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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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    I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.

    Henry Ford
     
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    When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    [When Vonnegut tells his wife he’s going out to buy an envelope] Oh, she says, well, you’re not a poor man. You know, why don’t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don’t know. The moral of the story is, is we’re here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don’t realize, or they don’t care, is we’re dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, we’re not supposed to dance at all anymore.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     
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    I have enough anger to last me 100 years. But I will channel that into my work.

    Julian Assange, Wikileaks
     
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    We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have, and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards. So it is enjoyable work.

    Julian Assange, Wikileaks
     
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    Live as if you were already dead.

    Zen Admonition
     
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    Real artists ship.

    Steve Jobs, meaning that while making Great things is important, it is even more important to actually produce things that can be delivered to people.
     
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    I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.

    Woody Allen
     
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    I do the movies just for myself like an institutionalized person who basket-weaves. Busy fingers are happy fingers. I don’t care about the films. I don’t care if they’re flushed down the toilet after I die.

    Woody Allen
     
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    The whole universe or the structure that perceives it is a worthy opponent, but try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will take great comfort in pottering around in a lab and gently talking to students in the summer evening and will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them.

    Julian Assange, Wikileaks
     
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    Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

    H Thurman
     
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    Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

    Richard L. Evans
     
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    Quantity has a quality all of its own.

    Stalin (rumoured)
     
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    If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, 
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.

    Rudyard Kipling, IF
     

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