~!@#$%^&*()_+had collected some stories from the usually-evasive elementals. One tale, which they apparently enjoyed bragging about was the role they played in the evolution of American music. It seems this handsome young black fellow was doing a little voodoo ceremony at a rural crossroads. This attracted the interest of a couple of elementals, who find such things compelling. After doing his ritual, this young man sat down by the roadside and began picking at a guitar. It occured to one of these elementals that he could help the boy out, so he shape-shifted a bit (to look the part) and walked right up to the musician. He took the guitar from the player's hand and re-tuned it. Played an unusual melody on it, then handed it back. The contact with his returned guitar had a "shaktipat" effect on him. Suddenly he was a brilliant and charismatic musician. But, when gifted by a muse, there is that unfortunate fact that you burn twice as bright but for half as long. These elementals claim that they've intervened in human history since time immemorial, because they need us for their own evolution. They allege to have introduced drums and double-reed flutes to our remotest stone age ancestors, gave us witchcraft, and even got us interested in psychoactive substances, which they claim were instrumental in the evolution of the human brain.
Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.
When we are out of sympathy with the young, then our work in this world is over
The best memories are those which we have forgotten
Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion
Children need models rather than critics
Though time changes people, it does not alter the image we have kept of them
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time
I suppose you could never prove to the mind of the most ingenious mollusk that such a creature as a whale was possible
I'm not a fatalist; even if I were, what could I do about it?
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great
A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves
Where there is great love, there are always miracles
What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient
Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved
Money and success don't change people, they merely amplify what is already there
It's not what I say it means, it's what that record makes you feel
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us
"The whole plan hinged upon the natural curiosity of potatoes"