I love great quotes, and I love learning about artificial intelligence. So, to kick off 2021 it felt like a natural fit to put together a collection of some of my favorite quotes about artificial intelligence. I also couldn't resist adding in a few of my own. Not all of these quotes are directly about AI but, to me, they all apply to AI. I hope you enjoy!

AI Mindset

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.Alvin Toffler

Every great change is preceded by chaos.Deepak Chopra

In God we trust―All others bring data.W. Edwards Deming

In the long run, all models are wrong.Leon Yeh

Without failures there would be no great discoveries.Stuart Firestein

All models are wrong, but some are useful.George Box

Data is the new oil.Clive Humby

AI will not destroy your jobs, it will change them.Mike Walsh

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.Ernest Hemingway

The best time to start working on AI is three years ago, the next best time is today.Chinese Proverbs adapted to AI

Anxiety often accompanies a new beginning.Julia Samuel

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.George Orwell

In an uncertain world, generalists have an unfair advantage.Aviral Bhatnager

If you have to fight a dragon, you should go to its lair before it comes to your village.Jordan Peterson

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.Wernher von Braun

There's no growth in comfort zone, there's no comfort in growth zone.Humble the Poet

Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.Gandhi

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunitySeneca


One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.Grace Hopper

The most important distribution to know is the normal distribution. If all the distributions were to get together and elect a leader, it would for sure be the normal distribution.Brian Caffo

By a small sample, you may judge the whole piece.Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha


You never go from wrong to right, You go from wrong to right.Mark Manson

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.John Maynard Keynes

When the facts change, I change my mind. what do you do, Sir?John Maynard Keynes

Under Bayes' theorem, no theory is perfect. Rather, it is a work in progress, always subject to further refinement and testing.Nate Silver

Stop looking for certainty in the problem, think of probability as an answer.Leon Yeh

People who are misinformed are typically certain, but smart people are typically full of doubts.Charles Bukowski

Machine Learning

What do you call a Swiss algorithm? A neutral network.Vincent Warmerdam

What do you call someone who has absolute faith in AI ? Naive Bayes.Vincent Warmerdam

Learn avidly. Question repeatedly what you have learned. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.Confucius

Sometimes you win, most of the time you learn.Leon Yeh

My message to young researchers is, don't be put off if everyone tells you what are doing is silly.Geoffrey Hinton