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Post a quote that particularly struck you as significant or relevant, one you've taken the liberty to underline.

From The Republic:

>Let me loaf and daydream the way lazy-minded people do when they're walking by themselves. They think of something they want and put off planning how to get it so they don't wear themselves out deciding whether or not it's attainable. They pretend they already have it and entertain themselves by arranging the details and imagining what they'll do, and so make an already lazy soul even lazier.
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"But it is preposterous to imagine that we ourselves are determinate, and hence susceptible both to correct and to incorrect descriptions, while supposing that the ascription of determinacy to anything else has been exposed as a mistake. As conscious being, we exist only in response to other things, and we cannot know ourselves at all without knowing them. Moreover, there is nothing in theory, and certainly nothing in experience, to support the extraordinary judgement that it is the truth about himself that is the easiest for a person to know. Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and resistant to skeptical dissolution–notoriously less stable and less inherent than the natures of other things. And insofar as this is the case, sincerity itself is bullshit."
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"Man, I want to die, is all," cried Ploy.
"Don't you know," said Dahoud, "that life is the most precious possession you have?"
"Ho, ho," said Ploy through his tears. "Why?"
"Because," said Dahoud, "without it, you'd be dead."
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>>5448407

Forgot: this is from a neat, little book called On Bullshit by Princeton professor Harry G. Frankfurt. Worth the read.

>5448408

And nice one. Incredible nugget of a quote.
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>>5448420
>>5448408
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Love loves to love love.
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“It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end.”
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>>5448390
Quite so, Plát?n.
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>Living in this vast world that is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, people have always asked a multitude of questions: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the universe need a creator? Most of us do not spend most of our time worrying about these questions, but almost all of us worry about them some of the time. Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.
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“ - myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.”
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Suffering follows one like a dog.
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"saharas have their centuries;ten thousand of which are smaller than a rose's moment" e.e cummings

I have a ton of lesser-know quotes saved. Every time I read something I highlight or write down the things that I find interesting, profound, or just entertaining
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>>5448616
same. great quote
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When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.
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>The flowers Howard now walked among were the few last heirs to that brief local span of disaster and regeneration and he felt close to the sort of secrets he often caught himself wondering about, the revelations of which he only ever realized he had been in the proximity of after he became conscious of that proximity, and that phenomenon, of becoming conscious, was the very thing that whisked him away, so that any bit of insight or gleaning was available only in retrospect, as a sort of afterglow that remained but that was not accessible through words.
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"Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was."
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It is at work everywhere, functioning smoothly at times, at other times in fits and starts. It breathes, it heats, it eats. It shits and fucks. What a mistake to have ever said _the_ id.
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