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  • #1
    Umberto Eco
    “When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.”
    Umberto Eco

  • #2
    Muriel Barbery
    “This pause in time, within time ... When did I first experience the exquisite sense of surrender that is only possible with another person? The peace of mind one experiences on one's own, one's certainty of self in the serenity of solitude, are nothing in comparison to the release and openness and fluency one shares with another, in close companionship ...”
    Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • #3
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
    Robert A. Heinlein

  • #4
    Voltaire
    “It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce.”
    Voltaire

  • #5
    Noël Coward
    “It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
    Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

  • #6
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #7
    Bill Hicks
    “Here is my final point. About drugs, about alcohol, about pornography and smoking and everything else. What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see, say, think, who I fuck, what I take into my body - as long as I do not harm another human being on this planet?”
    Bill Hicks

  • #8
    William Gibson
    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

    The Economist, December 4, 2003
    William Gibson

  • #9
    Jo Nesbø
    “Doubt is faith's shadow.”
    Jo Nesbø, The Redeemer

  • #10
    Hermann Hesse
    “Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.”
    Hermann Hesse

  • #11
    Hermann Hesse
    “Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”
    Hermann Hesse

  • #12
    Robert Hughes
    “The basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that is not you, and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. It's not something that committees can do. It's not a task achieved by groups or by movements. It's done by individuals, each person mediating in some way between a sense of history and an experience of the world.”
    Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

  • #13
    Robert Hughes
    “In one sense, (Duchamp's) “The Large Glass” is a glimpse into Hell; a peculiarly modernist Hell of repetition and loneliness.”
    Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

  • #14
    Julio Cortázar
    “Once in a while it happens that I vomit up a bunny... it's not reason for one to blush and isolate oneself and to walk around keeping one's mouth shut.”
    Julio Cortázar, Blow-Up and Other Stories

  • #15
    Julio Cortázar
    “I realized that searching was my symbol, the emblem of those who go out at night with nothing in mind, the motives of a destroyer of compasses.”
    Julio Cortázar

  • #16
    Julio Cortázar
    “(memory is) A strange echo, which stores its replicas according to some other acoustic than consciousness or expectation.

    Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

  • #17
    Julio Cortázar
    “Happy was she who could believe without seeing, who was at one with the duration and continuity of life.”
    Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch

  • #18
    Diogenes Laërtius
    “One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.”
    Diogenes Laërtius

  • #19
    Simone de Beauvoir
    “Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive.”
    Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity

  • #20
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. And the highest form of play is the search for Truth, Beauty and Love. What more is needed? Should there be a ‘meaning’ as well, that will be a bonus? If we waste time looking for life’s meaning, we may have no time to live — or to play.”
    Arthur C. Clarke

  • #21
    Albert Einstein
    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #22
    “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
    Anonymous

  • #23
    William Gibson
    “We have no idea, now, of who or what the inhabitants of our future might be. In that sense, we have no future. Not in the sense that our grandparents had a future, or thought they did. Fully imagined cultural futures were the luxury of another day, one in which 'now' was of some greater duration. For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly, that futures like our grandparents' have insufficient 'now' to stand on. We have no future because our present is too volatile. ... We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition”
    William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

  • #24
    Hermann Hesse
    “You should not take old people who are already dead seriously. It does them injustice. We immortals do not like things to be taken seriously. We like joking. Seriousness, young man, is an accident of time. It consists, I don't mind telling you in confidence, in putting too high a value on time. I, too, once put too high a value on time. For that reason I wished to be a hundred years old. In eternity, however, there is no time, you see. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.”
    Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

  • #25
    William Gibson
    “She walked on, comforted by the surf, by the one perpetual moment of beach-time, the now-and-always of it.”
    William Gibson

  • #26
    Warren Buffett
    “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”
    Warren Buffett

  • #27
    C. JoyBell C.
    “The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”
    C. JoyBell C.

  • #28
    John Fowles
    “I love making, I love doing. I love being to the full, I love everything which is not sitting and watching and copying and dead at heart.”
    John Fowles, The Collector

  • #29
    Jean Baudrillard
    “We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.”
    Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

  • #30
    Ayn Rand
    “A man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions.... He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer--because only the possession of a heroine will give him the sense of an achievement.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged



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