Insightful quotes

Enea

Pigeon
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ilostabet

Pelican
«The flush toilet is a good metaphor for the civilization we're living in. You crap into a pipe, you flush it away and you never see it. You never have to deal with your own shit. And then you end up deep in it

Paul Kingsnorth
 

Jünger

Ostrich
“The daily press is the evil principle of the modern world, and time will only serve to disclose this fact with greater and greater clearness. The capacity of the newspaper for degeneration is sophistically without limit"

Søren Kierkegaard
 

Wutang

Hummingbird
Gold Member
From Blase Pascal's Penesees. Great book for both spiritual insights but also insights into the nature of man. The book was never completed so the form of it is a bunch of thoughts Pascal had jotted down. It makes it easy to jump in and out of it.

"For, in fact, what is man in nature? A Nothing in comparison with the Infinite, an All in comparison with the Nothing, a mean between nothing and everything. Since he is infinitely removed from comprehending the extremes, the end of things and their beginning are hopelessly hidden from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the Nothing from what he was made, and the Infinite in which he is swallowed up.

What will he do then, but perceive the appearance of the middle of things, in an eternal despair of knowing either their beginning or t heir end. All things proceed from the Nothing, and are borne towards the Infinite. Who will follow these marvelous processes? The Author of these wonders understands them. None other can do so."
 

Enea

Pigeon
I’m reading Theodore Rex right now and President Teddy Roosevelt was an absolute savage on immigration.
“He demanded reform on immigration laws, including a threefold ban on persons of low intellect, low morals and low wage requirements.”
Teddy was high-energy and his spirit was restless. The kind of character that renews one’s enthusiasm for life and the struggle contained therein. He gets you off your ass and makes you want to do things. To leave intellectualism and comfort behind and to take action. At least, he’s had this effect on me as I’ve familiarized myself with him and his writings.

A great man, notwithstanding his flaws.
 

ilostabet

Pelican
The closing passage of the third chapter in Will Durant's 'The Age of Faith' (A History of Medieval Civilization— Christian, Islamic, and Judaic— from Constantine to Dante : a.d. 325-1300):

The Roman Empire had raised science, prosperity, and power to their ancient peaks. The decay of the Empire in the West, the growth of poverty and the spread of violence, necessitated some new ideal and hope to give men consolation in their suffering and courage in their toil: an age of power gave way to an age of faith. Not till wealth and pride should return in the Renaissance would reason reject faith, and abandon heaven for utopia. But if, thereafter, reason should fail, and science should find no answers, but should multiply knowledge and power without improving conscience or purpose; if all utopias should brutally collapse in the changeless abuse of the weak by the strong: then men would understand why once their ancestors, in the barbarism of those early Christian centuries, turned from science, knowledge, power, and pride, and took refuge for a thousand years in humble faith, hope, and charity.
 
Every day and every hour, every minute, walk round yourself and watch yourself, and see that your image is a seemly one. You pass by a little child, you pass by, spiteful, with ugly words, with wrathful heart; you may not have noticed the child, but he has seen you, and your image, unseemly and ignoble, may remain in his defenceless heart. You don't know it, but you may have sown an evil seed in him and it may grow, and all because you were not careful before the child, because you did not foster in yourself a careful, actively benevolent love.


Work without ceasing. If you remember in the night as you go to sleep: “I have not done what I ought to have done,” rise up at once and do it. If the people around you are spiteful and callous and will not hear you, fall down before them and beg their forgiveness; for in truth you are to blame for their not wanting to hear you. And if you cannot speak to them in their bitterness, serve them in silence and in humility, never losing hope. If all men abandon you and even drive you away by force, then when you are left alone fall on the earth and kiss it, water it with your tears and it will bring forth fruit even though no one has seen or heard you in your solitude. Believe to the end, even if all men went astray and you were left the only one faithful- bring your offering even then and praise God in your loneliness. And if two of you are gathered together-then there is a whole world, a world of living love. Embrace each other tenderly and praise God, if only in you two His truth has been fulfilled.


If you sin yourself and grieve even unto death for your sins or for your sudden sin, then rejoice for others, rejoice for the righteous man, rejoice that if you have sinned he is righteous and has not sinned. If the evil doing of men moves you to indignation and over-whelming distress, even to a desire for vengeance on the evildoers, shun above all things that feeling. Go at once and seek suffering for yourself, as though you were yourself guilty of that wrong. Accept that suffering and bear it and your heart will find comfort, and you will understand that you too are guilty, for you might have been a light to the evil-doers, even as the one man sinless, and you were not a light to them. If you had been a light, you would have lightened the path for others too, and the evil-doer might perhaps have been saved by your light from his sin. And even though your light was shining, yet you see men were not saved by it, hold firm and doubt not the power of the heavenly light. Believe that if they were not saved, they will be saved hereafter. And if they are not saved hereafter, then their sons will be saved, for your light will not die even when you are dead. The righteous man departs, but his light remains. Men are always saved after the death of the deliverer. Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honour those whom they have slain. You are working for the whole, you are acting for the future. Seek no reward, for great is your reward on this earth: the spiritual joy which is only vouchsafed to the righteous man. Fear not the great nor the mighty, but be wise and ever serene. -Know the measure, know the times, study that. When you are left alone, pray. Love to throw yourself on the earth and kiss it. Kiss the earth and love it with an unceasing, consuming love. Love all men, love everything. Seek that rapture and ecstasy. Water the earth with the tears of your joy and love those tears. Don't be ashamed of that ecstasy, prize it, for it is a gift of God and a great one; it is not given to many but only to the elect.

Dostoevsky - The Russian Monk​
 

ilostabet

Pelican

typtre

Robin
On the nature of womanly reason and logic:
"I don't understand anything", she said with decision, determined to keep her incomprehension intact.
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

On the New World Order Religion:
Science is but a MEANS to an END. The means is KNOWLEDGE. The end is TOTAL CONTROL.
- Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

For the indoctrinated (dogmatic Globe Earthers :kiss:):
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain
 
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