Words that inspire you

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  1. Elea

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    Share some words that inspire awe, deep contemplation, or move the heart.

    "All things are in flux." - Heraclitus
     
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    "I dare do all that may become a man; who dare's do more is none. "

    Macbeth.
     
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  3. Elea

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    Nice one, Altair. What do you think this means?
     
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    "Whence things have their origin,
    Thence also occurs their destruction,
    According to necessity;
    For they give to each other justice and recompense
    For their injustice
    In conformity with the ordinance of Time." - Anaximander
     
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    WHO DARES WINS.
     
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    Thus spake Derek Trotter. :)
     
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    The Presocratics believed matter was eternal. Two of the first explicit statements of the conservation of matter:

    “The Greeks have an incorrect belief on Coming into Being and Passing Away. No thing comes into being or passes away, but is mixed together or separated from existing Things. Thus they would be correct if they called coming into being 'mixing', and passing away 'separating- off.'" - Anaxagoras

    "For it is impossible for anything to come to be from what is not, and it cannot be brought about or heard of that what is should be utterly destroyed." - Empedocles
     
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  8. Elea

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    From the close of Crime and Punishment:

    "It was love that brought them back to life: the heart of one held inexhaustible sources of life for the heart of the other." - Dostoevsky
     
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    From the end of "A tale of two cities" when he's about to give up his life for someone else. . . . .
    "It is a far better thing I do now than I have ever done before..It is a far better rest I go to than I have ever known"
     
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    Great Scott! lol You've inspired me to read Dickens, JustinCredible.
     
  11. Elea

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    Perhaps you'd approve these next lines, Altair (Atheist with a capital A!):

    "There are but atoms and the void." - Democritus


    Lucretius, a later Atomist, imagines what atoms are like:

    “An image and similitude of this

    Is always moving present to our eyes.

    Consider sunbeams. When the sun’s rays let in

    Pass through the darkness of a shuttered room,

    You will see a multitude of tiny bodies

    All mingling in a multitude of ways

    Inside the sunbeam, moving in the void,

    Seeming to be engaged in endless strife,

    Battle and warfare, troop attacking troop,

    And never a respite, harried constantly,

    With meetings and with partings everywhere.

    From this you can imagine what it is

    For atoms to be tossed perpetually

    In endless motion through the mighty void.

    To some extent a small thing may afford

    An image of great things, a footprint of a concept.” -

    Lucretius, De Rerum Natura
     
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    Have u never heard of the S.A.S ?
     
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    The Special Air Service. This was a saying of theirs, right?
     
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    'Vice versa'
     
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    Oh for ***** sake, megs233. What am I supposed to do with that? Shape up! Hahaha
     
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    am sure you can do something
     
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    can also pass it to you... and let you do that something in my stead. Next!
     
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    There is nothing more nice
    there nothing much worser

    Than me as your vice
    and you as my versa
     
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    "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankinde, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne
     
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    by Richard Feynman - last line in particular.

    I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think.
    There are the rushing waves
    mountains of molecules
    each stupidly minding its own business
    trillions apart
    yet forming white surf in unison.

    Ages on ages
    before any eyes could see
    year after year
    thunderously pounding the shore as now.
    For whom, for what?
    On a dead planet
    with no life to entertain.

    Never at rest
    tortured by energy
    wasted prodigiously by the sun
    poured into space.
    A mite makes the sea roar.

    Deep in the sea
    all molecules repeat
    the patterns of one another
    till complex new ones are formed.
    They make others like themselves
    and a new dance starts.

    Growing in size and complexity
    living things
    masses of atoms
    DNA, protein
    dancing a pattern ever more intricate.

    Out of the cradle
    onto dry land
    here it is
    standing:
    atoms with consciousness;
    matter with curiosity.

    Stands at the sea,
    wonders at wondering:

    I a universe of atoms an atom in the universe.
     
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