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“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no…”

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

Richard P. Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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“Ignorance is never better than knowledge.”

“Ignorance is never better than knowledge.”

Enrico Fermi

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“We are storytelling animals, and cannot bear to acknowledge the ordinariness of our daily lives.”

“We are storytelling animals, and cannot bear to acknowledge the ordinariness of our daily lives.”

Stephen Jay Gould

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“I have been leading a secluded life,” he said, “one of…

I have been leading a secluded life,” he said, “one of continuous, concentrated thought and deep meditation. Naturally enough, I have accumulated a great number of ideas. The question is whether my physical powers will be adequate to working them out and giving them to the world. It is as Goethe said:

Der Gott der mir im Busen wohnt
Kann tief mein Innerstes bewegen;
Der ueber allen meinen Kraeften tront,
Er kann nach aussen nichts bewegen.

[‘The God who dwells in my breast can deeply move my innermost;
The one above all my strengths,
He can move nothing outward.’]

He had not read Goethe for forty years, he said, and he quoted it from memory.

–Nikola Tesla.

“Tesla Seeks to Send Power to Planets.” New York Times, July 11, 1931.

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“Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better.”

“Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better.”

Esther Dyson

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“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”

Albert Einstein 

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“You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.”

“You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.”

Eliezer Yudkowsky

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“If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough – you need to choose a…”

“If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough – you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.”

Richard Stallman

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“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

Albert Einstein 

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“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”

Carl Sagan

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