Quotes, songs, and bits
What a piece of work is man!
How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties!
in form and moving, how express and admirable!
in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god!
the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!
And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
- Shakespeare - Hamlet
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts,
While from the bounded level of our mind,
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
But more advanced, behold with strange surprise
New, distant scenes of endless science rise!
So pleased at first, the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky;
The eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last;
But those attained, we tremble to survey
The growing labours of the lengthened way,
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
- Alexander Pope - An Essay on Criticism
I have, alas, studied philosophy,
Jurisprudence and medicine, too,
And, worst of all, theology
With keen endeavor, through and through-
And here I am, for all my lore
The wretched fool I was before.
Called Master of Arts, and Doctor to boot,
For ten years almost I confute
and up and down, wherever it goes,
I drag my students by the nose-
And see that for all our science and art
We can know nothing. It burns my heart.
Of course, I am smarter than all the shysters,
The doctors, and teachers, and scribes, and Christers;
No scruple nor doubt could make me ill,
I am not afraid of the Devil or hell-
But therefore I also lack all delight,
Do not fancy that I know anything right,
Do not fancy that I could teach or assert
What would better mankind or what might convert.
Goethe- Faust (introduction)
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
- Sherlock Holmes, in The Sign of Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
"Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
- The Red Queen, in Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
- John 1:1
Cogito ergo sum
- Descartes
Religion is the smile on a dog
- Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
These fragments I have shored against my ruins...
- T.S. Elliot
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
- Lewis Carol - Alice in Wonderland
I will choose a path that's clear. I will choose free will.
- RUSH - "Free Will"
If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn't steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn't ever after
We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters

- Jewel - "Hands"