An occasional, miscellaneous selection of light-hearted aphorisms, sayings, facts and other titbits that I happen to find wise, amusing or curious.


There is light at the end of the tunnel, but not at the bottom of the mine. Be careful which way you dig.

The wisdom of the old begins with the learning and action of the young.

You can’t explain radioactivity to a cow.
Newsreel report on the Windscale fire.

If at first you don’t succeed, sky diving is not for you.

It is not the business of science to inherit the earth, but to inherit the moral imagination.
Joseph Bronowski

I do not regret this journey: we took risks, we knew we took them, things have come out against us, therefore we have no cause for complaint.
Captain Scott

When water covers the head, a thousand fathoms are as one.
Persian proverb


There are more grains in a handful of sand than all the stars visible to the naked eye. There are more stars in the universe than all the grains of sand on all the beaches in the world.
Carl Sagan (I think)

The world is blue.
Yuri Gagarin