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Hans Selye



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...if the task is important enough, lack of precedent makes the challenge only more alluring.

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...in real life scientists are full of imperfections that are tactfully eliminated from their obituaries and sometimes even from their biographies.
...If the story is to be honest, then the ugly must not be withheld.
Besides, how do we know that success in some spheres does not depend upon certain defects and even deformities. Qusimodo, in Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame, was one of literature's ugliest monsters. And yet, his twisted grotes...
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...it is more difficult to live for a cause than to die for it.
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...it is not the decibels of applause that count, but what you are applauded for and by whom.

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...to the Scientist, even the ugliest truth is more beautiful than the loveliest pretense.

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..a great deal of faith is needed for perseverance, because th farther we reach out from the commonplace into the unknown the more inaccessible our aim-- and the less understanding and support we can expect from others.

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A secret of NATURE, once revealed, permanently enriches humanity as a whole.

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Busy people have no time to worry even about major setbacks; the inactive fret themselves to while the time away.

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Egotism is the most characteristic, the most ancient, and the most essential property of life. All living beings, from the simplest amoeba to man, are of necessity closest to themselves and themost natural protectors of their own interests. ...Selfishness is natureal, yet it is ugly; we are so much repulsed by it that we try to deny its existence in ourselves. It is also dangerous to society. ...To me, even altruism is a modified form of egotism,...
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Every scientific discovery reveals new harmonies in the lawfulness of Nature for our passive enjoyment. But research is not a mere "spectator sport," the scientist actively participates in the unveiling of the enjoyable, and this tipe of activity is as close as the human mind can come to the process of creation.

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In general, original thinkers are especially sensitive to dullness, and resents being constantly grounded by the need to check its bearing through meticulous measurement. In fact, it has often been said that one of the most characteristic features of the exceptional genius is the rare combination of bold imagination with meticulous attention to detail in the objective verification of ideas.

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In order to be useful in science, imagination must be combined with a keen sense for what is important.

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In research, we soon learn that abstractions are often just as, or even more, effective than tangible individual facts.
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Intuition is the unconscious intelligence that leads to knowledge without reasoning or inferring. It is an immediate apprehension or cognition without rational thought. Intuition is the spark for all forms of originality, inventiveness and ingenuity. It It is the flash needed to connect conscious through with imagination. ...imagination is the unconscious power to mix facts in novel ways; while intuition is the gift of bringing usable dream-pictu...
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Looking at something infinitely greater than our conscious selves makes all our daily troubles appear to shrink by comparison. THere is an equanimity and a peace of mind which can be achieved only through contact with the sublime.

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Many more people can face failure than success. Adversity may even ennoble a man by bringing out the best in him, while fame degrades all but the greatest to the state of conceited authority symbols or, at best, reduces them to benigh patrons of the fameless.
Just as the work of talend leads to fame, so does fame lead talent away from work.
...Success also stultifies by the adulation it creates. Through fame the person becomes a personage. ...The...
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Pleasures are always impractical; they can lead us to no reward. They are the reward.

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The farther you advance into the unknown, the fewer fellow travelers reain with you. In the forefront of your advance, if it is really beyond the point that anyone else has reached, you are finally alone.

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The greater they are, the smaller the number of people whose recognition means something to them.

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The more manifestly sensible and practical a research project, the closer it is to the commonplace we already know. THus, paradoxically, knowledge about the seemingly most farfetched, impractical phenomena may prove the likeliest to yield novel basic information and to lead us to new heights of discovery. But usually this takes time, often much time. Basic research neither becomes nor ceases to be useful as soon as the applied kind.

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