The Wisdom in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean III’

“For certain you have to be lost to find the places that cannot be found.”
Captain Barbossa

“It’s not getting to the land of the dead that’s the problem, it’s getting back.”
Captain Barbossa

“For what we want most, there’s a cost must be paid in the end.”
Calypso

Science Circle

Science could be compared to a great circle. The points in its interior denote all scientific achievements. What is outside the circle represents not-yet discovered regions. Consequently, the circumference of the circle should be interpreted as a place in which what we know today meets with what is still unknown, that is, as a set of scientific questions and unsolved problems. As science progresses, the set of achievements increases and the circle expands; but, together with the area inside the circle, the number of unanswered questions and unsolved problems becomes bigger and bigger.”

Michael Heller: from ‘Creative Tension’

“invention is the mother of many necessities.”

“invention is the mother of many necessities.”
Marshal McLuhan

soul whole

“There’s something like a hole in all of us,
and it’s in the approximate shape of a soul.”

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Stephen Jenkinson

Fail Better

“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Marlene Deitrich

Einstein was not a great mathematician

“Einstein was not a great mathematician technically, but he had a deep sense of beauty and a willingness to question conventional wisdom.”
The Myth of Ability
, John Mighton

gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
– G.K. Chesterton, Collected Works

“Nothing justifies our art other than to speak for those who cannot speak.”

“Nothing justifies our art other than to speak for those who cannot speak. This is the cause for which we dedicated our efforts, and the cause that endorsed our voices. We only wished to take it as far as we can, and vowed to release our work as songs of love for, and unity with, the victims of persecution everywhere.”

Marcel Khalifé

Use Music

“Use music when you are lonely, when you want to diffuse tension.
Don’t use music when you have nothing to say.”

Oliver Mtukudzi

led by the things we imagine we are controlling

“When we act, as it seems, with the greatest spontaneity and vigour, we are to some extent led by the things we imagine we are controlling.  Moreover, the very expansion of our energy (which reveals the core of our personality) is, ultimately, only our obedience to a will to be and to grow, of which we can master neither the varying intensity, nor the countless modes.”
Teilhard de Chardin – ‘The Divine Milieu’ (Harper: 1957, p.49)