Philosophy Quotes

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Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
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Albert Einstein
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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
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Mahatma Gandhi
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Without music, life would be a mistake.
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Friedrich Nietzsche (Twilight of the Idols)
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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
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Elie Wiesel
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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
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C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)
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Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.
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Benjamin Franklin Wade
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It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
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Lewis Carroll
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A day without laughter is a day wasted.
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Nicolas Chamfort
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Have you ever noticed how β€˜What the hell’ is always the right decision to make?
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Terry Johnson (Insignificance)
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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
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Anne Frank (Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Short Stories, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings)
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
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Margaret Mead
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You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.
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Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)
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May you live every day of your life.
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Jonathan Swift
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Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
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Albert Camus
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We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
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May Sarton
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If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?
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Laurence J. Peter
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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
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William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
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It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
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Friedrich Nietzsche
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Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
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Isaac Asimov (Foundation (Foundation, #1))
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One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.
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Stephen Hawking
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You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
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Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls)
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To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
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Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
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For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
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Frank Zappa
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Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
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Benjamin Spock
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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
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Bertrand Russell
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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
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Albert Einstein (The World As I See It)
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Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
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Dr. Seuss
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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
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Elie Wiesel
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Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy
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Ludwig van Beethoven
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A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.
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D.H. Lawrence (Lady Chatterley's Lover)
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Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
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Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)
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A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
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Ludwig Wittgenstein
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You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
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Malcolm X (By Any Means Necessary)
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When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.
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Friedrich Nietzsche
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There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
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If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.
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Mo Willems (Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs)
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The past has no power over the present moment.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
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Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1))
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Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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George Bernard Shaw (Man and Superman)
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I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think
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Socrates
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Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.
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Markus Zusak (I Am the Messenger)
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A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.
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William Blake (Auguries of Innocence)
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Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.
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Douglas Adams (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1))
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Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
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Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
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Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
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J.R.R. Tolkien
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Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
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Lao Tzu (Tao Teh Ching (Shambhala Library))
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Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
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J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3))
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We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.
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Santosh Kalwar (Quote Me Everyday)
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You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
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Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
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Don't Just Don't just learn, experience. Don't just read, absorb. Don't just change, transform. Don't just relate, advocate. Don't just promise, prove. Don't just criticize, encourage. Don't just think, ponder. Don't just take, give. Don't just see, feel. Don’t just dream, do. Don't just hear, listen. Don't just talk, act. Don't just tell, show. Don't just exist, live.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
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Andy Warhol (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again))
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In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?
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Jack Kornfield (Buddha's Little Instruction Book)
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The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
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Plato
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The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. [These words are also inscribed upon his grave]
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Karl Marx (Eleven Theses on Feuerbach)
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You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face
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Ian Fleming (You Only Live Twice (James Bond, #12))
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Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter
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John Keats (Ode On A Grecian Urn And Other Poems)
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Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
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Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark)
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A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.
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William S. Burroughs
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A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
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Albert Einstein
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Life has no remote....get up and change it yourself!
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Mark A. Cooper (Operation Einstein (Edelweiss Pirates #1))
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A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.
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Gilles Deleuze (A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia)
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The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
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Mark Twain
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Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them
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Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry (The Little Prince)
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Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?' Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Cat's Cradle)
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If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!
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Adolf Hitler
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Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
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Oscar Wilde (An Ideal Husband)
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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
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Confucius
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Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.
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Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting)
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It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
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Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez
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Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.
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Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry (The Little Prince)
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Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
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Plato
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I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.
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Daniel Keyes (Flowers for Algernon)
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Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.
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Epictetus
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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
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Albert Einstein
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It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Complete Prose Works Of Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.
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Judy Blume
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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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Socrates
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This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.
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Dalai Lama XIV
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If you believe very strongly in something, stand up and fight for it.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Don't be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.
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Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People)
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I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.
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Friedrich Nietzsche
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Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
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Alan W. Watts
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Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
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Iris Murdoch (Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature)
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The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
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Friedrich Nietzsche
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The first duty of a man is to think for himself
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JosΓ© MartΓ­
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Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?" ...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, "We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.
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Charles M. Schulz
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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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Ayn Rand
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The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
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Mahatma Gandhi
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If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.
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Keith Richards (Keith Richards: In His Own Words)
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Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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Dylan Thomas (Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night)
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It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when they have lost their way.
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Rollo May
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You didn't kill him. He would have killed you, but you didn't kill him." "So? He was stupid. If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn't have time to sleep.
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Tamora Pierce (In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2))
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Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.
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Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo)
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Time is a game played beautifully by children.
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Heraclitus (Fragments)
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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
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Dalai Lama XIV (The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness: An Anthology of Writings By and About the Dalai Lama)
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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
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Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
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Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
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James Baldwin (Giovanni's Room)
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Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
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Aristotle
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Count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else's. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.
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Epictetus
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Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.
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Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth)
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To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.
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Thomas Paine (The American Crisis)
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An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. "Can they be brought together?" This is a practical question. We must get down to it. "I despise intelligence" really means: "I cannot bear my doubts.
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Albert Camus
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I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings.
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Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry
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I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.
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Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)
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One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
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Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex)
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His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools -- the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, 'You can't trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a drink.
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Terry Pratchett (Small Gods (Discworld, #13))
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I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
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Bertrand Russell
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Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
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Carl Sagan
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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
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Thomas Jefferson
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Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
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Ronald Reagan
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If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
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NiccolΓ² Machiavelli (The Prince)
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Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person's essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?
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Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)
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It's not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathingβ€”they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.
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Stephen Fry (Moab Is My Washpot (Memoir, #1))
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One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
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Plato
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No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.
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George Lucas (The Star Wars Trilogy)
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Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather.
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Bill Hicks
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The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
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Lao Tzu (Te Tao Ching)
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Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" - "There is no easy way from the earth to the stars
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Seneca
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Things do not change; we change.
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Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
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NiccolΓ² Machiavelli (The Prince)
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If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
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George Carlin (Napalm & Silly Putty)
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A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
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Bertrand Russell (A History of Western Philosophy)
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The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.
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Albert Einstein
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The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
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Robertson Davies (Tempest-Tost (Salterton Trilogy, #1))
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People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.
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Michel Foucault (Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason)
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Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.
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Albert Camus (The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays)
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belief is the death of intelligence.
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Robert Anton Wilson (Cosmic Trigger: Die letzten Geheimnisse der Illuminaten oder An den Grenzen des erweiterten Bewusstseins)
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I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people-to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it's the effect or vice versa
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Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall)
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What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.
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Hans Urs von Balthasar (Prayer)
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He suddenly recalled from Plato's Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split then in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.
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Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)
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You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
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Alan W. Watts
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Wisest is she who knows she does not know.
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Jostein Gaarder (Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy)
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You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker
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Malcolm X
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Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure
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Arthur Schopenhauer
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The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
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Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives)
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Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep
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Albert Camus
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It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,
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Amit Ray (Meditation: Insights and Inspirations)
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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
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Aristotle
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I don't deserve a soul, yet I still have one. I know because it hurts.
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Douglas Coupland (The Gum Thief)
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Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
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Vladimir Lenin
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Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
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Babe Ruth
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He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave.
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Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain)
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Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?
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George Orwell (1984)
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Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
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Bruce Lee
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If it turns out that there is a God...the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
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Woody Allen
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I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
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Ludwig Wittgenstein
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I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.
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Orhan Pamuk (My Name Is Red)
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I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.
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Noam Chomsky
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The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
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Baruch Spinoza
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Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That's one of my favorite things to say. So what.
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Andy Warhol (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again))
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Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.
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Christopher Markus
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On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
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George Orwell (All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays)
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Never underestimate the big importance of small things
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Matt Haig (The Midnight Library)
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A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
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Gerald R. Ford
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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
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Will Durant (The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers)
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Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
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Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness)
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The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.
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Thich Nhat Hanh (The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation)
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Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.
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Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)
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The menu is not the meal.
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Alan W. Watts
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There are no ordinary moments.
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Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives)
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Most of us must learn to love people and use things rather than loving things and using people.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy
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Kahlil Gibran
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I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.
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Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
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Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person's sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they're taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment - just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! - an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience - or to fake - a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values - and can be nothing else.
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Ayn Rand
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Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the world’s foolishness, you will regret it; weep over it, you will regret that too; laugh at the world’s foolishness or weep over it, you will regret both. Believe a woman, you will regret it; believe her not, you will also regret it… Hang yourself, you will regret it; do not hang yourself, and you will regret that too; hang yourself or don’t hang yourself, you’ll regret it either way; whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret both. This, gentlemen, is the essence of all philosophy.
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SΓΈren Kierkegaard
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The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice.
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Charles Bukowski (Women)
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It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.
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Fulton J. Sheen (Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary)
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This is very important -- to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you're gonna lose everything...just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That's why they're all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.
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Charles Bukowski
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When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - What would you tell him?" I…don't know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?" To shrug.
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Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)
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If you understand others you are smart. If you understand yourself you are illuminated. If you overcome others you are powerful. If you overcome yourself you have strength. If you know how to be satisfied you are rich. If you can act with vigor, you have a will. If you don't lose your objectives you can be long-lasting. If you die without loss, you are eternal.
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Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
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Often father and daughter look down on mother (woman) together. They exchange meaningful glances when she misses a point. They agree that she is not bright as they are, cannot reason as they do. This collusion does not save the daughter from the mother’s fate.
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Bonnie Burstow (Radical Feminist Therapy: Working in the Context of Violence)
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I know that pain is the most important thing in the universes. Greater than survival, greater than love, greater even than the beauty it brings about. For without pain, there can be no pleasure. Without sadness, there can be no happiness. Without misery there can be no beauty. And without these, life is endless, hopeless, doomed and damned. Adult. You have become adult.
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Harlan Ellison (Paingod and Other Delusions)
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We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
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J.R.R. Tolkien
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It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.
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Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)
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Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.
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Epictetus (The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness)
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No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.
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Paulo Coelho (The Zahir)
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You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pictures in a magazine, a bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed 'em to the fire, they're all just paper. The fire isn't thinking 'Oh, this is Kant,' or 'Oh, this is the Yomiuri evening edition,' or 'Nice tits,' while it burns. To the fire, they're nothing but scraps of paper. It's the exact same thing. Important memories, not-so-important memories, totally useless memories: there's no distinction--they're all just fuel.
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Haruki Murakami (After Dark)
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Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
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Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time)
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No killing,” Jordan said. β€œWe’re trying to make you feel peaceful, so you don’t go up in flames. Blood, killing, war, those are all non-peaceful things. Isn’t there anything else you like? Rainforests? Chirping birds?” β€œWeapons,” said Jace. β€œI like weapons.” β€œI’m starting to think we have a problematic issue of personal philosophy here.” Jace leaned forward, his palms flat on the ground. β€œI’m a warrior,” he said. β€œI was brought up as a warrior. I didn’t have toys, I had weapons. I slept with a wooden sword until I was five. My first books were medieval demonologies with illuminated pages. The first songs I learned were chants to banish demons. I know what brings me peace, and it isn’t sandy beaches or chirping birds in rainforests. I want a weapon in my hand and a strategy to win.” Jordan looked at him levelly. β€œSo you’re saying that what brings you peace … is war.” β€œNow you get it.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures who people the tree of your life and give it new branches. To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above you. It is like losing--I'm sorry, I would rather not go on.
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Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
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Doubt as sin. β€” Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature β€” is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.
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Friedrich Nietzsche (Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality)
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It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.
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Albert Camus (The Stranger)
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Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn't we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it's as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can't explain his to us, and we can't explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication ... and there is the real illness.
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Philip K. Dick
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I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.
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Richard P. Feynman
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If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change.
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Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)
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A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence - briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing - cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sanity. He cannot help suffering, even though he can experience moments of joy and clarity that are absent in the life of his "normal" contemporaries. Not rarely will he suffer from neurosis that results from the situation of a sane man living in an insane society, rather than that of the more conventional neurosis of a sick man trying to adapt himself to a sick society. In the process of going further in his analysis, i.e. of growing to greater independence and productivity,his neurotic symptoms will cure themselves.
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Erich Fromm (The Art of Being)
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I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.
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Richard P. Feynman (The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman)