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“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams

“The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. it is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”
― Eugene Victor Debs
 

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“This is the great lesson the depressive learns: Nothing in the world is inherently compelling. Whatever may be really “out there” cannot project itself as an affective experience. It is all a vacuous affair with only a chemical prestige. Nothing is either good or bad, desirable or undesirable, or anything else except that it is made so by laboratories inside us producing the emotions on which we live. And to live on our emotions is to live arbitrarily, inaccurately—imparting meaning to what has none of its own. Yet what other way is there to live? Without the ever-clanking machinery of emotion, everything would come to a standstill. There would be nothing to do, nowhere to go, nothing to be, and no one to know. The alternatives are clear: to live falsely as pawns of affect, or to live factually as depressives, or as individuals who know what is known to the depressive. How advantageous that we are not coerced into choosing one or the other, neither choice being excellent. One look at human existence is proof enough that our species will not be released from the stranglehold of emotionalism that anchors it to hallucinations. That may be no way to live, but to opt for depression would be to opt out of existence as we consciously know it.” ― Thomas Ligotti
 
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The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore, the object must be eliminated from the picture. ~Piet Mondrian
 

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"To suffer is the supreme modality of taking the world seriously. Thus is born the conflict between the feeling of suffering, which confers an absolute value on the outside causes and the world, and theoretical perspective, arisen out of suffering, for which the world is nothing. Out of this paradox of suffering there is no escape " - Emil Cioran
 

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"Imagination is more important than knowledge." ~Albert Einstein
 
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Proverbs 4:23
"Keep your heart with all vigilance.
For from it flow the springs of life."

"What is a legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden you never get to see."
-Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority.”
- R. C. Sproul

“What you can't forget...God can't remember.”
- John F. MacArthur

"Liberty dies when the governed become the ruled."
- K.J. Heil.

"All in a moment is enough."
- K.J. Heil.

"The dawn that shout out through the night, 'Day is coming soon!'"
- paraphrase of a quote by The Gray Havens

"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost."
- J. R. R. TOLKIEN

"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."
- Lemony Snicket

"If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf."
- Lemony Snicket

"If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for rest our lives."
- Lemony Snicket

"Those who stand for nothing fall for everything."
- Alexander Hamilton

"The art of reading is to skip judiciously."
- Alexander Hamilton

"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”
- Alexander Hamilton

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
- The U.S. Constitution
 

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"EMILY: "Does anyone ever realize life while they live it...every, every minute?"

STAGE MANAGER: "No. Saints and poets maybe...they do some."

- Thorton Wilder, Our Town
 

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What a beautiful quote!

"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."
(Viktor Frankl)
 

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Viktor Frankl: "Man's Search for Meaning":

“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”

“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.”
 

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‘There is a way to not give a fuck about what people think, but give a fuck about people’

"Be the chaos you want to see in the world"

"make people deal with you, but make sure dealing with you is always a positive and kind experience"
"Patience is good, but it can turn to apathy" All from Taliesin Jaffe
 

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Heimito von Doderer: The Strudlhof Steps (1951)

“In any case, Melzer did not achieve what he unconsciously wanted from her: to get back what he had brought close to her, wrapped in her personal warmth. Incidentally, most people do not want anything else when they address us; one therefore conducts every conversation most advantageously in such a way that one tells people what they have just said, only slightly varying it. In this way, the best agreement can be reached with the least effort.”

https://www.doderer-gesellschaft.org/english/pdf/The_Strudlhof_Steps.pdf
 
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