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  • #1
    Fernando Pessoa
    “When all by myself, I can think of all kinds of clever remarks, quick comebacks to what no one said, and flashes of witty sociability with nobody. But all of this vanishes when I face someone in the flesh: I lose my intelligence, I can no longer speak, and after half an hour I just feel tired. Talking to people makes me feel like sleeping. Only my ghostly and imaginary friends, only the conversations I have in my dreams, are genuinely real and substantial.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #2
    Fernando Pessoa
    “If I write what I feel, it's to reduce the fever of feeling. What I confess is unimportant, because everything is unimportant.”
    Fernando Pessoa , The Book of Disquiet

  • #3
    Nikola Tesla
    “What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife... Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment...”
    Nikola Tesla

  • #4
    Nikola Tesla
    “Fights between individuals, as well as governments and nations, invariably result from misunderstandings in the broadest interpretation of this term. Misunderstandings are always caused by the inability of appreciating one another's point of view. This again is due to the ignorance of those concerned, not so much in their own, as in their mutual fields. The peril of a clash is aggravated by a more or less predominant sense of combativeness, posed by every human being. To resist this inherent fighting tendency the best way is to dispel ignorance of the doings of others by a systematic spread of general knowledge. With this object in view, it is most important to aid exchange of thought and intercourse.”
    Nikola Tesla

  • #5
    Nikola Tesla
    “Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.”
    Nikola Tesla

  • #6
    Nikola Tesla
    “When we speak of man, we have a conception of humanity as a whole, and before applying scientific methods to the investigation of his movement we must accept this as a physical fact. But can anyone doubt to-day that all the millions of individuals and all the innumerable types and characters constitute an entity, a unit? Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them. I cut myself in the finger, and it pains me: this finger is a part of me. I see a friend hurt, and it hurts me, too: my friend and I are one. And now I see stricken down an enemy, a lump of matter which, of all the lumps of matter in the universe, I care least for, and it still grieves me. Does this not prove that each of us is only part of a whole?
    For ages this idea has been proclaimed in the consummately wise teachings of religion, probably not alone as a means of insuring peace and harmony among men, but as a deeply founded truth. The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one. Metaphysical proofs are, however, not the only ones which we are able to bring forth in support of this idea. Science, too, recognizes this connectedness of separate individuals, though not quite in the same sense as it admits that the suns, planets, and moons of a constellation are one body, and there can be no doubt that it will be experimentally confirmed in times to come, when our means and methods for investigating psychical and other states and phenomena shall have been brought to great perfection. Still more: this one human being lives on and on. The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains. Therein lies the profound difference between the individual and the whole.”
    Nikola Tesla

  • #7
    Nikola Tesla
    “What one man calls God, another calls the laws of physics.”
    Nikola Tesla

  • #8
    Frantz Fanon
    “In the World through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.”
    Frantz Fanon

  • #9
    Frantz Fanon
    “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are
    presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
    evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
    extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it
    is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
    ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.”
    Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

  • #10
    Frantz Fanon
    “To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.”
    Frantz Fanon

  • #11
    Frantz Fanon
    “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.”
    Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

  • #12
    Frantz Fanon
    “I am black; I am in total fusion with the world, in sympathetic affinity with the earth, losing my id in the heart of the cosmos -- and the white man, however intelligent he may be, is incapable of understanding Louis Armstrong or songs from the Congo. I am black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth.”
    Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

  • #13
    Frantz Fanon
    “...There are too many idiots in this world. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.”
    Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

  • #14
    Frantz Fanon
    “O my body, make of me always a man who questions!”
    Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

  • #15
    Frantz Fanon
    “Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”
    Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

  • #16
    Frantz Fanon
    “For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”
    Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

  • #17
    Steven Pinker
    “Challenge a person's beliefs, and you challenge his dignity, standing, and power. And when those beliefs are based on nothing but faith, they are chronically fragile. No one gets upset about the belief that rocks fall down as opposed to up, because all sane people can see it with their own eyes. Not so for the belief that babies are born with original sin or that God exists in three persons or that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man after Muhammad. When people organize their lives around these beliefs, and then learn of other people who seem to be doing just fine without them--or worse, who credibly rebut them--they are in danger of looking like fools. Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.”
    Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

  • #18
    Dr. Seuss
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
    Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

  • #19
    H.L. Mencken
    “An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.”
    H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques

  • #20
    “When you're through changing, you're through.”
    Bruce Barton
    tags: life

  • #21
    Steven Pinker
    “Feminism as a movement for political and social equity is important, but feminism as an academic clique committed to eccentric doctrines about human nature is not. Eliminating discrimination against women is important, but believing that women and men are born with indistinguishable minds is not. Freedom of choice is important, but ensuring that women make up exactly 50 percent of all professions is not. And eliminating sexual assaults is important, but advancing the theory that rapists are doing their part in a vast male conspiracy is not.”
    Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

  • #22
    Emma Goldman
    “Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.”
    Emma Goldman

  • #23
    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use
    “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #24
    George Orwell
    “Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #25
    George Orwell
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #26
    George Orwell
    “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    George Orwell

  • #27
    George Orwell
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #28
    George Orwell
    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
    George Orwell

  • #29
    George Orwell
    “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #30
    George Orwell
    “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
    George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950



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