„Mathematics is one of the essential emanations of the human spirit, a thing to be valued in and for itself, like art or poetry.“
— Oswald Veblen, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 30 (1924), p. 289.
„Nature is interested in only two things — to survive and to reproduce one like itself. Anything you superimpose on that, all the cultural input, is responsible for the boredom of man.“
— U.G. Krishnamurti Indian philosopher 1918 - 2007
Ch. 4: You Invent Your Reality
„If there is one point, it's humanity, it's life, the richness of life. The thing is simply to be sensitive.“
— Henri Cartier-Bresson French photographer 1908 - 2004
— Jacques Prevért French poet, screenwriter 1900 - 1977
„There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living "for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is same. Only love.“
— Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963
„To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Music soothes, the visual arts exhilarates, the performing arts (such as acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning in into slumber. The other arts make no such retreat— some because they use visible and hence vital formulas, others because they live from human life itself.
This isn't the case with literature. Literature simulates life. A novel is a story of what never was, a play is a novel without narration. A poem is the expression of ideas or feelings a language no one uses, because no one talks in verse.“
— Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
„Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour - we're more like celery as a flavour.“
— Mike Myers Canadian- British- American actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and film producer 1963
„Woz and I very much liked Bob Dylan's poetry, and we spent a lot of time thinking about a lot of that stuff.“
— Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011
Context: Woz and I very much liked Bob Dylan's poetry, and we spent a lot of time thinking about a lot of that stuff. This was California. You could get LSD fresh made from Stanford. You could sleep on the beach at night with your girlfriend. California has a sense of experimentation and a sense of openness—openness to new possibilities. interview in Playboy magazine (February 1985 http://www.playboy.co.uk/article/16311/playboy-interview-steven-jobs) <!-- alternate link : http://gizmodo.com/5694765/29+year+old-steve-jobs-extols-californias-virtues-to-playboy-magazine -->
„We must beware of yielding to the pressure of a spirit of cowardly conformity which proclaims itself everybody's friend in the hope that everybody will obligingly return the compliment.“
— Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
„The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.“
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.