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    “Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
    ― Albert Camus

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    “Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear.”
    ― Ayn Rand

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    “A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably.”
    ― Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

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    “There is but one true philosophical problem and that is suicide.”
    ― Albert Camus

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    “Do not trouble about those who practice philosophy, whether they are good or bad; but examine the thing itself well and carefully. And if philosophy appears a bad thing to you, turn every man from it, not only your sons; but if it appears to you such as I think it to be, take courage, pursue it, and practice it, as the saying is, 'both you and your house.”
    ― Socrates

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    “It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it.”
    ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden & Resistance to Civil Government

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    “If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one's own self-deception and ignorance.”
    ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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    “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates

    “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” – Bill Gates

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    “He examined the chess problem and set out the pieces. It was a tricky ending, involving a couple of knights.
    'White to play and mate in two moves.'
    Winston looked up at the portrait of Big Brother. White always mates, he thought with a sort of cloudy mysticism. Always, without exception, it is so arranged. In no chess problem since the beginning of the world has black ever won. Did it not symbolize the eternal, unvarying triumph of Good over Evil? The huge face gazed back at him, full of calm power. White always mates.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

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    “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for crisis.”
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    “you can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry”
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    “The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour.”
    ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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    “Let not the rash marble risk
    garrulous breaches of oblivion's omnipotence,
    in many words recalling
    name, renown, events, birthplace.
    All those glass jewels are best left in the dark.
    Let not the marble say what men do not.
    The essentials of the dead man's life--
    the trembling hope,
    the implacable miracle of pain, the wonder of sensual delight--
    will abide forever.
    Blindly the uncertain soul asks to continue
    when it is the lives of others that will make that happen,
    as you yourself are the mirror and image
    of those who did not live as long as you
    and others will be (and are) your immortality on earth.”
    ― Jorge Luis Borges, Selected Poems

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    “To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.”
    ― Plato

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    “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    “If we are merely matter intricately assembled, is this really demeaning? If there's nothing here but atoms, does that make us less or does that make matter more?”
    ― Carl Sagan, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

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    “And so these refined parents subjected their five-year-old girl to all kinds of torture. They beat her, kicked her, flogged her, for no reason that they themselves knew of. The child’s whole body was covered in bruises. Eventually they devised a new refinement. Under the pretext that the child dirtied her bed (as though a five-year-old deep in her angelic sleep could be punished for that), they forced her to eat excrement, smearing it all over her face. And it was the mother that did it! And that woman would lock her daughter up in the outhouse until morning and she did so even on the coldest nights, when it was freezing. Just imagine the woman being able to sleep with the child’s cries coming from that outhouse! Imagine that little creature, unable to even understand what is happening to her, beating her sore little chest with her tiny fist, weeping hot, unresentful, meek tears, and begging ‘gentle Jesus’ to help her…

    ...let’s assume that you were called upon to build the edifice of human destiny so that men would finally be happy and would find peace and tranquility. If you knew that, only to attain this, you would have to torture just one single creature, let’s say the little girl who beat her chest so desperately in the outhouse, and that on her unavenged tears you could build that edifice, would you agree to do it?”
    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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    “The vivid force of his mind prevailed, and he fared forth far beyond the flaming ramparts of the heavens and traversed the boundless universe in thought and mind.”
    ― Lucretius

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    “If we are in a general way permitted to regard human activity in the realm of the beautiful as a liberation of the soul, as a release from constraint and restriction, in short to consider that art does actually alleviate the most overpowering and tragic catastrophes by means of the creations it offers to our contemplation and enjoyment, it is the art of music which conducts us to the final summit of that ascent to freedom.”
    ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, On the Arts: Selections from G.W.F. Hegel's Aesthetics, or the Philosophy of Fine Art

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    “No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity”
    ― Seneca, Dialogues and Letters

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    “Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.”
    ― Raymond Chandler

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    “So, when on one side you hoist in Locke's head, you go over that way; but now, on the other side, hoist in Kant's and you come back again; but in very poor plight. Thus, some minds for ever keep trimming boat. Oh, ye foolish! throw all these thunder-heads overboard, and then you will float light and right.”
    ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

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    “After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.”
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    “It takes a well-spent lifetime, and perhaps more, to crystalize in us that for which we exist.”
    ― Jean Toomer, Cane

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    We have negative mental habits that come up over and over again. One of the most significant negative habits we should be aware of is that of constantly allowing our mind to run off into the future. Perhaps we got this from our parents. Carried away by our worries, we're unable to live fully and happily in the present. Deep down, we believe we can't really be happy just yet—that we still have a few more boxes to be checked off before we can really enjoy life. We speculate, dream, strategize, and plan for these "conditions of happiness" we want to have in the future; and we continually chase after that future, even while we sleep. We may have fears about the future because we don't know how it's going to turn out, and these worries and anxieties keep us from enjoying being here now.”
    ― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives

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