- Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight. Equilibrium is pragmatic. You have to get everything into proportion. You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to the world. When the world shifts, you shift. (Stoppard)
- He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot. (Douglas Adams)
- Ensanguining the skies,
How heavily it dies,
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound,
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground,
Falls the remorseful day.
- I have written you a long letter because I did not have time to write a short one.
- Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty. (Frank Herbert)
- Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. (Montaigne)
- To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence. (Nietzsche)
“Why is it,” he said, one time, at the subway entrance, “I feel I’ve known you so many years?”
“Because I like you,” she said, “and I don’t want anything from you.” (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451)
- Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. (Jong)
- Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. (Sanders Law)
- Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death. (Byrnes)
- We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. (Dawkins)
- from Withnail and I
Monty: Get that damned little swine out of here. It's trying to get itself in with you. It's trying for even more advantage. It's obsessed with its gut - its like a rugby ball now. It will die, it will die! [He storms around ineffectually.] Withnail: Monty, Monty. Monty: No dear boy you must leave, you must leave. Once again that oaf has destroyed my day.
- The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky. (Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet)