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

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

Self-control is the weakest of all things in one whose mind is not possessed by wisdom.


In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education. But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.

Saul Bellow

When people begin to philosophize they seem to think it necessary to make themselves artificially stupid.

Bertrand Russell

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them.

Arthur Schopenhauer

When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called the People’s Stick.

Mikhail Bakunin

We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wonder if the artist ever lives his life – he is so busy recreating it. To create is to live. Only as I write do I realize myself. I don’t know what that does to life.

Anne Sexton

There’s something to be said for hunger: at least it lets you know you’re still alive.

Margaret Atwood

Conquer yourself rather than the world.

Rene Descartes

When you resort to violence to prove a point, you’ve just experienced a profound failure of imagination.

Sherman Alexie

What man of us has never felt, walking through the twilight or writing down a date from his past, that he has lost something infinite?

Jorge Luis Borges

Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.


If everything on earth were rational, nothing would ever happen.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

No man was ever wise by chance.


Self-pity is a sin. It is a form of living suicide.

Charles J. Shields

I love the rain. I love how it softens the outlines of things. The world becomes softly blurred, and I feel like I melt right into it.

Hanamoto Hagumi

Life’s what you see in people’s eyes; life’s what they learn, and, having learnt it, never, though they seek to hide it, cease to be aware of.

Virginia Woolf

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke

There is no genius without a mixture of madness.

Seneca (The Younger)

In civil life we can scarcely meet a single person who does not complain of his existence; many even throw away as much of it as they can.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the Universe, to match your nature with Nature.

Joseph Campbell

First we feel. Then we fall.

James Joyce

The wisest man preaches no doctrines; he has no scheme; he sees no rafter, not even a cobweb, against the heavens. It is clear sky.

Henry David Thoreau

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Jalāl Rumi