Monday, December 24, 2012

From ‘The Language God Talks. On Science and Religion’ by Herman Wouk

Richard Feynman ….. said ….. “You know….. while you’re talking, you’re not learning anything.”

…. Weinberg, in his widely read book, The First Three Minutes, has put the bleaker agnostic picture with stark oft-quoted eloquence: “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless … The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.”

Churchill said….. “You can count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have tried everything else.”

Richard Feynman’s biographer chose one of this many quoted sayings as the epigraph for his whole life story: “I was born not knowing and have only had a little time to change that her and there.

“Let China sleep,” said Napoleon. “When she wakes, Europe will be sorry.”

…… Montaigne … Great French essayist, nobleman, sixteenth century ….. In his essays he gnawed at the edges of disbelief, a risky business then …. ‘I write not as much as I know but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I get older.’

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