A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design Kindle Edition

by Frank Wilczek 


“Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and beauty of the world. And it’s breathtaking.” 

“We are made of the same stardust of which all things are made, and when we are immersed in suffering or when we are experiencing intense joy we are being nothing other than what we can’t help but be: a part of our world.” 

“The atoms of our body, as well, flow in and away from us. We, like waves and like all objects, are a flux of events; we are processes, for a brief time monotonous” 

“Once again, the world seems to be less about objects than about interactive relationships.”  

What is art?

Leo Tolstoy

“Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God;

it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man's emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.” 

The bed of Procrustes

Nassim Taleb

“Academia is to knowledge what prostitution is to love; close enough on the surface but, to the nonsucker, not exactly the same thing” 

“The weak shows his strength and hides his weaknesses; the magnificent exhibits his weaknesses like ornaments.” 

“True humility is when you can surprise yourself more than others; the rest is either shyness or good marketing.” 

“By setting oneself totally free of constraints, free of thoughts, free of this debilitating activity called work, free of efforts, elements hidden in the texture of reality start staring at you; then mysteries that you never thought existed emerge in front of your eyes.” 

Rodin on Art and Artists (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) 

“It is the artist who is truthful, while the photographer is mendacious;

for, in reality, time never stops cold.” 

― Auguste Rodin

The Divine Comedy


The time was the beginning of the morning;
the sun was rising now in fellowship
with the same stars that had escorted it
when Divine Love first moved those things of beauty.

“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”

Catching the big fish

by David Lynch


“Keep your eye on the doughnut, not on the hole.”

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water.

But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.

Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.

They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”

“Don’t fight the darkness. Don’t even worry about the darkness. Turn on the light and the darkness goes. Turn up that light of pure consciousness: Negativity goes.”

Gods will have blood / The Gods are athrist

by Anatole France


“For you can always tell the gods by their appetite.”


“We ought to love virtue; but it is well to realize that we ought to only because it is a convenient expedient invented by men in order that they may live comfortably together. What we call morality is simply and solely a desperate enterprise, a forlorn hope on the part of our fellow men to reverse the order of the Universe, which is constant strife and murder, blind, ceaseless and implacable. All is self-destruction, and the more I think of it, the more I am convinced that the the Universe is mad.” 

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

'A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.'

“Stern responds to the question about what was the main obstacle he encountered in his life: I think it’s that rubbishy part of myself, that part which is described by such words as vanity, pride, the sense of not being treated as I should be, comparison with others, and so on. I’ve tried rather hard to discipline that. And I’ve been lucky that there has been enough that’s positive to enable me to counter a kind of biliousness and resentment—ressentiment—which I’ve seen paralyze colleagues of mine, peers who are more gifted than I. I’ve felt it in myself. And I’ve had to learn to counter that. I would say that the chief obstacle is—oneself.” 

for your ears..

Critique of pure reason


“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt”


“The schematicism by which our understanding deals with the phenomenal world ... is a skill so deeply hidden in the human soul that we shall hardly guess the secret trick that Nature here employs.”



 “I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.” kant