Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist and writer (1825-1895 )
The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.
Louis de Berniere, novelist (b. 1954 )
May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back.
Rainer Maria Rilke, poet ( )
Oh, threats of hell and hopes of paradise! / One thing at least is certain -- this life flies; / One thing is certain, and the rest is lies; / The flower that once has blown forever dies.
Omar Khayyam, poet, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, and physician (1048-1131 )
Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592 )
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882 )
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
Kenji Miyazawa, poet and story writer (1896-1933 )
Speaking of ranking the various disciplines --Politicians think they are Economists. Economists think they are Social Scientists. Social Scientists think they are Psychologists. Psychologists think they are Biologists. Biologists think they are Organic Chemists. Organic Chemists think they are Physical Chemists. Physical Chemists think they are Physicists. Physicists think they are Mathematicians. Mathematicians think they are God. God .... ummm.. so happens that God is an Astronomer.
Vinay L. Kashyap, astronomer ( )
One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience
-George Sand, novelist (1804-1876))
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (1900-1945 )