On the U.N. International Day For Persons With Disabilities (Dec 3), Dr. Adrian Chan joins NOW with Dave Brown to talk about the work he and his colleagues do at Carleton University’s Abilities Living Laboratory (starting at 77:30).


The following are a few quotes that I really like. If know of any other good quotes please forward them along to me!

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.

- Socrates

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

- Socrates

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

- Stephen R. Covey

Not everything worth doing is worth doing well.

- Tom West (quoted by Tracy Kidder in The Soul of a New Machine)

You are not important because of what you do. You are important because of who you are. And it is because who you are that makes what you do important.

- Adrian D. C. Chan

The measure of a great life is not how well loved you are, but how well you love others.

- Rachel Buchman (from the movie Rachel Getting Married)

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.

- William Arthur Ward

Learning isn't so much about the who, what, when, where, or how; it is about the why.

- Adrian D. C. Chan

There is so much to do. There is so little time. We must go slowly.

- Taoist saying

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

- Edward Everette Hale

Technical skill is mastery of complexity while creativity is mastery of simplicity.

- E. C. Zeeman

A teacher hasn't taught until a student has learned.

- Henrietta Mears

If you want to go fast; go alone. If you want to go far; go together.

- African Proverb

The most widely used signal processing tool is the FFT; the most widely misused signal processing tool is also the FFT.

- James Kaiser

Vengence is a lazy form of grief.

- Silvia Broome (from the movie The Interpreter)

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.

- Isaac Asimov

Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.

- Michael Jordan

If people behaved in the way nations do they would all be put in straitjackets.

- Tennessee Williams

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

- Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.

- Mark Twain

It was very successful, but it fell on the wrong planet.

- Werner von Braun

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us: not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures to share - not be greedy Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?

- Severn Suzuki

My father always says "You are what you do, not what you say." Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown ups say you love us. I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words.

- Severn Suzuki

Gambling!?! Why don't you just give me a dollar and I'll give you back fifty cents?

- Tony Chan

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.

- H. L. Mencken

Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul.

- Franois Rabelais

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live.

- Kahlil Gibran

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

- Carl W. Buechner

Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.

- William James

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.

- E. Joseph Cossman

Your actions scream so loudly I cannot hear what you say.

- Albert Einstein

It is not wrong because it is illegal. It is illegal because it is wrong.

- unknown (let me know if you know who originated this quote)

Freedom is participation in power.

- Senator Cicero of the Roman Empire (some 2000 years ago!)

To know and not to do is not to know

- Chinese proverb

What is the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don't know and and I don't care.

- unknown

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

- Dan Stanford

When you're screwing up and nobody's saying anything to you anymore that means they gave up.

- Randy Pausch

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You do not have to wait until you are ready, but you have to be willing. We are only limited by our unwillingness.

- Adrian D. C. Chan

Children need love, especially when they don't deserve it.

- Harold S. Hulbert

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.

- Freeman Dyson

You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.

- attributed to Sir Winston Churchill

Excellence is habit.

- Aristotle