Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Cicero, 106 BC - 43 BC (via thefreelioness)

(Source: lazyyogi, via thefreelioness)

If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

 Paulo Coelho (via purplebuddhaproject)

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (via purplebuddhaproject)

I feel no, I owe no, and I will never give any allegiance to any nation or any government as such. My allegiance is to whatever peoples and institutions promote human freedom, flourishing, and peace. (And I hardly need to add that nationalism and governments have a damn poor record on this front.)


a gold cage is a still a cage

I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.

George Carlin (via thangnology)

(via artificer-viy)

Every Fourth of July I worry. I worry that we’re just a sports team. Worry that I’m American not because I love the ideas, but because of an accident of birth. I hate clubs. I’m not a joiner. I’ve played on the same team with Teller for my entire adult life, but I’m not a team player. I never wanted to be part of a team; I wanted to work with Teller. There’s a difference. Just like I never wanted to do a Broadway show or a Vegas show - I wanted to do our show. Venue never matters to me.

Penn Jillette (via artificer-viy)

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.

Anais Nin (via purplebuddhaproject)

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Oscar Wilde (via purplebuddhaproject)

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (via purplebuddhaproject)