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  • #1
    Dean Koontz
    “Grief can destroy you --or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn't allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it's over and you're alone, you begin to see that it wasn't just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a long time, you're driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”
    Dean Koontz, Odd Hours

  • #2
    Dean Koontz
    “Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life--and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.”
    Dean Koontz, Fear Nothing

  • #3
    Dean Koontz
    “Change isn't easy... changing the way you live means changing what you believe about life. That's hard... When we make our own misery, we sometimes cling to it even when we want so bad to change because the misery is something we know. The misery is comfortable.”
    Dean Koontz

  • #4
    Carl Sagan
    “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
    Carl Sagan

  • #5
    Carl Sagan
    “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
    Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

  • #6
    Emmett F. Fields
    “Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.”
    Emmett F. Fields

  • #7
    Sharon Kay Penman
    “I inhale hope with every breath I take.”
    Sharon Kay Penman, When Christ and His Saints Slept
    tags: hope

  • #8
    Sharon Kay Penman
    “...A scar signifies past pain, a wound that did not heal as it ought. But it testifies, too, to survival...(Here be Dragons)”
    Sharon Kay Penman

  • #9
    Sharon Kay Penman
    “We tend to forget at times that it is the little ones, the children, who do suffer the greatest hurt. If we cannot comprehend why certain sorrows are visited upon us, how on earth can they?”
    Sharon Kay Penman, The Sunne in Splendour

  • #10
    Elizabeth Chadwick
    “Your enemies have neither the proof nor the backbone to stand against you, but say something often enough in vulnerable ears and incredulity turns to belief.”
    Elizabeth Chadwick, The Greatest Knight

  • #11
    Elizabeth Chadwick
    “Chretien speaking to Dominic:

    'Magda is no ordinary young woman. There is a blood price on her head way beyond that upon any Cathar, indeed way beyond mine. I advise you most strongly to think with your head, not your loins.'
    'I am thinking,' Dominic said softly, 'with my heart.”
    Elizabeth Chadwick, Daughters of the Grail

  • #12
    Edith Sitwell
    “I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty...But I am too busy thinking about myself.”
    Edith Sitwell
    tags: life

  • #13
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #14
    Bertrand Russell
    “There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #15
    Bertrand Russell
    “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
    Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

  • #16
    Bertrand Russell
    “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #17
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #18
    “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
    Narcotics Anonymous

  • #19
    Albert Einstein
    “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #20
    Richard P. Feynman
    “Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.”
    Richard P. Feynman

  • #21
    Richard P. Feynman
    “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing.”
    Richard P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

  • #22
    Richard P. Feynman
    “Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don't think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn't stop you from doing anything at all.”
    Richard P. Feynman

  • #23
    Thomas Aquinas
    “The soul is like an uninhabited world
    that comes to life only when
    God lays His head
    against us.”
    St. Thomas Aquinas

  • #24
    Thomas Aquinas
    “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
    Thomas Aquinas

  • #25
    Hans Küng
    “No peace among the nations
    without peace among the religions.

    No peace among the religions
    without dialogue between the religions

    No dialogue between the religions
    without investigation of the foundation of the religions.”
    Hans Kung, Christianity: Essence, History, Future

  • #26
    Hans Küng
    “If you cannot see that divinity includes male and female characteristics and at the same time transcends them, you have bad consequences. Rome and Cardinal O'Connor base the exclusion of women priests on the idea that God is the Father and Jesus is His Son, there were only male disciples, etc. They are defending a patriarchal Church with a patriarchal God. We must fight the patriarchal misunderstanding of God.”
    Hans Küng

  • #27
    Hans Küng
    “The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course. He has no Congress alongside him as a legislative body nor a Supreme Court as a judiciary. He is absolute head of government, legislator and supreme judge in the church. If he wanted to, he could authorize contraception over night, permit the marriage of priests, make possible the ordination of women and allow eucharistic fellowship with this Protestant churches. What would a Pope do who acted in the spirit of Obama?”
    Hans Küng

  • #28
    Jacob Bronowski
    “It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”
    Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

  • #29
    Jacob Bronowski
    “It's said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That's false, tragically false. Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance, it was done by dogma, it was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods.

    Science is a very human form of knowledge. We are always at the brink of the known; we always feel forward for what is to be hoped. Every judgment in science stands on the edge of error and is personal. Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible. In the end, the words were said by Oliver Cromwell: "I beseech you in the bowels of Christ: Think it possible you may be mistaken."

    I owe it as a scientist to my friend Leo Szilard, I owe it as a human being to the many members of my family who died here, to stand here as a survivor and a witness. We have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between the push-button order and the human act. We have to touch people.”
    Jacob Bronowski

  • #30
    Jacob Bronowski
    “Every animal leaves traces of what it was; man alone leaves traces of what he created.”
    Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man



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