Quotes

A collection of quotes I like. This page gets updated.


“Indeed, it is becoming ever more obvious that it is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural catastrophes.

The supreme danger which threatens individuals, as well as whole nations, is a psychic danger. Reason has proved itself completely powerless, precisely because its arguments have an effect only on the conscious mind and not on the unconscious.
The greatest danger of all comes from the masses, in whom the effects of the unconscious pile up cumulatively and the reasonableness of the conscious mind is stifled. Every mass organization is a latent danger just as much as a heap of dynamite is. It lets loose effects which no man wants and no man can stop.

It is therefore in the highest degree desirable that a knowledge of psychology should spread so that men can understand the source of the supreme dangers that threaten them. Not by arming to the teeth, each for itself, can the nations defend themselves in the long run from the frightful catastrophes of modern war. The heaping up of arms is itself a call to war. Rather must they recognize those psychic conditions under which the unconscious [tsunami-like] bursts the dykes of consciousness and overwhelms it.”

– Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
― Ernest Hemingway


“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


“Accustom yourself every morning to look for a moment at the sky and suddenly you will be aware of the air around you, the scent of morning freshness that is bestowed on you between sleep and labor. You will find every day that the gable of every house has its own particular look, its own special lighting. Pay it some heed…you will have for the rest of the day a remnant of satisfaction and a touch of coexistence with nature. Gradually and without effort the eye trains itself to transmit many small delights.”

Hermann Hesse

“Culture is not your friend.” Terence Mckenna


“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
― Anaïs Nin


“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton


“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” -Voltaire

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” Guatama Buddha


“Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival.”
― Martha Gellhorn


“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”  Charles Bukowski


“Make things as simple as possible but no simpler.” -Albert Einstein


“I like to have space to spread my mind out in.” Virginia Woolf


“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War


“If a man could understand all the horror of the lives of ordinary people who are turning around in a circle of insignificant interests and insignificant aims. If he could understand what they are losing, he would understand that there can only be one thing that is serious for him – to escape from the general law [matrix forces], to be free. What can be serious for a man in prison who is condemned to death? Only one thing: How to save himself, how to escape: nothing else is serious.”

– Gurdjieff

“Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself — only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.”

Gurdjieff