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The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.
---(Albert Einstein)

   
 

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
---(Albert Einstein)

Thus I came...to a deep religiosity, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of 12. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached a conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true....Suspicion against every kind of authority grew out of this experience...an attitude which has never left me.
---(Albert Einstein)

There are two ways to live, one is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
---(Albert Einstein)

I don't try to imagine a God; it suffices to stand in awe of the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.
---(Albert Einstein )

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
---(Albert Einstein)

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own - a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. It is enough for me to contemplate the mystery of conscious life perpetuating itself through all eternity, to reflect upon the marvelous structure of the universe which we can dimly perceive and to try humbly to comprehend even an infinitesimal part of the intelligence manifested in Nature.
---(Albert Einstein )

There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally.
---(Learned Hand)

We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
---(Jonathan Swift)

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
---(Robert Frost)

Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I. And the more you become aware of the unknown self -- if you become aware of it -- the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is. You are a function of this total galaxy, bounded by the Milky Way, and this galaxy is a function of all other galaxies. You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes. You look and look, and one day you are going to wake up and say, "Why, that's me!" And in knowing that, you know that you never die. You are the eternal thing that comes and goes, that appears -- now as John Jones, now as Mary Smith, now as Betty Brown -- and so it goes, forever and ever and ever.
---(Alan Watts.)

Whether there is an afterlife or not, we must live as if this is all there is. Our lives, our families, our friends, our communities (and how we treat others) are more meaningful when every day, every moment, every relationship and every person counts. Rather than meaningless forms before an eternal tomorrow, these entities have value in the here-and-now because of the purpose we create.
---(Michael Shermer)

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
---(William James )

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
---(Carl Sagan)

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.
---(Carl Sagan)

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
---(Carl Sagan)

Who knows for certain? Who shall here declare it? Whence was it born, whence came creation? No one knows whence creation arose; and whether god has or has not made it. He who surveys it from the lofty skies, only he knows--or perhaps he knows not.
---(Carl Sagan quoting the Hindu Rig Veda)

I learnt the lesson on nonviolence from my wife, when I tried to bend her to my will. Her determined resistance to my will on the one hand, and her quiet submission to the suffering my stupidity involved on the other, ultimately made me ashamed of myself and cured me of my stupidity in thinking that I was born to rule over her.
---(Gandhi, as quoted in Carl Sagan's BILLIONS AND BILLIONS p. 183)

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
---(Douglas Adams, THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY)

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
---(Albert Schweitzer)

Reality is not only stranger than we suppose but stranger than we can suppose.
---(J. B. S. Haldane)

Authentic mysteries are everywhere; we need not create occult entities. The manufacture of supernatural miracles is growing in direct proportion to the decline in the sense of wonder. An actual wolverine is far more miraculous than a nonexistent werewolf.
---(Sam Keen)

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes."
---(Marcel Proust)

In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.
---(Thomas Szasz)

"I cannot tell you anything that, in a few minutes, will tell you how to be rich, but I can tell you how to feel rich, which is far better, let me tell you firsthand, than being rich." Read this great article by the lawyer, writer, actor and economist.
---(Ben Stein)

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
---Betty Smith (1896-1972) American Novelist

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering."
---Arthur C. Clarke (1917~) English Science Fiction Writer

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
---(Voltaire)

Astrology may be slightly damaging, but mostly it is just sad. So sad, that people are ignorant of the true glories of the stars, and of the stupendous distances and times that separate them, while they bother with the frivolous inventions of a charlatan …
---(Richard Dawkins)

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.
---Frank Zappa (1940-1993)

An open mind is all very well, but it ought not to be so open that there's no keeping anything in or out.
---(Samuel Butler)

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
---(Shakespeare)

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
---Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British Statesman, Prime Minister, Author

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
---Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British Novelist, Essayist, Critic

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
---(Aldous Huxley)

We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.
---(E. Merrill Root)

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
---(Charles Darwin)

Forever is composed of nows.
---(Emily Dickinson)

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
---(Federico Fellini)

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of non-knowledge.
---(Isaac Bashevis Singer)

Homo sapiens may be the brainiest species of all, but we represent only a tiny twig, grown but yesterday on a single branch of the richly aborescent bush of life.
---(Stephen Jay Gould, ROCKS OF AGES)

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being.
---(Carl Jung)

To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man’s progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.
---(Helen Keller)

You always have to remember to celebrate, because that's what charges you up to get through another life storm.
---(Mattie J.T. Stepanek)

Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation...
---(Joseph Campbell)

When you see the Earth from space, you don't see any divisions of nation-states there. This may be the symbol of the new mythology to come.
---(Joseph Campbell)

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive ...
---(Eleonora Duse)

Whenever an editor rejects your work....Have sex! It will make rejection a pure delight.
---(Michael Levy)

Whence come I and whither go I? That is the great, unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it.
---(Erwin Schroedinger)

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
---(Iris Murdoch)

Myths, after all, contain the greater story that never was but is always happening...myth is the coded DNA of the human psyche.
---(Jean Houston)

Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal.
--- (H.P. Lovecraft)

That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even Death may die.
---(H.P. Lovecraft)

Man does not see the real world. The real world is hidden from him by the wall of imagination.
---(George Gurdjieff)

No man ever steps in the same river twice, because it is not the same river and he is not the same man.
---(Heraclitus)

Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.
---(Bertrand Russell)

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
---(Bertrand Russell)

Compared to the pond of knowledge, our ignorance remains atlantic. Indeed the horizon of the unknown recedes as we approach it.
---(Ronald Duncan, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF IGNORANCE)

That man is wisest who, like Socrates, realizes that his wisdom is worthless.
---(Plato)

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
---(Plato)

We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
---(Thomas Edison)

What we know is not much; what we do not know is immense.
---(Pierre-Simon de Laplace)

The recognition that no knowledge can be complete, no metaphor entire, is itself humanizing. It counteracts fanaticism. It grants even to adversaries the possibility of partial truth, and to oneself the possibility of error.
---(Alvin Toffler)

The further limits of our being plunge, it seems to me, into an altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely "understandable" world. Name it the mystical region, or the supernatural region, whichever you choose.
---(William James)

My profession is to watch for and describe all the divine features which I detect in Nature.
---(Henry David Thoreau)

The use of natural history is to give us aid in supernatural history: the use of the outer creation, to give us language for the beings and changes of the inward creation.
---(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit.
---(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The world is emblematic...the whole of nature is a metaphor of the mind.
---(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I will lift up my hands and say Kosmos.
---(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
---(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
---(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The sacred is found boring by many who find the uncanny fascinating.
---(Mason Cooley)

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
---(Edgar Allen Poe)

All that we are or seem is but a dream within a dream.
---(Edgar Allen Poe)

All argument is against it, but all belief is for it.
---(Samuel Johnson, on the existence of ghosts)

Without dreams and phantoms, man cannot exist.
---(Olive Schreiner)

Beside a dead person is a living ghost.
---(Chinese proverb)

Honor the spirits, but keep your distance from them.
---(Chinese proverb)

The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
---(Italo Calvino)

Ghosts, we hope, may be always with us--that is, never too far out of the reach of fancy.
---(Elizabeth Bowen)

To the warm imagination, the forms which float half-veiled in darkness afford a higher delight than the most distinct scenery the sun can show.
---(Ann Radcliffe, THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO)

Death the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
---(Sir Walter Scott)

Still 'round the corner there may wait, a new road, or a secret gate.
---(J.R.R. Tolkien)

   
 

 

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