A Quote by George F. Will on civilization, knowledge, and universe

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know.  Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

George F. Will (1941 -)

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A Quote by Georg Hermes on animals, art, body, change, divinity, god, intelligence, laws, punishment, reason, soul, struggle, and universe

From one Soul of the Universe are all Souls derived. . . . Of these Souls there are many changes, some into a more fortunate estate, and some quite contrary. . . . Not all human souls but only the pious ones are divine. Once separated from the body, and after the struggle to acquire piety, which consists in knowing God and injuring none, such a soul becomes all intelligence. The impious soul, however, punishes itself by seeking a human body to enter into, for no other body can receive a human soul; it cannot enter the body of an animal devoid of reason. Divine law preserves the human soul from such infamy. . . . The soul passeth from form to form; and the mansions of her pilgrimage are manifold. Thou puttest off thy bodies as raiment; and as vesture dost thou fold them up. Thou art from old, O Soul of Man; yea, thou art from everlasting."

Georg Hermes (1775 - 1831)

Source: Book of Hermes

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A Quote by Gary Zukav on beauty, bliss, experience, giving, home, laughter, richness, trust, and universe

Trust allows you to give. Giving is abundant. Trust allows the experience of bliss. Bliss is awakefulness. Trust allows you to laugh. Laugh at the richness, the beauty and the playfulness of the universe. Apply consciousness to this process and all roads will lead to home.

Gary Zukav

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A Quote by Galileo Galilei on circle, familiarity, impossibility, language, logic, math, universe, and words

[The universe] cannot be read until we have learnt the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written.  It is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word.

Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

Source: Opere Il Saggiatore p. 171

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A Quote by Frederick Buechner on gifts, god, grace, life, love, separation, universe, and world

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you. . . . There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.

Frederick Buechner

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A Quote by Francis Vincent "Frank" Zappa, Jr. on scientists, stupidity, and universe

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)

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A Quote by Frank Drake on intelligence, listening, poetry, and universe

"I know perfectly well that at this moment the whole universe is listening to us," Jean Giraudoux wrote in The Madwoman of Chaillot, "and that every word we say echoes to the remotest star."That poetic paranoia is a perfect description of what the Sun, as a gravitational lens, could do for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Frank Drake (1930 -)

Source: Frank Drake & Dava Sobel, Is Anyone Out There? Dell Publishing, NY, 1994, p.232.

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A Quote by Florence Nightingale on action, belief, business, community, duty, divinity, evolution, failure, god, guidance, heroism, knowledge, life, politicians, purpose, religion, scientists, statistics, study, success, sympathy, understanding, and univ

Of Florence Nightingale: Her statistics were more than a study, they were indeed her religion. For her Quetelet was the hero as scientist, and the presentation copy of his Physique sociale is annotated by her on every page. Florence Nightingale believed - and in all the actions of her life acted upon that belief - that the administrator could only be successful if he were guided by statistical knowledge. The legislator - to say nothing of the politician - too often failed for want of this knowledge. Nay, she went further; she held that the universe - including human communities - was evolving in accordance with a divine plan; that it was man's business to endeavor to understand this plan and guide his actions in sympathy with it. But to understand God's thoughts, she held we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose. Thus the study of statistics was for her a religious duty.

Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910)

Source: K. Pearson The Life, Letters and Labours for Francis Galton, vol. 2, 1924.

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A Quote by Mary Flannery O'Connor on belief, security, and universe

Only if we are secure in our beliefs can we see the comical side of the universe.

Flannery O'Connor (1925 - 1964)

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on rules and universe

If "Number rules the universe" as Pythagoras asserted, Number is merely our delegate to the throne, for we rule Number.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Revisited, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1971.

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