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“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”
“Sometimes I think, how lucky we are to live in this time, the first moment in human history when we are, in fact visiting other worlds and engaging in a deep reconnaissance of the cosmos. But if we had been born in a much earlier age, no matter how great our dedication, we couldn't have understood what the stars and planets are. We would not have known that there were other suns and other worlds. This is one of the great secrets wrested from nature, through a million years of patient observation and courageous thinking.”
“Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.”
“Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical.”