„[Science] was a human heritage] belonging neither to the East or the West.“

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Science and National Consciousness in Bengal: 1870-1930

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Jagadish Chandra Bose17
Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist and archae… 1858 - 1937

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—  Stephen Spender English poet and man of letters 1909 - 1995

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Context: I am for neither West nor East, but for myself considered as a self — one of the millions who inhabit the earth... If it seems absurd that an individual should set up as a judge between these vast powers, armed with their superhuman instruments of destruction I can reply that the very immensity of the means to destroy proves that judging and being judged does not lie in these forces. For supposing that they achieved their utmost and destroyed our civilization, whoever survived would judge them by a few statements. a few poems, a few témoignages [testimonies] surviving from all the ruins, a few words of those men who saw outside and beyond the means which were used and all the arguments which were marshaled in the service of those means.
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„The Philippines is in a strategic position. It is both East and West, right and left, rich and poor. We are neither here nor there.“

—  Imelda Marcos Former First Lady of the Philippines 1929

At a press conference, on why the Manila Film Festival should be held in Manila, cited in Ang Katipunan (February 1982).

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„More and more it is becoming evident that what the West can most readily give to the East is its science and its scientific outlook.“

—  Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947

Source: 1920s, Science and the Modern World (1925), Ch. 1: "The Origins of Modern Science"
Context: More and more it is becoming evident that what the West can most readily give to the East is its science and its scientific outlook. This is transferable from country to country, and from race to race, wherever there is a rational society.

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„The West is eveningland, the East morningland.“

—  Anthony Burgess English writer 1917 - 1993

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„The world is a sphere, there is no East or West.“

—  Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957

“ No Fake: An Interview with Ai Weiwei http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2010/08/no_fake_an_inte.html.” Portland Art, September 8, 2010.
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„Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;“

—  Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of East and West

The Ballad of East and West (1889).
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Context: Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, border, nor breed, nor birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

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„If you want to go east, don't go west.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

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„From north to south, from east to west.“

—  Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas French writer 1544 - 1590

First Week, Second Day. Compare: "From north to south, from east to west", William Shakespeare, A Winter's Tale, act i. sc. 2.
La Semaine; ou, Création du monde (1578)

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„I crossed Africa from East to West and from West to East, and I never saw any excesses committed. I do not think that from this point of view there is a single sovereign living who has done so much for humanity as Leopold II.“

—  Henry Morton Stanley Welsh journalist and explorer 1841 - 1904

Brief of Henry I. Kowalsky, of the New York bar, attorney and counsellor to Leopold II. https://archive.org/details/briefofhenryikow00kowa/page/28/mode/2up

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„We all know that sun rises in the east and sets in the west, and earth spins on its axis from west to east. But on that day my jet plan was at 60 degree latitude near Greenland and the plane exceeded the speed of rotation of the earth on its axis so the sun was found moving from west towards east.“

—  Jayant Narlikar Indian physicist 1938

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„The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.“

—  Martin Buber German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian 1878 - 1965

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„Oh, the little birds sang east, and the little birds sang west.“

—  Elizabeth Barrett Browning English poet, author 1806 - 1861

Toll Slowly; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„The East and the West are not so sharply divided as the alarmists would make us believe.“

—  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President and the second President of India 1888 - 1975

Kalki : or The Future of Civilization (1929)
Context: The East and the West are not so sharply divided as the alarmists would make us believe. The products of spirit and intelligence, the positive sciences, the engineering techniques, the governmental forms, the legal regulations, the administrative arrangements, and the economic institutions are binding together peoples of varied cultures and bringing them into closer reciprocal contact. The world today is tending to function as one organism.
The outer uniformity has not, however, resulted in an inner unity of mind and spirit. The new nearness into which we are drawn has not meant increasing happiness and diminishing friction, since we are not mentally and spiritually prepared for the meeting. Maxim Gorky relates how, after addressing a peasant audience on the subject of science and the marvels of technical inventions, he was criticized by a peasant spokesman in the following words : "Yes, we are taught to fly in the air like birds, and to swim in the water like the fishes, but how to live on the earth we do not know."
Among the races, religions, and nations which live side by side on the small globe, there is not that sense of fellowship necessary for good life. They rather feel themselves to be antagonistic forces. Though humanity has assumed a uniform outer body, it is still without a single animating spirit. The world is not of one mind. … The provincial cultures of the past and the present have not always been loyal to the true interests of the human race. They stood for racial, religious, and political monopolies, for the supremacy of men over women and of the rich over the poor. Before we can build a stable civilization worthy of humanity as a whole, it is necessary that each historical civilization should become conscious of its limitations and it's unworthiness to become the ideal civilization of the world.

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„There will be great winds by reason of which things of the East will become things of the West“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (1883), XX Humorous Writings
Context: There will be great winds by reason of which things of the East will become things of the West; and those of the South, being involved in the course of the winds, will follow them to distant lands.

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„Better, the perfect, easy discipline of the swallows dip and swoop, without east or west.“

—  Gary Snyder American poet 1930

On open form poetry in "Some Yips & Barks in the Dark" in Naked Poetry : Recent American Poetry in Open Forms (1976) edited by Stephen Berg

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„Wherever we look to the east or the west, Britain will always be our friend.“

—  Tunku Abdul Rahman Malaysian politician 1903 - 1990

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„The really good music, whether of the East or of the West, cannot be analyzed.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Interview with Rabindranath Tagore (14 April 1930), published in The Religion of Man (1930) by Rabindranath Tagore, p. 222, and in The Tagore Reader (1971) edited by Amiya Chakravarty
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