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Every star was once darker than the night, before it awoke.

How have I been able to live so long outside Nature without identifying myself with it? Everything lives, moves, everything corresponds; the magnetic rays, emanating either from myself or from others, cross the limitless chain of created things unimpeded; it is a transparent network that covers the world, and its slender threads communicate themselves by degrees to the planets and stars. Captive now upon earth, I commune with the chorus of the stars who share in my joys and sorrows.
Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.
I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.
Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.
To do nothing is also a good remedy.
As to diseases, make a habit of two thingsto help, or at least to do no harm. The art has three factors, the disease, the patient, the physician. The physician is the servant of the art. The patient must co-operate with the physician in combating the disease.
As to diseases make a habit of two things to help, or at least, to do no harm.
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
From the Eiger Sanction: [Hemlock saves Meier from falling off the mountain] Anderl Meier: You're very good. I have really enjoyed climbing with you. Dr. Jonathan Hemlock: We'll make it. Anderl Meier: I don't think so. But we shall continue with style.
Believe, if thou wilt, that mountains change their place, but believe not that man changes his nature.
If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
God is subtle, but He is not malicious. I cannot believe that God plays dice with the world.
If you can't ignore an insult, top it; if you can't top it, laugh it off; and if you can't laugh it off, it's probably deserved.
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty... this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.
It is a very high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations.
God does not play dice with the universe.
God is clever, but not dishonest.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Doubt can only be removed by action.
The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.

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