The path of SCIENTIFIC COGNITION is a race-track without a finish.
BLUE is not merely a color it is a MYSTERY.
The STORM passes - the wind ceases its whispers, the leaf stops turning, the clouds stand still in the sky, and there is CALM.
Nathan, George Jean
LOVE demands infinitely less than FRIENDNESS.
The human race has lived for ages in a scarcity economy. POVERTY, PRIVATION and HARDSHIP have been taken for granted. MACHINE MASS PRODUCTION opens up new social vistas. POVERTY can be abolished.
??? ?can hardly be overestimated. Is not BIOLOGY as a whole very largely the exploration of FIBRE properties?
There is a widespread notion that scientists are coldly rational and insensitive to the SUBLIME EMOTIONS. Perhaps your readers can help me gather some data on the other side of this question. I am in the process of compiling, hopefully for publication, examples of scientists experiencing an ECSTATIC or MYTHICAL FEELING from arriving at a scientific insight into the working of nature. Such experiences are usually characterized by feelings of awe, wholeness and profound significance. If your readers know of accounts already published , I would appreciate knowing the references; or your readers may be able to relate instances from their own experience or the experience of colleagues.
- In POLITICS, an ABSURDITY is not a handicap.
- CHINA? There lies a SLEEPING GIANT. Let him sleep! For when he wakes he will move the WORLD.
- COURAGE is like LOVE, it must have hope to nourish it.
- The FUTURE DESTINY of the child is always the work of the MOTHER.
- 'IMPOSSIBLE' is a word only to be found in the dictionary of FOOLS.
- Men only take their NEEDS into consideration - never their ABILITIES.
- From the SUBLIME to the RIDICULOUS there is only one step.
Neihardt, John G.
- I am not a COMMUNIST chiefly because I resist the communist tendency to treat communism as a holy doctrine; I do not like being told what to think and do. I suppose I am too much of an individualist.
- In spite of everything I am a great ADMIRER of the ENGLISH, and in many things I feel even now that an Englishman can understand me better than the average Indian.
- Looking at them and their MISERY . . . I was filled with shame and sorrow, shame at my own easygoing and comfortable life . . . and sorrow at the degradation and overwhelming poverty of India. A new picture of India seemed to rise before me; naked, starving. crushes, and utterly miserable.
- It is not possible in any vital matter to RELY on anyone. One must journey through life alone; to rely on others is to invite heartbreak.
- The WISE man realizes how little he knows: it is the foolish person who imagines he knows everything.
- I am not using the word PRIDE and AMBITION in a small personal sense. I do not mean the pride of getting money, which is the silliest of all types of pride. Pride should consist in doing your job in the best possible manner.
- A LEADER or a man of action in a crisis always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
- Please remember that the LAW and sense are not always the same.
- HISTORY is not pleasant. Man, in spite of his great and vaunted progress, is still a very unpleasant and selfish animal.
- Those that are truly GREAT have a message that cannot be confined within a particular country, but is for all the world.
- The FRENCH REVOLUTION of 150 years ago gradually ushered in an age of political equality, but times have changed, and that by itself is not enough today. The boundaries of democracy have to be widened to include economic equality also. This is the great revolution through which we are all passing.
- CULTURE cannot be copied suddenly; it has to take root. A backward nation merely aping advanced nations changes the gold and silver of real culture into tinsel.
- No GOVERNMENT and no people can do without, let us say, ARMED FORCE for defence, for protection, for security, and the rest of it. Nevertheless, I do believe fundamentally that armed force does not solve any problems. It is the spirit of man that triumphs, even over death.
- I want nothing to do with any RELIGION concerned with keeping the MASSES satisfied to live in hunger, filth, and ignorance. I want nothing to do with any order, religious or otherwise, which does not teach people that they are capable of becoming happier and more civilized, on this earth, capable of becoming true man, master of his fate and captain of his soul.
- DEMOCRACY and socialism are MEANS to an END, not the end itself.
- The forces of a CAPITALIST SOCIETY, if left UNCHECKED, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
- The basic fact of today is the tremendous PACE of CHANGE in human life.
- Keep an OPEN MIND and be receptive to modern ideas.
Once in a cycle a comet
Doubles its lonesome track,
Enriched with the tears of a thousand years,
Aeschylus wanders back."
Nelson, Viscount Horatio Nelson
I must FIGHT if I would win. Anything worth having is worth fighting for.
A cube sequestered in space and filled with TIME.
Pure TIME, refined, distilled, denatured TIME
Without qualities, without even dust . . . "
Neumann, von John
As frequently happens in history of science, the first DISCOVERER of a new field has himself to be discovered by ANTIQUARIAN RESEARCH.
Newman, John Henry
- It is undesirable that some of the best inspirations in MATHEMATICS - in those parts of it which are as pure mathematics as one can imagine - have come from the natural sciences . . . The most vitally characteristic fact about mathematics is, in my opinion, its quite peculiar relationship to the natural science, or, more generally, to any science which interprets experience on a higher than purely descriptive level.
- The SCIENCES do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.
Newton, Sir Isaac
- Here below to live is to CHANGE, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
- It is almost a definition of a GENTLEMAN to say that he is one who never inflict pain.
- Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another; good sense is not conscience, refinement is not humility; nor is largeness and justness of view faith. Philosophy, however enlightened, however profound, gives no command over the passions, no influential motives, no vivifying principles. Liberal Education makes not the Christian, not the Catholic, but the gentleman. It is well to be a gentleman, it is well to have a cultivated intellect, a delicate taste, a candid, equitable dispassionate mind, a noble and courteous bearing in the conduct of life - these are the connatural qualities of a large knowledge; they are the objects of a University; I am advocating, I shall illustrate and insist upon them; but still, I repeat, they are no guarantee for sanctity, or even for conscientiousness, they may attach to the man of the world, to the profligate, to the heartless, pleasant, alas, and attractive as he shows when decked out in them. Taken by themselves, they do but seem to be what they are not; they look like virtue at a distance, but they are detected by close observers, and on the long run; and hence it is that they are popularly accused of pretense and hypocrisy, not, I repeat, from their own fault, but because their professors and their admirers persist in taking them for what they are not, and are officious in arrogating for them a praise to which they have no claim. Quarry the granite rock with razors, or moor the vessel with a thread of silk; then you may hope with such keen and delicate instruments as human knowledge and human reason to contend against the giants, the passion and the pride of man.
Nicolas of Cusa
The FABRIC of the WORLD has its CENTER EVERYWHERE and its CIRCUMFERENCE NOWHERE.
Nicolle, Charles Jules Henri
Without AMBITION and without VANITY no one would enter a PROFESSION so CONTRARY to our NATURAL APPETITES.
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
- By always THINKING unto them I keep the subject constantly before me and wait till the first dawnings open little by little into the full light.
- Who, by a vigor of mind ALMOST DIVINE, the motions and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, and the tides of the seas FIRST DEMONSTRATED.
- Mortals, congratulate yourselves that so great a man has lived for the honor of the human race.
- To tell us that every species of thing is endowed with an occult specific quality by which it acts and produces manifest effects, is to tell
us nothing; but to derive two or three GENERAL PRINCIPLES of motion from phenomena, and afterwards to tell us how the properties and actions of all corporeal things follow from those manifest principles, would be a very great step.
- . . . the description of right lines and circles, upon which GEOMETRY is founded, belongs to mechanics. Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn . . . To describe right lines and circles are problems, but not geometrical problems. The solution of these problems is required for mechanics, and by geometry the use of them, when so solved, is shown; and it is the glory of geometry that from those few principles, brought from without, it is able to produce so many things. Therefore geometry is founded in mechanical practice, and is nothing but that part of universal mechanics which accurately proposes and demonstrates the art of measuring . . .
- You sometimes speak of GRAVITY as essential and inherent to matter. Pray do not ascribe that notion to me; for the cause of gravity is what I do not pretend to know, and therefore would take more time to consider of it . . .
- GRAVITY must be caused by some agent acting constantly according to certain laws; but whether this agent be material or immaterial I have left to the consideration of the readers.
- I frame no HYPOTHESES; for whatever is not deduced from the phenomena is to be called an hypothesis; and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, whether of occult qualities or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy . . . And to us it is enough that gravity does really exist, and acts according to the laws which we have explained, and abundantly serves to account for all the motions of the celestial bodies, and of our sea.
'NATURE and nature's laws lay hid at night;
God said, Let Newton Be! - And all was light.
- Nearer to the gods no mortal may approach.
Where the statue stood
Of Newton, with his prism and silent face,
The marble index of a mind for ever
Voyaging through strange seas of though alone.
- Taking mathematics from the beginning of the world to the time when Newton lived, what he has done is much the better part.
- The PRINCIPIA is pre-eminent above any other productions of human genius.
- To suppose that NEWTON's great scientific reputation is tossing up and down on these latter-day revolutions is to confuse SCIENCE with OMNISCIENCE.
- Whence it is that NATURE does nothing in vain; and whence arises all that ORDER and BEAUTY which we see in the WORLD?
- We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. To this purpose the philosophers say that nature does nothing in vain, and more is in vain when less will serve; for nature is pleased with simplicity, and affect not the pomp of superfluous causes.
- Absolute, true and mathematical TIME, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equally without relation to anything external.
- TRUTH is EVER to be found in SIMPLICITY, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things . . . He is the God of order and not of confusion.
- Amicus Plato amicus Aristoteles magis amica VERITAS.
Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is TRUTH.
- I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy, playing on the seashore, and diverting
myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the GREAT OCEAN of TRUTH lay all UNDISCOVERED before me.
NATURAL SCIENCE is beginning to TRANSCEND the necessary period of its first successful attempts to set authoritative standards, attempts which left so much out of account, and is becoming allied to NATURE again. SCIENCE is REDISCOVERING that being and becoming, quantity and quality, form and energy belong together The striving is once more to seek for MULTIPLICITY in UNITY.
- To experience a thing as BEAUTIFUL means: to experience'd necessarily wrongly.
- No more fiction for us: we CALCULATE; but that we may calculate, we had to make fiction first.
- ALMOST everything we call higher culture is based upon the spiritualizing and intensifying of CRUELTY.
- He who DESPISES himself, nevertheless ESTEEMS himself as a self-despiser.
- That there should ever and again be men among you able to elevate you to your heights: that is the PRIZE for which you STRIVE. For it is only through the occasional coming-to-light of such human beings that your own existence can be justified. . . . And if you are not yourself a great exception, well then, be a small one at least and so you will foster on earth that holy fire from which GENIUS may rise.
- Without MUSIC life would be a mistake.
- PASCAL thinks that men pursue their business and their sciences with such single-mindedness in order to escape the most important questions which every moment of loneliness and true leisure would urge upon them - questions concerning the WHY, WHENCE, and WHITHER of LIFE. But curiously enough, not even the most obvious question occurs to our scholars: What benefit their labor, their haste, and their painful ecstasies can possibly have? . . . But if, as men of science, you go about science in the same manner in which brokers go about the tasks which life's daily necessities impose upon them, that what is to become of a CULTURE condemned to await the hour of its birth and its salvation amidst this excited, breathless, aimless, fidgeting infatuation with science and learning?
- all [PHILOSOPHERS] pose as though their real opinions had been discovered through the self-evolving of a cold, pure, divinely indifferent dialectic; . . . whereas in fact a prejudicial proposition, idea, or suggestion, which is generally their HEART's DESIRE abstracted and refined, is defended by them with arguments sought out after the event.
- And only when you have all FORGOTTEN me, then will I return to you.
- Do you believe that the SCIENCES could have taken shape and become great if the magicians, the alchemists, the astrologers, and the witches had not preceded them? They who had first to create through their promises and deceitful pretenses, the thirst, hunger and taste for hidden and forbidden powers!
- One's own SELF is well hidden from one's self: of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug up.
- All of LIFE is a DISPUTE over TASTE and TASTING.
- Nothing is TRUE; EVERYTHING is ALLOWED.
- . . . to value more highly the little, unpretentious, cautious TRUTH, arrived at by rigorous methods, than those vast, floating, veiling
generalities for which the yearnings of a religious and artistic era reach.
I am the clay pearl of a mortal flower-birth,
I am the barren brownness of desert-desire,
Through my dim pores is fluted the MUSIC of earth,
My breast bears the candle of a glow-worm fire.
I am a pilgrim poet on the ways of the world,
My poems are surging upon TIME's ocean,
Around my life's stone-topor ages have swirled,
Far calling fountain voices of deep emotion.
When the divine death-victor Will comes near,
My sleeping soul remembers an ancient duty:
My dark dungeons, light-festivalled disappear,
And heavenly jewels jingle in my earth beauty
Crowned with pure joy each clamouring atom stills:
At the feet of the timeless Beloved my body thrills.
Nixon, Richard Milhouse
- The CHINESE are a great and VITAL people who should not remain isolated from the international community תתת It is certainly in our
interest, and in the interest of peace and stability in Asia and the world, that we take what steps we can toward improved practical relations
- In the footsteps of GREAT LEADERS, we hear the rolling thunder of HISTORY. Throughout the centuries from the ancient Greeks, through Shakespeare, to the present day - few subjects have proved more perennially fascinating to dramatists and historians alike than the
character of GREAT LEADERS. What set them apart? What accounts for that particular, indefinable electricity that exists between the LEADER and the led? What makes the role of these LEADERS so COMPELLINGLY INTERESTING is not just its drama, but its importance - its IMPACT. When the final CURTAIN goes down on a PLAY, the members of the audience file out of the theater and go home to resume their normal lives. When the CURTAIN comes down on a LEADER's career, the very lives of the audience have been CHANGED, and the course of HISTORY may have been profoundly altered.
- If when the chips are down, the world's most powerful nation . . . acts like a pitiful, helpless giant, the forces of TOTALITARIANISM and ANARCHY will threaten FREE Nations and FREE institutions throughout the world.
Novalis, von Hardenberg Friedrich Leopold
The greatest WIZARD would be the one who BEWITCHED himself to the point of accepting his own PHANTASMAJORIAS as autonomous apparitions. Wouldn't that be our case.
- It has been truly said that 'ART is the MIRROR of its TIME'; this implies that the peculiarities characteristic of a given period are
reflected in the ART of that PERIOD; but this is only half the truth, because ART not only REFLECTS its TIMES: it also EXERCISES a powerful
INFLUENCE over them.
- The saying that 'BEAUTY is in the eye of the BEHOLDER' is scarcely as much as a HALF-TRUTH. It belittles BEAUTY by suggesting that it is less than the BEHOLDER and dependent on him, or that it is purely subjective in the psychological sense. The saying is true only in the sense that different people see different kinds of BEAUTY, or none at all, as the case may be; it ignores the truth that BEAUTY as a DIVINE ATTRIBUTE is greater than the BEHOLDER as an individual. BEAUTY exists on all planes of manifestation: we see only its reflection on a lower plane, whereon it is a manifestation of the Infinite in the finite, a gift of God, a grace, a sign, a symbol, though its vehicle be limited and ephemeral. Fortunate indeed is the man who sees both the vehicle and the BEAUTY it carries for what each really is.
- TRADITION, in the right sense of the word, is the chain that joins CIVILIZATION to REVELATION. It comprises all the distinctive
CHARACTERISTICS that make any given CIVILIZATION what it is, including those that can more specifically be called REGIONS. Every DIVINE REVELATION inaugurated not only a new RELIGION, but also a new CIVILIZATION, with its own particular advantages and limitations, its own genius, its own point of view amid its own arts and sciences. TRADITION and CIVILIZATION are not mere accidents of time and place, nor are they human inventions, nor yet mere mechanical responses to environment, that is to say, products of evolution in the modern scientific sense of the word. A TRADITION once established does indeed evolve; it has a HISTORY covering its rise, the development to maturity of its full potentialities and its eventual decay, but it could be said to make HISTORY rather than to be made by HISTORY. Its origin is the kind of DIRECT DIVINE INTERVENTION we cal REVELATION, and all its potentialities are present, though not manifested, at its inception. The existence of TRADITIONS and, above all, their qualities cannot be accounted for by any man-made theory, and certainly not by the theory of evolution for which Darwin is commonly held responsible.
- . . . , for TRUTH is neither the one nor the other, being wholly independent of human attitudes. TRUTH does not change because it is EXPRESSED in a different way, nor because OPINIONS change, nor because it may not fit in with individual or collective likes and dislikes. It remains what it is and was and always will be, whether man remembers it or not.
- LIFE is at once both a form of the transformation of energy and its degradation, but this degradation occurs in the BIOSPHERE in conditions of the SPECIAL ANTI-ENTROPY activity of LIVING MATTER. Each cell of ANIMATE MATTER is the arena of a developing struggle between ENTROPY and ANTI-ENTROPY PROCESSES, and the natural BIOSPHERE is the victory of LIFE and triumph of the ANTI-ENTROPIC PRINCIPLE. One of the most important conditions for harmonizing the 'man/environment' relation is deep penetration into the THERMODYNAMIC PATTERNS of the BIOSPHERE's functioning.
- How then do LIVING ORGANISMS gather NEGATIVE ENTROPY in the surrounding medium? Its initial source for the BIOSPHERE is the
ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION that accompanies the THERMONUCLEAR FUSION REACTION taking place in the Sun. I would like to stress that it is not simply energy, but ENERGY of a special kind, of the high negentropic content needed by LIVING ORGANISMS. THat was shrewdly guessed by BOLTZMANN, the founder of thermodynamics. In an address to the Vienna Academy, he said: The general STRUGGLE for EXISTENCE of LIVING CREATURES is therefore not one for the basic elements - the elements of all organisms are present in abundance in air, water and the soil - or for ENERGY, which is unfortunately contained in abundance in any body in the form of unconvertible heat, but it is a struggle for ENTROPY that is available through the passage of ENERGY from the hot SUN to the cold Earth. But not all organisms can maintain their vital activity directly by means of solar radiation. Only the process of PHOTOSYNTHESIS provides the opportunity to fix this ENERGY and NEGATIVE ENTROPY in the form of generating organic structures. The energy of solar radiation thus becomes
available and comes into the sphere of the metabolism of LIVING ORGANISMS in the form of complex organic molecules.