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  • #1
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #2
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #3
    Isaac Newton
    “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
    Isaac Newton, The Correspondence Of Isaac Newton

  • #4
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #5
    A.A. Milne
    “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
    "Pooh!" he whispered.
    "Yes, Piglet?"
    "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
    A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

  • #6
    Douglas Adams
    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #7
    Alan Bennett
    “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
    Alan Bennett, The History Boys

  • #8
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “You sensed that you should be following a different path, a more ambitious one, you felt that you were destined for other things but you had no idea how to achieve them and in your misery you began to hate everything around you.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Netochka Nezvanova

  • #9
    David Foster Wallace
    “What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human [...] is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

  • #10
    David Foster Wallace
    “You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

  • #11
    David Foster Wallace
    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #12
    David Foster Wallace
    “There's good self-consciousness, and then there's toxic, paralyzing, raped-by-psychic-Bedouins self-consciousness.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #13
    David Foster Wallace
    “I had kind of a midlife crisis at twenty which probably doesn’t augur well for my longevity”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #14
    David Foster Wallace
    “...in real life I always seem to have a hard time winding up a conversation or asking somebody to leave, and sometimes the moment becomes so delicate and fraught with social complexity that I'll get overwhelmed trying to sort out all the different possible ways of saying it and all the different implications of each option and will just sort of blank out and do it totally straight -- 'I want to terminate the conversation and not have you be in my apartment anymore' -- which evidently makes me look either as if I'm very rude and abrupt or as if I'm semi-autistic and have no sense of how to wind up a conversation gracefully...I've actually lost friends this way.”
    David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

  • #15
    William S. Burroughs
    “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted”
    William S. Burroughs

  • #16
    Charles Darwin
    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”
    Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle

  • #17
    C.G. Jung
    “We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”
    Carl Jung

  • #18
    Simone de Beauvoir
    “I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.”
    Simone de Beauvoir

  • #19
    Simone de Beauvoir
    “Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female — whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.”
    Simone de Beauvoir

  • #20
    Simone de Beauvoir
    “The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project”
    Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

  • #21
    Simone de Beauvoir
    “Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another, will always live an adventure full of risk and promise." (p. 248)”
    Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

  • #22
    Simone de Beauvoir
    “What would Prince Charming have for occupation if he had not to awaken the Sleeping beauty?”
    Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

  • #23
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant… My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known — no wonder, then, that I return the love.”
    Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

  • #24
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both.”
    Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

  • #25
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music.... And people flock around the poet and say: 'Sing again soon' - that is, 'May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.”
    Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

  • #26
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!”
    Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

  • #27
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Idleness, we are accustomed to say, is the root of all evil. To prevent this evil, work is recommended.... Idleness as such is by no means a root of evil; on the contrary, it is truly a divine life, if one is not bored....”
    Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

  • #28
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “I have only one friend, and that is echo. Why is it my friend? Because I love my sorrow, and echo does not take it away from me. I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. Why is it my confidant? Because it remains silent.”
    Soren Kierkegaard, Entweder / Oder

  • #29
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “I have the courage, I believe, to doubt everything; I have the courage, I believe, to fight with everything; but I have not the courage to know anything; not the courage to possess, to own anything. Most people complain that the world is so prosaic, that life is not like romance, where opportunities are always so favorable. I complain that life is not like romance, where one had hard-hearted parents and nixies and trolls to fight, and enchanted princesses to free. What are all such enemies taken together, compared with the pale, bloodless, tenacious, nocturnal shapes with which I fight, and to whom I give life and substance?”
    Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

  • #30
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when every one has to throw off his mask? Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked? Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight to avoid this?”
    Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or, Part I



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