Thursday, July 24, 2008

Quotes to cover the day

A few quotes that sort of summarize a few parts of my day, in more or less apparent ways:

Jonas Salk:

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.

- so many new research discoveries... and so many unanswered questions cropped up today.


Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.

- that one's for you Bait, after talking about the 'science' that happens at COI

Allan K. Chalmers:

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Bertrand Russell:

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.


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