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"And Gandalf said: 'Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder. And Aragorn himself waits for a sign.' "

— J.R.R. TOLKIEN, The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King

"Socrates rejected expediency and the necessity for manipulation that accompanied it. He chose instead under the direst of conditions to maintain his pursuit of the meaningful and the true. 2500 years later, we remember his decision and take comfort from it.  

What can we learn from this? If you see these two other falsehoods and live according to the dictates of your conscience, you can maintain your nobility, even when facing the ultimate threat. If you abide truthfully and courageously by the highest of ideals, you will be provided with more security and strength than will be offered by any short-sighted concentration on your own safety. If you live properly - fully - you could discover meaning so profound that it protects you even from the fear of death.

Could all that possibly be true?"

— JORDAN B. PETERSON, 12 RULES FOR LIFE, AN ANTIDOTE TO CHAOS

"It’s a general moral principle that the more power you have over someone, the greater your duty is to use that power benevolently. Well, who is the one person in the world you have the greatest power over? It’s your future self. You hold that life in your hands, and what it will be depends on how you care for it."

— RICK HANSON, BUDDHA'S BRAIN

"Do not be afraid of work that has no end."

— AVOT DE RABBI NATAN

"Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times."

— G. MICHAEL HOPF, THOSE WHO REMAIN (THE NEW WORLD #7)

"It is better to be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war."

— SUN-TZU

"God is not found in the soul by adding anything, but by a process of subtraction."

— MEISTER ECKHART

"You are what you think all day long."

— RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

— VIKTOR FRANKL

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

— WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, HAMLET, ACT 2, SCENE 2

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

— NOAM CHOMSKY 

"It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him."

— CORMACK MCCARTHY, BLOOD MERIDIAN 

Joe Rogan: "Youth is wasted on the young."

Tim Kennedy: "Especially when you're dumb."

— JOE ROGAN AND TIM KENNEDY

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

― ALBERT EINSTEIN

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