Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker

"It’s impossible to create more than what you are. You can only unveil more of yourself."

Saint Clair Cemin

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Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker

"The ideal model - to say it in her words - is the author who produces books ‘as a pumpkin vine produces pumpkins.’"

Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker

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On one thing most physicists agree. If the amount of dark energy in our universe were only a little bit different than what it actually is, then life could never have emerged. A little larger, and the universe would have accelerated so rapidly that matter in the young universe could never have pulled itself together to form stars and hence complex atoms made in stars. And, going into negative values of dark energy, a little smaller and the universe would have decelerated so rapidly that it would have recollapsed before there was time to form even the simplest atoms… .

We are an accident. From the cosmic lottery hat containing zillions of universes, we happened to draw a universe that allowed life. But then again, if we had not drawn such a ticket, we would not be here to ponder the odds.

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Alan Lightman

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Kaye Blegvad, ZENOBIA IN CHAINS

Kaye Blegvad, ZENOBIA IN CHAINS

"Rome is not eternal; it does not matter. Rome will fall; it does not matter. The barbarian will conquer; it does not matter. There was a moment of Rome, and it will not wholly die; the barbarian will become the Rome he conquers; the language will smooth his rough tongue; the vision of what he destroys will flow in his blood. And in time that is ceaseless as this salt sea upon which I am so frailly suspended, the cost is nothing, is less than nothing."

John Williams, Augustus

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"We are in the universe and the universe is in us."

Neil deGrasse Tyson

clairemilbrath, Pool Side

clairemilbrath, Pool Side

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"Piano virtuosos, for example, have often proved to be my enemies, but naturally I have no idea how this came about."

Robert Walser, The Robber

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shinjurou

shinjurou

"Of course, this circling of the book, too, this reading around it before reading inside it, is a part of the pleasure in a new book, but like all preliminary pleasures, it has its optimal duration if you want it to serve as a thrust toward the more substantial pleasure of the consummation of the act, namely the reading of the book."

Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler

Salvador Dalí, Portrait of Michel de Montaigne

Salvador Dalí, Portrait of Michel de Montaigne