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Some of these posts are more polished than others. All of them are tentative.  My aim is not to convince, but to suggest, provoke, spur.  I make no claims to novelty.

"Remember now the still and quiet places. Remember that they were here long before you, and shall remain long after you are no more. That you are but a small light passing briefly through the infinite darkness."
-Alexi Murdoch

“There is another world, but it is in this one.”
-Paul Éluard
"A religious world view is only one response to the conviction that the physical description of the world is incomplete."
-Nagel

"The philosophical remarks in this book are, as it were, a number of sketches of landscapes which were made in the course of these long and meandering journeys."
-Wittgenstein

"It is difficult to begin at the beginning and not try to go farther back."
-Wittgenstein

"...man is so partial to systems and abstract conclusions that he is ready intentionally to distort the truth, to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear, only so as to justify his logic."
-Dostoevsky

"...I am only a poor existing human being unable to contemplate the eternal, either eternally or divinely..."
-Kierkegaard

"I don't know the meaning of this journey I was forced to make, between one and another night, in the company of the whole universe."
- Pessoa

"What does all this amount to but the search for happiness?  And does anyone search for anything else?"
-Pessoa

"... I may be different tomorrow if some new lesson changes me. I have no authority to exact belief, nor do I desire it, for I do not feel myself to be well enough instructed to instruct others."
-Montaigne

"Truly man is a marvelously vain, fickle, and unstable creature, on whom it is difficult to found a certain and uniform judgement." -Montaigne

"Be once more like the tree that you love, the broad-branching one: silent and listening it hangs over the sea."
-Nietzsche's Zarathustra

"I say to you: one must still have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star. I say to you: you still have chaos in you."
-Nietzsche's Zarathustra

"It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say and to listen to."
-Treebeard

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther . . . And one fine morning -

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
-Fitzgerald


"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
-E.B. White

Our own current mode of being spans but a minute subspace of what is possible or permitted by the physical constraints of the universe. It is not far-fetched to suppose that there are parts of this larger space that represent extremely valuable ways of living, relating, feeling, and thinking.
-Nick Bostrom

"Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves."
-Joyce


We are what we can create

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here. - Interstellar The human species was not meant to die on Earth.  This claim ...