'There is a weeping in my heart It rains gently on the town' Arthur Rimbaud (1854 - 1891)
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect a continual flight from wonder Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
O you whom the itch to write torments like a demon and who would give all the mines of Peru for a grain of reputation: abandon that vile herd of vulgar authors who run after the others or who root in the dust of erudition, abandon the fastidious savants whose works are like endless plainswithout flowers and without end. Either don't write at all, or take another way: be great in your writings, as in your actions,show the world a soul that is lofty, independent', Julien Offray De La Mettrie (1709-1751) 'Discourse on Happiness'
Dubito ergo cogito, cogito ergo sum - I doubt therefore I think; I think therefore I am... You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing ............ If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things....- Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise......Sapere aude (Dare to know) Horace (65BC-8BC)
Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty - Jacob Bronowski (1908 -1974)
Let us imagine a number of men in chains and all condemned to death, where some are killed each day in the sight of others, and those who remain see their own fate in that of their fellows and wait their turn, looking at each other sorrowfully and without hope. It is an image of the human condition - Pensees Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)
To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetc, never attitudinizing - here is perfection of character - Why do you hunger for length of days? The point of life is to follow reason....and to accept whatever nature sends you. To live in this way is not to fear death, but to hold it in contempt. Death is only a thing of terror for those unable to live in the present. ...Pass on your way, then with a smiling face.... Meditations Marcus Aurelius (121 BC - 80 BC)