Category: wisdom

“Every man is wanted and no man is wanted much.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: Second Series

“We must take care not to admit as true anything which is only probable. For when one falsity has been let in, infinite others follow.”

Baruch Spinoza, Letter to Hugo Boxel

“Even worse than one’s own guilt is one’s own righteousness, and even worse than one’s own righteousness is to take in vain the ultimate.”

Søren Kierkegaard, Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.”

Oscar Wilde, The Remarkable Rocket

“I may feel that without some recognizability I cannot live. But I may also feel that the terms by which I am recognized make life unlivable. This is the juncture from which critique emerges, where critique is understood as an interrogation of the terms by which life is constrained in order to open up the possibility of different modes of living; in other words, not to celebrate difference as such but to establish more inclusive conditions for sheltering and maintaining life that resists models of assimilation.”

Judith Butler, Undoing Gender

“By abstaining from pleasures we become temperate, and it is when we have become so that we are most able to abstain from them.”

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

“It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.”

Aristotle, Poetics

“Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few.”

George Berkeley, Siris

“Evil destroys even itself.”

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics