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created:November 13, 2012
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about: The worst of superstitions is to think one's own most bearable. - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), 'Nathan the Wise' (1779), Act IV, scene II

Who was I, a man whose proudest ancestor had led a life in a Moslem community, to identify myself exclusively with West against East? - Norbert Weiner, MIT maths professor and philosopher, an American of Prussian/Slavic Jewish extraction, founder of cybernetics and seminal work in control theory, referring to his ancestor who was a philosopher and rabbi, born at Cordova and domiciled in Cairo as physician to the Vizier of Egypt

  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
  And sorry I could not travel both
  And be one traveler, long I stood
  And looked down one as far as I could
  To where it bent in the undergrowth;

  Then took the other, as just as fair,
  And having perhaps the better claim,
  Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
  Though as for that the passing there
  Had worn them really about the same,

  And both that morning equally lay
  In leaves no step had trodden black.
  Oh, I kept the first for another day!
  Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
  I doubted if I should ever come back.

  I shall be telling this with a sigh
  Somewhere ages and ages hence:
  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
  I took the one less traveled by,
  And that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, Mountain Interval (1920)
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