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  • #1
    Richard P. Feynman
    “To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in.”
    Richard Feynman

  • #3
    Richard P. Feynman
    “The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to.... No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.”
    Richard Feynman

  • #5
    Richard P. Feynman
    “I have a friend who's an artist, and he sometimes takes a view which I don't agree with. He'll hold up a flower and say, "Look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. But then he'll say, "I, as an artist, can see how beautiful a flower is. But you, as a scientist, take it all apart and it becomes dull." I think he's kind of nutty. [...] There are all kinds of interesting questions that come from a knowledge of science, which only adds to the excitement and mystery and awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.”
    Richard Feynman

  • #6
    Richard P. Feynman
    “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”
    Richard P. Feynman

  • #7
    Richard P. Feynman
    “i have a friend who’s an artist and he’s sometimes taken a view which i don’t agree with very well. he’ll hold up a flower and say, “look how beautiful it is,” and i’ll agree, i think. and he says - “you see, i as an artist can see how beautiful this is, but you as a scientist, oh, take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing.” and i think that he’s kind of nutty. first of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me, too, i believe, although i might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is; but i can appreciate the beauty of a flower. at the same time i see much more about the flower than he sees. i can imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty. i mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension of one centimeter, there is also beauty at a smaller dimension, the inner structure. also the processes, the fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting - it means that insects can see the color. it adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? why is it aesthetic? all kinds of interesting questions which shows that a science knowledge only adds to the excitement and mystery and the awe of a flower. it only adds; i don’t understand how it subtracts..”
    Richard Feynman

  • #8
    Frank Herbert
    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #9
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Home is behind, the world ahead,
    And there are many paths to tread
    Through shadows to the edge of night,
    Until the stars are all alight.
    Then world behind and home ahead,
    We'll wander back and home to bed.
    Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
    Away shall fade! Away shall fade!”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #10
    Richard P. Feynman
    “I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. If we will only allow that, as we progress, we remain unsure, we will leave opportunities for alternatives. We will not become enthusiastic for the fact, the knowledge, the absolute truth of the day, but remain always uncertain … In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar.”
    Richard P. Feynman

  • #11
    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

  • #12
    Alastair Reynolds
    “A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.”
    Alastair Reynolds, Terminal World

  • #13
    Alastair Reynolds
    “I think I've reduced the amount of blood in my caffeine system to an acceptable level.”
    Alastair Reynolds

  • #14
    Alastair Reynolds
    “It’s the people who don’t worry—those who never have any doubts that what they’re doing is good and right—they’re the ones that cause the problems.”
    Alastair Reynolds, Redemption Ark

  • #15
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #16
    Dalai Lama XIV
    “The enemy is a very good teacher.”
    The Dalai Lama

  • #17
    Miyamoto Musashi
    “there is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”
    Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

  • #18
    George Orwell
    “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices”
    George Orwell

  • #19
    George Orwell
    “Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea.”
    George Orwell, Coming Up for Air

  • #20
    Neil Gaiman
    “If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count today and those words aren’t going to wait for you whether you’re inspired or not.

    You have to write when you’re not inspired. And you have to write the scenes that don’t inspire you. And the weird thing is that six months later, a year later, you’ll look back at them and you can’t remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you just wrote because they had to be written next.

    The process of writing can be magical. …Mostly it’s a process of putting one word after another.”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #21
    Hermann Hesse
    “And all the voices, all the goals, all the yearnings, all the sorrows, all the pleasures, all the good and evil, all of them together was the world. All of them together was the stream of events, the music of life.”
    Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha