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Susan Sontag on Life, Death, Art, and Freedom
Susan Sontag on Life, Death, Art, and Freedom

“Oh, where is the out-going freedom, the instrumental freedom from, freedom that is not this enormous possession of one’s own heart which is death?”

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Anaïs Nin on the Meaning of Life and the Dangers of the Internet, Before the Internet
Anaïs Nin on the Meaning of Life and the Dangers of the Internet, Before the Internet

“We believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people… This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us.”

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Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life
Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

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William James on the Psychology of Habit
William James on the Psychology of Habit

“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”

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Hermann Hesse on What Trees Teach Us About Belonging and Life
Hermann Hesse on What Trees Teach Us About Belonging and Life

“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.”

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The Last Pictures: A Time-Capsule of Humanity in 100 Images Sent into Space for Eternity
The Last Pictures: A Time-Capsule of Humanity in 100 Images Sent into Space for Eternity

“Just as the topology of space is at odds with everyday human experience, the ‘time’ of space is utterly foreign.”

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