Notable February 8 birthdays:
Dmitri Mendeleev ( 1834 - 1907 ), Russian inventor, chemist, creator of the Periodic Table of Elements: "It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man—social and political—and to the entire universe as a whole...Why do Americans quarrel, why do they hate Negroes, Indians, even Germans, why do they not have science and poetry commensurate with themselves, why are there so many frauds and so much nonsense? I cannot soon give a solution to these questions. It was clear that in the United States there was a development not of the best, but of the middle and worst sides of European civilization; the notorious general voting, the tendency to politics... all the same as in Europe. A new dawn is not to be seen on this side of the ocean...There is nothing in this world that I fear to say...I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper...Work, look for peace and calm in work; you will find it nowhere else."
Jules Verne ( 1828 - 1905 ), French novelist, poet, playwright: "It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness...Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one...With happiness as with health: to enjoy it, one should be deprived of it occasionally...Liberty is worth paying for."
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