an infinite multitude of things doing an infinite multitude of actions in infinite time and space; and yet they are not many things, but one thing

Quote in context:

“We can no longer separate things as we once could: everything tends towards unity; one thing, one action, in one place, at one time. On the other hand, we can no longer unify things as we once could; we are driven to ultimate atoms, each one of which is an individuality. 

So that we have an infinite multitude of things doing an infinite multitude of actions in infinite time and space; and yet they are not many things, but one thing.” 

—Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part IV: Mind and Matter

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Know thyself

“All too willingly man sees himself as the centre of the universe, as something not belonging to the rest of nature but standing apart as a different and higher being. Many people cling to this error and remain deaf to the wisest command ever given by a sage, the famous “Know thyself” inscribed in the temple of Delphi.”

— Konrad Lorenz, On Aggression (1963)
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You can read the chapter “On the Virtue of Scientific Humility” here

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