Quotes of Wisdom

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: The earliest instance of this quote is found in Virgil‘s Aeneid: “facilis descensus Averno” (the descent to hell is easy).

He Who Fights With Monsters: I think the reason this quote resonates with many people is that it is an archetypal truth. Like a law of nature, it describes a behavioral pattern that eternally repeats itself, which isn’t strange in itself, since Nietzsche wrote much of the “eternal return.”

The Busiest People Harbor The Greatest Weariness: Our intuition tells us that the opposite of business is depression. So it is not a good idea to be completely idle, but on the mad extreme of activity, there exists a concealed depression.

The Reasonable Person Adapts Himself Meaning: Progress, if it is at all possible, we are taught, can only come from rational thought.

Don’t Try: Charles Bukowski, today known as a celebrated author, found success only in his fifties. In his twenties, he wrote hundreds of short stories. Two of these were published, both of which barely sold any copies.

Hard Times Create Strong Men: The quote is from a post-apocalyptic novel called “Those Who Remain” by the author G. Michael Hopf. And one could be tempted to say that things must be this way.

The Mind is an Excellent Servant (Reversal) : A proper education will give you the capacity to think and will teach you decide what you want to think about.

The Only Path to Serenity Meaning (Lao Tzu Quote): When it comes to difficult tasks, that are necessary to do, and seldom enjoyable, we have to contend with the reality of burnout – that, despite our best efforts, we may come to a point of total exhaustion.

Forever Reading, Never to be Read: In Essays and Aphorisms, Arthur Schopenhauer makes an interesting remark about the pitfalls of reading too much. He refers to Alexander Pope’s poem.

A Foolish Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds: The political arena, the intellectual debates, the social identity, the conviction, the consistent schedule, the past predictions, the blind faith, the future commitments. No area in life is not affected by the inner compulsion to remain consistent with what one believes.