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;

One's country is wherever one does well.

NameMarcus Tullius Cicero
Life106 - 43 BC
Your country, your "patria", is where you do well. Capri is a most lovely island to live on, the Capresians are generous, kind and tolerant, and the nature is incredibly beautiful. Capri could be the fatherland of anybody. And, yet, some people are unhappy even on Capri. Does that depend upon them or upon Capri? The statement by Cicero seems simple. Shouldn't everyone want to live in a lovely place like Capri? And be happy, too! Life is, however, slightly more complicated. Assume that you had a twin brother or sister, a "one-egg" or a "monozygotic" sibling. Assume also that you had been separated at birth. Such things happen because of poverty or war. One of you was adopted by a wonderful family - decently rich, caring, even loving - who gave you the best of education in excellent schools. The other was less fortunate. He or she came to experience a poor family in which shouts and fists were major education instruments outside of a lousy school. Now, at middle age, you have met for the first time in life. Wouldn't you believe that the former child would have a much more positive attitude towards life than the latter? In fact, the world's best study of "monozygotic twins reared
apart" has shown something very surprising. Happiness, as well as unhappiness, are to a large extent the same in these pairs of twins. A very tiny influence, as little as one fifth of all, comes from the family background. Most of these feelings seem to be biologically grounded in our genes. In other words, it is not only that Capri is lovely. To really enjoy it, you must also be born with a positive outlook on life. However beautiful Capri is, due to their biological predisposition, some, luckily very few, feel anyway so unlucky that they literally, try to fly away from it. "A devil, a born devil, on whose nature nurture can never stick; on whom my pains, humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost", said Prospero about Caliban in Shakespeare's Tempest. During the last hundred years it has almost been a dogma in Western social thinking that nurture, manipulation of the environment, is able to make everybody do well. Socialists have believed so. Social engineers, too. And now our dominant idea is that if only everybody gets rich by economic growth, everybody will also be happy. It might not be so. We are slowly beginning to understand that nature, biological inheritance, is more important for us than nurture. Should Cicero instead have said: "One's country - where one does well - is everywhere or nowhere"?


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