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“There are some individuals who have too strong a craving, a will, and a nostalgia for happiness ever to reach it. They always retain a bitter and passionate aftertaste, and that’s the best they can hope for.”

Albert Camus, Correspondence, June 18, 1938

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“It’s easier to avoid the snares of love than to escape once you are in that net whose cords and knots are strong; but even so, enmeshed, entangled, you can still get out unless, poor fool, you stand in your own way.”

Lucretius, On the Nature of Things

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“Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”

Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

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“The shortest way to wealth is through the contempt of wealth.”

Seneca, Moral Letters to Lucilius

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“What is most important is to cease legislating for all lives what is livable only for some, and similarly, to refrain from proscribing for all lives what is unlivable for some.”

Judith Butler, Undoing Gender

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“One must be something in order to do something.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Conversations with Goethe, by Johann Peter Eckermann

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“Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong temptations which will come up whenever it seems impossible to alleviate political, social, or economic misery in a manner worthy of man.”

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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“Often a very old man has no other proof of his long life than his age.”

Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

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“When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted.”

Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

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“Philosophy is in history, and is never independent of historical discourse… It is never content to accept its historical situation. It changes this situation by revealing it to itself.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, In Praise of Philosophy

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