Profile: FRANK

Personal background
My vocation is as a consultant for Primary Health Care Systems Management. I specialize in health care systems for rural areas of developing countries in Africa (and Haiti). I lived and worked for twenty years in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where I helped the Ministry of Health to decentralize and co-manage the national health system in collaboration with church health services.

My avocation is promoting creative thinking via the Internet. I am Webmaster for a cluster of a websites at to encourage creative thinking, working and living. For example, at you can search 30,000 quotations and find quotations from famous people born on your birthday. Each set of quotations is carefully selected and linked to five components of creativity – Foraging, Reflecting, Adopting, Nurturing and Knuckling Down (that spells FRANK!). As William Plomer once said, Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

Here are some of my favorite "Quotes about the Universe (and everything that surrounds it)"
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Quotes about the Universe (and everything that surrounds it)

I. Magical Things

The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Eden Philpotts

We are impelled by a hidden instinct to reunion with the parts of the larger heart of the universe. -John Boodin

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. -Edwin Hubble

Man cannot live without seeking to explain the universe. -Isaiah Berlin

II. Knowing the Universe

I am very interested in the Universe. I am specializing in the universe and all that surrounds it. -Peter Cook

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion. -John Burroughs

I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. -Woody Allen

Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe. -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

III. The Locked Combination

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. -Abraham Maslow

The universe is a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe. -Peter De Vries

There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for. -Fred Hoyle

Perhaps the universe is suspended on the tooth of some monster. -Anton Chekhov

IV. Let’s Go Next Door

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. -Walt Whitman

For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe. -Larry Eisenberg

The universe may be as great as they say. But it wouldn't be missed if it didn't exist. -Piet Hein

Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go. -e. e. cummings
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