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  • #1
    Philip Roth
    “The only obsession everyone wants: 'love.' People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you're whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You're whole, and then you're cracked open. ”
    Philip Roth, The Dying Animal
    tags: love

  • #2
    Philip Roth
    “Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up.”
    Philip Roth, The Dying Animal

  • #3
    William Shakespeare
    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
    William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

  • #4
    William Shakespeare
    “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
    William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

  • #5
    William Shakespeare
    “Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
    It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
    Seeing that death, a necessary end,
    Will come when it will come.”
    William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

  • #6
    William Shakespeare
    “To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause: there's the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life;
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
    The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
    The insolence of office and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pith and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
    The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
    Be all my sins remember'd!”
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  • #7
    Dante Alighieri
    “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    Dante Alighieri

  • #8
    Federico García Lorca
    “El más terrible de todos los sentimientos es el sentimiento de tener la esperanza muerta.”
    Federico García Lorca

  • #9
    “Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something”

  • #10
    “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
    Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle

  • #11
    “The more you know, the more you know you don't know.”

  • #12
    “Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.”
    Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

  • #13
    “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.”

  • #14
    “Wit is educated insolence.”

  • #15
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

  • #16
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • #17
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • #18
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part

  • #19
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Collected Works

  • #20
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • #21
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich für frei hält, ohne es zu sein.

    None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities

  • #22
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “Everything is hard before it is easy”
    Goethe J.W.

  • #23
    Hermann Hesse
    “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
    Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

  • #24
    Hermann Hesse
    “When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”
    Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

  • #25
    Hermann Hesse
    “It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”
    Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

  • #26
    Hermann Hesse
    “So she thoroughly taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it. She taught him that after a celebration of love the lovers should not part without admiring each other, without being conquered or having conquered, so that neither is bleak or glutted or has the bad feeling of being used or misused.”
    Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

  • #27
    Hermann Hesse
    “I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.”
    Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha