We succeeded in taking that picture [of Earth from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot.
That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.
On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity — in all this vastness — there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.
It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, acharacter-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
– Carl Sagan in reference to Earth as viewed from 4 billion miles away.
The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe.
We are like a little child entering a huge library.
The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues.
The child knows that someone must have written these books.
It does not know who or how.
It does not understand the languages in which they are written.
But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books
– a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.
– Albert Einstein
Life has no meaning.
Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life.
It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.
– Joseph Campbell
Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
– George Bernard Shaw
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
– Bill Cosby
One day your whole life will flashback in front of your eyes just like a movie,
make sure it’s worth watching.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Climb mountains not so the world can see you,
but so you can see the world.
– George Bernard Shaw
If wealth is the secret to happiness,
then the rich should be dancing on the streets…
But only poor kids do that.
If power ensures security,
then officials should walk unguarded…
But those who live simply, sleep soundly.
If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships,
then celebrities should have the best marriages…
So Live simply. Walk humbly. Love genuinely..!
I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.
– Mark Twain
A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.
– Albert Einstein
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
– Bear Grylls
The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
That is what it is. We can’t change it.
We just have to decide how we’ll respond.
We cannot change the cards we are dealt,
just how we play the hand.
— Randy Pausch
Who controls the past, controls the future:
who controls the present, controls the past
— George Orwell
Responsibility to yourself means
refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you;
it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts;
hence, grappling with hard work.
Love your Job and you won’t have to work a single day!
“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is
that the stupid are cocksure
while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
– Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
“Only two things are infinite,
the universe and human stupidity,
and I’m not sure about the former.”
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid
the consequences of avoiding reality.”
– Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
“When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity;
when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”
– Robert Pirsig (1948-)
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who
has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect
has intended us to forgo their use.”
– Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me,
and yet assure myself and others that i am sorry for him
and wish to lighten his load by all means possible…
except by getting off his back.”
– Leo Tolstoy
“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
– Emma Goldman
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. “
– Edmund Burke
“The full use of your powers along lines of excellence.”
– definition of “happiness”
by John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)