Monthly Archives: July 2006


“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children, but we cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill theirs.”
(Golda Meir)


“What I would miss, if I had to go into another line of work besides research, would be the surprises.”
(Derek Lowe)


“The weak have one weapon — the errors of those who think they are strong.”
(Georges Bidault)


“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”
(Oscar Wilde)


“The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything — or nothing.”
(Lady Nancy Astor)

for my colleague Nicole

“There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.”
(Don Herold)

found on the web

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated …

I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent.

Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.

(The Crisis, Thomas Paine, December 23 1776)