James Hilton: Damned dull time

“People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.”

—James Hilton.

Meshell Ndegeochello: Bags of bones and muscle and hormones

“We’re all just bags of bones and muscle and hormones, I’ll never understand what makes our minds do the things we do. It’s like that statue of the monkey holding a skull. We’re trying to use a thing we don’t understand to understand ourselves.”

—Meshell Ndegeochello.

Theodore Dreiser: Too much importance to words

“People in general attach too much importance to words. They are under the illusion that talking effects great results. As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument. They but dimly represent the great surging feelings and desires which lie behind. When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens.”

—Theodore Dreiser.

Murray Gell-Mann: Specialised understanding, coherent whole

“Of course, specialization is necessary today. But so is the integration of specialized understanding to make a coherent whole, as we discussed earlier. It is essential, therefore, that society assigns a higher value than heretofore to integrative studies, necessarily crude, that try to encompass at once all the important features of a comprehensive situation, along with their interactions, by a kind of rough modeling or simulation.”

― Murray Gell-Mann.