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Strength of character

24 Jun

“What I have said once, that I will do,” – this mode of thinking is considered to show strength of character. How many actions are accomplished, not because they have been selected as the most rational, but because they, when they occurred in our minds, in some way or other tickled our ambition and vanity so that we persist in them and rashly accomplish them. Thus they strengthen in us the belief in our character and our safe conscience, hence, generally speaking, in our strength: whilst the choice of the most rational acts maintains scepticism against us and a sense of weakness in us.

The dawn of day by Friedrich Nietzsche 

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There is a familiar state of mind which comes over a man after a…

25 Jan

There is a familiar state of mind which comes over a man after a dinner, and, acting with greater force than all the dictates of mere reason, compels him to be satisfied with himself and to consider all men his friends.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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Equally right and equally wrong would be the one who should say that Napoleon went to…

21 Jan

Equally right and equally wrong would be the one who should say that Napoleon went to Moscow because he wanted to go, and was ruined because Alexander wished him to be ruined; equally right and equally wrong would be the man who should declare that a mountain, weighing millions of tons and undermined, fell in consequence of the last blow of mattock dealt by the last laborer.In the events of history, so-called great men are merely tags that supply a name to the event, and have quite as little connection with the event itself as the tag. Every one of their actions, though apparently performed by their own free will, is, in its historical significance, out of the scope of volition, and is correlated with the whole trend of history; and is, consequently, preordained from all eternity.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

When an apple is ripe and falls, what makes it…

19 Jan

When an apple is ripe and falls, what makes it fall ? Is it the attraction of gravitation ? or is it because its stem withers ? or because the sun dries it up ?  or  because it is heavy ? or because the wind shakes it ? or because the small boy standing underneath is hungry for it ? There is no such proximate cause.The whole thing is the result of all those conditions, in accordance with which every vital, organic, complex event occurs.And the botanist who argues that the apple fell from the effect of decomposing vegetable tissue, or the like, is just as much in the right as the boy who, standing below, declares that the apple fell because he wanted to eat it, and prayed for it.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

The king is the …

16 Jan

The king is the slave of the history.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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The Egyptians used to believe that our souls once inhabited the …

8 Jan

The Egyptians used to believe that our souls once inhabited the bodies of animals, and will go into animals again.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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To forsake family and fatherland, and forswear all endeavor to …

30 Dec

To forsake family and fatherland, and forswear all endeavor to get earthly good; to form no ties, and to wander under an assumed name, in hempen rags, from place to place, doing no harm to any one, and praying for people, praying for those who persecute them, as well as for those who give them protection, – there is no truth, and no life, higher than that.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let us learn to show our friendship for a …

21 Sep

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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There is no confusion like…

18 Sep

There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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