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  • #1
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you'll always find despair.”
    Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept

  • #2
    Selma Dabbagh
    “All interpretations of history are propaganda for one idea or another.”
    Selma Dabbagh, Out of It

  • #3
    Jane Austen
    “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #4
    Alan W. Watts
    “We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
    Alan Watts

  • #5
    Umberto Eco
    “Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means...”
    Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

  • #6
    Alan W. Watts
    “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”
    Alan Watts

  • #7
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
    J. Krishnamurti

  • #8
    Chris Hedges
    “We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and “success”, defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.”
    Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

  • #9
    John F. Kennedy
    “I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.

    [Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14 1962]
    John F. Kennedy

  • #10
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “My dear friend, what is this our life? A boat that swims in the sea, and all one knows for certain about it is that one day it will capsize. Here we are, two good old boats that have been faithful neighbors, and above all your hand has done its best to keep me from "capsizing"! Let us then continue our voyage—each for the other's sake, for a long time yet, a long time! We should miss each other so much! Tolerably calm seas and good winds and above all sun—what I wish for myself, I wish for you, too, and am sorry that my gratitude can find expression only in such a wish and has no influence at all on wind or weather!”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #11
    Alan W. Watts
    “You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.”
    Alan Watts

  • #12
    Gioconda Belli
    “Dare to change the world

    There is nothing quixotic or romantic in wanting to change the world. It is possible. It is the age-old vocation of all humanity. I can't think of a better life than one dedicated to passion, to dreams, to the stubborness that defies chaos and disillusionment.”
    Gioconda Belli, The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War

  • #13
    Paulo Coelho
    “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

  • #14
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “Only the wounded healer can truly heal. (97)”
    Irvin D. Yalom, Lying on the Couch

  • #15
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “If Epicurus were speaking to you at this moment, he would urge you to simplify life. Here's how he might put it if he were standing here today : " Lads,your needs are few, they are easily attained, and any necessary suffering can be easily tolerated. Don't complicate your life with such trivial goals as riches and fame: they are the enemy of ATARAXIA. Fame,for example,consist of the opinions of
    others and requires that we must live our life as other wish. To achieve and maintain fame, we must like what others like and shun whatever it is that they shun. Hence, a life of fame or a life in politics? Flee from it. And wealth? Avoid it! It is a trap. The more we acquire the more we crave, and the deeper our sadness when our yearning is not satisfied. Lads, listen to me: If you crave happiness, do not waste your life struggling for that which you really do not need.”
    Irvin D. Yalom, The Spinoza Problem

  • #16
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “To the extent that one is responsible for one's life, one is alone.”
    Irvin D. Yalom, Existential Psychotherapy

  • #17
    “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
    Robert Brault