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#MeNeither – “I’ve never met an ordinary woman”


“I’ve never met an ordinary woman”

Joseph Campbell


Arcimboldo’s Muse, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

“To the predators…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences. To the victims …I see you. I believe you …and I’m listening’ ”

— Viola Davis, Variety, October 2017


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“Winter… Something waits beneath it”

 

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

Andrew Wyeth, American, painter

 

The promise of seed, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved
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“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”

The story behind my painting “The Christmas Bridge”

A few years ago we had a unexpected snow storm on Christmas Eve.

Two weeks in the making, we had already sent invitations in advance to a host of our closest friends.  “Join us for a very special Christmas dinner!” we promised.

The storm as it turned was insurmountable and dangerous and so it became impossible for our friends to reach us.

And so we sat, the two of us, with a king’s ransom of dinner, lights, music, desserts and unopened gifts – feeling, well a bit empty. Our special evening didn’t seem quite so, well, special.

We sat, eggnogs calming, candles burning, the blue twilight casting something magical across the little bridge out the front window.


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The Christmas Bridge (a painting, PRINTS Here) – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

Nothing had changed really. The bridge into our house stood steadfast, waiting for our guests to arrive, not seeming concerned about the turn of events in the slightest. And it would, it promised, continue waiting each and every day. That was its purpose, its reason for being after all.


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

― Eric Hoffer


That evening we agreed that this small unassuming bridge represented, to us, friendship. Friendship which remains true whatever challenges come along.

I wish for each and every one of you (who have so kindly blessed me with your comments and visits) successful arithmetic this season. That you can find blessings to count. Perhaps even some that at first don’t seem especially so.

— Douglas

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

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Snowy Path – Douglas Moorezart, c 2017 all rights reserved

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


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To my friends – I’m safe for now!

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The fires are raging here in Southern California and for now my small rural mountain community is safe.

I’m without power for two days now (the public utility shut all power off for up to 5 days). I just drove 35 miles to reach the nearest WiFi at Starbuck’s so I could post this note.

I see my regularly pre-scheduled posts have been working the last few days but I only prepare a few days ahead. So if I seem to disappear you know the reason.

Thanks for your understanding. My family (including our much loved pets – Bella and Bruegel) is ready to make a swift exit should a fire start near us.

May you all be safe and happy and I thank you for being my friend and for your follow these last 4 years!

Douglas

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“privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

Myrrhiad, Photo: Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

Edward Snowden

 

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“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to…”

“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.”

-Italo Calvino

Promenade, copyright 2017, Douglas Moorezart, all rights reserved

 

 

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“a world where there are Octobers”

 

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Through The Island Forest by Douglas MooreZart – copyright 2016, all rights reserved. Original Fine Art Prints By Douglas MooreZart

 


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


In the mountains of southern California there is a lake with an island in its midst. Outside this island a majority of trees were consumed in a forest fire in 2003 (The infamous Cedar Fire).   Many of the trees had stood 200-300 or more years. But on the lake’s island you can still walk through a landscape of beautiful ancient oak and pine trees. On a fall day, as I walked the island’s edges, I came upon this spot-  a still standing glorious ancient survivor.  Autumn perfection – Fall color surrounds, the air is crisp and clear, migratory birds call above and the sun rests on the horizon.

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When they awoke each morning, they turned their teacups right side up saying “I’m still here!”

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“I was once told that certain spiritual masters in Tibet used to set their teacups upside down before they went to bed each night as a reminder that all life was impermanent.

Fall Equinox, original photo by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserve

And then, when they awoke each morning, they turned their teacups right side up again with the happy thought, ‘I’m still here!‘ This simple gesture was a wonderful reminder to celebrate every moment of the day.”

Susan Jeffers, Embracing Uncertainty


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“Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”

 

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Idyll- D. Moorezart c 2017, all rights reserved

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day… So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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“Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep”

The Blue Line, original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep”

— Rachel Brathen

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Emerald Twilight: “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

Emerald Twilight - mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart
Emerald Twilight – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

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“Take only memories,
leave nothing but footprints.”

-Chief Seattle

 


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” Will it be here… a place which will not elude us ? “

On the Edge – original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Will it be here that we shall find a place
which will not elude us, or which if it remains
does not exert on us a culpable attraction?

Or must we, leaning over the deck and
watching the shores glide by,
move forever onward?”

― André Gide, Urien’s Voyage
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“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which… “

Succulent Garden – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

 

“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”

-William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

 

 

 

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Missions of California: “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is …”

 

Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart
Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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” … but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”


Point Reyes, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“The fisherman knows that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”

— Vincent van Gogh


 

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“The cure for anything…”

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Wave, acrylic on paper, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

– Isak Dinesen


 

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“life’s fast pace slows”

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Blue Rose – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

As purple streaks the sky, life’s fast pace slows,
and day begins to drift into the night.
To one who stands alone my long gaze goes.
Unique and lovely is the bluest rose.

– Andrea Dietrich

 

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“in a world which is doing its best… to make you like everybody else”

Unnoticed – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“To be nobody but yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night
to make you like everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight
and never stop fighting.”

― E.E. Cummings

 

 

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“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness…”

Dark and Light - D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved
Dark and Light – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

– Mary Oliver


 

 

 

 

 

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“I discovered that my dream had become… my address.”

Sogno di Cartoline d’Italia– D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

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“When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become- incredibly, but quite simply- my address.”

Marcel Proust

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“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

 

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Coastal Ramblings – D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

— Stanley Kubrick

 

 

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“moments pass as though they wished to stay”

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Flaxen Ephemera – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….”

― Tennessee Williams, The Collected Poems

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“…we’ve no money for butter”

“…When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter”

— Jenny Joseph

Sage in my Garden - Douglas Moorezart, c 2015, prints: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/purple-garden-douglas-moorezart.html
Purple – Douglas Moorezart, c 2015


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“There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”

 

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Forest Light – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.


~Leonard Cohen

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No Turning Back

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Study/Stairs of Firenze – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.”

– J.R.R. Tolkein


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Suffering is Optional

Buddha Thoughts, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

–Buddha

 

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“summer to your heart”

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Summer to Your Heart, c 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

 

I know I am but summer to your heart (Sonnet XXVII)

I know I am but summer to your heart,
And not the full four seasons of the year;
And you must welcome from another part
Such noble moods as are not mine, my dear.
No gracious weight of golden fruits to sell
Have I, nor any wise and wintry thing;
And I have loved you all too long and well
To carry still the high sweet breast of Spring.
Wherefore I say: O love, as summer goes,
I must be gone, steal forth with silent drums,
That you may hail anew the bird and rose
When I come back to you, as summer comes.
Else will you seek, at some not distant time,
Even your summer in another clime.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

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Spanish Harlem

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Spanish Harlem – Douglas Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved


“Spanish Harlem”

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem

It is the special one, it’s never seen the sun
It only comes out when the moon is on the run
And all the stars are gleaming
It’s growing in the street
Right up through the concrete
But soft and sweet and dreaming

– Ben E. King


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“Music was my refuge”

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Street Musicians, D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

 

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

― Maya Angelou

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“I don’t enjoy surprises that compel me to renegotiate my relationship with the past.”


“I don’t enjoy surprises that compel me to renegotiate my relationship with the past.”

― Adib Khan, Spiral Road

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Resistance is Futile – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved
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“it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”

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Quiet Moments – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

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“All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”

— David Whyte

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“In still moments by the sea…we can see into ourselves.”

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The Path Down- Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.”

― Rolf Edberg

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“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will …”

Reticent Sunflower - Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved
Reticent Sunflower – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

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“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

– Aldous Huxley

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“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question”

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“What is the meaning of life? That was all-a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


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“Take care of all your memories”

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Beneath the Wisteria – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“Take care of all your memories.
For you cannot relive them”

— Bob Dylan



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“it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed”

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Autumn Afternoon – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out … it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

― Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

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“the two most beautiful words in the English language”

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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Henry James


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220 Years of Respite

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220 Years of Respite – D. Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

On my travels along the California coast this year I retreated from the 100 degree heat and the endless, unrelenting freeways into this otherworldly house of worship – the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, California.

Here it is cool and still and with one step past the threshold the outside world simply ceases to exist. Here time stands still and the rarefied ambiance of 220 years takes over my being. One lone man sits in midday prayer before me.

Some time later, my being in balance, I depart through the church doors and, as I do, I recall the opening lyrics of the Elton John song “60 Years On”.

Who’ll walk me down to church when I’m sixty years of age
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And señorita plays guitar, plays it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through.

— Bernie Taupin

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“We need hope, the sense of a future”

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Blue Hope – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

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“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings;

we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning,

understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns

in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need

freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves,

whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning

technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds,

to rise above our immediate surroundings.”

— Oliver Sacks

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“The sea answers all questions”

 

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Seaside –  Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“The sea answers all questions…

…and always in the same way; for when you read in the papers
the interminable discussions and the bickering and the
prognostications and the turmoil, the disagreements and the
fateful decisions and agreements and the plans and the
programs and the threats and the counter threats, then you
close your eyes and the sea dispatches one more big roller
in the unbroken line since the beginning of the world and it
combs and breaks and returns foaming and saying:
“So soon?”
— E. B. White, “On A Florida Key”

 

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After the Tourists are Gone

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After the Tourists are Gone – D. Moorezart, c 2016

“Once you have traveled…the mind can never break off from the journey.”

― Pat Conroy

“the trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry.”

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“the trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry.”

Billy Collins, poet


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“A page of good prose remains invincible.”

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“A page of good prose remains invincible.”

John Cheever, writer


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“In a society of criminals, the innocent man goes to jail.“

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“In a society of criminals, the innocent man goes to jail.“

Philip K. Dick, writer


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“All the things you can talk about in anyone’s work are the things that are least important.”

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“All the things you can talk about in anyone’s work are the things that are least important.”

Edward Gorey, author, illustrator


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“Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.”

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“Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.”

Julio Cortazar, Argentinian, writer, “Hopscotch, Blow-Up, We Love Glenda So Much”, p.508


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“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.”

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“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.”

Billy Collins, poet, writing


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“History is full of people who thought they were right — absolutely right, completely right, without a shadow of a doubt…. it is tempting for us to think the same.”

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“History is full of people who thought they were right — absolutely right, completely right, without a shadow of a doubt.

John Barrow

And because history never seems like history when you are living through it, it is tempting for us to think the same.”

John D. Barrow, physicist, cosmologist, mathematician, truth, Quotes for Now


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