Practically every important development in science and mathematics from 1600 to 1900 was connected . . . with DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS.
Oh, the MEMORY of the heart! You are stronger Than the sad memory of the MIND!.
ABSENCE makes the heart grow fonder, Isle of beauty, Fare thee well!" Isle of Beauty
Culture is the milieu of ideas, myths, and values which only the human animal can exude. It is the result of MAN's unique ability to create and respond to SYMBOLS. 'Without SYMBOLS', wrote Lewis Mumford, 'man's life would be one of immediate appetites, immediate sensations; limited to a past shorter than his own lifetime, at the mercy of a future he could never anticipate, never prepare for. In such a world, out of hearing would be out of reach, and out of sight would be out of mind.' For these reasons, man needs not only breed, but art, ritual, philosophy, science, myth, religion, dance, and drama. When, by ignorance or adversity, he is barred from these symbols of his CULTURE, man is destitute and, thus malnourished, he languishes.
The remedy is understanding and maturity . . . Because science is not an absolute doctrine, its position is the hardest to defend in the unending battle with absolutism, and its defenders require a maximum of sympathetic understanding. It is their inability to give the understanding, to make the effort it requires, to find contentment in a WORLD in which all questions have not been answered, which have turned MEN to theism, transcendentalist metaphysics, cynicism, and struggle.
Westward the course of empire takes its ways; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day: Time's noblest offspring is the last.
Remarkable truly The house of BERNOULLI Two Jacobs, three Johanns in bold explorations, Alas a Daniel and two Nicolauses. Eight of them, covering three generations.
Father, O father! what do we here In this land of unbelief and fear? The Land of DREAMS is better far, Above the light of the morning star.
He who bends himself to JOY, Doth the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the JOY as it flies Lives in ETERNITY's sunrise.
The STARS are threshed And the SOULS are threshed from the husks.
The errors of a WISE man make your rule, Rather than the perfections of a FOOL.
'A variety of important considerations here crowd upon the mind, foremost of which is the enquiry that, as MAN, by removing species from their appropriate haunts, superinduces changes on their physical constitution and adaptations, to which extent may not the same take place in wild NATURE, do that, in a few generations, distinctive characters may be acquired, such as are recognized as indicative of SPECIFIC DIVERSITY. May not then, a large proportion of what are considered species have descended from a common HERITAGE?'
These words were written in 1837, a short time after DARWIN had returned from the Beagle expedition.
When MATHEMATICS is taught, it is presented mainly as a collection of slightly related techniques and manipulations. If ART appreciation were taught in the same way, it would consist mostly of learning how to chip stone and mix paints.
But even then I would not admit it [the appearance of MAXWELL'S DEMONS and be opposed to it that when all temperature differences had come to an end, no INTELLIGENT CREATURES could arise either. No INTELLIGENCE, I said, could exist in a cellar with a UNIFORM temperature throughout it.
Not LIGHT so much but darknesses shaping Of TRUTH a simple geometry, no more, Upon a parchment which the soul's escaping May rend yet, rending, leave the hour restore To FORMAL PATTERN. Perhaps the REAL is lying About the eyes where dimness, heavy clings; Between slit lids our dreams, it seems, still prying With LIGHT enough for shadows, not for things. Colour - that fever of the retinae - Is absent at this time. The lines alight How greatly - and how soft and weightless lie Without a ripple on the pools of sight.
It may be that science, to which all data are equivalent, lacks values and significance; that art, in which all factors are eclectic, lacks assessment and consummation; and that religion, in which all things are glorified, lacks proportion and development: but they make up for each other. And there is something more than these three provinces of MAN; and that is man himself.
As I came to know HAWKINS, the truth became apparent. His accomplishment is not due simply to his will to live or to the fact that he is a survivor, though he is certainly a tough and stubborn man. He succeeds because of his INTELLECT, and as the ravages of his disease have, over two decades, taken his physical powers from him, he has come to live a life of the MIND.
Hawkins' MIND is his most powerful tool. It is also his work, his plaything, his recreation, his joy - his life. His wheelchair gives him a special vantage point for the major preoccupation of that mind the UNIVERSE we inhabit, how it came into BEING, how it OPERATES and how it will END. A totally cerebral man, he demonstrates the power of the human intellect to fathom the UNIVERSE when a RESTLESS MIND is set free.
The NIGHT has a thousand eyes, And the day but one; Yet the LIGHT of the bright world dies With the dying SUN. Light
Somewhere, behind SPACE and TIME, is wetter water, slimier slime!
GOD Himself is the best POET, and the Real is His song.
DESTINY is no matter of CHANCE, It is a matter of CHOICE, It is not a thing to be waited for, It is a thing to be achieved.
It may well be that these ELECTRONS are world's just like our own, with kings and scholars, arts and armies, and memories of ages flown. And ATOMS - cosmic systems, spinning Around a central spinning sphere, Where things are just like ours, but smaller, Or nothing like what we would have here.
Above thee, below thee, on all sides of thee, keep on all the world thy SYMPATHY and IMMEASURABLE LOVING THOUGHT which is without obstruction, without any wish to injure, without enmity.
To be dwelling in much CONTEMPLATION while standing, walking, sitting or lying down, until sleep overcomes thee, is called living in BRAHMA.
DECAY is inherent in all composite things. Work out your own SALVATION with diligence.
Thus good men and bad men differ radically. Bad men never appreciate kindness shown them, but WISE MEN appreciate and are grateful. Wise men try to express their appreciation and gratitude by some return of kindness, not only to their benefactor, but to everyone else.
TWENTY DIFFICULTIES overcome in this world: I. It is HARD for a poor man to be generous. II. It is HARD for a proud man to lead the way of Enlightenment. III. It is HARD to seek Enlightenment at the cost of self-sacrifice. IV. It is HARD to be born while Buddha is in the world. V. It is HARD to hear the teaching of Buddha. VI. It is HARD to keep the mind pure against the instincts of the body. VII. It is HARD not to desire things that are beautiful and attractive. VIII. It is HARD for a strong man not to use his strength to satisfy his desires. IX. It is HARD not to get angry when one is insulted. X. It is HARD to remain innocent when tempted by sudden circumstances. XI. It is HARD to apply oneself to study widely and thoroughly. XII. It is HARD not to despise a beginner. XIII. It is HARD to keep oneself humble. XIV. It is HARD to find good friends. XV. It is HARD to endure the discipline that leads to Enlightenment. XVI. It is HARD not to be disturbed by external conditions and circumstances. XVII. It is HARD to teach others by knowing their abilities. XVIII. It is HARD to maintain a peaceful mind. XIX. It is HARD to argue about right or wrong. XX. It is HARD to find and learn a good method.
One should get rid of a selfish mind and replace it with a mind that is earnest to help others. An act to make another happy inspires the other to make still another happy, and so happiness is born from such an act.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Thou who seek Enlightenment must be careful of their first steps. No matter how high one's aspiration may be, it must be attained step by step. The steps of the path to Enlightenment must be taken in our everyday life.
First, they should have right ideas of things, ideas that are based on careful observation, and understand CAUSES and EFFECTS and their significance correctly. Since the cause of suffering is rooted in the mind's desires and attachments, and since desire and attachment are related to mistaken observations by an ego-self, neglecting the significance of the law of cause and effect, and since it is from these observations, there can be peace only if the mind can be rid of these worldly passions.
Second, people can get rid of these mistaken observations and resulting worldly passions by careful and patient MIND-CONTROL. With efficient mind-control; they can avoid desires arising from the stimulation of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin and the subsequent mental processes and, by so doing, cut off the very root of all worldly passions.
Third, they should have CORRECT IDEAS with regard to the proper use of all things. That is with regard to articles of food and clothing, they should not think of them in relation to comfort and pleasure, but only in their relation to the body's need. CLOTHING is necessary to protect the body against extremes of heat and cold, and to conceal the shame of the body; FOOD is necessary for the nourishment of the body while it is training for ENLIGHTENMENT and BUDDHAHOOD> Worldly passions cannot arise through such thinking.
Fourth, people should learn ENDURANCE; they should learn to endure the discomfort of heat and cold, hunger and thirst; they should learn to be patient when receiving abuse and scorn; for it is the practice of endurance that quenches the fire and worldly passions which is burning up their bodies.
Fifth, people should learn to SEE and so AVOID all danger. Just as a wise man keeps away from wild horses and mad dogs, so one should not make friends with evil men, nor should he go to places what wise men avoid. If one practices CAUTION and PRUDENCE, the fire of worldly passions which is burning their vitals will die down.
Blessed is the man who has congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces that are in him.
Still unexhausted, all the symbols wait Still in this work are hidden and concealed Their germs a later SCHOOL shall procreate whose fruit to those unborn shall be revealed: The SEED is sown; others may reap the field.