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The contrast between that bright blue and white Christmas-tree ornament and the black sky, that infinite universe, and the size and significance of it really comes through. It is so small and so fragile, such a precious little spot in that universe, that you can block it out with your thumb. You realize that everything that means anything to you — all of history and art and death and birth and love, tears and joys, all of it, is on that little blue and white spot out there which you can cover with your thumb. And you realize from that perspective that you have changed, that there is something new, that the relationship is no longer what it was.

Astronaut Russell Schewickart

November 1980
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“I can’t believe that,” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the Queen said, in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

October 1980
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Using another as a means of satisfaction and security is not love. Love is never security; love is a state in which there is no desire to be secure; it is a state of vulnerability.

J. Krishnamurti

October 1980
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When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.

Pablo Picasso

September 1980
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Task: to be where I am. / Even when I’m in this solemn and absurd / role: I am still the place / where creation does some work on itself.

Tomas Tranströmer

July 1980
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He who mounts a wild elephant goes where the wild elephant goes.

Randolph Bourne

July 1980
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To be in possession of an absolute truth is to have a net of familiarity spread over the whole of eternity. There are no surprises and no unknowns.

Eric Hoffer

June 1980
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The satiated man and the hungry one do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread.

Jalaluddin Rumi

April 1980
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Whatever authority I may have rests solely on knowing how little I know.

Socrates

April 1980
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The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

Voltaire

February 1980