Imagination alone is not enough, because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine.
This adventure is made possible by generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules: Test ideas by experiment and observation; build on those ideas that pass the test; reject the ones that fail; follow the evidence, wherever it leads; and question everything.
Accept these terms, and the cosmos is yours.
|—||Neil deGrasse Tyson kicks off Cosmos, his contemporary continuation of the Carl Sagan classic. (via explore-blog)|
The only way, it seems, to be brave is to admit you are afraid. And then choose courage.
The only way to be present is to acknowledge you’re uncertain about the future. And then choose faith.
The only way to have peace is to let yourself see the chaos and pain around you. And then choose hope.
Yes, happiness is always an option. But a real decision can only be made when you are honest about all of the choices. And you can’t, as it turns out, even feel happiness if you’re running away from your feelings.
|—||Alain de Botton (via thatkindofwoman)|
Alexander Chen reminisces about studying with the inimitable Annie Dillard, who echoes Mark Twain’s contention that “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources,” Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that "our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” and young Virginia Woolf’s observation that "all the Arts … imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see.”explore-blog)