Quotes to Consider

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Here is a random selection of thoughts from our database of quotes from well-known thinkers that you might enjoy pondering.

Man cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the largest possible level.
- Ernest Becker

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

Never mistake a clear view for a short distance.
- Paul Saffo

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

The difference between sex and love is that sex relieve tension and love causes it.
- Woody Allen

What could be more convincing, moreover, than the gesture of laying one's cards face up on the table?
- Lacan

A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
- James Joyce

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.
- Freud

Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
- de La Rochefoucauld

There is a Law of Reversed Effort. The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed. Proficiency and the results of proficiency come only to those who have learned the paradoxical art of doing and not doing, or combining relaxation with activity, of letting go as a person in order that the immanent and transcendent Unknown Quantity may take hold. We cannot make ourselves understand; the most we can do is to foster a state of mind, in which understanding may come to us.
- Aldous Huxley