„In creating wiki, I wanted to stroke that story-telling nature in all of us.“

—  Ward Cunningham, Exploring with Wiki, Context: I think there's a compelling nature about talking. People like to talk. In creating wiki, I wanted to stroke that story-telling nature in all of us. Second, and perhaps most important, I wanted people who wouldn't normally author to find it comfortable authoring, so that there stood a chance of us discovering the structure of what they had to say.
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—  Ursula Goodenough, libro The Sacred Depths of Nature
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—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
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„All Nature's wildness tells the same story: the shocks and outbursts of earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, roaring, thundering waves and floods, the silent uprush of sap in plants, storms of every sort, each and all, are the orderly, beauty-making love-beats of Nature's heart.“

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„All things in nature have a shape, that is to say, a form, an outward semblance, that tells us what they are, that distinguishes them from ourselves and from each other.“

—  Louis Sullivan American architect 1856 - 1924
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