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Quotes

“Man sheds tear and blood for freedom, but everywhere he desires chains.”
-In Echo of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, «Du Contrat Social» (On the Social Contract).

“Si isti mihi largiantur ut repueriscam, et in eorum cunis vagiam, valde recusem.”
-Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.

“The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular.”
-Fyodor Dostoevsky, «Бра́тья Карама́зовы» (Brother Karamazov).

“It is not how things are in the world that is mystical, but that it exists.”
-Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: 6.44.

“ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ.”
-Plato, Ἀπολογία Σωκράτους (Apologia Sokratous).

“A good Booke is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalm’d and treasur’d up on purpose to a life beyond life.”
-John Milton, Areopagitica.

“Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.”
-Immanuel Kant, „Kritik der praktischen Vernunft (Critique of Practical Reason).

“Tout est bien sortant des mains de l’Auteur des choses, tout dégénère entre les mains de l’homme.”
-Jean-Jacques Rousseau, «Émile, ou De l’éducation» (Emile, or On Education).

「寄蜉蝣于天地,渺滄海之一粟。
哀吾生之須臾,羨長江之無窮。
挾飛仙以遨遊,抱明月而長終。
知不可乎驟得,托遺響于悲風。」
-Su Shi, 《赤壁賦》(“Verse of the Red Cliffs”).

“Triumphant where it dares defy,
And making Death a Victory. ”
-Lord George Gordon Byron, “Prometheus”.