"It's up to brave hearts, sir, to be patient when things are going badly as well as being happy when they're going well .... For I've heard that what they call Fortune is a flighty woman who drinks too much, and, what is more, she's blind, so she can't see what she's doing, and she doesn't know who she's knocking over and who she's raising up." from 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes
Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air and deep beneath the rolling waves, in labyrinths of coral caves, The echo of a distant tide comes willowing across the sand and everything is green and submarine...
At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes--an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.
This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense. -- Carl Sagan