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    10. The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.  The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle.

                                                                                                                              Albert Einstein

    9.  Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.

                                                                                                                              Boris Pasternak


    8. If you can't see, taste, smell, hear or touch love, if you can't weigh it, measure it or confine it, how do you know it really exists?


    7. "True education cultivates humility; false education breeds arrogance."  What might that mean to you?  What questions does it stimulate? What is the difference between confidence and arrogance?


    6. "Lara...did not believe in rites.  But sometimes, to endure life, she needed it to be accompanied by some inner music." [Narrator,  Dr. Zhivago]

    What do you think is meant here by "inner music?"  Do you listen to an inner music?  What might that be?


    5. "There are only four questions of value in life.  What is sacred?  Of what is the spirit made?  What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for?" The author of these questions had the same answer for all four.  Can you think of one answer for all four?  If not, how would you answer each?


    4. Resentment is like taking a poison and expecting the other person to die.

                                                                                 Malachy McCourt

    3. What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

                                                                                 Lao Tsu


    2. Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die and we should be savages again.

                                                                                 Will Durant


    1.  Christian Bale starred in a film called Equilibrium about a dystopian society in which the population is kept permanently medicated in order to remove passion from their lives.  This allows for a society that doesn't suffer from war or violent crime.  What is lost in a society in which passion has been removed from the human experience?  How would it affect art, love...and what it means to be human?