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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. - Page 17 EmptyThu Nov 28, 2019 5:47 pm

right, I like Goethe
#2. How can a man come to know himself? Never by thinking, but by doing. Try to do your duty and you will know at once what you are worth.
This one I've learnt, a mind with all its powers is only able to simulate reality so much, when I have sometimes engaged in different and new experiences it was often as If I was falling asleep a different person as I have woken up that day. Reading will qucikly reveal your quality of mind to yourself, acting the character and yourself in broader totality to yourself. Many men are brave, many cowards, some shamefuly cowardly, this I've only realised whilst in some extreme, life, situations, that is a useful knowledge, it is fascinating how character affects thinking and thinking reflects character, indeed.
#223. We cannot escape a contradiction in ourselves; we must try and resolve it. If the contradiction comes from others, it does not affect us: it is their affair.
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Of course how could i forget the Stoics. The masters of Aphoristic expose.

Marcus Aurelius wrote:
He who does not know what the world is, does not know where he is. And he who does not know for what purpose the world exists, does not know who he is, nor what the world is. But he who has failed in anyone of these things could not even say for what purpose he exists himself. What then dost thou think of him who (avoids or) seeks the praise of those who applaud, of men who know not either where they are or who they are?
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Jason Kohne (No White Guilt) wrote:
Being abstractionist, a 'nationalist' but not for any particular people. It's like being for the forest but not for the trees.
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Eric Hoffer wrote:
In this godless age, as much as in any preceding religious age, man is still preoccupied with the saving of his soul. The discrediting of established religions by "enlightenment" did not result in a weakening of the religious impulse. A traditional religion canalizes and routinizes the quest for salvation. When such a religion is discredited, the individual must do his own soul-saving and he is at it twenty four hours a day. There is an eruption of fanaticism in all departments of life--in business, politics, literature, art, science and even in lovemaking and sport. The elimination of the sacerdotal outlet results, thus in a general infection and inflammation of the social body.
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Ancient Proverb wrote:
Either fly as far as you can from men, or else, laughing at the world and the men who are in it, make yourself a fool in many things
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote:
Every stage of life corresponds to a certain philosophy. A child appears as a realist; for it is certain of the existence of pears and apples as it is of its own being. A young man, caught up in the storm of his inner passions, has to pay attention to himself, look and feel ahead; he is transformed into an idealist. A grown man, on the other hand, has every reason to be a sceptic; he is well advised to doubt whether the means he has chosen to achieve his purpose can really be right. Before actions and in the course of action he has every reason to keep his mind flexible so that he will not have to grieve later on about a wrong choice. An old man, however, will always avow mysticism. He sees that so much seems to depend on chance: unreason succeeds, reason fails, fortune and misfortune unexpectedly come to the same thing in the end; this is how things are, how they were, and old age comes to rest in him who is, who was and ever will be.
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Nassim Taleb wrote:
An idea starts to get interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion.

Erudition without bullshit, intellect without cowardice, courage without prudence, mathematics without nerdiness, scholarship without academia, intelligence without shrewdness, religiosity without intolerance, elegance without softness, sociality without dependence, enjoyment without addiction, religion without tolerance, and, above all, nothing without skin in the game.
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Bogdan Žerajić wrote:
He who wants to live, let him die. He who wants to die, let him live.
Misanthropy, resentment.
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Seneca wrote:
The great man has occasionally, albeit with a disdainful expression, condescended to look on you, whoever you are; he has deigned to listen to your words, he has allowed you to walk at his side. But you never thought fit to look on yourself or to listen to yourself, and so you've no reason to expect a return from anyone for those attentions of yours, since you offered them not because you wanted another's company but because you were incapable of communing with yourself
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Antonio Porchia wrote:
The chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken.

He who makes a paradise of his bread, makes a hell of his hunger.

Man is weak and when he makes strength his profession he is weaker.

Yes, one must suffer, even in vain, so as not to have lived in vain.

Suffering is above, not below; and everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise.

When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that i need an abyss in order to rest.
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Georg Christoph Litchtenburg wrote:
The peasant who believes the moon is no bigger than a plough wheel reflects that at a distance of a few miles a whole church appears only as a white speck but the moon on the contrary seems always to be the same size: what prevents him from connecting these ideas, which are all presented to him distinctly? In his ordinary life he does in fact connect ideas and perhaps does so by more artificial connections than these. This reflection should make the philosopher pay heed: perhaps in some of the connections he makes he is still a peasant. We think early in life but we do not know we are thinking, any more than we know we are growing or digesting; many ordinary people never do discover it. Close observation of external things easily leads back to the point of observation: ourselves; and conversely he who is for once wholly aware of himself easily proceeds from that to observing the things around him. Be attentive, feel nothing in vain, measure and compare: this is the whole law of philosophy.

--Minds detached from an external world must be strange creatures; for since the ground of every thought lies in the mind, such minds would be capable of the strangest combinations of ideas. We call people mad when the regulation of their conceptions no longer corresponds to the sequence of events in our regular world; for which reason, a careful observation of nature, or of mathematics is certainly the most effective specific against madness; nature is, so to speak, the guide-rope by which our thoughts are led so that they shall not wander away.

--It is easy to construct a landscape out of a mass of disorderly lines, but disorderly sounds cannot be made into music.
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Just lovely.

Iain Mcgilchrist wrote:
If one had to characterise the difference overall, is something like this. Experience is forever in motion, ramifying and unpredictable. In order for us to know anything at all, that thing must have enduring properties. If all things flow and one can never step into the same river twice – Heraclitus’s phrase is, I believe, a brilliant evocation of the core reality of the right hemisphere’s world – one will always be taken unawares by experience: since nothing is ever being repeated, nothing can ever be known. We have to find a way of fixing it as it flies, stepping back from the immediacy of experience, stepping outside the flow. Hence the brain has to attend to the world in two completely different ways, and in so doing to bring two different worlds into being. In the one, that of the right hemisphere, we experience the live, complex, embodied world of individual, always unique, beings, forever in flux, a net of interdependencies, forming and reforming wholes, a world with which we are deeply connected. In the other, that of the left hemisphere, we “experience” our experience in a special way: a “represented” version of it, containing now static, separable, bounded, but essentially fragmented entities, grouped into classes on which predictions can be based. This kind of attention isolates, fixes and makes each thing explicit by bringing it under the spotlight of attention. In doing so it renders things inert, mechanical, lifeless. But it also enables us for the first time to know, and consequently to learn and to make things. This gives us power.
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Franz Kafka wrote:
The conception of the infinite plenitude and the expanse of the universe is the result of taking to an extreme a combination of strenuous creativity and free contemplation.

--It isn't necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you to be unmasked, it can do no other, it will writhe before you in ecstasy.
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Good quotes. Shittywood, corrupts everything by taking it literally and by consequence, turning it into a gross exaggeration. For them, the "Hero" is something which is "Godly" or invincible, subjecting it to the absurd Christian absolutism of power.

Heroism is like genius. An inner source of power which acts like a magnetic pole, pulling the individual along a set path of self-actualization. For the Hero it is Destiny, for the genius it is self-awareness. Both forms of power are derivatives of the same intensity of consciousness and intellect guided by an all consuming need for purpose. The power of the Hero is tied directly to his inevitable death and his mortality. His Destiny is the ideal he gives himself to and this creates superior abilities and strengths because there is nothing else which matters, therefore nothing to inhibit him. For the genius it is the pursuit of knowledge. But this source of awareness or strength, carries with it threats of self-destruction. The genius is prone to madness, as the Hero is prone to hubris. Both are set in extremes of self-becoming which nature determines by extremes of life and death. This is why it appears as "frightening" to average minds.
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Arthur Schopenhauer wrote:
A mother had, for their education and betterment, given her children Aesop's Fables to read. Very soon, however, they brought the book back to her, and the eldest, who was very knowing and precocious, said: "This is not a book for us! It's much too childish and silly. We've got past believing that foxes, wolves and ravens can talk: we're far too grown-up for such nonsense!"--Who cannot see in this hopeful lad the future 'enlightened Rationalist'?
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I always read the comments as well, from people who just discovered this reading few aphorisms thinking they are historians/philosophers now. These motivation seekers are everywhere, to break them out of their laziness/stupor, but they rarely even change their life styles. It's not very comprehensive to live by one quote out of context.

But otherwise those quotes were good. I always save so much of other peoples writings, and I believe they are very valuable, but I've noticed what's valuable for me (which I assume people would want to know), some people don't even comprehend it or can't find any use for it.
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Good points.

Yes. For weak minds and modern minds absent of any value system, being exposed to sources of wisdom captivates them, but only as it relates to a superficial ephemeral feeling, like they would get from watching a movie. Wisdom has a 'transcedental' expressive effect, and they receive this as a sensation and become enamored. But, like children, they quickly lose interest, become distracted and don't have any capacity to live up to any of the principles challenged to them. For them its just good drama and theater. They have no interest in building upon such ideas or creating thier own as inspiration. They get what they need from it and move on. The nature of degenerates and hedonists.
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