Know yourself!
God created Man in his own image,
Water is the element and this is the origin....
War is the father of all things.
He didn't' want to seem best,but to be so.
Seeing the high Gods by her beauty's lure
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one,
It follows that the state belongs to the class of objects
One's country is wherever one does well.
...that devil, envy did all the mischief,which the bad bear unto the good,
But if one should guide his life by true principles,
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.
Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.
If all evil were prevented, much good would be
Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses
...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live,
...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest
In a state of nature we have....no arts, no letters, no society,
I think, therefore I am.
The only possible fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob
Legislation considers man as he is in order to turn him to good uses in human society. Out of
to "live in Ease, Without great Vices, is a vain
It is fortunate for men to be in a situation in which,
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner,
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
I offer you "...this picture of the human species, liberated from all chains, freed from the empire
...the age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded;
And yet all grandeur, all power, all subordination rests on the executioner;
The principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause.
But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block,
One has attributed to history the task, to judge the past, and to instruct the present to the benefi
Human societies are at the same time organisms and mechanisms.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life,
...the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:Abolition of private property
Life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the weaker, suppression, hardness
Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics which one does not find,
The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind,
...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living..."
And it's not clear to me Who is a beast now, who is a man.
Whereof one cannot speak,thereof one must be silent.
The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment,
History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.
If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
In short, there are three things that last, faith, hope and love;

Give me chastity and continence, but not just now

Youth is a wonderful part of life. Wisdom is budding, but temptation is flowering. Lucretius is unknown or far away. Something deep in us may stir and whisper "give me chastity and continence". But our hormones are shouting: "no, no, not just now; because just now I desire sparkling wine, wild women, good fights, victory and power!" What is true of the individual seems equally true for society. To judge from its wild behavior, mankind as a whole is still in its "foolish youth", as Villon called it. Drugs, porn, violence, dollar billions and power still dominate the lives of both individuals and societies. In the 20th century, more people died by violence than in any earlier century. The most commonly searched word on the internet is "pornography". Most computers are used for weapons and games of violence. Why are we still driven, like primitive predators, by our hormones? May it be because mankind is little more than the sum of tens of thousands of generations, each one with an average life span of less than thirty years? Each one dying while still in its "foolish youth"? Remember that it is only in the last two centuries that many people have lived long enough to summarize a life's experience into some wisdom. Even today, most people who have left behind the boiling hormonal years rarely get time to think about the profound. If they are decently clever, most of them fall for the temptation to enter some huge organization, political party or company, foregoing their cerebral capacities into a blind competitive process. Thus it can be feared that while a few individuals, after many years, may reach some "chastity
and continence", mankind may never do so. Augustine himself became one of the most learned men of his time once he finally understood the merits of studies. What are they? Studies usually give more money. That is a vulgar reason. More important, studies help you appreciate living. The origin of life is a miracle (p. 00). So is the evolution of the first bacteria into the somewhat inflated one we call man. Segment by segment has been added to the DNA-spirals, neuron by neuron to the brains. This process is about as likely as if a very strong hurricane passed through a very big junk-yard, throwing around the pieces in such a way that, when the cyclone had passed away, the pieces had formed a ready-to-take-off Boeing airplane! The miracle of evolution is, as miracles usually are, a most unlikely process. Nevertheless, it has happened! Studying also gives value to these two miracles of life. Nobody has expressed this better than Socrates. To his somewhat moronic judges, he tried to explain: "And if I were to tell you that there can be no greater good for man than to discourse daily about virtue and about those other things you hear me discuss, examining myself and others - for the unexamined life is not worth living by man - you will believe me even less." One who came to understand this, but too late, was one of our most libidinous libertines, Francois Villon.


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