Savage quotes

  1. Andy Warhol and McDonald's
    " The most beautiful thing in Tokyo is McDonald's. The most beautiful thing in Stockholm is McDonald's. The most beautiful thing in Florence is McDonald's." - Andy Warhol
  2. Weinberg and the tooth fairy
    “I certainly would not disagree with people who say that physics in my style or the Newtonian style has produced a certain disenchantment. But if that’s the way the world is, it’s better we find out. I see it as part of the growing up of our species, just like the child finding out there is no tooth fairy. It’s better to find out there is no tooth fairy, even though a world with tooth fairies in it is somehow more delightful." - Steven Weinberg
  3. Adorno and Jazz (no suprise here)
    "The aim of jazz is the mechanical reproduction of a regressive moment, a castration symbolism. 'Give up your masculinity, let yourself be castrated,' the eunuchlike sound of the jazz band both mocks and proclaims, 'and you will be rewarded, accepted into a fraternity which shares the mystery of impotence with you, a mystery revealed at the moment of the initiation rite." - Theodor W. Adorno
  4. Adorno and Pop
    "Regressive listeners behave like children. Again and again and with stubborn malice, they demand the one dish they have once been served." - Theodor W. Adorno
  5. Wittgensteins jokes
    "A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  6. Wittgenstein and the meaning of life
    "I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  7. Wittgenstein about the socratic method
    " Reading the Socratic dialogues one has the feeling: what a frightful waste of time! What's the point of these arguments that prove nothing and clarify nothing?" - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  8. Wittgenstein about scientists
    " The less somebody knows and understand himself the less great he is, however great may be his talent. For this reason our scientists are not great." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  9. Wittgenstein about Philosophy
    " Philosophy hasn’t made any progress?—If someone scratches where it itches, do we have to see progress? Is it not genuine scratching otherwise, or genuine itching?" - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  10. Wittgenstein on music
    "It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
  11. The classification of surfaces and the discovery of America
    "The theorem of classification of surfaces is a top-class mathematical achievement, comparable with the discovery of America or X-rays." - Vladimir Arnold
  12. Victor Kac about Kac-Moody algebras
    "It is a well kept secret that the theory of Kac-Moody algebras has been a disaster." - Victor Kac
  13. Sidney Coleman recommendation letters
    "I am uninterested in gravity, and superuninterested in supergravity." - Sidney Coleman (apparently he used it, followed by a "but", in recommendation letters)
  14. Peter Scholze and the p-adic numbers
    “Now I find real numbers much, much more confusing than p-adic numbers. I’ve gotten so used to them that now real numbers feel very strange.” - Peter Scholze
  15. Peter Scholze with 28
    “I don’t feel like I’ve actually started doing research.” - Peter Scholze
  16. Blaise Pascal about staying at home
    " Tout le malheur des hommes vient d’une seule chose, qui est de ne pas savoir demeurer en repos, dans une chambre." - Blaise Pascal ("All evil in the world has a common root, that people are not capable of sitting quitly in their room.")
  17. Aliens and university administration
    "It seems somewhat reasonable to assume that thermodynamics will smoothly determine future directions in the whole universe. No one knows if this is true, but if we ever really met beings going the wrong way in time, trying to communicate with them would be presumbably be as confusing as trying to talk to some of the regents of the University of California" - R. K. Sachs & H. Wu (both from UC Berkeley) in "General Relativity for Mathematicians", p. 27