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  • Doug Belshaw 7:05 am on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: facts, fiction, Rabindranath Tagore,   

    Truth in her dress finds facts too tight. In fiction she moves with ease.

    Rabindranath Tagore

     
  • Doug Belshaw 7:00 am on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clarity, Joubert,   

    Clearness is so eminently one of the characteristics of truth that often it even passes for truth itself.

    Joubert

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:50 am on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , illusion, reality   

    As in Rome there is, apart from the Romans, a population of statues, so apart from this real world there is a world of illusion, almost more potent, in which men live.

    Goethe

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:45 am on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Sebastian Brant   

    The world wants to be deceived.

    Sebastian Brant

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:40 am on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , W.H. Gombrich   

    Anyone who can handle a needles convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.

    E.H. Gombrich

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:35 am on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: persuasion, Pierre Nicole,   

    The chief use to which we put our love of the truth is in persuading ourselves that what we love is true.

    Pierre Nicole

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:30 am on April 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    We must also make ourselves flexible, to avoid becoming too devoted to the plans we have formed, and we should make the transition to the state that chance has brought us to without dreading a change either in our purpose or our condition, provided that we are not falling prey to fickleness, a vice entirely at odds with repose. For stubbornness, from which Fortune often forces some concession, must involve anxiety and wretchedness, and at the same time fickleness is much harder to bear when it fails to control itself in any situation. Both are hostile to tranquility, both the inability to undergo any change and the ability to show endurance. Above all it is necessary for the mind to be withdrawn into itself, abjuring all external interests; let it have confidence in itself and take pleasure in itself, let it admire its own possessions, withdraw as far as possible from those of others, let it not feel losses and put a kind interpretation even kn adversities.

    Seneca, ‘On the Tranquility of the Mind’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:00 pm on April 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    [Y]ou take your ease amid your possessions without a thought for all the misfortunes that threaten them on every side, poised any moment now to carry off the valuable spoils. But in the case of the wise man, if anyone steals his wealth, he will still leave to him all that he truly posseses; for he lives happy in the present and untroubled by what the future holds.

    Seneca, ‘On the Happy Life’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 4:00 pm on April 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Say what you think 

    The great consolation life is to say what one thinks.

    Voltaire

     
  • Doug Belshaw 2:00 pm on April 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    One is not bound to believe that all the water is deep that is muddy.

    Thomas Fuller

     
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