“It is in books, poems, paintings which often give us the confidence to take seriously feelings in ourselves that we might otherwise never have thought to acknowledge.”Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
Based on the first performance of “Stairway to Heaven,” one would never know it would become such a huge hit. The band introduced audiences to the song before the fourth album was released. Bassist John Paul Jones said of one audience who heard it live, “They were all bored to tears waiting to hear something they knew.”Michael A. Schuman
In Toni Morrison’s novel Sula, in a conversation between embittered former friends, the protagonist Sula declares, “I sure did live in this world.”
“Really? What have you got to show for it?”
“Show? To who?”
– Tim Harford
Nietzsche used to have a motto on his wall: LIVE DANGEROUSLY. Somebody asked him, “Why have you written this?” He said, “Just to remind me, because my fear is tremendous.Fear, Osho
You know what happens after we die?
Not to us anyway.
So we should try to live and not worry about what happens after we die.
I’m successful because I don’t yearn for more. I have my wife and my boys and my freedom. I’m good. I have a unique appreciation of what I have because I already lost everything when my mother died. Now I have everything I need and everything I want.
this clearly-written essay on the origins of COVID ends with a quote from Francis Bacon:
Truth is the daughter not of authority, but time.
Haiti’s former president Papa Doc, for example, ordered all black dogs in the country to be put to death because it was rumoured that one of his fugitive enemies had transformed himself into one.