Abstractions

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I LIVE ON Earth at present, and I don't know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process an integral function of the universe."

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, DESIGNER, AUTHOR, ARCHITECT, INVENTOR (1895-1983)

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.

MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE, ESSAYIST (1533-1592)

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.

JOSEPH PULITZER, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER (1847-1911)

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.

STEVEN WRIGHT, COMEDIAN (1955- )

Real courage is risking one's clichés.

TOM ROBBINS, AUTHOR (1936-)

The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY, NOVELIST (1811-1863)

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.

ROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL, LAWYER AND ORATOR (1833-1899)

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities crept in; Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, WRITER AND PHILOSOPHER (1803-1882)

The firm determination to submit to experiment is not enough; there are still dangerous hypotheses; first, and above all, those which are tacit and unconscious. Since we make them without knowing it, we are powerless to abandon them. …

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