"Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity,..."
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“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.” - Isocrates, Ad Demonicum ..read more
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"To us who have fought so long against all kinds of constancy, the levity of the young is a pleasant..."
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“To us who have fought so long against all kinds of constancy, the levity of the young is a pleasant sight. They will don materialism, positivism, Kantianism, spiritualism, and so on, one after the other, till they realise that all theories, ideas and ideals are as of little consequence as the hoop-skirts and crinolines of our grandmothers. Then they will begin to live without ideals and pre-arranged purposes, without foresight, relying on chance and their own ready wit. This way, too, must be tried. Perhaps we shall do better by it…. Anyhow, it will be more fun.” - Lev Shestov, All Things Are ..read more
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"The liberty of man consists solely in this: that he obeys natural laws because he has himself..."
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“The liberty of man consists solely in this: that he obeys natural laws because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been externally imposed upon him by any extrinsic will whatever, divine or human, collective or individual.” - Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State ..read more
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"Passion is necessary. Every movement of infinity comes about by passion, and no reflection can bring..."
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“Passion is necessary. Every movement of infinity comes about by passion, and no reflection can bring a movement about.” - Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling ..read more
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"Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions..."
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“Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions — not outside.” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (9.13 ..read more
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"Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute..."
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“Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil ..read more
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"Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong..."
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“Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong temptations which will come up whenever it seems impossible to alleviate political, social, or economic misery in a manner worthy of man.” - Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism ..read more
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"Contingency is emptiness which, contingently configured, is the middle way. Everything is..."
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“Contingency is emptiness which, contingently configured, is the middle way. Everything is contingent; everything is empty.” - Nāgārjuna, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Batchelor tr. (Ch 24 ..read more
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"Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid..."
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“Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would be no longer possessed of liberty, because all his fellow citizens would have the same power.” - Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws ..read more
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"Compassion was the most important, perhaps the sole law of human existence."
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“Compassion was the most important, perhaps the sole law of human existence.” - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot ..read more
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