"I think a life properly lived is just learn, learn, learn all the time."
"It was their good fortune, or else their misery, to belong to a generation in which every individual would be given a chance to discover and expose his worth, down to the final ounce of strength and nerve."
Shelby Foote, The Civil War
"Life colonized the energy gradients: plants put themselves between sun and stone; animals put themselves between plants and decay. Criminals infiltrated casinos like vines on a tree."
Derek Künsken, The Quantum Magician
"When you understand the power of honest praise (as opposed to bullshitting, flattery, and sucking up), you realize that withholding it borders on immoral. If you see something that impresses you, a decent respect to humanity insists you voice your praise."
Scott Adams, How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big
"A pressure wave that moves the eardrum by less than the width of an atom will activate the ossicles and reach the brain as sound. You genuinely cannot improve upon that. As the acoustics scientist Mike Goldsmith has put it, “If we could hear quieter sounds still, we would live in a world of continuous noise, because the omnipresent random motion of air molecules would be audible. Our hearing really could not get any better.”"
Bill Bryson, The Body