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Enlightened Quotes

Don't believe anyone

Don’t believe me, don’t believe yourself, and don’t believe anyone else. By not believing, whatever is untrue will disappear like smoke in this world of illusion…You don’t need to feel guilty because you are lying.

Mark Twain on Censorship

Censorship is telling a man he can't have steak, because a baby can't chew it.

— Mark Twain

Mark Twain on Censoring his works

But the truth is, that when a Library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn't anger me.

—Mark Twain; Letter to Mrs. F. G. Whitmore, 7 February 1907.

The War on Terror is a form of mass neurosis

Even if the principles we rely on are principles of great despair, we would rather be certain than uncertain. We would rather be sure of a correctly predicted negative outcome than face the realistic uncertainty of an unpredictable future even if it includes the possibility of great joy and success.

DRM is like buying bread that only one toaster can toast

"As a consumer, when you buy a slice of bread you want to know you could put it in any toaster," said Jeanne Meyer, a vice president at EMI, in an interview ahead of the Amazon announcement.
— From Wired.com: Like Amazon's DRM-Free Music Downloads? Thank Apple [mirror].

Ayn Rand on Encroaching Tyranny

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.

Signs he/she does not necessarily love you

Here are some signs that someone does not necessarily love you but, instead, is addicted to you, either to give them an endorphin rush from mistreating you, generally using you, or (in the case of BPD/NPD) using you for a sense of identity and/or narcissistic supply:

Do not condemn that with which you disagree.

Do not condemn that with which you disagree, nor judge it unworthy. Call it not unseemly, useless, or unholy. For I say again, everything is holy that leads you to your innermost truth, and everything does lead you there.

You should never want the final answer to anything

God is the Source of all that is creative. Answers are not creative. As soon as you think you have an answer, you stop creating. Answers kill creation.

The last thing you want is the final answer to anything. A "possible answer," maybe. An "interim answer," perhaps. But a "final answer"? Never.

Ultimately, there is only one question in life. That question is, "Who am I?" It is a question to which you never want a final answer.

Wisdom is having questions

Wisdom is not having all the right answers, it is having all the right questions.

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