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Don’t feel your way into your beliefs; believe your way into your feelings.
Money has never meant anything to me.
poet’ is sort of an oxymoron. Sadly, it’s been that way ever since the era of Yeats passed. I suppose you could make an argument for Ginsberg and Kerouac, but people don’t really read poetry anymore, much less make the scribes into celebrities—unless their words are set to a beat, of course. But in general, an interest in poetry has been replaced by a fascination with the antics of half-literate Jersey housewives.
Portions of the empire’s elite embrace a Christian faith, marked by evangelical fervor, that seems able to coexist with deeply rooted nationalism and ethnocentrism. Others among its ruling class are determined skeptics who believe monotheism is for weaklings.
It was remarked by a man of genius that “ignorance lies at the two ends of knowledge.” Perhaps it would have been more correct to have said, that absolute convictions are to be met with at the two extremities, and that doubt lies in the middle; for the human intellect may be considered in three distinct states, which frequently succeed one another. A man believes implicitly, because he adopts a proposition without inquiry. He doubts as soon as he is assailed by the objections which his inquiries may have aroused. But he frequently succeeds in satisfying these doubts, and then he begins to believe afresh: he no longer lays hold on a truth in its most shadowy and uncertain form, but he sees it clearly before him, and he advances onwards by the light it gives him.
It is also useful in the case of those stories we were just talking about, the ones we tell because we don’t know the truth about those ancient events [d] involving the gods. By making a falsehood as much like the truth as we can, don’t we also make it useful?
Plato
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(Via C. Lightoller)
The model of the highly involved, sociable college student is not class neutral.
[ heb12v1 ]  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Deep Field Publishing
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(Via Andrew Chung)
When you don’t know what you believe, everything becomes an argument.
Jason Fried
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(Via Scott A. Couchenour)
Per me oziare non significa rinunciare a vivere, bensì afferrare la vita con brio ed energia.