If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

I was reading an old article today and came across this quote that really resonated with me:

When [Einstein was] asked directly if he believed in God, he always insisted he did, and explained it once this way: “We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.


There were so many thoughts that immediately came to mind. But the most distinct of it was that we’ll be searching all of our lives, and yet till the end, we’ll know that we… wont know. 

Oh, and it reminds me of the time I met him. 

Ok no, not really. 

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.

— Albert Einstein

and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom

—anais nin

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via reluctantbuddha) (via quote-book)

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

—Albert Einstein (via lydianea) (via quote-book)

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

—Oprah Winfrey (via justbesplendid)