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Of men who reach my tale of years
Who least has cause to make his moan?
He who has learnt to banish fears,
Who lives and dies unknown.”

Voltaire
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Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation: not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive from what ills you are free yourself is pleasant.”
Lucretius, Titus Lucretius Carus - De rerum natura
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I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still more of my unfinished garden.”
Michel de Montaigne - Essays
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Laziness: the habit of resting before fatigue sets in.”
Jules Renard
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A systematic revolution of basic concepts begins with Einsteinian science. In the very detail of its concepts a relativism of the rational and the empirical is established. Science then undergoes what Nietzsche called "an upheaval of concepts," as if the earth, the universe, things, possessed a different structure from the fact that their explanation rests upon new foundations. All rational organization is "shaken" when the fundamental concepts undergo dialectical transformation.”
Gaston Bachelard
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Yet do I fear thy nature:
It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.”

William Shakespeare - Macbeth
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Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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My difficulty is only an — enormous — difficulty of expression.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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The sad truth of the matter is that most evil is done by people who never made up their minds to be or do either evil or good.”
Hannah Arendt
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One can say that to some extent fascism has added a new variation to the old art of lying — the most devilish variation — that of lying the truth.”
Hannah Arendt
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Every animal loves itself.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero - De finibus bonorum et malorum
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I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.”
Albert Einstein
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Political questions are far too serious to be left to the politicians.”
Hannah Arendt
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To save all we must dare all.”
Friedrich Schiller
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The beautiful is the symbol of the morally good.”
Immanuel Kant
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Nothing so much prevents us from being natural as the desire to appear so.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Love eagerly believes everything it wants to.”
Jean Racine
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Some men make fortunes, but not to enjoy them; for, blinded by avarice, they live to make fortunes.”
Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis - Satires
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The extreme limit of wisdom — that’s what the public calls madness.”
Jean Cocteau - Le Coq et l’Arlequin
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It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.”
Anatole France
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The human mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the body, but there remains of it something which is eternal.”
Baruch Spinoza - Ethics
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Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.”
Bertrand Russell
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The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.”
Thomas Hobbes
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Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.”
Bertrand Russell
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What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!”
Charles Darwin
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Agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs.”
Martin Heidegger
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Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”
Albert Camus
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A useless life is an early death.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.”
François de La Rochefoucauld
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Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.”
Albert Camus
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