Every few days we essentially recycle ourselves, reminiscent of an old advertising jingle for milk, “There’s a new you coming every day!”
The most adept of authors capture our imaginations and place us, vividly if temporarily, in a completely different world. If only for a few hours, our imaginations are transplanted into other minds, other times, other environments, and other spaces. Think of it as easily the most affordable way that you could ever visit the cities you only dream of exploring.
If I were to think of and dwell on disastrous possibilities, I could do nothing. I throw myself headlong into my work, and come up again with my studies; if the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself.
Vincent van Gogh (via philphys)
At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes—an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.
Carl Sagan (via philphys)