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April 9th, 2008

One of my students was digging through the yarn basket today (I check out books! and knit with the students! This is my dream job) and found the teensiest, tiniest beetle on one of the balls of yarn. She was thrilled.

She carefully took him and re-located him outside. I love her for doing this. So, this one is for my student (and I know you’re not supposed to have favorites, but this kid is one of my favorites):

“Nothing is more humbling than to look with a strong magnifying glass at an insect so tiny that the naked eye sees only the barest speck and to discover that nevertheless it is sculpted and articulated and striped with the same care and imagination as a zebra. Apparently it does not occur to nature whether or not a creature is within our range of vision, and the suspicion arises that even the zebra was not designed for our benefit.”

— Rudolf Arnheim, psychologist and author (1904-2007)


  1. Marian says

    I love this quotation! Amazing and so true.
    Thanks for linking to us!

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  2. Vixen says

    Wonderful quote.

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  3. Yahia Lababidi says

    Dear Wacky Mommy,

    I am Egyptian poet, Yahia Lababidi, whom you quoted a while back and very honored to be in the company of so much wit and wisdom.

    Meantime, reissue of my book of aphorisms -from which you quote-is currently available for pre-order from Jane Street Press. (20% off)


    If it speaks to you, perhaps you could recommend me to fellow word-lovers /seekers?

    All the best,

    ps – from my new book:

    1. Impulses we attempt to strangle only develop stronger muscles.

    2. There is only one way to live against one’s own nature: unhappily.

    3. History does not repeat itself, human nature does.

    4. The small spirit is quick to misperceive an insult, the large spirit is slow to receive a compliment.

    5. However jeweled the mind, we also think through its defects.

    6. Morality: only permitting others to behave as we behave, when we behave.

    7. Envious of natural disasters, men create their own.

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  4. Mary says

    How cool is it that Yahia Lababidi visits your blog!

    And, I dig the Arnheim quote too.

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  5. WackyMommy says

    Marian — Thank you. And hey!!

    Vixen — Howdy, girl. How’s Cali?

    Mr. Lababidi — Welcome! Consider it done.

    Mary — It’s pretty cool.

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