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The Sun Magazine

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I do not much believe in education, Each man ought to be his own model, however frightful that may be.

Albert Einstein

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The strength, vitality, and effectiveness of thought is seldom considered. Thought, you may say, will not stop a war — yet what do you think started such a war? Throughout history the downtrodden have often risen into power, using force, rebelling against their oppressors; and yet, learning little from that experience, they turn and become the new elite, the new power-holders. Their physical conditions may be completely changed. Now theirs, the offices of government, the wealth. Gone are the conditions that, it would seem, caused the uprising. Yet in retaliation they strike out, forming a new class of downtrodden who must in their turn rise and retaliate.

Despite all appearances, conditions of an exterior nature do not cause wars, or poverty, or disease, or any of the unfortunate circumstances apparent in the world. Your beliefs form your reality. Your thoughts generate practical experience. When these change, conditions will change.

Seth, in Jane Roberts’
The Nature of the Psyche

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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

Ruth Rendell

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Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learned to walk.

Connolly

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Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.

George Bernard Shaw

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Whenever you hear anyone talking about a cultural or even about a human problem, you should never forget to inquire who the speaker really is. The more general the problem, the more he will smuggle his own personal psychology into the account he gives of it.

C.G. Jung

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There is no religion that is closer to a man than the one he invents, so I guess you can say in that sense I’m religious. . . . I think there is a destiny beyond sheer experience. It consists, for me, in creativity. I think there is a spirit that can be killed in a society and in an individual that, for want of a better word, is the life spirit — the creative spirit. . . . This is holy, and it takes great effort, a kind of prayer, to keep it alive and nurture it. Without it, we might as well not be around. Life becomes simply a series of objects and chance relationships.

Arthur Miller

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Though no two centuries are overy much like each other, some hours perhaps are; moments are; critical moments nearly always are. Emotions are the same. We are the same. The man, not the day, is the lasting phenomenon.

Eudora Welty,
“Reality in Chekhov’s Stories”