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'A free man thinks of nothing less than of death; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death, but of life.'

- Spinoza

"Such remembrances give us a good insight into the way most of us meet life. We take one impression and use it to justify a whole series of actions. We draw consequences from it and act as if the consequences were obvious facts.”

- Alfred Adler

"Another possibility, much less attractive, is that after all Marx was right: ‘The end result of competition is the end of competition.’

He described the outcome: ‘After years of internecine warfare amongst capitalists there would be fewer and fewer capitalists controlling vaster and vaster empires.’

Who can doubt the accuracy of that prediction when considering the banks, the trains, electricity, gas, water, oil, or any other large global industry?”

- Maurice Saatchi, The Daily Mail, 2013

"We receive and we lose, and we must try to achieve gratitude; and with that gratitude to embrace with whole hearts whatever of life that remains after the losses."

- Andre Dubis II

"The best activities for your health are pumping and humping."

- Arnold Schwarzenegger

"While I wanted to think everything false, it must necessarily be that I who thought was something; and remarking that this truth, I think, therefore I am, was so solid and so certain that all the most
extravagant suppositions of the sceptics were incapable of upsetting it, I judged that I could receive it without scruple as the first principle of the philosophy that I sought.”

- Rene Descartes

"There is, let me assure you, nothing in nature more egocentric than embattled democracy. It soon becomes the victim of its own propaganda. It then tends to attach to its own cause an absolute value which distorts its own vision … Its enemy becomes the embodiment of all evil. Its own side is the centre of all virtue."

- George Kennan, former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union (in 1952)

"Punishment hardens and numbs, it produces obstinacy, it sharpens the sense of alienation and strengthens the power of resistance."

- Nietzsche

"Hell is other people."

- Jean-Paul Sartre, Huis Clos, 1944

"All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.”

- Edgar Allan Poe, 1849

"It is strange that the last men of intellectual eminence before the dark ages were concerned, not with saving civilization or expelling the barbarians or reforming the abuses of the administration, but with
preaching the merit of virginity and the damnation of unbaptized infants. Seeing that these were the preoccupations that the Church handed on to the converted barbarians, it is no wonder that the succeeding age surpassed almost all other fully historical periods in cruelty and superstition.”

- Bertrand Russell, The History of Western Philosophy, 1945

"A choice which confronts every one of us at every moment is this: Shall we permit our fellow men to know us as we now are, or shall we seek instead to remain an enigma, an uncertain quantity , wishing to be seen as something we are not?"

- Sidney Jourard, The Transparent Self, 1964

“Action is transitory a step, a blow,
The motion of a muscle, this way or that,
'Tis done, and in the after-vacancy
We wonder at ourselves like men betrayed:
Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark,
And shares the nature of infinity.”

- William Wordsworth, The Borderers, 1539

"The origins of the cold war are closely interwoven with western support for nationalist unrest in the Baltic areas and western Ukraine."

- Pavel Sudoplatov, Soviet intelligence chief, 1994