We are at the very beginning of

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race.  It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems.  But there are tens of thousands of years in the future.  Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.  ~Richard P. Feynman

I stood on a tower in the

I stood on a tower in the wet,
And New Year and Old Year met,
And winds were roaring and blowing:
And I said, "O years, that meet in tears,
Have ye aught that is worth the knowing?
Science enough and exploring,
Wanderers coming and going,
Matter enough for deploring,
But aught that is worth the knowing?"
~Alfred TennysonCOE

When you cant do something truly useful

When you can’t do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.  ~Lois McMaster Bujold

And the wind shall say 34here were

And the wind shall say "Here were decent godless people;
Their only monument the asphalt road
And a thousand lost golf balls."
~T.S. EliotCDC

Animals have these advantages over man they

Animals have these advantages over man:  they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.  ~Voltaire, letter to Count Schomberg, 31 August 1769

It is impossible to overlook the extent

It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct.  ~Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its DiscontentsTPV

Barbarism is needed every four or five

Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life.  Otherwise it would die of civilization.  ~Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, Journal, 3 September 1855LCD

Man despite his artistic pretensions sophistication

Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.  ~Author and exact wording unknown, I’ve been told this was quoted by Paul Harvey2011mail+research

Where is the life we have lost

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
~T.S. Eliot, The Rock, 1934

Flowers dont open to the clock but

Flowers don’t open to the clock
but to the sunshine spontaneous;
for modern humans that manner
of instinct is now extraneous.
~Terri Guillemets

There are many humorous things in the

There are many humorous things in the world, among them the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897LCD

It must be admitted that there is

It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization.  But, on the whole, the great ages have been unstable ages.  ~Alfred North WhiteheadCUL