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“He who fears he shall suffer, a...

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.” —Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
📅︎ Oct 04
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“Learned we may be with another man's lear...

“Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.” —Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
📅︎ Oct 04
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“It is the power of the mind to be...

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” ―Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters
📅︎ Jul 19
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“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t...

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
📅︎ Sep 15
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I have written my work, not as an essay to win the...

I have written my work, not as an essay to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time. — Thucydides, “History of the Peloponnesian War”
📅︎ May 22
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“I hate quotations. Tell me wha...

“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
📅︎ Jun 23
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“But we shall never utter enough a...

“But we shall never utter enough abuse against the unruliness of our minds.” -Michel de Montaigne, The Essays
📅︎ May 02
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"So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted...

"So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays." ― N.H. Kleinbaum
📅︎ Jul 16
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"Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake rea...

"Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually into forgeries of themselves." - Philip K. Dick, from his essay 'How to Build a Universe pt. 2', 1978
📅︎ Nov 09
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“He who fears he shall suffer, al...

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.” ― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
📅︎ Apr 10
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"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe an...

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider." ~ Francis Bacon [Essay - Of Studies]
📅︎ Jan 11
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“I hate quotations. Tell me wha...

“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
📅︎ Oct 24
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“I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of...

“I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I make myself submit to my adversary’s force of reason, than I am pleased with the victory I obtain over him through his weakness.” ― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
📅︎ Dec 27
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“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of...

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” -Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays
📅︎ Jan 02
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“If you're looking for sympathy you'll find i...

“If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.” ― David Sedaris, Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
📅︎ Oct 15
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"In essays I wr...

"In essays I write so much, but say so little" - R.H
📅︎ May 02
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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated needs bu...

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace. - Alexander Pope (An Essay on Man)
📅︎ May 21
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"Words are finite organs ...

"Words are finite organs of the infinite mind." -Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature(essay)
📅︎ Apr 23
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"All art is propaganda." -George...

"All art is propaganda." -George Orwell (The name of a series of essays by the seminal British writer)
📅︎ Apr 07
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“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice t...

“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.”
📅︎ Aug 30
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