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  • annabenedetti
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    The question of free will touches nearly everything we care about. Morality, law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, feelings of guilt and personal accomplishment — most of what is distinctly human about our lives seems to depend upon our viewing one another as autonomous persons, capable of free choice. . . .

    The fact that our choices depend on prior cause does not mean that choice doesn’t matter. To sit back and see what happens is also a choice that has its own consequences. So, the choices we make in life are as important as people think, but the next choice you make will come out of a wilderness of prior causes that you cannot see and did not bring into being.

    Sam Harris, Free Will

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  • annabenedetti
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    Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.

    David Bohm

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  • annabenedetti
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    I closed the box and put it in a closet.
    There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.

    Joan Didion

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  • patrick jane
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    BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

    Out of the night that covers me,

    Black as the pit from pole to pole,

    I thank whatever gods may be

    For my unconquerable soul.



    In the fell clutch of circumstance

    I have not winced nor cried aloud.

    Under the bludgeonings of chance

    My head is bloody, but unbowed.



    Beyond this place of wrath and tears

    Looms but the Horror of the shade,

    And yet the menace of the years

    Finds and shall find me unafraid.



    It matters not how strait the gate,

    How charged with punishments the scroll,

    I am the master of my fate,

    I am the captain of my soul.

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  • Angel4Truth
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    "Counte not thy Chickens that vnhatched be,
    Waye wordes as winde, till thou finde certaintee."

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  • annabenedetti
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    Life is a movement outward, an unfolding.

    Elbert Hubbard.



    I like that. An unfolding.

    I've been reading about Elbert Hubbard, and currently reading his Love, Life & Work: Being a Book of Opinions Reasonably Good-Natured Concerning How to Attain the Highest Happiness for One's Self with the Least Possible Harm to Others

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  • annabenedetti
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    As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    H.L. Mencken, July 26, 1920

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  • annabenedetti
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    Images from a book review at a longtime favorite website of mine: brainpickings.org.

    A Child of Books.

    What beautifully imaginative artwork and typography. I was entranced. And I wanted to share.

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  • annabenedetti
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    You know that undergoing the experience will change what it is like for you to live your life, and perhaps even change what it is like to be you, deeply and fundamentally.

    L.A. Paul

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  • annabenedetti
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    Transformative Experience... is a kind of experience that is both radically new to you and changes you in a deep and fundamental way. Many of life’s biggest decisions involve choices to have experiences that teach us things we cannot know about from any other source but the experience itself. The lesson I draw is that life may be more about discovery, and coming to terms with who we’ve made ourselves into via our choices, than about carefully executing a plan for self-realization. With many big life choices, we only learn what we need to know after we’ve done it, and we change in the process of doing it.

    L.A. Paul


    I'm still in shock at the realization of how big an idea this is. I have a lot of unpacking to do.

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  • Truster
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    Native American Indians have been warning the white settlers not to build and live near the ocean for 300+ years.

    A good saying. "dont live next to the ocean!"

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  • annabenedetti
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    Originally posted by Traditio View Post
    That's true of many Nazi quotes.
    If you've wondered what you would have done in 1930s Germany or during the civil rights movement, congratulations: you're doing it now.

    Matthew Miller

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  • Traditio
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    Originally posted by annabenedetti
    And yes, it's one I liked very much. I think it speaks to us today as much as it did back then.
    That's true of many Nazi quotes.

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  • annabenedetti
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    I have a three-by-five up there with this fragment of a sentence from a story by Chekhov: "... and suddenly everything became clear to him." I find these words filled with wonder and possibility. I love their simple clarity, and the hint of revelation that's implied. There is mystery, too. What has been unclear before? Why is it just now becoming clear? What's happened? Most of all - what now? There are consequences as a result of such sudden awakenings. I feel a sharp sense of relief - and anticipation.

    Raymond Carver

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  • Angel4Truth
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    Originally posted by patrick jane View Post
    So your Nazi post was a "favorite quote?"
    Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
    You posted before I edited. I would like this not to become a political discussion thread.

    And yes, it's one I liked very much. I think it speaks to us today as much as it did back then.
    Oh i agree, and heres one liberals love, in fact they play by it daily.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels Nazi

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