Alan Lightman Quotes

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Alan Lightman Quotes

It [the mind] can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven. In our constant search for meaning in this baffling and temporary existence, trapped as we are within our three pounds of neurons, it is sometimes hard to tell what is real. We often invent what isnt there. Or ignore what is. We try to impose order, both in our minds and in our conceptions of external reality. We try to connect. We try to find truth. We dream and we hope. And underneath all of these strivings, we are haunted by the suspicion that what we see and understand of the world is only a tiny piece of the whole.
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What sense is there in continuing when one has seen the future?

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Imagine a world in which there is no time. Only images.

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In a world without future, each moment is the end of the world.

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Continents of memory had been lost.

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Thus, to explain what we see in the world and in our mental deductions, we must believe in what we cannot prove.

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His dreams have taken hold of his research. His dreams have worn him out, exhausted him so that he sometimes cannot tell whether he is awake or asleep.

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It's the Platonic philosophy in The Republic that philosophers should lead the country ...

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Thoughts are no more than electrical surges in the brain. Sexual arousal is no more than a flow of chemicals to certain nerve endings. Sadness is no more than a bit of acid transfixed in the cerebellum. In short, the body is a machine, subject to the same laws of electricity and mechanics as an electron or clock.

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Unfortunately, public debates do not have much room for subtlety. The audience wants a quick thrust at your opponent, not a slow and convoluted series of moves. Whenever Obama uses subtleties in discussing a complex issue, he gets creamed.

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As human beings, don't we need questions without answers as well as questions with answers, questions that we might someday answer and questions that we can never answer?

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The urge to discover, to invent, to know the unknown, seems so deeply human that we cannot imagine our history without it.

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