It will presumably thought better, indeed one’s duty, to do away with even what is close to one’s heart in order to preserve the truth, especially when one is a philosopher. For one might love both, but it is nevertheless a sacred duty to prefer the truth to one’s friends.

And though Aristotle denies it, even human happiness can be made into an instrumental good. It just depends on the perspective from which one is looking at things. It’s possible that to some other beings (perhaps to gods, or plants, or corporations), we look like horses and silk-worms.

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A simple craft will keep a man from want.

And the reason why I began to make my own clothes was because it was my way of asserting my self-sufficiency. Though I lacked financial self-sufficiency, I wanted to prove to the world that having money was not the only way to be an independent person. Thus, invoking the noble independence of Homeric Queens, I decided that one way I could be self-sufficient was to be a producer of my own clothing. This simple craft of dress-making made me a little less dependent, a little less slavish, than I was before.

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We know how to tell many believable lies, but also, when we want to, how to speak the plain truth.

Perhaps certain truths ought to remain hidden, and revealed only to those whose hearts have developed the capacity to contain them. It seems a sad thing to have to live without truth – even for a while – but if this is for the best, then who am I to say that happiness should come before justice?

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What I would prefer is that you should fix your eyes every day on the greatness of Athens as she really is, and should fall in love with her.

I was grateful to have the words of these ancient sages. I was grateful to have these powerful words that connected me to them by some invisible thread which transcended through time and space.

I discovered that I was a warrior. I discovered that I had greatness in me. The ancient words showed me these things about myself. These words suddenly became as precious to me, as I was precious to myself.

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Remember my son, that the only healthy way to live is out in the open air and daylight. That everything deprived of its freedom loses its identity, and soon dies.

It is a difficult thing to be a mother and a father, both. The heart has difficulty carrying so much weight all at once.

Sometimes, I imagined that we are a bit like Anne Frank. It was somehow comforting to know that we could be imagined – that we could be seen by the mind’s eye.

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He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

When a piece of truth reaches our souls, passing unobstructed through our eyes or our ears, deep into the secret chamber where the divinity resides, it is greeted with joy as if a prodigal son had finally returned home – or rather, as if the true King had returned home, as was the case of Odysseus’ return.

If soul recognizes truth as a relation, and if the truth is divine, then so must the soul be. Thus, the soul is a drop of the divine. The divine is present all around, and also within us.

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It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

It mattered to me to know that I had not stopped myself. It mattered to me that I did all that I could. It mattered to me that I made an attempt for my goals, with all that I had. It might have seemed like a very un-philosophical and superficial thing, but I wanted to prove something to myself.

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Man is the measure of all things; of things that are, that they are, and of things that are not, that they are not.

It seemed to me that the important difference between Protagoras and the authors of the Bible was that the former thought that the mental constructs existed in the mind of a mortal being, while the latter thought that the mental constructs existed in the mind of an immortal being.

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Ideas are so powerful, Weber insists in ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’ (1930), that when enough people hold dearly a certain set of beliefs, the course of history is forever altered.

Their potential was underutilized because they failed to recognize their own power as consumers to boycott a corporation to death. The 99% failed to realize that if they had the will-power to organize themselves and suddenly decided to stop eating from fast-food restaurants altogether, then all the major fast-food corporations would soon go bankrupt (take that, Tom Monahan!). But the 99% – these proletariats – they demonstrated and protested, all the while consuming corporate products and services, continuing to enable the very system they were protesting against.

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You don’t want to go somewhere where people can’t imagine you, because then they usually do you in.

And I think that the truth is, that what all these beautiful people actually saw was a reflection of themselves in the blank slate that was my soul. Even if my own soul had some minor part to play in their imaginations, it would be merely that my soul was yet nameless and unformed, and that this somehow allowed their reflection to be even clearer and stronger.

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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

This would also mark a moment which begins a chain of events, ultimately leading to our self-awareness, and perhaps even a conclusion of self-actualization. It would mark the moment in which a psychological “veil” was removed, and thus the moment in which we discovered that our previously held understanding of the world was a delusion.

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Maybe an honest world will never exist. But what’s to stop us from dreaming? If each one of us tries to change, maybe then we’ll succeed.

There is something more sacred than life, and it is your dream. You and I, we do not dream to live; we live, to dream. So, do not be afraid of dying, nor of the stories of hell and hellfire told by those others. Be more afraid of that dreamless state, which is much worse than death.

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Particularly in commercialized societies, things received for nothing are often believed to be worthless.

In advocating for abortion, I am not advocating for the “wanton destruction of life,” though it may seem that way on some superficial level. On the contrary, I am advocating that we preserve what makes life good. I am advocating that we focus on trying to make the world beautiful, so that a mother will wish to bring her child into the world. A mother cannot do this all on her own.

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