I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of other sense I might blind my soul altogether. Socrates
Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to enquire. In the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom? Lord Byron
A walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. William Shakespeare
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. Northrop Frye
It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth. John Steinbeck
Jargon is the verbal sleight of hand that makes the old hat seem newly fashionable; it gives an air of novelty and specious profundity to ideas that, if stated directly, would seem superficial, stale, frivolous, or false. The line between serious and spurious scholarship is an easy one to blur, with jargon on your side. David Lehman
A civilisation is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance. Antoine de Saint Exupery
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