Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Suffering is not as easy as it looks.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

In essence, the planet runs on a cycle of water-splitting by photosynthesis to form oxygen and the production of water by respiration.

Paul G. Falkowski in Life's Engines:  How Microbes Made Earth Habitable

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Today, not carrying a smartphone indicates eccentricity, social marginalization, or old age.

Jacob Weisberg, The New York Review (February 55, 2016)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

It was impossible for any one to open his grief to a neighbor and to concert measures to defend himself, as he would have had to speak either to one whom he did not know, or whom he knew but did not trust.

Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

How many fruitless pranks this ruffian hath botch'd up.

Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night