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Quote Left For example, there is a species of butterfly, a night-moth, in which the females are much less common than the males. The moths breed exactly like all animals, the male fertilizes the female and the female lays the eggs. Now, if you take a female night moth----many naturalists have tried this experiment---the male moths will visit this female at night and they will come from hours away. From hours away! Just think! From a distance of several miles all these males sense the only female in the region. One looks for an explanation for this phenomenon but it is not easy. You must assume that they have a sense of smell of some sort like a hunting dog that can pick up and follow a semmingly imperceptible scent. Do you see? Nature abounds with such inexplicable things. But my argument is: if the female moths were as abundant as the males, the latter would not have such a highly developed sense of smell. They've acquired it only because they had to train themseleves to to have it. If a person were to concentrate all his will power on a certain end, then he would achieve it. That's all. And that also answers your question. Examine a person closely enough and you know more about him than he does himself. Quote Right
Quote Left Opinions mean nothing; they may be beautiful or ugly, clever or foolish, anyone can embrace or reject them. Quote Right
Quote Left You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation...and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else. Quote Right
Quote Left So wie die Verruecktheit in einem hoeheren Sinn, der Anfang aller Weisheit ist, so ist die Schizophrenie der Anfang aller Kunst, aller Phantasie. (As insanity in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizophrenia the beginning of all art, all fantasy.) Quote Right
Quote Left The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth. Quote Right
Quote Left One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time. Quote Right
Quote Left The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms ... Quote Right
Quote Left Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them. Quote Right
Quote Left The truth is lived, not taught. Quote Right
Quote Left Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it. Quote Right
Quote Left If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. Quote Right
Quote Left ...each of us has to find out for himself what is permitted and what is forbidden - forbidden for him. It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa. Actually it's only a question of convenience. Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them things are forbidden to them that every honorable man will do any day in the year and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised. Each person must stand on his own feet. Quote Right
Quote Left I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. Quote Right
Quote Left Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke. Quote Right
Quote Left You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves. Quote Right
Quote Left The best weapons against the infamies of life are courage, wilfulness and patience. Courage strenthens, wilfulness is fun and patience provides tranquility. Quote Right
Quote Left I have known it for a long time but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach. Quote Right
Quote Left When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane. Quote Right
Quote Left People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. Quote Right
Quote Left The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure. Quote Right
Quote Left To die is to go into the Collective Unconscious, to lose oneself in order to be transformed into form, pure form. Quote Right
Quote Left All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. Quote Right
Quote Left Every man is more than just himself he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. Quote Right
Quote Left Love of God is not always the same as love of good. Quote Right
Quote Left It is not our purpose to become each other it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is. Quote Right
Quote Left In each individual the spirit is made flesh, in each one the whole of creation suffers, in each one a Savior is crucified. Quote Right
Quote Left There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself. Quote Right
Quote Left Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. Quote Right