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The Sun Magazine

Quotations

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The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

Voltaire

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We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

Carl Jung

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Whatever authority I may have rests solely on knowing how little I know.

Socrates

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The satiated man and the hungry one do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread.

Jalal al-din Rumi

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“Maybe you’re right, boss. It all depends on the way you look at it. . . . Look, one day I had gone to a little village. An old grandfather of ninety was busy planting an almond tree. ‘What, grandad! I exclaimed. ‘Planting an almond tree?’ And he, bent as he was, turned round and said: ‘My son, I carry on as if I should never die.’ I replied: ‘And I carry on as if I was going to die any minute.’ Which of us was right, boss?”

Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

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To be in possession of an absolute truth is to have a net of familiarity spread over the whole of eternity. There are no surprises and no unknowns.

Eric Hoffer

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A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman.

Wallace Stevens

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He who mounts a wild elephant goes where the wild elephant goes.

Randolph Bourne

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As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air — however slight — lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

William O. Douglas

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Task: to be where I am.
Even when I’m in this solemn and absurd
role: I am still the place
where creation does some work on itself.

Tomas Transtromer