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"Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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The past is over; the present is fleeting; we live in the future.

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The mind gives meaning to anything but the meaning it gives is meaningless.

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