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Pulitzer Prize winners Will and Ariel Durant on the lessons of history

The conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it.

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The only difference between the Surrealists and me is that I am a Surrealist – Salvador Dalí

The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail), 1946 Oil on Canvas, 89.5 x 119.5 cm (35 1/4 x 47 in.) Brussels, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

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Henry Miller on the mystery of attention

Indescribably magnificent

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If you inherently long

Become it first.

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Expanding our limits by learning a language

It’s called modelling.

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The Action Movie Fairy Tale

But these movies built a generation of men who are now in their 30s and 40s.

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Flying pigs and Russian palatalization

Another month ends. All targets met. All systems working. All customers satisfied. All staff eagerly enthusiastic. All pigs fed and ready to fly. Currently reading: http://masterrussian.net/f17/shape-tongue-correctly-pronounce-russian-sounds-22855/

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Optimism is a political act.

Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience. Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City

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The secret fear that keeps you up at night is…

An uprising of octopi. Octopi forming a coalition of the willing at the bottom of the ocean. Going on Jeopardy but the other two contestants are octopi. Number 3 but Alex Trebek is also an Octopus Locking eyes with an Octopus at an aquarium, and in that single moment you know you will help it […]

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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.’”