We have to learn what we can, but remain mindful that our knowledge not
closing out the void, so that we forget that what we do not know remains boundless, without
limit or bottom, and that what we know may have to share the quality of being known with
what denies it. What is seen with one eye has no depth.
— Stone Telling, Always Coming Home, Ursula K. Leguin
Civilizations in decline are consistently characterized by a tendency
toward standardization and uniformity. Conversely, during the growth
stage of civilization, the tendency is toward differentiation and
— Arnold Toynbee, A Study of History
As the piston continues to rise, creating vacuum in the crankcase,
inlet port is uncovered and thus the cycle is completed and repeated.
— "The Two Stroke Engine", Haynes Motorcyle Basics Techbook
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research.
— Albert Einstein
What kind of world is it
Comes headlong at you and swerves at the last possible second?
It's this one.
Well it's this one.
— The Mountain Goats, Song for Dana Plato
I certainly had no feeling for harmony, and Schoenberg
that would make it impossible for me to write music. He said, 'You'll
come to a wall you won't be able to get through.' So I said, 'I'll
beat my head against that wall.'
— John Cage
It is an ultimate act of rudeness to find fault with
anything which is given to us in a
spirit of love. So a modern, secular education is often painful. By it's very
invites us to question the wisdom of the ones we love. Too bad.
— Kurt Vonnegut, address to the
graduating class of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York
1974, from Palm
Life is not ever either or. It's and and and and
— Philip Roth
He almost waved away the tangible beauty of
the hour like a crowd of persistent
almost said to the lingering afterglow: 'Thank you, thank you, I'll be
— Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
'One whom the dragons will speak with,'
he said, 'that is a
dragonlord, or at least that is the center of the matter. It's not a
trick of mastering the dragons, as most people think.'
— Ged, The Tombs of Atuan
, Ursula K Le Guin