Rising beyond the mundane…

A conversation with my wife Karen tonight (in between parts of a Dr Who episode) reminded me of some quotes that mean a lot to me. Each speaks of rising above the mundane and the petty…

The effort to understand the Universe is one of the few things that lifts human life above the level of farce and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. (Steven Weinberg)

We make our world signficant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers. (Carl Sagan)

What I need to make up my mind about is what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every action…The vital thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die. Of what use would it be for me to discover a so-called objective truth…if it had no deeper significance for me and my life? (Soren Kierekgaard)

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. (Thoreau)

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