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Oliver Burkeman on Joseph Goldstein on Generosity

What’s truly most likely to happen if you put it off, which is that you’ll never get around to sending that message.

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Kevin P. Hand on Oceans and Airport Security

Beneath that is a rocky seafloor, which may be teeming with hydrothermal vents and bizarre otherworldly organisms.
So the next time you’re in airport security and frustrated…

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Robert Hayden’s poem “American Journal”

much here is beautiful, dream like vistas reminding me of home

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Zweig on Memory

A sort of jellyfish glistening in the abysses of consciousness…

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The tragic actor departs: a poem paired with oil paintings

And they are right, I think.
We all hate home
And having to be there.

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Carl Sagan on the dumbing down of America and how science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking

I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time.

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Temptations while rich

Don’t brag about morals until you have money to fund your temptations.

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Billy Collins on how no man is lonely while eating spaghetti

This time, I was at a corner table at Pasta Vivace!
on that side street next to the old music store.

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To be a scientist is to be naive

What is the cost of lies?

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Optimism is a political act.

Perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better.

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Once you strip away the platitudes, a life of passion and purpose will always cost, as T.S. Eliot reminds us, ‘Not less than everything.’”

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Alan watts on the length of life

A long life spent in a miserable way.

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Sail away from the safe harbor

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

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The same man who wrote “… I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”

Seek out some simple and true feeling.

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Wise Living

Whatever and whoever.

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