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Monday, November 07, 2005

15. A Few Good Quotes

The fundamental difference between the thinker and the artist is that the
thinker looks for a universal truth that will help explain unique events
while the artist endows the unique with an intimation of the universal.
What they have in common is that to both the visible is mysterious.
Eric Hoffer

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the
fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true
science.
Albert E. Einstein

To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The processes of art, to keep alive, must always challenge the unknown and go where the most uncertainty lies. So that beauty when it is found, as it
rarely is, shall have a touch of the marvelous about it, the unknown.
A. Matisse (Contact 11, 1921)

Flaubert about Madame Bovary: “I was trying, first of all, to express the
particular shade of yellow you find in the crack of a wall where the
cockroaches hatch.”

There are an infinite number of ways to meet a situation, but the best one
is to run away.
Anon

My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose,
but queerer than we can suppose.
J. B. S. Haldane

I know the truth that's why I'm looking for something better.
William Saroyan

Humans can never experience the true texture of quantum reality because everything we touch turns into matter.
Physicist Nick Herbert

If we knew we were on the right road, having to leave it would mean endless
despair. But we are on a road that only leads to a second one and then to a
third one and so forth. And the real highway will not be sighted for a long,
long time, perhaps never. So we drift in doubt. But also in an unbelievable
beautiful diversity. Thus the accomplishment of hopes remains an always
unexpected miracle. But in compensation, the miracle remains forever possible.
Franz Kafka

You can count how many seeds are in the apple but not how many apples are in the seed.
Ken Kesey

The U.S. is a great power because it was left with no other choice, which is a form of decadence.
Jorge Luis Borges

According to D. H. Lawrence: "One realm we have never conquered: the pure present. One great mystery of time is terra incognita to us: the instant.
The most superb mystery we have hardly recognized: the immediate, instant self. The quick of all the universe, of all creation, is the incarnate, carnal self."

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