Words of Wisdom—Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves (September 2nd, 1964) is an actor who was born in Beirut and raised in Toronto. His breakthrough role was in the 1989 science fiction comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In addition to many films since then, Keanu has directed, plays bass guitar in the band Dogstar, and is known as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood.

Below we list some words of wisdom by Keanu Reeves.

“I always felt a bit alone and isolated from other people…I did a lot of pretending as a child. It was my way of coping with the fact that I didn’t feel like I fit in.”

“The recognition of the law of the cause and effect, also known as karma, is a fundamental key to understand how you’ve created your world, with actions of your body, speech and mind. When you truly understand karma, then you realize you are responsible for everything in your life. It is incredibly empowering to know that your future is in your hands.”

“Nothing ever truly dies. The universe wastes nothing, everything is simply transformed.”

“I guess living without love, without experiencing it or being able to give it is pretty strong punishment.”

“Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important.”

“Positive energy brings good feelings, and dark energy often means harm. But the destruction in dark energy is also a subtle aspect of construction, like how even forest fires have their benefits. Sometimes enemies are our best teachers, people can learn from their mistakes, destruction sometimes means rebirth.”

“Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things.”

“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”

“Sure I believe in God and the Devil, but they don’t have to have pitchforks and a long white beard.”

“How do I confront aging? With a wonder and a terror. Yeah, I’ll say that. Wonder and terror.”

“Our dreams can teach us, instruct us, confuse us… sometimes I think they look to be considered. And in terms of like, they are an opportunity and I think they most certainly could be utilized to focus, to try and achieve – whether it’s looking for someone, or influencing us, or inspiring us.”

“A relationship is an imaginative act, it’s an act of creation. Someone said to me the other day that a relationship between a person and a kid is unconditional; but the relationship between adults, to each other, is conditional, in a sense. But that condition can be the best kind.”

“I’m Mickey Mouse. They don’t know who’s inside the suit.”

“Performing an exorcism was like changing your oil. It’s a drag, but necessary.”

“I mean, I went to a Catholic boys school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me.”

“Art is about trying to find the good in people, and making the world a more compassionate place.”

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Words of Wisdom—Baruch Spinoza

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Baruch Spinoza (November 24, 1632–February 21, 1677), born in Amsterdam, was a Portuguese-Jewish philosopher and one of the foremost thinkers of the Enlightenment. He is known as one of the most original and radical philosophers of the seventeenth century.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Baruch Spinoza.

“The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.”

“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.”

“I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.”

“The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition.”

“To know the order of nature, and regard the universe as orderly is the highest function of the mind.”

“Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.”

“What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.”

“Nothing in nature is by chance. Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.”

“The holy word of God is on everyone’s lips…but…we see almost everyone presenting their own versions of God’s word, with the sole purpose of using religion as a pretext for making others think as they do.”

“The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and with the specious title of religion to cloak the fear by which they must be held in check, so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation.”

“Desire nothing for yourself, which you do not desire for others.”

“God is not He who is, but That which is.”

“He who seeks equality between unequals seeks an absurdity.”

“The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain by fear, nor to exact obedience, but to free every man from fear that he may live in all possible security… In fact the true aim of government is liberty.”

“Laws which prescribe what everyone must believe, and forbid men to say or write anything against this or that opinion, are often passed to gratify, or rather to appease the anger of those who cannot abide independent minds.”

“Laws which can be broken without any wrong to one’s neighbor are a laughing-stock; and such laws, instead of restraining the appetites and lusts of mankind, serve rather to heighten them. Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata [we always resist prohibitions, and yearn for what is denied us].”

“Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so much to cultivate men’s natural abilities as to restrain them.”

“He who regulates everything by laws, is more likely to arouse vices than reform them.”

“God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.”

“The eternal wisdom of God has shown itself forth in all things, but chiefly in the mind of man, and most of all in Jesus Christ.”

“He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob must day by day strive with the greatest anxiety, act and scheme in order to retain his reputation. For the mob is varied and inconsistent, and therefore if a reputation is not carefully preserved it dies quickly.”

“Surely human affairs would be far happier if the power in men to be silent were the same as that to speak. But experience more than sufficiently teaches that men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues.”

“Everything in nature is a cause from which there flows some effect.”

“After experience had taught me that all the usual surroundings of social life are vain and futile; seeing that none of the objects of my fears contained in themselves anything either good or bad, except in so far as the mind is affected by them, I finally resolved to inquire whether there might be some real good having power to communicate itself, which would affect the mind singly, to the exclusion of all else: whether, in fact, there might be anything of which the discovery and attainment would enable me to enjoy continuous, supreme, and unending happiness.”

“I believe that a triangle, if it could speak, would say that God is eminently triangular, and a circle that the divine nature is eminently circular; and thus would every one ascribe his own attributes to God.”

“Yet nature cannot be contravened, but preserves a fixed and immutable order.”

“We are a part of nature as a whole, whose order we follow.”

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Words of Wisdom — Jayne Mansfield

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Jayne Mansfield (April 19th, 1933 – June 29th, 1967) was an American actress, singer, entertainer, and Playboy Playmate. She was known for her publicity stunts and personal life, had several box-office successes, and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Jayne was one of Hollywood’s original blonde bombshells and is still one of the most recognizable icons of 1950s celebrity culture.

Jayne reportedly had a high IQ, which she claimed was 163. In addition to English, she spoke French, Spanish, German and Italian. She was known as Hollywood’s “smartest dumb blonde” and complained the public didn’t care about her intelligence saying, “They’re more interested in 40–21–35 [a reference to her body measurements].”

Jayne married three times and had five children. She died in a car crash in New Orleans at age 34.

Below we list some words of wisdom by Jayne Mansfield.

“I guess a lot of people think that a girl who shows her bosom and wears tight dresses can’t be close to God. God has always been close to me. Only He knew what was in my heart.”

“I hope that I have given happiness to others. I hope I have given children to the world, and that I have made some kind of a mark for myself here.”

“It is the most wonderful feeling in the world, knowing you are loved and wanted”

“A lot of happiness can be brought to the mentally distraught by a little understanding.”

“I don’t want to get involved in the racial situation at the expense of losing fans. I wouldn’t say anything too strong but I do know that God created us equal and we’re not living up to it.”

“Sex appeal is a wonderful, warm, womanly healthy feeling . . . it comes only from inside, it’s from nothing that’s manufactured. It has nothing to do with measurements or lipstick color. To me, it’s cleanliness, and youth, an effervescent desire to enjoy life.”

“I like being a pin-up girl. There’s nothing wrong with it.”

“Hollywood is the same as any other place when it comes to love, marriage, and divorce … some people have trouble staying married and some people have trouble staying single.”

“You know which title I like best? I like to be called mother.”

“I’ve got the strangest build. It’s big in the hips, small in the waist and I’ve got these enormous … shoulders.”

“A 41-inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee – a lot more.”

“My father was the only man I ever knew who really loved me unselfishly, who never used me for personal gain.”

“I have always considered my career self and my personal self as two different and separate people. There’s a Jayne Mansfield at home, a wife and devoted mother, and there’s Jayne the sex symbol, which is my career. I have always kept them completely apart and separate.”

“If you want the best things in life you have to earn them for yourself.”

“I’ve been identified with pink throughout my career, but I’m not as crazy about it as I’ve led people to believe. My favorite colors are actually neutrals — black and white — but then who thinks of a movie queen in black and white? Everything has to be in living color.”

“I don’t particularly enjoy publicity, it seems to just follow me around.”

“If you’re going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.”

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Words of Wisdom—René Descartes

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René Descartes (March 31, 1596– February 11,1650) was a French scientist, mathematician and philosopher. He pioneered analytic geometry, is often considered the father of modern philosophy, and contributed greatly to the Age of Reason.

Below we list some words of wisdom from René Descartes.

“Reason is nothing without imagination.”

“God alone is the author of all the motions in the world.”

“Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.”

“With me, everything turns into mathematics.”

“Intuitive knowledge is an illumination of the soul, whereby it beholds in the light of God those things which it pleases Him to reveal to us by a direct impression of divine clearness.”

“Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.”

“The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.”

“Some years ago I was struck by the large number of falsehoods that I had accepted as true in my childhood, and by the highly doubtful nature of the whole edifice that I had subsequently based on them. I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last.”

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”

“By ‘God’, I understand, a substance which is infinite, independent, supremely intelligent, supremely powerful, and which created both myself and everything else that exists. All these attributes are such that, the more carefully I concentrate on them, the less possible it seems that they could have originated from me alone. So, from what has been said it must be concluded that God necessarily exists.”

“Situations in life often permit no delay; and when we cannot determine the course which is certainly best, we must follow the one which is probably the best. This frame of mind freed me also from the repentance and remorse commonly felt by those vacillating individuals who are always seeking as worthwhile things which they later judge to be bad.”

“We do not describe the world we see, we see the world we can describe.”

“Conquer yourself rather than the world.”

“I can doubt everything, except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt. Simply put – I think, therefore I am.”

“If I simply refrain from making a judgment in cases where I do not perceive the truth with sufficient clarity and distinctness, then it is clear that I am behaving correctly and avoiding error.”

“How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?”

“You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.”

“The chief cause of human errors is to be found in the prejudices picked up in childhood.”

“Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.”

“Before examining this more carefully and investigating its consequences, I want to dwell for a moment in the contemplation of God, to ponder His attributes in me, to see, admire, and adore the beauty of His boundless light, insofar as my clouded insight allows. Believing that the supreme happiness of the other life consists wholly of the contemplation of divine greatness, I now find that through less perfect contemplation of the same sort I can gain the greatest joy available in this life.”

“In God there is an infinitude of things which I cannot comprehend, nor possibly even reach in any way by thought; for it is the nature of the infinite that my nature, which is finite and limited, should not comprehend it.”

“And as it is the most generous souls who have most gratitude, it is those who have most pride, and who are most base and infirm, who most allow themselves to be carried away by anger and hatred.”

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Words of Wisdom—Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman (June 1, 1937) is an American actor, narrator, and producer. He’s received many awards for his work, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2008, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2011, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2018.

Below we list words of wisdom by Morgan Freeman.

“How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it!”

“I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.”

“I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole.”

“As long as you feel like a victim, you are one.”

“Did you just call me old? I really prefer the word ‘experienced’.”

“I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”

“Finding joy is probably tantamount to finding yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.”

“Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort.”

“It’s what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That’s all and that’s the hardest thing.”

“Still, it can be more effective to accomplish what you need to accomplish with the minimum effort. Watch Anthony Hopkins. He doesn’t appear to be doing anything. He is so still that you can’t see him working, but you are drawn into his character through his very stillness.”

“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.”

“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?'”

“Never let pride be your guiding principle. Let your accomplishments speak for you.”

“I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions.”

“Don’t be afraid of what you want. This is your time. The barriers are down.”

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.”

“Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear.”

“Don’t be different just for different’s sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always.”

“I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.”

“The trick to any profession is making it look easy.”

“If your life turns out to be good and you have a tremendous amount of luck in your life, it’s a good thing to turn around and make it work for others.”

“We humans are more concerned with having than with being.”

“You can’t take credit for talent; you can only take credit for using it.”

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”

“The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”

“You don’t know how much you appreciate your privacy until you don’t have it.”

“I’m a firm believer that things happen as they should. The universe unfolds just as it’s supposed to.”

“Insanity is being shit on, beat down, coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and a key to release it.”

“If I stay at home, I’m not famous. I’m only famous when I’m out in the streets, so I don’t go out on the streets much.”

“I am God. So it’s easy to play him. They say God is in all things. So if God is in me, then I am in God. Therefore, I am God. God does not exist without me.”

“I’m making a great effort because sometimes life is not enjoyable. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes it’s stressful, sometimes it’s agonizing even, so I think once you get around those humps: strive for pleasure and peace.”

“One universe, four forces, billions of galaxies. The precision and complexity of our world is enough to make even the famous cosmologist go just a little bit crazy. How does it all fit together? Is there a single, overarching design to the cosmos? And if we find it, will we glimpse the mind of God?”

“If you look back on your life and where you started from it’s like looking back down a mountain back to the desert floor. It’s like now I can’t believe I had whatever it takes or perceived whatever it took to get here.”

“Audiences believe what you believe. It’s a matter of believing yourself. If I believe me, then you’ve got no choice. None at all.”

“I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they’re going to go and see the story you’re in.”

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Words of Wisdom— Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (July 1, 1646–November 14, 1716) was a German scientist, mathematician, and philosopher.

He developed core concepts of integral and differential calculus and was a pioneer in the realm of mechanical calculators. He is known as one of the founders of computer science.

As a philosopher, he was of the scholastic tradition, influenced contemporary analytic philosophy, and viewed our world as one of God’s perfect creations.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

“I am convinced that the unwritten knowledge scattered among men of different callings surpasses in quantity and in importance anything we find in books, and that the greater part of our wealth has yet to be recorded.”

“The greatness of a life can only be estimated by the multitude of its actions. We should not count the years, it is our actions which constitute our life.”

“Nothing is more important than to see the sources of invention which are, in my opinion more interesting than the inventions themselves.”

“Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another.”

“I do not believe that a world without evil, preferable in order to ours, is possible; otherwise it would have been preferred. It is necessary to believe that the mixture of evil has produced the greatest possible good: otherwise the evil would not have been permitted. The combination of all the tendencies to the good has produced the best; but as there are goods that are incompatible together, this combination and this result can introduce the destruction of some good, and as a result some evil.”

“Nothing is accomplished all at once, and it is one of my great maxims, and one of the most completely verified, that Nature makes no leaps: a maxim which I have called the law of continuity.”

“God, possessing supreme and infinite wisdom, acts in the most perfect manner, not only metaphysically, but also morally speaking, and…with respect to ourselves, we can say that the more enlightened and informed we are about God’s works, the more we will be disposed to find them excellent and in complete conformity with what we might have desired.”

“Now, as there is an infinity of possible universes in the Ideas of God, and as only one of them can exist, there must be a sufficient reason for God’s choice, which determines him toward one rather than another. And this reason can be found only in the fitness, or the degrees of perfection, that these worlds contain, since each possible thing has the right to claim existence in proportion to the perfection it involves.”

“If we could sufficiently understand the order of the universe, we should find that it exceeds all the desires of the wisest men, and that it is impossible to make it better than it is, not only as a whole and in general but also for ourselves in particular, if we are attached, as we ought to be, to the Author of all, not only as to the architect and efficient cause of our being, but as to our master and to the final cause, which ought to be the whole aim of our will, and which can alone make our happiness.”

“If we were magically shrunk and put into someone’s brain while she was thinking, we would see all the pumps, pistons, gears and levers working away and we would be able to describe the workings completely, in mechanical terms, thereby completely describing the thought processes of the brain. But that description would not contain any mention of thought! It would contain nothing but descriptions of pumps, pistons, levers!”

“Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”

“Make me the master of education, and I will undertake to change the world.”

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Words of Wisdom—Tom Shadyac

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Tom Shadyac (December 11, 1958) is an American author, director, producer, and screenwriter. He wrote and directed the comedy films The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty Patch Adams, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In 2010, Shadyac wrote, directed, and narrated his documentary film I am, that looks at his leaving materialistic lifestyle after a bicycle accident.

Below we list some words of wisdom by Tom Shadyac.

“The bike accident caused me to start talking about spiritual truths. This accident – where I faced my own death – compelled me to talk about these truths and try to make a movie about them.”

“I come from a family of lawyers. I was expected to be a professional of some sort, not an artist. I was never uplifted for my art.”

“TRUTH: When a child believes he must win to be worthy, when young adults define themselves by what they do and not who they are, it is a kind of slavery a slave master would envy.”

“I am part of a divine essence. I don’t have to become anything. I already am.”

“Nature is very clear on this. In fact, there’s one fundamental law that all of nature obeys that mankind breaks everyday. Now this is a law that’s evolved over billions of years and the law is this: nothing in nature takes more than it needs. A redwood tree doesn’t take all of the soil’s nutrients, just what it needs to grow. A lion doesn’t kill every gazelle, just one. We have a term for something in the body when it takes more than its share. We call it cancer.”

“You can’t sow an apple seed and expect to get an avocado tree. The consequences of your life are sown in what you do and how you behave.”

“I hope people start to look at their lives as the most powerful, creative act they will ever offer this world.”

“The one thing that advances a society is not technology or so-called development; its love – that one principle.”

“When an individual changes in even a small way he immediately changes the world around him. And that concentric circle moves out and changes everything.”

“Authenticity means to be the author of your own life.”

“Nature actually works through intense cooperation. There is competition in nature , but it thrives through cooperation. We don’t teach this to our kids. It’s actually a violent ideology. It’s why kids go into school and bully each other and god forbid do things even worse. Cooperation will become the marching orders of the human species or we’re not going to make it.”

“What matters is who we are, not who we beat.”

“I think true success is intrinsic… It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community.”

“Love is not always about ‘everything’s fine’…love is about truth. Truth and love are one in the same. It doesn’t always come in a sweet little box with a bow on it.”

“We started by asking what’s wrong with the world, and we ended up discovering what’s right with it.”

“In movies you can shoot a guy 3,000 times and get a ‘PG-13’, but if you say the ‘F’ word twice it’s automatically an ‘R’. I’ll let that be its own comment.”

“Hope is the belief we might get it done, and faith is the knowledge we will get it done.”

“You send a message in everything you do, I’m always very conscious about what ideas and what energy I put out there.”

“If you look at the Bible as a whole, it’s redemptive and beautiful, and it’s God’s love story to mankind.”

“I was raised Catholic and didn’t like the dogma and exclusivity of that teaching but I was moved by the moral teachings and by the power of the Jesus fellow.”

“I’m from the Madeleine L’Engle school. The more she delves into science, the more she knows there’s a creator who’s behind these amazing laws, these amazing events. The symmetry of nature, the structure and order of it.”

“Love is the essential energy of the universe. It is the force that puts the stars in the firmament, and it makes the blood run through the veins.”

“Illnesses are often times a reflection of an emotional place that needs healing or attention.”

“Death is not the enemy. A life lived without love is the enemy.”

“I wasn’t paying enough attention to what my heart was telling me. When I paid attention and got the message, I could move forward and heal.”

“I think laughter is a sacred act.”

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Words of Wisdom—Emanuel Swedenborg

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Emanuel Swedenborg (February 8, 1688–March 29, 1772) was Swedish inventor, scientist, philosopher, theologian, and mystic. He is most known for his book about the afterlife, Heaven and Hell.

His career as a scientist and inventor, involving mostly geometry, chemistry, and metallurgy, included several mathematical and mechanical inventions.

Emanuel Swedenborg also published an article explaining mental and spiritual events as tiny vibrations, and was intent on forming a theory to explain how matter relates to spirit.

He claims to have had a spiritual awakening at age 56, in 1744, along with regular prophetic dreams and visions, and believed God is within all living creatures.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Emanuel Swedenborg.

“Conscience is God’s presence in humans.”

“This I can declare: things that are in heaven are more real than things that are in the world.”

“Worship does not consist in prayers and in external devotion, but in a life of kindness.”

“Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want, and do.”

“God created us in such a way that our inner self is in the spiritual world and our outer self is in the physical world. This was so that the spiritual part of us, which belongs in heaven, could be planted in the physical part the way a seed is planted in the ground.”

“People who have intended and loved what is evil in the world intend and love what is evil in the other life, and then they no longer allow themselves to be led away from it. This is why people who are absorbed in evil are connected to hell and actually are there in spirit; and after death they crave above all to be where their evil is. So after death, it is we, not the Lord, who cast ourselves into hell.”

“We are all spirits inwardly. This is what’s alive in the body, not the body on its own.”

“Seen in its own right, a loving person’s inner spirit is an angel of heaven, and while we are living in the body we are also in the company of angels, even though we are not aware of it; and once we are released from the body we join them.”

“Angels never attack, as infernal spirits do. Angels only ward off and defend.”

“Angels can recognize the nature of our unique essence on the basis of nothing more than a brief conversation with us. From hearing the tone of our voice angels sense what we love; and from hearing what we say, angels sense our level of understanding.”

“Everything good or true that the angels inspire in us is God’s, so God is constantly talking to us. He talks very differently, though, to one person than to another.”

“A person’s life from infancy to old age is nothing else than an advance from the world towards heaven, the last stage of which is death; the actual transition from one life to the next.”

“A man after death, is not a natural but a spiritual man; nevertheless he still appears in all respects like himself.”

“Heaven is such that all who have lived well, of whatever religion, have a place there.”

“Man was so created by the Lord as to be able while living in the body to speak with spirits and angels, as in fact was done in the most ancient times; for, being a spirit clothed with a body, he is one with them.”

“Charity is to will and do what is just and right in every transaction.”

“There are angels that receive more interiorly the Divine that goes forth from the Lord, and others that receive it less interiorly; the former are called celestial angels, and the latter spiritual angels.”

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Words of Wisdom— Albert Camus

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Albert Camus (November 7th, 1913 – January 4th, 1960) was an Algerian-born French author, philosopher, dramatist, and journalist. He received the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature at age forty-four, the second-youngest recipient in history. His works include The Plague, The Rebel, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Stranger, and The Fall.

He was politically active and opposed Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union because of their totalitarianism. Camus was a moralist and leaned towards anarcho-syndicalism.

Below we list words of wisdom by Albert Camus.

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”

“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

“Life is a sum of all your choices”. So, what are you doing today?”

“Whoever gives nothing, has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love.”

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth”

“A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing.”

“The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.”

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.”

“The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition.”

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”

“Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. And the fact that men accept this, that the people’s anger has not destroyed these hollow clowns, strikes me as proof that men attribute no importance to the way they are governed; that they gamble – yes, gamble – with a whole part of their life and their so called ‘vital interests.”

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”

“Yes, everything is simple. It’s people who complicate things.”

“Integrity needs no rules.”

“Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”

“The most knowledgeable person in one domain may be the most ignorant in another.”

“There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.”

“Freedom is not constituted primarily of privileges but of responsibilities.”

“To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.”

“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”

“My dear, In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. Truly yours, Albert Camus”

“The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.”

“One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.”

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”

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Words of Wisdom—Marsilio Ficino

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Marsilio Ficino (October 19, 1433–October 1, 1499) was an influential Italian philosopher, Catholic priest, and astrologer. He helped revive Neoplatonism, was the first to translate Plato’s works into Latin, and was instrumental in helping to develop European philosophy. The Medici’s, the most powerful family of Florence Italy, were lifelong patrons of Marsilio Ficino, who tutored young members of the family.

In the second quote below, he speaks of Saturn and melancholy. Although we don’t have his full birth data to confirm, we believe he’s referring to the symbolism of a heavy natal Saturn in his astrological charts. Astrologically, Saturn frequently represents works of endurance (e.g., translating Plato’s works into Latin), anxiety, fear, and melancholy for those whose Saturn is dominant in the natal patterns.

Below we list some words of wisdom from Marsilio Ficino.

“The soul exists partly in eternity and partly in time.”

“Saturn seems to have impressed the seal of melancholy on me from the beginning.”

“Why do you seek treasure far away, when it is nearby, indeed within yourself?”

“Mortal men ask God for good things every day, but they never pray that they may make good use of them.”

“Labor so that you may be good and shine with beauty; suddenly all things are good and shining with beauty for you.”

“To an evil man, indeed, all things, even the good, are turned into evil. To a good man, however, all things, even those which seem very bad, are finally turned into good.”

“For God draws the desire of the mind to Himself by filling it with beauty, and by drawing desire to Himself he fulfills it.”

“Let us, I beg you, nourish and increase the spirit with spiritual food, so that it may at length become mighty and give small regard for physical things, as though they were worth very little.”

“Nothing is truly good or beautiful in the house of that man where all things seem good and beautiful before himself, that is before the soul.”

“The people who have discovered something important in any of the more noble arts have principally done so when they have abandoned the body and taken refuge in the citadel of the soul.”

“This century, like a golden age, has restored to light the liberal arts, which were almost extinct: grammar, poetry, rhetoric, painting, sculpture, architecture, music … this century appears to have perfected astrology.”

“In the truths of the many doctrines of the virtues, there is one supreme truth, and the invisible light of this truth is the supreme beauty of the soul. In this way we love the likeness of God in our souls.”

“If by nature the mind desires certain things, we should acquire them. And certainly, in acquiring them, the soul would at some time be fulfilled by them, either wholly or in greatest part. But the more we acquire mortal things from all sides, by so much the more is the appetite of the soul inflamed.”

“We may direct our soul’s power of choice either downward, toward the body, or upward, and thereby rise into our Angelic Mind. If we direct it upward, then we escape from time and seek the Forms in their eternal, unchanging multiplicity (for they are distinct from one another, and therefore have number). In the Forms the mind comes to a state of rest, which is more perfect than motion, and achieves stability and tranquility. This is the full actuality of intelligence (which was partially potential in the lower stages), for all things will be understood from the perspective of eternity. The Forms are illuminated by the light of a single truth, which is refracted into different colors in the various Forms. This unitary wisdom is the beauty of the Angelic Mind, which is greater than the beauty of the soul. Thus we love the image of God in the Angelic Mind.”

“Among philosophers he first turned from physical and mathematical topics to contemplation of things divine, and he was the first to discuss with great wisdom the majesty of God, the order of demons, and the transformations of souls. Thus, he (Hermes Trismegistus) was called the first author of theology, and Orpheus followed him, taking second place in the ancient theology. After Aglaophemus, Pythagoras came next in theological succession, having been initiated into the rites of Orpheus, and he was followed by Philolaus, teacher of our divine Plato. In this way, from a wondrous line of six theologians emerged a single system of ancient theology, harmonious in every part.”

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