Philosophical Musings Quotes

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“Sometimes truths are what we run from, and sometimes they are what we seek.”
R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Oh, gentlemen, perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I've never been able to start or finish anything. Granted, granted I'm a babbler, a harmless, irksome babbler, as we all are. But what's to be done if the sole and express purpose of every intelligent man is babble--that is, a deliberate pouring from empty into void.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

Michel Houellebecq
“To increase desires to an unbearable level whilst making the fulfillment of them more and more inaccessible: this was the single principle upon which Western society was based.”
Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island

“Solitude led to retrospective thinking, and if the past is what you are trying to get away from, then constant distractions in the present are needed.”
R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

“Deciding to wait, Scott sat down with a pint away from the bar at a corner table and lit a cigarette. The clientele in there on Sunday afternoon were the same as most other afternoons. From middle-aged to old men, drinking and cursing at the world like it was the last bus which had just left the stop without them.”
R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

“Scott glanced at his watch but didn't register what it said. The notion of time had become as absurd as the quietly glowing trees.”
R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

“If your world is out there and you are in here then the only things that will gather within these walls are time and bitterness. Eventually, that bitterness will eat away at you and leave nothing behind but resentment and hate.”
R.D. Ronald, The Zombie Room

“Some are mature enough that they don’t speak their minds. Some are so mature that they know they are not mature.”
Abhaidev, That Thing About You

“You know, there is a thin line between hope and confidence. What separates the two is rationality.”
Abhaidev, The Influencer: Speed Must Have a Limit

Alberto Moravia
“ boredom might be described as a malady affecting external objects and consisting of a withering process; an almost instantaneous loss of vitality--just as though one saw a flower change in a few seconds from a bud to decay and dust.”
Alberto Moravia

“There is much that is strange, but nothing that surpasses man in strangeness”

Anton Chekhov
“They are all very serious people with stern expressions on their faces. They discuss nothing but important matters and like to philosophize a great deal, while at the same time everyone can see that the workers are detestably fed, sleep without suitable bedding, thirty to forty in a room with bedbugs everywhere, the stench, the dampness, and the moral corruption... Obviously all our fine talk has gone on simply to hoodwink ourselves and other people as well. Show me the day nurseries that they're talking about so much about. And where are the libraries? Why, they just write about nurseries and libraries in novels, while in fact not a single one even exists. What does exist is nothing but dirt, vulgarity, and a barbarian way of life... I dislike these terribly serious faces, they frighten me, and I'm afraid of serious conversations, too. We'd be better off if we all would just shut up for a while!”
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

“Let me tell you a secret about the human condition. Nihilism leads to spirituality. And spirituality leads to nihilism. It is never in between for long. It is always a see-saw in action. Yes, my dear child, one can’t remain mystical all the time, for hopelessness creeps into even the most positive of minds. But this hopelessness, this cynicism too is not permanent. Man, you see, swings between nihilism and spirituality. Man, you see, swings between utmost bliss and the feelings of utter despair. It’s a rollercoaster, our lives. One can’t just go higher, higher all the time.”
Abhaidev, The Influencer: Speed Must Have a Limit

“Man needs a purpose. Raison d’être. For some, it is career and money. For some, family. For some great souls, a lofty goal.”
Abhaidev, The World's Most Frustrated Man

“Expressing doubt is how we begin a journey to discover essential truths.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

William Steig
“People are no damn good.”
William Steig, The Lonely Ones

Aysha Taryam
“Why does it seem easier for us to accept reality when it is within the confinement of the animal kingdom yet so hard for us to face it in our?”
Aysha Taryam, The Opposite of Indifference: A Collection of Commentaries

“No thought,no reflection,no analysis,no cultivation,no intention;let it settle itself.Relax "Tilopa”
Tilopa, Instructions in Mahamudra - a translation of the Ganga Mahamudra Upadesha of Tilopa

Linda Collison
“Like billiard balls colliding our courses were altered.”
Linda Collison, Star-Crossed

Jack Sanger
“Knowing the true isolation of being marks the beginning of love for others.”
Jack Sanger, Azimuth: The Second Journey

Agnes Repplier
“Things are as they are, and no amount of self-deception makes them otherwise. The friend who is incapable of depression depresses us as surely as the friend who is incapable of boredom bores us. Somewhere in our hearts is a strong, though dimly understood, desire to face realities, and to measure consequences, to have done with the fatigue of pretending. It is not optimism to enjoy the view when one is treed by a bull; it is philosophy. The optimist would say that being treed was a valuable experience. The disciple of gladness would say it was a pleasurable sensation. The Christian Scientist would say there was no bull, though remaining–if he were wise–on the tree-top. The philosopher would make the best of a bad job, and seek what compensation he could find.”
Agnes Repplier, Points of Friction

Cornelia "Connie" DeDona
“Leftie loosely is the way
to relax a set old screw
as rightie tightly thinks
new bullshit to pursue”
Cornelia "Connie D" DeDona

“All men, at some level or the other, are liars. Fortunately there is a cure. They can all become a fine creature, provided their nuts are taken off with pliers.”
Fakeer Ishavardas

“The power to make a choice goes with the duty of accepting the responsibility of the outcome of the choice.” (Page 1 of the book, “Ethics: Judging Morality Beyond The Limits Of Man.” by Michael Eneyo)”
Michael Eneyo

“If the present planting of humanity upon Spaceship Earth cannot comprehend this inexorable process and discipline itself to serve exclusively that function of metaphysical mastering of the physical it will be discontinued”
F. Buckminster Fuller

“You, douche bags! Do not blame God. As a thumb rule, know that all evil thoughts are your own. And all good thoughts are God’s own. Own up, you, nutcases!”
Fakeer Ishavardas

“You are not a leaf, blown along by the wind; but the leaf and the wind.”
Alan Watts

Marisa Silver
“The world moves on, and you are forgotten. Which is as it should be, I suppose. But sometimes you can spend a lot of sorrow trying to change things for the better when what was first was best. It's only that you were too foolish to realize it.”
Marisa Silver, Little Nothing

Yukteswar Giri
“Existence, consciousness and bliss are the three longings of the human heart.

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Bliss [is attained by being] able to direct all his attention inward. He becomes capable of satisfying all the wants of his heart and can thereby gain contentment, Ananda, the Real Bliss.

Consciousness of all the modifications of Nature up to its first and primal manifestation, the Word (Aum) and even of his own Real Self, gradually appears.

Existence [involves knowing the difference between what's real;' what really exists and what does not. When man] withdraws all the developments of Ignorance, in this way, freed from the control of this creation of Darkness, he comprehends his own Self as Indestructible and Ever-Existince Real Substance. So Sat, the Existence of Self, comes to light.”
Yukteswar Giri, The Holy Science

Lyra Brave
“Worry can feel like a dark shadow. But after every night, no matter how long, comes the morning light, bright and strong.”
Lyra Brave, Luna Heartstrong & the Spectacular Supernova

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