Essential Quotes

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Robert A. Heinlein
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the laws

Steve Jobs
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
Steve Jobs

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Try for once to justify the meaning of your existence as it were a posteriori by setting yourself an aim, a goal... an exalted and noble 'to this end.' Perish in pursuit of this and only this”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations

Clarice Lispector
“I ask myself: is every story that has ever been written in this world, a story of suffering and affliction?


Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star

“If we only live through the eyes of the others and don’t try to capture the vibration of our own individual experience, we may miss out the beam and brilliance of authenticity that is essential to move forward in life”
Erik Pevernagie

George Washington
“Nothing is more essential, than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular Nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated.”
George Washington, The Papers Of George Washington

Max Planck
“The assumption of an absolute determinism is the essential foundation of every scientific enquiry.”
Max Planck, The Dilemmas of an Upright Man: Max Planck and the Fortunes of German Science

“Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected - that is essential.”
Anna Gould

Miyamoto Musashi
“What is essential is to suddenly make a move totally unexpected by the opponent, pick up on the advantage of fright, and seize the victory right then and there.”
Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

Clarice Lispector
“Beyond thought I reach a state. I refuse to divide it up into words - and what I cannot and do not want to express ends up being the most secret of my secrets. I know that I'm scared of the moments in which I don't use thought and that's a momentary state that is difficult to reach, and which, entirely secret, no longer uses words with which thoughts are produce. Is not using words to lose your identity? is it getting lost in the harmful essential shadows?”
Clarice Lispector

“We are truly human when we live for a purpose far above ourselves; but most people prefer to identify with an entity for the sake of belonging; thereby subjecting themselves to the spirit of collective selfishness that is only found in groups...”
Janvier Chando, The Union Moujik

László Krasznahorkai
“It would be better for you to turn around and go into the thick grasses, there where one of those strange grassy islets in the riverbed will completely cover you, it would be better if you do this for once and for all, because if you come back tomorrow, or after tomorrow, there will be no one at all to understand, no one to look, not even a single one among all your natural enemies that will be able to see who you really are; it would be better for you to go away this very evening when twilight begins to fall, it would be better for you to retreat with the others, if night begins to descend, and you should not come back if tomorrow, or after tomorrow, dawn breaks, because for you it will be much better for there to be no tomorrow and no day after tomorrow; so hide away now in the grass, sink down, fall onto your side, let your eyes slowly close, and die, for there is no point in the sublimity that you bear, die at midnight in the grass, sink down and fall, and let it be like that — breathe your last.”
László Krasznahorkai, Seiobo There Below

W. Somerset Maugham
“I've been quite happy. Look, here are my proofs. Remember that I am indifferent to discomforts which would harass other folk. What do the circumstances of life matter if your dreams make you lord paramount of time and space?”
W. Somerset Maugham

“Be ruthless! Say no to everything that is either not essential or doesn’t add something of value to your life.”
Dee Waldeck

Steven Magee
“I find that a little bit of crazy is an essential ingredient of discovery.”
Steven Magee

“At the end of the day, what matters is our faith in humanity...”
Janvier Chando, The Union Moujik

“There is no worse way to abuse a man’s patriotism than to estrange him from his homeland, be it his ancestral or adopted land...”
Janvier Chando, The Union Moujik

“What you do with your time daily is essential for spiritual and physical growth”
Sunday Adelaja

Milan Kundera
“The sense of modernism is often seen in the determination of each of the arts to come as close as possible to its own particular nature, its essence. For instance, lyric poetry rejected anything rhetorical, didactic, embellishing, so as to set flowing the pure fount of poetic fantasy. Painting renounced its documentary, mimetic function, whatever might be expressed by some other medium (for instance, photography). And the novel? It too refuses to exist as illustration of a historical era, as description of society, as defense of an ideology, and instead puts itself exclusively at the service of “what only the novel can say.”
Milan Kundera, The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts

Paddick Van Zyl
“When we read about the events that occurred in the lives of those individuals that God raised up as leaders, we see a pattern emerging – that of character testing. Think of Joseph, King David, Daniel, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, the disciples. They all had to go through some character training. At times in our life, we will be faced with and find ourselves in situations that we think we are unable to handle or situations that we have no natural talent for. We will be out of our depth. These situations are designed by God as character forming or character shaping events. They are essential to our growth and us accomplishing the will and plan of God for our lives.”
Paddick Van Zyl

“An essential ingredient to hygge is the boundary that marks a place or delineates a moment - a fence, a circle of cushions or a stolen half hour.”
Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

Talismanist Giebra
“Exaggerate the essential.
Sometimes the art of existence depends on how you exaggerate the essential.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Munia Khan
“In a world of selfie-addiction smile usually is the brand name for an essential drug called pretense”
Munia Khan

“In addition to water, air, earth and fire, there is a fifth element essential for life: his name is poetry.”
Corina Abdulahm-Negura

“It is essential to check the quality of work carried out or people let you down”
Sunday Adelaja

“اجعل الأمل في حياتك كما الماء
Make hope just like water in your life”
Khaled Ibrahim

“...Realization is born from error...”
Janvier Chando, The Union Moujik

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