- Gustave Flaubert” —
- Gustave Flaubert” —
— Gustave Flaubert” —
Not to be born is the best for man
The second best is formal order
The dance’s pattern, dance while you can.
Dance, dance, for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down with the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop
— W.H. Auden, Death’s Echo” —
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness,
The gateway to all understanding.
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
— Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow” —
— US Supreme Court Justice Robert M. Jackson, 1950” —
Where there is doubt, there is freedom.
- Latin Proverb” —
— George Washington, address to Congress, January 8, 1790” —
— Henri Poincaré” —
— Epictetus” —
The Lord Buddha replied to the Venerable Sariputra:
“In some village, city, market town, country district, province, kingdom, or capital there lived a householder, old, advanced in years, decrepit, weak in health and strength, but rich, wealthy, and well-to-do. His house was a large one, both extensive and high, and it was old, having been built a long time ago. It was inhabited by many living beings, some two, three, four, or five hundred. It had been one single door only. It was thatched with straw, its terraces had fallen down, its foundations were rotten, its walls, matting-screens, and plaster were in an advanced state of decay. Suddenly a great blaze of fire broke out, and the house started burning on all sides. And that man had many young sons, five, or ten, or twenty, and he himself got out of the house.
“When that man saw his own house ablaze all around with that great mass of fire, he became afraid and trembled, his mind became agitated, and he thought to himself: ‘I, it is true, have been competent enough to run out of the door, and to escape from my burning house, quickly and safely, without being touched or scorched by that great mass of fire. But what about my sons, my young boys, my little sons? there, in this burning house, they play, sport, and amuse themselves with all sorts of games. They do not know that this dwelling is afire, they do not understand it, do not perceive it, pay no attention to it, and so they feel no agitation. Though threatened by this great fire, though in such close contact with so much ill, they pay no attention to their danger, and make no efforts to get out.’ “
-The Saddharmapundarika, in Buddhist Scriptures, as quoted in Carl Sagan’s The Demon Haunted World” —
over and over,
Until a handful of earth
Stops our mouth —
But is that an answer?
— Heinrich Heine, Lazarus (1854)” —
— Thomas h. Huxley” —
— Hunter S. Thompson” —
— Euripedes, Hippolytus” —
- Charles Darwin” —
— Francis Bacon, Novum Organon” —
— E.M. Butler, The Myth of Magus” —
— Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Strange Pilgrims” —
— Samuel Butler” —
— Sherlock Holmes, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia” —
— Lucretius” —
— Thomas Henry Huxley” —
“Truly, that which makes me believe there is no inhabitant on this sphere, is that it seems to me that no sensible being would be willing to live here.”
“Well then!” said Micromegas, “perhaps the beings that inhabit it do not possess good sense.”
— One alien to another, on approaching the Earth in VOLTAIRE’s Micromegas: A Philisophical History” —
— Albert Einstein” —
— Richard P. Feynman” —
— Euripedes, Ion (circa 410 B.C.)” —
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance, Essays [First Series] (1841)” —
— Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, On the Ultimate Origination of Things (1697)” —
— Cicero, De Officiis, I, 5 (45-44 B.C.)” —
— John Dewey, Experience and Education, I (1938)” —
— Roberto Rossellini” —
— Prince Sultan Bin Salmon Al-Saud, Saudi Arabian astronaut” —
— Aristotle, Rhetoric, 382 B.C.” —
— Montaigne, Essays, III, 6 (1588)” —
— Christian Huygens, New Conjectures Concerning the Planetary Worlds, Their Inhabitants, and Productions (circa 1670)” —
You have filled every land with your beauty…
Though you are far away, your rays are on Earth.
— Akhnaton, Hymn to the Sun (circa 1370 B.C.)” —
— Horace Greeley” —
— H.L. Mencken” —
— William Drummond” —
— John Burroughs” —
— Josh Billings” —
— Albert Jay Nock” —
— Benjamin Disraeli” —
— Voltaire” —
— Samuel Johnson” —