" The rare moment is not the moment when there is something worth looking at, but the moment when we are capable of seeing. " -— Joseph Wood Krutch
" The philosophy of nature is one thing, the philosophy of value is quite another. Nothing but harm can come of confusing them. What we think good, what we should like, has no bearing whatever upon what is, which is the question for the philosophy of nature. ... It would be ridiculous to warp the philosophy of nature in order to bring out results that are pleasing to the tiny parasites of this insignificant planet. "
-- Bertrand Russell, What I Believe
" Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. "
-- Leonardo da Vinci
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