The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify hisown spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique. If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, staywhere you are. Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeededby content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come againinto being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.
There is only one home to the life of a river-mussel; there is only one home to the life of a tortoise; there is only one shell to the soul of man: there is only one world to the spirit of our race. If that world leaves its course and smashes on boulders of the great void, whose world will give us shelter?