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There are faults so closely allied to certain good qualities that they announce their presence, and of such we do well not to cure ourselves."

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Joseph Joubert

What is true by lamplight is not always true in the sunshine.

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Joseph Joubert

When my Friends are one-eyed, I look at them in profile."

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Joseph Joubert

Everybody complains of his Memory. But nobody complains of his judgement.

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FRANCOIS LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

Our imagination so magnifies the present time, by continually reflecting upon it, and so diminishes eternity, by not reflecting upon it, that we make a nothingness of eternity, and an eternity of nothingness, and all this has its roots so vital in us, that our reason cannot defend us from it, and that...

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Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, France - August 19, 1662, in Paris) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a civil servant. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

Pascal was a mathematician of the first order. He helped create two major new areas of research. He wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of sixteen, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646 he refuted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. His results caused many disputes before being accepted.

If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as though it has already happened."

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Epictetus

Epictetus (Greek: Ἐπίκτητος; AD 55-AD 135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his exile to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece, where he lived most of his life and died. His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses. Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. Individuals, however, are responsible for their own actions which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline. Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, human beings have a duty of care to all fellow humans. The person who followed these precepts would achieve happiness.

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It is only in the space that our thoughts and our feelings enclose that our happiness can breath in freedom."

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Maurice Maeterlinck

A man can only see by his own lamp; but he can walk in the light of other men's.

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Joseph Joubert

Happiness is like a pair of eyeglasses correcting your spiritual vision."

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Lloyd Morris

It is only in the space that our thoughts and our feelings enclose that our happiness can breath in freedom."

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Maurice Maeterlinck

Light that makes some things seen, makes some things invisible. Were it not for darkness and the shadow of the earth, the noblest part of the creation would remain unseen, and the stars in heaven invisible."

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Sir Thomas Browne


What is life but the angle of vision? What is life but what a man is thinking all day?"

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century. His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid 1800s. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. As a result of this ground breaking work he gave a speech entitled The American Scholar in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence". Considered one of the great orators of the time, Emerson's enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. His support for abolitionism late in life created controversy, and at times he was subject to abuse from crowds while speaking on the topic. When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was "the infinitude of the private man."

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Looking at something infinitely greater than our conscious selves makes all our daily troubles appear to shrink by comparison. THere is an equanimity and a peace of mind which can be achieved only through contact with the sublime.

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Hans Selye

A man can only see by his own lamp; but he can walk in the light of other men's.

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Joseph Joubert


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