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James Baldwin
“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Plutarch
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
Plutarch

Franz Kafka
“In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world.”
Franz Kafka

Friedrich Nietzsche
“I have forgotten my umbrella. ”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Rumi
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
Rumi, Masnavi i Man'avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula

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