Quotes

“THE UNIVERSE,” said poet Muriel Rukeyser, “is made of stories, not of atoms.”

“Through science, we human beings are able to grasp at least some of nature’s secrets. We have cracked part of the cosmic code…We, who are children of the universe – animated stardust – can nevertheless reflect on the nature of that same universe… Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness. This can be no trivial detail, no minor by-product of mindless, purposeless forces. We are truly meant to be here.” – Paul Davies, Cosmologist

German philosopher Schopenhauer put the matter nicely when he said, “… the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.”

‘‘The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.’’ So began Mark Weiser’s seminal 1991 paper

“Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance – these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.” ~ Isaiah Berlin

As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles. He derives pleasure from even the most trivial occupations bringing his talent into play. He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension præternatural. His results, brought about by the very soul and essence of method, have, in truth, the whole air of intuition. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.” ~ Lao Tzu

Oscar Wilde put it this way: “The fatal errors of life are not due to man’s being unreasonable: an unreasonable moment may be one’s finest moment. They are due to man’s being logical. There is a wide difference.”

A clipboard with some more favorites of mine: http://clipboard.com/ddrrnt/boards/quotes

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