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"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them."

— Baruch Spinoza

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“Further conceive, I beg, that a stone, while continuing in motion, should be capable of thinking and knowing, that it is endeavoring, as far as it can, to continue to move. Such a stone, being conscious merely of its own endeavor and not at all indifferent, would believe itself to be completely free, and would think that it continued in motion solely because of its own wish. This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.”  ― Baruch Spinoza

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“Further conceive, I beg, that a stone, while continuing in motion, should be capable of thinking and knowing, that it is endeavoring, as far as it can, to continue to move. Such a stone, being conscious merely of its own endeavor and not at all indifferent, would believe itself to be completely free, and would think that it continued in motion solely because of its own wish. This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.”
― Baruch Spinoza

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"…to the great pains you must go…"

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“…A lustful search in the dark is all you’ll ever come to know” - Donny Shankle

with a candle by redreddaisy

“…A lustful search in the dark is all you’ll ever come to know” - Donny Shankle

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zoeyandjasper:

Never go on adventures without your trusty sidekick. xoxo Zoey and Jasper

zoeyandjasper:

Never go on adventures without your trusty sidekick. xoxo Zoey and Jasper

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seppuku by Mers-J “They tell us that Suicide is the greatest piece of Cowardice… That Suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

seppuku by Mers-J “They tell us that Suicide is the greatest piece of Cowardice… That Suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

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"Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death." - Arthur Schopenhauer

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 “Let your mind be like clouds going by; the clouds going by are mindless. Let your stillness be as the valley spirit; the valley spirit is undying.When action accompanies stillness and stillness combines with action, then the duality of action and stillness no longer exists.” - Pei-Chien (1185-1246), Thomas Cleary.

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“Let your mind be like clouds going by; the clouds going by are mindless. Let your stillness be as the valley spirit; the valley spirit is undying.When action accompanies stillness and stillness combines with action, then the duality of action and stillness no longer exists.” - Pei-Chien (1185-1246), Thomas Cleary.

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UNDERSTANDING
"First of all, do not predefine understanding,and do not make a principle of nonunderstanding." - Ying-an, Thomas Cleary..

zen by StanOd

UNDERSTANDING

"First of all, do not predefine understanding,and do not make a principle of nonunderstanding." - Ying-an, Thomas Cleary..

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“I say, Phoo, why aren’t you busy?” I said. “Because it’s a nice day,” said Phoo. “Yes, but –” “Why ruin it?” he said. “But you could be doing something important”, I said. “I am,” said Phoo. “Oh? Doing what?” “Listening”, he said. “Listening to what?” “To the birds. And that squirrel over there”. “What are they saying?” I asked. “That’s it’s a nice day,” said Phoo. “But you know that already”, I said. “Yes, but it’s always good to hear that someone else thinks so, too,” he replied. - The Tao of Phoo and the Te of Piglet

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“I say, Phoo, why aren’t you busy?” I said.
“Because it’s a nice day,” said Phoo.
“Yes, but –”
“Why ruin it?” he said.
“But you could be doing something important”, I said.
“I am,” said Phoo.
“Oh? Doing what?”
“Listening”, he said.
“Listening to what?”
“To the birds. And that squirrel over there”.
“What are they saying?” I asked.
“That’s it’s a nice day,” said Phoo.
“But you know that already”, I said.
“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that someone else thinks so, too,” he replied. - The Tao of Phoo and the Te of Piglet

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intimacy on display by agnes-cecile

“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

intimacy on display by agnes-cecile

“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

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"What is white and black and red all over?"

"A sunburned penguin" - The Toa of Phoo and the Te of Piglet

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Crossing Cultures by Libelluly
 “It is often asserted that discussion is only possible between people who have a common language and accept common basic assumptions. I think that this is a mistake. All that is needed is a readiness to learn from one’s partner in the discussion, which includes a genuine wish to understand what he intends to say. If this readiness is there, the discussion will be the more fruitful the more the partner’s backgrounds differ.” - Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

Crossing Cultures by Libelluly


“It is often asserted that discussion is only possible between people who have a common language and accept common basic assumptions. I think that this is a mistake. All that is needed is a readiness to learn from one’s partner in the discussion, which includes a genuine wish to understand what he intends to say. If this readiness is there, the discussion will be the more fruitful the more the partner’s backgrounds differ.” - Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

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"No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude."

Karl Popper