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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 MaximsTranslations available
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Men are not only prone to forget benefits and injuries; they even hate those who have obliged them, and cease to hate those who have injured them. The necessity of revenging an injury or of recompensing a benefit seems a slavery to which they are unwilling to submit. ”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral MaximsTranslations available
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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 MunchTranslations available
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Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.”
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheTranslations available
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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 CamusTranslations available
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A useless life is an early death.”
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheTranslations available
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My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
Pablo PicassoTranslations available
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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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