Tag: Quotations

JFK on the key to our future on earth

50 years ago today, John F. Kennedy spoke before congress and set a remarkable vision for the nation with the famous words, “This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

(Space.com has the full speech.)

Side note: $30 million for nuclear rockets? Interesting to see which aspects of Kennedy’s vision panned out — like the moon landing — and which didn’t.

Einstein on curiosity

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein

Somewhere underground
Contemplating the marvelous structure of reality, underground in New Zealand

Karl Marx on writers

“The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.”

National Library - Dublin

National Library, Dublin

“The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.”

Happy May Day!