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And so each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope
To emulate--but there is no competition--
There is only the fight to recover what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions
That seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
     --T. S. Eliot
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"Of course he had an idea. He had a whole lot of ideas, but a whole lot of ideas isn't a plan. A plan is a bunch of details that mesh with one another, so you go from this step to this step like crossing a stream on a lot of little boulders sticking out, and never fall in. Ideas without a plan is usually just enough boulders to get you into the deep part of the stream, and no way to get back."

--Donald Westlake, What's the Worst That Could Happen? (He being Dortmunder, of course.)

This is my new theory on why I rarely finish anything.

Which Chemical Element am I? plus commentary )
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"The spirits were supposed to be just sufficiently material for them to act upon the body, but so very fine and attenuated that they could be acted upon by the wholly immaterial soul...This doctrine of the spirits seems to me the least reputable feature in the Medieval Model. If [the spirits are] matter at all...both ends rest on one side of the chasm; if not, both rest on the other."
--C. S. Lewis, The Discarded Image, 1964

"We might begin by recalling that light has a dual nature. It can be thought of as a stream of particles known as photons, or as a bundle of electromagnetic waves...Quantum mechanics tells us that both light and matter are made up of particles and waves at the same time."
--Richard Morris, The Edges of Science, 1990

"Today physicists understand that if we didn't know about any forces, but somehow we were to learn that some matter particle carrying some kind of charge exists...then in order to have a consistent quantum theory two results must be true. First, it is necessary to introduce a new boson...and second, the interactions mediated by that boson are a new force."
--Gordon Kane, The Particle Garden, 1995

"We must recognize that what has been called 'a taste in universes' is not only pardonable but inevitable."
--C. S. Lewis, The Discarded Image, 1964


Jul. 17th, 2004 12:35 am
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"Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity."
--David Gelernter

(found here)


Apr. 22nd, 2004 10:55 pm
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Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

(Gleaned from The Quotations Page)
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Meme from [ profile] pegkerr:

Write a random phrase from each of the following:
(I am interpreting "random phrase" to mean I open to a random page and then pick whatever I like best on that page.)

Nearest book to you:

One to either side:

"Always speak politely to an enraged dragon." From Jhereg by Steven Brust

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking."
From Sea Fever by John Masefield in One Hundred and One Famous Poems

Nearest cd insert:

"Wishes may bring problems,
Such that you regret them.
Better that, though,
Than to never get them..."
From Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim

Nearest piece of paper that you wrote on:

"He wasn't scared of the dark. Not even this velvety blackness that seemed to press against his face and interfere with this breathing. He wasn't scared." From a very early draft of Bounded in a Nutshell

Nearest piece that was written to you:

"Dear ___,

Everyone likes to save money on everyday expenses." From random annoying junk mail letter.

Something on your desk:

These were all on my desk, so I think I'll just skip this.
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A man who keeps a diary, pays
Due toll to many tedious days;
But life becomes eventful--then
His busy hand forgets the pen.
Most books, indeed, are records less
Of fulness than of emptiness.

-- William Allingham

(picked up from The Wondering Minstrels)


Jan. 12th, 2004 05:06 pm
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Gleaned from The Quotations Page:

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford (1893 - 1979)


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