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"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." -Einstein

"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me, and the moral law within me." -Kant

"There are no moral phenomena at all, only a moral interpretation of phenomena." -Nietzsche

"What I cannot create, I do not understand." -Richard P. Feynman

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -T. S. Eliot

"Simplify, simplify." -Thoreau

"The best choose one thing above all, the everlasting fame of mortals; the many gorge themselves like cattle." -Heraclitus

"I am at two with nature." -Woody Allen

"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there." -Richard P. Feynman

"To the layman, the philosopher, or the classical physicist, a statement of the form 'this particle doesn't have a well-defined position' (or momentum, or x-component of spin angular momentum, or whatever) sounds vague, incompetent, or (worst of all) profound. It is none of these. But its precise meaning is, I think, almost impossible to convey to anyone who has not studied quantum mechanics in some depth." -David Griffiths, Intro to QM

"I should say straight out: never tell anyone that you know how she or he feels unless you happen to be, just at that second, stabbing yourself with the very same knife in the very same place in the very same heart that she or he is stabbing. Because, if you're not, then you don't know how that person feels."
-"How Was It To Be Dead?" by Richard Ford, New Yorker 8/06

"Another difference in the approach to truth is that we try hard in science to stamp out the influence of wishful thinking, whereas so much of religious thought seems to be nothing else. 'I must believe in the afterlife, because how could I face it if my life was going to terminate at death?' The one thing that science cannot do, however, any more than religion can, is to justify itself. As David Hume understood long ago, you cannot use scientific arguments as a justification for science itself because that's circular. It's a moral choice between the methods of approaching truth of religion--the reverence for authority, the search for beliefs that will make us happy--and the more austere, self-reliant approach to truth of science. For me the moral choice is clear. But it is a moral choice and one that can't be, I think, argued about rationally." -Steven Weinberg, Beyond Belief 2006

"One can never cease to wonder once one has acquired the eyes to wonder!" -Nietzsche

"We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys." -Eric Hoffer


"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." -Woody Allen

"Do things external which happen to you distract you? Give yourself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. But then you must also avoid going astray the other way. For those too are triflers who have worn themselves out by activity, and yet have no goal to which they direct their movements or their thoughts." -Marcus Aurelius

"He who does not know how to find the road to his ideal lives more frivolously and impudently than the man without an ideal." -Nietzsche

"All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone." -Pascal

"The problem with having lots of options to research is: the world is your oyster, but what if you don’t like oysters because they’re too salty?" -my friend Fabio

"Boredom is a sin." -my dad

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." -Woody Allen

"As long as you live, keep learning how to live." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?" -Rabbi Hillel
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