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Curiosity is the lust of the mind - Thomas Hobbes
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- Seemingly pointless scientific research can lead to extraordinary discoveries, claimed a physicist in her TED talk, showing how many of our modern technologies are tied to centuries-old, curiosity-driven experiments - and making the case for investing in more such experiments to arrive at a deeper understanding of the world.
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony - William Henry Channing
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Beneath the sober appearance society demands of us, most of us are going a little out of our minds - giving us a cause to hold out a hand to our comparably tortured neighbours - Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety, p180
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As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other - Pythagoras
Animal rights will end up with votes for oysters - Bertrand Russell
As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out - Alice Walker
I am conscious that meat eating is not in accordance with the finer feelings, and I abstain from it whenever I can - Dr. Albert Schweitzer -1952 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
I don't eat anything with a face - Linda McCartney
I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals - Henry David Thoreau
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- One of the dangers of emotional life, notes The School of Life, is that we find that we don't feel 'in the moment': we're at a funeral, but we don't feel sad. We're making love, but our minds are elsewhere. It's our birthday, but we're not jolly. Why is it sometimes so hard for our true inner feelings to keep pace with events in the outer world?
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Stardust once more...thank you and rest in peace.
The Economist mapped Bowie's ever-changing style.
In the last months of his life, a physically weakened Christopher Hitchens travelled to the Texas Freethought Convention and while there, an eight-year-old girl asked Hitchens what books she should consider reading. Intrigued, Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the youngster and sketching out a reading list (below). His last words to her? "Lots of love...remember the love bit..."
The always eloquent Patrick Stewart excels himself in this passionate and moving response to a question about domestic abuse.
Spanish runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya is still receiving attention for a race he lost in December 2012. El Pais explains how Anaya was in second place, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan mistakenly pull up about 10 metres before the finish, thinking he'd already crossed the line. Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.