„What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.“

Christian Science Monitor (21 July 1971)

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„And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations.
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—  David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger 1947 - 2016

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But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence.
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