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Michel De Montaigne: 

“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.”

“The worst of my actions and conditions does not seem to me so ugly as the cowardice of not daring to avow it.”

“Repentance is nothing but a disavowal of our will and an opposition to our fancies, which leads us about in all directions. It makes man disown his past virtue and his continence.”

“Having committed themselves absolutely to each other, they held absolutely the reins of each other’s inclination;.”

“Our souls pulled together in such unison, they regarded each other with such ardent affection, and with a like affection revealed themselves to each other to the very depths of our hearts, that not only did I know his soul as well as mine, but I should certainly have trusted myself to him more readily than to myself.”

“It is a dangerous and fateful presumption, besides the absurd temerity that it implies, to disdain what we do not comprehend.”

“Let him laugh at it [a clever trap of logic]; it is subtler to laugh at it than answer it.”

“Virtue’s tool is moderation, not strength.”

“Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.”

“My life is full of terrible misfortunes, most of which have never happened.”

“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.”

“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.”

“Ambition is not a vice of little people.”

“I quote others only in order to better express myself.”

“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”

“We cannot be bound beyond what we are able to perform, by reason that effect and performance are not at all in our power, and that, indeed, we are masters of nothing but the will, in which, by necessity, all the rules and whole duty of mankind are founded and established.”

Carl Jung: 

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

“In critical situations the hero always mislays his weapon.”

“Of course I am also interested in their philosophical aspect, but philosophy butters no parsnips.”

“Therefore I say to the young psychotherapist: learn the best, know the best–and then forget everything when you face the patient.”

“It is easy enough to pride oneself on being able to feel such beautiful regrets.  This is why people love plays, films, or preachers that move them to tears, because they can then enjoy their own emotions.”

“In other words, it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature, but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil.”

“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.”

“‘Physical’ is not the only criterion of truth: there are also psychic truths which can neither be explained nor proved nor contested in any physical way.”  [In other words: nothing is ever “just in your head.”]

“…the paradox is just that for this particular person in this particular situation at this particular stage of development it may be good. Contrariwise, good at the wrong moment in the wrong place may be the worst thing possible.”

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”

“There is no getting round the fact that if you allow substantiality to good, you must also allow it to evil.”

…privatio boni. This classic formula robs evil of absolute existence and makes it a shadow that has only a relative existence dependent on light.  Good, on the other hand, is credited with a positive substantiality.  But, as psychological experience shows, “good” and “evil” are opposite poles of a moral judgement which, as such, originates in man.  A judgement can be made about a thing only if its opposite is equally real and possible.”

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”  [ ❤ ]

Oscar Wilde:

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.”

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination.”

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

“One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.”

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

“Why was I born with such contemporaries?”

“The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.”

“Only the shallow know themselves.”

“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”

“Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.”

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”

Assorted: 

 

“This is totally going in my blog!”

–‘Barney Stinson,’ [Neil Patrick Harris], How I Met Your Mother.

“So when a bottle of fancy massage oil enters an already fancy situation, the whole state of affairs enters critical levels of fanciness.”

Cracked.com. 

“As the size of an explosion increases, the number of social situations it is incapable of solving approaches zero.”

–Vaarsuvius, Order Of The Stick

“Justice is the end of government.”

 –“Publius;” (James Madison), The Federalist Papers

 

 

“When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.”

–Marcus Tullius Cicero

“You’d basically have to be a husk of a person to hate unicorns.”

universal joy of the wheat fields

 

 

 

“Enjoy what is here, while it is, because it may cease to be. Jeez, don’t get all angsty about it, it’s how the world works—the old Celtic circle, a never-ending cycle that feeds in and back through itself.”

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  1. Why can’t you like a page? 😦


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