History shows that the human mind, fed by constant accessions of knowledge, periodically grows too large for its theoretical coverings, and bursts them asunder to appear in new habiliments, as the feeding and growing grub, at intervals, casts its too narrow skin and assumes another… Truly the imago state of Man seems to be terribly distant, but every moult is a step gained.
~ Charles Darwin, Origin of the Species
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that, too.
W. Somerset Maugham
If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it…
~ Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Forbidden Tower
The idea of man leaving this earth and flying to another celestial body and landing there and stepping out and walking over that body has a fascination and a driving force that can get the country to a level of energy, ambition, and will that I do not see in any other undertaking. I think if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that we needed that impetus extremely strongly. I sincerely believe that the space program, with its manned landing on the moon, if wisely executed, will become the spearhead for a broad front of courageous and energetic activities in all the fields of endeavour of the human mind – activities which could not be carried out except in a mental climate of ambition and confidence which such a spearhead can give.
~ Dr. Martin Schwarzschild, The History of Manned Space Flight
I cannot affirm God if I fail to affirm man. Therefore, I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity I am hungry and incomplete. Human unity is the fulfillment of diversity. It is the harmony of opposites. It is a many-stranded texture, with color and depth.
~ Norman Cousins