My Inspiration


(September 1, 2020)



(July 25, 2020)

J. D. Salinger, The Heart of a Broken Story

I think love is a touch and yet not a touch.

(May 25, 2020)

Romain Rolland

There is only one heroism in the world: to see the world as it is and to love it.

(Mar 21, 2020)

George Pólya

If you can’t solve a problem, then there is an easier problem you can solve: find it. -- How To Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method, G. Polya, Stanford University

(Feb 8, 2020)

Joseph Campbell

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

(Feb 6, 2020)

William Blake, English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. [more on Wikipedia]

What is now proved was once  only imagined.

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

Exuberance is beauty.

To generalize is to be an idiot.

That Man should labour and sorrow, and learn and forget and return to the dark valley whence he came, and begin his labours anew. -- The works of William Blake, poetic, symbolic, and critical

(Jan 19, 2020)

Voltaire, French philosopher:

Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.

Chinese proverb (according to A. Ben-Tal and L. El-Ghaoui. Robust Optimization. Princeton University Press, 2009; I haven't found the Chinese translation.):

To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.

(Jan 18, 2020)

Friedrich Nietzsche:

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.