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Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break, and all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
— L.R. Knost

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.

Fight for the things that you are about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Why do you run around looking for the truth? Be still, and there it is—in the mountain, in the pine, in yourself.
Lao Tzu

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
Dr. Seuss

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
Ferdinand Foch

To refuse to participate in the shaping of our future is to give it up. Do not be misled into passivity either by false security (they don’t mean me) or by despair (there’s nothing we can do). Each of us must find our work and do it.
Audre Lorde

Yes. Money has been a little tight lately. But, at the end of my life, when I’m sitting on my yacht, am I gonna be thinking about how much money I have? No. I’m going to be thinking about how many friends I have, and my children, and my comedy albums. I mean, I have a yacht, so I obviously did pretty well money-wise.
Michael Scott

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It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.
Salvador Dalí

Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again.
Carl Jung

In nature, there is something called the food chain;
It is where the shark eats the little shark,
and the little shark eats the littler shark
and so on and so on and so on and so on
until you get down to the single cell shark.
Michael Scott

All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism – it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
Conan O’Brien

Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed — chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones. Few that fell trees plant them; nor would planting avail much towards getting back anything like the noble primeval forests. … It took more than three thousand years to make some of the trees in these Western woods — trees that are still standing in perfect strength and beauty, waving and singing in the mighty forests of the Sierra.
John Muir

I’ll tell you one thing for sure: once you get to the point where you’re actually doing things for truth’s sake, then nobody can ever touch you again because you’re harmonizing with a greater power.
George Harrison

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.
John Lewis

Country Roooaaads, take me home, to the plaaaace, I belooong,
West Virginia

An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.
Stephen Fry

“Beep Boop” could become a slur once A.I becomes advanced enough to be offended.
— Shower Thought

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Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.
— Maya Angelou

If one man has a dollar he didn’t work for, some other man worked for a dollar he didn’t get.
– Bill Haywood, Roughneck, The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood (1983) by Peter Carlson, p. 146

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
– Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness (1932).

The worker puts his life into the object; but now it no longer belongs to him, it belongs to the object.
– Karl Marx

Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.
– Jerry Seinfeld

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.
– Richard Feynman

Il est bien malaisé (puisqu’il faut enfin m’expliquer) d’ôter à des insensés des chaînes qu’ils révèrent.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
– Voltaire, Le dîner du comte de Boulainvilliers (1767): Troisième Entretien

Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil.
– Ayn Rand, Francisco d’Anconia in Atlas Shrugged (New York: 1992), p. 384.

“i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut”
― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms.”
― J.D. Salinger

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I may not be smart enough to debate you point-for-point on this, but I have the feeling about 60% of what you say is crap.
– David Letterman


“Many clever people like you have trusted to civilization.
Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever people at the end of Rome.
Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”

G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)


Timgad, founded by the Emperor Trajan in 100 AD, 10000 residents, photographed by Brian Brake for LIFE magazine, 1965

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Only look in another persons bowl to see if they have enough to eat.

Genus est mortis male vivere.
“An evil life is a kind of death.”
Ovid, Epistolæ Ex Ponto, III. 4. 75.

You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.

“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”
Frederick William Faber

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.

“Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil; I observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape it, and with this I begin and end.”
John Newton

The best time to plant a tree is thirty years ago. The second-best time is right now.

Mala mens, malus animus.
“A bad heart, bad designs.”
Terence, Andria, I. 1. 137.

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Si velis vitiis exui, longe a vitiorum exemplis recedendum est.
“If thou wishest to get rid of thy evil propensities, thou must keep far from evil companions.”
Seneca the Younger, Epistolæ Ad Lucilium, CIV.

Never play chess with a pigeon. It knocks all the pieces over, shits all over the board and walks around like its won.

“Real wealth is never having to spend time with assholes.”
John Waters

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.

“I was waiting for something extraordinary to happen but as the years wasted on nothing ever did unless I caused it.”
— Charles Bukowski

Getting old beats the alternative.

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“He’s always been a special boy. I remember the day he was born. He looked up at me and said, ‘Momma, I am not a person. My body’s just a flesh vessel for an immortal being whose name if you heard it would make you lose your mind.’”
Kenneth‘s mom [30 Rock, episode “Governor Dunston“]

“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
― Christopher Hitchens

“It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”
Barack Obama

“What I was saying is… A culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb fucking culture. And for people to get mad at that, proves my point.”
Bill Maher on Larry King 21.11.2018

“The gods that we’ve made are exactly the gods you’d expect to be made by a species that’s about half a chromosome away from being chimpanzee.”
― Christopher Hitchens

“If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden.”
― Claudia Grandi

“To the dumb question “Why me?” the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?”
Christopher Hitchens

“It is only in folk tales, children’s stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil. The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them.”
Noam Chomsky

“A people that began to think as citizens rather than subjects might transcend underdevelopment on their own. Inalienable human right is unique in that it needs no superhuman guarantee; no ‘fount’ except itself. Only servility requires the realm (suggestive word) of illusion. Illusions, of course, cannot be abolished. But they can and must be outgrown.”
― Christopher Hitchens

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Δεν ωφελεί το παράπονο
Ίδια παντού θα ‘ναι η ζωή
[Νίκος Γκάτσος]

Τα δέντρα είναι ποιήματα που γράφει η γη στον ουρανό. Εμείς τα ρίξαμε και τα κάναμε χαρτί, για να καταγράφουμε την κενότητά μας.
[Kahil Gibran]

Το στομάχι είναι το χώμα στο οποίο ευδοκιμούν οι σκέψεις.

Πότε θ’ ανθίσουνε τούτοι οι τόποι;
Πότε θα ‘ρθούνε κανούργιοι ανθρώποι
να συνοδεύσουνε την βλακεία
στην τελευταία της κατοικία;
[Νίκος Γκάτσος]

Πιστεύω και σε σένα που σηκώνεις σα σημαία την καρδιά σου,
και προχωράς μες στο ενάντιο πλήθος.
[Τάσος Λειβαδίτης]

Ίσως δεν υπάρχει τίποτα που να αδρανοποιεί περισσότερο όσο ένα μικρό αλλά επαρκές εισόδημα.
[Edmund Wilson]

Ουτοπία είναι μια πρόωρη αλήθεια.
[Victor Hugo]

Δεν βλέπω παρά μόνο έναν κόσμο ερειπωμένο, όπου η τελευταία γραμμή άμυνας είναι δυνατή μόνο μέσα σε κατακόμβες.
[Julius Evola]

Κι ο άξιος εύκολα μένει στ’ όνειρο
κι ο άξιος με γυμνό σώμα πολεμά το επίγειο κράτος
[Νίκος Καρούζος]

Εθίζειν τους παίδας τω ταληθεί λέγειν. Το γαρ ψεύδεσθαι δουλοπρεπές και πάσιν ανθρώποις ουκ άξιον μιμείσθαι. (Να συνηθίζουμε τα παιδιά να λένε την αλήθεια. Γιατί η ψευτιά είναι δουλοπρέπεια και δεν αξίζει να τη μιμούνται οι άνθρωποι.)

Πίστεψε ότι μπορείς, και έχεις κάνει ήδη τον μισό δρόμο.
[Θεόδωρος Ρούζβελτ]

Εκείνος που είναι κακός είναι σκλάβος, ακόμα κι αν είναι βασιλιάς.

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
John Muir

«Παιδεία είναι αυτό που επιβιώνει όταν όλα όσα έχουν μαθευτεί ξεχνιούνται».
B.F. Skinner, Αμερικανός ψυχολόγος

«Τρία πράγματα χρειάζονται για την εκπαίδευση: η φύση, η μάθηση και η άσκηση».

«Το μυαλό δεν είναι ένα δοχείο που πρέπει να γεμίσει αλλά μια φωτιά που πρέπει ν’ ανάψει».

«Δώσε στον άνθρωπο ένα ψάρι και θα τον χορτάσεις μια φορά. Μάθε τον να πιάνει ψάρια και θα είναι χορτασμένος σε όλη του τη ζωή».
Μαϊμωνίδης, Εβραίος φιλόσοφος

«Η εκπαίδευση που παίρνουμε από τις συνθήκες της ζωής είναι ανώτερη από τη διδασκαλία του σχολείου».

«Εκπαίδευση δεν είναι η εκμάθηση γεγονότων αλλά ή εξάσκηση του μυαλού να σκέφτεται».
Albert Einstein

«Ο σκοπός της εκπαίδευσης είναι να αντικαταστήσει ένα άδειο μυαλό με ένα ανοιχτό μυαλό».
Malcolm Forbes, Αμερικανός εκδότης

«Η εκπαίδευση τελειοποιεί το ένστικτο, όπως τελειοποιεί και το λογικό».
– Πιερ Μπονέ

«Κάνε ό,τι καλύτερο μπορείς μέχρι να μάθεις. Μετά όταν μάθεις καλύτερα, καν’ το καλύτερα».
Maya Angelou

«Εκεί που ανοίγει ένα σχολείο, κλείνει μια φυλακή».
Βίκτωρ Ουγκώ

“Society is not some grand abstraction, my friends. It’s just us. It’s the words we use, which are the thoughts we have, which determine the actions we take.”
– Umair Haque

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«Αν το παιδί δεν μπορεί να μάθει με τον τρόπο που το διδάσκουμε, τότε πρέπει να το διδάξουμε με τον τρόπο που μπορεί να μάθει»
Maria Montessori, Ιταλίδα παιδαγωγός

«Ο μέτριος δάσκαλος μιλάει. Ο καλός δάσκαλος εξηγεί. Ο εξαιρετικός δάσκαλος δείχνει. Ο μεγάλος δάσκαλος εμπνέει».
William Arthur Ward, Αμερικανός συγγραφέας

«Η διδασκαλία είναι κάτι περισσότερο από το να διανέμεις τη γνώση, είναι να εμπνέεις την αλλαγή. Η μάθηση είναι κάτι περισσότερο από το να αποστηθίζεις δεδομένα, είναι να φτάνεις στην κατανόηση».
– William Arthur Ward, Αμερικανός συγγραφέας

«Η εκπαίδευση δεν είναι προετοιμασία για τη ζωή, είναι η ίδια η ζωή».
John Dewey , Αμερικανός φιλόσοφος & παιδαγωγός

«Ο σκοπός της παιδείας είναι η γνώση όχι δεδομένων αλλά αξιών».
William Ralph Inge, Βρετανός ιερωμένος & ακαδημαϊκός

«Τα παιδιά πρέπει να διδάσκονται πώς να σκέφτονται, όχι τι να σκέφτονται».
Margaret Mead, Αμερικανίδα εθνολόγος

«Εκεί που ανοίγει ένα σχολείο, κλείνει μια φυλακή».
Βίκτωρ Ουγκώ, Γάλλος συγγραφέας

«Η εκπαίδευση και η μόρφωση είναι το πιο ισχυρό όπλο που μπορούμε να χρησιμοποιήσουμε για να αλλάξουμε τον κόσμο».
Νέλσον Μαντέλα, πολιτικός, Νόμπελ Ειρήνης 1993

«Πολιτεία που δεν έχει σαν βάση της την παιδεία, είναι οικοδομή πάνω στην άμμο».
Αδαμάντιος Κοραής

«Η ευτυχία του ανθρώπου συνίσταται στη μόρφωση και στην παιδεία, και όχι στα αγαθά που δίνει και παίρνει η τύχη».

«Η αγραμματοσύνη είναι μάνα όλων των κακών».

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τάχ᾽ αὔριον ἔσσετ᾽ ἄμεινον ἐλπίδες ἐν ζωοῖσιν, ἀνέλπιστοι δὲ θανόντες
“While there’s life there’s hope, and only the dead have none.”

“People like you to be something, preferably what they are.”
– Anuj Shrestha

Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit.
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
Cicero, To Varro, in Ad Familiares IX, 4

“Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”
Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

“Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.”
– Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

“Act well your part; there all the honour lies.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

Salus populi suprema lex esto.
“Let the welfare of the people be the ultimate law.”
Cicero, Book III, section 3

“Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.”
– Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”
― P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe

πείρᾳ θην πάντα τελεῖται.
“everything’s done by trying.”

Adsiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit.
“Constant practice devoted to one subject often prevails over both ability and skill.”
Cicero, Pro Balbo, section 45