„The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth.“

—  Marilyn vos Savant, As quoted in The Reader's Digest (1992) Vol. 140, p. 194
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„The length of one's days matters less than the love of one's family and friends.“

—  Gerald Ford American politician, 38th President of the United States (in office from 1974 to 1977) 1913 - 2006
Statement just before becoming the longest lived U.S. President as quoted in "Ford eclipses Reagan as oldest ex-president" in USA Today (10 November 2006) http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-11-10-ford_x.htm

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„It is not the length of life, but the depth.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

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„Cause, Principle, and One eternal
From whom being, life, and movement are suspended,
And which extends itself in length, breadth, and depth,
To whatever is in Heaven, on Earth, and Hell“

—  Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600
Context: Cause, Principle, and One eternal From whom being, life, and movement are suspended, And which extends itself in length, breadth, and depth, To whatever is in Heaven, on Earth, and Hell; With sense, with reason, with mind, I discern, That there is no act, measure, nor calculation, which can comprehend That force, that vastness and that number, Which exceeds whatever is inferior, middle, and highest; Blind error, avaricious time, adverse fortune, Deaf envy, vile madness, jealous iniquity, Crude heart, perverse spirit, insane audacity, Will not be sufficient to obscure the air for me, Will not place the veil before my eyes, Will never bring it about that I shall not Contemplate my beautiful Sun. "Of Love" as translated in The Infinite in Giordano Bruno : With a Translation of His Dialogue, Concerning the Cause, Principle, and One (1978) by Sidney Thomas Greenburg, p. 89 Variant translation: Cause, Principle and One, the Sempiterne, On whom all being, motion, life, depend. From whom, in length, breadth, depth, their paths extend As far as heaven, earth, hell their faces turn : With sense, with mind, with reason, I discern That not, rule, reckoning, may not comprehend That power and bulk and multitude which tend Beyond all lower, middle, and superne. <p> Blind error, ruthless time, ungentle doom, Deaf envy, villain madness, zeal unwise, Hard heart, unholy craft, bold deeds begun, Shall never fill for one the air with gloom, Or ever thrust a veil before these eyes, Or ever hide from me my glorious sun. As quoted in "Giordano Bruno" by Thomas Davidson, The Index Vol. VI. No. 36 (4 March 1886), p. 429

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„Nothing is more important than pastoral care for people in need. [... ] For me, nothing is less important than theology.“

—  Helmut Schmidt Chancellor of West Germany 1974-1982 1918 - 2015
im Gespräch mit Hans Küng über den Weltethos, 2007, YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S4KhE6nzzQ#t=5m8s

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„The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture.“

—  Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990
"The Drama of the Machines" in Scribner's Magazine (August 1930)

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„This country can ill afford to continue to function using less than half of its human resources, less than half its kinetic energy, less than half its brain power.“

—  Barbara Jordan American politician 1936 - 1996
Keynote address, Democratic National Convention (13 July 1992). (see External links)

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„So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.“

—  Neil deGrasse Tyson American astrophysicist and science communicator 1958
Context: No matter who you are, engaging in the quest to discover where and how things began tends to induce emotional fervor—as if knowing the beginning bestows upon you some form of fellowship with, or perhaps governance over, all that comes later. So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.

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