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    After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time read more

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

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Pointing out the comic elements of a situation can bring a sense of proportion and perspective to what might otherwise read more

Pointing out the comic elements of a situation can bring a sense of proportion and perspective to what might otherwise seem an overwhelming problem.

by Harvey Mindess Found in: Perspective Quotes,
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Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.

by William Cowper Found in: Perspective Quotes,
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Serenity is knowing that your worst shot is still pretty good.

Serenity is knowing that your worst shot is still pretty good.

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Its the little things that matter, that add up in the end, with the priceless thrilling magic found only in read more

Its the little things that matter, that add up in the end, with the priceless thrilling magic found only in a friend.

by Elizabeth Dunphy Found in: Perspective Quotes,
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The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.

by Colin Wilson Found in: Perspective Quotes,
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Life in a box is better than no life at all ... I expect.

Life in a box is better than no life at all ... I expect.

by Tom Stoppard Found in: Mortality Quotes,
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"O Charidas, what of the underworld?"
"Great darkness."
"And what of the resurrection?"
"A read more

"O Charidas, what of the underworld?"
"Great darkness."
"And what of the resurrection?"
"A lie."
"And Pluto?"
"A fable; we perish utterly."

by Callimachus Found in: Mortality Quotes,
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If a man has good manners and is not afraid of other people he will get by, even if he read more

If a man has good manners and is not afraid of other people he will get by, even if he is stupid.

by David Eccles Found in: Perspective Quotes,
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