[“Say, will you give me a lift?” he asks the red haired man at the wheel.
“How fur ye goin?”]
“I dunno… . Pretty far.”
John Dos Passos, from Manhattan Transfer (via the-final-sentence)
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)
“The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.”
G. H. Hardy, was a prominent English mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis (1877-1947), A Mathematician’s Apology (1941)