Category: psychology

“Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.”

Francis Bacon, An Essay on Death

“We prepare ourselves for sudden deeds by the reiterated choice of good or evil that gradually determines character.”

George Eliot, Romola

“He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.”

Epictetus, Fragments

“Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow.”

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

“Fear is the parent of cruelty.”

Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian

“The distinguishing feature of advanced industrial society is its effective suffocation of those needs which demand liberation — liberation also from that which is tolerable and rewarding and comfortable — while it sustains and absolves the destructive power and repressive function of the affluent society. Here, the social controls exact the overwhelming need for the production and consumption of waste; the need for stupefying work where it is no longer a real necessity; the need for modes of relaxation which soothe and prolong this stupefication; the need for maintaining such deceptive liberties as free competition at administered prices, a free press which censors itself, free choice between brands and gadgets.”

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man

“Dispose yourself to embrace the truth, wherever it is found.”

John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

“Happiness is not found in amusement.”

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

“The instant the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applicable to artistic production, the total function of art is reversed. Instead of being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice – politics.”

Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

“If the highest aim of a captain was to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica