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Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
--John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)
A fellow who is always declaring he’s no fool usually has his suspicions.
--Wilson Mizner (1876 - 1933)
Pleasure is never as pleasant as we expected it to be and pain is always more painful. The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don’t believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.
Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Conspiracy theory is how idiots get to feel like intellectuals.
Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.
Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
--Arthur C. Clark
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions. Their lives a mimicry. Their passions a quotation.
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.
A kleptomaniac is a person who helps himself because he can’t help himself.
Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.
The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.
Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.
--Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
--Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)