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Is it absurd to imagine that our social behavior,
by Albert Claude

Is it absurd to imagine that our social behavior,
from amoeba to man, is also planned and dictated,
from stored information, by the cells? And that the
time has come for men to be entrusted with the task,
through heroic efforts, of bringing life to other worlds?
- Albert Claude

The cell, over the billions of years of her life,
has covered the earth many times with her substance,
found ways to control herself and her environment,
and insure her survival.
- Albert Claude

Small bodies, about half a micron in diameter,
and later referred to under the name of 'mitochondria'
were detected under the light microscope as early as 1894.
- Albert Claude

As far as I remember, even younger than eight,
I have always been guided by reason.
Not cold reason, but that which leads to the truth,
to the real, and to sane Justice.
- Albert Claude

 

Man has now become an adjunct to perfect and carry forward these conquests.
- Albert Claude

We have entered the cell, the Mansion of our birth,
and started the inventory of our acquired wealth.
- Albert Claude

When I went to the University, the medical school was
the only place where one could hope to find the means to study life,
its nature, its origins, and its ills.
- Albert Claude

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No doubt, man will continue to weigh and to measure,
watch himself grow, and his Universe around him and with him,
according to the ever growing powers of his tools.
- Albert Claude

For the resolving powers of our scientific instruments decide,
at a given moment, of the size and the vision of our Universe,
and of the image we then make of ourselves.
- Albert Claude

It is the cells which create and maintain in us,
during the span of our lives, our will to live and survive,
to search and experiment, and to struggle.
- Albert Claude

This attempt to isolate cell constituents might have
been a failure if they had been destroyed by the relative
brutality of the technique employed.
But this did not happen.
- Albert Claude

Once Ptolemy and Plato, yesterday Newton,
today Einstein, and tomorrow new faiths,
new beliefs, and new dimensions.
- Albert Claude

Man, like other organisms, is so perfectly coordinated
that he may easily forget,
whether awake or asleep, that he is a colony of cells in action,
and that it is the cells which achieve,
through him, what he has the illusion of accomplishing himself.
- Albert Claude

For over two billion years, through the apparent fancy
of her endless differentiations and metamorphosis the Cell,
as regards its basic physiological mechanisms,
has remained one and the same.
It is life itself, and our true and distant ancestor.
- Albert Claude

Looking back 25 years later, what I may say is that
the facts have been far better than the dreams.
In the long course of cell life on this earth it remained,
for our age for our generation, to receive the full
ownership of our inheritance.
- Albert Claude

This familiarity with a respected physician and my
appreciation of his work,
or the tragedy I experienced with the long,
tormented agony and death of my mother might have influenced
me in wanting to study medicine.
It was not the case.
- Albert Claude

But, in the name of the experimental method and out of our poor knowledge,
are we really entitled to claim that everything happens by chance,
to the exclusion of all other possibilities?
- Albert Claude

For this equilibrium now in sight, let us trust that mankind,
as it has occurred in the greatest periods of its past,
will find for itself a new code of ethics,
common to all, made of tolerance, of courage,
and of faith in the Spirit of men.
- Albert Claude

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

People will do anything, no matter how absurd,
to avoid facing their own souls.
- Carl Jung

How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself.
Everybody should try it.
- Barbara Pym

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In comedy, something may be more absurd,
but you have to believe just as much as you do when you're doing drama.
- Jenna Elfman

How absurd men are!
They never use the liberties they have,
they demand those they do not have.
They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I'm definitely a centrist and feel like both parties can be absurd.
- Brad Bird

I don't know.
I think it's funny!
I think it's funny!
I go, what? It's so absurd.
I'm alone.
- Danny DeVito

I became intrigued with colour theory.
The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute,
a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season,
amused me.
- John Barton

The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.
- Denis Diderot

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
- Albert Camus

When people conclude that all is futile,
then the absurd becomes the norm.
- Stanley Crouch

The manufacture of desire isn't at the heart -
if it isn't absurd to speak of a heart -
of the media torrent.
Chronic dissatisfaction is at the heart of the matter.
- Todd Gitlin

Firing off 1,000 or 500 or 2,000 nuclear warheads on
a few minutes' consideration has always struck me as
an absurd way to go to war.
- William Odom

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist
puts order into it is a very absurd point of view,
I think.
All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
- Willem de Kooning

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly.
The histories of all popular governments show absurd
is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties.
- Franklin Pierce

When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd
it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions.
- Morrie Schwartz

My husband does so many romantic things for me,
it's absurd.
- Jennifer Beals

It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman
all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs
several violins to play the same piece of music.
- Honore de Balzac

You oughtn't to yield to temptation.
Well, somebody must, or the thing becomes absurd.
- Anthony Hope

That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd,
as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever
entered into the head of mortal man.
- George Berkeley

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
- Anatole France

After 50, the rock 'n' roll road is a little absurd.
It's very difficult to play these little places.
You're out there on a rickety old bus with no place to shower.
- Nancy Sinatra

It's come to the point where you have people saying
it's our Christian duty to embrace the homosexual movement.
This is absurd.
- Randall Terry

I was always ready to leave England for some absurd reason.
- Claire Forlani

Success is an absurd, erratic thing.
She arrives when one least expects her and after she
has come may depart again almost because of a whim.
- Alice Foote MacDougall

Solitude gives birth to the original in us,
to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry.
But also, it gives birth to the opposite:
to the perverse,
the illicit, the absurd.
- Thomas Mann

There's so much absurdity.
Poverty is so absurd.
- Frank McCourt

Now it would be as absurd to deny the existence of God,
because we cannot see him, as it would be to deny the
existence of the air or wind,
because we cannot see it.
- Adam Clarke

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Treating your audience like thieves is absurd.
Anyone who chooses to listen to our music becomes a collaborator.
- Jeff Tweedy

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
I think it's in my basement...
let me go upstairs and check.
- M. C. Escher

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect.
There is something absurd about these gloomy young
men getting together and banging away.
- Robert Wyatt

I think somehow you need to get to a certain point
in your life where the notion of failure is absurd.
- Jeff Tweedy

Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought
to class people as static and dynamic.
- Evelyn Waugh

The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of
the theatre of the absurd:
the poor king;
truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions -
even parading without a permit!
- David Kirk

Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
- Elizabeth Goudge

In the best farce to-day we start with some absurd
premise as to character or situation,
but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending.
- George P. Baker

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same
woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed;
such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to
aim at making proselytes by fire and sword.
Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
- Alexander Hamilton

My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view,
that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.
- Lord Byron

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
- Thomas A. Edison

Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd.
- Daniel Berrigan

The logic of the heart is absurd.
- Julie de Lespinasse

The film business is absurd.
Stars don't last very long.
It's much more interesting to be a proper actor.
- Tom Courtenay

It is absurd to look for perfection.
- Camille Pissarro

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover;
it is kept alive by hope and fear,
by childish faith, and by cowardice.
- Clarence Darrow

Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position;
denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.
- Annie Besant

The history of thought may be summed up in these words:
it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
- Paul Valery

It is certain that the study of human psychology,
if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons,
would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes
led to extraordinary success.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd.
- Voltaire


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