You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape… Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman—a rope over an abyss … what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.
— Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
It’s worth recognizing that there is no such thing as an overnight success. You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure. The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along. It’s a good idea to try to enjoy the scenery on the detours, because you’ll probably take a few.
…To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.
Reading those turgid philosophers here in these remote stone buildings may not get you a job, but if those books have forced you to ask yourself questions about what makes life truthful, purposeful, meaningful, and redeeming, you have the Swiss Army Knife of mental tools, and it’s going to come in handy all the time.
…With luck, you’ve also had a class that transmitted a spark of insight or interest you’d never had before. Cultivate that interest, and you may find a deeper meaning in your life that feeds your soul and spirit. Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.
— Bill Watterson (Kenyon College Commencement speech 1990)
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard (via likeafieldmouse)
everyone wants a double feature; they wanna be their own damn teacher
You have evolved from worm to man, but much within you is still worm.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Read not to contradict nor to believe, but to weigh and consider.
— Francis Bacon
For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.
It’s a dangerous book (the Bible), and to worship it is, of course, a far more dangerous idolatry than bowing down to images of wood and stone, because nobody in his senses can confuse a wooden image with God, but you can very easily confuse a set of ideas with God, because concepts are more rarified and abstract
— Alan Watts
I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I’m dead.
— Kurt Vonnegut (via poorghosts
Richard Dawkins: The lucky ones (via ZEN PENCILS)
I’d rather we explore each other’s ideas in real time, rather than assign a label to it and assert you know what’s going to happen in advance.
petition to make this gifset the new tumblr header
I seriously love this guy.
To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task
— Friedrich Nietzsche
The human understanding is no dry light, but receives an infusion from the will and affections… For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience of research; sober things, because they narrow hope; the deeper things of nature, from superstition; the light of experience, from arrogance and pride, lest his mind should seem to be occupied with things mean and transitory; things not commonly believed, out of deference to the opinion of the vulgar. Numberless, in short, are the ways, and sometimes imperceptible, in which the affections color and infect the understanding.
— Francis Bacon
Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.
— Richard Feynman
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