„That kind of divine discontent comes from observing customers and noticing that things can always be better.“

—  Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos explains why Amazon doesn’t really care about its competitors http://www.geekwire.com/2013/interview-jeff-bezos-explains-amazon-focus-competitors/ 17 September, 2013.

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American entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Inc. 1964

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„Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (2013)
Context: Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you've never been. Once you've visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.

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„For to be discontented with the divine discontent, and to be ashamed with the noble shame, is the very germ and first upgrowth of all virtue.“

—  Charles Kingsley English clergyman, historian and novelist 1819 - 1875

Health and Education http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17437/17437-h/17437-h.htm, The Science of Health (1874).

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„My entire delight was in observing without being myself noticed,— if I could have been invisible, all the better.“

—  John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900

Praeterita, volume I, chapter IX (1885-1889).
Context: My entire delight was in observing without being myself noticed,— if I could have been invisible, all the better. I was absolutely interested in men and their ways, as I was interested in marmots and chamois, in tomtits and trout. If only they would stay still and let me look at them, and not get into their holes and up their heights! The living inhabitation of the world — the grazing and nesting in it, — the spiritual power of the air, the rocks, the waters, to be in the midst of it, and rejoice and wonder at it, and help it if I could, — happier if it needed no help of mine, — this was the essential love of Nature in me, this the root of all that I have usefully become, and the light of all that I have rightly learned.

„What the hell kind of conclusion can you come to there? The most important thing, from the patient's perspective, they don't talk about.“

—  John Bonica Anesthesiologist; pioneer in pain management 1917 - 1994

After having read 14,000 pages of medical textbooks and finding only 7 1/2 pages mentioning "pain," as quoted by Latif Nasser, "The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief" (2015) TED Talks

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„There's a part of me making, creating the perceptions which in everyday life would be bizarre; there's another part of me which is a kind of observer. About half of the pleasure comes from the observer-part appreciating the work of the creator-part.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

Essay as "Mr. X" (1969)
Context: There's a part of me making, creating the perceptions which in everyday life would be bizarre; there's another part of me which is a kind of observer. About half of the pleasure comes from the observer-part appreciating the work of the creator-part. I smile, or sometimes even laugh out loud at the pictures on the insides of my eyelids. In this sense, I suppose cannabis is psychotomimetic, but I find none of the panic or terror that accompanies some psychoses. Possibly this is because I know it's my own trip, and that I can come down rapidly any time I want to.

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„These things are but toys, to come amongst such serious observations.“

—  Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626

The Essays Or Counsels, Civil And Moral, Of Francis Ld. Verulam Viscount St. Albans (1625), Of Masks and Triumphs

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„The Courts can take no notice of anything but what comes judicially before them.“

—  Joseph Yates (judge) English barrister and judge 1722 - 1770

Rex v. Wilkes (1769), 4 Burr. Part IV., 2533.

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„Whatever Forms or Ceremonies spring
From Custom's Force, there lies the real Thing“

—  John Byrom Poet, inventor of a shorthand system 1692 - 1763

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Context: Religion's Meaning when I would recall,
Love is to me the plainest Word of all.
Plainest, — because that what I love, or hate,
Shews me directly my internal State;
By its own Consciousness is best defin'd
Which way the Heart within me stands inclin'd. On what it lets its Inclination rest,
To that its real Worship is address'd;
Whatever Forms or Ceremonies spring
From Custom's Force, there lies the real Thing;
Jew, Turk or Christian be the Lover's Name,
If same the Love, Religion is the same.

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„Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed.“

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

Objecting to the placing of observables at the heart of the new quantum mechanics, during Heisenberg's 1926 lecture at Berlin; related by Heisenberg, quoted in Unification of Fundamental Forces (1990) by Abdus Salam ISBN 0521371406
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