The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt. There is no more unhealthy being, no man less worthy of respect, than he who either really holds, or feigns to hold, an attitude of sneering disbelief toward all that is great and lofty, whether in achievement or in that noble effort which, even if it fails, comes to second achievement.
In reality, every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers to the reader to enable him to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have experienced in himself. And the recognition by the reader in his own self of what the book says is the proof of its veracity.
The great majority of us cannot listen; we find ourselves compelled to evaluate, because listening is too dangerous. The first requirement is courage, and we do not always have it...If you really understand a person, if you are willing to enter his private world and see the way life appears to him, you run the risk of being changed yourself.
People often go through at least three stages when they deal with the inexplicable: superficial simplicity, confused complexity and profound simplicity.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Violence, after all, is no mystery. It’s peace that’s the mystery. Why do people take drugs? Not a mystery. It’s why they don’t take them all the time that’s the mystery. Why do people suffer from anxiety? That’s not a mystery. How is that people can ever be calm? There’s the mystery. We’re breakable and mortal. A million things can go wrong, in a million ways.
To understand how a scientific community functions as a producer and validator of sound knowledge, we must ultimately understand the unique set of shared standards and values for doing research that serve to control the production of scholarship. We must further consider our roles as teachers of the practitioners of tomorrow, for they will likely solve the problems of tomorrow with the solutions and theories we provide today…The able practitioner, like the bright student, may model a new problem on another previously encountered and solved.