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  • #1
    Albert Camus
    “You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”
    Albert Camus, The Fall

  • #2
    José Saramago
    “I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”
    José Saramago, Blindness

  • #3
    Maxine Hong Kingston
    “You can't eat straight A's.”
    Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

  • #4
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #5
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #6
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

  • #7
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “The real question of life after death isn't whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #8
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Only describe, don't explain.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #9
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.”
    Wittgenstein Ludwig

  • #10
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

  • #11
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #12
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

  • #13
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “I act with complete certainty. But this certainty is my own.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty

  • #14
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “If anyone is unwilling to descend into himself, because this is too painful, he will remain superficial in his writing. . . If I perform to myself, then it’s this that the style expresses. And then the style cannot be my own. If you are unwilling to know what you are, your writing is a form of deceit.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #15
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “It is a dogma of the Roman Church that the existence of God can be proved by natural reason. Now this dogma would make it impossible for me to be a Roman Catholic. If I thought of God as another being like myself, outside myself, only infinitely more powerful, then I would regard it as my duty to defy him.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #16
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “An honest religious thinker is like a tightrope walker. He almost looks as though he were walking on nothing but air. His support is the slenderest imaginable. And yet it really is possible to walk on it.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #17
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    tags: logic

  • #18
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #19
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “You can't think decently if you're not willing to hurt yourself”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #20
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “I give no sources, because it is indifferent to me
    whether what I have thought has already been
    thought before me by another.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

  • #21
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #22
    Paul Kalanithi
    “That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #23
    Paul Kalanithi
    “Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #24
    Paul Kalanithi
    “Will having a newborn distract from the time we have together?" she asked. "Don't you think saying goodbye to your child will make your death more painful?"

    "Wouldn't it be great if it did?" I said. Lucy and I both felt that life wasn't about avoiding suffering.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #25
    Paul Kalanithi
    “Those burdens are what make medicine holy and wholly impossible: in taking up another’s cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #26
    John Steinbeck
    “I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”
    John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

  • #27
    John Steinbeck
    “There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.”
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

  • #28
    John Steinbeck
    “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's
    why.”
    John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

  • #29
    John Steinbeck
    “It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
    John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

  • #30
    And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
    “And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden



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