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In the end, everybody must understand for themselves. -- Martin-Lof [see: type theory, thinking about thought]

Nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself. -- Herman Hesse

I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression. -- Dylan Thomas

Due to circumstances beyond your control, you are master of your fate and captain of your soul.

What will you do if all your problems aren't solved by the time you die?

What you resist persists.

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. -- John Lennon, Beautiful Boy

There seems no plan because it is all plan. -- C.S. Lewis

In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

A witty saying proves nothing. -- Voltaire

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. -- H.L. Mencken

Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. -- H. L. Mencken

Conscious is when you are aware of something, and conscience is when you wish you weren't. -- H. L. Mencken

Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.

When you imagine you have reached a certain degree of detachment, you regard as histrionic all zealots ... But doesn't detachment, too, have a histrionics of its own? If actions are mummery, the very refusal of action is one as well. Yet a noble mummery. -- E. M. Cioran

Do you think for yourself, or do you just think you think for yourself?

Subvert the system that perverts the mind.

[I]f you spend too long around people just like yourself, the windows steam up and turn into mirrors. -- attributed to Robert Wyatt in Andrew Orlowski's Back in the Bloghouse

From this self-referential hall of mirrors, very little light escapes. -- Andrew Orlowski, Back in the Bloghouse

What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance? -- Roethke

One is often kept in the right road by a rut. -- Gustave Droz

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.

Modesty: The gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it. -- Oliver Herford

Modesty, n.: Being comfortable that others will discover your greatness.

I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others. -- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this: that you are dreadfully like other people. -- James Russell Lowell, My Study Windows

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of other people. -- La Rochefoucauld

Over the years, I've developed my sense of deja vu so acutely that now I can remember things that *have* happened before ...

You will be awarded a medal for disregarding safety in saving someone.

'Be yourself' is about the worst advice you can give to people. -- Tom Masson

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.

I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. -- Emo Phillips

Be careful how you get yourself involved with persons or situations that can't bear inspection.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves -- C. G. Jung

My, how you've changed since I've changed.

Every move they make is a message from outside, a shadow marking their shape, information about them. We'll take it. -- Lois McMaster Bujold, Borders of Infinity

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