Brain Pickings
You Are Not the Target: Laura Huxley on Course-Correcting the Paths of Love and Not-Love
June 26th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"In all its manifestations and however it is produced, not-love tends to beget not-love. The energy of love is needed to reconvert not-love into love."
The Muskrat and the Meaning of Life: Loren Eiseley on Reclaiming Our Sense of the Miraculous in a Mechanical Age
June 22nd, 2017, 07:32 PM
"We forget that nature itself is one vast miracle transcending the reality of night and nothingness. We forget that each one of us in his personal life repeats that miracle."
Legendary Cosmologist Martin Rees on Science, Religion, and the Future of Post-Human Intelligence
June 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"Fundamental physics shows how hard it is for us to grasp even the simplest things in the world. That makes you quite skeptical whenever someone declares he has the key to some deeper reality."
The Stars: A Mythopoetic Masterpiece Serenading the Night Sky Through Myths and Stories from Around the World
June 15th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"Light gives light because it is its nature."
Wallace Stevens on Reality, Creativity, and Our Greatest Self-Protection from the Pressure of the News
June 12th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"[The artist's] function is to make his imagination ... become the light in the minds of others. His role, in short, is to help people to live their lives."
The Topography of Tears: A Stunning Aerial Tour of the Landscape of Human Emotion Through an Optical Microscope
June 9th, 2017, 07:32 PM
From Blake to biochemistry, "proof that we cannot put our feelings in one place and our thoughts in another."
Albert Einstein on the Interconnectedness of Our Fates and Our Mightiest Counterforce Against Injustice
June 8th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"There is [a] human right which is infrequently mentioned but which seems to be destined to become very important: this is the right, or the duty, of the individual to abstain from cooperating in activities which he considers wrong or pernicious."
The Trouble with “Finding Yourself”
June 7th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"The self is a style of being, continually expanding in a vital process of definition, affirmation, revision, and growth, a process that is the image, we may say, of the life process of a healthy society itself."
Book Power: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Forgotten 1969 Ode to Why We Read
June 7th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"Books feed and cure and chortle and collide."
Beethoven and the Crucial Difference Between Genius and Talent
June 6th, 2017, 07:32 PM
"Genius has to be founded on major talent, but it adds a freshness and wildness of imagination, a raging ambition, an unusual gift for learning and growing, a depth and breadth of thought and spirit..."
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