1. 10

    Man would not be man if his dreams did not exceed his grasp... If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose. The green world is his sacred center. In moments of sanity he must still seek refuge there.

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  2. 9

    It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.

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  3. 8

    Each one of us is a statistical impossibility around which hover a million other lives that were never destined to be born.

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  4. 7

    Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.

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  5. 6

    The need is not really for more brains, the need is now for a gentler, a more tolerant people than those who won for us against the ice, the tiger and the bear. The hand that hefted the ax, out of some old blind allegiance to the past fondles the machine gun as lovingly. It is a habit man will have to break to survive, but the roots go very deep.

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  6. 5

    The great artist, whether he be musician, painter, or poet, is known for this absolute unexpectedness.

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  7. 4

    It has been said repeatedly that one can never, try as he will, get around to the front of the universe. Man is destined to see only its far side, to realize nature only in retreat.

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  8. 3

    When the human mind exists in the light of reason and no more than reason, we may say with absolute certainty that Man and all that made him will be in that instant gone.

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  9. 2

    We are rag dolls made out of many ages and skins, changelings who have slept in wood nests, and hissed in the uncouth guise of waddling amphibians. We have played such roles for infinitely longer ages than we have been human. Our identity is a dream. We are process, not reality.

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  10. 1

    If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.

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  11. Last Update: 4 December 2021

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