A good question can open up doors in my mind that I would never think of discussing with anybody.
The question I get asked more than any other question: “If you had it to do again, would you have done it?” The answer is, yeah, I think so. Because here’s the way I look at it. I have so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are.
Science is an enterprise of human beings, so there are all sorts of jealousies and rivalries and unwillingness to admit mistakes. But the great advantage is that the culture of science is opposed to these frailties, and the collective enterprise of science undoes them. We give our highest rewards to those who disprove the contentions […]
My dad was in the Second World War, and he died 20 years ago, and there are so many questions I wish I had asked him that I never did.
And that’s always the question. Will you matter when it’s all over? Not the things you’ve done, the things you’ve done for everyone else, but will you actually matter to them? But most of all to you?
The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man.
The only way to settle questions of an ideological nature or controversial issues among the people is by the democratic method, the method of discussion, of criticism, of persuasion and education, and not by the method of coercion or repression.
One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.