“We see things as we are, not as they are.”

Anais NinAnais Nin

“A problem well put is half solved.”

John DeweyJohn Dewey

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

SocratesSocrates

“If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate.”

Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard

“The cosmic humor is that if you desire to move mountains and you continue to purify yourself, ultimately you will arrive at the place where you are able to move mountains. But in order to arrive at this position of power you will have had to give up being he-who-wanted-to-move-mountains so that you can be he-who-put-the-mountain-there-in-the-first-place. The humor is that finally when you have the power to move the mountain, you are the person who placed it there – so there the mountain stays.”

Ram DassRam Dass

“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, ‘He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.'”

EpictetusEpictetus

“It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.”

Søren KierkegaardSøren Kierkegaard

“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.”

Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci

“Most people trusted in the future, assuming that their preferred version of it would unfold. Blindly planning for it, envisioning things that weren’t the case. This was the working of the will. This was what gave the world purpose and direction. Not what was there but what was not.”

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be treated and he will become as he can and should be.”

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe