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Let this book be dedicated to the chemists of the newer generation, who will not wish to reject all inferences from conjecture or surmise, but who will not care to speculate concerning that which may be surely known. The fascination of a growing science lies in the work of the pioneers at the very borderland of the unknown, but to reach this frontier one must pass over well traveled roads; of these one of the safest and surest is the broad road of thermodynamics.

Gilbert Lewis and Merle Randall, Thermodynamics (1923)

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♬ Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my paper – so cite me maybe? ♬

Memory has great survival utility … but why would forgetting be adaptive. Forgetting well is almost as important as remembering well. Forgetting is about editing, about taking the flood– the ocean– of sense information coming at you and forgetting everything except what’s important. Life is not only about acquiring memories. Memory can cripple us too.
Michael Pollen, The Botany of Desire

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People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein

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Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
C. S. Lewis

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Substitute damn every time you’re inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Mark Twain