I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Dune by Frank Herbert
The principle that the end justifies the means is and remains the only rule of political ethics; anything else is just a vague chatter and melts away between one’s fingers.
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
The Four Agreements:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
Our mind is the canvas on which the artists lay their colour; their pigments are our emotions; their chiaroscuro the light of joy, the shadow of sadness. The masterpiece is of ourselves, as we are of the masterpiece.
The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura
I’ve found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much . . . because it’s the only thing that’ll make it stop hurting.
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford