"My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."

Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism
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Secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible
"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what
you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." ― Epicurus
It is easy to be a good person when times are good

"We are all capable of doing every terrible thing that we are capable of doing."

Those who pray for your downfall are concentrating negative thoughts towards you, without taking cognisance of the slippery ground in which they are standing, which could lead to their downfall." ― Michael Bassey Johnson

"Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?" ― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

"It is hard to fight with one's heart's desires; whatever it wishes to get, it purchases at the cost of the soul." ― Lawrence Durrell, Justine

"Can you hold a red-hot iron rod in your hand merely because some one wants you to do so? Then, will it be right on your part to ask others to do the same thing just to satisfy your desires? If you cannot tolerate infliction of pain on your body or mind by others' words and actions, what right have you to do the same to others through your words and deeds? Do unto others as you would like to be done by. Injury or violence done by you to any life in any form, animal or human, is as harmful as it would e if caused to your own self." ― Lord Mahāvīra

"It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time." ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

"It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people cant be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it." ― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

How life works

"It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed." ― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

"Why aren't crazy people content to take over, like, one town? It always has to be the whole word. They can't just control maybe twenty people. The have to control everyone. The can't just be stinking rich. The can't just do genetic experiments on a couple unlucky few. They have to put something in the water. In the air. To get everyone. I was tired of all of it." ― James Patterson, Angel

"Never give up. It's like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can't do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don't ever, ever, ever give up." ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway "For dreams, too, are ghosts, desires chased in sleep, gone by morning." One loves ultimately one's desires, not the thing desired." ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

"How do you listen? Do you listen with your projections, through your projection, through your ambitions, desires, fears, anxieties, through hearing only what you want to hear, only what will be satisfactory, what will gratify, what will give comfort, what will for the moment alleviate your suffering? If you listen through the screen of your desires, then you obviously listen to your own voice; you are listening to your own desires. And is there any other form of listening? Is it not important to find out how to listen not only to what is being said but to everything – to the noise in the streets, to the chatter of birds, to the noise of the tramcar, to the restless sea, to the voice of your husband, to your wife, to your friends, to the cry of a baby? Listening has importance only when on is not projecting one's own desires through which one listens. Can one put aside all these screens through which we listen, and really listen?" ― Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

"I've come to know that what we want in life is the greatest indication of who we really are." ― Richard Paul Evans, The Gift

Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass - to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that." ― Anthon St. Maarten

What then ?

"Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass - to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that." ― Anthon St. Maarten

"I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?" ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

It's emptiness deep inside which begins to ache

"I've come to know that what we want in life is the greatest indication of who we really are." ― Richard Paul Evans, The Gift

"For the first time, she did want more. She did not know what she wanted, knew that it was dangerous and that she should rest content with what she had, but she knew an emptiness deep inside her, which began to ache." ― Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

"What we all want, really, is to be loved. That craving drives our worst behavior." ― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care