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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Music is an asylum

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Ralph Waldo EmersonSo is music an asylum. It takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence and whereto. All the great interrogatories, like questioning angels, float in on its waves of sound.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Richard Dawkins – Natural selection has no purpose in mind

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Richard DawkinsNatural selection, the blind, unconscious, automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation or the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life, has no purpose in mind. It has no mind and no mind’s eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, no sight at all. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker.

Richard Dawkins   (1941 -)

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Carl Jung – The sole purpose of human existence

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Carl JungAs far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Carl Jung   (1875-1961)
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Richard Dawkins – DNA neither cares nor knows

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Richard DawkinsThe universe we obey has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference . . .DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.

Richard Dawkins   (1941 -)

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Stephen Hawking – Three pieces of advice

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Stephen HawkingOne, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

Stephen Hawking   (1942-2018)

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Mark Twain – The two most important days

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Mark TwainThe two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain   (1835-1910)

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Fred Rogers – We all want to know we are acceptable

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Fred RogersWhether we’re a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we’re acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.

Fred Rogers  

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Blaise Pascal – Nothing so insupportable to man

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Blaise PascalThere is nothing so insupportable to man as to be in entire repose, without passion, occupation, amusement, or application. Then it is that he feels his own nothingness, isolation, insignificance, dependent nature, powerlessness, emptiness. Immediately there issue from his soul ennui, sadness, chagrin, vexation, despair.

Blaise Pascal  

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Ronald Reagan – Welfare’s purpose

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Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.

Ronald Reagan   (1911-2004)

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