Theodore von Kármán


I came to realize that exaggerated concern about what others are doing can be foolish. It can paralyze effort, and stifle a good idea. One finds that in the history of science almost every problem has been worked out by someone else. This should not discourage anyone from pursuing his own path.

The Wind and Beyond, 1967

Everyone knows it takes a woman nine months to have a baby. But you Americans think if you get nine women pregnant, you can have a baby in a month.

The Life and Times of Joe Gordon (To the Best of My Recollection) by Joseph G. Martin (2007)