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  • #1
    Jean-Paul Sartre
    “For many have but one resource to sustain them in their misery, and that is to think, “Circumstances have been against me, I was worthy to be something much better than I have been. I admit I have never had a great love or a great friendship; but that is because I never met a man or a woman who were worthy of it; if I have not written any very good books, it is because I had not the leisure to do so; or, if I have had no children to whom I could devote myself it is because I did not find the man I could have lived with. So there remains within me a wide range of abilities, inclinations and potentialities, unused but perfectly viable, which endow me with a worthiness that could never be inferred from the mere history of my actions.” But in reality and for the existentialist, there is no love apart from the deeds of love; no potentiality of love other than that which is manifested in loving; there is no genius other than that which is expressed in works of art.”
    Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism

  • #2
    Rita Mae Brown
    “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”
    Rita Mae Brown, Alma Mater

  • #3
    Randy Pausch
    “Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”
    Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

  • #4
    Edith Wharton
    “Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”
    Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses

  • #5
    Henry David Thoreau
    “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #6
    Henry David Thoreau
    “We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

  • #7
    Jon Krakauer
    “People don't get it. He didn't even have a fuckin' map; what kind of idiot? THAT was the point. There's no blank spots on the map anymore, anywhere on earth. If you want a blank spot on the map, you gotta leave the map behind.”
    Jon Krakauer

  • #8
    C. JoyBell C.
    “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
    C. JoyBell C.

  • #9
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”
    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • #10
    Henry David Thoreau
    “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • #11
    Richard P. Feynman
    “What do I advise? Forget it all. Don't be afraid. Do what you get the most pleasure from. Is it to build a cloud chamber? Then go on doing things like that. Develop your talents wherever they may lead. Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!
    If you have any talent,or any occupation that delights you,do it, and do it to the hilt”
    Richard P. Feynman

  • #12
    Brennan Manning
    “In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”
    Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

  • #13
    John Green
    “Yeah, about the test...

    The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged, and productive citizen of the world, and it will take place in schools and bars and hospitals and dorm rooms and in places of worship. You will be tested on first dates, in job interviews, while watching football, and while scrolling through your Twitter feed. The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you’ll be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you’ll be able to place your life and your community in a broader context. The test will last your entire life, and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, will make your life yours. And everything, everything, will be on it.

    ...I know, right?”
    John Green

  • #14
    “Our lives are mere flashes of light in an infinitely empty universe. In 12 years of education the most important lesson I have learned is that what we see as “normal” living is truly a travesty of our potential. In a society so governed by superficiality, appearances, and petty economics, dreams are more real than anything anything in the “real world”. Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family, and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone. The only thing I can ask of you is to stay free of materialism. Remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. Live and love so immensely that when death comes there is nothing left for him to take. Wealth is love, music, sports, learning, family and freedom. Above all, stay gold.”
    Dominic Owen Mallary

  • #15
    Oscar Wilde
    “Never regret thy fall,
    O Icarus of the fearless flight
    For the greatest tragedy of them all
    Is never to feel the burning light.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #16
    Mel Brooks
    “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
    Mel Brooks

  • #17
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

  • #18
    Marcus Aurelius
    “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #19
    Marcus Aurelius
    “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #20
    “Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We've been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.”
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

  • #21
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    “A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.”
    Taleb Nassim Nicholas

  • #22
    Robert G. Ingersoll
    “Why should we place Christ at the top and summit of the human race? Was he kinder, more forgiving, more self-sacrificing than Buddha? Was he wiser, did he meet death with more perfect calmness, than Socrates? Was he more patient, more charitable, than Epictetus? Was he a greater philosopher, a deeper thinker, than Epicurus? In what respect was he the superior of Zoroaster? Was he gentler than Lao-tsze, more universal than Confucius? Were his ideas of human rights and duties superior to those of Zeno? Did he express grander truths than Cicero? Was his mind subtler than Spinoza’s? Was his brain equal to Kepler’s or Newton’s? Was he grander in death – a sublimer martyr than Bruno? Was he in intelligence, in the force and beauty of expression, in breadth and scope of thought, in wealth of illustration, in aptness of comparison, in knowledge of the human brain and heart, of all passions, hopes and fears, the equal of Shakespeare, the greatest of the human race?”
    Robert G. Ingersoll, About The Holy Bible

  • #23
    “You should … live in such a way that there is nothing which you could not as easily tell your enemy as keep to yourself.”
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

  • #24
    Marcus Aurelius
    “Misfortune nobly born is good fortune.”
    Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • #25
    “If someone in the street were entrusted with your body, you would be furious. Yet you entrust your mind to anyone around who happens to insult you, and allow it to be troubled and confused. Aren’t you ashamed of that?”
    Epictetus, Enchiridion

  • #26
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana
    “Once you start learning from your problems, you stop wishing for a life without problems.”
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana

  • #27
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana
    “Growth is often the parent or the child of pain.”
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana

  • #28
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana
    “The mind is inclined to zoom in on your problem, or few problems, to an extend that you cannot see your many blessings.”
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana

  • #29
    “We ought not, therefore, to give over our hearts for good to any one part of the world. We should live with the conviction: 'I wasn‟t born for one particular corner: the whole world‟s my home country.”
    Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

  • #30
    “Where you arrive does not matter as much as what sort of person you are when you arrive there.”
    Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

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