This above all, to thine own self be true; then it must follow, as the night the day, thou cannot be false to any man.
"The depths of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach" ...
and also "Keep your words sweet incase you have to eat them".
Unfortunately, I don't know who to attribute for them, but they've always stuck with me.
You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
It would have to be a quote from a novel. One of my favorites is a quote from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The Englishman in the story is describing the strangeness of the forest along the Congo basin as yet untapped by "civilization", though his company has established isolated ivory trading posts almost randomly in the wilderness along the river. The land was wild and untamed. The belief in those days was that the so-called savage natives along the Congo River were sub-human. But every interaction was beginning to show more and more that these savages were indeed like any other human. They were simply without the same level of organization. The new thought was that these people represented the essence of the human soul without the distractions of "progress". The fact that the englishmen were abusing and killing these people as sub-human workers, created a terrifying feeling of guilt. Here's the quote:
“The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly, and the men were—No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it—this suspicion of their not being inhuman.”
Albert Einstein said: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
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