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Robert B. Laughlin Quotes and Sayings

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At Berkeley I had my first encounter with real professional scientists.
- Robert B. Laughlin

I was an extremely reclusive and introverted boy.
- Robert B. Laughlin

It was at this moment that I wrote my first important
paper in theoretical physics.
I was 32 years old, 5 years beyond the alleged age
of senility for theorists.
- Robert B. Laughlin

Another important aspect of our home was respect for ideas.
- Robert B. Laughlin

 

It was at Bell Labs that I first made direct contact
with real semiconductor experts and thus began to fully
understand what amazing materials they were and what they could do.
- Robert B. Laughlin

But the need for conflict to expose prejudice and unclear reasoning,
which is deeply embedded in my philosophy of science,
has its origin in these debates.
- Robert B. Laughlin

As a consequence while we had a roof over our heads,
food on the table, and clothes to wear to school we
were constantly conscious of being of modest means.
- Robert B. Laughlin

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My mother also had us take piano lessons,
and this had a similar effect.
I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for
pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing.
- Robert B. Laughlin

My childhood home backed onto wheat and cotton fields.
- Robert B. Laughlin

Western society has many flaws, and it is good for
an educated person to have thought some of these through,
even at the expense of losing a lecture or two to tear gas.
- Robert B. Laughlin

I also taught myself how to blow glass using a propane
torch from the hardware store and managed to make some
elementary chemistry plumbing such as tees and small glass bulbs.
- Robert B. Laughlin

My job at Stanford is rather different from the ones
I had held previously in that my own ambitions must
take a back seat to the well-being of the students with whom I work.
- Robert B. Laughlin

When I moved to Stanford I began to pursue the line
of research I have been following ever since,
namely trying to understand the larger implications
of fractional quantum hall discovery.
- Robert B. Laughlin

My mother, who was professional schoolteacher,
was particularly concerned about our formal education
and even went so far as to start a private school together
with some other parents so that our intellectual needs would be met.
- Robert B. Laughlin

To this day I always insist on working out a problem
from the beginning without reading up on it first,
a habit that sometimes gets me into trouble but just
as often helps me see things my predecessors have missed.
- Robert B. Laughlin

It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was
never allowed access to computers,
radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity,
or perhaps something more sinister.
- Robert B. Laughlin

Over the course of time this gave us a deep respect for ideas,
both our own and those of others, and an understanding
that conflict through debate is a powerful means of revealing truth.
- Robert B. Laughlin

One of the terrific aspects of MIT in those days was
the enormous variety of experimental work that either
took place there or was talked about in seminars by
outside speakers aggressively recruited by the faculty.
- Robert B. Laughlin

The questions worth asking, in other words,
come not from other people but from nature,
and are for the most part delicate things easily drowned
out by the noise of everyday life.
- Robert B. Laughlin

In parallel with the development of my interests in
technical gadgetry I began to acquire a profound love
of and respect for the natural world which motivates
my scientific thinking to this day.
- Robert B. Laughlin

Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo;
and nothing remained,
after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar
fate from the hand of Mr. Hume in 1737.
- Sydney Smith

When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958,
I could not announce that I was gay to anybody,
though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.
- Thom Gunn

My parents are Italian and British.
They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago.
- Claire Forlani

Berkeley had a liberal element in the student body
who tended to be quite active.
I think that's in general a feature of intellectually active places.
- John Searle

Berkeley hackers liked to see themselves as rebels
against soulless corporate empires.
- Eric S. Raymond

In the mid-'60s in Berkeley, the theory of measure
spaces of economic agents became one of my main interests.
- Gerard Debreu

I liked Berkeley tremendously, Berkeley was a very leftist campus.
I came to love that city as much as I love Paris or
the south of France or New York.
- Whitfield Diffie

I survived only a year in Berkeley, partly because
I declined to sign the anticommunist loyalty oath.
- Jack Steinberger

At the very top state institutions, like UCLA,
Berkeley and the University of Texas,
however, the trend of downward minority enrollment
remains persistent and discouraging.
- Adam Schiff

I was a grad student at UC Berkeley when I bought my
Apple II and it suddenly because a lot more interesting than school.
- Andy Hertzfeld

The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism,
pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
- George Berkeley

I had rather be an oyster than a man,
the most stupid and senseless of animals.
- George Berkeley

Despite what they tell you, there are simply no moral
absolutes in a complex world.
- Berkeley Breathed

A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations,
if it produce nothing useful to the world,
seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
- George Berkeley

One of the reasons I came to Berkeley was because I
saw so many students of all different colors speaking
so many different languages and ferociously presenting
all these different views.
I thought, this is the 21st century and I want to be here!
- June Jordan

We have to have wars now and then just to prove we're top dog.
- Reginald Berkeley

The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern:
and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern
some glimpse of truth by long poring on it.
- George Berkeley

Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few.
- George Berkeley

Some of us find our lives abridged even before the paperback comes out.
- Berkeley Breathed

I had hoped to go to law school, but the war started,
and because of the strong feeling that I did not want to kill anybody,
I joined the Merchant Marine when I graduated from Berkeley.
- Douglass North

Many things, for aught I know, may exist,
whereof neither I nor any other man hath or can have
any idea or notion whatsoever.
- George Berkeley

All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth -
in a word,
all those bodies which compose the frame of the world -
have not any subsistence without a mind.
- George Berkeley

So long as I confine my thoughts to my own ideas divested of words,
I do not see how I can be easily mistaken.
- George Berkeley

I don't look too far ahead.
- Xander Berkeley

Directing is the ultimate way to bring together all
the art forms I've been involved with over the years.
- Xander Berkeley

The completion of my undergraduate training at the
University of California (Berkeley) provided just the
needed touches of rigor at advanced levels in both
economics and mathematics.
- Lawrence R. Klein

I can't help but have my sights set on Scorsese,
Cohen Brothers and Spike Jones.
- Xander Berkeley

I'd better make hay while the sun shines.
- Xander Berkeley

I want to direct films, because I am a painter and
a sculptor and I've done a lot of writing.
- Xander Berkeley

This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that,
as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent,
and, after a fashion familiar.
I must state it in my own way, although one in vain
seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view.
- Josiah Royce

He who says there is no such thing as an honest man,
you may be sure is himself a knave.
- George Berkeley

That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd,
as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever
entered into the head of mortal man.
- George Berkeley

Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty,
and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.
- George Berkeley

I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless
fascination that we all have the capacity to become
emotionally involved with a personality that doesn't exist.
- Berkeley Breathed

It's exciting that you've got an entire season to experience
24 hours of highly dramatically charged human experience.
It allows for the close inspection of minutiae in behaviour.
- Xander Berkeley

That neither our thoughts, nor passions,
nor ideas formed by the imagination,
exist without the mind,
is what every body will allow.
- George Berkeley

I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour.
- Busby Berkeley

We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see.
- George Berkeley

If they had killed by father and my mother and all my friends,
yet if they had come to treat of peace,
they ought to have gone in peace.
- William Berkeley

From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas,
I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God,
and of all created things in the mind of God.
- George Berkeley

If we admit a thing so extraordinary as the creation of this world,
it should seem that we admit something strange,
and odd, and new to human apprehension,
beyond any other miracle whatsoever.
- George Berkeley

Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character,
and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years,
these are portrayed as awful figures.
- Michael Novak

And I believe that the best buy in public health today
must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet.
- Julie Bishop

The Bishop moves diagonally forwards or backwards,
to the extent of the Board.
- Howard Staunton

As a preacher of the Gospel, our late venerable Bishop must have been heard,
to form an adequate conception of his superior excellence
and commanding eloquence.
- John Strachan

If you have a priest that is pushing social justice,
go find another parish.
Go alert your bishop.
- Glenn Beck

The Bishop and Knight, in contradistinction to the Queen and Rook,
are called Minor Pieces.
- Howard Staunton

I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in
the '60s at San Francisco State,
and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit:
one was Elizabeth Bishop.
- Thom Gunn

I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone
is probably not a good bishop.
- James Thomson

People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics,
Jesus was a management expert too.
- George Carey

The Bishop, as I have remarked, was not very dignified on all occasions,
and sometimes acted in such a manner as would not have appeared well in public.
- Maria Monk


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