interests and hobbies

current: digital photography, voice (classical)
past: mountain biking, volleyball, tennis, cross-country running, violin, piano

favorite quotes

If you're going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.
Richard Feynman

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Through true disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.
Conan O'Brien

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

A meal without some cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn. -
Latin Proverb

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.
Anatole France

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Albert Einstein

What you have to learn to do, you learn by doing.

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Albert Camus

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on'
Rudyard Kipling, poem "If"

Remember, the pessimist says, "the glass is half empty."
The optimist says, "the glass is half full."
I say, "just make sure it's beer (or mojito) in there!"
My 08 b-day card

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

History is bunk.
Henry Ford

Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things.
Albert Einstein

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Don't let a success get to your head, or a failure to your heart.

Starving man wait long time for roast duck to fly in mouth.
Pastor Bob on relationships

Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.
Albert Einstein

The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.

I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand.
Confucius (551-479 BC)

It's not all what you earn; it's what you keep

Any sufficiently advanced techonology is indistinguishable from magic
Arthur C. Clarke

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Everyone has a plan until I hit them in the mouth
Mike Tyson

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
Muhammad Ali

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
Muhammad Ali

Chance favors the prepared mind
Louis Pasteur

Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.
Henri Poincare

To dream anything you want to dream; that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything you want to; that is the strength of the human will. To trust yurself to test your limits; that is the courage to succeed
Bernard Edmunds, American Writer

Those who wish to succeed must ask the right preliminary questions
Aristotle, Metaphysics, II. (III), I.

Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
Sir Thomas Browne

The credit belongs to the man who is actually In The Arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again...who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly...
Theador Roosevelt

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

Lord, give me the strength to change what I can, give me the strength to resist what I cannot change and give me the wisdom to understand the difference between the two.
Franz of Assisi


Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
- Macbeth

Nothing Gold Can Stay
- Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's flower;
But only so an hour.
The leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay

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