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“It should be borne in mind, of course, that there is an inevitable discrepancy between the truth of the matter and what one thinks, even about himself.” — Henry Miller

“Man desires a world where good and evil can be clearly distinguished, for he has an innate and irrepressible desire to judge before he understands. Religions and ideologies are founded on this desire.” — Milan Kundera

“It is precisely in losing the certainty of truth and the unanimous agreement of others that man becomes an individual. The novel is the imaginary paradise of individuals.”
Milan Kundera

“An idea becomes an idol when an expression of our will to truth masquerades as an objective truth about the world.” — Nicholas Fearn

“The desire to enlarge oneself is the desire to embrace more and more possibilities, to be constantly learning, to give oneself entirely over to curiosity.” — Richard Rorty

(In my writing), “I am free to give myself up to doubt and uncertainty, and to my predominant quality, which is ignorance.” — Michel de Montaigne

“There are two objects between which the mind vibrates like a pendulum; one, the desire for Truth; the other, the desire for Repose. He in whom the love of Repose predominates, will accept the first creed he meets … he gets rest and reputation; but he shuts the door on truth. He in whom the love of Truth predominates will keep himself aloof from all moorings and afloat.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder, and I am waiting ... for the discovery
of a new symbolic western frontier.” — Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“The row over The Satanic Verses was at bottom an argument over who should have control over the grand narrative, the Story of Islam, and that the power must belong equally to everyone ... because those who do not have the power over the story that dominates their lives, power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.” — Salman Rushdie

“Whoever wishes to make progress strives by means of dialogue with himself or with others, as well as by writing, to ‘carry on his reflections in due order’ and finally to arrive at a complete transformation of his representation of the world, his inner climate, and his outer behavior. These methods testify to a deep knowledge of the therapeutic powers of the world.” — Pierre Hadot

“We should not look at our knowledge as a possession, in which we find security and which gives us a sense of identity; we should not be filled with our knowledge or hang on to it, or crave it. Knowledge should not assume the quality of dogma, which enslaves us. Knowledge is nothing but the penetrating activity of thought — without ever becoming an invitation to stand still in order to find certainty.”Erich Fromm

“For the first time I was free. There were no prohibited places in all the realms of thought — no air, no space, where fancy could not spread her painted wings — no chains for my limbs — no lashes for my back — no fires for my flesh — no master's frown or threat — no following another's steps — no need to bow, or cringe, or crawl, or utter lying words. I was free. I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously, faced all worlds.” — Robert Greene Ingersoll


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