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  • #1
    Fernando Pessoa
    “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

  • #2
    Ernest Becker
    “The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.”
    Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

  • #3
    Rollo May
    “Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.”
    Rollo May

  • #4
    Rollo May
    “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.”
    Rollo May

  • #5
    Thomas Aquinas
    “Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish.”
    Saint Thomas Aquinas

  • #6
    Richard P. Feynman
    “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing.”
    Richard P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

  • #7
    Philip K. Dick
    “A human being without the proper empathy or feeling is the same as an android built so as to lack it, either by design or mistake. We mean, basically, someone who does not care about the fate which his fellow living creatures fall victim to; he stands detached, a spectator, acting out by his indifference John Donne's theorem that 'No man is an island,' but giving that theorem a twist: that which is a mental and a moral island is not a man.”
    Philip K. Dick, The Dark-Haired Girl

  • #8
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #9
    Thomas Aquinas
    “Beware the man of a single book.”
    St. Thomas Aquinas

  • #10
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Translations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #11
    Thomas Merton
    “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.”
    Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

  • #12
    Thich Nhat Hanh
    “Breathing in, I’m aware of the painful feeling in me. Breathing out, I’m aware of the painful feeling in me.” This is an art. We have to learn it, because most of us don’t like to be with our pain. We’re afraid of being overwhelmed by the pain, so we always seek to run away from it. There’s loneliness, fear, anger, and despair in us. Mostly we try to cover it up by consuming. There are those of us who go and look for something to eat. Others turn on the television. In fact, many people do both at the same time. And even if the TV program isn’t interesting at all, we don’t have the courage to turn it off, because if we turn it off, we have to go back to ourselves and encounter the pain inside. The marketplace provides us with many items to help us in our effort to avoid the suffering inside.”
    Thích Nhất Hạnh, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering

  • #13
    Thomas Merton
    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
    Thomas Merton , No Man Is an Island
    tags: art

  • #14
    Denis Johnson
    “All these weirdos, and me getting a little better every day right in the midst of them. I had never known, never even imagined for a heartbeat, that there might be a place for people like us.”
    Denis Johnson, Jesus' Son

  • #15
    “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
    James Waterman Wise

  • #16
    Daniel Keyes
    “But I've learned that intelligence alone doesn't mean a damned thing. Here in your university, intelligence, education, knowledge, have all become great idols. But I know now there's one thing you've all overlooked: intelligent and education that hasn't been tempered by human affection isn't worth a damn...Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love...Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis.”
    Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

  • #17
    Walter Lippmann
    “We are told about the world before we see it. We imagine most things before we experience them. And those preconceptions, unless education has made us acutely aware, govern deeply the whole process of perception.”
    Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion

  • #18
    Jordan B. Peterson
    “I don't think that you have any insight whatsoever into your capacity for good until you have some well-developed insight into your capacity for evil.”
    Jordan B. Peterson

  • #19
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
    “A man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

  • #20
    James Joyce
    “It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.”
    James Joyce, Ulysses

  • #21
    C.G. Jung
    “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”
    C.G. Jung

  • #22
    Pearl S. Buck
    “Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
    Pearl S. Buck

  • #23
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    tags: life

  • #24
    John Updike
    “Not only are selves conditional but they die. Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?”
    John Updike, Self-Consciousness

  • #25
    “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.”
    Robert Brault

  • #26
    “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

  • #27
    Chaim Potok
    “Did he really believe God wrote stories that were open to one explanation only? A story that knew but one explanation could hardly be interesting and was certainly not worth the trouble of remembering.”
    Chaim Potok, Davita's Harp

  • #28
    Marcel Proust
    “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #29
    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

  • #30
    “Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.”
    Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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