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There is only one you for all time. Fearlessly be yourself. This is the time for which we were born  ~ TTBOOK '08 A closed mouth, gathers no feet.    ~Steve's Mom The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.     ~Arthur Koestler We know what we are, but know not what we may be.      ~ Shakespeare Morality is a human creation-- the Universe does not judge. You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it though.     ~ Richard Bach Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.          ~ Zen saying You see things and say "Why?" but I dream things that never were and I say "Why not?"     ~ George Bernard Shaw Man cannot discover new oceans until he has courage to lose sight of the shore.   Giving is the secret of abundance.     ~ Sivananda   ... Simply moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that.  A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her in to daily competition with nothing but world's champions. 

  The entire planet can get along nicely now with maybe a dozen champion performers in each area of human giftedness.  A moderately gifted person has to keep his or her gifts all bottled up until, in a manner of speaking, he or she gets drunk at a wedding and tap-dances on the coffee table like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers.  We have a name for him or her.  We call him or her an "exhibitionist." 

  How do we reward such an exhibitionist?  We say to him or her the next morning, "Wow!  Were you ever drunk last night!

~ Kurt Vonnegut in Bluebeard How can you not make [science] funny? Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does. There's all this PB&J: passion, beauty, and joy. But there's also the futility of the whole thing. We're just humans on this dying planet, and it doesn't much matter what we do. We're always setting up expectations, whether scientific or otherwise, and failing to meet them. That creates comedic tension. The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. 

~ Bill Nye Wired Apr ‘05 “Genius?  Nothing!  Sticking to it is the genius!  Any other bright minded fellow can accomplish just as much if he will stick like hell and remember nothing that’s any good works by itself.  You’ve got to make the damn thing work!…        I failed my way to success.”

~ Thomas A. Edison  Everything wants to be mediocre, so what it takes to make anything more than mediocre is such a f#cking act of will.  Anyone who makes something for a living, or even not for a living, if they’re really excited about it…  You just have to exert so much will into something for it to be good.  

~ Ira Glass in The Onion November 2003