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Quote #95

You’ll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

George Bernard Shaw. O’Flaherty, v.c. 1915

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Quote #94

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

Jane Austen.  Letter to sister Cassandra.  Dated 24 dec 1798.

Quote #93

We never pity another’s woes unless we know we may suffer in like manner ourselves.
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Why have kings no pity on their people? Because they never expect to be ordinary men.Why are the rich so hard on the poor? Because they have no fear of becoming poor.

Rousseau. Emile.

Thus Spake Luftmensch, Ep. 5: On Inspirational Quotes

Recently I came across this quote:

The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment you absolutely and utterly have to walk away.
– Alyssia Harris

It set me thinking. This mantra sounds so simple. Deciding on the value of relationships is suddenly very easy and formulaic. But then, Why should anybody accept you as you are? Why?? Are you perfect? What does it mean to accept people as they are, see the real him/her?

Continue reading “Thus Spake Luftmensch, Ep. 5: On Inspirational Quotes”

“One thing I dread”

​There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.

Dostoevski

“the size of human suffering”

If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the “size” of human suffering is absolutely relative.

Viktor Frankl. Man’s Search for Meaning.

“I watched these men go to and fro”

I watched these men go to and fro, always the same faces, the same movements, often it seemed to me there was only the same man.

Franz Kafka. “A Report to an Academy.”

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