i. “They tell us that Suicide is the greatest piece of Cowardice… That Suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.” (Arthur Schopenhauer)

ii. “When I am dead I would rather people thought me better than I was instead of worse; but if they think me worse, I cannot help it and, if it matters at all, it will matter more to them than to me.” (Samuel Butler) [I’d personally prefer a third option: That people didn’t think of me/about me at all after my death. If I were completely forgotten right after my death, rather than 50 or 100 years later as is usually the case, my death would cause other people still alive much less harm and grief.]

iii. “To me it seems that those who are happy in this world are better and more lovable people than those who are not.” (-ll-)

iv. “The inert mind is a greater danger than the inert body, for it overlays and stifles the desire to live.” (Robertson Davies)

v. “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” (Stanisław Lec)

vi. “Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say” (William Watt)

vii. “Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.” (George Orwell)

viii. “One of the main reasons that it is so easy to march men off to war is that each of them feels sorry for the man next to him who will die.” (Ernest Becker)

ix. “Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” (Terry Pratchett)

x. “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.” (Tom Wilson)

xi. “I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” (Jerome K. Jerome)

xii. “It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.” (-ll-)

xiii. “There’s nothing worse than being an ageing young person.” (Richard Pryor)

xiv. “Whenever two people meet there are six present. There is the man as he sees himself, each as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.” (William James)

xv. “The real persuaders are our appetites, our fears and, above all, our vanity. The skillful propagandist stirs and coaches these internal persuaders.” (Eric Hoffer)

xvi. “It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power — power to oppress others. The oppressed want above all to imitate their oppressors; they want to retaliate.” (-ll-)

xvii. “A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.” (-ll-)

xviii. “We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand. A doctrine that is understood is shorn of its strength.” (-ll-)

xix. “The awareness of their individual blemishes and shortcomings inclines the frustrated to detect ill will and meanness in their fellow men. Self-contempt, however vague, sharpens our eyes for the imperfections of others. We usually strive to reveal in others the blemishes we hide in ourselves.” (-ll-)

xx. “To believe that if we could have but this or that we would be happy is to suppress the realization that the cause of our unhappiness is in our inadequate and blemished selves. Excessive desire is thus a means of suppressing our sense of worthlessness.” (-ll-)

December 9, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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