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"There is a kind of knowledge that strips whatever you do of weight and scope: for such knowledge, everything is without basis except itself. Pure to the point of abhorring even the notion of an object, it translates that extreme science according to which doing or not doing something comes down to the same thing and is accompanied by an equally extreme satisfaction: that of being able to rehearse, each time, the discovery that any gesture performed is not worth defending, that nothing is enhanced by the merest vestige of substance, that “reality” falls within the province of lunacy. Such knowledge deserves to be called posthumous: it functions as if the knower were alive and not alive, a being and the memory of a being. “It’s already in the past,” he says about all he achieves, even as he achieves it, thereby forever destitute of present."

— E.M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born 

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"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

— Albert Einstein

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'O Zarathustra, you stone of wisdom, you projectile, you star-destroyer! You have thrown yourself thus high, but every stone that is thrown — must fall!'

Thereupon the dwarf fell silent; and long he continued so. But his silence oppressed me; and to be thus in company is truly more lonely than to be alone…

But there is something in me that I call courage: it has always destroyed every discouragement in me. This courage bade me stop and say: ‘Dwarf! You! Or I!’

For courage is the best destroyer — courage that attacks: for in every attack there is a triumphant shout…

Courage also destroys giddiness at abysses: and where does man not stand at an abyss?

Courage destroys even death, for it says: ‘Was that life? Well then! Once more!’

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— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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To redeem the past and to transform every ‘It was’ into an ‘I wanted it thus!’ — that alone do I call redemption!

Will — that is what the liberator and bringer of joy is called…but now learn this as well: The will itself is a prisoner.

Willing liberates: but what is it that fastens in fetters even the liberator?
‘It was’: that is what the will’s teeth-gnashing and most lonely affliction is called. Powerless against that which has been done, the will is an angry spectator of all things past. The will cannot will backwards; that it cannot break time and time’s desire — that is the will’s most lonely affliction.

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— Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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"One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil…Now I bid you lose me and find yourselves; and only when you have all denied me will I return to you."

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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"Language is not made to be believed but to be obeyed, and to compel obedience newspapers, news, proceed by redundancy, in that they tell us what we ‘must’ think, retain, expect, etc. language is neither informational nor communicational. It is not the communication of information but something quite different: the transmission of order-words, either from one statement to another or within each statement, insofar as each statement accomplished an act and that act is accomplished in the statement."

— Gilles Deleuze, Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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"The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?"

— Gilles Deleuze 

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"It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality."

— Gilles Deleuze, Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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"A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window."

— Gilles Deleuze, Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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"Men so far have treated women like birds who had strayed to them from some height: as something more refined and vulnerable, wilder, stranger, sweeter, and more soulful - but as something one has to lock up lest it fly away."

— Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil

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"Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one’s rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them."

— Georges Bataille

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"Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaining it."

— Georges Bataille, Erotism: Death and Sensuality

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"Life consists of rare, isolated moments of the greatest significance and of innumerably many intervals, during which at best the silhouettes of those moments hover about us. Love, springtime, every beautiful melody, mountains, the moon, the sea — all these speak completely to the heart but once, if in fact they ever do get a chance to speak completely. For many men do not have those moments at all, and are themselves intervals and intermissions in the symphony of real life."

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

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"Only a very few people can be independent: it is a prerogative of the strong. And when independence is attempted by someone who has the right to it, but does not need it, we have proof that this man is probably not only strong, but bold to the point of recklessness. He ventures into a labyrinth, he multiplies life’s inevitable dangers a thousandfold, and not the least among these is the absence of any person to see how and where he is going astray, becoming isolated, being rent apart piece by piece in the cave of some Minotaur of the conscience. Assuming that such a person perishes, he perishes so far away from the understanding of human beings that they do not feel it or feel it for him – and he cannot go back again! Not even to the pity of humans!"

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

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"I’ve often said that I wish people could realize all of their dreams and wealth and fame so that they could see that it’s not where you’re gonna find your sense of completion. Like many of you, I was concerned about going out into the world and doing something bigger than myself…until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself. My soul is not contained with in the limits of my body; my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul. One unified field of nothing, dancing for no particular reason except maybe to comfort and entertain itself. As that shift happens in you, you won’t be feeling the world; you’ll be felt by it, you’ll be embraced by it."

From Jim Carrey’s speech, at Maharishi University’s 2014 Graduation Commencement