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“Suppose there were an iron room with no windows or doors, a room
it would be virtually impossible to break out of. And suppose
you had some people inside that room who were sound asleep.
Before long they would all suffocate. In other words, they would
slip peacefully from a deep slumber into oblivion, spared the
anguish of being conscious of their impending doom. Now let’s
say that you came along and stirred up a big racket that awakened
some of the lighter sleepers. In that case, they would go to a
certain death fully conscious of what was going to happen to
them. Would you say that you had done those people a favor?”

– Lu Xun (1881-1936), Chinese writer, from Diary of a Madman and
Other Stories, translated by William A. Lyell.

“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who
are evil; but because of the people who don’t do anything about

– Albert Einstein


“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”

Edith Wharton

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philosophy is a cheery endeavour

“One feels inclined to say that the intention of man to be happy, isnot included in the plan for creation” – Freud”Sleep is good, death is better. But best of all, is never to have been born.” – Heinrich Heine”The best that can be hoped for in life is the transformation ofhysteric misery into common unhappiness” – Freud”The existentialist says at once that man is in anguish” -Sartre”Throughout the ages, the wisest of man have passed the samejudgement of life– it is no good” – Nietzsche”I don’t know why we’re here, but I’m pretty sure it’s not to enjoyourselves” – Wittgenstein”Today it is bad, and day by day it will get worse, until at last theworst of all arrives” – Schopenhauer,