Trust those who seek the truth; doubt those who think they have found it.
Critical theory […] very consciously makes its own that concern for the rational organization of human activity which its task is to illuminate and legitimate. For this theory is not concerned only with goals already imposed by existing ways of life, but with men and all their potentialities. Max Horkheimer
Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend," observed the Marquis. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.
For each desire we fulfill… a new desire will pop into our heads to take its place. This means that no matter how hard we work to satisfy our desires, we will be no closer to satisfaction than if we had fulfilled none of them. William Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.
That is why the peasant has wisdom, because he is defeated from the start.
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.
Wisdom comes through defeat, never through victory.
If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between "for" and "against" is the mind’s worst disease. Sent-ts’an, 700 a.d.
And let silence be the general rule, or let only what is necessary be said, and in few words. Epictetus, Enchiridion.
Nothing will help quite so much as just keeping quiet, talking with other people as little as possible, with yourself as much as possible. Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter CV (105)
It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted. Seneca
It is the cruelest form of tyranny to bind the future to the will of the past.
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