“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateau’s and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”—Bruce Lee (via liberatingreality)
“Some say that the study of philosophy was of barbarian origin. For the Persians had their Magi, the Babylonians or the Assyrians the Chaldeans, the Indians their Gymnosophists, while the Kelts and the Galatae had seers called Druids and Semnotheoi…”—Diogenes Laertius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (via astranemus)
“I am the wound and the knife!
I am the slap and the cheek!
I am the limbs and the rack,
And the victim and the executioner!
I am the vampire of my own heart.”—Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal (via whyallcaps)
“Globalization is all about wealth. It knows the price of everything and value of nothing. Without borders the world will become - is visibly becoming - a howling desert of traffic fumes, plastic and concrete, where nowhere is home and the only language is money.”—Peter Hitchens (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
“The philosopher is not simply one who ascends from the cave and perceives the sun. Rather, he is one who, out of the depths of his own creativity, becomes a new sun for mankind.”—Bruce Detwiler (via ludimagister)
“A universe without purpose should neither depress us nor suggest that our lives are purposeless. Through an awe inspiring cosmic history we find ourselves on this remote planet in a remote corner of the universe, endowed with intelligence and self-awareness. We should not despair, but should humbly rejoice in making the most of these gifts, and celebrate our brief moment in the sun.”—Lawrence M. Krauss (via liberatingreality)
“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.”—Jiddu Krishnamurti (via theworldismyplayground001)
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”—Lao Tzu (via gebeine)
“Nothing is more important than that we should not, like sheep, follow the flock that has gone before us, and thus proceed not whither we ought, but whither the rest are going. Nothing gets us into greater troubles than our subservience to common rumor, and our habit of thinking that those things are best which are most generally perceived as such, of taking many counterfeits for truly good things, and of living not by reason but by imitation of others. This is the cause of those great heaps into which men rush till they are piled one upon another.”—Seneca, Of a Happy Life (via ludimagister)
“I was always attracted not by some quantifiable, external beauty, but by something deep down, something absolute. Just as some people have a secret love for rainstorms, earthquakes, or blackouts, I liked that certain undefinable something.”—Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun (via hellanne)
“The roots of all living things are tied together.
Deep in the ground of being, they tangle and embrace.
If we look deeply, we find that we do not have a separate self-identity, a self that does not include
sun and wind, earth and water,
creatures and plants,
and one another.”—Joan Halifax (via saturnrising)
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”—Goethe (via arzitekt)
“The most common misunderstanding about science is that scientists seek and find truth. They don’t—they make and test models. Kepler, packing Platonic solids to explain the observed motion of planets, made pretty good predictions, which were improved by his laws of planetary motion, which were improved by Newton’s laws of motion, which were improved by Einstein’s general relativity. Kepler didn’t become wrong because of Newton’s being right, just as Newton didn’t then become wrong because of Einstein’s being right; these successive models differed in their assumptions, accuracy, and applicability, not in their truth.”—Neil Gershenfeld, Truth is a Model (via whyallcaps)