When scientists reduce an integral whole to fundamental building blocks—whether they are cells, genes, or elementary particles—and try to explain all phenomena in terms of these elements, they lose the ability to understand the coordinating activities of the whole system.
–Fritjof Capra (b 1939), physicist and systems theorist, author of The Tao of Physics
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
—George Santayana (1863-1952), philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.
Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out.
—Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530).
Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
—Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), philosopher and theologian
The reasons why we call things true is the reason why they are true … truth lives, in fact, for the most part on a credit system.
— William James, in Pragmatism (1842-1910), psychologist, philosopher, physician.
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
—Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), founder of humanistic psychology
Death just means you don’t get to play anymore. Sometimes you get tired of playing.