Quote of the Week

γνῶθι σεαυτόν

(know thyself) – inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi
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Top 10 Quotes

  1. “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” – Charles Darwin (On the Origin of Species)
  2. “We are nature’s unique experiment to make the rational intelligence prove itself sounder than the reflex. Knowledge is our destiny.” – Jacob Bronowski (The Ascent of Man)
  3. “Individuals are not stable things, they are fleeting. Chromosomes too are shuffled into oblivion, like hands of cards soon after they are dealt. But the cards themselves survive the shuffling. The cards are the genes. The genes are not destroyed by crossing-over, they merely change partners and march on. Of course they march on. That is their business. They are the replicators and we are their survival machines. When we have served our purpose we are cast aside. But genes are denizens of geological time: genes are forever.” – Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene)
  4. “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan (Cosmos)
  5. “Have something to say and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.” – Matthew Arnold
  6. “Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” – Christopher Hitchens
  7. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
  8. Almost all our suffering is the product of our thoughts. We spend nearly every moment of our lives lost in thought, and hostage to the character of those thoughts. You can break this spell, but it takes training just like it takes training to defend yourself against a physical assault. – Sam Harris
  9. “Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.” – Richard Bach
  10. “My car is limping, Dolores Haze, And the last long lap is the hardest,
    And I shall be dumped where the weed decays,
    And the rest is rust and stardust.” ― Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)