Suppose some mathematical creature from the moon

Suppose some mathematical creature from the moon were to reckon up the human body; he would at once see that the essential thing about it was that it was duplicate.  A man is two men, he on the right exactly resembling him on the left.  Having noted that there was an arm on the right and one on the left, a leg on the right and one on the left, he might go further and still find on each side the same number of fingers, the same number of toes, twin eyes, twin ears, twin nostrils, and even twin lobes of the brain.  At last he would take it as a law; and then, where he found a heart on one side, would deduce that there was another heart on the other.  And just then, where he most felt he was right, he would be wrong.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, "The Paradoxes of Christianity," OrthodoxyNA

I think could turn and live with

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d.  I stand and look at them long and long.  They do not sweat and whine about their condition…. Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.  ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of GrassSJ

I do not value any view of

I do not value any view of the universe into which man and the institutions of man enter very largely and absorb much of the attention.  Man is but the place where I stand, and the prospect hence is infinite.  ~Henry David Thoreau, journal, 2 April 1852SS

So there he is at last man

So there he is at last.  Man on the moon.  The poor magnificent bungler!  He can’t even get to the office without undergoing the agonies of the damned, but give him a little metal, a few chemicals, some wire and twenty or thirty billion dollars and vroom! there he is, up on a rock a quarter of a million miles up in the sky.  ~Russell Baker, New York Times, 21 July 1969LCD