Mathematics is the language of science.
Workers have nothing to lose but their chains.
- K. Marx, The Communist Manifesto
It's so easy to laugh it's so easy to
love it take strength to be gentle and kind
- S. Morrissey (The Smiths)
How could we forget those ancient myths that
stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons
that at the last moment are transformed into princesses?
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only
waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.
- R. Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
We can say that Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first
lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It is shocking
to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how
many more believe learning to be difficult.
- F. Herbert, Dune
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is
part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
- H. Hesse, Demian
In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare,
terror, murder, and bloodshed. But they produced Michelangelo,
Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they
had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace,
and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
-Harry Lime, in Carol Reed’s The Third Man
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence
of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and
until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.
- G. Orwell, 1984
The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold,
and bartered away. It can be poisoned, or made perfect.
There is a soul in each one of us. I know it.
- O. Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Why are they going to disappear him?
I don't know.
It doesn't make sense. It isn't even good grammar.
What the hell does it mean when they
- J. Heller, Catch-22
It's time to stop singing and start swinging. - Malcolm X
…and felt this strange mixture of wistfulness and hope.
And I wondered if a memory is something you have, or something
you’ve lost. For the first time in a long time, I felt at peace.
- Marion, in Woody Allan’s Another Woman
The brain is not an organ of thinking but an organ of survival, like claws and fangs.
It is made in such a way as to make us accept as truth that which is only advantage.
It is an exceptional, almost pathological constitution one has, if one follows thoughts
logically through, regardless of consequences. Such people make martyrs, apostles,
or scientists, and mostly end on the stake, or in a chair, electric or academic.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi
Unspoken desires have a kind of modesty - if they
are not guessed, they can't be satisfied. It's as if they
need two people to exist.
- Claire de Duras Ourika
We are so familiar with seeing, that it takes a leap of imagination to realize
that there are problems to be solved. But consider it. We are given tiny distorted
upside-down images in the eyes, and we see separate solid objects in surrounding
space. From the patterns of stimulation on the retina we perceive the world of objects
and this is nothing short of a miracle.
- R. Gregory, Eye and Brain
Your silence will not protect you.
- Audre Lorde
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