Always doing what you are told doesn't mean you'll succeed in life
Jiro Ono - Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Traveling by bicycle is, actually, my personal antidote to a good deal of life's irreconcilable vexatiousness. It is, after all, a simple thing to succeed at - not simple in the sense of easy (it's not) but simple in the sense of uncomplicated. However far you go, your achievement is measurable and unequivocal. You make an enormous effort, you worry about all sorts of things, you strain and sweat, you self-examine, self-aggrandise, and self-loathe, you exult, you despair, you exult again and despair again, but at the end of the day, at the end of the journey, you've arrived at a destination or you haven't. What a relief from life's more common challenges - family, work, love - and their irreducible ambiguities. There's an hour or so at the end of each day, when I swing my leg out of the saddle ... during which I feel indisputably worthy as a human being, someone who has spent the day profitably and deserves happiness.
Bruce Weber - Life Is A Wheel: Memoirs of a Bike-Riding Obituarist
There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method
Herman Melville - Moby Dick
Why is man alone subject to becoming an imbecile?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - On the Origin of Inequality
tis a very great Fault to regard rather who it is that Speaks, than what is Spoken; and ... to submit to Authority, when we should only yield to Reason.
Mary Astell - Some Reflections on Marriage
People by being forbid are only excited to a more curious enquiry.
Mary Astell - Some Reflections on Marriage
If you hate a person you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Hermann Hesse - Steppenwolf
No greater mistake can be made than to imagine that what has been written latest is always the more correct; that what is written later on is an improvement on what was written previously; and that every change means progress.
Arthur Schopenhauer - The Essays of Schopenhauer: The Art of Literature
Everything is possible when one is drunk
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Idiot
Columbus was happy not when he had discovered America but when he was discovering it.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Idiot