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1 We cling to memories as if they define us but... they really don't. What we do is what defines us.
memory, point_of_view
2 When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
improbable, probability, truth
Arthur Conan Doyle 1890
3 Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.
beauty, happiness
Stendhal 1822
4 Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one.
doubt, certainty, philosophy
Voltaire 1770
5 Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
history, memory, mistake
George Santayana
6 Religion: Because thinking is hard.
religion, thinking, laziness
7 One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.
religion, morality
Arthur C. Clarke
8 You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something!
enemy, persuasion
Winston Churchill
9 Any man can stay sober in a desert, he mused, but only the loyal can sit in an oasis and refuse to part his lips.
temptation, virtue, desert, loyalty
Dan Brown 2017
10 The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.
Richard P. Feynman 1974
11 The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
conflict, intelligence, wisdom
F. Scott Fitzgerald 1936
12 Limited minds can recognize limitations only in others.
Martin_Eden, limit, knowledge, wisdom
Jack London 1909
13 Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo.
time, stone, water, drop, persistence
14 Never memorize what you can look up in books.
Albert Einstein
15 Narrar é criar, pois viver é apenas ser vivido.
narrative, story, creativity, philosophy
Fernando Pessoa 1982
16 To narrate is to create, for living is just being lived.
narrative, story, creativity, philosophy
Fernando Pessoa 1982
17 Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
death, decision
Steve Jobs 2005-06-14
18 Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.
development, innovation
Mark Zuckerberg 2009
19 The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
writing, philosophy, time
Omar Khayyam
20 Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
Omar Khayyam


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