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  • #1
    W.H. Auden
    “In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.”
    W. H. Auden
    tags: dogs

  • #2
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #3
    Mitch Albom
    “If you hold back on the emotions--if you don't allow yourself to go all the way through them--you can never get to being detached, you're too busy being afraid. You're afraid of the pain, you're afraid of the grief. You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your heard even, you experience them fully and completely.”
    Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

  • #4
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

  • #5
    W.H. Auden
    “Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.”
    W.H. Auden

  • #6
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.”
    Viktor Emil Frankl

  • #7
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The learned and the studious of thought have no monopoly of wisdom. Their violence of direction in some degree disqualifies them to think truly. We owe many valuable observations to people who are not very acute or profound, and who say the thing without effort which we want and have long been hunting in vain.”
    ralph waldo emerson, The Over-Soul
    tags: simple

  • #8
    Bertrand Russell
    “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #9
    Francis Bacon
    “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
    Francis Bacon, The Oxford Francis Bacon IV: The Advancement of Learning

  • #10
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The soul is the perceiver and revealer of truth. We know the truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Over-Soul
    tags: gut, soul, truth

  • #11
    Bertrand Russell
    “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #12
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #13
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There’s nothing capricious in nature, and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #14
    Bertrand Russell
    “In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #15
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #16
    Herman Melville
    “(On Ralph Waldo Emerson)I love all men who dive. Any fish can swim near the surface, but it takes a great whale to go down stairs five miles or more; and if he don't attain the bottom, why all the lead in Galena can't fashion the plummet that will. I'm not talking of Mr Emerson now -but of the whole corps of thought-divers, that have been diving and coming up again with bloodshot eyes since the world began.”
    Herman Melville

  • #17
    Bertrand Russell
    “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #18
    Isaac Asimov
    “Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #19
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is no one who does not exaggerate. In conversation, men are encumbered with personality, and talk to much.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #20
    William Blake
    “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.”
    William Blake

  • #21
    Bertrand Russell
    “It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #22
    Abraham H. Maslow
    “It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”
    Abraham Harold Maslow

  • #23
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #24
    Bertrand Russell
    “Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #25
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • #28
    Agatha Christie
    “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
    Agatha Christie

  • #30
    Bertrand Russell
    “Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #31
    Alison Gopnik
    “It’s not that children are little scientists but that scientists are big children.”
    Alison Gopnik, The Scientist In The Crib: Minds, Brains, And How Children Learn

  • #33
    Isaac Asimov
    “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #36
    Bertrand Russell
    “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
    Bertrand Russell



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