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“Philosophers are not the people to come to if you want confirmation that the things you love with all your heart are central to the structure of the universe, or that your sense of moral responsibility is ‘rational and objective’ rather than ‘just’ a result of how you were brought up. There are still, as C. S. Peirce put it, ‘philosophical slop-shops on every corner’ which will provide such confirmation. But there is a price. To pay the price you have to turn your back on intellectual history and on what Milan Kundera calls ‘the fascinating imaginative realm where no one owns the truth and everyone has the right to be understood… the wisdom of the novel’. You risk losing the sense of finitude, and the tolerance, which result from realizing how very many synoptic visions there have been, and how little argument can do to help you choose among them.”

Richard Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope

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“Nothing shows a man’s true inclinations better than the character of those whom he loves.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions

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“There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.”

Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan (via quotespile)

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“Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.”

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (via quotespile)

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“Valor withers without adversity.”

Seneca, On Providence

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“Some part of life — perhaps the most important part — must be left to the spontaneous action of individual impulse, for where all is system there will be mental and spiritual death.”

Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society

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“Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.”

Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons (via quotespile)

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“A rock thrown in the air: it loses nothing by coming down, gained nothing by going up.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (9.17).

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“I dream a dream that dreams back at me.”

Toni Morrison, A Mercy (via quotespile)

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“It is always better to admire the best among our foes rather than the worst among our friends.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (via quotespile)

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