Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
Inscribed on Thomas Huxley’s memorial
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
Horace Walpole
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.
Susan Sontag
Imagine how much harder physics would be if electrons had feelings.
Richard Feynman
He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.
Dylan Thomas
It is the summit of idleness to deplore the present, to deplore actuality.
Martin Amis
All families have a secret. The secret is that they’re not like other families.
Alan Bennett
It is inconceivable that you would ever see two chimpanzees carrying a log together.
Michael Tomasello
The child sees everything as a novelty; the child is always “drunk”.’ …genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed. To this deep and joyful curiosity must be attributed that stare, animal-like in its ecstasy, which all children have when confronted with something new, whatever it may be, face or landscape, light, gilding, colours, watered silk.
My warnings over the last six years had been so numerous, so detailed, and were now so terribly vindicated, that no one could gainsay me. I could not be reproached either for making the war or with want of preparation for it. I thought I knew a good deal about it all, and I was sure I should not fail. Therefore, although impatient for the morning, I slept soundly and had no need for cheering dreams. Facts are better than dreams.
Winston Churchill