``We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.''
-- Oscar Wilde
``The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all
progress depends on the unreasonable man.''
-- George Bernard Shaw
``Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go 'round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.''
-- Monty Python's ``Meaning Of Life''
``Better it is to die on one's feet than live on one's knees. ''
-- Robert Rankin (?)
``Thus is happened he became neither musician nor poet -- if we use this latter term in its every-day acceptation.
Or it might have been that he neglected to become either, merely in pursuance of his idea that, while a high order of genius is necessarily ambitious, the highest is above that which is termed ambition?
And may it not thus happen that many far greater than Milton have contentedly
remained `mute and inglorious'? I believe that the world has never seen -- and
that, unless through some series of accidents goading the noblest order of mind
into distasteful execution, the world will never see -- that full extent of
triumphant execution, in the richer domains of art, of which the human
nature is absolutely capable.''
-- Edgar Allan Poe (``The Domain of Arnheim'')
``"Education is an admirable thing, but nothing that is worth knowing can be taught´´
-- Oscar Wilde