A Quote by Muriel Rukeyser on atoms, stories, universe, and words

The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser

Source: Out of Silence: Selected Poems

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on atoms, fear, god, and science

We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Strength To Love, ch. 13, 1963.

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on atoms, facts, laws, physics, and present

We could present spatially an atomic fact which contradicted the laws of physics, but not one which contradicted the laws of geometry.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Source: Tractatus Logico Philosophicus, New York, 1922.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on accidents, atoms, belief, philosophy, and universe

That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by James Graham, Marquis of Montrose on atoms, confidence, execution, and justice

Lines Written on the Window of his Jail the Night before his Execution. Let them bestow on every airth a limb; Then open all my veins, that I may swim To thee, my Maker! in that crimson lake; Then place my parboiled head upon a stake- Scatter my ashes-strew them in the air;- Lord! since thou know'st where all these atoms are, I'm hopeful thou'lt recover once my dust, And confident thou'lt raise me with the just.

James Graham (1612 - 1650)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on atoms, beginning, practicality, and travel

At two-tenths the speed of light, dust and atoms might not do significant damage even in a voyage of 40 years, but the faster you go, the worse it is - space begins to become abrasive. When you begin to approach the speed of light, hydrogen atoms become cosmic-ray particles, and they will fry the crew. . . . So 60,000 kilometers per second may be the practical speed limit for space travel.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Source: ‘Sail On! Sail On!’ in The Relativity of Wrong, Kensington Books, NY, 1996, p 220.

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A Quote by Ian D. Anderson on atoms, love, passion, reality, and water

When oxygen and hydrogen find one another, their joining produces fiery passion. Out of this fire, water is born. Quaint Victorian chemistry gives us an image of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms in a fixed molecule that bounces around from place to place. The reality of water is not so orderly. The hydrogen atoms are not owned by any particular oxygen atom. Water is a substance very much in love with itself, and the atoms connect in webs and clusters where oxygen shares around the hydrogen atoms freely, a fluid situation indeed.

Ian D. Anderson

Source: Ian Lurking Bear

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A Quote by Henry Eyring on atoms, day, discovery, exploring, needs, practicality, spirituality, thought, time, travel, truth, and world

Man in his ceaseless search after truth has discovered and partially explored five world. These worlds differ from each other in the size of the units of space and time we need to describe them. In our every day practical world, we get along nicely with such units as feet and seconds. In the chemical world of molecules and atoms, the electrons complete their revolutions in a hundred million millionth of a second, while a hundred million atoms side by side extend only a distance of one inch. Inside the nucleus of the atom, we enter a third world, where events happen a million times faster still, and distances are a thousand times smaller than in the atom. In the fourth world, the astronomers measure revolutions of the planets in years, and the unit of distance, the light year, is about ten thousand million miles. Finally, we come to the spiritual world where time is measured in eternities and space is limitless. Thus, in thought we can travel from the almost infinitesimally small to the infinitely large.

Henry Eyring (1901 - 19)

Source: Science and Your Faith in God

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on age, atoms, blessings, christianity, courage, day, failure, faith, god, hope, men, nations, patience, and rudeness

It is going to be a long, hard haul; it will require patience, courage, faith that hangs on when hope fails, if we are to tame the rude barbarity of man, so that the atomic age becomes a blessing, not a curse. There never was such a day for the Christian gospel. God help us all in these years ahead to make that gospel live in men and nations!

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on atoms, beauty, happiness, life, oppression, promises, thought, vitality, and world

Tyndall declared that he saw in Matter the promise and potency of all forms of life, and with his Irish graphic lucidity made a picture of a world of magnetic atoms, each atom with a positive and a negative pole, arranging itself by attraction and repulsion in orderly crystalline structure. Such a picture is dangerously fascinating to thinkers oppressed by the bloody disorders of the living world. Craving for purer subjects of thought, they find in the contemplation of crystals and magnets a happiness more dramatic and less childish than the happiness found by mathematicians in abstract numbers, because they see in the crystals beauty and movement without the corrupting appetites of fleshly vitality.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: Preface to Back to Methuselah.

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