Bohr


An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made,
in a narrow field.
- Niels Bohr

Einstein, stop telling God what to do!
- Niels Bohr

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing
facts as with creating images.
- Niels Bohr

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Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.
- Niels Bohr

If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy,
that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
- Niels Bohr

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox.
Now we have some hope of making progress.
- Niels Bohr

There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
- Niels Bohr

No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
- Niels Bohr

Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution.
It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
- Niels Bohr

A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself.
- Niels Bohr

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
- Niels Bohr

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
- Niels Bohr

If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you,
you haven't understood it yet.
- Niels Bohr

The opposite of a fact is falsehood,
but the opposite of one profound truth may very well
be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is.
Physics concerns what we say about Nature.
- Niels Bohr

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
- Niels Bohr

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes,
which can be made, in a very narrow field.
- Niels Bohr

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy.
The question which divides us is whether it is crazy
enough to have a chance of being correct.
My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.
- Niels Bohr

Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation,
but as a question.
- Niels Bohr

Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years
than in the previous two thousand.
The exponential increase in advancement will only continue.
Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false;
the opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
- Bertrand Russell

When a philosopher says something that is true then it is trivial.
When he says something that is not trivial then it is false.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

My actions constituted pure hacking that resulted in
relatively trivial expenses for the companies involved,
despite the government's false claims.
- Kevin Mitnick

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the
ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
- Henry Clay

I've just learned about his illness.
Let's hope it's nothing trivial.
- Irvin S. Cobb

What we now call the browser is whatever defines the web.
What fits in the browser is the World Wide Web and
a number of trivial standards to handle that so that the content comes.
- Ted Nelson

I think software patents are a bad idea.
Many patents are given for trivial inventions.
- Larry Wall

In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal,
enjoy democratic equality.
- Mary McCarthy

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial,
gossip among men, especially if it is about women,
is called theory, or idea, or fact.
- Andrea Dworkin

Politics is the diversion of trivial men who,
when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
- George Jean Nathan

Of course it's trivial, but then most things are.
- John Malkovich

Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.
- John Fowles

Living with the immediacy of death helps you sort out your priorities in life.
It helps you to live a less trivial life.
- Sogyal Rinpoche

Giving parties is a trivial avocation,
but it pays the dues for my union card in humanity.
- Elsa Maxwell

A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
- Cliff Fadiman

If we are surrounded by the trivial and the vicious,
it is all too easy to make our peace with it.
- William Bennett

In larger things we are convivial; what causes trouble is the trivial.
- Richard Armour

Oh man.
If I had magic powers...
I would hope that I would use them for good.
I think I would.
But I would do something pretty trivial like making traffic disappear.
- Nick Stahl

Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a
monastery than reading a book on etiquette.
There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible
to commit some social sin.
- Quentin Crisp

It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human
mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing.
There is more than one way to conquer a country.
- Raymond Chandler

Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with
the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood,
and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out.
- C. S. Forester

We all might ask ourselves why we tune in to these
more trivial matters and tune out when it comes to Darfur.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities
decomposing in the eternity of print.
- Virginia Woolf

In the year 1915 a series of trivial incidents led
some Chinese students in Cornell University to take
up the question of reforming the Chinese language.
- Hu Shih

The thought that we're in competition with Russians
or with Chinese is all a mistake,
and trivial.
We are one species, with a world to win.
- George Wald

When you are in deep conflict about something,
sometimes the most trivial thing can tip the scales.
- Ethel Merman

Men of genius are not quick judges of character.
Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial
instinct by which you and I size people up.
- Max Beerbohm

No sociologist should think himself too good,
even in his old age, to make tens of thousands of quite
trivial computations in his head and perhaps for months at a time.
- Max Weber

In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
- Julius Caesar

To demonstrate this simultaneity is by no means trivial,
because it may for example happen that the product
nucleus always forms in an activated state at first.
- Walther Bothe

God may not play dice but he enjoys a good round of
Trivial Pursuit every now and again.
- Federico Fellini

There are not the same factual shows anymore -
children's TV has become much more trivial.
- Johnny Ball

The pain was considerable, but trivial compared with my mental state.
- Harold Lloyd

Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
- Tom Stoppard

The search for the symbolic value of phonemes,
each taken as a whole, runs the risk of giving rise
to ambiguous and trivial interpretations because phonemes are complex entities,
bundles of different distinctive features.
- Roman Jakobson

Why should someone have to retrain themselves to use
a new application that does the same basic thing as the old application,
just because something as trivial as the operating
system changed out from under them?
- Jamie Zawinski

Occasionally, I would focus on a particular school
project and become obsessed with,
what seemed to my mother, to be trivial details instead
of apportioning the time I spent on school work in a more efficient way.
- Steven Chu

Red Carpet Enterprise has been really well received
since one guy can install it in about an hour,
and it makes it trivial to deal with software management
issues like deploying updates and creating standard
package sets for your various machines.
- Nat Friedman

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial
as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -
but the core of science fiction,
its essence has become crucial to our salvation if
we are to be saved at all.
- Isaac Asimov

I think there was a revolution in poetry,
associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound;
but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of
the nature of history that their innovations should
later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
- Howard Nemerov

A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious,
trivial thing.
But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing,
abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.
- Karl Marx

Women are systematically degraded by receiving the
trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex,
when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

When you're 50 you start thinking about things you
haven't thought about before.
I used to think getting old was about vanity -
but actually it's about losing people you love.
Getting wrinkles is trivial.
- Eugene O'Neill

It is probably safe to say that all the changes of
factual knowledge which have led to the relativity theory,
resulting in a very great theoretical development,
are completely trivial from any point of view except
their relevance to the structure of a theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's,
if we are always criticizing trivial actions -
which often are not real defects at all,
but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.
- Saint Teresa

Again, one of the problems I have with television,
as I mentioned before, is it's trivial in many ways,
and I think that a lot of folks out there are looking
for new metaphors and new ways of thinking about things.
- J. Michael Straczynski

I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists,
because nothing that exists satisfies me.
Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy
to what is positively trivial.
- Charles Baudelaire

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