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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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Not doubt, certainty is what drives one insane.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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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 - Bajazet
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Women forge themselves the chains with which men do not wish to burden them.”
Simone de Beauvoir
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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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Those who are condemned to death affect sometimes a constancy and contempt for death which is only the fear of facing it; so that one may say that this constancy and contempt are to their mind what the bandage is to their eyes.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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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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From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
Edvard Munch
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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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