Mind

Blaise, Clarke

Our minds soar with instant connection, but our feet are stuck in temporal boots.

Time Lord Chapter 1 (p. 19)

Dyson, Freeman J.

It appears to me that the tendency of mind to infiltrate and control matter is a law of nature. The infiltration of mind into the universe will not be permanently halted by any catastrophe or by any barrier that I can imagine. If our species does not choose to lead the way, others will do so, or may have already done so. If our species is extinguished, others will be wiser or luckier. Mind is patient. Mind has waited for 3 billion years on this planet before composing its first string quartet. It may have to wait for another 3 billion years before it spreads all over the galaxy. I do not expect that it will have to wait so long. But if necessary, it will wait. The universe is like a fertile soil spread out all around us, ready for the seeds of mind to sprout and grow. Ultimately, late or soon, mind will come into its heritage.

Infinite in All Directions Part 1

Einstein, Albert

The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that something must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books—a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.

In M. Taube Evolution of Matter and Energy Chapter 1 (p. 1)

Gauss, Carl Friedrich

Astronomy and Pure Mathematics are the magnetic poles toward which the compass of my mind ever turns.

In Franz Schmidt and Paul Stackel (eds) Briefwechsel zwischen Carl Friedrich Gauss und Wolfgang Bolyai

Letter XXIII (p. 55) Letter to Bolyai June 30, 1803

Jevons, W. Stanley

Summing up, then, it would seem as if the mind of the great discoverer must combine contradictory attributes. He must be fertile in theories and hypotheses, and yet full of facts and precise results of experience. He must entertain the feeblest analogies, and the merest guesses at truth, and yet he must hold them as worthless till they are verified in experiment. When there are any grounds of probability he must hold tenaciously to an old opinion, and yet he must be prepared at any moment to relinquish it when a clearly contradictory fact is encountered.

The Principles ofScience Book IV Chapter XXVI (p. 592)

Kepler, Johannes

A mind accustomed to mathematical deduction, when confronted with the faulty foundations [of astrology] resists a long, long time, like an obstinate mule, until compelled by beating and curses to put its foot into that dirty puddle.

In Arthur Koestler The Sleepwalkers Part IV Chapter I (p. 243)

Land, Edwin

Each stage of human civilization is defined by our mental structures: the concepts we create and then project upon the universe. They not only redescribe the universe but also in so doing modify it, both for our own time and for subsequent generations. This process—the revision of old cortical structures and the formulation of new cortical structures whereby the universe is defined—is carried on in science and art by the most creative and talented minds in each generation...

Remarks at Opening of New American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Cambridge, Massachusetts April 2,1979 In Ansel Adams An Autobiography Chapter 19 (p. 306)

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