„I am thrilled to be alive at time when humanity is pushing against the limits of understanding. Even better, we may eventually discover that there are no limits.“

Source: The God Delusion

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English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941

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„Understanding the limitations of human beings is the beginning of wisdom.“

—  Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930

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„Push your limit to the absolute extreme.“

—  Gordon Ramsay British chef, writer and TV presenter 1966

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„People are afraid. In the 1960s and 1970s we pushed the limits farther.“

—  Terry Gilliam American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe 1940

Context: I am quite bored nowadays. I don't know if it's age and the fact that I have seen so many things and am less surprised, or whether the problem is truly the content. But things have been repeating themselves for 30-40 years already. It seems to me that there is no desire to push the envelope or even to peek there. People are afraid. In the 1960s and 1970s we pushed the limits farther. More attention was paid to what was going on around.
Television and the media are everywhere and they are taking over so powerfully. They don't shut up for a second. So you are unable to think. It is very difficult to think independently when you are surrounded by all that noise. What I most aspire to is to be alone. Not lonely, but alone. To stop all this noise. That is what I do when I go to Umbria. There is no television there, no telephone.
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„At electric speed, all forms are pushed to the limits of their potential.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

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„He may also believe in the existence of the ideal limit of knowledge and that it is approached by the human mind. He may call this ideal limit the objective truth.“

—  Albert Einstein, book The Evolution of Physics

The Evolution of Physics (1938) (co-written with Leopold Infeld) <!-- later published by Simon & Schuster (1967) -->
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Context: Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way of opening the case. If he is ingenious he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations. He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility or the meaning of such a comparison. But he certainly believes that, as his knowledge increases, his picture of reality will become simpler and simpler and will explain a wider and wider range of his sensuous impressions. He may also believe in the existence of the ideal limit of knowledge and that it is approached by the human mind. He may call this ideal limit the objective truth.

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„When you come after Americans, we go after you. It may take time, but we have long memories, and our reach has no limit.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

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„The world is my world: this is manifest in the fact that the limits of language (of that language which alone I understand) mean the limits of my world.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

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Context: This remark provides the key to the problem, how much truth there is in solipsism. For what the solipsist means is quite correct; only it cannot be said, but makes itself manifest. The world is my world: this is manifest in the fact that the limits of language (of that language which alone I understand) mean the limits of my world. (5.62)

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„But every person must have the desire to push oneself to the limit!“

—  Liu Qiangdong Chinese businessman 1973

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„For the first time I am working on a book that is not limited and that will take every bit of experience and thought and feeling that I have.“

—  John Steinbeck American writer 1902 - 1968

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„Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

1940s, A History of Western Philosophy (1945)

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„Mere intellectuals can never understand me through their intellect. If I am the Highest of the High, it becomes impossible for the intellect to gauge me, nor is it possible for my ways to be fathomed by the limited human mind.“

—  Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969

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I am not to be attained by those who, loving me, stand reverently by in rapt admiration. I am not for those who ridicule me and point at me with contempt. To have a crowd of tens of millions flocking around me is not what I am for.

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