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Earth Day 2013: the 'pale blue dot' in quotations

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A panoramic view taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) of east-central Texas.

Nasa Earth Observatory/Reuters/Handout

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3. An agreeable planet

"The earth does not argue,
 Is not pathetic, has no arrangements,
 Does not scream, haste, persuade, threaten, promise,
 Makes no discriminations, has no conceivable failures,
 Closes nothing, refuses nothing, shuts none out,
 Of all the powers, objects, states, it notifies, shuts none out."

Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass," 1855

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