Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.

-Mark Twain

When Knowledge Conquered Fear


“When Isaac Newton was born in this house in 1642, the world was very different. Everyone looked at the perfection of the clockwork motions of the planets in the sky and could only understand it as the work of a master clockmaker. How else to explain it? There was only one way such a thing could come about in their imagination. God. For reasons beyond our understanding, God just created the solar system that way. But that explanation is the closing of a door – it doesn’t lead to other questions.

With one foot still in the Middle Ages, Isaac Newton imagined the whole solar system. Newton’s laws of gravity and motion revealed how the sun held distant worlds captive. His laws swept away the need for a master clockmaker to explain the precision and beauty of the solar system. Gravity is the clockmaker. Newton’s answer to why the solar system is the way it is opened the way to an infinite number of questions.”

-Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Ep. 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear)