Various pretentious quotes that I have found meaningful over time.

A good is never so good as when you have no awareness you are doing good.

Awareness - Anthony De Mello

What is it that you are unwilling to feel?

Moderation is a fatal thing... Nothing succeeds like excess.

Oscar Wilde

The more you know about love, the less important it is who you are loving. Alain de Botton

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.

Abraham Maslow

Don't ask how to survive or how to be successful, ask how to be useful.

Hereโ€™s a fun game. Ask yourself: What strongly held opinion of mine will my grandchildren one day struggle to understand?

Anastasia Basil

How do you make society more productive and humane?

Peter Drucker (via Jim Collins)

The Way of the warrior does not include other Ways, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, certain traditions, artistic accomplishments and dancing. But even though these are not part of the Way, if you know the Way broadly you will see it in everything. Men must polish their particular Way.

The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi

Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, there remains ... an unuprooted small corner of evil.

Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: They struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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