Monday, February 26, 2007
--Mahatma Gandhi , "Non-Violence in Peace and War"
Saturday, February 17, 2007
-- Victor Hugo
Friday, February 16, 2007
-- Karl Wallenda
Thursday, February 15, 2007
- Ludwig Büchner, Force and Matter: Empirico-Philosophical Studies Intelligibly Rendered, trans. J. F. Collingwood, (London, 1870), passim.
Science has gradually taken all the positions of the childish belief of the peoples; it has snatched thunder and lightning from the hands of the gods; the eclipse of the stars, and the stupendous powers of the Titans of the olden time, have been grasped by the fingers of man. That which appeared inexplicable, miraculous, and the work of a supernatural power, has, by the torch of science, proved to be the effect of hitherto unknown natural forces. The power of spirits and gods dissolved in the hands of science. Superstition declined among cultivated nations, and knowledge took its place. We have the fullest right, and are scientifically correct, in asserting there is no such thing as a miracle; everything that happens does so in a natural way---i.e., in a mode determined only by accidental or necessary coalition of existing materials and their immanent natural forces. No revolution on earth or in heaven, however stupendous, could occur in any other manner.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Text of a lecture given by Lamarck at the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, May 1803
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Labels: ON Newton
Monday, February 05, 2007
"To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.To reach out for another is to risk exposing our true self.To place our ideas -- our dreams -- before the crowd is to risk loss.To love is to risk not being loved in return.To hope is to risk despair.To try is to risk failure.To live is to risk dying."
Sunday, February 04, 2007
they are so placid and self -contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied ....not one is demented with the
mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived
thousands of years ago,
Not one of them is respectable or industrious over the whole earth."
- Walt Whitman- Leaves of Grass -32- 1855
Thursday, February 01, 2007
-- Abraham Lincoln