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|Archived Since:||July 13, 2011|
"In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action brings with it its own courage, its own energy, a growth of self-confidence that can be acquired in no other way."
A scintillating spoken-word love letter to the power of the written word.
"It can be a comfort sometimes to know that there is a world which is purely one's own — the experience in that world, of travel, danger, happiness, is shared with no one else."
"The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence."
"Consciousness is tied to corporeality and temporality: I experience myself as existing with a body over time."
A subversive lamentation of how our compulsion for control empties life of love.
"The artist... must consecrate all his toil to the holy spirit of art — such toil is holy, chaste, and demands single-heartedness."
From the history of the bathing suit to Rumi, a loving homage to aquatic bliss.
...and a remarkable letter from Freeman Dyson on the difficult, necessary art of changing one's mind.
"Why is love rich beyond all other possible human experiences and a sweet burden to those seized in its grasp? Because we become what we love and yet remain ourselves."
"Andersen had the courage to write stories with unhappy endings. He didn’t believe that you should try to be good because it pays... but because evil stems from intellectual and emotional stuntedness and is the one form of poverty that should be shunned."
"The way a question is asked limits and disposes the ways in which any answer to it — right or wrong — may be given."
"Dreams carry us back to the earlier stages of human culture and afford us a means of understanding it more clearly."
"Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love."
"If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don’t read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated."
"There is something in personal love, caresses, and the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship, that does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world."
"We're still groping for the truth... Science consists of continually making better and better what has been usable in the past."
A gentle reminder that the hostility of the world is in the eye of the beholder and its antidote is openhearted curiosity.
"Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life. It’s only there that it can be won or lost."
How a small group of "human computers" upended the gender norms of their day to conquer the cosmos.