The Single Greatest Quote of all Time!

We start, then, with nothing, pure zero. But this is not the nothing of negation. For not means other than, and other is merely a synonym of the ordinal numeral second. As such it implies a first; while the present pure zero is prior to every first. The nothing of negation is the nothing of death, which comes second to, or after, everything. But this pure zero is the nothing of not having been born. There is no individual thing, no compulsion, outward nor inward, no law. It is the germinal nothing, in which the whole universe is involved or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely undefined and unlimited possibility -- boundless possibility. There is no compulsion and no law. It is boundless freedom.

Charles S. Peirce, "Logic of Events" (1898)


I found this quote from To me, it is one of the most intelligent and paradoxical quotes I have or will ever read. Boundless freedom sounds like an excellent thing. So if you are homeless and without anything, you have boundless freedom. It is a shame boundless freedom has no benefits. Need to show this to my calculus 3 professor.

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