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"The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness."
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MAX EASTMAN

"If the only prayer you say in your entire life is "Thank You," that would suffice."
--MEISTER ECKHART

"When is a man in mere understanding?" I answer, "When he sees things separate from one another." "And when is a man above mere understanding?" That I can tell you: "When a man sees All in all, then a man stands beyond mere understanding."
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MEISTER ECKHARDT

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"Imagination is more important than knowledge..."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to enhance all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"Generations to come will find it difficult to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
--ALBERT EINSTEIN

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"[The golden proportion] is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult [to produce] and the good easy."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

"One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community."
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ALBERT EINSTEIN

RE: The pure "peace and love" response is the flip side of the "kill and hate" response. Neither is realistic, and both ignore the psychosocial dynamics of terrorism... Unfortunately, failure to respond will encourage more terrorism. In the dominator mind, there are only those who dominate and those who are dominated. Nonviolence is equated with women, with what's despised, what's controlled and is legitimately, and easily, terrorized into submission.

HK: But violence only breeds violence, you said it yourself.

RE: If you've got a psychopath lunging at you with a knife, that's not the time to talk about peace and love. It's the time to defend yourself to save your life. The time to talk about peace and love, and to put them into action, is before that person becomes a psychopath. If we're to effectively address the festering problems that breed terrorism, we have to deal with the foundations of violence. We have to think of the long term. Any war on terrorism is doomed to fail, just like the war on drugs, unless we address the deepest historical, cultural, social, economic, political and psychic forces that produce terrorism. This is urgent in our high-technology age.
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RIANE EISLER (Afraid that War is Necessary -- A Talk with Riane Eisler
Helen Knode, LA Weekly, October 9, 2001)

"Great art can communicate before it is understood."
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T. S. ELIOT

"The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness."
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HAVELOCK ELLIS

"In good science, utility, pleasure and criticism are united. In our schools, including the universities, there exists on the other hand a tendency to place rigid utility in the foreground, at the cost of the other two qualities: pleasure and criticism. The bureaucrats' heavy (and rich) hand has contributed to the segregation of the forms of knowledge of art and science -- and thereby to a social lobotomy which has spread to the public corners of society."
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AANT ELZINGA

"Beauty must come back to the useful arts, and the distinction between the fine and useful arts forgotten… In nature, all is useful, all is beautiful.  It is therefore beautiful, because it is alive and moving, reproductive; it is therefore useful, because it is symmetrical and fair. Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece.  It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and honest men."
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RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"For the world is not painted or adorned, but is from the beginning beautiful; and God has not made some beautiful things, but Beauty is the creator of the universe."
--RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops but the kind of man that the country turns out."
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RALPH  WALDO EMERSON

"There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination."
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RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship."
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RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"Knowledge is the antidote to fear."
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RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
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RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"No man is free who is not master of himself."
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EPICTETUS

"Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes angry."
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EURIPIDES

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