…I have noticed one overarching theme among smart people: they ask questions. When someone explains something new to me, I’ll usually just nod my head like I know what they’re talking about. If I don’t understand something, I’ll just Google it later. After all, I don’t want this person to think I’m a moron. Smart people are different. If they don’t understand something, or even if they think they understand something, they’ll ask questions.
— “What I’ve Learned About Smart People”
(The Borrower Arriety)
These are disastrous consequences, and all the result of not having “the heart established in grace.
— Charles Henry Mackintosh
Notes on the Book of Genesis
Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.
— Albert Einstein, 30 July 1947
Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives
From a letter in response to an Idaho farmer who named his son Albert and requesting to give the boy a few words of encouragement.
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
— Eden Phillpotts
A shadow passes
by Anne Emond
Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone; — XC, Canto III
Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
“What it means to be an adult”
by Monica Sutera Ekabutr