Archive for January 16th, 2012

When I was young, I thought I’d write the Great American Novel.  I had no idea what it would be about or how to go about it, but I thought it would be a “worthy” goal in life which one could accomplish fairly independently even if one were not particularly “accomplished” in other aspects of one’s life (fame, wealth, marriage, children or education) to start off with.  I also felt it might be important at some point to be able to look back at one’s life to “examine” it.
So, I started a journal which I maintained (more or less) for about fifteen years – off and on.  In it, I recorded the books I’d read, quotes, ideas, comics clippings and then, ultimately, I began to include personal notes.  After I got to the third volume, I decided they each needed cover pages with an appropriate saying.  The first one I decided on was a line from a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson: “To strive, To seek, To find, And not to yield“.
The line is from his poem: “Ulysses“, which I’ve added to my Poems page.
Browsing through the first volume, I found loads of really great quotes.  Interestingly, because they were for my personal consumption / consideration, I didn’t bother to attribute many of them.  I believe I will now begin including many of these quotes on this site – although now, I will go back and try to find their original sources for inclusion / attribution.
I find the line to be particularly appropriate today, as we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  A commitment to non-violent protest which can change a nation…  What a concept!

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We live not at the end of discovery but at the end of Reductionism, a time in which the false ideology of human mastery of all things through microscopics is being swept away by events and reason.  This is not to say that microscopic law is wrong or has no purpose, but only that it is rendered irrelevant in many circumstances by its children and its children’s children, the higher organizational laws of the world.
    —    Robert B. Laughlin
From his book:  “A Different Universe

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