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"Ambitious, absorbing, and poignantly moving." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding." - William Arthur Ward

"The persistence of an all-absorbing idea is terrible." - Victor Hugo

"Life without absorbing occupation is hell; joy consists in forgetting life." - Elbert Hubbard

"The future isn't so much about absorbing or tolerating change, it's about making change." - Seth Godin

"The essence of forgiveness is absorbing pain instead of giving it." - Timothy Keller

"For every seeing soul, there are two absorbing facts - I, and the abyss." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every autobiography ... becomes an absorbing work of fiction, with something of the charm of a cryptogram." - H L Mencken

"The love of science to rival the love of woman, in its depth and absorbing energy." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experiences." - Paul Newman

"Life without absorbing occupation is hell - joy consists in forgetting life." - Elbert Hubbard

"The young people were playing that still more absorbing game in which hearts are always trumps." - Louisa May Alcott

"The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing passion to create something distinctive and unique." - Hattie Mcdaniel

"The adult relation to books is one of absorbing rather than being absorbed." - Anthony Burgess

"Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Inside you're like some kind of mirror, reflecting everything without absorbing it." - Arthur J. Deikman

"Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience." - Jeanpaul Sartre

"I'm a fan of retracing the facts and absorbing my atmosphere and being influenced by it." - Lindi Ortega

"Perfect self-expression will never be labor, but of such absorbing interest that it will seem almost like play." - Florence Scovel Shinn

"No longer must government be allowed to ride roughshod, absorbing the people's wealth, usurping their rights, and crushing their spirit." - Ronald Reagan

"I've always been a sponge, just absorbing whatever I see, whether it's in daily life or in art." - Tomi Ungerer

"I"ve always been a sponge, just absorbing whatever I see, whether it's in daily life or in art." - Tomi Ungerer

"Generally, my writing is influenced by living, by absorbing everything that happens to me and my actions." - Graham Nash

"In any case, A New Kind of Science is a wonderful book, and I'm still absorbing its teachings." - Rudy Rucker

"Facebook has focused on the conversation, but not really on absorbing the Web into its walled garden." - David Rusenko

"Where does the ego get its energy? The ego feeds off your desire to be something else. You are poor and you want to be rich - the ego is absorbing energy, its life-breath. You are ignorant and you want to become a wise one - the ego is absorbing energy. You are a wretched nobody and you want to become powerful - the ego is absorbing energy." - Rajneesh

"Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation." - Winston Churchill

"Wherever we can multiply our forces and our civilizational efforts, absorbing other elements, no law can prohibit us from doing so, as such actions are our duty." - Roman Dmowski

"A profound dislike for merely absorbing knowledge and a compulsion to learn by doing are among the most reliable signs of genius." - Sylvia Nasar

"The short story ... is the most democratic of all the arts; anyone may tell a story, and if it is an absorbing one someone will listen." - Hallie Burnett

"Some of the most relaxing weekends I have ever enjoyed were those I spent quietly with a sense of all work to date completed, and an absorbing mystery." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"In the hands of Science and indomitable energy, results the most gigantic and absorbing may be wrought out by skilful combinations of acknowledged data and the simplest means." - George Biddell Airy

"Clever, witty and absorbing, Amortality is a much-needed anatomy of our profound malaise about ageing. Its charms will never fade." - David Baddiel

"Is the mean temperature of the ground in any way influenced by the presence of heat-absorbing gases in the atmosphere?" - Svante Arrhenius

"Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages." - William J. Brennan

"Utterly absorbing.... If you did not have the opportunity to witness the Soviet empire in its death throes, Lenin's Tomb will take you there." - Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

"Charles Sumner's mind had reached the calm of WATER which receives and reflects images without absorbing them; it contains nothing but itself." - Henry Adams

"There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Virginity, like all monstrosities, possesses special riches and its own absorbing grandeur. Among the chaste, life forces are economized and thus gain in resistance and durability." - Honore De Balzac

"Possibly the whole creative whirlwind of any musician's life is based on garnering and developing and absorbing more and more experience." - Robert Plant

"The artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs." - Romare Bearden

"For the High Achievers, Studying Gave Them The Pleasing, Absorbing Challenge of Flow Percent of the Hours They Spent as It." - Daniel Goleman

"Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens is an enthralling concoction of history and magic, an absorbing, richly detailed, and heart-wrenching reimagining of a timeless fairytale." - Jennifer Chiaverini

"Sleeping in Eden is intense and absorbing from the very first page. Written in lovely prose, two seemingly different storylines collide in a shocking conclusion." - Heather Gudenkauf

"Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens is an enthralling concoction of history and magic, an absorbing, richly detailed, and heart-wrenching reimagining of a timeless fairytale." - Jennifer Chiaverini

"I saw literature as a fantasy, no less absorbing for all its irrelevance - a parallel life, as dreams shadow waking but never intersect it." - Edmund White

"In the now, time ceases to exist and we experience a presence that is all-absorbing, completely at peace, and totally satisfying." - Deepak Chopra

"Maybe some things that weren't so great were said about the Irish when they came. But Americans've done well by absorbing immigrants and it's made our nation stronger." - Tim Kaine

"Making art for me is not fun in the sense of la, la, la, la, but it's something that I find very absorbing and very satisfying." - Nell Irvin Painter

"Sumner's mind had reached the calm of water which receives and reflects images without absorbing them; it contained nothing but itself." - Henry Adams

"Scanning the newspapers and absorbing with a mixture of incredulity and indignation the enormities they report, I conclude that what England lacks today is, quite simply, sense." - Paul Johnson

"Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays... are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation." - Winston Churchill

"This (writing) is the love of your life. It's what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling." - Martin Amis

"Nothing could moderate, in the bosom of the great English middle class, their passionate, absorbing, almost blood-thirsty clinging to life." - Matthew Arnold

"Children, in a way, are constant learners. Certainly sponge-like. Absorbing everything without careful analysis, even though, at the same time, they are certainly capable of incredible insights." - Yoyo Ma

"Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It's about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life." - Shakuntala Devi

"Bravo's 'Real Housewives' series isn't just entertainment for devoted fans like me - it's an entire all-absorbing universe of pride and passion." - Camille Paglia

"For me, the most absorbing films are those that address big questions and real ideas but embody them in small examples that we can appreciate and comprehend." - Lisa Randall

"Children, in a way, are constant learners. Certainly sponge-like. Absorbing everything without careful analysis, even though, at the same time, they are certainly capable of incredible insights." - Yo-Yo Ma

"You may feel a sensation of floating. You may see colors, maybe no phenomena, it doesn't matter. You are absorbing power." - Frederick Lenz

"The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence." - George Eliot

"When I was 18 I was just absorbing everything around me: whatever happens, happens. I was so naive and willing to ride whatever wave life threw at me." - Paul Wesley

"Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages." - William J Brennan Jr

"Absorbing and haunting! BOGEYMAN spills creepily across the page with Steve Jackson's hellacious verve and insight, reminding us there are few better explorers of the American berserk." - Ron Franscell

"There's something to be learned by listening and absorbing and watching before you start telling the people who have been there how to rearrange chairs." - Anne Northup

"But man is above all a social and political animal; his relations with his fellow human beings form his most absorbing and important interest." - Logan Pearsall Smith

"In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them." - Mark Twain

"The heart of assimilation process of absorbing minorities lies in the self-image of a nation. There are, as you will know, big differences for instance between the self-image of the French and the English. And the Germans, in accordance with their rather chequered history, had at least in the past very little capacity for absorbing minorities." - Norbert Elias

"The Christian church has a long history of gradually absorbing scientific perspectives and new discoveries. It seems to me that, in fact, that has been one of the strengths of Christianity - it has ultimately had great flexibility in absorbing new information about the world that we get from science." - George Coyne

"~I've learned the value of absorbing the moment. I remember the first time Ripley saw her shadow. My God, it was like shadows had just been invented. It was the most exquisite moment.~" - Thandie Newton

"Other duties become pressing and absorbing and crowd our prayer. "Choked to death" would be the coroner's verdict in many cases of dead praying if an inquest could be secured on this dire, spiritual calamity." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations." - Black Elk

"In anything fit to be called by the name of reading, the process itself should be absorbing and voluptuous; we should gloat over a book, be rapt clean out of ourselves." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"I remember the days of my youth when everything was new and bright; when the mind was always questing, searching, absorbing; when the pain of love was so acute it could suffocate, and the days when joy was delirious." - Jennifer Worth

"I have learned that in a long life we all eventually play the part of the betrayed, and we all eventually play the part of the betrayer, and neither is pleasant because both roles involve pain, inflicting or absorbing it." - Robert Wagner

"I've found you can go on writing in the dark, and that the act of writing itself, that mysterious, dangerous, intoxicating, absorbing, nourishing magician's trick, that act of creation is its own light." - Janette Turner Hospital

"...feminism never harmed anybody unless it was some feminists. The danger is that the study and contemplation of "ourselves" may become so absorbing that it builds by slow degrees a high wall that shuts out the great world of thought." - Rheta Childe Dorr

"An epic subject requires a writer of epic skill and scope, and we have a perfect pairing in Cleopatra and Stacy Schiff. Absorbing and illuminating, this new biography will endure." - Jon Meacham

"I've found that writing novels is an all-absorbing experience - both physical and mental - and I have to do it every day in order to keep the rhythm, to keep myself focused on what I'm doing." - Paul Auster

"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it all in at once." - Audrey Hepburn

"I don't think you can become an outstanding runner unless you get a certain amount of enjoyment out of the suffering. You have to enjoy absorbing it, controlling it, and - ultimately - overcoming it." - Derek Clayton

"Looking back, I underestimated the risks. The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly. Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought then" - Nicholas Stern

"You and your opponent are one. There is a coexisting relationship between you. You coexist with your opponent and become his complement, absorbing his attack and using his force to overcome him." - Bruce Lee

"Knowing that conscious decisions and personal memory are much too small a place to live, every human being streams at night into the loving nowhere, or during the day, in some absorbing work." - Rumi

"Life, Steffi has learned, carries on around the pain, making room for it, absorbing it until it becomes part of the daily fabric, wrapping itself around you and lodging itself in your heart." - Jane Green

"Babies breathe a lot more rapidly than adults do, and what's more, they're also growing quickly and so they're absorbing lots more into the body and they're more fragile in terms of development and so on." - Francis Thompson

"The age of printed pamphlets and political essays has long since been replaced by television, a distracting and absorbing medium which seems determined to entertain itself more than it informs and educates." - Al Gore

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand." - Henry James

"While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson's ELANTRIS does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well." - L.E. Modesitt Jr.

"There is in the child a special kind of sensitivity which leads him to absorb everything about him, and it is this work of observing and absorbing that alone enables him to adapt himself to life" - Maria Montessori

"There is a time of life somewhere between the sullen fugues of adolescence and the retrenchments of middle age when human nature becomes so absolutely absorbing one wants to be in the city constantly, even at the height of summer." - Edward Hoagland

"The ability to work hard for days on end without losing focus is a talent. The ability to keep absorbing new information after many hours of study is a talent." - Garry Kasparov

"Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence." - Barbara Marciniak

"I was absorbing a sorry truth of show business - rejection is the norm and acceptance the oddity. I was learning to cut the tops off my highs and stay with the lows where the rejections and letdowns would be shallow." - Joan Rivers

"I do not find fault with equality for drawing men into the pursuit of forbidden pleasures, but for absorbing them entirely in the search for the pleasures that are permitted." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"Faith is mind at its best, its bravest, and its fiercest. Faith is thought become poetry, and absorbing into itself the soul's great, passions. Faith is intellect carried up to its transfigurement." - Charles Henry Parkhurst

"music is the most absorbing of all the arts. It absorbs the mind of the artist, whether creator or executant, to the exclusion of every other consideration outside his own immediate necessities or desires." - Baroness Orczy

"giving the utmost of herself to three absorbing interests [marriage, motherhood, career] ... was a problem for a superwoman, and a job for a superwoman, and only some such fabled being could have accomplished it with success." - Storm Jameson

"Absorbing the fact that sometimes, people do cut you slack and forgive you and want you anyway. Sometimes they do. And when they do, even if it's not a happy ending, it is delicious" - E. Lockhart

"Scientifically speaking, a butterfly is at least as mysterious as a superstring. When something ceases to be mysterious, it ceases to be of absorbing concern to scientists. Almost all the things scientists think and dream about are mysterious." - Freeman Dyson

"Love lieth deep; Love dwells not in lip-depths; Love laps his wings on either side the heart Absorbing all the incense of sweet thoughts, So that they pass not to the shrine of sound." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation-the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing-is essential for high levels of creativity." - Daniel H Pink

"I don't really feel pressure. I'm so distracted by what we're doing; I'm doing this four-acre project, it's just absorbing all my attention. Before you know it we're onto the next project, and so on and so forth." - Tavares Strachan

"Camel caravans bear witness guns to Caesar. Hordes crawl and seep inside the walls. The streets flow stone. Life goes on absorbing war. Violence kills the temple of no sex." - Jim Morrison

"Pure mathematics is the world's best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It's free. It can be played anywhere - Archimedes did it in a bathtub." - Richard J. Trudeau

"As an actor, I think every moment in your life is giving you a new set of tools. You're constantly absorbing new information that you can put back onto the screen." - Charlie Day

"One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God." - Bonar Law

"I don't want to go on being a root in the dark, vacillating, stretched out, shivering with sleep, downward, in the soaked guts of the earth, absorbing and thinking, eating each day." - Pablo Neruda

"People are still encouraged to marry as if they could count on marriage being for life, and at the same time they are absorbing a knowledge of the great frequency of divorce." - Margaret Mead

"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once." - Audrey Hepburn

"As I stood there absorbing Hammett's novel, the slot machines at the back of the shop were clanking and whirring, and in the billiard room upstairs the perpetual poker game was being played." - Ross Macdonald

"Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!" - Edna Ferber

"Realizing that we've surrendered our self-esteem to others and choosing to be accountable for our own self-worth would mean absorbing the terrifying fact that we're always vulnerable to pain and loss." - Martha Beck

"I never really saw my dad around when the Iron Maiden and the AC/DC were playing. But he knew what I was doing. I was just absorbing music. So he just kind of left me to my own devices." - Dhani Harrison

"We didn't start out to make a protest record at all. That would have been too shallow. As usual, it was simply a case of absorbing what's going on around us." - Thom Yorke

"I listen to lots of music, especially Bach, opera (all periods), German lieder, chamber music, and rock, old and new. I can't listen to music while I write. It's too absorbing." - Cheryl Mendelson

"Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God." - Felix Mendelssohn

"Colleges do not merely offer preparation for the future; they occupy four years of a student's life, and an institution should do what it can to make these years absorbing and enjoyable." - Derek Bok

"The fact that I wasn't expected to read music at all and was absorbing everything by ear... it had a huge affect on the kind of musician that I became." - Andrew Bird

"I spent the first 22 years of my life absorbing everything, like a big disgusting cell, and now I'm disgorging it with jokes added out into the world. That's a really gross metaphor." - Mallory Ortberg

"Just to paint is great fun. The colours are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out. Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing." - Winston Churchill

"Like all rice, black rice is great at absorbing flavours, but it's just as happy to act as a satiny bed for a poached egg, say, if you want to keep things simple." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"The absence of God in most spheres of life is perceived to be normal, and even Christians feel it as normal - which is why absorbing the culture all around us and its priorities is so dangerous." - John Piper

"It is important to monitor your mind constantly. This is particularly important if you are studying with an enlightened teacher, because you are absorbing tremendous power from the teacher." - Frederick Lenz

"There was about six months when I was absorbing other stuff and not drawing very much. After a long period of not drawing, you have to, like, relearn how to draw. It's not very fun." - Bryan Lee O'Malley

"I bless the gods for not letting my education in rhetoric, poetry, and other literary studies come easily to me, and thereby sparing me from an absorbing interest in these subjects." - Marcus Aurelius

"With speed skating, it's like doing one-legged squats over and over again, with that one leg absorbing more than 80 percent of your weight. It takes an enormous amount of strength, and you're in such a weird position." - Apolo Ohno

"And yet I am happy. Yes, happy. I swear. I swear that I am happy...What does it matter that I am a bit cheap, a bit foul, and that no one appreciates all the remarkable things about me-my fantasy, my erudition, my literary gift...I am happy that I can gaze at myself, for any man is absorbing-yes, really absorbing! ... I am happy-yes, happy!" - Vladimir Nabokov

"When you start witnessing something without thought, there is no obstruction for absorbing the knowledge about that thing because there is no thought. It's complete absorption which takes place. And then it manifests. This is how the Divine Power works within us. So with our gravity, what we do is to touch that depth within us, which can carry the Divine Power and manifest." - Nirmala Srivastava

"The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually became wealthy clearly reveals that their 'luck' arose from accidental dedication they had to an arena they enjoyed." - Srully Blotnick

"A population weakened and exhausted by battling against so many obstacles - whose needs are never satisfied and desires never fulfilled - is vulnerable to manipulation and regimentation. The struggle for survival is, above all, an exercise that is hugely time-consuming, absorbing and debilitating. If you create these 'anti-conditions,' your rule is guaranteed for a hundred years." - Ryszard Kapuscinski

"At birth, the child leaves a person - his mother's womb - and this makes him independent of her bodily functions. The baby is next endowed with an urge, or need, to face the out world and to absorb it. We might say that he is born with 'the psychology of world conquest.' By absorbing what he finds about him, he forms his own personality." - Maria Montessori

"The historic role of the consumer has been nothing more than a giant maw at the end of the mass media's long conveyer belt, the all-absorbing Yin to the mass media's all-producing Yang....In the age of the internet, no one is a passive consumer anymore because everyone is a media outlet." - Clay Shirky

"I thought I had finished with romantic adventures, but half-way through life and well past the age for losing one's heart, I was suddenly swept off my feet by a new love, a passionate, tyrannical, all-absorbing emotion: the love of a garden." - Patience Strong

"Miss Petrowska,an excellent pianist, held the audience transfixed with Chou Wen-chung's work. Miss Petrowska was coolness itself in getting the hardware into the piano and out again...in Messiaen, a feeling for the music's reverent sobriety combined to produce an absorbing performance." - Donal Henahan

"The harder I push, the more I find within myself. I am always looking for the next step, a different world to go into, areas where I have not been before. It's lonely driving a Grand Prix car, but very absorbing. I have experienced new sensations, and I want more. That is my excitement, my motivation." - Ayrton Senna

"The mind is a finer body, and resumes its functions of feeding, digesting, absorbing, excluding, and generating, in a new and ethereal element. Here, in the brain, is all the process of alimentation repeated, in the acquiring, comparing, digesting, and assimilating of experience. Here again is the mystery of generation repeated." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Miss Petrowska,an excellent pianist, held the audience transfixed with Chou Wen-chung's work. Miss Petrowska was coolness itself in getting the hardware into the piano and out again...in Messiaen, a feeling for the music's reverent sobriety combined to produce an absorbing performance." - Donal Henahan

"You are well equipped with an incredible potential for absorbing knowledge. Let your imagination, the key to learning and memory, unleash that brain power and propel you along at ever-increasing speeds. It's not an exclusive path with access granted only to those with a special gift for learning. It is, instead, available to everyone who has a brain. Anything's possible." - Dominic O'Brien

"I have always had a love for American geography, and especially for the landscapes of the South. One of my pleasures has been to drive across it, with no one in the world knowing where I am, languidly absorbing the thoughts and memories of old moments, of people vanished now from my life." - Willie Morris

"Shelby believed that love was like a solar eclipse - breathtakingly beautiful, absorbing, and capable of rendering you blind. She had not necessarily gone out of her way to avoid a relationship, but she hadn't wanted on either. It was called falling in love for a reason - because, inevitably, you crashed at the bottom." - Jodi Picoult

"When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you'll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win." - Bill Walsh

"Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring. Any absorbing passion has the effect to deliver from the little coils and cares of every day: 'tis the heat which sets our human atoms spinning, overcomes the friction of crossing thresholds, and first addresses in society, and gives us a good start and speed, easy to continue, when once it is begun." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I think I am like most people in letting myself worry about things that didn't matter. Concepts like quotidian and humdrum prevented me for years from really absorbing the miraculous strangeness of bombing around a star on a tottering planet, of watching the world unfold in time." - Marilynne Robinson

"What could have been simply bizarre, sentimental or contrived here becomes an utterly absorbing love story; This is early days in the festival, but Rust and Bone has to be a real contender for prizes, and, the odds will be shortening to vanishing point for Cotillard getting the best actress award." - Peter Bradshaw

"When one is working out a problem ... life becomes duality. One's ego transacts the ordinary routine of things, as if the mind had an upper and lower story and the regular performance of the day's duties moved and motivated on the upper floor, while down below the all-absorbing problem toils silently, forcefully, toward its solution." - Alice Foote Macdougall

"Men develop ideas and systems of explanation by absorbing past knowledge and critiquing and superseding it. Women, ignorant of their own history [do] not know what women before them had thought and taught. So generation after generation, they [struggle] for insights others had already had before them, [resulting in] the constant inventing of the wheel." - Gerda Lerner



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