Colorful Quotes and Thoughts, Visualized

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We simply love these hand drawn graphics based on quotes from literary and science greats. Each is an insightful look into the nature of humans and the nature of the universe. Produced as part of an ongoing series called Illuminating Quotes, Visualised by Maggie Appleton, each is a window into wisdom from around the world.

Maggie adds to these concise statements with her talented pen, giving them more depth and her own insights. Springing from these personal thoughts, she has recently started a fresh series based on her own quotes and observations: Illustrated Thoughts.

Featured in Illuminating quotes are thinkers both modern and classic: from 18th century writer Sydney Smith to modern day space exploration advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson. You can find more about Maggie Appleton (who makes her living creating this kind of thing yet shares it here freely), at See more in her ongoing series duo at (where “tea solves everything”).

(Above: “Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.” – Edward Harrison)

“Growth for growth’s sake is the ideology of the cancer cell.” – Edward Abbey
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“One can only encourage a reader like this to learn not to attach self esteem to the mere finishing of a book, if only because the more bad books you finish, the fewer good ones you’ll have time to start.” – Tim Parks
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“I love the smell of the universe in the morning.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” – James Baldwin
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“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser
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“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little. Do what you can.” – Sydney Smith
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“Anyone who isn’t confused doesn’t really understand the situation.” – Edward R. Murrow
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Via thecuriousbrain

Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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