Favorite Quotes

Philosophical Advice

To thine own self be true” – Shakespeare

If you can dream but not make dreams your master,
If you can think but not make thoughts your aim.
” – Rudyard Kipling

Bound heart, free spirit. – When one binds one’s heart firmly and keeps it imprisoned, one can provide one’s spirit considerable freedom.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

…each age betrays the same weak shape. Each moment is dying… You are always in debt. Do not forget the dream postponed which would not quickly get pleasure immediate as drink, but takes the travail of bulding, patience with means… You must, like on in an old play, Decide, once & for all, your heart’s place.” – Delmore Schwartz

Pragmatism asks its usual question. ‘Grant an idea or belief to be true,’ it says, ’what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone’s actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth’s case value in experiental terms?” – William James


“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation” – Thoureau

The greatest hazard of all, losing the self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all … any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.” – Soren Kierkegaard

The animal stains the ideal which is with us like the sky
because of that some laugh, and other cry.
” – Delmore Schwartz

To hang on to life madly and blindly, with no higher aim than to hang on to it; not to know that or why one is being so heavily punished but, with the stupidity of a fearful desire, to thirst after precisely this punishment as though after happiness – that is what it means to be an animal… man is necessary for the redemption of nature from the curse of the life of the animal… [so that] life appears no longer senseless, but in its metaphysical significance. Yet let us reflect: where does the animal cease, where does man begin?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Man, the bravest animal… does not negate suffering in itself, he want it, he even seeks it out, provided one shows him a meaning for it… the meaningless of suffering, not the suffering itself, was the curse that thus far lay stretched out over humanity… any meaning is better than no meaning at all.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Behind need and want lies boredom, which attacks even the most intelligent animals. This is a consequence of the fact that life has no intrinsic worth, but is kept in motion merely by [desire] and illusion.” – Arthur Shopenhauer

“-But I do believe that…you shouldn’t hide what you are…because it makes you very sad, it makes you very sad, it makes you very unwell._” - Ron Kray

All that’s left is the choosing… There are a million, million worlds, all different, all similar: constants and variables. There’s always a lighthouse, there’s always a man, there’s always a city… you, me Columbia, Songbird; sometimes, something’s different, yet the same: constants and variables. We swim in different oceans but land on the same shore… It’ll happen the same, because it does, because it has, because it will. There are so many choices, [but] they all lead us to the same place: where it started.” - Bioshock 3 writing staff

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Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life, but poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” – Robin Williams

El turno es de Raul…
De noble corazón y gran cabeza;
Aquél que sin ambages declaraba
Que solo ambicionaba
Robarle inspiración a la tristeza.
” – Guillermo Aguirre y Fierro

The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.” - Louis-Ferdinand Celine

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” – Arthur Shopenhauer

To know is to possess, and any fact is possed by everyone who knows it, whereas those who feel the truth are possessed, not possessors.” – ee cummings

We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” – Rutherford, Roger

The chains of habit are too light to be felt, until they’re too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffet

Either Ceasar or nothing.” – Soren Kierkegaard