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    A lake is something limited. Water is inexhaustible. A lake can contain only a definite amount of the infinite quantity of water; this is its peculiarity. In human life too the individual achieves significance through discrimination and the setting of limits. Therefore what concerns us here is the problem of clearly defining these discriminations, which are, so to speak, the backbone of morality. Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. To become strong, a man’s life needs the limitations ordained by duty and voluntarily accepted. The individual attains significance as a free spirit only by surrounding himself with these limitations and by determining for himself what his duty is. ~ The I Ching
     
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    There’s something about the rhythm of walking, how, after about an hour and a half, the mind and body can’t help getting in sync. I have written most of my melodies walking and I feel it is definitely one of the most helpful ways of sewing all of the different things in your life together and seeing the whole picture. I have to say, hiking in cities doesn’t do the same trick for me. It has to be rural.

    - Bjork

     
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    There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death. They don’t honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can’t hear it. Most people’s deaths are a sham. There’s nothing left to die.

    Charles Bukowski
     
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    I take the Bible too seriously to read it literally.

    Karl Barth
     
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    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    Isaac Asimov
     
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    I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.

    Steve Jobs
     
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    Free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man.

    Flannery O’Connor
     
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    Linux is only free if your time has no value.

    Jamie Zawinski
     
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    If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.

    Tryon Edward
     
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    By learning you will teach; by teaching you will understand.

    Latin Proverb
     
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    We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.

    Ben Sweetland
     
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    Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water.

    Albert Einstein
     
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    Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.

    Horace
     
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    We’re all just walking each other home.

    Ram Dass
     
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    My wife has been killed by a machine which should never have come into the hands of any human being. It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die. There is evil for you. We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly evil wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy word: DISARM.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     

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