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Quotes of the Day for 24 October 2001 – Small Things

Anton van Leeuwenhoek was born on this day in 1632. He was not the inventor of the microscope as is often suggested, but he learned to make microscopes of greater power and clarity than anyone before him, and he spent most of his life drawing the most amazing images of tiny things that had never before been seen by humans. To mark this event, today's quotes relate to the small, the tiny, the infinitesimal.

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The quotes:

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the more important.
     - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The individual - stupendous and beautiful paradox - is at once infinitesimal dust and the cause of all things.
     - C. V. Wedgwood

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.
     - William Blake

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
     - Henry David Thoreau

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
     - Neil Armstrong


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