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  • #1
    Charles Bukowski
    “there is always one woman to save you from another and as that woman saves you she makes ready to destroy”
    Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

  • #2
    Ernest Hemingway
    “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #3
    George Orwell
    “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #4
    George Orwell
    “It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #5
    Carl Sagan
    “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

    Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

    It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
    Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

  • #6
    Carl Sagan
    “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
    Carl Sagan

  • #7
    Walter Mosley
    “A man's bookcase will tell you everything you'll ever need to know about him.”
    Walter Mosley, The Long Fall

  • #8
    William Dalrymple
    “The histories of Islamic fundamentalism and European imperialism have very often been closely, and dangerously, intertwined. In a curious but very concrete way, the fundamentalists of both faiths have needed each other to reinforce each other’s prejudices and hatreds. The venom of one provides the lifeblood of the other.”
    William Dalrymple, The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857

  • #9
    Frank Zappa
    “So many books, so little time.”
    Frank Zappa

  • #10
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #11
    Marcus Aurelius
    “Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #12
    Marcus Aurelius
    “What we do now echoes in eternity.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #13
    Marcus Aurelius
    “Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #14
    Marcus Aurelius
    “How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #15
    Marcus Aurelius
    “Do what you will. Even if you tear yourself apart, most people will continue doing the same things.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #16
    Marcus Aurelius
    “The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #17
    Marcus Aurelius
    “If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #18
    Marcus Aurelius
    “Or is it your reputation that's bothering you? But look at how soon we're all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of those applauding hands. The people who praise us; how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region it takes place. The whole earth a point in space - and most of it uninhabited.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #19
    Marcus Aurelius
    “A person's worth is measured by the worth of what he values.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #20
    Marcus Aurelius
    “A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #21
    Marcus Aurelius
    “Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #22
    Marcus Aurelius
    “It is not the actions of others which trouble us (for those actions are controlled by their governing part), but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of your anger, and it will already be gone. How do you let go? By realizing that such actions are not shameful to you.”
    Marcus Aurelius

  • #23
    Marcus Aurelius
    “In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his sense a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, his fame doubtful. In short, all that is body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapors.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #24
    Marcus Aurelius
    “No man is happy who does not think himself so.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #25
    Marcus Aurelius
    “All things fade and quickly turn to myth.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #26
    Marcus Aurelius
    “It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations



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