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  • #1
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
    Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • #2
    André Gide
    “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
    Andre Gide, Autumn Leaves

  • #3
    C.S. Lewis
    “A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

  • #4
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Demons

  • #5
    Jordan B. Peterson
    “Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.”
    Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  • #6
    Eckhart Tolle
    “Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it's no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.”
    Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

  • #7
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “A lot of young people try to impress the world and buy too many things," the doorman said.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #8
    Yuval Noah Harari
    “The capitalist and consumerist ethics are two sides of the same coin, a merger of two commandments. The supreme commandment of the rich is ‘Invest!’ The supreme commandment of the rest of us is ‘Buy!’ The capitalist–consumerist ethic is revolutionary in another respect. Most previous ethical systems presented people with a pretty tough deal. They were promised paradise, but only if they cultivated compassion and tolerance, overcame craving and anger, and restrained their selfish interests. This was too tough for most. The history of ethics is a sad tale of wonderful ideals that nobody can live up to. Most Christians did not imitate Christ, most Buddhists failed to follow Buddha, and most Confucians would have caused Confucius a temper tantrum. In contrast, most people today successfully live up to the capitalist–consumerist ideal. The new ethic promises paradise on condition that the rich remain greedy and spend their time making more money and that the masses give free reign to their cravings and passions and buy more and more. This is the first religion in history whose followers actually do what they are asked to do. How though do we know that we'll really get paradise in return? We've seen it on television.”
    Yuval Noah Harari, קיצור תולדות האנושות

  • #9
    Mary Ann Shaffer
    “I don't want to be married just to be married. I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with.”
    Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • #10
    W.C. Fields
    “I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. ”
    W.C. Fields

  • #11
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the world’s foolishness, you will regret it; weep over it, you will regret that too; laugh at the world’s foolishness or weep over it, you will regret both. Believe a woman, you will regret it; believe her not, you will also regret it… Hang yourself, you will regret it; do not hang yourself, and you will regret that too; hang yourself or don’t hang yourself, you’ll regret it either way; whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret both. This, gentlemen, is the essence of all philosophy.”
    Søren Kierkegaard

  • #12
    George Orwell
    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
    George Orwell

  • #13
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “Only after disaster can we be resurrected. "It’s only after you’ve lost everything,” Tyler says, "that you’re free to do anything.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #14
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “If you don’t know what you want," the doorman said, "you end up with a lot you don’t.”
    chuck palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #15
    Erin Morgenstern
    “People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #16
    Jordan B. Peterson
    “When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”
    Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  • #17
    Jordan B. Peterson
    “Order is not enough. You can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because there are still vital and important new things to be learned. Nonetheless, chaos can be too much. You can’t long tolerate being swamped and overwhelmed beyond your capacity to cope while you are learning what you still need to know. Thus, you need to place one foot in what you have mastered and understood and the other in what you are currently exploring and mastering. Then you have positioned yourself where the terror of existence is under control and you are secure, but where you are also alert and engaged. That is where there is something new to master and some way that you can be improved. That is where meaning is to be found.”
    Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  • #18
    Gautama Buddha
    “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
    Buddha

  • #19
    Gautama Buddha
    “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
    Buddha

  • #20
    Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another What! You
    “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #21
    C.S. Lewis
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #22
    C.S. Lewis
    “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #23
    C.S. Lewis
    “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #24
    C.S. Lewis
    “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #25
    C.S. Lewis
    “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #26
    Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.
    “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #27
    C.S. Lewis
    “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #28
    Socrates
    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
    Socrates

  • #29
    The Seven Social Sins are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce
    “The Seven Social Sins are:

    Wealth without work.
    Pleasure without conscience.
    Knowledge without character.
    Commerce without morality.
    Science without humanity.
    Worship without sacrifice.
    Politics without principle.


    From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”
    Frederick Lewis Donaldson

  • #30
    Albert Einstein
    “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
    Albert Einstein



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