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12 December 2004

Life is long.  The best among us pass a lifetime culturing our courage to shed the illusion of solid physical reality and confront the world as it really is:  Impermanence, uncertainty, wide-flung interconnections, an underlying simplicity that sprouts unfathomable complexity, the unapproachable mystery of Why.

-Josh Mitteldorf

11 December 2004

"It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms."

~George Wald

10 December 2004

"How can the divine Oneness be seen? In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders, awe- inspiring miracles? The Tao is not obliged to present itself this way. It is always present and always available. When speech is exhausted and mind dissolved, it presents itself. When clarity and purity are cultivated, it reveals itself. When sincerity is unconditional, it unveils itself. If you are willing to be lived by it, you will see it everywhere, even in the most ordinary things."

Lao Tse, Hua Hu Jing
translation by Brian Walker

9 December 2004

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."

sometimes attributed to Nelson Mandela,
but actually from A Course in Miracles as interpreted by Marianne Williamson

8 December 2004

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-Lewis Caroll


7 December 2004

"The scientist, by the very nature of his commitment, creates more and more questions, never fewer. Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity, one philosopher suggests, is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better problems."

~Gordon Allport, Becoming, 1955

"The gauge of our intellectual growth is the capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better and better problems."

~C. West. Churchman from A Mathematician's Miscellany, 1953


6 December 2004

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
Pablo Casals