Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 – 20 hindsight. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been. It’s good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can’t tell you where you ought to go.
I did not want to write one of those sequels that famous first-book authors get into where everybody says, ‘Oh yeah.’
Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.
The solutions all are simple – after you have arrived at them. But they’re simple only when you know already what they are.
I really don’t mind dying because I figure I haven’t wasted this life.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.
People are all at sixes and sevens with each other. They’re always quarreling. They never somehow resolve anything.
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.