If we endeavor to form our conceptions upon history and life, we remark three classes of men. The first conssits of those for whom the chief thing is the qualities of feelings. These men create art. The second conssists of the practical men, who carry on the business of the world. They respecting nothing, but power, and respect power only so far as it is exercised. The third class consists of men to whom nothing seems great but reason. If force interests them, it is not in its exertion, but in that it has a reason and a law. For men of the first class, Nature is a picture; for men of second class, it is an opportunity; for men of the third class, is a cosmos, so admirable, that to penetrate its ways seems to them the only thing that make life woth living. These are the men whom we see possessed by a passion to teach and to disseminate their influences. If they do not give themselves over completely to their passions to learn, it is because they exercise self control. Those are natural scientific men, and they are only men that have any real success in scientific research.
Principle of Philosophy - vol. I
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
William Shakeaspere, Hamlet
You are the crown of creation.
The Jefferson Airplane
The miracle is that the universecreated a part of itself to study the rest of it, and that this part, in studying itself, finds the rest of the universe in its own natural inner realities
John C. Lilly, M.D.