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When you sit in a chair, you are not actually sitting there, but levitating above it at a height of one angstrom (a hundred millionth of a centimeter), your electrons and its electrons implacably opposed to any closer intimacy.

Why didn't the armistice treaty require the Germans to lay down their accordions along with their arms?

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.

Energy is liberated matter; matter is energy waiting to happen.

Let's be frank, the Italians' technological contribution to humankind stopped with the pizza oven.
Neither Here nor There

Germans are flummoxed by humor, the Swiss have no concept of fun, the Spanish think there is nothing at all ridiculous about eating dinner at midnight, and the Italians should never, ever have been let in on the invention of the motor car.

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