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125,732. Jesse: One day pretty much bleeds into the next …
Moderator: So it’s sort of Kafkaesque. (Crystal Meth & Gangstas: New Mexico & Life’s Life That & New Mexico) Breaking Bad s3e9: Kafkaesque
2,185. For our discussion is about no ordinary matter, but on the right way to conduct our lives. Plato, The Republic
2,186. O grant me, Heaven, a middle state,
Neither too humble nor too great;
More than enough, for nature’s ends,
With something left to treat my friends. (Life’s Like That & Friend) David Mallet c.1705-65
2,187. In reality life-coaching is bullshit. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Life Coaching s3e4
2,188. There are over fifteen thousand life-coaches in America. ibid.
2,189. I don’t try to live up to anything any more. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child
2,190. I think the importance of life is to like yourself. If you don’t like yourself nothing means anything ... What’s the point of living if you don’t like who you are? (Life’s Like That & Like & Self) Aaron Russo, interview Alex Jones
2,191. You have to stand up for what’s right in life. Unless you do that, you are nothing. Freedom and liberty is what people really want. And it’s time to stop the duplicity of government lying to us. (Life’s Like That & Right & Freedom & Liberty & Government & Civil Liberties) ibid.
2,230. A bizarre twist of fate led a young man to save the life of a woman. Incredibly, the woman choking to death had saved the same young man’s life years before. Was it more than coincidence? Was it part of the universe’s grand design? (Life’s Like That & Save & Coincidence) Weird or What? Mind Control
2,231. He gave her a bright fake smile; so much of life was a putting-off of unhappiness for another time. Nothing was ever lost by delay. (Life’s Like That & Unhappy & Delay) Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter 1948
2,232. He felt the loyalty we all feel to unhappiness – the sense that that is where we really belong. (Life’s Like That & Unhappy) ibid.
2,233. Renew your brilliance. It is the privilege of the Phoenix. Excellence grows old and so does fame. Custom wears down our admiration, and a mediocre novelty can conquer the greatest eminence in its old age. So be reborn in courage, in intellect, in happiness, and in all else. Dare to renew your brilliance, dawning many times, like the sun, only changing your surroundings. Withhold it and make people miss it; renew it and make them applaud. (Life’s Like That & Change & Reform) Baltasar Gracian 1601-58, The World of Worldly Wisdom
2,302. You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there’s no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man’s nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and all the impulses. And although our life, in this manifestation of it, is often worthless, yet it is life and not simply extracting square roots. (Reason & Will & Impulse & Life’s Like That) Fyodor Dostoyevsky
2,317. He is not apprehended by reason, but by life. (Reason & Life’s Like That) Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
50,529. My life came to a standstill. I could breathe, eat, drink and sleep, and I could not help doing these things; but there was no life, for there were no wishes the fulfilment of which I could consider reasonable. If I desired anything, I knew in advance that whether I satisfied my desire or not, nothing would come of it. Had a fairy come and offered to fulfil my desires I should not have known what to ask. If in moments of intoxication I felt something which, though not a wish, was a habit left by former wishes, in sober moments I knew this to be a delusion and that there was really nothing to wish for. I could not even wish to know the truth, for I guess of what it consisted. The truth was that life is meaningless. (Depression & Mental Health & Life’s Like That) Leo Tolstoy
2,596. We cannot point to a single definitive solution of any one of the problems that confront us – political, economic, social or moral, that is, having to do with the conduct of life. We are still beginners, and for that reason may hope to improve. To deride the hope of progress is the ultimate fatuity, the last word in poverty of spirit and meanness of mind. There is no need to be dismayed by the fact that we cannot yet envisage a definitive solution of our problems, a resting-place beyond which we need not try to go. (Science & Problem & Life’s Like That & Progress) Peter Medawar, presidential address BAAS 3rd September 1969
2,631. You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe. (Science & Wrong & Life’s Like That & Universe) Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
2,659. I believe that the universe was formed around 15 billion years ago and that humans have evolved from their apelike ancestors over the past few million years. I believe we are more likely to live a good life if all humans try to work together in a world community, preserving planet earth. When decisions for groups are made in this world, I believe that the democratic process should be used. To protect the individual, I believe in freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom from religion, freedom of inquiry, and a wall of separation between church and state. When making decisions about what is right or wrong, I believe I should use my intelligence to reason about the likely consequences of my actions. I believe that I should try to increase the happiness of everyone by caring for other people and finding ways to cooperate. Never should my actions discriminate against people simply because of their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or national origin. I believe that ideas about what is right and wrong will change with education, so I am prepared to continually question ideas using evidence from experience and science. I believe there is no valid evidence to support claims for the existence of supernatural entities and deities. I will use these beliefs to guide my thinking and my actions until I find good reasons for revising them or replacing them with other beliefs that are more valid. (Belief & Life’s Like That & Advice) Ronald P Carver
2,674. Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life. First, to fulfil whatever talents we are born with. However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay. We all know individuals who did not fulfil the promise they showed in childhood. Many of them became haunted by the image of what they might have become. Instead of blaming fate, I think we should accept ourselves as we are and try to fulfil whatever dreams are within our capability.