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Thought for the Day – May 19th


Qualia sunt, quae saepe cogitaveris, talis tibi erit mens tua; imbuitur enim cogitationibus animus.
Meditations, Book V, Section 16
Also entitled, “The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius”
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Full Quote:
“Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then with a continuous series of such thoughts as these: for instance, that where a man can live, there he can also live well. But he must live in a palace; well then, he can also live well in a palace. And again, consider that for whatever purpose each thing has been constituted, for this it has been constituted, and towards this it is carried; and its end is in that towards which it is carried; and where the end is, there also is the advantage and the good of each thing. Now the good for the reasonable animal is society; for that we are made for society has been shown above. Is it not plain that the inferior exists for the sake of the superior? But the things which have life are superior to those which have not life, and of those which have life the superior are those which have reason.”


Thought for the Day – February 10th


“Не уважая же никого, перестает любить, а чтобы, не имея любви, занять себя и развлечь, предается страстям и грубым сладостям и доходит совсем до скотства в пороках своих, а всё от беспрерывной лжи и людям и себе самому.”
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts with Epilogue. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Book II, Chapter 2, pg 42
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“The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.”
“A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete bestiality, and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself.”

Thought for the Day – January 3rd


Beecher, Henry Ward. Lectures to Young Men: On Various Important Subjects. 1860. pg 115
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