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  • Words of wisdom from Dr. F.G. David


    Dr. Fredegusto David
    (August 1, 1937 – July13, 2007)


    1. *"Earth is the only heaven we can know."

    2. "When others deliberate to take the first step, you just take it."

    3. "Beauty is symmetry in complexity."

    4. "Beauty is symmetry and simplicity. That's boring!"

    5. "The aim of human life is integrity."

    6. "Success is defined by its context."

    7. "There is mystery and beauty in the unknown."

    8. "There is excitement in variability. There is excitement in the unpredictability."

    9. "There is nothing absolute in the universe. Everything falls with space and time."

    10. "When the inertia against acting is strong, the will must also be that strong."

    11. "Live with a high mean and low standard deviation."

    12. "Allow the variable to show its effects by introducing it in different amounts."

    13. "Lead them according to what they want to become."

    14. "You read behind words. You think."

    15. "There is nothing absolute. The only constant thing is the speed of light."

    16. "To be born is to die. In between they grow and multiply like flies. 6.2 billion people in the world. Kadiri, ano?"

    17. "Why not life? Why call it soul? Call a spade a spade."

    18. "If you are the universe and you keep on expanding indefinitely then everything will be you. Kadiri!"

    19. "Religion is a successful economic institution"

    20. "The religion of the universe is to be one with it."

    21. "Laziness is not an excuse to delay things that should be done at the time it should be done"

    22. "Morality of females is pragmatic because they carry the egg of the species. Females invest in the next generation."

    23. "Be a parasite of somebody."

    24. "Religion is an economic empire. Establish a religion to become rich."

    25. "'Diyos ko! Tamaan mo naman ng kidlat ang lintik!' Will God ever do that if he is God? Ask Satan to do that as Satan."

    26. "I don't know if I even believe in what I say or if it matters ultimately."

    27. "Genius is obsessive. Laziness is contrary to genius. Kung tinatamad ka, hindi mo kaya. Rationalization lang iyon."

    28. "Live from moment to moment."

    29. "Man can hear the sound of a falling feather in a vacuum."

    30. "Alisin mo yung balahibo ng manok. Di ba mukha na syang dinosaur?"

    31. "We are nature creating new life as if we are 'God'"

    32. "Man tried to influence his future by writing about his past"

    33. "Poetry is different from Science by means of using feelings and metaphors to represent reality."

    34. "Our greatest enemy now is ourselves. We can endanger any kind of animal, driving it to extinction."

    35. "We are king of the animal kingdom, except that we cannot dominate viruses and germs."

    36. "You cannot override a super power. You can only sway with it."

    37. "We do not need an enemy from with out."

    38. "Bakit kailangan pa mag mate? Hindi ba pwedeng hipan na lang katulad ng Diyos?"

    39. "We can only see as far as 40km in a very, very quiet night."

    40. "Rutting female: naglalanding babae"

    41. "In humans, there is rape. In the animal kingdom, wala non. Bihira yon."

    42. "You don't just grab a female and deposit your sperm in her. Those who do cannot control the beast within. And with low EQ, go to prostitutes. And do not graduate, much more with honors."

    43. "When others are hesitant to take the first step, take it."

    44. "When the resistance is very, very strong, then the will must be stronger."

    45. "Competence and persistence will make you the last one to fall."

    46. "Open the door that is shut and refuse to be opened."

    47. "Turn opportunities to your favor."

    48. "Ano’ng mahaba? I-specify mo. We're talking about sex here." (referring to the length of mating bonds formed in monogamy)

    49. "Mitochondria - they are like the Meralco of the cell."

    50. "Namulaklak ang cerebral hemispheres ng tao kaya nagkaroon ng temporal lobes"

    51. "Imagine if we need a large surface area. Para tayong trumpo. Paiko- ikot na kapag lumalakad."

    52. "A thoughtful man doesn't act upon nuance alone. Binubuo ang kilos niyan ng nakaraan, at ng kasulukuyan."

    53. "Past and present integrated into the future so it seems like destiny."

    54. "Oneness of thoughts and emotion. Not reptilian instincts. When 2 become 1 that man is a classical man. One dictated by his head and not his penis."

    55. "I felt so small and humble for my arrogance" (on his resignation letter and Dr. Lagmay's confrontation)

    56. "What's a measure of a man as a social being? The measure of a man is how many doors he has opened to other people, especially to those he doesn’t know, to those who refused to open the doors for themselves and to those who cannot open the door for themselves."

    57. "Don't aspire for it. Earn it."

    58. "A man is rich not because he is greedy but because he needs it."

    59. "The presence of a strong father image greatly correlates with EQ."

    60. "Domestification of the human male is one of the greatest achievements of the human race."

    61. "Kapag nanliligaw gusto makita ang magulang to see the future."

    62. "It is better to view the future with chance and probability...with randomness."

    63. "If only God knows, then let me ask him why. Press God to answer."

    64. "Eugene: eu-happy, gene-beginning"

    65. "When beautiful ones go together then you'll have a miss universe!"

    66. "300 million sperm in one ejaculation. Talagang overkill, noh? Tapos isa lang makakarating doon."

    67. "Intelligence allows us to inhabit any place on the earth."

    68. "You have no right to destroy what you did not create." (regarding suicide)

    69. "Philosophy is the unscientific study of the mind."

    70. "Human mind investigates the nature of itself."

    71. "Pinaparusahan ako ng buhay. Huwag pagpapahingahin ang matandang iyan. Madaldal kasi." (regarding his retirement)

    72. "Madaya mga iyan eh. Madaming bunga. Mabunganga rin." (regarding females)

    73. "The females inherit the earth. And the suffering thereof."

    74. "Mathematics is simplification and contraction of notations"

    75. "The μ is the most democratic measure because it gets from every value."

    76. "Psychology is the greatest of all in CSSP. Mayroon bang Experimental Sociology, Experimental Economics, Experimental Philosophy? Only Psychology offers empirical evidences from experimental Psychology."

    77. "Come baby, run." (how to make rats effectively run the maze, with matching pat-on-the-head action)

    78. "It's easy to terrorize students. One is being an unforgivable bastard."

    79. "Genius nga. Yung madumi, bagong laba, sama-sama" (regarding organization of clothes in the cabinet)

    80. "Knowledge is fundamental pragmatics of life."

    81. "Art is beyond definition of science."

    82. "Mga babae cannot be trusted. Wala silang bayag. Wala silang pang-testify. Wala silang testosterone."

    83. "History is written by men to get back at their mothers (women)."

    84. "Christ is a chauvinist. He said 'My father is in heaven' and called his mom 'woman'."

    85. "Perfect correlation rarely exists in nature. It only exists in force."

    86. "So when given the chance to be an actor, he took it to escape calculus" (on Erap being forced to take engineering and hating it)

    87. "This my Jet Li – The One!"

    88. "What is the meaning of my life if I will live alone? Not only is my species a species but also a social species."

    89. "Keep on agreeing and you will get a good grade. Fortunately, I forget your goodness."

    90. "Accept choice as fundamental"

    91. "'Kahit hindi ka na magkaanak basta at your old age, may companion ka."

    92. "Ano’ng kakainin mo pag gumaling ka? Eh di mamatay ka na lang!" (regarding a person with a grave illness becoming well again and bankrupt after paying the hospital bills)

    93. "Everybody else dies if you don't die."

    94. "Marry a rich man kahit matanda na. Tapos sakalin mo and inherit the money. Then marry a younger one."

    95. "First test if wisdom of Socrates: you should know what you shouldn't know."

    96. "A leader does not debate with the people he leads. He understands the feelings of those without a leader."

    97. "I do not know many. I only know enough to teach my classes."

    98. "Hold it as high above God so that everyone can see."

    99. "Love is the procreative feeling that arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is beautiful and desirable in the universe, and unites the lover's mind with its object."

    100. "Do that [fall in love]. You're still young. That's the beauty of youth."

    101. “You do not fall in love. You rise in love. That's how you love rationally...”

    102. “Meanings we find are the meanings we make.”

    103. “What you learn in UP is to go on and never give up. That if there be one person left standing, let it be me. Let Ateneo fall first before UP...”

    104. "Beauty fades but ugliness does not. So mag-asawa ka na lang ng pangit."

    105. "I wish I could write a poem that would be the song of my race. That would be the most beautiful song."

    106. "Morality is to allow a form to go on as it is."

    107. "The poor will inherit the earth."

    108. "An instant is to time as a point is to a line."

    109. "The soul is the memories you leave behind."

    110. “Education is the process of leading oneself out of the dark.”

    111. “Education is a liberating, equalizing institution.”

    112. “Education is truly liberating if it can free you from the fear of ignorance.”

    113. "In this harsh world that we live in, education is a right just like food on the table. education is the only way and means that could help us survive. Without education, we would die. Therefore, like a right to have food and a right to live, the right to education should be experienced by everyone.”

    114. “The last domesticated animal is the human male.”

    115. “Man is a pleasure seeking, vain, hedonistic creature.”

    116. “It’s expensive to transmit your genes.”

    117. “It is expensive to be human.”

    118. “Men who use steroids get muscular for nothing.”

    119. “Leonardo di Caprio... what does he have to do with us? And yet a long time from now we remember him.”

    120. “Beware of a small guy who cannot lift the world like Atlas. He might try something else.”

    121. “Life is serious. Life is funny. Life is comical.”

    122. “Just be observant. Divine comedy is always happening in our midst.”

    123. “Eat to live and not live to eat.”

    124. “A liberated mind knows little fear, especially fear of the unknown for he keeps pushing the unknown farther and farther into the horizon.”

    125. “The ultimate fear of man is the fear of the unknown and the inevitable.”

    126. “There are times when you cannot control events. The solution there is to accept it.”

    127. “Wisdom is better gained when one is young, to better use it.”

    128. “Most young ones do not survive premature recognition of success.”

    129. “A rational man doesn’t extricate himself and blame it on the environment.”

    130. “There stands a man who is immovable except by himself because he is a free man, a rational being.”

    131. “Meanings we find are the meanings we make.”

    132. “Science is logic in action.”

    133. “Theories are just empty boxes. Stuff the boxes with science.”

    134. “Once in a while you have to boggle the mind to face reality.”

    135. “We are entrapped by our consciousness.”

    136. “Your freedom stops where another human’s freedom begins.”

    137. “It is one thing to say something is bad when you want it but can’t have it and another to say something is bad when you can have it but you don’t want it.”

    138. “There is no predestination. Only a matter of probability or chance.”

    139. “Happiness is the desire to preserve, not to destroy.”

    140. “No one can cast a stone in this world until he has been in the shoes of others.”

    141. “The Filipinos will conquer the earth by marriage to other nationalities.”

    142. ”We can't go back to ignorance, we must move on.”

    143. "We should carry the burden of the proof."

    144. "Knowledge is universal."

    145. "What is the purpose of a baby? Nothing; parasitic."

    146. "Why am I suffering and not my neighbor?"

    147. "... raging hormones, sizzling like... fat!"

    148. "I still pursue my north star."

    149. "My last love is Psychology. I was raped by Psychology."

    150. “Curious people are led to a life of uncomfortable state of not being certain.” (on the persecution of heretics)

    151. “Courtship is a subtle mating game... Why don’t you say love is f*cking?” (on courtship displays of peacocks)

    152. “You don’t have to believe in a life thereafter just to do what is good.”

    153. “Even great men make mistakes…which may be great mistakes, too.” (After explaining Aristotle’s mistake regarding the brain’s mechanism for regulating temperature)

    154. “When the Romans crucified Christ, they gave birth to a God.”

    155. “Knowledge is liberating!”

    156. “God must forgive us for knowing more.”

    157. “Shame on us! Shame on our leaders!” (After discussing the miserable condition of the country)

    158. “But do I help the poor? No. So my expression of sympathy is just bullshit!” (After a litany on how the poor are suffering)

    159. “Pseudoproblems that have no answers end up in beliefs.” (Expounding on the falsifiability criterion for hypotheses in science, in particular refuting the existence of a Deity)

    160. “I just come to class to tell stories, and when I remember, I teach.” (After realizing that he has strayed quite far from the topic)

    161. “Thinkers are absent-minded because they focus on their thoughts.”

    162. “Our words lead us to where we would go.”

    163. “The future does not exist. What is important is how you create it.”

    164. “Life is not a means but an end. The end of life is life.”

    165. “At the end, what matters is that behavior is in accordance to the service of life.”

    166. “Death is as sure as being born. Delay it as long as possible and make the delay a happy one.”

    167. "Do not live long enough to be worthless."

    168. “One hopes that he has done all once he shuts his eyes for good.”

    169. “I’m not a wise man. I’m just a plain teacher, and I’m happy with that. My life is an anecdote. Just one big joke.”

    170. “How do you know if something or someone is significant? 1. It is different. 2. You did not expect it.”

    171. Sir: "It was my boyhood dream to be a sabungero.” Student: “It's never too late, sir.” Sir: “It's very, very late.”

    172. “Most probably 9 out of 10 songs are all about love..”

    173. “Life is a complex arrangement of proteins.”

    174. “We should always rationalize, so that we always look good in front of the mirror.”

    175. “The penis is highly vascularized. Kaya pag naputol yan, madugo.”

    176. “Delayed gratification is for the successful ones.”

    177. “Yung iba may asawa na, gusto pa ng lima pa at ng malalaking bahay... And we call these people... Congressmen of the Philippines.”

    178. “Just like other professors (in UP), they (professors from other universities) just croak... ‘croak-croak-croak.’ ”

    179. “It doesn't matter if there really are ‘OTs’ (old testaments) going around, my students grades never really improve.”

    180. “It’s one thing to know and another to blame.”

    181. “We perfect life as we know it.”

    182. “Mind travels instantaneously.”

    183. “Greatness gets better with age.”

    184. “The earth is alive – we are expressions of her life. We fit to her, it doesn’t fit to us.”

    185. “Life hates repeating itself. Life abhors boredom. It wants to experiment on changes.”

    186. “You don’t have to transmit your genes, you can transmit your memes!”

    187. “What may be presumably pleasurable now may be painful tomorrow.”

    188. “Happiness is a disappearing horizon.”

    189. “The future is formless, you form it.”

    190. “Human life without a dream may be devoid of a future.”

    191. “I am not born to make people happy or sad. I’m just born.”

    192. “When you feel alone, it’s nice to invent a god.”

    193. “If the realm is not in your awareness, you cannot control it.”

    194. “The world never stays the same.”

    195. “I convinced my wife that when I die, my brain would be donated to the psych department, to the PPL…”

    196. “Romance happens once a while… (When) two better halves can’t find each other, until you find him/her, you remain listless and restless.”

    197. “Why do you always enjoy jokes at my expense?”

    198. “Not because I own her, but deep down, I feel she owns me.” (on changing surnames)

    199. “You must have some romance with life!” (on tasting perspiration)

    200. “Mag-aral (kayo) nang mabuti, so you’ll know who to choose... (Look for) a man/woman who would make your heart beat like hell.”

    201. “I’m doing something on Saturday, I’ll write a long letter to my wife (she was in Illinois then)... She misses me like hell.” (on moving an exam on a Saturday)

    202. “Be observant, kaya inaantok kayo eh.”

    203. “Sometimes I have to impress my wife... I’m that lovable.”

    204. “Respect is much better than fear. Respect doesn’t stop, fear stops at the door of death.”

    205. “All my students are my adopted grandchildren.”

    ---quotes compiled by:

    Patricia Oreta (‘08), Abby Maralit (‘08), Fao Gansatao (‘08), Emm Loreto (‘08), Elaine Salansan (‘08), Ria Verdolaga (‘08), Jonas Pimentel (‘08), Charisse Peña (’07), Noelle Nalvar (‘07), Angelica de Chavez (‘07), Nico Cabrera (‘07), Francis Cua (‘07), Margaret Yarcia (‘07), Alex Ibañez (‘07), Mariko Franca (‘07), Regina Quiogue (’04), Ruben Ayson (‘03), Tin Teodosio (‘03), Ceejay Estrella (‘02), Annabellemarielat, Marivic Doctor
    [brought to you by Mandala 2008, last updated July 21, 2007]

    2 comments:

    bochog said...

    hello,

    salamat sa pag-link up mo sa maiksi kong tribute kay f.g. nakakatuwa basahin ang mga quotable quotes niya. marami na rin akong naipon since undergrad days ko as his student in biopsych.

    ang favorites ko:

    "The only universal constant is the speed of light."

    atsaka

    "She was a brilliant scientist. Malandi nga lang."

    hehe.

    upoytao said...

    hehehe ur welcome po pls ^_^ well kung san man siya im sure he's watching over us ^_^ still joking about us though hehehe apir!!!