An Old Folk Saying:
As fast as the hardware guys make it, the software guys piss it away.
From The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume III: Quantum Mechanics: Epilogue:
I wanted most to give you some appreciation of the wonderful world and the physicist's way of looking at it, which, I believe, is a major part of the true culture of modern times. (There are probably professors of other subjects who would object, but I believe they are completely wrong.)
From 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke:
He [David Bowman] finally found peace, as so many others had done, in the abstract architecture of Bach, occasionally ornamented with Mozart. And so Discovery [the spaceship] drove on toward Saturn, as often as not pulsating with the cool music of the harpsichord, the frozen thoughts of a brain that had been dust for twice a hundred years.
King George III, when told that George Washington would retire to his farm rather than declare himself emperor:
If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.