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For piety lies not in being often seen turning a veiled head to stones, nor in approaching every altar, nor read more

For piety lies not in being often seen turning a veiled head to stones, nor in approaching every altar, nor in lying prostrate...before the temples of the gods, nor in sprinkling altars with the blood of beasts...but rather in being able to look upon all things with a mind at peace.

by Lucretius Found in: Society Quotes,
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The 'missing link' between ape and man will probably never be found- because it was an embryo.

The 'missing link' between ape and man will probably never be found- because it was an embryo.

by Arthur Koestler Found in: Society Quotes,
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Some tribes [of monkeys] have taken to washing potatoes in the river before eating them, others have not. Sometimes migrating read more

Some tribes [of monkeys] have taken to washing potatoes in the river before eating them, others have not. Sometimes migrating groups of potato-washers meet non-washers, and the two groups watch each other's strange behavior with apparent bewilderment. But unlike the inhabitants of Lilliput, who fought holy crusades over the question at which end to break the egg, the potato-washing monkeys do not go to war with the non-washers, because the poor creatures have no language which would enable them to declare washing a diving commandment and eating unwashed potatoes a deadly heresy.

by Arthur Koestler Found in: Society Quotes,
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When our individual interests and prospects do not seem worth living for, we are in desperate need for something apart read more

When our individual interests and prospects do not seem worth living for, we are in desperate need for something apart from us to live for. All forms of dedication, devotion, loyalty and self-surrender are in essence a desperate clinging to something which might give worth and meaning to our futile, spoiled lives.

by Eric Hoffer Found in: Society Quotes,
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The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible.

The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible.

by George Dix Found in: Society Quotes,
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Mutation is random; natural selection is the very opposite of random.

Mutation is random; natural selection is the very opposite of random.

by Richard Dawkins Found in: Society Quotes,
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Wherever we find orderly, stable systems in Nature, we find that they are hierarchically structured, for the simple reason that read more

Wherever we find orderly, stable systems in Nature, we find that they are hierarchically structured, for the simple reason that without such structuring of complex systems into sub-assemblies, there could be no order and stability- except the order of a dead universe filled with a uniformly distributed gas.

by Arthur Koestler Found in: Society Quotes,
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Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.

by Henry Kaiser Found in: Society Quotes,
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It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

by Aesop Found in: Society Quotes,
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