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  • Doug Belshaw 6:38 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Chrysippus and Diogenes were the first and most decisive authorities to hold that glory is to be disdained; they said that of all the pleasures none was more dangerous nor more to be fled than the pleasure which comes to us from other men’s approval. And, truly, experience shows us that its deceptions can often be very harmful.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:35 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    There are names and there are things. A name is a spoken sound which designates a thing and acts as a sign for it. The name is not part of that thing nor part of its substance: it is a foreign body attached to that thing; it is quite outside it.

    Michel de Montaigne, ‘On glory’, The Complete Essays
     
  • Doug Belshaw 8:27 pm on April 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    We often mistake the very things that enable us to be free — context, meaning, facticity, situation, a general direction in our lives — for things that define us and take away our freedom. It is only with all of these that we can be free in a real sense.

    Sarah Bakewell, At the Existentialist Café, p.155
     
  • Doug Belshaw 7:26 am on April 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    A deserted street is not one along which no one walks, but a street along which people walk as if it were deserted. (Fernando Pessoa)
     
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