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    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #3
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “In a gentle way you can shake the world.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #4
    Isidore of Seville
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    Isidore of Seville

  • #5
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

  • #6
    Henry David Thoreau
    “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #7
    “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
    Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street

  • #8
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms...”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #9
    Henry David Thoreau
    “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..”
    Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

  • #10
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #11
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #12
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #13
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #14
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #15
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

  • #16
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Envy is ignorance,
    Imitation is Suicide.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

  • #17
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

  • #18
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “People only see what they are prepared to see.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #19
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #20
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #21
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

  • #22
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Standing on the bare ground,--my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space,--all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays

  • #23
    David Foster Wallace
    “The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

  • #24
    David Foster Wallace
    “If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”
    David Foster Wallace, Up, Simba!

  • #25
    David Foster Wallace
    “Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #26
    David Foster Wallace
    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #27
    David Foster Wallace
    “I read," I say. "I study and read. I bet I've read everything you read. Don't think I haven't. I consume libraries. I wear out spines and ROM-drives. I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it." My instincts concerning syntax and mechanics are better than your own, I can tell, with all due respect. But it transcends the mechanics. I'm not a machine. I feel and believe. I have opinions. Some of them are interesting. I could, if you'd let me, talk and talk.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #28
    David Foster Wallace
    “What the really great artists do is they're entirely themselves. They're entirely themselves, they've got their own vision, they have their own way of fracturing reality, and if it's authentic and true, you will feel it in your nerve endings.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #29
    David Foster Wallace
    “Acceptance is usually more a matter of fatigue than anything else.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #30
    David Foster Wallace
    “What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of at most one tiny little part of it at any given instant.”
    David Foster Wallace, Oblivion

  • #31
    David Foster Wallace
    “We're all lonely for something we don't know we're lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that goes around feeling like missing somebody we've never even met?”
    David Foster Wallace



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