“When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening
than to be told that you should be contented with your lot?”
“It is the best joke there is, that we are here, and fools — that we are sown into time
like so much corn, that we are souls sprinkled at random like salt into time
and dissolved here, spread into matter, connected by cells right down to our feet,
and those feet likely to fell us over a tree root or jam us on a stone.
The joke part is that we forget it.
Give the mind two seconds alone and it thinks it’s Pythagoras.
We wake up a hundred times a day and laugh.”
Annie Dillard, 1945-
“Holy the Firm”
Pulitzer Prize winning American author
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly
be wrung and possibly be broken…The only place outside of heaven where
you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”
C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963
“The Four Loves”
Irish author and scholar
Aunt Willie’s Wildflowers, Sullivan Co., TN
“Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior,
but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex
every time he looks at a flower.”
Alan C. Kay, American computer scientist