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The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way. Robert Kiyosaki
I felt so tiny. Jane Goodall, primatologist
Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent. Marlon Brando
It’s not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters. Evander Holyfield
You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad. Adlai E Stevenson
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth! Ronald Reagan
Everything in the universe has a size. Planets are big. Insects are small. People are somewhere in between. Everything has a place in the grand order and we take it for granted that things are as they should be. But are they? Does size matter? What would it be like if things were a little bigger? Would it be better? Hannah Fry, Size Matters I: Big Trouble, BBC 2018
‘Moving around under 2g conditions would be tiring.’ ibid. fighter pilot
There’s a chilling irony about oxygen toxicity: too much oxygen causes irritation in the chest and a cough that over time will get worse and worse until eventually it’s so bad you can’t breathe. ibid.
If it works for pumpkins, why not humans? … Our body size just doesn’t cut it. ibid.
Your size determines how you’re built, how you look, how you live, what you eat. ibid.
Change size too much and you simply get a different species. ibid.
Being smaller has its perks: smaller stars burn far far longer than big stars. Smaller things are relatively speaking stronger. And it turns out smaller people actually live longer. Hannah Fry, Size Matters II: That Sinking Feeling
A half-sized planet would mean half the the normal gravity at the surface. ibid.
A smaller Earth would have a weaker magnetosphere … A weaker magnetic field also wobbles more … ibid.
The smaller you are the hungrier you get. ibid.
A problem that affects all very small creatures – brain size. ibid.
Stars behave completely differently depending on their size. ibid.
It all goes to show just how narrow and fragile the universal balance is that allows us to exist in the first place. ibid.
The gigantic giraffe boasts some impressive stats: it’s the tallest mammal on Earth, nearly three times the height of a professional basketball player, and as heavy as a car. Natural World: Nature’s Biggest Beasts, BBC 2022
Being one of Earth’s big beasts has its advantages but also comes with sizeable challenges. ibid.
This remote Indonesian island is home to an illustrious lizard: it owes its prehistoric good looks to its age. It’s one of the few living species to have been around for over three million years. The Komodo Dragon. Birth’s largest lizard … Around 6,000 remain making them vulnerable to extinction. ibid.
Australia: The little red flying fox is not so little. It’s a species of mega-bat with a body as big as a rat and heavier, and a wingspan of a metre. ibid.
Animals tend to be beefier in cooler climates. ibid.
The Mountain Stone Weta, 7 cm: an insect that’s grown as big as a mouse … When ice sets in around it this ingenious hulk of an insect does something very strange indeed: it freezes itself to death, nearly. ibid.
Water’s buoyancy helps support nature’s heavyweights. Which is why this is the domain of the most enormous animal ever to have existed: the 150-ton blue whale outdoes even the biggest dinosaurs for size. ibid.
On scales far beyond human perception there are strange beasts. Exquisite palaces. Wondrous landscapes. Some just a few thousandths of a millimetre long, others dominate the vast expanses of the cosmos. Jim Al-Khalili, Secrets of Size: Atoms to Supergalaxies: Going Small, BBC 2022
As we began to see the microscopic world, we realised that it is very different from our own. ibid.
When we move to scales beyond our imagination, the universe behaves in extraordinary ways. Jim Al-Khalili, Secrets of Size: Atoms to Supergalaxies II: Going Big
The distance between the Earth and Sun is actually a very significant figure in astronomy. ibid.
It’s thought that most if not all stars have heliospheres. ibid.