Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Couple of Good Quotes

I know I have been delinquent in posting here - I have been reminded that even Saramarie has me beat on the number of posts this month! I don't know where the time has gone, but it has gone. This is just a quick note to pass along a couple of good quotes I saw on a forum this morning:

First from C.S. Lewis:
"He [the devil] always sends errors into the world in pairs - pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course. He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one." (Mere Christianity, p. 160)

The second from Oliver Wendell Holmes:
"I wouldn't give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity; I would give my right arm for the simplicity on the far side of complexity."

I particularly like the latter one. I have spent most of my life trying to explain complex things in simple terms that those unfamiliar with the technical aspects of things can grasp. It is not for the lazy or faint-hearted, and I am not sure how well I have succeeded many times. But it is a journey well worth the effort because of the blessings to one's self (clarity of thought) and to others (education).

Have a good Saturday, and if all goes well I may have photos to post tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. I find that metaphors work well in explaning complex systems to people of little depth, or rather, with little depth of understanding. I find it much more entertaining for me and filters-out people who really don't want to understand anyway.