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Being right keeps you in place. Being wrong forces you to explore.

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Steven Johnson is an American popular science author and media theorist whose work discusses the intersection of science, technology, and the human experience. He frequently writes for popular periodicals and has received critical acclaim for his books.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageEvery genuinely new technology has a genuinely new way of breaking—and every now and then, those malfunctions open a new door to the adjacent possible. Sometimes the way a new technology breaks is almost as interesting as the way it works.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLearning any new skill involves relatively brief spurts of progress, each of which is followed by a slight decline to a plateau somewhat higher in most cases than that which preceded it . . . the upward spurts vary; the plateaus have their own dips and rises along the way. . . .

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThis is how great intellectual breakthroughs usually happen in practice. It is rarely the isolated genius having a eureka moment alone in the lab. Nor is it merely a question of building on precedent, of standing on the shoulders of giants, in Newton’s famous phrase.

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FindCenter Quotes ImagePoetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundation for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOne of the deepest purposes of all art is to marry what is with what can be.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLife’s work is to wake up, to let the things that enter into the circle wake you up rather than put you to sleep. The only way to do this is to open, be curious, and develop some sense of sympathy for everything that comes along, to get to know its nature and let it teach you what it will.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIf you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageFailure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe are often better served by connecting ideas than we are by protecting them.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIn moving through apprehensive chills to mounting excitement and waves of moist tingling warmth, the body, with its innate capacity to heal, melts the iceberg created by deeply frozen trauma.

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Curiosity