Sufficient awe.

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Sufficient awe.

#1  Postby Macdoc » Aug 19, 2014 9:40 pm

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Terrific set of quotes....

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/inte ... facebook#7

of course it start with Steve.

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#2  Postby igorfrankensteen » Aug 19, 2014 9:55 pm

Isn't there a Joni Mitchell song about this, circa 1969?
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#3  Postby kennyc » Aug 19, 2014 10:25 pm

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
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#4  Postby The_Piper » Aug 19, 2014 11:03 pm

I especially liked these 2 from that list -
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.


I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops. - Stephen Jay Gould


Finally, Confucious say,
He who fishes in other man's well often catches crabs.
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#5  Postby orpheus » Aug 20, 2014 3:08 am

I like many of these. I ground my teeth a bit, though, at #21: "If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."

Nothing wrong with the quote itself. The teeth-grinding part is the attribution: "Antoine de Saint". They omitted "Exupéry".
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#6  Postby orpheus » Aug 20, 2014 4:03 am

They need some from the eminently quotable Russell Hoban. If you haven't read his books yet, do so now.

(Why are you still here?!)

Here's one from Russ's novel Kleinzeit. It's funny, as is much of his writing. But there's something about his personification of the Big Things (e.g. Death, Hospital, Pain, Fear, Youth, Action, etc.) that's not only funny, but awe-inspiring. (At least to me.)

Russell Hoban wrote:Under the bed Death sat humming to itself while it cleaned its fingernails. I never do get them really clean, it said. It's a filthy job I've got but what's the use of complaining. All the same I think I'd rather have been Youth or Spring or any number of things rather than what I am. Not Youth, maybe. That's a little wet and you'd hardly get to know people before they've moved on. Spring's pretty much the same and it's a lady's job besides. Action would be nice to be, I should think.

Elsewhere Action lay in his cell smoking and looking up at the ceiling. What a career, he said. I've spent more time in the nick than anywhere else. Why couldn't I have been Death or something like that. Steady work, security.


And a shorter one, from Mr. Rinyo-Clacton's Offer:

Russell Hoban wrote:That's how things are -- you open the door to a possibility and the next thing you know, an actuality has you by the throat.
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#7  Postby Made of Stars » Aug 20, 2014 1:09 pm

The zenpencils link in my signature. ;)
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