Andre Berthiaume: Masks

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin. -Andre Berthiaume, novelist (b. 1938)


Quote of the day:
Never answer a critic, unless he’s right. – Bernard M. Baruch

Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.




Piet Hein and Joyce Carol Oates

Piet Hein (Kumbel) in front of the H.C.

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Philosophers / must ultimately find / their true perfection / in knowing all / the follies of mankind / – by introspection. –Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. -Joyce Carol Oates, writer (b. 1938)


Albert Einstein: Ethical behavior

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in ...

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A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. –Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)