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A curated collection of some of the best quotes I've come across.

Where everything came from, everything will go there. And I am only a path for myself, a road that I should go.

Haruki Murakami

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very, very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control.

Jordan Peterson

Waste no more time arguing what a good person should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius

My own opinion is enough for me and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority.

Christopher Hitchens

Nothing so promotes the growth of consciousness as the confrontation of opposites.

Carl Jung

Therefore, find your own way, open your treasure house, invent your own answer to the chaos.

Gertrude Stein

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.

Bertrand Russell

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

Alfred North Whitehead

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.

Norman Cousins

The thought of suicide is a powerful solace: by means of it one gets through many a bad night.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we shall die – but this is sensuality’s cowardly lust for life, that contemptible order of things where one lives in order to eat and drink, instead of eating and drinking in order to live.

Søren Kierkegaard

Some wounds cut us so deep that they stop us. Stop us from letting go, from growing up, from seeing the truth.

Laurell K. Hamilton

All things come into being by a conflict of opposites.


There is hardly a better way to avoid discussion than by releasing an argument from the control of the present and by saying that only the future will reveal its merits.

Hannah Arendt

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

C. S. Lewis

What’s coming is as to nothing what has been.

Terence McKenna

People nowadays think that scientists exist to instruct them, poets, musicians, etc. to give them pleasure. The idea that these have something to teach them — that does not occur to them.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

While I am writing, I’m far away; and when I come back, I’ve gone.

Pablo Neruda

I’ve reached the age where bruises are formed from failures within rather than accidents without.

Nicole Krauss

It is a thorny undertaking, and more so than it seems, to follow a movement so wandering as that of our mind, to penetrate the opaque depths of its innermost folds, to pick out and immobilize the innumerable flutterings that agitate it.

Michel de Montaigne

Bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently separated from the consequences of his or her actions.

Nassim Taleb

I was like a patient who cannot tell the doctor where it hurts, only that it does.

Khaled Hosseini

I burn, consumed; and resurrect, half-slain.

Vita Sackville-West

All the lives I could live, all the people I will never know, never will be, they are everywhere. That is all that the world is.

Aleksandar Hemon