Lewis Thomas quotes

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Language is simply alive, like an organism. We all tell each other this, in fact, when we speak of living languages, and I think w ...
It hurts the spirit, somehow, to read the word environments, when the plural means that there are so many alternatives there to be ...
If you want to use a cliché you must take full responsibility for it yourself and not try to fob it off on anon., or on society.
Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and ...
When committees gather, each member is necessarily an actor, uncontrollably acting out the part of himself, reading the lines that ...
Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, ...
Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to ...
This is the element that distinguishes applied science from basic. Surprise is what makes the difference. When you are organized t ...
We are built to make mistakes, coded for error.
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