Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole."
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, The Whale
"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present."
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"I know now that a writer cannot afford to give in to feelings of rage, disgust, or contempt. Did you answer someone in a temper? If so, you didn't hear him out and lost track of his system of opinions. You avoided someone out of disgust—and a completely unknown personality slipped out of your ken—precisely the type you would have needed someday. But, however tardily, I nonetheless caught myself and realized I had always devoted my time and attention to people who fascinated me and were pleasant, who engaged my sympathy, and that as a result I was seeing society like the Moon, always from one side."
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books III-IV