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Lewis Thomas
(1913-1993) born on
Nov 25
English biologist, essayist. He translated the intricate mysteries of the Earth's biology into a series of finely crafted, award-winning essays.
         
   
F
It is from the progeny of this parent cell that we all take our looks; we still share genes around, and the resemblance of the enzymes of grasses to those of whales is in fact a family resemblance.

R
Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
A
Statistically, the probability of any of us being here is so small that you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in contented dazzlement of surprise.
N
The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.
K
It hurts the spirit, somehow, to read the word environments, when the plural means that there are so many alternatives there to be sorted through, as in a market, and voted on.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Lives of a Cell," Viking 74
R: The Medusa and the Snail, "On Thinking about Thinking" (1979).
A: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: The Lives of a Cell, "Natural Man" (1974).
   


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