Instead of us being credited for longevity
And being able to keep it up for this long at this level, we
Get told we’ll never be what we were
Bitch, if I was half as good as I was
I’m still twice as good as you’ll ever be
-Eminem, Premonition (Intro)
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
-George Orwell, (Unpublished) original preface to Animal Farm
It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. If a god appeared to us—or a wise human being, even—and prohibited us from concealing our thoughts or imagining anything without immediately shouting it out, we wouldn’t make it through a single day. That’s how much we value other people’s opinions—instead of our own.”
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 12.4
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
-Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom
A thing is funny when—in some way that is not actually offensive or frightening—it upsets the established order. Every joke is a tiny revolution.
-George Orwell, “Funny, But Not Vulgar,” 1945.
You are a little soul, carrying a corpse.
-Epictetus, Fragments, Fragment xxvi.