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"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

"The greater man, the greater courtesy."

- Tennyson, The Idylls of the King - The Last Tournament, 1871

"…from 2006 to 2013, the share of Russian gas in Europe’s overall consumption fell from 39 to 25 percent … In 2013, China extracted only 200 million cubic meters of shale gas, but it expects to extract 6.5 billion cubic meters in 2015 and up to 60 billion to 100 billion cubic meters by 2020"

- Yulia Latyinina

“The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.”

- Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution, 1867

"What other significance can our existence have than to be ourselves fully and completely?"

- John Macmurray

"Living with unresolved conflicts involves primarily a devastating waste of human energies, occasioned not only by the conflicts themselves but by all the devious attempts to remove them. When a person is basically divided he can never put his energies wholeheartedly into anything but wants always to pursue two or more incompatible goals. This means that he will either scatter his energies or actively frustrate his efforts. The former is true of persons whose idealized image, like Peer Gynt’s, lures them into believing that they can excel in everything. A woman, in this case, wants to be an ideal mother, a perfect cook and hostess, dress well, play a prominent social and political role, be a devoted wife, have affairs outside marriage and do productive work of her own to boot. Needless to say, this cannot be done; she will be bound to fail in all these pursuits, and her energies — no matter how potentially gifted she is — will be wasted."

- Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts, 1945


"The NSA didn’t build a massive Internet eavesdropping system from scratch. It noticed that the corporate world was already eavesdropping on every Internet user - surveillance is the business model of the Internet, after all - and simply got copies for itself."

- Bruce Schneier, 2013