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Epictetus – How Much are You Worth?

Man, the rational animal, can put up with anything except what seems to him irrational; whatever is rational is tolerable. Physical hardships are not intolerable by nature. The Spartans, for instance, gladly submit to being whipped because they are taught that it is done for good reason. But what about being hanged – isn’t that intolerable? Well, people frequently go and hang...

Schopenhauer on Ego

The chief and fundamental incentive in a human being, as in an animal, is egoism, i.e. the urge to existence and well-being. This egoism, both in an animal and in a human being, is linked in the most precise way with his innermost core and essence, and indeed is properly identical with it. So all his actions, as a rule, spring from egoism and the explanation of any given action is always to be...


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There is nothing wrong with a world that cannot offer any sort of satisfaction, and we can only experience satisfaction once we realize there is no satisfaction to be had - anywhere.

Does life seem hollow and futile? Well of course it is. How could the impermanent be anything else?

men are by nature envious, that is, they rejoice at the weakness of their fellows and are pained at their accomplishments. #Spinoza

everyone is eager to tell of his exploits and to boast of his strength both of body and mind, and for this reason men bore one another #Spinoza

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