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  • #1
    George Santayana
    “Sanity is a madness put to good uses.”
    George Santayana , The Essential Santayana: Selected Writings

  • #2
    Giovanni Papini
    “I am a free man—and I need my freedom. I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. What do you want of me? When I have something to say, I put it in print. When I have something to give, I give it. Your prying curiosity turns my stomach! Your compliments humiliate me! Your tea poisons me! I owe nothing to any one. I would be responsible to God alone—if He existed!”
    Giovanni Papini, Un uomo finito

  • #3
    William Saroyan
    “It takes a lot of rehearsing for a man to be himself.”
    William Saroyan

  • #6
    Mahmoud Darwish
    “وسألني هل أنا + أنا = اثنين
    قلت: أنت و أنت أقل من واحد”
    محمود درويش, أثر الفراشة

  • #7
    Taras Shevchenko
    “Караюсь, мучусь... але не каюсь!”
    Taras Shevchenko

  • #11
    Lydia Chukovskaya
    “Пушкин. Тютчев. Некрасов. Блок. Ахматова. Мандельштам… Это всё — псевдонимы. Автор — Петербург.”
    Lydia Chukovskaya, Прочерк

  • #14
    “If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.”
    Charles-Louis de Secondat, de la Brède et de Montesquieu

  • #15
    “What you seek is seeking you.”
    Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

  • #15
    “Medieval Muslim society...labeled as intoxicated anyone “whose orderly speech is confused and who spills his hidden secret...”
    Ronald K. Siegel, Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances

  • #17
    Ilya Ehrenburg
    “كان يعتقد انك إذا قلت إن كل شئ علي مايرام فإن هذا في حد ذاته يصلح الامور إن اهم شئ ألا تتدهور المعنويات”
    Ilya Ehrenburg, The Thaw

  • #18
    Fyodor Tyutchev

    Молчи, скрывайся и таи
    И чувства и мечты свои —
    Пускай в душевной глубине
    Встают и заходя́т оне
    Безмолвно, как звезды́ в ночи, —
    Любуйся ими — и молчи.

    Как сердцу высказать себя?
    Другому как понять тебя?
    Поймёт ли он, чем ты живёшь?
    Мысль изрече́нная есть ложь.
    Взрывая, возмутишь ключи, —
    Питайся ими — и молчи.

    Лишь жить в себе самом умей —
    Есть целый мир в душе твоей
    Таинственно-волшебных дум;
    Их оглуши́т наружный шум,
    Дневные разгоня́т лучи, —
    Внимай их пенью — и молчи!..

    Fyodor Tyutchev

  • #21
    Ilya Ehrenburg
    “كانت الريح تهب عنيفة،والثلج يكاد يعمي الأبصار ويصم الأذان ،توقف ديمري فجأة .ورفع حاجبيه قليلا،ثم انفجر مقهقهاً”
    Ilya Ehrenburg, The Thaw

  • #24
    Zelda Fitzgerald
    “I wish I had been what I thought I was; and so debonnaire; and so debonnaire.”
    Zelda Fitzgerald, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

  • #28
    Charles Lyell
    “Amidst the vicissitudes of the earth's surface, species cannot be immortal, but must perish, one after another, like the individuals which compose them. There is no possibility of escaping from this conclusion.”
    Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology

  • #29
    Jeremy Bentham
    “Every law is an infraction of liberty.”
    Jeremy Bentham

  • #32
    Fritz Leiber
    “I'll never stop writing. It's one occupation in which being crazy, even senile, might help.”
    Fritz Leiber, The Best of Fritz Leiber

  • #33
    “Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.”
    Charles-Louis De Secondat Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws

  • #34
    Jeremy Bentham
    “Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, --will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, --or to diminish something of their pains.”
    Jeremy Bentham

  • #35
    Benjamin Constant
    “Every time government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves.”
    Benjamin Constant

  • #36
    Alexis de Tocqueville
    “The more alike men are, the weaker each feels in the face of all.”
    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • #37
    Naomi Klein
    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
    Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

  • #38
    Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann
    “Man's only hope lies in "final redemption from the misery of volition and existence into the painlessness of non-being and non-willing." No mortal may quit the task of life, but each must do his part to hasten the time when in the major portion of the human race the activity of the unconscious shall be ruled by intelligence, and this stage reached, in the simultaneous action of many persons volition will resolve upon its own non-continuance, and thus idea and will be once more reunited in the Absolute.”
    Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann

  • #39
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “Once, I saw a bee drown in honey, and I understood.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

  • #40
    Ivor W. Hartmann
    “She danced alone with her eyes closed, and seemed to move to a beat more powerful than what ears alone could hear.”
    Ivor W. Hartmann, African Roar

  • #41
    Wilkie Collins
    “In every class of society, gratitude is the rarest of all human virtues.”
    Wilkie Collins, The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice

  • #42
    Alexander Pope
    “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
    Alexander Pope

  • #43
    Tom Clancy
    “I am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook. When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops.”
    Tom Clancy

  • #44
    Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas
    “Jei mirčiau žiemą.
    Atidaryk langą,
    Kad mano siela galėtų -
    Sningant -
    Parskristi namo.”
    Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas, Dienoraščio fragmentai 2001-2009 ir papildymai 1940-2000

  • #45
    Jean-François Lyotard
    “In his analysis of the sublime effect, Edmund Burke termed 'horror' the state of mind of a person whose participation in speech is threatened. The power which exceeds the capacity of interlocution resembles night.”
    Jean-François Lyotard

  • #46
    Hugo Ball
    “It's inspiration that counts, not the drill.”
    Hugo Ball, Flametti, or the Dandyism of the Poor

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